The Episcopal Church is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is an international association of churches in full communion with the Church of England. Each national or regional church in the Anglican Communion has full autonomy. The Episcopal Church (based in the USA) officially separated from the Church of England after the Revolutionary War.
The Episcopal Church represents a “middle way” between Protestantism and Catholicism. Anglicans participated in the necessary reforms of the Church in the 16th century. However, we attempt to follow the ancient, apostolic Church’s organizational pattern, with local or national congregations organized under their own bishops. You can find very “high church” Episcopal churches (meaning more formal) and very “low church” (which are more casual) ones as well . Most, like Epiphany, fall somewhere in the middle.
Like Christians everywhere, we believe in Jesus Christ, as expressed in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. We believe in the Holy Scriptures, understood through reason and tradition. We believe that the Sacraments, including Baptism and Holy Communion, are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace. These beliefs are held in common by Episcopalians, but the Church also values intellectual freedom and individual conscience in matters of faith.
We believe that all people are called to serve God’s people using the gifts we’ve been given. We live these ministries out from the five promises we make in our baptism (scroll to page 304).
At Epiphany, worship services are liturgical, which means they follow a set pattern of prayers, readings, and responses from week to week. We actively participate in worship with these prayers and responses. You will notice that people sit, stand, or kneel at different times. This might be new to you, and you are invited to do what is most comfortable for you. Some people have found that over time, these liturgical movements will become familiar and comforting. We always celebrate Holy Eucharist – Communion – at our weekly worship services.
The Episcopal Church does not endorse political candidates or parties, and our members hold diverse political beliefs. We believe God has called us, first and foremost, to be followers of Christ and to live out our faith in radical love.
Yes. Epiphany has a long history of being a welcoming congregation for people who identify in the LGBTQ+ community. Currently, multiple members of staff and church leadership identify within the LGBTQ+ community.
The best way to know how to address an Episcopal clergy member is simply to ask them. Some prefer to be called “Father” or “Mother” before their first name. Here at Epiphany, it’s simply Kristofer and Amy.