Study Groups


tudy groups at Community of Christ Salt Lake offer a vibrant platform for members to engage deeply with their faith, explore spiritual texts, and foster a supportive, enlightening community environment. Unlike traditional Bible study groups, these gatherings embrace a broader curriculum, focusing on various aspects of spirituality, church doctrine, and contemporary issues affecting the community and the wider world.

Purpose & Vision

The primary aim of these study groups is to enhance members’ spiritual growth and understanding through collective exploration and discussion. They provide a safe, respectful space for participants to share insights, ask questions, and express doubts or concerns. This collaborative learning environment encourages members to reflect on their beliefs, understand different perspectives, and grow in their faith journey.

Curriculum & Topics

The curriculum for these study groups is carefully selected to cater to a wide range of interests and spiritual needs. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Scriptural Studies: Beyond the Bible, groups may delve into other sacred texts and publications that resonate with the Community of Christ’s teachings and values.
  • Theological Reflections: Discussions on theology, Christology, and the Holy Spirit, offering insights into the nature of God, Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Spirit in our lives.
  • Church History and Doctrine: Exploring the rich history of Community of Christ and its doctrinal developments over time, helping members understand the church’s position on various theological and social issues.
  • Contemporary Social Issues: Addressing current events and social justice concerns from a faith perspective, encouraging members to think critically about their role as Christians in the modern world.
  • Personal and Spiritual Development: Focusing on prayer, meditation, and personal spirituality practices to foster a deeper individual connection with the divine.

Structure & Format

Study groups meet regularly, often weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, at a time and place convenient for all members, including online options to accommodate those who cannot attend in person. Each session is structured around a specific topic or text, with designated facilitators guiding the discussion. However, the atmosphere is always open and democratic, allowing everyone to contribute.

Participation & Community Building

These groups are open to all members and non-members of our community, regardless of age, gender, or spiritual maturity. They offer a unique opportunity for intergenerational dialogue and learning, strengthening the bonds within the church community. Participants are encouraged to bring their unique perspectives, experiences, and questions, making each session a rich tapestry of shared wisdom and discovery.

Current Study and Small Groups

NextChapter Former LDS and High Control Religious Experiences Support Group

NextChapter was formed out of an intention to build community around persons who are interested in healing and deconstructing in a supportive environment, using a stepped program, designed to assist persons who are disaffected or leaving another religious tradition.

NextChapter meets biweekly, in a hybrid format, in the Library at Salt Lake City Community of Christ, as well as on Zoom. Check the Community public Facebook page for dates and times.