About Us


MISSION STATEMENT

“Antioch Church of Santa Fe, is a progressive church worshiping in the universal catholic tradition, providing a sacramental liturgy in an inclusive and loving environment.  Our goal is to spiritually nourish and serve the Santa Fe community in a way that celebrates diversity and demonstrates unconditional love. Our doors are open to all people with the intent to discover spiritual peace in your life.  Come worship with us.  We welcome you.”

Vision

WHO ARE WE AS A CHURCH COMMUNITY?

The Church of Antioch at Santa Fe is a really different kind of church. We are a progressive and inclusive Church that welcomes all people regardless of their religion or faith orientation. We are a church of love first and foremost, valuing love above law, theology, and dogma.

We seek to be a community that is inclusive of all people: conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, believers and agnostics, men and women, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, from all walks of life regardless of education, cultures or abilities. We seek to be a safe haven for all who need a place of sanctuary.

We are a Christ Centered Church that values the ancient Christian traditions and liturgies while at the same time we seek to leave people free to have new thoughts, new ideas, and new interpretations about how to integrate the teachings of Jesus and their own spirituality into life.

We are a church that is magnanimous enough to include all of who we are; all of what we have learned from the wisdom of other religions, all of what we have learned from life experiences, both painful and joyful, and all of what we hope to become, through our growing together in love as a community of evolving consciousness.

We are a church that cares about the earth and the life of the planet. We desire a world where social justice is the norm, not the exception, and we are willing to work together to make that happen.

We strive to be this kind of church because this is the kind of world that we want to live in and raise our families in; a world that is loving and appreciative of all the diversity that our Creator has made. This is what it means to be “The Church Different in the City Different.”

Tradition:

Independent Catholic churches are Christian groups, particularly small groups, led by bishops and identifying with Catholic tradition but are not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church nor with any other churches whose sacraments are recognized by the Roman Catholic Church (such as the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches).

“Independent Catholic” is customarily applied to churches that derive from the “Old Catholic“, churches that form the Union of Utrecht. The Union of Utrecht is a federation of Old Catholic churches, that seceded from the Roman Catholic Church over the issue of Papal infallibility. The Declaration of Utrecht solidified this movement in 1889. The Union of Utrecht is in full communion with the Anglican Communion, in accordance with the Bonn Agreement of 1931, and with the Philippine Independent Church.

Independent Catholic churches tend to maintain a more liberal theological anthropology than the Roman Catholic Church. Thus, many churches (like ours) of the union ordain women to the priesthood. In addition, the many churches offer the blessing of same-sex unions.

The individual’s primacy of conscience in ethical matters is stressed. Private confession is not mandatory, though it is often practiced, and decisions regarding the use of artificial contraception are individual and discretionary.

Progressive Christianity:

Progressive Christianity draws on the insights of multiple theological streams including evangelicalism, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, pragmatism, postmodernism, Progressive Reconstructionism, and liberation theology. Though the terms Progressive Christianity and Liberal Christianity are often used synonymously, the two movements are distinct, despite much overlap.

Some characteristics of Progressive Christianity, though none be exclusive to it, are:

  • A spiritual vitality and expressiveness, including participatory, arts-infused worship as well as a variety of spiritual disciplines and practices such as prayer or meditation.
  • Intellectual integrity and creativity, including openness to questioning and an insistence upon intellectual rigor.
  • Critical interpretation of the scripture as a record of human historical & spiritual experiences and theological reflection thereupon instead of a composition of literal or scientific facts. Acceptance of modern historical Biblical criticism.
  • Acceptance of people who have differing understandings of the concept of “God”, such as pantheism, deism, non-theism, as a construct, or as community.
  • Understanding of church communion as a symbol or reflection of the body of Christ
  • An affirmation of Christian belief with a simultaneous sincere respect for the truths existent in other traditions
  • An affirmation of both human spiritual unity and social diversity
  • An affirmation of the universe, and more immediately the Earth, as the natural and primary context of all human spirituality. The affirmation that our Spirituality derives from our relationship with nature and the cosmos.
  • A commitment to the wellbeing of the poor and a steadfast solidarity with the poor as the subjects of their own emancipation, rather than being the objects of charity.
  • Compassion for all living beings.

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