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. 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. Our intention is to cultivate a therapeutic awareness of our God-given identity and to flourish in the Way of Jesus. Beauty, the arts, and a eucharistic posture are held in high regard with our parish.
The Way of Jesus is inevitably communal. Belonging can lead to believing. We believe that Jesus came to embody Communion; Communion with himself as well as one another. Communion is intrinsic to a life of faith and we believe justice is the name of what happens when "love your neighbor as yourself" becomes real. Everyone longs for a sense of belonging. We weren't meant to live out faith in a vacuum of isolation. We were meant to process, translate, and discuss Scripture in a communal setting. Much of life continues to gear humans to be self-centric. To practice the work of the people (liturgy) on Sundays will hopefully help us to be the liturgy Monday through Saturday.
"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.