Tradition: What to pass on and what to let go

We can think of tradition as something to cling to, or as something that holds us back. But from the perspective of the church, tradition is a living stream that relates us to our Christian forbears and steadie...

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...

Emblems of the Episcopal Church

On Oct. 16, 1940, the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies adopted an official flag for the Episcopal Church. This was the 251st anniversary of the day the General Convention ratified the Constitution and...

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...

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...

The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is unquestionably a central part of our Anglican tradition. But why? It is worth looking at the three parts of the title of the book itself for some illumination: book, common, a...

A memoir: Being black in the Episcopal Church

My first exposure to the Episcopal Church was in 1954 when I first moved to Lincoln Heights outside Cincinnati, along with my dad and two brothers. The city prided itself as being one of the few all black citie...

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...