Beliefs

We’re part of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, which is part of The Episcopal Church, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Like most Christians, the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed summarize our core beliefs. We recognize three sources of spiritual authority: scripture (the Bible), tradition, and reason. The Baptismal Covenant is an important part of our identity. The Book of Common Prayer contains a Catechism that outlines our faith as a series of questions and answers. 

In general, Episcopalians are open-minded people. We sometimes disagree amongst ourselves about specific beliefs and practices. We don’t consider our way of worshipping God and following Jesus better than anyone else’s. We’re willing to change our hearts and minds as the Holy Spirit leads us into a deeper understanding of God and our fellow human beings. 

Episcopalians ordain women and LGBT people to the priesthood. We marry same-sex couples. We don’t stigmatize people who are divorced or who have chosen to end a pregnancy.