We desire to be a
Native
Presence.

 

Native.

There are many beautiful trees and vegetation throughout wisconsin, but it is the invasive species that are destroying our natural Wisconsin Beauty.  As a new church in Riverwest, Christ Redeemer hopes to grow up and become a native part of the neighborhood supporting the good we see and bringing more good where we can. 

Rooted.

The Burr Oak tree has an amazing tap root that allows it to stay alive during very challenging circumstances like fire and drought.  As an Anglican church we have a deep tap root that is rooted in Christ and His work on the Cross.  We access Christ through an equally rich root, The Anglican Church.  Anglicanism is a treasure of rich resources that help us to love God and serve our communities as Christians.

Faithful.

We live in a society of polarities where each side works to yell louder than the other side.  We also know that we are society that no longer trusts what we hear from those speaking.  The only answer is to embody what you believe and allow those around you to watch as you live out your faith.  We believe the church is called to be present in our world, in our cities, and in our neighborhoods. And we want to be faithful to that call. We believe that God is ushering in His kingdom in this world, but we are called to participate and embody this kingdom.

Beautiful.

One of the Greek words for beauty in the New Testament is horais–it is the type of beauty that comes from being exactly who you are and who you were meant to be.  Thomas Merton, in New Seeds of Contemplation, says it best:

” A tree gives glory to God by being a tree.  For in being what God means it to be it is obeying [God].  It “consents,” so to speak, to [God’s] creative love.  It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree”

As Christ Redeemer consents to the love of God working in our midst, we trust that God will mold us into the community of Christ Followers that we are intended to be.