Basic Christian Community of Hawai'i is a lay movement of the Roman Catholic Church, operating with full Diocesan approval. Our spiritual guides and advisors are Monsignor Gary Secor, Fr. Michael Sawyer, O.S.B., and Sr. Mary Jo McEnany, O.S.B. of the Benedictine Monastery of Hawai'i.
It is designed to bring together small groups of people to support one another (community), to study and know Jesus' Word (the message), and to live more fully the life of a believer (the mission). When you stop and think about it, community has always been an essential part of the Christian life, right from those wondrous days recounted in the New Testament. Just as fish swim together in schools for protection against their predators, we too need the strength of one another to shield us from worldly temptation and to help us continue on our own spiritual journeys.
The Basic Christian Community of Hawai'iwas organized in 1985 and it has been growing ever since. It's modeled after a success-proven format that is some 2000 years old. After Jesus' death and resurrection, the disciples were the original basic Christian community. After they were banned from using the temples for their meeting place, they met in homes to continue the spreading of His Word. This format must have worked, because those original twelve disciples have now grown to some two billion Christians in the world. Now, that's a success story! BCC is nothing more than an attempt to recreate the closeness of such small communities, to recapture some of the fire of the apostles, and to spread the Good News, both through personal witnessing and lifestyle changes.
Community is very important to our relationships, too. We cannot separate how we relate to God from how we relate to one another, because the very things that keep us from closer relationship with our neighbor also separate us from God. The goal of Basic Christian Community of Hawai'i is for us all to develop closer ties with both the Living God and His people.