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.
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.