We believe that the church is called to be a place where people can dare to hope through the love of God.
A Generous Orthodoxy
If we had to define our ‘church tradition’, we would say we are ‘generously orthodox’.
‘Generous Orthodoxy’ is a term used by Theologian and Pastor Brian McClaren in his book by the same name. “A Generous Orthodoxy calls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit.” (McClaren).
Generous Orthodoxy is centred on Jesus Christ, His life & teachings, and seeks to welcome all comers and to include everyone fully in the life of His Church.
At Christ Church we subscribe to the historic (‘orthodox’) creeds of the Christian Church, recognising that these are not so much statement of fact, but rather affirmations of great and holy mysteries to be explored and encountered.
At Christ Church we are striving to be a community where everyone is welcomed, valued and included. We subscribe to the Inclusive Church Statement of Belief.
We believe in a church which seeks not to discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”
Liverpool is perhaps the most Celtic of English cities. The ancient Celtic Church was itself an embodiment of a Generous Orthodoxy. At Christ Church are deeply influenced by the Celtic Christian spirituality, especially the Iona Community.