What We Believe

  • episcopal church welcomes youAs Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and we believe in a triune God – often expressed as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
  • The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.
  • The Episcopal Church is part of the 85 million member worldwide Anglican Communion and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • 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 persons, 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.
  • All are welcome to find a spiritual home at Christ Church St. Michael’s Parish and in Episcopal Churches around the world.