Our Theology and Approach
Before beginning to write in too much detail about our Theology it is best to stress once again that we are not a doctrinal driven church, but one more driven by a relationship within the Body of Christ. We do not affirm or uphold the creeds that were compiled and codified by the ecumenical councils or any other synod or councils, while our heritage is rooted in the faith and practice of the Celtic Churches of the first thousand years of the Church History. For we try to incorporate into our lives the unique aspects of the Celtic expression of the Christian faith that developed over the centuries since those times. While we adhere to the historical creeds of the Ancient Church, we leave it up to each individual to interpret them for themselves for we strongly believe in the ideals of the liberty of conscientiousness as found in the expression of the Liberal Catholic rite.
While we recognize the controversy around in the early church of doctrine and dogma, through Christianity being persecuted by the state, to being endorsed by it, and eventually coerced into supporting the state which used to oppress it. This was a messy merger of Church and State, the consequences of which we live with to this day. The Historical Creeds came about as a way too simplified and for people to read and memorize.
First, ancient theologians, liturgists, hymnographers, Saints or otherwise, inspired by the Holy Spirit, The Virgin Mary, The Angels or not, we're all human beings with the same nature and faculties as we humans do currently. Our faith is not static, and not only determined by ancient sages. This is a living tradition, whose direction has often been decided by at times Saintly and at times corrupt human beings. Theologians and liturgists of old have claimed they were inspired or directed by various Holy beings, in many cases, this is an easy way to make your claims or beliefs unassailable. We have no interest in making such claims, our theology and expressions are not beyond scrutiny, this church is not beyond scrutiny, and no teaching or ancient practice is beyond scrutiny. We are entirely capable of having lived, evolving theologies, and holding services that express those theologies while retaining the ancient essence of our holy church heritage. The two are not mutually exclusive, and the belief that they must be is shrouded in fear and power mongering for this holds true to the ancient practices of the Church.
For we see that the love of God, the warmth of the Saints, the Heavenly Peace is absolutely boundless, and cannot be destroyed by corrupt and harmful teachers and teachings, which is the greatest promise and assurance there is.
However, we have a duty to do better than those who came before. We, who endeavor to be true emissaries of the Church, true emulators of Christ, are obligated to do what we can to make our churches and communities reflections of Christ as well. This includes doing our utmost to dismantle harmful theology, to make our spaces truly inclusive, and to engage the world from this frame of mind as well. To be clear: God hates no one, no person or groups of people, to promulgate that notion openly or subtly is an aberration.
However, it may be safe to say God is not at all fond of oppression of any kind. Time and time again in the scriptures, God and The Christ are found to be on the side of the oppressed or hatred. To further oppression is to further the works of corruption in this world. There is no spiritual benefit in it. We are called to eschew oppression of any and every kind, and speak out for true divine justice, whether we understand it or not. Our understanding is not requisite for our action. If harm is done against any of God’s creation out of hatred and fear, it is expressly against God. God’s love is boundless, if God loves all, then God desires justice and perfect equality for all. There are drastic and subtle ways to make the world a place of love and peace, and we all have our own ways of doing it. No one way is better than another, no role exceeds another, so long as it is done with a luminous heart, burning, brimming with love and justice.
Repeatedly, Jesus called to us, telling us that heaven dwells within us and among us. Telling us all to be bold and enter into an intimate relationship with God, one that goes beyond the rigidity of the law, teaching us of a God who does not reject people based on their difficulties. Repeatedly, we were shown that while people called Jesus by innumerable honorifics, Jesus was challenging us, saying that if we lived through the same heart and with the same faith, we could do all that Jesus did as well. Jesus is indeed Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, but this Christhood is not for Jesus alone. The baptismal hymn reminds us, “As many as having been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.” The sacrament of the Eucharist is one of unity with each other, and unity into the body of Christ. We as a whole and individuals can and do exist in a state of Christhood. Veneration of Jesus Christ is admirable, but not good enough, we are actually called to emulate more than anything else, and to enter into a spiritual manner of living. This is the central role of Church, to bring people closer to each other, and to bring people more to the root of their Christhood.
Christianity should be more than just legalism, more than just worship God and don’t do “sinful” things. This faith was instituted as a spiritual path for greater union with all people, union with Christ, living through Christ, as Christ, and union with God. This cannot be done from a place of shame, from a place of guilt, but rather a warm open heart and the willingness to uproot any callousness one finds in themselves and in the world around them.