The Theology of St Paul’s – Bangkok: A Melting Pot of Tradition
In the heart of Bangkok, St Paul’s stands as a spiritual sanctuary, steeped in rich Anglican tradition while embracing modern nuances in theological thought. Understanding the theology that guides us not only enriches our spiritual lives but provides a roadmap for the congregation’s mission and its role in contemporary society. Here, we delve into the core tenets of St Paul’s theological landscape.
At its core, St Paul’s is Anglican, with rituals, liturgy, and practices that have stood the test of time. Our services follow a traditional Anglican liturgy, offering continuity and familiarity to those who seek it. However, we’re not part of the Singapore Diocese, giving us the flexibility to adapt our practices to serve our unique demographic better.
All our priests are regularly ordained using the Anglican Rite by our Lutheran Bishop, thereby gaining legitimacy through the Porvoo Convention. This ensures our succession falls within the global Anglican Communion, securing our connection to the universal Church.
St Paul’s is committed to the theology of traditional Anglo-Affirming Catholicism. This branch of theology seeks to marry the wisdom of traditional Catholicism with the social justice inclinations of more progressive ideologies. It’s an expression of our commitment to be both a keeper of tradition and a congregation that affirms the dignity and worth of all individuals.
Social Justice and Outreach
Our theological stance extends to a commitment to social justice. Echoing Jesus Christ’s teachings on compassion, equality, and service, we actively engage in community programs and outreach activities. These initiatives are not just acts of charity but embody our understanding of what it means to be a modern congregation with traditional liturgy in the modern world.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogues
In an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, we recognize the need for dialogue between various religious traditions. Our theology promotes respect and understanding among different faiths, aiming for a world where spiritual truths can be shared in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Inclusivity and Diversity
St Paul’s aims to reflect the diverse fabric of Bangkok. Being open and affirming are not just buzzwords but deeply rooted in our theology. All are welcome here, irrespective of nationality, language, sexuality or background.
The theology of St. Paul’s – Bangkok is a blend of traditional Anglican, affirming Catholicism, social justice, and modern inclusivity. It reflects our community: diverse, dynamic, and deeply spiritual. We invite you to join this enriching journey as we explore the ever-evolving landscape of faith and spirituality in a cosmopolitan setting.