Theology, What is it for TVSC?
As a faith-based program, it seems important to identify what will lead the programs’ spiritual components.
- The program will be liturgical in that it will have a well defined set of services and it will require participation from those involved.
- The Book of Common Prayer will be used for morning and evening prayer during formation days and retreats.
- A number of books will be read during the course of the program year. To begin:
- A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne
- Love Does by Bob Goff
- The Third Law by Tamra Ryan
- Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson
- Spiritual Practices will be discussed and used during formation times and retreats, such as:
- Lectio Divina
- Centering Prayer
- Labyrinth Walks (Furman University, Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Simpsonville, SC)
- Spiritual Companioning
- Sits of Silence
- Above all, the program will affirm the Nicene Creed as written in 381 and the Lord’s Prayer as written by English Language Liturgical Consultation in 1988.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.