Three important things show us the way to understanding our God and
The Bible -- We believe that God and God's people can speak to us
through the Bible. All the things we need for a good life are in there.
Our Tradition -- We are a church with many old stories. Some of
these stories connect us to Jesus and the things he taught us. Some of
the stories help us understand what other people think about God and
Jesus. Many of these traditions are expressed in our worship using the
Book of Common Prayer. ('Common' means for all people)
Thinking -- The Episcopal Church does not have a human-made set
of rules for being God's people. We believe that in our life with God we
should use our minds --we should think about the Bible, tradition and
our own experience.
The Church IS The People of God
The church is not a building where people go to worship God. The church
is all of God's people. God's people work in the world to help other
people know about God's love for all people. All of God's people do
The church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its
members. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests,
The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to
bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts
given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world;
and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the
The ministry of a priest is to represent Christ and his Church,
particularly as pastor to the people; to share with the bishop in the
overseeing of the Church; to proclaim the Gospel; to administer the
sacraments; and to bless and declare pardon in the name of God.
All Christians are to follow Christ; to come together week by week for
corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the
kingdom of God.
Adapted from: "Episcopalians", adapted by
Robert H. Grindrod from Episcopales, published by Forward Movement
Publications; and from: Book of Common Prayer