Structure and governance

The General Convention, comprised of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, is the governing and legislative body of The Episcopal Church. The Presiding Bishop is the Chief Pastor and Primate of the Ch...

Episcopal beliefs

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 Cre...

A brief history of the Episcopal Church

The beginnings of the Church of England, from which The Episcopal Church derives, date to at least the second century, when merchants and other travelers first brought Christianity to England. It is customary t...

Episcopal/Episcopalian

episcopal = adjective Episcopalian = noun Wrong: Tom and Betty go to the Episcopalian Church. Correct: Tom and Betty are Episcopalians. They attend an Episcopal Church. The word “episcopal” refers to go...

Being Episcopalian 101

I am a lifelong Episcopalian. I say lifelong, because between you and me, I detest the term “cradle” Episcopalian. First of all, I’m not aware of any other denomination that uses it. It sounds so pretentious, l...

Eighty years of Joy

"Cap” Laurence Hall, a captain in the Episcopal Church”s Anglican Church Army, founded Camp Joy for the children of St. BarnabasChurch in the West End.He and his wife, Sadie, were the first leaders of the chur...

The grace of repetition

I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for 21 years now. I got into him when I was 16, and didn’t look back. I had heard of Dylan as a protest singer – I knew he was famous for his connection to and empowerment of so...

The gift(s) of tradition

I have a college classmate who is a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Over the years, Fr. Michael has taught me many things in a calm, subtle and wise manner, not the least of which is the cen...