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Vision Statement

Bath Abbey’s Vision is to be a …

People and Place Fully Alive

Worship  +  Hospitality  +  Justice

 
 
People and Place Fully Alive
 
Christians believe that to be fully alive is both an aspiration and a mysterious reality.
 
Aspiration: We believe that humanity has huge potential, a potential realised in the person, teaching and example of Jesus Christ.  We also know that we are diminished by failing to honour God's will for our lives.  All people need liberation from what drags us down, be it human oppression of one another, suffering in body, mind or spirit, bereavement or death.  The Christian message is one of freedom and healing for all people; in this message, God invites us to be fully alive.
 
Mysterious Reality: Being fully alive is also a mysterious reality.  We believe Jesus was fully alive even in his greatest suffering on behalf of others.  Even death did not have the last word and he rose again to demonstrate that God's life and love is eternal.  In a mysterious way, experienced by God's Spirit, Christians believe there is continuity of life through death to life for ever.  In heaven we will know what it means to be fully alive but experience that life now.  
 
 
Worship, Hospitality and Justice
 
These three, together and never alone, are the core pillars of our vision statement. How does humanity learn to be fully alive?  In many ways, of course, but we believe the special vocation of Bath Abbey in pursuit of expressing God's life for all is to practise worship, hospitality and justice.  These three core pillars support everything we do and are the ultimate criteria for the use of our resources.
 
Worship: We acknowledge God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in all that we are and do. 
Hospitality: All are welcome in the household of God and we reflect that welcome.  
Justice: In our life together we shall demonstrate the bias to the poor seen in Holy Scripture.