Who are Episcopalians

I AM EPISCOPALIAN

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 theUnited States, as well as inColombia, theDominican Republic,Ecuador,Austria,Belgium,France,Germany,Italy,Switzerland,Haiti,Honduras,Micronesia,Puerto Rico,Taiwan,Venezuelaand theVirgin Islands.

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.

We affirm that marriages are lifelong and monogamous.  Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny sacraments to those who have been divorced.

We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.

We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinions.

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

EPISCOPAL CHURCH CORE BELIEFS AND DOCTRINES

Baptismal Covenant

A mini catechism used at baptisms and on Easter and other special occasions, the Baptismal Covenant (BCP304) opens with a question and answer version of the statement of faith that is the Apostles’ Creed and adds five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith.

The Bible

It is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation.  Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end.  Approximately 70% of the Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture on Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity.

Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer.

The Catechism

Offered in a question and answer format, the Catechism found in the back of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP845) helps teach the foundational truths of the Christian faith.

Christ-focused

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name.  In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.

The Creeds

We will always have questions, but in the two foundational statements of faith – the Apostle’s Creed used at baptism, and the Nicene Creed used at communion – we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us.