The Sacramental Fellowship of the Progressive Christian Alliance

The Sacramental Fellowship of the Progressive Christian Alliance (PCA), following the understanding of the apostolic father St. Ignatius of Antioch, sees itself as a “communion of communities” made up of individual Christians, ministries, and other associations who support a progressive and sacramental expression of the Christian faith. We are radically inclusive, ecumenical, sacramental, and compassionate and offer a shared fellowship by walking side by side with one another while sharing a path following the Prince of Peace. To these ends we have come together with at least one unifying motive: a genuine and inclusive love for Jesus Christ, His People the Church, and the Sacraments. We seek to give witness to the radical inclusivity of God’s love and welcome into our fellowship any and all who would seek to deepen their relationship with God and His People the Church through the Sacraments, while experiencing the freedom to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in this modern, broken world, among fellow seekers who strive to live out a life of faith without judgment, by celebrating the grace that can be found within diversity.

We hold dear to our hearts, the Great Commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Matt. 22:37-40 The Sacramental Province of the PCA affirms the equality of every person in life, faith, sacrament and service, regardless of age, race, creed, ability, sexuality or gender, appearance, culture, vocation or theological opinion. It seeks to be truly universal and ecumenical, serving all of God’s children with love, welcoming all to His Sacraments, and inviting all people to His care and fellowship. Within the Sacramental Province of the PCA, the various expressions of individual ministries and associations relate to one another in a covenantal manner guided by mutual respect, acceptance, patience, and love. Each expression of faith and ministry shares equally in the responsibilities and rights of membership in relation to one another, to the end that the whole Province will seek God’s will and be faithful to God’s mission together as a fellowship of progressive believers. We respect, acknowledge and accept that there are varied manifestations of worship, many roads to connection, whether the blinding power of the Road to Damascus, or the longer gathering of wisdom, until enlightenment through such sacraments as the Eucharist occur, as seen in the Road to Emmaus. We acknowledge how important and transformative a sacramental style of worship can be. Any Provincial decisions are made in consultation and collaboration among the various parts of the Province through an egalitarian process of collegiality. As members of the Body of Christ, each expression of faith and ministry is called to honor and respect the work and ministry of each other part. Each listens, hears, and carefully considers the advice, counsel, and requests of others. In this covenant, the various expressions of the Sacramental Province seek to work together for the unity of the whole and the Commonwealth of God.

The Sacramental Fellowship of the PCA embraces and celebrates the right of each individual ministry or association to continue to operate and express its faith in the way customary to it; nor shall membership or fellowship in the Province be construed as giving to the Province, or to any part of the Progressive Christian Alliance now, or at any future time, the power to abridge or impair the autonomy of any individual ministry or association in the management of its own affairs, which include, but are not limited to, matters of dogma, doctrine, tradition, worship style and mode, internal structure and polity, and expression of the same; to retain or secure its own charter and name; to adopt its own constitution and bylaws; to formulate its own covenants and confessions of faith; to admit members in its own way and to provide for their discipline or dismissal; to call or dismiss its pastor or pastors by such procedure as it shall determine; to acquire, own, manage and dispose of property and funds; to control its own benevolences; and to withdraw by its own decision from the Sacramental Province at any time without forfeiture of ownership or control of any real, personal , or intellectual property owned by it. The Sacramental Province exists solely and simply to provide support and love, direction and shared experience, encouragement and constructive engagement, in our mutually shared journey to celebrate a progressive sacramental Christian faith.

 

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