What We Believe

Who are Episcopalians?

We believe in our Statement of Faith, the Nicene Creed and our Baptismal Covenant, the Apostle's Creed. We don't really add to and never subtract from those Creeds.

We believe:
In the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Three in One
That Jesus is Christ, the Messiah, and that he died for our sins
That He was born of the Virgin Mary after being conceived by the Holy Spirit
That He walked the world as a mortal for 33 years

In Christian Hope:
1.Christ will return to Earth someday.
2. The dead are born to new eternal life.
3. Those who follow the path of Jesus will see the Kingdom of Heaven.

That Christ rose from the dead and walked among His followers before being lifted up into Heaven.

That God spoke with and through the prophets.

That God has one universal (catholic) church

That our priests are in the direct line of consecration handed down from Jesus to the apostles and are part of the same divine institution built upon that foundation (Ephesians 2:20; John 20: 19-22)

That the Saints (living and righteous dead) are with us in community (they hold a special place in our hearts)

Our Baptismal Covenant gives us steps or processes to become disciples of Christ Jesus:

1. Belief in the creation of the world by the One, True, Triune God.
2. Fellowship through prayers and the breaking of bread.
3. Use of our time, talents and treasures to produce the work of God.
4. Proclamation of the Good News to all persons.
5. Repentance and return, perseverance in the battle against evil.
6. Service to Christ through serving all people.
7. Work toward justice and peace.

The Bible

"Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 236).
It is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end.  

The Episcopal Church takes reading the Bible very seriously. Approximately 70% of the Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity. The Bible Challenge, sponsored by the Center for Biblical Studies, helps individuals and parishes set goals to read the entire Bible, to receive its comfort, strength, wisdom, and guidance, and to gain a deeper understanding of how God has worked, and continues to work.

The Five Marks of Mission:

~ To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
~ To teach, baptize and nurture new believers 
~ To respond to human need by loving service 
~ To seek to transform unjust structures of society 
~ To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We recognize with gratitude that the Five Marks ('Five Marks of Mission' as developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990) have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and dioceses around the world a practical and memorable "checklist" for mission activities.