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What We Believe

Our Church's Articles of Faith represent the foundation stones upon which our work is built. They can be summed up as follows:

  • We believe in one God and Father of us all, Who is Spirit.
  • We believe that we are all created in God's image, as Spirit.
  • We believe that, together, we must actively seek a greater understanding of ourselves and God, as Spirit, in our daily lives. This becomes our gift to God.
  • We believe in communication with God's Kingdom of Spirit, wherein dwell our guardians, loved ones, and sources of inspiration; furthermore, we believe that such communication is sanctioned and edified in Scripture.
  • We believe in the ministry, teachings, and person of Jesus Christ, and we endeavor to follow his example.
  • We believe, as proclaimed in Scripture, that Jesus was crucified and died in the flesh and resurrected in the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18), thus fulfilling the reality of God's Promise that we are spirit and shall never die.
  • We accept the Holy Bible as a vital recording of Humanity's experience with and search for God.
  • We believe in prayer and the healing power of God's Spirit.
  • We believe in the separation of Church and State; religion and politics.
  • We believe that we are accountable to God and to each other. We embrace personal responsibility for our actions, words, and thoughts.


In addition to these Articles of Faith, we accept and fully embrace the following, as part of our teachings:

  • The power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God's Spirit alive in the world and in the affairs of men and women.
  • The ancient prophets and Jesus Christ came to earth to share the divine Word and Spirit of God into the hearts and spirits of humanity.
  • Reincarnation and the Great Law of Karma (Cause and Effect).
  • Mediumship and channeling are viable means of bridging two seemingly separate worlds of Spirit together, into one kingdom -- God's Universal Kingdom -- and that mediumship must be upheld with utmost respect and dignity.
  • Death is the passing of the spirit through a doorway, into another dimension of life. Ultimately, there is no death, save one: the turning away of the spirit from God; yet, even here, grace, salvation, and rebirth are afforded.
  • We honor the sanctity of the human spirit and the divine right of the human spirit to make choices. In this, we are each responsible and accountable -- to ourselves, to God, and to each other -- for the choices which we make.

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