In the world we currently live in where our consumer driven economy leads to such disasters as the financial crisis, and legislation has waved goodbye to common sense, we search for meaning in our lives. How will I be able to meet these challenges in our world and not repeat the same mistakes being made right now?
The IYC is a place to discover yourself, to develop yourself, to challenge yourself, to question yourself, to accept yourself. The Christian Community is there to offer a framework and guidance should you look for it.
The Act of Consecration of Man
The Christian Community believes everyone can connect directly to the spiritual world. They are not there to tell you what is right and what is wrong and what you should believe. The service known as the Act of Consecration of Man is a ritual which can guide you to a deeper understanding of who you are and what your purpose is, and give you the strength to accomplish it.
The ACM is there to guide us to understand and harness the power that flows through the world. The ACMs take place on Sunday mornings on camp as well as a voluntary ACM on Thursday morning.
Close of Day
Every evening the priest leads a close of day whereby we are given time to reflect on the day’s events and learn from our experiences. It is a peaceful moment with music and candlelight.
If we are connected with nature we will not destroy her. If we can see the good in others we will try and bring it out in them rather than destroy them. If we avoid contact with our spirituality, we risk drowning in the consumerist world and being easily manipulated.
The Christian Community is part of an international movement for religious renewal, founded in Switzerland in 1922 by the Lutheran theologian and Minister Friedrich Rittelmeyer. He was supported by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher.
Members of the Christian Community are not required to sign articles of faith, and are encouraged to form independent judgments in religious matters. There is also no formal written dogma. Each priest has the freedom to teach anything which does not contradict the content of the sacraments whose texts form the “bedrock” of The Christian Community. There is room in this modern Christian theology to incorporate such ideas as reincarnation and karma. The Christian Community welcomes everyone and anyone can become a priest regardless of gender, race, orientation or family circumstances.
When participating in the IYCamp it is not necessary to be a member of, or to have a relation with the Christian Community or Christianity in general. We welcome people of other faiths as this gives the camp more cultural richness. However the service and Close of the Day are part of our camp programme and therefore take place with everyone’s presence.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”