As Episcopalians, we worship, study, and ask questions as we move more deeply into the mystery of God. We honor the great tradition of the church and strive to imitate Jesus Christ, welcoming the stranger and the outcast, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and sharing God’s grace and forgiveness.
An Episcopalian is someone who belongs to The Episcopal Church, the branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion in the United States. We trace our heritage back to the earliest Christians through the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church. Sometimes called a “middle way” between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, Episcopalians are perhaps best described as Reformed Catholics with an emphasis on the holiness to be found in everyday life.
Episcopalians believe in the historic Christian faith as outlined in the APOSTLES’ AND NICENE CREEDS, the latter of which is considered the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
The Creeds are drawn from the HOLY SCRIPTURE, which we profess to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary to salvation.
In addition to the Old and New Testaments, Anglicans include the Apocrypha in the Bible, but it is only to be read for example of life and conduct and not to establish doctrine. As we “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the Bible, we learn the story of God’s love in the world.
A detailed exposition of our beliefs can be found in the CATECHISM or “Outline of the Faith” in THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. It is designed in a question-and-answer format.
The Book of Common Prayer is the collection of prayers, readings, psalms, devotions, and services that make up the official liturgy of the Episcopal Church.
Nearly all services on any given Sunday are printed in this book. It serves as a unifying glue that places it at the heart of who we are both as Episcopalians and the Anglican Communion.