What We Believe
Like all churches, we are often asked, “What do you believe?”
The simple answer that we believe n God, in Jesus Christ
the Son of God, and in the Holy Spirit.
A fuller answer would be to say we believe that:
Many denominations or church traditions take very specific stances on, for example, the nature of God or the method of salvation.
But in the Episcopal Church we aren’t bound together by strict positions on academic theological questions or by tests of doctrine. We are bound together by our love of God, and by our shared traditions and experiences of God in worship and in the life of the community.
Our core beliefs and doctrines do ask us to be mindful of certain things. But Episcopalians tend to think for themselves. Members of the community develop a very personal faith that may look different from that of any other member.
What does the word "Episcopal" mean?
The word Episcopal comes from the Greek word that is usually translated “bishop” and points to the church's understanding that a bishop is the primary ruler of the church.
Under the episcopal form of government, the bishop's authority is equal to that of the apostles, and follows a line of succession by the laying on of hands in ordination. Priests come under the authority
of the bishops and are responsible for the teaching and
administration of the local churches.
WE BELIEVE THAT TRADITION AND PROGRESS
GO HAND IN HAND.
Our worship may vary in style and appearance, in keeping with the needs and tastes of each local community in its own place and time. But the basic format and structure of our liturgy, which has its roots in the earliest known Christian communities, is the same everywhere you go, Our Sunday services are essentially no different from those recorded in the Acts of the Apostles and offered by Christians for the last two thousand years.
WE BELIEVE THAT FAITH IS NOT A SET OF WORDS.
Faith isn’t something you find by looking through books or ancient texts, or by linking to Facebook. For us, faith is a living thing, and our church is a community, not an idea.
We invite you to come and see for yourself what we believe,
and to worship with us, pray with us, and sing with us
at the table of the Lord.