The traditional concept of “simba” in the Philippines is “going to church to worship God.” Today, “simba” is more meaningful when described beyond the celebrations of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Church as the People of God conveys a dynamic worship that is not confined in buildings and institutions. “Bayan,” on the other hand, could mean country, homeland, or community. There is a sense of patriotism when “bayan” is invoked, but when used to express a commonality of origin and purpose, a new dimension of fellowship and sense of belonging is created.
Simbayan is envisioned to be a basic community of Christians who are inclusive, ecumenical, and catholic — a fellowship of Filipino Health Caregivers searching for transformational changes in their lives, whether those changes be personal, inter-personal, or meta-personal. Simbayan is God’s people in a journey as a liberating community of faith, hope, and love.
In Simbayan, we believe in God’s liberating love throughout our salvation history. We believe with those who believed before us. We continue to believe with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, with those who are generous with their faith, with those who are in the crossroads of their belief, with those who are in the process of learning to be generous of their faith in Christ. We believe in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of our ecumenical ancestry. We believe salvation is not a monopoly of a single institutionalized church. We believe in a comprehensive approach to salvation (The glory of God is man fully alive – John 10:10). We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit which empower us as modern-day disciples of Christ to respond to the needs of Filipino Health Caregivers in Southern California.