As an Anglican Mission to Nashville | Franklin, we desire to cooperate with God in the transformation of our souls. Sacred rhythms are the undercurrent of what we do. In our gatherings we hope that our intentionally contemplative stillness assists in a time of rest while we listen and respond to our Lord. We begin with the highest view of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and culminate with hopes of the kind of world God desires to see. Our liturgy offers a unique blend of ancient and future elements that capture the imagination. We actively draw from the best of our ancient faith in ways designed to immerse and ground ourselves while being a light to the dark places in our world.
We believe beauty inspires us in accordance of our view of God - The ultimate source of creativity, beauty, artistry, and holiness. Our desire for and orientation toward beauty is in fact a desire and orientation toward God. We also believe that this orientation leads us to repentance and enables our spiritual formation. Beauty, the arts, and a sacramental theology are held in high regard with our parish.
Christianity is inevitably communal. Belonging can lead to believing. We believe that Jesus didn't come to write a book, but to birth a community that would bear witness to his presence and work in all of life. We value community as intrinsic to a life of faith and we believe justice is the name of what happens when "love your neighbor as yourself" becomes real. Communal belonging has potential to solidify from spiritual and relational equity. Everyone longs for a sense of belonging.
"Shalom" is the Hebrew word for "peace." It means something like everything in its place, flourishing as God intends. We find God in all things and all things in God. It is imperative for our souls to have space to calibrate our posture towards the Divine. Out of this posture comes compassion, holiness, and worship. Blessed are the peacemakers. - Jesus. To be peacemakers, we need to be people of peace, both inwardly and outwardly. Our living The Way is the shalom that is proper for God's future world to be revealed here and now.
Much of life continues to gear humans to be self-centric. Responding to the grace and mercy of our God compels us to meditate, go and do good outside of our walls as well as worship within our church gatherings. Human beings respond to God’s presence and activity in praise and thanksgiving, both privately and publicly. To practice the work of the people (liturgy) on Sundays will hopefully help us to be the liturgy Monday through Saturday.