About the Episcopal Church
Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, aptly refers to the Episcopal Church as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. Historically, the Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Anglican Communion, the worldwide body of churches whose origins were within the Church of England. The Episcopal Church was established in the United States in 1891, shortly after the revolutionary war.
The Episcopal Church is known for its rich tradition of worship found in the Book of Common Prayer. The heritage of the Book of Common Prayer can be traced to its first version in 16th century England and in the prayers of the Christian faith stretching back centuries before.
According to the website for the Episcopal Church:
We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
To learn more about the Episcopal Church, click on the links below:
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
Episcopal Public Policy Network