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ABOUT US

We are part of a family of churches under the care of The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO).

Our beliefs inform our values, shape our culture, and inspire our team. As we grow in love for God and others, our goal is to be formed increasingly into the image and likeness of Christ.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body, 
  and the life everlasting. Amen.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
        and was made man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
        he suffered death and was buried.
        On the third day he rose again
            in accordance with the Scriptures;
        he ascended into heaven
            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
   He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
     who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Athanasian Creed

Whoever desires to be saved should above all hold to the catholic faith.

Anyone who does not keep it whole and unbroken will doubtless perish eternally.

Now this is the catholic faith:

That we worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity,
neither blending their persons
nor dividing their essence.
For the person of the Father is a distinct person,
the person of the Son is another,
and that of the Holy Spirit still another.
But the divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one,
their glory equal, their majesty coeternal.

What quality the Father has, the Son has, and the Holy Spirit has.
The Father is uncreated,
the Son is uncreated,
the Holy Spirit is uncreated.

The Father is immeasurable,
the Son is immeasurable,
the Holy Spirit is immeasurable.

The Father is eternal,
the Son is eternal,
the Holy Spirit is eternal.

And yet there are not three eternal beings;
there is but one eternal being.
So too there are not three uncreated or immeasurable beings;
there is but one uncreated and immeasurable being.

Similarly, the Father is almighty,
the Son is almighty,
the Holy Spirit is almighty.
Yet there are not three almighty beings;
there is but one almighty being.

Thus the Father is God,
the Son is God,
the Holy Spirit is God.
Yet there are not three God’s
there is but one God.

Thus the Father is Lord,
the Son is Lord,
the Holy Spirit is Lord.
Yet there are not three lords;
there is but one Lord.

Just as Christian truth compels us
to confess each person individually
as both God and Lord,
so catholic religion forbids us
to say that there are three gods or lords.

The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten from anyone.
The Son was neither made nor created;
he was begotten from the Father alone.
The Holy Spirit was neither made nor created nor begotten;
he proceeds from the Father and the Son.

Accordingly there is one Father, not three fathers;
there is one Son, not three sons;
there is one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.

Nothing in this trinity is before or after,
nothing is greater or smaller;
in their entirety the three persons
are coeternal and coequal with each other.

So in everything, as was said earlier,
we must worship their trinity in their unity
and their unity in their trinity.

Anyone then who desires to be saved
should think thus about the trinity.

But it is necessary for eternal salvation
that one also believe in the incarnation
of our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully.

Now this is the true faith:

That we believe and confess
that our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son,
is both God and human, equally.
He is God from the essence of the Father,
begotten before time;
and he is human from the essence of his mother,
born in time;
completely God, completely human,
with a rational soul and human flesh;
equal to the Father as regards divinity,
less than the Father as regards humanity.

Although he is God and human,
yet Christ is not two, but one.
He is one, however,
not by his divinity being turned into flesh,
but by God’s taking humanity to himself.
He is one,
certainly not by the blending of his essence,
but by the unity of his person.
For just as one human is both rational soul and flesh,
so too the one Christ is both God and human.

He suffered for our salvation;
he descended to hell;
he arose from the dead;
he ascended to heaven;
he is seated at the Father’s right hand;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

At his coming all people will arise bodily
and give an accounting of their own deeds.
Those who have done good will enter eternal life,
and those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith:
one cannot be saved without believing it firmly and faithfully.

We affirm the historic BELIEFS of Christianity.

Worship

We are designed for worship. Worship develops our primary need, which is to be in a relationship with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Worship also reorients our minds towards the life and actions of God. And finally, as Eugene Peterson says, “worship gives us a workable structure for life.”

Hospitality

Everyone is welcome at our church. Hospitality is more than being nice, but rather it is our acts of love that show our neighbors that they are loved by God. This is the life we see Jesus lived in the Gospels. He ate, drank, healed, laughed, cried, and served those around him. We want to walk the way of Jesus. Our prayer is that this hospitality will flow out of our church and into our homes, neighborhoods, and city. 

Formation

Formation requires that we bring all of ourselves to God — our minds, hearts, and bodies. Through the work of the Holy Spirit and the ordinary means of grace, we are transformed into the image of Christ. Some ways in which we practice formation are prayer, the study of Scripture, Sabbath, Lectio Divina, and a Rule of Life.

Justice

Justice is God’s loving insistence on mending a marred world. As followers of Christ, we are committed to walking in ways of justice as we seek to be agents of hope and healing in our world. Walking in worship, hospitality, and formation leads us to a life of justice. When we care about the heart of God and we love our neighbors, we must engage in acts of justice for the sake of this world. 

What is a relational culture?

Our church should feel more like a family than a franchise. It means that the important parts of our life together actually come from sharing the important parts of our lives. The way of Jesus is the way of relationship. He has made us into a new family and we want to act like it.

What is a contemplative culture?

To be contemplative is to be present to God’s voice and work in our world and lives. A contemplative culture is a listening culture. It might be a tad slow for some. But Jesus walked around this world at 3 mph, and so the way of Jesus demands that we actually slow our lives to see God. We will be a church that invites you to walk with God at the speed of God.

What is Anglicanism?

The Anglican community is a diverse and global community with over 85 million members globally. What unifies this global and diverse community is its worship. Anglican worship is liturgical and comes from our prayer book, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The worship is sacramental and filled with Scripture, prayers, responses and participation from the congregation.

Our Leadership

Kara Griffith
Co-Rector

Kara lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband Tanner and three children Archer, Abel, and Whit. Kara has a BA in English from Florida State University, a MA in Christian Studies from Southeastern Baptist Seminary, and MA in English from North Carolina State. She is ordained in the Diocese of the Churches for the Sake of Others within the Anglican Church in North America. Kara taught high school and middle school English Literature for many years. She believes that stories can reveal the truth, beauty, and goodness in this world. She has been shaped through the works of C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Eugene Peterson.

Tanner Griffith
Co-Rector

Tanner hails from Rocky Mount, VA but has called North Carolina home for two decades. Tanner is a proud Virginia Tech Hokie, and he completed his M.Div at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tanner has ten years of pastoral experience that he brings with him to Christ Our Life Anglican. Some of Tanner’s influences include Eugene Peterson, Rowan Williams, and Frederick Buechner. He loves mountain biking and working outdoors. He is married to Kara, and they have three children who love eating donuts with their dad.