Mission Statement – What We’re Here To Do

Combining a Trinitarian approach with a tradition which tries to gain from the Anglian/ Anglo-Catholic/ Anglican concepts of ritual. This is nothing new, but an attempt to re-discover what has been so long forgotten. When Pope Gregory The Great sent St Augustine to Anglia to bring Christianity there, St Augustine was surprised to discover that there already was a Christian church there which Rome knew nothing about! While it might take tremendous effort and scholarship to uncover any uncover documentation of the practices of the pre-Whitby Anglian church, an educated look at what we do have can provide us with clues of original teachings before others tried to re-interpret them.

In John 14:2 (KJV), Jesus says “In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.”  The King James version is worth looking at in this case, because in King James’ day, “house” meant more than a basic family dwelling.  “House” included the extended family and all its people, real estate and personal property.  An example would be if one speaks of the House of Tudor or today’s House of Windsor.  And such a house can indeed contain many mansions and estates.

In addition to that, let’s also examine John 10:16, in which he says “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also must I bring. And they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. He does not say how many sheep, how many folds, or where those folds are. And sheep know their shepherd. The logical conclusion here is that he calls to those other sheep the same way he called to the people he was speaking to at the time: by becoming an exemplary one of them, for he was an exemplary Jew of his era.

Add next the warning of Matthew 12:31, and we see that the greatest danger could well be in maligning another spiritual path which might be one of those “other folds”. That does not mean that we must include all of them or follow all of their ways, but it does mean that mutual respect of legitimate spiritual paths might be a good idea. Unfortunately, this does not happen often enough, even among people of apparently similar spiritual paths. In some cases, it seems as if those who agree but do not agree enough suffer more at the hands of certain groups than do their avowed enemies!

Taking the concept further, Matthew 8:5-13 tells the story of Jesus healing the servant of a Roman centurion in the town of Capernaum. Note that the centurion was a ranking officer in the occupying army, and almost certainly a Mithraist. Jesus not only praises his faith, but goes on in verse 11 that people will come “from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven.” So, regardless of the details of your spiritual path, you will probably discover that admission to Heaven is not restricted to “your own kind”.

What we can and must do is to provide for those of our spiritual path a place where we can follow our path and fulfill our spiritual needs, not only recognizing our differences but providing a means to honor our differences, respect our differences, harness those differences for the optimization of harmony, respect and understanding, and also exercise our traditions to the fulfillment of our spiritual needs as individuals and as groups.

Your spiritual life is yours, individual, and in daily use. Periodic corporate/ group worship is a good thing when it is available. If not, there are alternatives which can and should be available.

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