Stop! Hamer time

May 10, 2010 | 11 comments
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Next Friday and Saturday, May 21st and 22nd, John Hamer will be at Miller Eccles in southern California to discuss the history of the Community of Christ.  John’s work is fascinating, and if you’re in the area, I’d encourage you to attend one of the two events, either on Friday the 21st in Orange County, or Saturday the 22nd in Los Angeles.

The event announcement (with lots of information about why you should attend) is this:

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to announce the next meeting of the Miller Eccles Group will be on Friday, May 21, 2010 (Villa Park) and Saturday may 22 (La Canada).  Both sessions will be at 7:30 p.m.  The speaker will be John Hamer, an independent historian and author (more about John below).  We anticipate a fascinating discussion of “The History of the Community of Christ.”

The Speaker: John Hamer is president of the John Whitmer Association (the Community of Christ counterpart to the Mormon History Association) and the editor of John Whitmer Books.  He is also a mapmaker extraordinaire and has done a number of the special maps for the Joseph Smith Papers project.

John is currently going to press with a beautiful book about the history of the Community of Christ. You can see a preview of what it will look like at this link. Check it out to see what an artist John is when it comes to map making and book design.

The Topic: As most of you know, what once was called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is now “The Community of Christ.” John will discuss its history and also touch on some of the schismatic LDS churches that formed after Joseph Smith’s death and discuss how they came about.

Following the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith in 1844, there was no universally accepted plan for choosing his successor. Several individuals claimed that right, including Brigham Young, as senior member of the council of twelve apostles, although he was not to become president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until 1847. The Community of Christ regards itself as a reorganization of the original church organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. and regards Joseph Smith III to have been his legitimate successor. The Community of Christ has two temples, the Kirtland Temple and the relatively new Independence, Missouri Temple, both of which are open to the public. In recent years the Community of Christ has canonized a revelation authorizing the calling of women to the priesthood and some of the members of its leadership quorums (including its council of twelve apostles) are women.

John Hamer recently attended the World Conference of the Community of Christ and will be able to give us a first-hand report on what resolutions were passed and how the CoC conferences differ from those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In addition to his new publication, John also co-edited the book Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism and has assisted in the publication of a number of Wikipedia articles on various aspects of Mormonism. He is currently working on a book about the offshoot Mormon group led by James Strang and his Beaver Island kingdom to be titled Strangites: The Great Lakes Mormon Experience.

Things You May Already Know. The Miller Eccles Study group seeks to encourage LDS gospel scholarship, enlightenment and understanding in an open environment of good fellowship.  To assure an open and frank discussion, we request that our meetings not be recorded.  A donation of $10 per person (tax deductable) is suggested, but if this would be burdensome, contribute so much as is comfortable.  The contributions are used primarily for transportation, lodging and related expenses of our out-of-town speakers.  MESG is a non-profit, tax-exempt association, whose directors are Steve & Daryl Eccles, Russ & Christie Frandsen, Rob Briggs, Lael Littke, Armand & Ruth Mauss, Phil & Marilyn Bradford, and Dawn & Morris Thurston.

I hope to see some of you there!

11 Responses to Stop! Hamer time

  1. Rosalynde Welch on May 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I’ll be there Saturday night—in town for MSH—it’ll be great to see you, Kaimi! (Unless you attend the OC session on Friday night, which, now that I think about it, would make more sense for you.

  2. MikeInWeHo on May 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    It’s a bummer that the Saturday night session conflicts with the SoCal BCC Bloggersnacker. I wonder if we shouldn’t try and rectify that so people could attend both. Maybe an early ‘snacker then off to La Cañada?

  3. Kaimi Wenger on May 11, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I agree, Mike. If you’ve got an option of more flexibility in the El Coyote event, it would make sense to move it.

  4. MikeInWeHo on May 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

    If we pushed it up to 5pm (early, early dinner) it would give people almost two hours. It would only take about 30-45 minutes to get from there to the Valley at that time of day.

  5. Russ Frandsen on May 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Good idea, Mike. Except we do not live in the “Valley” – we live in La Canada Flintridge.

    See you Saturday night.

  6. Raymond Takashi Swenson on May 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    During the lecture, does he wear Hamer pants?

    Seriously, sounds like an interesting presentation. I lived in Omaha for five years and got down to Independence a number of times, visiting the RLDS Auditorium and the Hedrickites/Church of Christ (Temple Lot) building. At the time (mid-1980s) the Auditorium had a small museum which had an exhibit about some of the early founders of the RLDS Church, including information about one whose wagon broke down on the way west, and another who went to Utah and returned east. The pamphlets they featured at the time emphasized Joseph Smith and his role as founder, and characterized the “Brighamites” as a splinter group. The role of the auditorium’s central space as a mid-20th Century emulation of the Tabernacle on Temple Square was interesting, sort of an “Anything you can do, I can do better” kind of message. The more recent news from Independence indicates a greatly diminished role for Joseph Smith, especially as the line of succession among his descendants has been ended.

  7. manaen on May 12, 2010 at 2:21 am

    We’ll be at John’s presentation Friday and, probably, at the El Coyote bloggersnacker Saturday — why not; we visit Carthage Jail.

  8. Scott B. on May 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I think that Hamer & Miller-Eccles should reschedule around the BCC SoCal Bloggersnacker. I mean, really–the way you people talk, you’d think that they’re some kind of respected organization with a 30+ year history or something.

  9. Scott B. on May 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    In other words, yes–let’s move the Bloggersnacker to 5pm. I’ll update the announcement at BCC, and also push it to the front of the blog later this week or early next week as a reminder.

  10. Tatiana on May 15, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I wish I could go! I love the thread title, too! =)

  11. John Hamer on May 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for rescheduling — I’ll plan on meeting you folks at the bloggersnacker, and I’ll look forward to seeing to seeing everyone who decided to go to one of the Miller-Eccles group nights.