We are an inclusive, vibrant church that offers a modern expression of ancient Christian traditions. Anglicanism, blends the best of both, catholic and protestant traditions, while remaining open to new directions from the Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (BCP) includes an Outline of the Faith (a Catechism) describinh our beliefs.
The Church of England established their own denomination separate from the church in Rome in 1534 but retained most of their traditional beliefs and practices. They are known as Anglicans. In 1776 the Anglicans living in the United States established the Episcopal Church which is independent from the Church of England. The Episcopal Church is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion while retaining our own leadership.
The Episcopal Church and Anglicans around the world have:
The history of Christ Episcopal Church is in our history section.
Theologically, Anglican beliefs take a middle position between Protestantism and Catholicism and reflect a balance of Scripture, tradition, and reason. Tthe Anglican tradition was born out of compromise as we sought to find a via media – or middle way — between Roman Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation.
We separated from Roman during the English Reformation, however, we have incorporated the best of protestant beliefs, including:
The Episcopal Church today allows:
We put a strong emphasis on spiritual formation, so each person can
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