Community of Christ International Headquarters Temple and Auditorium, Independence

4.4
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Auditorium is a house of worship and office building located on the greater Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri. The Auditorium is part of the headquarters complex of the Community of Christ which also includes the Independence Temple.
Construction of the Auditorium was a major undertaking, illustrating the vision of church Prophet/President Frederick M. Smith who provided the building's inspiration. Ground was broken in 1926 and the building was finally completed in 1958. Smith's plans for the Conference chamber were originally about 66% larger than when it was finished. Construction was virtually halted during the Great Depression when the church struggled under a massive debt.
The Auditorium houses an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with 113 ranks and 6,334 pipes. The Auditorium Organ includes an antiphonal console and pipes in the rear balcony of the oval chamber. It is listed as one of the 75 largest pipe organs in the world.
The Children's Peace Pavilion, located in the Auditorium, was established in 1995 to pursue its mission of "Enriching the lives of children through the pursuit of peace for all." It attracts visitors each year to a number of exhibits designed to teach concepts of personal peace, social peace, international peace, and environmental peace to children ages 5 through 11. It is frequently used as a destination for elementary school field trips for students in the greater Kansas City area. Local Girl Scouts may also earn Girl Scouts of the USA insignia through a partnership with Children's Peace Pavilion. As an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization, Children's Peace Pavilion is governed by an independent board of directors.
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  • My wife is the baby in the picture of the baby blessing sacrament. Anyone is welcome to go for a tour (although due to Covid-19, the Temple is closed to the public until September 2020)  more »
  • We were not able to tour this church but it was interesting to see. It is tall enough to see when you enter the city but worth going closer.  more »
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  • Very neat architecture and the purest, most epic sounding organ made this visit an extremely pleasant one! We attended a college graduation and I was in awe at the size of that organ! It was a fantastic service! The grandeur of the ceremony was made more epic by the impressive size and scope of the auditorium. There was tons of easy parking. The seats were comfortable enough that after 3 hours we were still fine.
  • Community of Christ is a great Christ is a great church with warm people who welcoming attitude for all. The auditorium is a gigantic building. It is used for religious service and also for things like graduation ceremony and other use by the public. Nextdoor is the temple a beautiful building for worship and dedicated to the cause of peace. It is open to the public for tours . Please visit these great buildings if you are in the area.You will be welcomed warmly.
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