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The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in the United States of America grew out of the Church of England in the colonies after the American Revolution. Today, it is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion whose spiritual leader is the Archbishop of Canterbury and while it remains autonomous of the Church of England, this affiliation unites the Episcopal Church with Anglican congregations in 160 countries worldwide.

The word Episcopal is derived from the Greek episkopos, meaning bishop, indicating that we are governed by bishops; but lay people, bishops, priests and deacons all work together in the life of the church as it continues in the mission of God.

 

Richard Hooker’s Three-legged Stool

Our theology is formulated by employing Scripture, Tradition and Reason into our work. In brief, we acknowledge Scripture as the Word of God which contains all necessary for the restoration of creation with God, but also that it was written by human authors who were inspired by their revelation of God in their time and context. We rely upon the Holy Spirit, however, to guide us as we work to interpret Scripture in a way that makes sense to us in our time and context. Next, our Tradition, our way of being, extends to our origin in the religion of Abraham. But it is the stories and the customs that developed from the time of the first Christians that provide for us today a foundation from which we can find common ground and by which we can come together in a common understanding of what it means to be a child of God, sharing in God’s greater family. Last, but not least, Episcopalians honor the intelligence, the ability to reason that God has given to human beings.

 

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