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 daughtersor their sonsto 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 redemption.

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 direct:

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’.

Luke 6:35-38

New Revised Standard Version

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 highest blasphemy.

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 Nicene-Constantinopolitan 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."

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