What is the Episcopal Church?

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in many other countries in the world.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. Our liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

We uphold the Bible as the Word of God and believe it contains all things necessary for salvation. We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We believe in repentance, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. At the same time, lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.

As members of the Anglican Communion we recognize that the 5 marks of mission are

• To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
• To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
• To respond to human need by loving service
• To seek to transform unjust structures of society
• To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth