Our Beliefs & Values
Every church has things it values and believes. At St. Anne’s we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we worship God in the mystery of the Trinity. We value the rich history of the Episcopal Church and the beauty of the Anglican Communion. Here are some of the other things we hold dear.
More than anything, we at St. Anne’s believe that God is a God of love. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, we are certain that God loves you. We try our best to do the same. True Christian love is hard and demanding work, but we have an extraordinary example in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ to continually point us in the right direction.
Reason & Mystery
At St. Anne’s, we live on the intersection of reason and mystery. In keeping with centuries of Christian practice, we seek to love God with our whole being, including our hearts, our souls, and our minds. Here you will find engaging sermons and classes that challenge the intellect as well as the heart. We believe Christians should think critically about their lives, God, and the world around them. But we also know that the experience of God goes far beyond the capacities of the human mind. That’s why we also seek to engage the mystery of God through spiritual practices–such as prayer and the Sacraments–that have fed Christians for over 2,000 years.
Scripture & Sacraments
There are countless ways God speaks to humanity. Two that we and other Christians throughout the ages have found enduring and reliable are Scripture and the Sacraments. Scripture tells us where humanity’s been with God and gives us a sense of where we’re going. It is the story of God’s love. We seek to listen to it deeply each Sunday and apply it to our lives. The Sacraments (Baptism, Communion, etc.) allow God to communicate to us beyond words. They remind us that God is incarnate, involved, and interested in our world here and now, not dwelling only in some remote heaven lightyears away.
Life As a Church Community
We enjoy being together. Though the people of St. Anne’s are diverse in many ways–age, occupation, upbringing, family status, political leanings, and more–our worship draws us together and transforms our differences into gifts, not hindrances. Through cookouts, retreats, youth group, prayer partners, supper groups, and more, we enjoy sharing our lives together beyond Sunday morning.
Contemplatives in Action
Life is hectic, distracted, and–in many places–broken. For that reason, it’s important to step away regularly to make time with God and to deepen our life with him. This is called “contemplation,” and it takes many forms. However, we can’t stay in contemplation perpetually; God needs us in the world healing, working, and transforming. At St. Anne’s, we pause regularly to make time for God in our lives, then we turn ourselves back out into the world in the great hope of transforming it more and more into his likeness.