What we believe…
As a Christian community, we first and foremost seek to be faithful followers of Jesus, who calls us to love God with all our heart and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe God created humanity to live in love and fellowship with God, with one another, and with creation. We believe that God entered into the world in the person of Jesus. In his life, teachings, death, and resurrection, Jesus embodies the depth and breadth of God’s love and reveals to us how we and all creation may be transformed and redeemed to live more fully into that love. In the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion (a.k.a, the Eucharist, the Mass, or the Lord’s Supper), we experience directly the loving and redeeming presence of Jesus. As the love of God is revealed to us in the person of Jesus, so also the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion reveal Jesus to us and make his presence known. We also believe that our relationship with God is not limited to our earthly life alone but is eternal.
As followers of Jesus, we believe we are called to:
• continually nurture our relationship with God and grow in faith through learning and prayer.
• gather regularly as a Christian community for worship, prayer, and participation in the Sacraments (Baptism & Holy Communion)
• empowered and guided by God’s Holy Spirit, strive to live lives that embody the redemptive love of God.
• invite others into a deeper relationship with God through Jesus and welcome all people into the community of the church regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other label our society places upon people.
• care for others, pursue justice, and guard the dignity of every human being.
• be faithful stewards of the natural world.
• support the mission of the church through our prayers, participation, gifts, and service.
Want to know more?
Some Useful Resources
Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life – Rowan Williams, 2016.
A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Way of Life – John H. Westerhoff with Sharon Ely Pearson, 2014.
The website of The Episcopal Church contains brief summaries of our basic beliefs. You may find access that section of the website here.