THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST WAS FORMERLY CALLED THE REORGANIZED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF
The original Mormon church was organized by Joseph Smith on 1830-APR-6.
After his assassination by a mob in 1844, the church split into two
groups. One went to Utah, and retained the original church name. The other
stayed behind, and added the word "Reorganized" to their name.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the RLDS was the original church
group. They changed their name to the Community of Christ in
The CofC church rejects certain beliefs and practices of the Salt Lake City
based LDS church, including marriage sealing for eternity. They allow both men and women
into the priesthood; their services are open to the public. They have about 250,000
While the larger Mormon body has gradually become more homophobic,
the CofC has become less so. They recently added homosexual orientation to their
anti-discrimination policy. Gays and lesbians are welcome as members, whether celibate or
not. There are certain restrictions governing homosexuals holding various offices in the
priesthood, but these policies are currently under review.
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