Community of Christ World Conference starts in Independence

Sunday, April 11, 2010 | 5:37 p.m. CDT

INDEPENDENCE— Gay and lesbian issues are among the most pressing ones on the agenda as the Community of Christ World Conference gets under way.

The Kansas City Star reported that the conference opened Saturday in Independence, where the church is headquartered. About 2,800 delegates are attending.

The denomination has 250,000 members around the world and a shared history with the Mormon church. It was known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until changing its name in 2001.

Among the issues to be debated are whether gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals be considered for ordination. Also on the table is whether ordained church members should be allowed to officiate at same-sex marriages where they are legal.

Formal consideration of the conference resolutions should begin by Wednesday.

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