The word “Church” comes from the Latin word "ecclesia" and from the Greek word "ek-ka-lein", both meaning to “call out of”.
A convocation; the action of calling people together for a large formal assembly.
An assembly: a group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose, the action of gathering together as a group for a common purpose, or the action of fitting together the component parts of a machine or other object.
A church designates the assemblies of the people, usually for a united purpose.
The church has always been about the people, not the building.
With the legitimization and affluence of Christianity in later years, the "church" came to mean the building where people met. Now, it often is used to mean a particular denomination.
But the truest meaning of the word "church" is the group of believers.
Villages in Sanctuary's highest mission is to build villages & communities in like minded safe spaces. It will oversee our school, our holistic works and all we do in this Sacred Space.
Our church will:
We believe all faiths and religions can coexist in harmony, with acceptance and respect. We believe in the common thread among all practices of faith as it pertains to love, peace, and how we treat others.
We believe in the non-aggression principle; that every person has the right to live as he/she chooses so long as it does not involve initiating force or fraud against another person, rejecting theft, vandalism, pollution, and violence.
We believe in nonviolent communication; learning to clarify what we observe, what emotions we feel, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask ourselves and others. We then no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination and can experience the pleasure of contributing to each other's well-being.
We believe in doing our best to follow the Four Agreements in how we interact with, live among, and work alongside each other. To be impeccable with our word, don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, & always do our best is the basis of this pact.
We believe in the power of the people and their ability to leave a lasting positive impact on the planet for each other and our children.
We believe all life, from birth to death is Sacred and belongs in the hands of the people and communities, not industries or corporations.
We believe in partnering to support Native, Indigenous, Melanated, Latin & other marginalized communities by dismantling oppressive systems and avoiding further colonization.
We believe different cultures, ethnicities, and races can share spaces while healing and growing alongside each other with respect, rectification when necessary, and integrity.
We believe in living in accordance with the Earth, being its ally, utilizing its inherent gifts, and supporting it responsibly, sustainably and with preservation.
We believe in eating & healing our bodies with organically grown foods when able and growing wholesome food when possible.
We believe our children should be allowed to have autonomy over their own bodies, choices, education, & values when it doesn’t impede on their growth, health, or development.
We believe children have the ability to co-direct their lives and when given the opportunity, can thrive in different environments, alternative to traditional schools and institutions.
We believe in free thought and freedom of choice without the pressures of social conditioning.
We believe in autonomy and sovereignty. We believe in the ability to govern our own bodies, families, and cultures and that no governmental authority can supersede our choices & decisions.
We believe our bodies are Sacred and intelligent. They are to be kept unadulterated by not injecting synthetic substances into it.
We believe in holistic, natural, and herbal medicines. We keep our bodies healthy, whole and well with nature’s many remedies & only in the event of emergencies or terminal illness do we use the medical industry.
We believe in people over profit, by voting with our dollars and supporting small, local, family owned, when possible, we help raise the local economy.
We believe in healing ourselves and trauma for our own preservation, for our families, for our communities and in turn, our world.
We are looking forward to growing our Church. If you are seeking a like-minded place of lifestyle and spirituality, we trust you'll consider joining us! This is a membership request form so that you can be sure all is in alignment before going forward. You don't have to be or not be any certain religion to join us.
We're in the thick of it, working towards securing a dream location for our sanctuary! Fundraiser is live at villagesinsanctuary.rallyup.com/VIS! We'd love your good vibes along the way & trust we will meet you there soon!