About The Episcopal Church
Being an Episcopalian
We will always have questions, but in the two foundational statements of faith – the Apostles’ 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. The text of these creeds is available here.
We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion. All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Church's website is a fantastic resource that shares what Episcopalians believe and their perspectives. We encourage you to explore this site.
Episcopal Church History & Leadership
The Episcopal Church in the United States of America grew out of the Church of England in the colonies after the American Revolution. Today, it is a part of the 80 million member worldwide Anglican Communion whose spiritual leader is the Archbishop of Canterbury, currently the Most Reverend Justin Welby. While it remains autonomous of the Church of England, this affiliation unites the Episcopal Church with The Anglican Communion, which has congregations in 160 countries worldwide.
The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands. The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was elected and installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on June 27, 2015. He is the first African American presiding bishop in the Episcopal Church. His role includes being chief pastor to the Episcopal Church's 2 million members in 16 countries and 110 dioceses. He joins leaders of the other 38 Anglican Provinces in consultation for global good and reconciliation.
The Episcopal Church is many things: a denomination, a church, a movement, a community, a conduit for transformation of lives and communities in the name of Jesus Christ. Guided by and grounded in Holy Scripture, we are led by lay and ordained leaders alike, and find our unity in our bishops, who are the historic overseers of the church catholic.
Our church is “catholic” because we understand ourselves to be in continuity with the church universal, which exists today and was organically united in the early centuries following Jesus’ ministry. We ascribe to the creeds and doctrines which are common to the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox churches, and many of the Protestant churches of today.
About Our Worship
We are a liturgical church. Our worship almost always includes singing, sermons, prayer, lessons from scripture, and communion. You will find prescribed patterns of prayer, posture, and actions that might feel very foreign or very comfortable depending upon your background. Our worship is shaped by the patterns of worship that have been practiced by Christians for centuries, some of which find their origins in the worship of the ancient Hebrews. Our worship is governed by the Book of Common Prayer, a book identified as our church’s unique contribution to the texts of Christian worship and which offers rich resources for worship in a variety of circumstances, individual and corporate.
The implications of our worship are important. We believe that our primary work as Christians is the worship of God. That means that we bring an approach of prayer and worship to our everyday lives as much as we do on Sunday morning, and that the messages conveyed by our worship shape our responses to the world around us, be it at home with our loved ones or in our communities with strangers. We are called in our worship to be faithful witnesses to the way of life embodied by Jesus Christ.
About Our Common Life
We are a church dedicated to representing Christ in this world and to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. We do this through prayer and worship, sharing of the Gospel, and by promoting and acting in justice, peace, and love.