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About the Independent Catholic Christian Church


Creedally Orthodox
We proclaim the faith of the Nicene Creed:
* Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human.
* Jesus Christ saves humankind through His death and resurrection.
We base our faith on the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting them in light of the tradition of the Church, human reason, and the experience of Christians through the ages.

Deeply Prayerful
Prayer is a central part of the daily lives of our clergy, religious, and laity.  We offer several public opportunities for common prayer each week, including some by conference call.  We are devoted to the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours, in which the church prays the Psalms, listens to God’s word in Scripture, and offers our praises and prayers to God.

Joyfully Sacramental
We celebrate the seven sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick).
We preserve the apostolic succession.

Liturgically Diverse
There is great diversity in the liturgical life of the Independent Catholic Christian Church. Great latitude is given to individual members and communities to pray in whichever authentically Christian forms best suit them. Some of our communities celebrate very traditional liturgies, while others use much more contemporary Christian expressions of worship.

Radically Inclusive
We welcome all people to worship with us, inviting all baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion.
We ordain men and women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual Christians as bishops, priests, and deacons.
We celebrate the marriages of both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

Generously Relational
The people of the Independent Catholic Christian Church share a strong common life, even as we are widely dispersed.  We do not believe that it is possible to be a “solitary Christian”, but instead believe that we are called to work together as the church, in its various expressions, so that we may grow in our discipleship to Christ.  We are also called to bear witness to Christ and work for justice in the larger world. We invite you to join us in our journey of Christian life.

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