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.
Congregational Association of Religious Expression
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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