The Congregational Association of Religious Expression - CARE

CARE's History & Beliefs

CARE, or the Congregational Association of Religious Expression, was founded by the Reverend Bernard F. Baker, CST and incorporated in December 1999. The Reverend Bernard F. Baker, CST had earned all credentials from another Spiritualist organization. He faithfully served in many positions within that organization, including being a member of the Board of Trustees. As time progressed, his understanding of organizational structure changed. He became more open-minded and believed it was time for a Spiritualist organization to be structured in a congregational manner, not a hierarchical manner. After several years of thought and preparation, he began the organization known to us as CARE.

CARE does not offer a different Spiritualism. CARE does offer a broader approach to Spiritualism and its many purposes. CARE is much more than a church; it is its individual and collective members working together for the greater good of the whole. It is an organization of churches and individuals that have a common desire for fellowship with like-minded people.

CARE stresses the necessary education of all people regarding their spiritual progression. With spiritual progression as our foundation, we have an Educational Course available for those who seek a greater knowledge on the subject of Spiritualism as a Philosophy, Religion and Science. By studying our Educational Course and meeting all the criteria, an individual can attain credentials as an Ordained Minister, Congregational Spiritualist Teacher, Associate Minister, Medium and Spiritual Healer.

We are a tax-exempt IRS 501 (c)(3) status organization. which means that all donations are tax deductible. We have been incorporated under the law as a congregational religious structure. This permits direct members and auxiliary groups the freedom to make their own decisions without any repercussions from the CARE Board of Directors. This means that the members have the freedom and the right to worship as they choose, and to accept concepts that make sense to them. Being able to be true to one’s own feelings and beliefs is important to us. That is one of the strongest reasons why CARE was started. CARE does allow individuals and member groups to follow their own special beliefs, while being true to the Spiritualist philosophy and beliefs. Our concept is true freedom of religion. CARE is not a church; it is rather a chartering organization for other churches, camps and groups. CARE offers direct membership to those who feel they want to belong and be involved in the association and do not have a local church with which to affiliate.

CARE allows membership in other religious denominations. The reason for this is very simple, we sincerely believe in the rights of each person to practice religion in the way he or she feels is right. In other words, true freedom of religion! CARE continues to believe that in this millennium the old timeworn and restrictive practices are no longer appropriate. We believe that it is not necessary to maintain a restrictive hold on our membership; of course CARE is not alone in such a philosophy.

CARE has its own statement of beliefs, which we call our Spiritual Precepts.

Congregational Association of Religious Expression
Spiritual Precepts
  1. We believe in God.
  2. We believe that all in the seen and unseen worlds is God in manifestation.
  3. We believe that living in accordance with God’s Spiritual and Natural Law will reveal our divine purpose.
  4. We believe in the continuous existence of the soul.
  5. We believe in communication with the Spirit World.
  6. We believe in Personal Responsibility.
  7. We believe in Eternal Progression for every soul.

The symbol of CARE is the infinity sign. The infinity symbol is commonly understood to represent eternity and/or eternal life, and suggests the One Creative Force, God, as unlimited love and intelligence, providing continuous life throughout all eternity. It is also easy for everyone to understand the meaning, since it is a widely known and accepted symbol that clearly represents and identifies its own meaning.

Definitions of Spiritualism and a Spiritualist vary from one organization to another. CARE states that Spiritualism offers a philosophy that explains the reason for life, a religion which honors all Truth and will “bind us back” to God. It is a science that analyzes and presents Natural Law so that we may learn to properly apply the law in our life. It takes the ethical view, and is, therefore, a religion that frees us from ignorance and brings us closer to God. Spiritualism can be viewed as an equilateral triangle, where science and philosophy are the sides and religious ethics constitute the base. The basic philosophy is based on five beliefs: 1) The belief in God, 2) The immortality of the soul, 3) The possibility of communication with spirit. 4) A future life and plurality of inhabited worlds, and 5) Living our lives in conformance with the Golden Rule and based on charity and service. Spiritualism, as part of its teachings, states that “Spiritualism respects all religions, honors all efforts towards the practice of goodness, and recognizes that a true person of goodness is one who fulfills the laws of justice, love and charity in their greatest form of purity.

A Spiritualist is a person who believes that: 1) When the spirit leaves the physical expression of life it does not cease to exist but progresses to the Spirit World where it continues to progress and evolve spiritually. 2) There is contact between those in the Spirit World and those still in the physical world. This contact often happens through mediumship. 3) A Spiritualist can be of any race, religion, or nationality.

In fact, Spiritualism does not belong exclusively to Spiritualists! Spiritualism shows everyone the truth concerning Body, Mind and Spirit.

CARE has a non-discrimination policy which states; “CARE prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status”.

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