The Community of Saint John was established in 2012 and is committed to following Jesus’ way of love in our own time and our own day. The essence of our Community was established by our Lord in the calling of his disciples (followers or students) to be one with one another even as Jesus and God were one. Our Community exists to support the belief that God created us to live in community where people are earthed and find their true identity.
We are a community of transformation: a group of faithful Christians striving to follow the simple way of Jesus. This is by no means the only way, but merely one avenue by which we seek to go more deeply into the freedom to love one another. The Community of Saint John is a work in progress. We learn from one another how to live faithfully in the here and now. Our hope for this faith family is to become a visible expression of love on behalf of each other and for the world.
Pivotal to the life of our Community is the writing of the fourth Gospel – The Gospel of John. In this testimony we find the truths that
lead us to an abundant life. As we become more and more familiar with the text
through study, prayer, and its proclamation, the riches of John’s words will
prove to be limitless.
The spirit and core of our Community can be seen in how we love each other. Jesus gave his disciples a “new commandment” to love one another just as he loved them. We strive to follow that example by welcoming all people. By this powerful and mystical action of love, we hope that others will come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah - the Son of God - and that through believing they will have life in his name.
We must be in community. Gathered in the principle of belonging to God and to each other, we are challenged to know and to be known. As we learn to receive and give God’s love in practical, life-changing ways, we begin to embody that love on behalf of the world.
We strive for a rich diversity. Being together with the poor and the privileged, men and women of all races and life experiences, we learn to respect and honor the whole family of Christ. The authentic church seeks particularly to be with those whom Jesus was with - those who were outside the religious and social systems. We will work to build a diverse membership where differences become gifts.
We are about reconciliation. The primary work of Jesus is to heal us of our sin (our separation from God and from each other). This is the primary work of the authentic church as well. We continually seek meaningful ways to bring together whatever has been broken apart and learn how to love and be loved, even before we are lovable.
We seek justice for all people. The authentic church finds creative and proactive ways to “love one another as we have been loved.” Our faith community is called to practice charity as well as justice, reaching out to those who are down and lending the strength of our voice to those who cry out for change.