THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

A Snapshot of the Episcopal Church

  1. As Episcopalians, we believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
     

  2. We are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in God the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
     

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

  4. The Episcopal Church is a safe and welcoming community of faith to all including those in the LGBTQ community.
     

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

  6. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
     

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

  8. Both men and women, regardless of marital status or orientation, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests, and bishops.
     

  9. We believe in the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
     

  10. Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
     

  11. All are welcome to receive Holy Communion, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
     

  12. We affirm that, for Christians, marriage is a lifelong commitment between two adults, regardless of gender. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce, celebrate re-marriages, and do not deny the sacraments to those whose marriages have ended.
     

  13. We affirm the role of individual conscience informed by scripture and tradition, in ethical matters where people can reasonably disagree.
     

  14. We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
     

  15. The Episcopal Church has members in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico; and also in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Curacao, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Taiwan, the Virgin Islands, and many European nations.
     

  16. All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (Chief Pastor), The Most Reverend Michael Curry talks about the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.

WHAT IS THE JESUS MOVEMENT?


The Jesus Movement is the ongoing community of people who center their lives on Jesus and following him into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, each other and creation.

Together, we follow Jesus as we love God with our whole heart, soul and mind and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40), and restore each other and all of creation to unity with God in Christ (BCP, p. 855).

Jesus launched this movement when he welcomed the first disciples to follow his loving, liberating, life-giving Way. Today, we participate in his movement with our whole lives: our prayer, worship, teaching, preaching, gathering, healing, action, family, work, play and rest.

In all things, we seek to be loving, liberating and life-giving—just like the God who formed all things in love; liberates us all from prisons of mind, body and spirit; and gives life so we can participate in the resurrection and healing of God’s world.

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