Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
— St. Paul, Letter to the Romans

We walk in the way of Jesus because we need something new. Our culture, our media, our internet all feed us many new things, but none renews our minds like Jesus does.

When a seed falls into the ground, it dies in a sense, but then it sprouts to a totally new life. When Jesus renews our minds, he begins a new (and sometimes hard) process of planting a whole new garden in the world. We are here to support each other as God works in us, and to taste the good fruit of the kingdom of God as he grows it in our lives, neighborhoods, and families.

The particular way we do this comes from a pattern called the Anglican tradition.


What is the Anglican tradition of following Jesus?

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The Anglican tradition draws from the deepest wells of Christian spirituality and community. If you are familiar with Roman Catholic worship, you might recognize our liturgical responses ("The Lord be with you"). But if you are familiar with Protestant or evangelical worship you would appreciate the personal nature. If you have a background in other faiths or none at all, you might see that we advocate strongly for the poor and excluded, but we also never stop talking about being transformed in our own lives.

All of this is simply our way of talking about the explosive, revolutionary power of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

All Christian Ways are like cups. There are many kinds of cups in the world, small and large, made of glass, pottery, etc. ...

Think of pouring wine into a cup. The wine itself is independent of the cup, but experts will tell you that the kind of cup you pour wine into will affect the taste. ...

It’s best to put wine into the right kind of cup, but the cup isn’t the most important thing. The wine is what matters. The Anglican Way is a cup. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the wine. The Anglican Way is a good cup into which to pour this most magnificent of wines, but it isn’t nearly as important as the wine itself. It isn’t the only kind of glass you could use, but it is a good one, and one that does a nice job of allowing the wine to be experienced as it was meant to be.
— Thomas McKenzie, The Anglican Way