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Welcome to the Episcopal Church – a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The Episcopal Church is the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States, Honduras, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands, and parts of Europe. We are a Church of over 2 million baptized members. In keeping with Anglican tradition and theology, the Episcopal Church considers itself both protestant and catholic. For more information on the world wide Anglican Communion, see www.anglicancommunion.org.

 

The Episcopal Church was organized shortly after the American Revolution, when it sought to separate from the Church of England, as Church of England clergy were required to swear allegiance to the British monarch. It became the first of many Anglican Provinces outside the British Isles. Today, the Episcopal Church www.episcopalchurch.org is organized into geographic regions known as Dioceses [DYE-uh-sees or dye-AH-suh-sees] with each diocese being led by a bishop. St. David’s is one of 131 congregations in the Diocese of Chicago. www.episcopalchicago.org. Our bishop is the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee.

 

The Episcopal Church is a Church of shared leadership and authority. Episcopalians represent a range of races and ethnicities to say nothing of a range of political, social, economic, and theological viewpoints. We find our unity in common worship through the Book of Common Prayer. Decisions having to do with matters of doctrine, discipline, and worship are made at General Convention which meets every three years. Bishops, priests, and lay people gather to make these decisions together. Our structure is bicameral and looks very similar to our nation’s bicameral legislature – no surprise, as the majority of our nation’s founders were, in fact, Anglican. No decisions in the Episcopal Church are unilateral. This can make things messy at times. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Membership in the Episcopal Church comes through Baptism. We recognize baptism performed in any Christian denomination wherein the person is baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Members may choose to confirm their baptismal vows at any time after the age of 13 through the service of Confirmation. Our celebration of Holy Eucharist (aka Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the Mass) is open to any Baptized person.

 

We invite you to watch and share this new powerful message from the Episcopal Church:

 

 

The Episcopal Church lives fully into its baptismal vow of seeking and serving Christ in all persons, loving neighbor as self. It was active in the Social Gospel movement in the late nineteenth century. For over 50 years it has opposed the death penalty, and supported the civil rights movement and affirmative action. Today, the Episcopal Church calls for the full civil equality of lgbt persons. Most dioceses, including the Diocese of Chicago, ordain lgbt persons. And in dioceses located in states where civil marriage for lgbt persons is legal, those Episcopal dioceses permit the blessing of those civil marriages. AND…on all of these issues and more, individual members and clergy can and do disagree with these positions. (see also: unity through common worship, not uniformity of belief).

 

 

 

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