St. Michael’s vision:
It is difficult to briefly summarize the vision of the Orthodox Church, of which St. Michael’s is just a member. Orthodoxy is essentially indigenous Christianity. Christianity as understood, lived and preserved by the people who believe the Apostles’ message. This message isn’t mere information, but a renewing of the mind; a spiritual rebirth from above. The content of the apostolic message is the activity and power of the Holy Spirit. It is not primarily teachings or traditions handed down from generation to generation, though those are important aspects. But rather it is the activity of the Holy Spirit which comes directly from God into each generation.
We at Saint Michael’s are far from this vision, but despite our distance from this goal we cannot jettison the great call of Christ to “be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matt. 5:48).” The call to partake of the Divine Nature (II Peter 1:4), cannot be ignored, but rather should humble us. So, no matter whatever good we might do or have done, we should say, “we are unworthy slaves, we have only done what was our duty to do (Luke 17:10),” since we are all so far from the perfection of the Father.
This vision is quite generally three fold.
To serve the community, especially the poor.
To bear witness to the truth of Christ and His Church in a loving, merciful and unashamed manner.
To become one with God.