What is "Episcopal"?

A Little Bit About The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians we affirm that all are beloved children of God. All -- LGBTQ & Straight, every race and ethnicity, women and men, young and old, able and challenged -- all are welcome to be followers of Jesus Christ our Lord in the Triune mystery of God.

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.

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.

Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.

We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

Lay people exercise a vital role in the democratic 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.

We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience and spiritually grounded pastoral care.

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.


Robin Williams' Top 10 Reasons to be Episcopalian

10. No snake handling.
9.  You can believe in dinosaurs.
8.  Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them.
7.  You don't have to check your brains at the door.
6.  Pew aerobics.
5.  Church year is color-coded.
4.  Free wine on Sunday.
3.  All of the pageantry - none of the guilt.
2.  You don't have to know how to swim to get baptized.

And the Number One reason to be an Episcopalian:

1. No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.


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