Following Saturday’s deadly shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs that left at least five dead and 25 injured, the members of Harmony’s Board of Directors offer their deepest condolences to the families, chosen families, and friends of all those who were targeted. In the wake of yet another deadly attack on innocent, precious members of the Queer/2SLGBTQIA+ Community, we find comfort in the teachings of Jesus Christ who modelled and taught the importance of justice, peace, and healing as a call to action - not through "thoughts and prayers" alone.
The hymn When the Darkness Overwhelms Us (CCS #314) reminds us of this calling in each verse. A particularly compelling and timely line is verse 3:
When in weary isolation
We’ve lost our courage to care,
When our captive spirits perish
In the bondage of despair,
Free our arms for action
Reaching for another’s hand,
Free our feet for marching
or move to boldly make a stand.
May the One who calls us to this holy work place their spirit of reassurance upon us to encourage us as their hands and feet to realize our potential as justice seekers, peace makers, and community builders.
Your Harmony Board of Directors
Note: Special thanks to our partners at Beyond the Walls for providing the beautiful music to many of our hymns. You can click the play button below to view/hear the full hymn recorded by the Beyond the Walls Choir.
To our members and supporters -
Harmony’s Board of Directors is pleased to share the following update concerning policy update efforts in the United States.
We have reached the final step in the year-long revision process (“Final Review & Approval”), and the draft policy updates are now with the First Presidency for final review. We will keep you updated once we receive word of any approvals.
The USA Team of Apostles consulted with members and leaders representing diverse locations and roles across the United States. Harmony has been honored to contribute as part of this approach.
On behalf of the Harmony Board of Directors, I’d like to extend my gratitude to Apostles Barbara Carter, Janné Grover, Ron Harmon, Robin Linkhart, Lachlan Mackay, Dave Nii, and Art Smith for their support and willingness to engage in this holy work within their respective fields. We look forward to collaborating in an effort to ensure the future of Community of Christ in the United States is a fully affirming one.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With excitement and anticipation,
Parker Johnson (he/him)