This is a creative compilation of parishioners responses to the fill-in-the-blank statements we administered during the extended Vigil Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost. Inspired by the work of Peter Block’s Community: the Structure of Belonging, our community wrote this manifesto together.

At St. Basil’s, we are a community of seekers.

We are one home, one family, one body with many moving parts.

We are children of God, and Disciples of Christ; sensitive to the movements of the Spirit.

Join us.

Together we can co-create, grow, and build even further.

St Basil’s is a place to encounter God.

Here you will find a place of peace and belonging.

A place to bear witness to Truth, to be stretched, and supported.

Here you will bear witness to your own worthiness, if only you seek and accept it.

As a community, we have mastered the art of discussion, sharing, and tending to the “lost sheep”.

As parishioners, we have worked hard to be good welcomers, journeyers, listeners, and givers.

As an urban parish, we need to work harder at our sensitivity toward others,

spending time together,

and having the facilities reflect our mission.

As artists, we need not be ashamed of creating.

As alchemists, we need not be afraid of searching.

As agents of change, we need not apologize for transforming.

St Basil’s is a place where support, participation, honesty, integrity, and change are upheld.

We have created a space where Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge thrive,

and where the Catholic Church and “current culture” meet.

Here is a place where you are recognized.

You:

the most vulnerable,

the face of creation,

the smiling stranger,

the newly baptized,

the newlywed,

the one sitting silently in the pews…

You are seen.

In you, we see the face of God.

As we rise to the challenge of using our gifts and talents,

stretching our comfort zone,

and offering our “yes” to discipleship…

We invite you to help us go from:

Satisfaction to Action,

Apathy to Energy,

Shame to Forgiveness,

Fear to Confidence,

Consumers to Citizens.

Won’t you join us?