The Episcopal Church occupies a unique position distinct from either the Roman Catholic or reformed Protestant traditions. The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, derived from the Church of England, with the Archbishop of Canterbury as titular head. The Anglican Communion shares in the traditions of the faith and order as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer.
Characterized by tolerance, fair-mindedness and generosity, Episcopalians find the fullest expression of Christianity in Holy Scripture and in the creeds, which clearly express our belief in the Holy Trinity, the sacraments, and ministry. The foundations of our faith are:
Scripture, the Word of God which comes to us through human authors inspired by God, and which is understandable under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church in the interpretation of scripture;
Tradition, which by its continuity and consistency preserves the essential truths through education and liturgy; and
Reason, which encourages us to explore and seek to comprehend God’s works, and to make responsible moral decisions under the guidance of scripture and the Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal Church is liturgical, having rites for public worship. Three primary sources are used in each service: the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Hymnal. To facilitate your worship experience, we provide service bulletins to guide your participation.
The ministers of the Episcopal Church are bishops, priests, deacons, and lay persons. The bishop is called to represent Christ and his Church as apostle, chief priest, and pastor of a geographic area called a diocese. The priest represents Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people within the congregation and leader of a parish or mission, proclaims the Gospel, administers the sacraments, teaches, and blesses and declares pardon in the name of God. The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need, and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and administration of the sacraments.
All Christians are called to represent Christ and his Church, to bear witness to him wherever they may be, to come together week by week for corporate worship, and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the Kingdom of God.