Our Beliefs

We believe in One God who creates all things, redeems us from sin and death and renews us as Children of God. As Episcopalians, we promise to follow Jesus Christ and we believe the mission of our Church is restoration of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

We are enriched by your presence with us and welcome you no matter where you are on your own journey.

The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 163 countries. We are a community of Christians bound together by our belief that Holy Scripture contains the very core of all Christian faith. Through the many ancient - as well as modern - stories that connect us to Jesus and his teachings, we discover daily God's hope and call to us in our life together.

The cornerstones of our faith are Scripture, tradition, and reason.

Scripture is the word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Within our Episcopal worship services, Scripture is read in the lessons, The Gospel (the teachings of Jesus), the Psalms (poems from the Old Testament), and other prayers. Additionally, two-thirds of our guide to worship, The Book of Common Prayer, comes from the Old and New Testaments.

Our traditions are expressed through the Bible, The Creeds (statements of faith, written in the first centuries of the Church's existence), the Sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism, and the ordained ministry passed on by Christ to his Church. Our tradition encourges diversity. We seek to value the life and story each person brings to our community of faith.

Each one of us, with God's help, makes a decision about how we use tradition and Scripture in our lives. A personal relationship with God allows us to realize and celebrate our lives to the fullest. The gift of reason, as a complement to Scripture and tradition, leads us to seek answers to our own questions and to grow spirtually. Being active in a community of faith strengthens us to carry our faith into the world. Weaving Scripture, tradition, and reason together we strengthen our faith and grow as children of God.