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What is The Christian Community

In the midst of many religious and worldviews today, The Christian Community brings its very own kind of Christian path to community life.

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What is The Christian Community

In the midst of many religious and worldviews today, The Christian Community brings its very own kind of Christian path to community life.

This is based on the one hand on the renewal and development of the Christian service of worship, the Mass, into the newly named Act of Consecration of Man. On the other hand, it brings a renewed form of the Christian creed, in which one can find the truth of Christian faith in a form appropriate to our times.

Worship and Creed live through the communal and individual religious practice of the community of those who find a spiritual home here. This life is nourished by a new relationship to the gospels and to the life of prayer.

The Christian Community is also a community of Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, the Sacrament of Consultation, Marriage, Ordination, and the Last Anointing complement the central sacrament of the Act of Consecration of Man.

A children's service and age-appropriate religious instruction, the nurturing of a deepened and expanded relationship to the gospels, individual consultation and pastoral care, preparation for the receiving of sacraments, funeral rites, and intercessory help are all essential aspects in the life of its communities.

Membership is not a requirement for full participation in The Christian Community. However, individuals who feel they have found their spiritual home, and feel themselves members of the body of The Christian Community can make the decision in freedom, after mature deliberation and assessment, to become members (see the page 3 on membership).

What it is not

The Christian Community is not 'the only true church'; nor would it like to be. It can and will not be regarded as the Church for all people. The Christian Community wants to be open for all who want to unite themselves therein.

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What it is not

The Christian Community is not 'the only true church'; nor would it like to be. It can and will not be regarded as the Church for all people. The Christian Community wants to be open for all who want to unite themselves therein.

It does not have a special teaching one must believe or emphasis on certain articles of faith. It is not a sect.

Christianity is universal to humanity and should not be distorted through overemphasis on certain doctrines or norms of behavior that reduce its universality.

The Christian Community is also not the ‘Church of Anthroposophy,' though it is the only Christian denomination that acknowledges Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy and its decisive assistance in the development and renewal of theology.

The Christian Community does not require a profession or declaration of faith from its friends or members. It stands in an independent relationship to all state entities, and is funded solely from the freely determined gifts of those who wish to financially support it. The vocation of priest is full time. Financial remuneration for the priests is not determined by experience, age, performance or position, but is based on the resources of the community. Every effort is made to meet the financial needs of the priests and their families, and other workers in The Christian Community.

The Christian Community is not against art, but seeks to foster a renewed connection between religion and the arts. Through its sacramental and cultural life it works in the realm of the arts, for example in the fields of architecture, sculpture, painting and music.

The service of worship

The Eucharist meal, the sacrament of bread and wine that has found different forms in the Christian churches, lives in the Act of Consecration of Man in a new form.

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The service of worship

The Eucharist meal, the sacrament of bread and wine that has found different forms in the Christian churches, lives in the Act of Consecration of Man in a new form. This at first sight unusual name brings to expression that we can become full human beings only with the help of Christ, who endows those who seek him, come to know him and follow him, with his healing power.

In the archetypal form of this service, we find the four steps: Proclaiming of the Gospel, Offering, Transubstantiation, and Communion. This new Mass is a path for the human being to Christ. The creed, a short sermon, and the Lord's Prayer are also integrated into the service.

As the year on Earth has its seasons, so the year in the life of the soul has its reflection in the festivals of the Christian year. The altar and liturgical vestments display the colors of each festival, reflecting its special characteristic and mood.

The service of worship is a living earthly picture of higher spiritual events. Colors and forms of the vestments and vessels help to make what happens invisibly in the service shine through.

Visitors are also welcome to take part in the service. Personal experience and impressions are the best way to become acquainted with it, and have more weight and meaning than any description.

The Sacraments

The Act of Consecration of Man is the centerpiece of sacramental life. In addition, there are six other sacraments that give renewal and direction to the natural course of our lives.

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The Sacraments

The Act of Consecration of Man is the centerpiece of sacramental life. In addition, there are six other sacraments that give renewal and direction to the natural course of our lives. The receiving of sacraments is prepared with a priest, when possible, in individual conversations beforehand, in order to strengthen the consciousness and understanding of what will take place.

Baptism receives the child into the religious community. The two chosen godparents are the community’s representatives.

Confirmation takes place at the age of fourteen to strengthen and support a young person's path into life.

Marriage blesses the decision of a man and woman to share community of life, and build for the future the beginnings of the reunited human being, reuniting the separation into man and woman. The sacrament is supported by two chosen witnesses.

The Last Anointing, along with the burial ritual, helps the dying to free themselves from the body and move into body-free spiritual life.

Sacramental Consultation (by request and confidential) is religious counseling for one's life destiny, and supports individual efforts to find new responsibility for and renewal of one's own life.

Ordination. In The Christian Community both men and women can become priests.

The sacraments are Christ's way of speaking to us and of our joining in his deed at important junctures in our lives. Through them he nourishes and supports our earthly existence.
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