CHRISTIC We are a limb of the one Christian church, the Mystical Body of Christ. We acknowledge the Christ as our founder, living head, and eternal high priest. INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC We are a Catholic church in the original, universal, sense of that word as well as in our form of sacramental worship. We are neither Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, nor Protestant, though our bishops and priests trace their Holy Orders, or “apostolic succession” (the tradition of bishops consecrating other bishops), through Roman Catholic and Orthodox lines. We trace our roots as far back any other Catholic or Orthodox church. Our priests perform the liturgy and administer the seven sacraments. SACRAMENTAL We are a sacramental church. We believe that the sacraments are visible signs of a manifestation of divine grace, and are powerful aids to spiritual growth. Holy Eucharist (Communion), Reconciliation (Penance), Holy Unction (healing of the sick), and Holy Matrimony and Holy Union are made available to all who seek them. Baptism is the rite of formal initiation into Christ's church. Confirmation seals the commitment to a Christian way of life. Holy Orders is an initiation available to those who wish to serve as clergy regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or marital status. MODERN We are a modern church. We maintain that eternal truth must be appropriate to modern times, and that the religion should keep pace with human development. We do not shrink from new knowledge. Our form of Independent Catholicism embodies an ancient truth for a new age. We provide an intelligent alternative — traditional worship with the free exploration of new ideas and techniques. All seekers are encouraged to explore every relevant resource for spiritual development. FELLOWSHIP Our church is a spiritual fellowship, a community of followers of the Spirit. We give ourselves and others encouragement to live the truth. To live the truth is to become ever more the Christ, the true Self of all and the source of real happiness and abiding fellowship. LOVE CENTERED We are a church of love. We accept Saint John's testimony that God is Love.  For us, Christ's ministry is the law of love: “Love the Lord, thy God, with thy whole heart, thy whole mind and thy whole strength; and love thy neighbor as thyself. This is the whole of the Law and the prophets.” Saint Augustine embodied Christian ethics in the precept, “Love and do as you will.” UNIVERSAL We teach that the Holy Spirit acts through pure channels everywhere, regardless of age, sex, race, creed or culture. There is only one true God, however this God is known or worshipped; therefore, there can be eternally only one holy universal Church, regardless of the cultural form it happens to assume in a given time and place. We revere the saints, sages, and holy ones of all ages and places. MYSTICAL We are a mystical church, understanding the Old Testament words, “Be still and know I AM - God.” We give a primary place to Christ's saying, “The kingdom of heaven lies within you.” and acknowledge that the greatest advancement in spiritual truth is made by those who discover that divinity resides within us all. If God is Love, then it is through our love that we come to a real and abiding knowledge of God. For Christians, love is spiritual knowledge par excellence. SPIRITUAL We seek to draw back the veil, first to discover the deeper intellectual i dimension, which is the true meaning of spiritual symbolism in scripture, ritual, liturgy and theology. OPEN COMMUNION We believe that the main goal of our spiritual community is to perpetuate the historical sacramental tradition as instituted by Jesus Christ, and as preserved through apostolic succession. We maintain that the sacraments are channels of divine grace and are therefore easily available to all. Communion is not a reward for following the rules. Rather, it represents and repeats the great sacrifice that Christ made for us by atoning for our sins. We believe that the Eucharist puts us in communion with the Christ and is a channel of Grace without parallel. Therefore, at our altars all reverent persons are welcome to receive communion, whether members of our church, or any church. AN INVITATION We believe that spiritual growth includes the thoughts of all thinkers and writers, at the same time keeping our roots in the beauty form and poetry of the traditional church, although these traditions should conform to the needs of our local community. So many are leaving their traditional churches because they realize the difficulty of combining rational modern thought with irrational and old fashioned religious control. As modern literate and educated society, many have had the heartbreaking experience of having to leave the churches, which they still love and in which most of them were raised in order to respect what they feel. If you are such a person, it could be that you are spiritually ready to join us. We set no limits to your thinking, and instead encourage you to use your intelligence to develop the deepest spiritual truths that you can. We urge our family to read and assimilate all they can on scriptural interpretation, comparative religion, mystical traditions, as well as the best works in psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology. At the same time, we share in community the experience of worshiping in the rich traditional beauty of Eucharistic fellowship. need to know more???... read on for a bit more depth....
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