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Faith isn't about answers. It's about asking questions and listening for God's voice in the noise.

"If someone wants to learn more about God, [Jesus] implies, it will involve more than believing someone else's answers. It will involve thinking deeply about the questions you are asking and why. Then it will involve acting on the answers you come up with in order to discover what is true."
- Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy
 

Creation

The Catechism is a summary of the church's teachings, meant to be the launching point to further instruction and lifelong growth in the Christian faith. The ancient practice of new believers' learning in question and answer format is reflected in the Episcopal Catechism found in The Book of Common Prayer

Rather than simply learning answers to questions, this Imaginative Catechism can be a way to engage with the essential questions of faith. Seven exercises will allow you to journal your way through the statements of faith and practice. Find your place in God's story and the community of faith.

 

Let's journey together through the Catechism. Discover: 

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Human Nature

Q. What are we by nature?
A. We are part of God’s creation, made in the image of God.

Q. What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
A. It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation and with God.

 

Q. Why then do we live apart from God and out of harmony with creation?
A. From the beginning, human beings have misused their freedom and made wrong choices.

 

Q. Why do we not use our freedom as we should?
A. Because we rebel against God, and we put ourselves in the place of God.

 

Q. What help is there for us?
A. Our help is in God.

 

Q. How did God first help us?
A. God first helped us by revealing himself and his will, through nature and history, through many seers and saints, and especially through the prophets of Israel.

 

God the Father

Q. What do we learn about God as creator from the revelation to Israel?
A. We learn that there is one God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

Q. What does this mean?
A. This means that the universe is good, that it is the work of a single loving God who creates, sustains, and directs it.

 

Q. What does this mean about our place in the universe?
A. It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that we are called to enjoy it and to care for it in accordance with God’s purposes.

 

Q. What does this mean about human life?
A. It means that all people are worthy of respect and honor, because all are created in the image of God, and all can respond to the love of God.

 

Q. How was this revelation handed down to us?
A. This revelation was handed down to us through a community created by a covenant with God.

 

The Old Covenant

Q. What is meant by a covenant with God?
A. A covenant is a relationship initiated by God, to which a body of people responds in faith.

 

Q. What is the Old Covenant?
A. The Old Covenant is the one given by God to the Hebrew people.

 

Q. What did God promise them?
A. God promised that they would be his people to bring all the nations of the world to him.

 

Q. What response did God require from the chosen people?

A. God required the chosen people to be faithful; to love justice, to do mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.

 

Q. Where is this Old Covenant to be found?
A. The covenant with the Hebrew people is to be found in the books which we call the Old Testament.

 

Q. Where in the Old Testament is God’s will for us shown most clearly?
A. God’s will for us is shown most clearly in the Ten Commandments.

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