What we believe

The basics of our beliefs and practices

The [national] Episcopal Church's website has a nice section about "What We Believe" that covers many aspects of Episcopal belief and practice. We'll try to summarize/quote parts of it here, but the curious may want to explore that page as well.

  • We believe in a "loving, liberating, life-giving God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit."

  • We believe in "following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world."

  • We believe in the Holy Bible as "containing all things necessary for salvation. "

  • Our basic beliefs have been stated by the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.

  • We view Sacraments as "outward signs of inward spiritual grace." We recognize Baptism and the Eucharist as the two sacraments given by Christ, though we also recognize other common milestones in our spiritual lives by which God can work His grace.

  • Leadership is a gift from God. Therefore men, women, clergy and lay-people cooperate, participate, and lead at all levels in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

Additional Resources

  • The Episcopal Church's "Outline of the Faith" (or the Catechism) concisely addresses in question/answer format the essential truths of the Christian faith and how Episcopalians live those truths.

  • The Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer contains both Sunday morning liturgies and prayers for personal devotion. It's a spiritual treasury and one symbol of our unity as a church.

  • The Diocese of Ohio has a helpful FAQ about different aspects of Episcopal belief and practice.