The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are a Christian church, which means we believe in Jesus Christ. We also believe in the Holy Scriptures, as they are understood through reason and tradition as the living Word of God.
How do we worship?
We follow an established pattern of prayers, scripture readings, responses and singing, which we call our “liturgy.” We always serve Communion—which means we share bread and wine, as Christ taught us to do to remember his love for us.
Is the Episcopal Church diverse?
Yes. In our faith communities you will find people of every culture, race, ethnicity, and background. We respect diverse thinking, too. Laypeople have important roles in guiding our churches, and both women and men may be ordained to serve as deacons, priests, and bishops. Our current presiding bishop, who oversees The Episcopal Church in 17 different countries, is Michael Curry.
Who are the ministers of your church?
Every member is considered a minister in The Episcopal Church. The ordained ministers – who have completed special requirements and approved by a committee of lay and ordained people – may be either bishops, priests, or deacons. A bishop leads a diocese – a geographical grouping of parishes or worshiping communities that are led by priests. Deacons work on behalf of the bishop to keep the needs of the poor and marginalized visible in the lives of church members.
Where can I learn more?
You can visit www.episcopalchurch.org to learn much more about The Episcopal Church.
What to Expect at an Episcopal Church
Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship. The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass. In most Episcopal churches, worship is accompanied by the singing of hymns, and in some churches, much of the service is sung.Read More »