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What We Believe

Beliefs are important — but they can often create unhelpful categories by which we can determine who is “right” or “wrong,” who is “in” or who is “out.”

Promoting unity in diversity, CCR exists alongside a generous orthodoxy.

Together we look to Jesus as our ultimate guide for faith and life, revealed to us in the Bible and further understood through tradition, reason, and experience. We take the radical words and way of Jesus seriously, convinced that they ought upend and unsettle every area of our lives.

We also affirm an important theological reflection on the biblical story and the God it reveals (the Nicene Creed) written by followers of Jesus over 1,600 years ago. While written in a specific time and place to address specific needs, we hold its statement of faith in high regard and in constant tension.

We believe in One God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible. 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-Begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light; True God of True God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.

And in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Jesus (Matthew 11.28-30)