Living Thinking Faith – our approach

The church altar and Piper window at harvestThe inspiration for our worship and for everything else that we do at St Mark’s is the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.  He is the origin of Christian faith and embodies a quality of humanity we seek to embrace.  Jesus lived and died furthering what he described as God’s kingdom on earth – not a political regime, economic programme or cultural revolution; but a reign of justice, compassion, healing and peace, rooted in truth and realised through the practice of love and the pursuit of wisdom.

During his life, Jesus invited others to work with him in realising this kingdom vision and, before his death, he entrusted it to his friends and followers.  We see ourselves as inheritors of this vocation and, as such, seek to further it through all that we do.

We recognise that organised religion can be an escape from reality, a source of exclusivity and bigotry  or even a destructive force. For this reason, we strive for an intellectually robust and self-critical approach to faith in conversation with other sources of human inquiry.

For further information about our approach to Christian faith, please consult the following resources:

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