Independent Catholicism Independent Catholicism is a movement comprising clergy and laity who self-identify as Catholic and who form "micro-churches claiming apostolic succession and valid sacraments,"
Independent Catholicism as an alternative means to live and express our catholic faith outside the Catholic Church.
Our structures, beliefs and practices is closely align with those of other Catholic and Christian churches.
We recognizes the historic the Christian Sacraments, which are: Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Extreme Unction, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Orders.
We teach the doctrine of the Cosmic Christ
We teach that we are all immortal, both before and after physical death.
We teach that in the Holy Eucharist the substance of the bread and wine are linked to the life of Jesus and become literal outposts of his consciousness. And that the Holy Eucharist is designed to help those who physically take part, and to pour out a flood of spiritual power upon the surrounding world. (The Church has open communion.)
We teach that the Minor orders (Cleric/Tonsure, Doorkeeper, Reader, Acolyte and Subdeacon) are intended primarily to assist the candidate in his own spiritual growth and life and that the Major orders (Deacon, Priest, and Bishop) are intended primarily to assist the Christian Community. (Clergy are allowed to marry.)
We teach that the Holy Bible, the Creeds, and the Traditions of the Church are the means by which the teachings of Jesus have been handed down to his followers. They are fundamental, true, and sufficient as a basis for right understanding and right conduct.
We teach that all Christian worship is valid, of whatever kind, so long as it is earnest and true.
Eric Michel Ministries International is governed by the "Permanent Synod" under the Symposium (General Assembly) constituted by the house of Bishops and the House of Elders.. The Synod meets formally every month and it is oversee by a Presiding Bishop that we name Archbishop as the church's head. The current Archbishop is the Most Reverend Eric J.M. Gagnon.
Each Countries are call districts and are governed by a Regional Bishop with auxiliaries. For the most part these clergy are not financially compensated and hold secular jobs (Bi-vocational Ministers).
BELIEF All who come in a spirit of reverence are welcome to Holy Communion and to all other services of the Church. What opinions an individual holds is considered to be his/her own affair, we do not impose a doctrine.
The clergy claim no authority over the individual conscience; and serve those who may ask their help.
Laity Laypersons in the Church come from diverse backgrounds and from all spiritual paths. No one is required to accept any of the beliefs of the Church, and are allowed to accept or reject them as they please.
The Footsteps of Jesus Seminary and Bible Academy Training for the clergy, postulates take distance study courses which offers three tracks of study: one for Holy Orders (with fees), one for lay Christian Unitarian (with fees), and another for personal enrichment (Free Bible Courses) and Catechist for our members.
Liturgy We use our own liturgy, assisting on the Collects, and weekly epistle and gospel readings with prayers and songs.
The EMMI Catholic Universalist is a self-governing jurisdiction of the catholic and apostolic tradition. We offers valid worship to those who come to hear and proclame the Gospel and learn to reach the Omega Point in Christ.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things. And in one Lord, Jesus, the begotten son of God before all ages. And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We are not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.
In Christian theology, universal reconciliation (also called universal salvation, Christian universalism, or in context simply universalism) is the doctrine that all sinful and alienated human souls, because of divine love and mercy, will ultimately be reconciled to God.
The doctrine has generally been rejected by Christian religion, which holds to the doctrine of special salvation that only some members of humanity will eventually enter heaven, but it has received support from many prestigious Christian thinkers as well as many groups of Christians. The Bible itself has a variety of verses that, on the surface, seem to support a plurality of views.
Universal salvation may be related to the perception of a problem of Hell, standing opposed to ideas such as endless conscious torment in Hell, but may also include a period of finite punishment similar to a state of purgatory. Believers in universal reconciliation may support the view that while there may be a real "Hell" of some kind, it is neither a place of endless suffering nor a place where the spirits of human beings are ultimately 'annihilated' after enduring the just amount of divine retribution.
The concept of reconciliation is related to the concept of salvation, salvation from spiritual and eventually physical death, such that the term "universal salvation" is functionally equivalent.
Universalists espouse various theological beliefs concerning the process or state of salvation, but all adhere to the view that salvation history concludes with the reconciliation of the entire human race to God. Many adherents assert that the suffering and crucifixion of Christ constitute the mechanism that provides redemption for all humanity and atonement for all sins.
Unitarian Universalism is a religious movement which emerged in part from the Universalist Church, but it no longer holds any official doctrinal positions, being a non- creedal faith. Universal reconciliation, however, remains a popular viewpoint among many congregations and individual believers including many that have not at all associated with said church.
It is stated in Luke 13:23-25
reading: "Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?' He said to them, 'Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.' Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' But he will answer, 'I don’t know you or where you come from."
1 Corinthians 15:22, "As all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ", and 1 Corinthians 15:28, "God will be all in all". Verses that seem to contradict the tradition of complete damnation and come up in arguments
Lamentations 3:31-33 (NIV), "For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love",
1 Timothy 4:10 (NIV), "We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people.
Colossians 1:17-20 reading:
"He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross."
the first 600 years of Christian history, researchers have identified six main theological schools concerning apokatastasis. Four of them were Universalists, one taught "conditional immortality" and the last taught Eternal hell. Many early church fathers have been quoted as either embracing or hoping for the ultimate reconciliation of God with His creation. Those that did not embrace the teaching, such as Augustine, acknowledged that it was a common enough belief among Christians of the day. The concept of a final restoration of all souls particularly had large appeal in the East during the fourth and fifth centuries
Origen Traditionally considered a 3rd-century proponent of Universal Reconciliation
Universalist Church of America was a Christian Universalist religious denomination in the United States. Known from 1866 as the Universalist General Convention, the name was changed to the Universalist Church of America in 1942. In 1961, it consolidated with the American Unitarian Association to form the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The defining theology of Universalism is universal salvation; Universalists believe that the God of love would not create a person knowing that that person would be destined for eternal damnation. They concluded that all people must be destined for salvation. Some early Universalists, known as Restorationists and led by Paul Dean, believed that after death there is a period of reprobation in Hell preceding salvation. Other Universalists, notably Hosea Ballou, denied the existence of Hell entirely
Spiritual ancestry Universal reconciliation Members of the Universalist Church of America claimed universalist beliefs among some early Christians such as Origen. Richard Bauckham in Universalism: a historical survey ascribes this to Platonist influence, and notes that belief in the final restoration of all souls seems to have been not uncommon in the East during the fourth and fifth centuries and was apparently taught by Gregory of Nyssa, though this is disputed by Greek Orthodox scholars.] According to the Universalist historian Rev. George T. Knight, in the first five or six centuries of Christianity there were six known theological schools, of which four (Alexandria, Antioch, Caesarea, and Edessa) were universalist.
The first verifiable and undisputed believer in universal salvation is Gerrard Winstanley, author of The Mysterie of God Concerning the Whole Creation, Mankinde (London, 1648)
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Universalism is a theological and philosophical concept that some ideas have universal application or applicability. A community that calls itself universalist may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the Divine.
Christian Universalism is focused around the idea of universal reconciliation, also known as universal salvation, the doctrine that every human soul will ultimately be reconciled to God because of divine love and mercy.
A belief in one fundamental truth is also another important tenet. The living truth is seen as more far-reaching than national, cultural, or religious boundaries or interpretations of that one truth. As the Rig Veda states,
"Truth is one; sages call it by various names."
Universalism has had an influence on modern Hinduism, in turn influencing western modern spirituality.
The fundamental idea of is Christiauniversal reconciliation, that all humans will eventually be saved, and eventually enter Heaven in God's kingdom, through the grace and work of Jesus Christ. Christian Universalism teaches that an eternal Hell does not exist and was not what Jesus taught.
They point to historical evidence which shows that some of the early church fathers were universalists and attribute the beginning of the idea of hell as eternal to mistranslation and as a later creation of the Catholic Church.
Universalists cite numerous Biblical passages which reference the salvation of all beings. They also argue that an eternal hell is both unjust, and against the nature and attributes of a loving God.
The remaining beliefs of Christian Universalism are compatible with Christianity in general:
God is the loving Parent of all people, see Love of God.
Jesus Christ reveals the nature and character of God and is the spiritual leader of humankind, see New Covenant.
Humankind is created with an immortal soul which death does not end,or a mortal soul that shall be resurrected and/or preserved by God and which God will not wholly destroy.
Sin has negative consequences for the sinner either in this life or the afterlife, however, all of God's punishments for sin are corrective and remedial and none of them will last forever, or result in the permanent destruction of a soul. Some Christian Universalists believe in the idea of Purgatorial Hell, a temporary place of purification, that some must undergo before the inevitable entrance, of all, into Heaven.
In 1899 the Universalist General Convention, later called the Universalist Church of America, adopted the Five Principles:
the belief in God,
the immortality of the human soul,
the reality of sin and
Founder: John Murray
Formerly called: Universalist General Convention
Location: United States & Canada
John Murray (December 10, 1741 – September 3, 1815) was the founder of the Universalist denomination in the United States, a pioneer minister and an inspirational figure.
The Victorious Gospel of Christ
Christianity is a "Universal Religion," and is for people everywhere and in all times, but, the full extent of the truth of its universality is not realized by the majority.
That is why we talk about the catholicity (from Greek καθολικότητα της εκκλησίας, "catholicity of the church"), or catholicism (from Greek καθολικισμός, "universal doctrine") is a concept that encompasses the beliefs and practices of numerous Christian denominations, most notably those that describe themselves as Catholic in accordance with the Four Marks of the Church, as expressed in the Nicene Creed of the First Council of Constantinople in 381: "[I believe] in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church
"Universal" is the literal translation of "catholic"
Catholic (from Greek: καθολικός, translit. katholikos, lit. 'universal') was first used to describe the church in the early 2nd century. The first known use of the phrase "the catholic church" (καθολικὴ ἐκκλησία he katholike ekklesia) occurred in the letter written about 110 AD from Saint Ignatius of Antioch to the Smyrnaeans.[note 2] In the Catechetical Lectures (c. 350) of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, the name "Catholic Church" was used to distinguish it from other groups that also called themselves "the church". "Catholic" notion was further stressed in the edict De fide Catolica issued 380 by Theodosius I, the last emperor to rule over both the eastern and the western halves of the Roman Empire, when establishing the state church of the Roman Empire
The canon law of the EMMI is the system of laws and legal principles made and enforced by the hierarchical authorities to regulate the church's external organisation and government and to order and direct the activities of members towards the church's mission.
In EMMI, universal positive ecclesiastical laws and natural law derive formal authority and promulgation from the office of The Archbishop who, as Supreme Leader, possesses the totality of legislative, executive and judicial power in his person.
Canon law concerns the life and organisation and is distinct from civil law. Canon law (from Greek kanon, a 'straight measuring rod, ruler') is a set of ordinances and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of a Christian organization and its members. It is the internal ecclesiastical law, or operational policy, governing Church. The way that such church law is legislated, interpreted and at times adjudicated varies widely among these three bodies of churches. In all three houses, a canon was originally a rule adopted by the Symposium council; these canons formed the foundation of canon law.
The Book of Discipline contains the laws, rules, policies and guidelines of EMMI.
The Christian Universalist Association (CUA) is an interdenominational organization of churches, ministries, and individuals who believe in Christian Universalism. It was founded in 2007 by Rev. Kalen Fristad (a member of the United Methodist Church) and Rev. Eric Stetson, and is based in Fairfax, Virginia. The original name Universalist Churches Association was changed to avoid confusion with the Universalist Church of America, which merged into the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961.
The Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington, D.C., is a member church of both the Christian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Statement of Faith The CUA currently lists of key ideas including
emphasis on The Golden Rule as the fundamental ethical idea and
the belief in divine justice.
Divine law is any law that is believed by religious adherents to come directly from a divine source, such as the will of God or Gods, in contrast to man-made law. Unlike natural law, which is independent of human beings, divine laws are totally dependent upon human narrators and closely related to different cultures; they may change.in human perception in time through new revelation, however, divine laws are eternal and constant, not subject to change. Divine laws are contained in sacred religious texts such as the Torah, the Holy Bible, and the Quran.
In Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Law, divine law comes only from revelation or scripture, hence biblical law, and is necessary for human salvation. According to Aquinas, divine law must not be confused with natural law. Divine law is mainly and mostly natural law, but it can also be positive law
The Golden Rule, which can be considered a law of reciprocity, is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated. It is a maxim that is found in many religions and cultures. The maxim may appear as either a positive or negative injunction governing conduct:
One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself
One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated
What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself
The Golden Rule differs from the maxim of reciprocity captured in do ut des, "I give so that you will give in return", and is rather a unilateral moral commitment to the well-being of the other without the expectation of anything in return
in nearly every religion and ethical tradition and is often considered the central tenet of Christian ethics. It can also be explained from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, sociology, human evolution, and economics. Psychologically, it involves a person empathizing with others.
Philosophically, it involves a person perceiving their neighbor also as "I" or "self". Sociologically, "love your neighbor as yourself" is applicable between individuals, between groups, and also between individuals and groups. In evolution, "reciprocal altruism" is seen as a distinctive advance in the capacity of human groups to survive and reproduce, as their exceptional brains demanded exceptionally long childhoods and ongoing provision and protection even beyond that of the immediate family. In economics, Richard Swift, referring to ideas from David Graeber, suggests that "without some kind of reciprocity society would no longer be able to exist."
he New Thought each teaches that there is a common thread of truth at the heart of all religions.
New Thought is an ever-evolving belief system which will incorporate Truth where ever it is found, hence the name New Thought.
All is God But God transcends all.
One God, One Religion and One Church Group!
Our Not-for-profit society teaches the Cosmic Christ theology base on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and we worship God know as the Christ Big Bang
The Good News is we proclaim a progressive and liberating faith. This is a group of people who are theologically progressive, to discuss spirituality, theology for the betterment of the world. And it is focused on the teachings and example of Jesus. It is a left-leaning group that supports the Alternative Orthodoxy.
Therefore And Teach All Nations" Matthew 28:19
Eric Michel Ministries International an Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Organisation was created at our Synod in June 2017 after having a request for a partnership of Rural Churches of a different faith. Our goal is to give small churches tools to spread the good words of our Lord Jesus.
Eric Michel Ministries International an Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Organisation is an association of Christian congregations, bearing witness to the Gospel and serving Jesus Christ among people throughout the world. Our members are diverse in style, tradition, denominational affiliation, and membership. We are an international, intercultural, interracial fellowship of churches and ministry which seeks Christian unity in local, national and world relations. We are people devoted to following Christ and to living our faith in service of others and love.
The Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Organisation is a voluntary association of self-governing partnership of churches as associates and affiliates partnership of Eric Michel Ministries International committed to Christian reconciliation and unity. The Assembly doesn't have a large staff. Currently, there are four- person volunteers employed by the Assembly.
We bring together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 5 countries and territories throughout the world, representing Christians in Pentecostal, Baptist, United Methodist and Evangelic Independent churches in Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, Malawi, USA and Canada.
The purpose of our Interdenominational Assembly of Churches is:
Provide groups to enable closer fellowship and mutual encouragement and support among the clergy, lay and Christian organisations and to provide resources for pastoral ministry.
Encourage cooperation among churches.
Offer the opportunity for congregations to cooperate in fellowship.