The Celtic Christian Communion
The Ecumenical Order of St. Columba
A Celtic Christian Communion
SACRAMENTAL, ACCEPTING & ECUMENICAL
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An Ecumenical Communion Of Independent Sacramental Clergy with the Celtic Tradition
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We are traditional Christians
We proclaim the faith of the Nicene Creed and Apostles' Creed
We are Joyfully Sacramental
We celebrate the seven sacraments.
We are ecumenical and inclusive in our ministry
We ordain both men and women, as bishops, priests, and deacons..
We are Deeply Prayerful
Prayer is a central part of the daily lives of our clergy, religious, and laity.
We are Liturgically Diverse
There is great diversity in the liturgical
life of the Celtic Christian Communion
The people of the Celtic Christian Communion share a strong common life, even as we are widely dispersed.
Dear Brothers and Sisters;
A thousand welcomes in the name of Christ Jesus. You truly are welcome here. A lot of Churches talk about being welcoming, but their reality is rather selective. In the Celtic Christian Communion and the Ecumenical Order of St. Columba, all people are truly welcome within our communities. We take seriously the example of our divine teacher; Jesus Christ, who ate with and ministered to tax collectors, prostitutes, ex-felons, and all sinners. The Kingdom of God is not an exclusive club for one kind of person, but broad and expansive place for all people of God. Simply put, because our divine teacher and mediator Jesus Christ came for all people; God loves and wants all people to come into fullness of life and to act as an agent of healing and reconciliation through which all people are exposed to the love that is Christ Jesus.
Another part of the true faith has to do with freedom - the freedom of people to ask questions with , the freedom to be open to the will of God in your life, and the freedom to be your authentic self this is sometime called the liberty of conscience.
This is what it means to be a true ecumenical Christian Communion. That means we are not here to tell you what to believe, how to think, or how to act. We are here to help you as you seek to find the answers to your questions and to walk with you on life's journey.
Of course, it is not enough to be an accepting communion. In fact, there is a danger in being either accepting or exclusive. The danger is that we can become so inwardly focused, that we become irrelevant. The Church was meant to be an organization that works for the well-being of all people, perhaps most especially those outside the walls of the Church. We are called to meet their needs and to share the divine love with them, to welcome them home, and to work for an end to injustice.
A Church that does not care about and work for divine purpose in the world is, in our view, not really a Church. And so, this communion and order forms a community of love and respect within Christ Jesus, our divine teacher and mediator, no matter what background the individual comes from - for nothing less will do.
To explain to you more about our communion is let’s say we wholeheartedly embrace and affirm Celtic Christian thought and practice, thus our name: the Celtic Christian Communion. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, including Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, and Charismatic, and they can hold a variety of beliefs.
Ministerial pursuits are open to all that seek out God within this communion through priestly and ministerial ordination, but also through the evangelistic outreach, jail ministries, music ministries, and missions world-wide, following the Celtic way in Christ. We seek to reach the isolated, the rejected, the lonely, and those who have been wounded by the institutional church. This Communion which does not "shoot the wounded;" rather, we offer all of these a haven and a home.
So for whatever reason, if you have not found a home in a local congregation, jurisdiction or denomination, or if you are simple seeking a loving, forgiving, accepting, and merciful fellowship, then our communion may be just what you've been searching for. We invite you to join us -- The Celtic Christian Communion ℠ -- on your journey and pilgrimage.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1,2 (NKJV)
* Please note: We are not the Celtic Christian Communion that existed during the 1990's, our history comes out of different branch of the autocephalous catholic movement. But we do share the same spirituality and desires of those churches (Celtic Christian Church, Reformed Celtic Church, and others) that came out of that communion and looked toward Christian Faith that was in the Celtic lands prior to the Church of Rome forcing themselves on the Celts during the Synod of Whitby.
In essentials, unity. In nonessentials, liberty. In all things, love.
Humbly in Christ Service;
Rev Bro. Thomas E. Mills, Bishop
The Celtic Christian Communion.
If I can be of any assistance to you please feel free to email me at Bishop Tom Mills,
DISCLAIMER: The Celtic Christian Communion DOES NOT assume LEGAL
responsibility for its clergy. Neither The Celtic Christian Communion nor
the individual clergy is an agent for or of the other. However, each member of
the clergy IS answerable to each other within this Communion and does come under
the local bishops oversight of this communion. If an investigation finds that serious
violations of this communion principles, morals, and values have been
committed, church sanctions can be applied up to and including removal
of faculties and excardination according to our charter for this communion.
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