Thanks to everyone for your feedback. To give a little more clarification, the co-op has been around for 10 years. I joined it bc at the time, I didn’t know of any Catholic co-ops.
The founder’s children are getting older and she wants something that captures the Evangelical foundation of the school. This is now being done in a “founding” statement, which came out of the desire to have a statement of faith. Now the path forward has both.
With several Catholic families in the group, she doesn’t want us to one day be praying the Hail Mary at morning prayer after she leaves the co-op. I can understand that a bit - If I started a Catholic co-op, I wouldn’t want it to turn Protestant after I left.
That said, I joined it with the understanding that it was Christian and Christian is a much broader term than Evangelical. It seems to me like my family won’t fit here in the long run and I will need to find a Catholic co-op. For now, though, the Catholic co-ops seem to focus primarily on older children and my oldest is only 5.
I quoted a few paragraphs from the CCC 847-848 and hopefully she will understand my concerns with her stmt and the position of the Catholic Church.
I copied the entire statement of faith below. If you think there is something else that I should be concerned with as a Catholic, please let me know. I know that the founder has worked very hard to make this something all Christians are comfortable with and outside the one statement on “accepting Christ and Lord and Savior”, I feel like as a Catholic, I am comfortable with her other statements.
Here’s it is:
We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, who reveals himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, that the Bible, Old and New Testaments is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
We believe in Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man at the same time, who became like us to bring about our salvation.
We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the Cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.
We believe that each person must repent, turn away from his sins, and accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers through our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that individual doctrinal differences which may exist aside from these foundational beliefs should not hinder the unity of Christian home educators