An overview of an Episcopalian

 

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in

the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every

person.

 

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and

traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

 

Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many

languages.

 

Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination

as deacons, priests and bishops.

 

We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

 

Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.

 

Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members

of the Episcopal Church.

 

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. The Book

of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more

Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in

Christianity.

 

We arm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous.

 

Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny

the sacraments to those who have been divorced.

 

We arm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed

conscience.

 

We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our dierences, always putting

the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

 

All are welcome to nd a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.