Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope (faith) without wavering,for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word] (Hebrews 10:23)
Our Beliefs OPEN COMMUNION
We believe that all persons have access to the one holy, catholic, and apostolic Christian church. Consequently, all the services of the Old Catholic Church-Charismatic Liberal Rite congregations are open to all. This includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The altars of our Church are open to anyone who wishes to receive this gift of our beloved Christ. The Old Catholic Church-Charismatic Liberal Rite does not require that any person renounce their current denominational affiliation or faith in order to join in worship or prayer in our Church. We hold to the Liberty of Conscience as part of our faith.
The style of worship varies from congregation to congregation. Some use the contemporary liturgy based on Old Catholic and Liberal Catholic Liturgies and we allow folk-prayers going back to the 8th Century and earlier. While we have guidelines that must have the bare minimum requirement to remain within the Old Catholic and Liberal Catholic traditions, the Old Catholic Church-Charismatic Liberal Rite allows for freedom of style in worship, encouraging the development of worship forms capturing the spirit of the ancient Church and it’s relevance for today.
The Church is an association of congregations, religious orders, and various ministries drawn together in an "organic unity of faith and love." We allow the Freedom of thought and interpretation on doctrinal issues, and we exist for the reciprocal sustenance and growth of ministries. Periodically, the clergy, religious, and laity meet in Convocation for dialogue, sharing, and collective support. Our form of ecclesiastical government is a Episcopal leadership with laity input as well. Our Bishops are not "corporate CEO's" but pastoral leaders of a Jurisdiction, providing doctrinal stability and equipping the Church for ministry. Our organizational model is "axial" rather than "hierarchic." Our Bishops are foci for the presence of the Church in the world rather than feudal lords ruling their ecclesiastical domains. All Bishops are equal and serve their Jurisdiction and the whole Church. Congregations are self-governing. They own their property, manage their own affairs, and are governed by locally elected Church Councils. All important decisions for the Church are made through the Pastoral Council, which is comprised of the Bishops, Clergy, and Lay Representatives, all holding one vote per person.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We acknowledge the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament as the Word of God and the primary requirement for ruling in all matters of practice and church policy.
THE UNIVERSALITY OF MANKIND, NICENE CREED, AND AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe that the sufficient statement of faith is the Nicene Creed. This means that we believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith: the Trinity, the divinity of Jesus Christ, His Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, His Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension, His eventual return, the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, God's forgiveness of our sins through Christ, and eternal life. Our version of the Nicene Creed is that which was approved at the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) and reaffirmed by the Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.). It does not contain the so-called "filioque" clause arbitrarily added later by the Church of Rome. We also believe in the Universality of all Mankind, thus we hold to Affirmation of Faith as set forth within the Liberal Catholic tradition which states this: "We believe that God is Love, and Power, and Truth, and Light; that perfect justice rules the world; that all His sons shall one day reach His feet, however far they stray. We hold the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of mankind; we know that we do serve Him best when best we serve our brother man. So shall His blessing rest on us and peace for evermore."
We observe the 2 major and 5 minor Sacraments (or Mysteries) of the undivided Church. The major Sacraments of Baptism (with Chrismation) and Holy Communion are necessary to living a full Christian life. The minor Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation (also called Penance), Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Unction (also called Last Rites) are deemed necessary for a more abundant life in Christ and the Church. We also recognize the work of God in what we call sacramental such as preaching and teaching, prayers and devotionals, which assist in the spread of the Holy Gospel. And we teach that all of Christian life is potentially sacramental (that is, an outward sign of the inner grace of Christ which all Christians possess). And we also believe that it is Christ Jesus that makes the Sacraments Valid not the person giving the sacraments, as long as there is no unbroken apostolic succession that was passed from one bishop to another within the Eucharistic setting.
Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders we maintain the historical ministry of the Church (Bishops, Presbyters or Priests, and Deacons) instituted by Christ through the Apostles by the laying on of hands and rites of Chrismation. The Bishops of the Celtic Catholic Church USA trace their succession through the historical line of duly consecrated Bishops back to the Apostles and the Lord Jesus Christ. Equally important, they preserve and promote the faith once delivered by Christ to the Apostles for this makes all sacraments valid throughout his church.
We believe that it is in keeping with the Holy Scriptures, the Celtic Christian tradition, and God-given reason, that in Christ Jesus we are neither Greek nor Jew, black nor white, male nor female. And, therefore, all of God's children inherit the responsibility to respond to God's call in the full life of the Church. The Old Catholic Church-Charismatic Liberal Rite is denied to anyone on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual preference. To deny any person the opportunity to respond to God's call on these bases is to contradict Holy Scriptures, sacred tradition, and simple Divine justice.
We observe the traditional Christian Calendar of seasons (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost), Holy Days (Nativity, Easter Vigil, Ascension, etc.) and the observance of the feast days of Saints (with special emphasis on the Old Catholic and Liberal Catholic saints).