From our earliest memory, there is a desire to be in community. This is a most fundamental need of every human being and is the source of all other needs and desires. Set against a world that says we are not supposed to care or love those who are different from us, the Community of Saint John desires to break down the barriers that divide and to live as best we can in authentic community.
The Community of Saint John is called to be a sign of the resurrection - a sign of new life. This means that sin (a distortion of our relationship with God and others) is taken seriously and redeemed. Forgiveness is real and tangible. The grace of God abounds. Love in its most intimate and richest form is experienced.
Is the Community of Saint John perfect? No! We fail in our call and forget our purpose from time to time. We become selfish and make mistakes that hurt others, even the ones we claim to love. The ministry of reconciliation that Jesus offered during his life and mission is our witness to one another in and through difficult times. Forgiveness is at the very heart of a Christian community; so we are called to be open, understanding and patient as members find their way back to God and to each other.
There are too many people in the world who have no hope. There are too many people in the world whose cries go unheard. There are too many people in the world who are suffering because of unjust policies or selfish actions taken by others. The Community of Saint John is called to respond faithfully to these needs through our prayer, sacrifice, and loving acts of service. We have been called to be a light in a world of darkness and a spring of living water for all people.