THE COMMUNITY OF JESUS AND MARY
WELCOMES ALL GOD’S CHILDREN
The Community of Jesus and Mary is a worldwide ecumenical organization of individuals from different backgrounds and ideologies. We are proudly pluralistic, and recognize that every person is a child of God.
The Community of Jesus and Mary stands strongly opposed to injustice and discrimination. We welcome, value, and appreciate people of all ages, abilities, races, ethnicities, sexes, sexual orientations, or gender identities (including a person’s choice of gender presentation, whether or not that gender identity, appearance or behavior is traditionally associated with that person’s sex at birth),. We don’t just tolerate diversity, we celebrate it.
The Community of Jesus and Mary is firmly committed to promoting the human rights of all people to be proud of who and what they are, and to allowing stigmatized minorities to live in peace and dignity without interference in their personal lives by governments or other forces.
In the Community of Jesus and Mary we don’t waste people; we believe that every person has their gift from God, and every person has their valuable contribution to make. We want every single individual to have an equal opportunity to realize their full potential as a member of society and as a precious child of God. Accordingly, we place particular emphasis on expanding human rights, and especially the rights of children and adolescents, with the hope that young people may be able to enjoy freedom and happiness in all aspects of life.
The Community of Jesus and Mary places special emphasis on promoting the freedom and happiness of young people, and on encouraging their education. We believe that each person—no matter what their economic status—should have the opportunity to attain the highest level of education of which they are capable. While youth is a time to enjoy life and to learn, education is a life-long experience. Followers of all ages are encouraged to continue to learn new skills, to develop new insights, and to appreciate all of God’s creation.
The Community of Jesus and Mary also places special importance on creativity. Every person should be encouraged to develop their creative side, whether it is in the arts of dance, music, visual arts, creative writing, or the creativity of invention, scientific discovery, or the creation of new products that will benefit humanity and the earth. Our aim is to build societies that are full of persons whose lives are characterized by peace, love, joy, self-acceptance, fulfillment, and compassion for all other beings. Individual lives are not the means to a goal, but are the goal itself.
The Worship Service is held on Saturday, which is the Sabbath that Jesus and Mary, as observant Jews, practiced. Worship Services are designed to make people feel enjoyment and fulfillment. Because music moves the soul, hand-clapping, joyous singing and dancing are major parts of each Worship Service. Each activity should be inclusive and welcoming, and hopefully will leave people with an attitude of gratitude that they attended. The goal of the Worship Service is that people should go away with a renewed spirit that will help them deal with their problems and have a more positive attitude toward life. The Community of Jesus and Mary exists to help people, spiritually, physically, psychologically, financially, and in all other ways, to have a better life.