Our Values

•RECONCILIATION AND UNITY We have a passion to see unity among Christians from all church backgrounds. We see praying for and working towards reconciliation as a primary reason for RELaY’s existence.

•CATHOLIC FOCUS We in RELaY have a special commitment to serve and to support Catholics and their ministries

•EVANGELISATION We believe that the call to evangelise has been given to the whole Body of Christ.2 We are committed to developing both evangelistic lifestyles as well as effective means of sharing the Gospel with others.

•YOUTH We desire to reach young people with the Gospel. We recognize that it will require special effort and a willingness to try new and innovative ways of communicating the Truth of God’s Word to accomplish this task. Furthermore, we are committed to helping young people discover their “gifts”, providing access to training opportunities where they can develop these gifts, and encouragement to eventually use these gifts to serve the Body of Christ.

•EUROPE We believe that God loves Europe. We believe that Christians are to be God’s messengers of hope to this continent, serving as a counterbalance to the prevailing sense of hopelessness and pessimism regarding her future. Although we carry responsibility in our respective local groups and parishes, our vision extends to all of Europe. Furthermore, we are committed to seeing our continent re-evangelised, the Body of Christ renewed, European society brought back to a truly Christian foundation, and to seeing European Christians become a blessing to the rest of the world. We are prepared to serve beyond our own local and national borders in order to see this happen.

•SERVING THE CHURCHES We recognize and honour local Christian churches, church communities, and their respective authorities in the areas where we work. Furthermore, we desire to maintain ongoing lines of Communications with them and to serve them wherever possible in their efforts to extend the Kingdom of God.

•LAY APOSTOLATE We fully embrace the principles of the lay apostolate outlined in the Second Vatican Council.3 We desire to encourage and to assist the formation of lay leaders, the emergence of lay renewal communities, and the growth of lay missions.

•NETWORKING We place a high value on building relationships with other Christian groups and movements, both in our respective countries, as well as internationally.

•HOLY SPIRIT We recognize that effective evangelisation and Christian Service is impossible without the Holy Spirit, the “protagonist, the principal agent of the whole of the Church’s mission.”4 We believe that through the Holy Spirit the Gospel of salvation brings people to faith and baptism, making them members of the Body of Christ and sons and daughters of the Father.

•THE CREEDS We affirm the historic Creeds of the Church. We affirm the Father as Origin and Creator, we affirm the Incarnate Son as Lord and Saviour; we affirm the Holy Spirit as Sanctifier and Life Principle of the Church; we affirm the Church as the People of God, the Body of Christ, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit.