The Episcopal Church of the Advocate is a Christian community, seeking to hear and answer God’s call to us to practice Compassion, to do Justice, and to experience the Transformative Power of God in Christ as continually revealed in Word, Sacrament, and life.
Compassion … because the Greatest Commandments are to love God and love our neighbor. We strive to demonstrate this love through our compassion towards one another and the world in which we live by:
Engaging with those in need in our local community as well as the members of our own worshipping community.
Practicing radical hospitality and inclusiveness, and building a worshipping community of comfort and challenge for people for people of every kind of household andall ages and stages of life and faith and doubt.
Justice … because all that is required of us is to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. We work for justice and peace in the community and the world through:
Advocacy, service and prayer for the poor, the oppressed, and those in any need or trouble.
Understanding the causes of violence, and working to bring about a society in which conflict is resolved through peaceful, nonviolent means.
Transformation … because we as Christians are called to continual renewal of our hearts and minds to better discern God’s will and help restore God’s kingdom. We seek to experience and share the transformative power of God by creating:
Worship that brings us into a direct and intimate relationship with God and each other through innovative, sacramental, participatory and celebratory liturgy.
Ministries that explore the ways in which we as Christians may better discern and live God’s will for our lives and our world, that we may be transformed, and through our actions we may serve as instruments of change and transformation in our community.
With our name, Church of the Advocate, we honor and serve God, through Christ who is our mediator and advocate before God, and through the Holy Spirit who is the advocate and comforter at work within and among us to bring about the love and will of God incarnate in the world.
Embraced by the Vestry — August 2005
Revised — September 28, 2005