The Episcopal Church is about LOVE! Here are some ways you can learn more about who we are and what we stand for:
Watch Presiding Bishop Curry's sermon at the Royal Wedding; Love is the Way! Read the text of his sermon.
"This is the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world." Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:
An Invitation from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry to Practice the Way of Love I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19
In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called “church” or “Christian,” this Jesus Movement was simply called “the way.”
Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?
The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” The framework you now hold – The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life – outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.
It is designed to be spare and spacious, so that individuals, ministry groups, congregations, and networks can flesh it out in unique ways and build a church-wide treasure trove of stories and resources. There is no specific order you need to follow. If you already keep a Rule or spiritual disciplines, you might reflect and discover how that path intersects with this one. By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practices of Turn - Learn - Pray - Worship - Bless - Go - Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world.
Your brother in the Way of Jesus,
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Who is Jesus?
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. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
* We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
* 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. Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
* We believe in the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
* 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.
* Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced. We welcome all to all the sacraments.
* 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