Our Mission

The Community of Christ Seminary is solidly grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by its religious heritage and tradition. This tradition understands that God's will and purpose for the world and the church continue to emerge out of the process of faithful response to human need. We affirm that the people of God are called to live in community with all creation, and that peace and justice are the touchstones by which the gospel of Jesus Christ is enfleshed.

The mission of the seminary is to educate and prepare - through prayerful scholarship, teaching, service and mentoring - faithful, creative and discerning leaders for ministries in congregations, church and the world. "[S]eek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning even by study and also by faith. (Doctrine & Covenants, 85:36)

Recent Past, Current and Future Events

July 31-Aug 3: Dean Don Compier and instructors Mark Sherer and Dale Luffman participated in panels at the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City, UT

October 18-20: Look for the seminary information table at the annual Community of Christ Peace Colloquy.  It will be held at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Mo.

January 6, 2014: A brand new graduate level course will be offered online beginning January 6. The course titled Community of Christ I: 1820-1914, History-Scripture-Theology will be team-taught by Tony Chvala-Smith, Dale Luffman, and Mark Scherer.  There will be a required in-class focus session, three hours per day, during January 27-31 at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Mo.

Seminary Faculty in Ministry

Dean Don Compier's new book Listening to Popular Music was chosen for the "Best Books in Theology" catalog published by the Theological Booksellers Association.

Dale Luffman's book, The Book of Mormon's Witness to its First Readers, was published by the Community of Christ Seminary Press in April 2013.

Priscilla Eppinger led a workshop in September on hospitality and spirituality for the Graceland Campus Ministries retreat.

Dale Luffman received the John Whitmer Best Theology Article Award for the article Absence of Women’s Voices: A Critique of the Book of Mormon Narrative”, published in Restoration Studies XII in 2013.  His article Gospel and Empire: A Bible Study” was included in a recent theological text published by the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches [NCC] entitled, Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission.  He presented a paper to the North American Academy of Ecumenists annual conference on September 28, 2013, titled “The Emerging Face of Being One . . . Discerning into the Ecumenical Community”.

Tony and Charmaine Chavla-Smith co-taught a New Testament introductory course in September for participants in the Studies in Advanced Leadership Training (SALT) program in Michigan. In mid-November they will teach an introductory course on the four gospels in southern Ohio.

Tony Chavala-Smith participated in an evangelists training event during the fall in Independence, Mo., leading a workshop titled “Resistance – Love – Hope: Journeying with St. Ambrose, Julian of Norwich, & Jürgen Moltmann.”

Charmaine Chvala-Smith will help lead a spiritual formation retreat in Redmond, Ore., in late October.

The Community of Christ Peace Colloquy in mid-October will feature workshops led by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith, Don Compier, Dale Luffman, and Brad Martell.  Martell co-directs the event.