The Episcopal Church is a denomination (or, community) within the Christian faith (just as Baptist, Lutherans, Methodists, etc. are also communities of Christianity.) Our origins date back to sixteenth-century England when new ideas about Christian community, worship, and communion swept across much of Europe What emerged in England was Anglicanism. The Episcopal Church is simply the name of the branch of Anglicanism in the United States and is the third largest group of Christians in the world.
- Our identity is rooted in our common worship of God as made known to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and reconciling all people with each other, with God, and with God’s creation.
- We are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
- We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our dif- ferences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
- Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
- We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
- We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.