Unique Expressions of Our Common Faith

People often describe the Episcopal Church as “The Middle Way” — bearing characteristics of both Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. The Episcopal Church grew out of the Roman Catholic Church. We still consider ourselves catholic in the sense that we are a part of a church which embraces all Christians and is not closed to the work of God among those who do not believe as we do. We believe that no doctrine or practice, no one person or institution, should claim precedence over our allegiance to the Lord alone.

Informed by Scripture

The story of God’s relationship with his people is found in the Holy Bible. Because it is a human story of God’s revelation, we use the Bible with reverence and care, bringing to our study of the scriptures our experience, the living history of the Church and our intellect. We trust that in our study the Holy Spirit will bring us to greater understanding.

We Affirm the Mystery of God

Not everything real and important is tangible and visible. God acts often in ways that are hidden or beyond our comprehension. The sacraments are one way the church acknowledges God’s grace and work among us. Our primary sacraments are baptism and Holy Communion. We accept baptism by water and the Holy Spirit from other churches. Communion is celebrated at each Sunday worship service and at our weekday services. Our table is open; all baptized persons are invited to partake.

We also acknowledge and celebrate the myriad ways God uses ordinary things and events as instruments of grace. Out of respect for God’s unlimited grace and mercy, we consider all knowledge and the institutional structures arising from that knowledge to be temporary and provisional, useful until the Lord comes.