SAINT MARK'S has served the
English-speaking community of Guadalajara since the 1960s. It is part of the
worldwide Anglican Communion (known as Episcopal in the United States), the
third largest Christian group in the world. As for faith and practice, we
usually seek the "via media," the middle way, a tradition that dates back to
Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. It means that in worship we share the
liturgical forms of the traditional church and that through the centuries we
have adopted theological viewpoints similar to mainline Protestant groups. At
Saint Mark's you find Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Baptists,
and others all happily worshiping together.
Bible: We're not Biblical literalists. We know scripture comes through
centuries of transmission and development. However, the Bible, interpreted with
reason and in light of tradition, forms the basis of our faith.
Worship: We celebrate Holy Communion
weekly in the liturgy of the historical church and welcome all baptized
Christians to partake.
Tolerance: You'll never hear us say
what you "must" believe. We respect the views of all who seek to follow
Inclusiveness: We believe all God's
people are created in His image and are loved by Him. We can do no less than
love and respect everyone.
Social justice: Redemption is not only
a personal matter but also involves social institutions and the ecological
health of the world.
Outreach: Caring for those in need
is basic to our faith.