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"This is the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world." Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
* The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as several other countries around the world.
* 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 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 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.
More about the Episcopal Church
The Anglican Communion is the gathering of Anglican and Episcopal churches from around the world. Today, the Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 160 countries. The Episcopal church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 110 dioceses in 16 nations. At the head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
The Episcopal church, established shortly after the American Revolution, has its roots in the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church, known as the Church of England, had a strong following in colonial America. But when the colonies won their independence, the majority of America’s Anglican clergy refused to swear allegiance to the British monarch as was required. As a result, the Episcopal Church was formed.
The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.
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http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/history-episcopal-church A brief history of the Episcopal Church from the official Episcopal Church website