Celtic Christian Theological Attitudes for Today
These attitudes are expressed as a way of initially orienting ourselves as we reconstruct Celtic Christian theology for today. This is a work in process. These attitudes are always changing and deepening as we continue this conversation together and discern how we are called to become the unique being God sees in the deepest recesses of our hearts. There are many other ways of expressing such attitudes. We start here because of our context.
God's Goodness is at the Heart of all of Creation: God made the earth and saw that it was good. As humans, made in God's image and as a part of God's creation, we also have good at the very heart of our being. We believe that creation is not a one-time event. Rather, we believe that God's creation is continuous and ongoing. We understand the radical nature of our dependence on God's continuing loving presence wirh us--and our interdependence with all of creation.
The Bible and God’s Creation:: We understand, like the early Celtic Church, that God is not only present in the Bible, but also in all of creation. Both sources provide us with the grace- filled opportunity to move into greater intimacy with God. This understanding requires that we treat all others, both human and nonhuman, as we would have them treat us. We realize that we always stand on Holy Ground-the Holy Ground of God’s Creation-and this is good.
Shared Spiritual Disciplines: : With God’s Grace, we can become the unique and wonder-filled people God calls us to be. We realize that God is always with us, closer than our very breath always encouraging us to move into deeper and more intimate relationship. In our tradition, there are spiritual disciplines and wisdom teachings, that assist us in opening our hearts to this movement of the spirit. These disciplines, such as Scripture study, worship, prayer, and service, all have the underlying contemplative intention to open our hearts to God’s presence and movement within.
As Followers of Christ: We understand that God showed limitless love and compassion in the Christ, sharing concretely in the lives and brokenness of humankind. Jesus shows us how to minister. He is our teacher and guide who calls us to loving action throughout all aspects of our lives.
Community building: We seek authentic Holy community. As Jesus did, we seek to build community at the grassroots level. We understand that our most profound teachers often come from the poor, despised, and marginalized. We particularly welcome them as well as all others who seek to be agents of God’s loving-kindness, justice, and mercy in the world.