So, What’s an Episcopalian?Well, we are the U.S. version of the Anglican Church. We came to this nation at its founding as members of the Church of England. As you can imagine, a little thing called the
We have Lay Members, Deacons, Priests, and Bishops. In this country, all share in the council and governance of the Church.
All that we do and say is guided by our vows in baptism. These vows are simple, but oh so profound and challenging:
- Will you continue in the Apostle’s teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers?
- Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent, and return to the Lord?
- Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
- Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
- Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every person?
To all of these, we answer, “We will, with God’s help.” Furthermore, we will do it together, because alone we can do nothing really. These vows connect us with God and one another. They form our community and define our mission.