What We Believe
Episcopalians believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that through his life, death, and Resurrection we are shown how to live our lives with God. Through Him we will be raised to eternal life in heaven. The BIBLE is held to be the inspired word of God, and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The TRADITIONS and teachings of the church over the centuries, together with the divine gift of human REASON, help interpret the Bible and discern its meaning for us today.
The historic CREEDS (concise statements of belief) of the church are a foundation of Anglican thought, and the Nicene Creed of 325 is recited at every Sunday service.
The SACRAMENTS of the church— Holy Eucharist, Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Reconciliation, Unction, and Ordination—are ways in which we experience the grace of God, alive and present in our lives in a unique and visible way.
Episcopalians believe that every person in the congregation is a ministers of the church. Among these, some are uplifted through ordination into roles of special service and leadership. These are deacons, priests and bishops. The head bishop for the United States is called The Presiding Bishop, whose office is in New York City.