Who We Are » What We Believe as Episcopalians

  • As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we believe:
  • The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the revealed Word of God;
  • The Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian Faith;
  • The two Sacraments –– Baptism and the Supper of the Lord –– ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him; and
  • The Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the unity of His
  • Church.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions, and is celebrated in many languages.
  • We welcome men and women, married or celibate, to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons.
  • We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
  • Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our Church.
  • Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
  • We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • We affirm that committed relationships 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 and those who have remarried.
  • 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.
  • The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
  • The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy,
  • Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.