Restoration Studies

Community of Christ Seminary students and faculty produce quality scholarship. This page is dedicated to sharing this work. 

The purpose of our scholarship is both critical and constructive. As a seminary, we are a creative resource for our faith community on relevant matters of Community of Christ theology, mission, history and scripture. In addition, we are committed to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue for the sake of greater understanding, restoration and healing of the world.  

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Temple - Restoration Studies
"Community of Christ Temples of the Past and Present".  Photos by Rod Schall.


Why “Restoration Studies?”
Restoration Studies is an inclusive term that indicates both a history and theology. 
First, Restoration Studies is a historical term. Community of Christ is a worldwide faith community that first emerged as one of other “Restoration movements” out of the U.S.’s Second Great Awakening, circa 1790 to 1840’s. What these Restoration movements shared in common was a belief in God’s purpose to restore the form, witness and calling of the New Testament church described in the New Testament, particularly its Gospels and Acts. Community of Christ acknowledges this history, which shapes its theology, scripture and tradition.
Secondly, “Restoration” refers to a theological theme that shapes Community of Christ’s theology and mission. The term “Restoration” indicates the vision for healing, reconciliation and fulfillment of creation. This is central to Community of Christ understanding of the Good News revealed in Jesus Christ. Restoration shares its theological meaning with the call to God’s Shalom, community and pursuit of peace. 
Restoration Studies points to both the historical consciousness and theological themes shaping much of the academic work found in these pages. 

Kass Unger lives in Sydney, Australia and works for the Community of Christ doing education and leadership development across the Australian Mission Centre. She is heavily involved in the youth and young adult program (CommunityPlus), heads up the Leading Congregations in Mission Pilot across Australia and New Zealand and when not engaged in visiting ministry, attends West Pennant Hills congregation where she serves as an Elder. She graduated with her MAR in 2016.

Emily Hatch lives in Kitchener, ON Canada. She is an executive assistant at the Canadian Community of Christ Headquarters (Canada East Mission Centre) and graduated with her MAR in November 2016. 

Quote she tries to live by: “You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” ― Marianne Williams

Daniel Harmon lives in Orange, CA, where he serves as Pastor of the Orange Community of Christ congregation and Youth Minister for the Pacific Southwest International Mission Center. He graduated with his MAR in 2013. In all aspects of his ministry, Daniel seeks to embody the relational and loving nature of Christ. 

Douglas Graves has been a professional audio engineer since 1993, working primarily in the field of musical theatre including national tours and on Broadway. An ordained Elder in Community of Christ, Douglas revels in experiencing the Divine in unexpected places.

Connie Altman is married with 4 grown children, 10 grandchildren and lives in Lucasville, Ohio. Her profession for twenty two years was teaching middle school language arts and social studies. Connie currently works as the mission center president of Bountiful Mission Center. She graduated with her MAR on December 17, 2016.