On Pentecost Sunday, a statement of beliefs to Reclaim the Good News of Jesus at this time in the history of our nation was published in the bulletin and affirmed by members of our parish staff and council.
That Statement of Beliefs is now posted in the narthex. As the faith community of St. Raymond, you also are invited to affirm these beliefs by signing the book so that together we might find a common voice to speak to the challenges of our time.
- WE BELIEVE each human being is made in God’s image and likeness. (Genesis 1:26) THEREFORE WE SHALL treat all people with respect from conception until natural death.
- WE BELIEVE we are one body. (Galatians 3:28) THEREFORE WE SHALL welcome, protect and bless all races, genders, classes, orientations and faiths.
- WE BELIEVE how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick and the prisoner is how we treat Christ himself. (Matthew 25: 31-46) THEREFORE WE SHALL uphold and care for the vulnerable in our midst, drawing people close through Christian hospitality.
- WE BELIEVE that truth is morally central to our personal and public lives. (John 14:6) THEREFORE WE SHALL uphold truth-telling in our culture, beginning with our children and families.
- WE BELIEVE that Christ’s way of leadership is servanthood, not domination. (Matthew 20:25-26) THEREFORE WE SHALL support democracy not because we believe in human perfection, but because we do not.
- WE BELIEVE Jesus when he tells us to go into all nations making disciples. (Matthew 28:18-19)THEREFORE WE SHALL live in awareness of the needs of the global community.
- WE BELIEVE the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ and that we are called to be nurtured each week at the table of the Lord. (John 6:48-51) THEREFORE WE SHALL honor the Sabbath as a day to rest with our family in our Lord.