Essential to our common faith is the belief that Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, is our Lord and Savior. He lived as dynamic teacher, a compassionate healer, and a spirit-filled prophet. He died on the cross, and God raised him to new life to bring that new life to all people.
We hold to essentials of the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed: the Incarnation (that Jesus was the Son of God who came into the world and lived a human life) and the Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God in three “persons” or expressions). We further believe that the Bible is the revealed word of God, which speaks to us in our own time and place, and which may be interpreted through the use of tradition and reason.
The Episcopal Church is a church of relatively little doctrine, and does not dictate interpretation or practice. Indeed, it allows for a broad spectrum of understanding, opinion, and expression. The Episcopal/Anglican tradition is distinctive in that it finds its unity and identity in its worship, and it is here, in talking to and with God, that we express what we believe about God. Therefore, the sources of our written theology are in our books of worship, namely the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal.
To learn more about Episcopal beliefs, visit The Episcopal Church Visitor Center and peruse “An Outline of Faith” (commonly called the Catechism) from the Book of Common Prayer.