Our Statement of Faith

Believing that the Beatitudes are the fullest expression of Jesus’ teaching, the Living Beatitudes Community seeks to live this message through an Intentional Eucharistic Community. Our social and ecclesial diversity enhances our respect for each individual’s spiritual journey. All persons of different faith traditions are welcome.

We seek the unity of all peoples and respect diverse sources of wisdom and spiritual inspiration. We believe there is more value in questioning than in absolute doctrines. We believe that Jesus gave us the example of a life lived for peace, inclusion and justice. Through sharing liturgical life and mutual support for one another, our members are strengthened to live Beatitude-inspired lives dedicated to spiritual growth and social commitment.

Services

We celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays and other religious holidays.  Our services are patterned on the Catholic Mass, yet often draw from other religious traditions.  Women and men play equal roles in all aspects of our services, which include weddings, funerals, and anointing of the sick.  We enjoy a light meal and conversation after our Sunday services.

Events and Programs

We offer a variety of other spiritual and social events and programs, including Advent and Lenten study groups, book clubs, holiday parties, and game and movie nights.  We volunteer for local social causes and agencies serving people in need.

Governance

A registered 501(c)3 organization, we are governed by a Board of Trustees elected biannually by our members.  A significant portion of our weekly collections is tithed to local, national, and international charities.

Affiliations

We actively support the missions and programs of Dignity/USA, the Federation of Christian Ministries, and Roman Catholic Womenpriests.  We maintain close ties with our host-church, Christ Episcopal Church, periodically joining with their members for special services and events.

What are the Beatitudes?

"Beatitude" comes from the Latin word "beatus," meaning blessed. At his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used the Beatitudes to teach a new way to holiness.   We believe that living according to the Beatitudes can lead to a more just society and a closer relationship with God.   Here is Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.