The Renewed Sacraments
The Christian Community is a church established on earth and anchored in the spiritual world by the seven sacraments in a renewed form. Like an open door allowing the wind to blow into a house, the sacraments make it possible for the spirit of Christ to cross the threshold separating heaven and earth, illuminating and blessing the lives of human beings.
The Consecration of the Human Being is the centerpiece of sacramental life. It is a renewal of the archetypal form of early Christian worship, the Mass.
Baptism receives the child into the religious community, represented particularly by the godparents. It brings Christ’s power of transformation into the soul and body of the incarnating child.
Confirmation takes place at the age of 14, as a rite of passage bringing Christ’s light and strength to human beings as they are blessed and burdened by puberty’s gifts and begin to seek their own path into life.
Marriage blesses the resolve of a man and woman to share community of life, supported by two chosen witnesses who represent the community in its desire to accompany, support and bless what two souls desire.
We support same-sex couples wishing to mark their union within a religious context by offering a ritual service created in consultation with a priest. The marriage sacrament in the Christian Community is expressly intended to heal the original division of the sexes into male and female, and as such is not applicable for same-sex couples.
The Last Anointing gives an individual spiritual strength to face the crisis at the threshold between the world of earth and heaven. It can help individuals in 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 take responsibility for life.
Sacrament of Ordination. The sacraments are performed by a priest through the power conferred by the Sacrament of Ordination. From its beginning, the Christian Community has ordained both men and women.