Community of the Awakening Heart
The Saint Augustine’s motto is, of course, meant to say something essential about how we see ourselves, who we want to be, and who we hope to become – “the community of the awakening heart.”
- Community: In a community people are loved, appreciated, and valued for themselves — not because of what they can do for an “organization.” In a genuine community people have no need to defend themselves or prove anything to anyone; and, everyone has a sense of belonging — of loving and being loved.
- Awakening: Awakening to God – awakening to the mysterious presence, peace, and power of God; awakening to the poetic or divine life; awakening to others – showing kindness and compassion to everyone we meet all the twenty-four hours of the day, especially the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized.
- Heart: The heart is that inner placeless place where all that is most essential about us lives – our hopes and deepest longings, our courage and our fears, our most painful hurts and sorrows, our greatest joys and shining happiness, and all that is best and worst in our character. The heart is where what is most precious to us is stored.
We do not think this something that will be immediately or perfectly attained at St. Auggie’s, but it is what we aspire to. It is the desire within us, the inner labyrinth we are beginning to walk.
At Saint Augustine’s we talk more about practices than programs. This is because among the many differences between a program and a practice is that programs are primarily about getting results, and a practice is for the joy of the thing itself. So at St. Auggie’s we have little interest in programs to help others, but are intensely passionate when it comes to serving the needs of hurting humanity as a spiritual practice. Similarly, we don’t speak of “spiritual formation programs,” but of those practices that lead to a spiritual awakening. We have no worship program, but our worship which is rooted in classical Christian liturgy, yet relaxed and contemporary in language and music and relevant to our postmodern life, is meant to be a spiritual practice in which we experience a conscious connection with one another and with the Holy Trinity.
Classical Christianity & the ECC
Saint Augustine’s embraces classical Christianity and classical Catholicism; and is, therefore, seeking recognition in The Ecumenical Catholic Communion. The liturgy of the ECC is in keeping with that of the Roman Catholic Church, but it is not under the jurisdiction of the Vatican or the Roman hierarchy and is therefore counted as one of the Independent Catholic Churches. While the ECC shares the core Christian beliefs of the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Churches, as well as the historical and ecumenical faith of most Protestant denominations, it is more liberal on social issues. The ECC invites its members to follow their own conscience as informed and shaped in Christian prayer, meditation, reason, the counsel of Christian friends, and Holy Scripture.
Quest for the Something More
Above all things we seek to be open to the transcendence of God – to that something more to life that always evades explanation. We invite you to join with us in this exploration of the Divine Mystery in Christ.