The Son of God, born Jewish, started a small group of religiously
disenfranchised and disparaged people: lower-class fisherman, hated tax
collectors, medical healers
considered tainted by contact with the sick, wayward women, immoral and
avaricious men. These were not the kind of men with whom good Jewish
mothers of 30 CE wanted their daughters—or
their sons—to associate! These social
outcasts immediately followed the Christ and became His cherished,
consistent and loyal disciples unto their deaths. All, except John the
Beloved, died as martyrs.
The radical spiritual message of Jesus
Christ is that every member of the community of believers may experience an
intimate friendship with Almighty God. In fact, the purpose of men and
women on Earth is to live so that they are worthy to be called daughters and
sons of God. The mystical experience of transformation is freely
offered by God to all persons willing to surrender their guilt to
The Grace of the Holy Spirit is open to
everyone, no matter how great their faults, appearance or differences in
lifestyle. Jesus' message about our responsibility is clear and
But love your enemies, do good, and lend,
expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be
children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not
be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give,
and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be
the measure you get back’.
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Historic evidence shows painfully the
shameful failure of many of the catholic and orthodox churches to rejoice in
the diversity of their members, a pattern that — unfortunately — continues
to the present day. All too often, they have not only cast aside one
another, but also their sisters and brothers who worship the same God of
Abraham, as do we.
Inclusive orthodoxy is the practice of
welcoming into God’s worship and family those against whom other "Christian"
churches have cast the publicans aside. Consistent with the charge of the
Anointed One, inclusive orthodoxy recognizes the fundamental challenge of
Jesus teaching, as recorded by Mark. We welcome all who are called to God.
Inclusive orthodoxy acknowledges that
Christianity — from its founding — has thrived on diversity as the Church
encountered new cultures, experimented with new ideas (some of which she
most properly rejects), developed new liturgies, aligned with political
powers, led wars and sanctioned genocide, and divided herself into multiple
organizations that vie with one another in the Name of God, which is the
Applied theology and doctrine locate our Particular Church from within the
essential directives of the Church's first seven ecumenical councils.
The eminent definition of the central truths of the Christian faith are
found in the original and unedited version of the
Creed. The seven traditional sacraments are available and the
sacramental system is held as a primary means by which the People of God
receive divine grace and share united together a unique spiritual life.
As a Church, we are focused on the
Divine Liturgy and healing mandates of Christ while adhering to orthodox
Christian theology and dogma, which we feel best hold to and express the
original truths of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church as founded
by Our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is head of the Mystical Body, now made
manifest in real time from within all of us both visible and invisible as
one People of God.
The apostolic foundations of the
Inclusive Orthodox Church are from several clearly established collateral
lines of Apostolic Succession, each of which can be historically traced.
Our Bishops' lines of Apostolic
Succession descends directly from the Russian Orthodox Church, the Greek
Orthodox Church, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as well as from the
Oriental Orthodox Christian Church, the Archbishops of Canterbury, and the
Rebiba line of succession of the Roman Catholic Church.
The episcopal lineage from the Roman
Catholic Church comes from all three of the bishops independently
consecrated by the late
Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa, former Roman
Catholic Bishop of Botucatu, Brazil, who is revered by many as the "South
American Apostle of the Poor."