Episcopal beliefs August 30, 2017 Tradition We believe: The Holy Scriptures are the revealed word of God, which inspired the human authors of the Scripture, and which are interpreted by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Nicene Creed (BCP, p. 358) and the Apostles’ Creed (BCP, p.96) are the basic statements of our belief about God. (The Apostles’ Creed is the ancient creed of baptism and is used in the church’s daily worship to recall our Baptismal Covenant. The Nicene Creed is the creed of the universal church and is used at the Eucharist.) The two great sacraments given by Christ to the Church are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. The teachings and beliefs of the Episcopal Church are articulated in an “Outline of the Faith” in our Book of Common Prayer (p. 846) The Episcopal Church follows the “via media” or middle way in our theology and discussions because we believe that, whether or not we agree on a particular topic, we all are beloved by God and can have thoughtful and respectful discussions. The Episcopal Church celebrates diversity of people and worship styles, yet all worship follows the form set out in the Book of Common Prayer. We are known for our engaging and beautiful worship services. We honor tradition and strive to live by the example of Jesus Christ, welcoming the stranger and the outcast, helping our neighbors and offering love and forgiveness. Sources: Episcopal Beliefs, The Episcopal Diocese of Texas http://epicenter.org “Questions & Answers About the Episcopal Church,” The Rev. Winfred B. Vergara, http://episcopalchurch.org.