We are founded on the most ancient ideal of Christian life and have
inherited much from our Syrian, Byzantine and East Indian Orthodox forefathers.
Because our approach to spirituality is a positive, uplifting attitude towards
God and neighbor, the Church places the strongest emphasis on the development
of the human consciousness through the refinement of ethical behavior. One's
behavior toward other beings, whether towards fellow men or towards creation as
a whole, is the outer indicator of one's inner spiritual development. The Gospel truth is not a body of
knowledge, but a way of life. We respect and encourage each member's individual journey towards the
ideal of spiritual transformation. Where there is less of self, there is indeed
more of Christ, who is the divine life and essence of and within every man and
We believe mystical experience is common to all great religions of the world. Obviously, they cannot be claimed as the exclusive possession of any one particular faith. Moving within the realm of Christianity and regarding itself as a distinctive Christian church, it nevertheless holds that the other great religions of the world proceed from a common source, though different religions may stress different aspects of the same divine source. These elements, as facts in nature, rest on their own intrinsic merit. They form that true Orthodox Christian faith which is catholic (universal), because it is the statement of universal principles.