The Living Beatitudes Community is a group of friendly and caring Christians who gather to worship together, work together, and live our lives in emulation of the spirit of the Beatitudes. We celebrate the freedom of the people of God and the dignity of persons of all backgrounds, creeds, races, sexual orientations and genders.
We celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays and other religious holidays. Our services are patterned on the Catholic Mass, yet often draw from other religious traditions. Women and men play equal roles in all aspects of our services, which include weddings, funerals, and anointing of the sick. We enjoy a light meal and conversation after our Sunday services.
Events and Programs
We offer a variety of other spiritual and social events and programs, including Advent and Lenten study groups, book clubs, holiday parties, and game and movie nights. We volunteer for local social causes and agencies serving people in need.
A registered 501(c)3 organization, we are governed by a Board of Trustees elected biannually by our members. A significant portion of our weekly collections is tithed to local, national, and international charities.
We actively support the missions and programs of Dignity/USA, the Federation of Christian Ministries, and Roman Catholic Womenpriests. We maintain close ties with our host-church, Christ Episcopal Church, periodically joining with their members for special services and events.
What are the Beatitudes?
"Beatitude" comes from the Latin word "beatus," meaning blessed. At his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used the Beatitudes to teach a new way to holiness. We believe that living according to the Beatitudes can lead to a more just society and a closer relationship with God. Here is Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.