Being an Episcopalian

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we revere the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • Our Church is part of the Diocese of Maryland and the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
  • Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
  • We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
  • Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
  • Holy Communion may be received by all who seek a closer relationship with god in Christ, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
  • We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
  • We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
  • We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
  • We recognize that we may ask different questions, seek different answers, knock at different doors and be following different paths. And we believe that our various journeys ultimately converge in a fuller understanding of and relationship with each other and with God in Christ.
  • All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.