The Church of the Harvest is more of a fellowship than an organized church. On a number of levels we do not really meet the expectations that many people have of an organization known as a church. . .or even of other types of organizations. If you approach us using your past experiences with religion as a guide, you may find yourself confused or disappointed.
Our eccentricities arise, in part, from the fact that we are a community of inwardly-focused meditators. We believe that communication with God is a very private matter between each individual soul and his or her Creator. Outside of monasteries perhaps, groups of introspective individuals rarely come together for group activities. However, we believe worshipping individually can be done in a community setting, and/or can be enhanced by contact with others engaged in a similar pursuit.
Some have argued that in general, several very constructive religions have been betrayed by the weight of accumulated doctrinal positions over time. In other words, many well-intentioned, forward-thinking faith communities lose their bearing as they attempt to find common ground. At the Church of the Harvest, we take the stance that respecting each other’s free will is required of us by the Creator-of-Us-All. Therefore, we do not have an official system of belief or doctrine, exactly. In fact, a fair portion of CH members belong to other faith traditions and/or churches.
That said, it is impossible to approach our work together without having some commonality. Science tells us that for a good marriage, you don’t need the same interests or even the same beliefs. . .but couples do best when they share certain core values.
The following is what we call our “Dedications.” They should be taken as aspirational life goals. You don’t have to accept these principles or even understand them and you certainly don’t have to live by them. However, you will probably feel more comfortable with the Church of the Harvest, if you can accept others with a personal commitment to these goals.
1. Assist individuals and groups on many levels, to experience freedom, harmony, and service to God.
2. Create a safe environment for people to learn about balancing male and female energy, giving and receiving, spirit and body, and other major dichotomies.
3. Practice the perspective of God-given prosperity.
4. Create opportunities for increasing awareness and enlightenment.
5. Develop individual self-responsibility using joy as the vehicle for change whenever possible, as opposed to pain.
6. Honor all paths to God.