What we believe . . .
(here's the long answer!)
Like all churches, we are often asked, “What do you believe?”
Our list of “non-negotiable” points are very few, and largely shared with other Christians.
Those points are:
There is one God, who is a Trinity of Persons.
The First Person of the Trinity, traditionally called “Father,” who created all things at the beginning of time.
Jesus Christ, Son of God, born of a human woman, Mary, Theotokos, was and is the only begotten Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, and our Savior.
The Holy Spirit, who is the Third Person of the Trinity, inspires and guides us to our life in Christ and who informs our reading and understanding of the revealed Word of God.
We believe to be the revealed word of God, written by human hands under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and we do believe that the Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary for Salvation
Many denominations or church traditions take very specific stances on issues or questions concerning things such as the nature of God or the method of salvation.
The Episcopal Church, though, is not bound together by a shared positions on academic theological questions or by tests of doctrine. We are bound together by our love of God in Christ Jesus, by our shared traditions and experiences of God in the worship and the life of the community.
Open and Affirming, Welcoming Everyone
Not only does The Episcopal Church accept and welcome a wide range of theological ideas and thoughts, we also accept and welcome all people. We do not discriminate against anyone or any group for any reason. Therefore, you will see people of all genders, races, and theological understandings in leadership in the Episcopal Church.
It saddens us that throughout our history, the Christian church has discriminated against particular groups. In our church, women are of equal worth and dignity as men, and have full access to all orders of ministry, including the ordained priesthood and the office of bishop. The same is true for people of all national origins and sexual orientations. We believe all persons should be able to enjoy full and equal membership in our church and that all may discern and pursue a call to all orders of ministry, including the ordained diaconate, the priesthood and the office of bishop.
We are all the church, together. Our church as an organization – from the national governing structure all the way to the individual parish – is run by lay people and clergy working together, making decisions together, in an open and democratic process. We have no high council, no infallible leaders, and no elite ruling class. We’re all in this together.