Rule of Life

img_0673This is our rule of life (the word “rule” is an ancient term that basically means “way”):

To help us live more deeply into our mission, which is to follow in Jesus’ way of hospitality, simplicity, prayer, peacemaking, and resistance, we have adopted the following as our Rule of Life to help us become more like Jesus.

Living our life with God, in the way of Jesus, by the power of the Spirit, and in affirmation of the Nicene Creed (381AD) with some added assertions, we are committed to the following:

We will center our lives on Jesus Christ.

  • We will devote ourselves to a careful reading of the Gospel, going from Gospel to life and life to Gospel.
  • We will actively seek to encounter the living and active person of Jesus Christ through the reading of Scripture and through prayer, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to shape us into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
  • We will pursue a rhythm of communal prayer to sustain our community.
  • We will strive to live life with the people on the edges of society—the poor, the forsaken, the oppressed, and the disgraced.
  • As Christ chose for himself a humble life, we will seek to live simply and sustainably in our affluent culture of over-consumption.
  • We will strive to purify our hearts from the desire for possession and power.
  • We will seek and promote peaceful ways of resolving conflict.
  • Just as Christ named and challenged the “powers” of systemic oppression when he walked among us, we will likewise name and challenge such powers of our day.
  • As Jesus showed inclusion and hospitality while confronting social exclusion and inhospitality, we will labor to be a community that warmly welcomes all without regard to race, ethnic or cultural background, legal status, social status, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, or any other means people use to categorize and discriminate against others.
  • We will support acts of nonviolent resistance as faithful expressions of love of God and love of neighbor.

We will be rooted in our neighborhoods.

  • We will take time to understand the diverse cultures around us.
  • We will deepen our relationship with the land, pursuing practices of deeper mutuality with Creation.
  • We will try to get in the way of the injustices and oppression we see around us.
  • We will intentionally build friendships with our neighbors.
  • We will remember our neighbors in our prayers.
  • We will extend hospitality to our neighbors, sharing what we have with those in need—whether it is a simple meal, clothing, a place to sleep for the night, or our friendship.

We will share our lives with one another.

  • We will seek to encounter the living and active person of Jesus Christ in our brothers and sisters.
  • We will regularly attend community gatherings.
  • We will regularly fellowship and pray with members of our community outside of regular gatherings.
  • We will share resources with those within our community who demonstrate greater need.
  • We will pray for one another.
  • We will nurture mutuality as we seek to uproot relational hierarchies from our midst.
  • We will pursue reconciliation in our relationships with one another, being persistent in our desire to heal any relational wounds in our community.
  • As our community is made up of people from different racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations, we will seek to honor and celebrate our diversity as a way of experiencing the fullness of the Spirit’s presence in our midst.
  • We will discern God’s desires for our community communally—seeking God together in prayer, with open hearts.