Our Beliefs         Our Values  
             
 

Jesus Christ is the shepherd of the Church. The Holy Spirit creates and sustains the Church through the Gospel and thereby unites believers with their shepherd and with one another in the household of faith.

The oneness of all humanity, for each person has been made in the image of God, created by God and breathes with the breath of life given by God. In the Gospel we all are one in Jesus Christ.

The evangelical mission of the Church is to all people. Each person is called by the Spirit to receive the welcome, comfort, shelter, and redeeming love of the Church; to partake in the gifts of the Word and Sacrament as a member of the family of faith in response to and faith in the Gospel; and share in the mission and ministry of the Church. All members are call to LIVE the Sacraments to the fullest as we were taught by Jesus Christ.

In accordance with the Gospel, this faith community rejects distinctions among people for reasons of race, ethnicity, color, gender, physical challenges, sexual orientation, cultural heritage, or any other false dichotomy when these distinctions result in divisions to the family of God, for the very diversity of humanity reflects the image of God.

Who We Are Not:

Sometimes the distinction of what something is can be found in describing what it isn't. This is especially true if there are preconceived ideas involved, such as with a group that is named Catholic, or a group named Old. Listed below are a few things we are not, and may be helpful to see how our group can be a part of your life.

We are not in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
The Roman Catholic Church is complete, whole and perfect in and of itself, just as the Anglican Communion, the Baptists, The Congregationalists, the Lutherans, the Methodists, the Moravians, the Presbyterians and other religious groups are. Each group has a distinct ministry and a necessary part in Gods plan, as is described in 1 Cor 12:12-14:

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.
Perhaps you are looking for a community in which to minister. Be open to see how the gifts of the Spirit are at work in our community.

We are not a Church of people who long for the good old days, or to change the world to make it better. God is guiding us, and will transform the world of today into the household of God through us as we seek out who we are in the face of justice, mercy, and love. The world as it is now is exactly where it is supposed to be as God presents us with the possibility to make a difference in our lives and the lives of all we meet.

We are not a Church of liberal-minded or conservative-minded people. Rather we are a Church of People, people who are willing to be part of making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

We are not a straight Church, a gay Church, a Church of the young or the elderly, or of any particular race or ethnicity. We are a Church that recognizes the extreme privilege we have in each and every person whom we touch and by whom we are touched.

We are not a Church of yesterday or of tomorrow; we are a Church living in the present. Living in the present means we can choose for each moment who we are going to be in light of the Good News of Salvation.

We are not a Church of dogma or doctrine. Yes, we have scripture, the creeds, the first seven councils of the Church, as well as the Declaration of Utrecht. All of these give a base for our faith, which is described in the Book of Common Life. As a part of the Catholic Church, however, we fully believe that the primary judge for our own actions is the review of the individual conscience. Paul chides us in Romans 14, 10-12:


Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,

As I live, says the Almighty, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.

So then, each of us will be accountable to God Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another.
     
  • love
  • compassion
  • inclusiveness
  • diversity
  • friendship
  • prayer
  • unity
  • service
  • kindness
  • tolerance
  • family
  • justice
  • unity


Note:
God speaks to us - each of us - in our daily lives.

So as the Church can decide what it does and does not believe as a whole, so too the individual can decide what they believe as an individual.

 
             
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