Who we are, and why we do what we do
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions, but also incorporates modern elements. We believe in repentance, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting. We welcome men and women, married or celibate, to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons. Lay people play a vital role in the governance and ministry of our Church. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion (Eucharist), regardless of their denomination. We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We support committed relationships that are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the 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 opinion. All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.
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