SUMMARY OF FAITH

As Christians, we believe:

  1. That scripture, which is composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the primary, sufficient, and reliable source of our beliefs;

  2. In the creeds produced by the early Councils of the undivided Church;

  3. In one loving, God in three divine persons;

  4. That Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God;

  5. That Christ died for us, rose from the dead, and will come again;

  6. That we are saved by grace through faith and are made new by the Holy Spirit;

  7. That if we trust in Jesus, our life will change;

  8. In one Holy, Catholic, and apostolic church made up of all Christian believers;

  9. In working for the unity with diversity of the church, the Body of Christ;

  10. In obeying the Great Commandments to love God and love our neighbor.

  11. Further, we hold to these additional marks of the Catholic Christian:

  12. We believe,

    • That through the Apostolic Succession, God empowers clergy for ministry;

    • That through the Holy Spirit, the sacraments impart the grace, which they signify; and

    • Jesus is present in the Holy Eucharist.

  13. That living out our faith gives God glory and spreads God’s love far more effectively than any sermon.

As a Community of Faith We Believe:

  1. That we are made in the image and likeness of our Creator, and are called to be the image and likeness of the Creator to others.

  2. That our experience of our God is through the Scriptures, our interaction within the commniuty of faith, our interaction with creation and quiet contemplation in the presence of God.   

  3. Our conscience, formed by the Creator, is our life line for living in communion with others and creation. 

  4. Our conscience is the voice of the living God that guides us in all things if we are attentive. To ignore our conscience is to ignore or set aside the voice of God within.

  5. We believe that no entity, secular or religious, can force us to act against our conscience.  This we hold sacred, even if it goes against church norms and established doctrines.  This includes personal choices about Family Planning, Marriage and Relationship, and Identity.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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