Who are we?
The Episcopal Church is a Province of the Anglican Communion, the third largest global branch of Christianity after Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. We trace our heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
What informs our theology, ethics, and praxis?
We adhere to the teachings of, and the scriptural canon established by, the one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church up to and including the fourth ecumenical council at Chalcedon in 451 CE.
We weigh matters through an interpretive lens of Scripture, tradition, and reason. Through the application of this “three-legged stool” (of which the Scriptural leg always has primacy), individual Anglicans and Episcopalians sometimes reach differing conclusions on contemporary issues.
We distinguish between doctrine and discipline. Doctrine can only be changed through an ecumenical council of all branches of the Church. Disciplines such as whether clergy may be married or whether women may be ordained have been reconsidered in our tradition from previous practice.
A note to persons who identify as LGBTQIA+
While it would be misleading to suggest that heterosexism and forms of homophobia and transphobia do not exist within The Episcopal Church, even among self-styled “progressive Episcopalians,” nevertheless persons who identify as LGBTQIA+ have experienced varying degrees of acceptance and have even been ordained within The Episcopal Church.
Prayers are offered that, by God’s grace, you may feel welcomed and affirmed at St Catherine’s or wherever else God leads you.
“By humble and faithful prayer, the soul acquires, with time and perseverance, every virtue.”
St. Catherine of Siena