We've been working hard on distilling our core beliefs. We believe that these are the beliefs that have been leading our decisions as an organization, and that they have arisen from the organic conversations arising through the group. I'd love to use these to start a conversation with the larger community. Give us your thoughts!
1. We Were Made to Create
The first five words - “In the beginning, God created.” In Christ we are co-creators and co-redeemers in creation. We create because it is our identity, our prayer, and our mission. The Catholic Creative lives to bring meaning to a directionless world, to bear Christ’s light into the dark places of humanity, and to solve the problems of the modern age through the power of the Catholic imagination.
2. Community First
The Catholic life is the life of relationship. CC must first be the family dinner table, a place of communion, friendship, joy, and unity. We believe that the most important thing we can do is foster a family ecology where creatives find belonging, spiritual nourishment, and are organically connected to the network of learning, mentorship, and patronage they need to be healthy and to grow.
3. There is More than Enough
Scarcity mindset causes us to see each others’ victories as our losses. It inhibits trust and is a barrier to vulnerable community. We believe that our God is rich. We see eternal abundance in Christ’s miracles; 12 baskets of leftovers, wine that overflows. We believe there is more than enough for all of us. We trust in His providence. This means we are not afraid to collaborate, encourage, uplift, and share with one another
4. Speak the Unspoken
“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
Speak the Unspoken means always speaking the truth in love no matter how uncomfortable it is. It means listening to the truth even when it’s hard. It means embracing conflict, because only through conflict can we grow.
5. Beauty is The Language of God
We believe that the greatest power for social change in the world is beauty. Beauty is the incarnation of the Truth, a sensual experience of abstract realities. We believe that beauty in this definition is God’s preeminent communication because the Word took on flesh. Christ crucified is the ultimate expression of God’s Divine Imagination.
This means that we must value beauty financially. We must be willing to not only be martyrs for the truth but martyrs for beauty, selling all we have for the beautiful pearl.