MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDING BISHOP TNCCNA
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We are catholic in every way except for the rules that separate or exclude so many believers. Our only rule is respect. Respect for the differences among us as children of an awesome God. We know and believe Jesus Christ has called each and every one of us and has died for us as sinners, not saints. Therefore, we do not pretend to judge or exclude anyone from the mercy and love of God.
One distinguishing characteristic of “Old Catholicism” is the importance we place on the voice of the laity. We are a conciliar, which means when we gather to make decisions about who we are, we meet in synod which must include laity. When we make decisions on a local, parish level, we meet not in hierarchy but as brothers and sisters, each with our own voice seeking God’s direction and consensus of our wills.
We remain catholic in our love of liturgy for worship. We accept the doctrines of faith prior to Vatican l. We are grateful for Vatican ll. We are a church that is truly actualized in accepting of the diversity of gifts. Women are bishops, priests, deacons and fully acknowledged in all forms of service. Marriage is seen as a gift that enhances ministry rather than a hindrance. Sexual identity is not restrictive but embraced as a blessing.
You will find our numbers may be small our hearts are large. We seek to serve as Jesus commanded. We are willing to “wash the feet” of the weary and the strong. All of us are servants. Wherever we find ourselves in life, we are each called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world to complete his work on earth. We are his mouth to speak a word of forgiveness, mercy, encouragement and when necessary to challenge injustice.
God’s peace and love be with you. Thank you for taking the time to visit us.
Bishop Leonard Walker