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What We Believe

The Episcopal Church is a direct descendent of the Church of England.  It was recognized by the English Church as an independent church in the 1780’s.  It is a member of the Anglican Communion.  The Anglican Communion is a worldwide association of 45 independent national and extraterritorial churches under the nominal leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian denomination with 80 million members.

There are 99 dioceses in the United States plus a scattering of other churches that align themselves with the Episcopal Church. The national church is governed by the General Convention, a group of representatives of each diocese which meets every three years to decide policy for the national church.  The Presiding Bishop facilitates the General Convention.

Each individual diocese is led by a Bishop elected by the diocese.  Each church is led, under the direction of the Bishop, by a priest or a priest in charge depending on the size of the church.

In some churches the Bishop appoints a Deacon to, “in the name of Jesus Christ, to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely.”

We Episcopalians believe in a loving and life-giving God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church and a part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ. We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being. Women and men serve as bishops, priests and deacons in our church, and can be expressed by all people, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

Creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God. While we will always have questions about God, the Church, and our own faiths, we have two creeds that we use during worship – the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed that join us to Christians across the world in affirming our faith.

The Book of Common Prayer is the symbol of our unity and dates back to 1549, and revised in 1979. It contains our liturgies, our prayers, our theological documents and much more.

We believe in one God, the father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We hope you will join us.

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