What We Believe

As Episcopalians we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord and we believe in the God the Holy Trinity:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

  • The Episcopal Church has members in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico; and also in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Curacao, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Taiwan, and the Virgin Islands.
  • Our worship has a structure to it (that is what “liturgical” means), that structure retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages across the world, always in the language of the worshippers.
  • Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
  • Lay people (those who are not ordained) exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
  • Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
  • We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous, believing that the sacrament of marriage should be open to all people, gay or straight. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
  • We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
  • We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always seeking putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

Everyone is welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

If you are interested in reading more about our beliefs and practices go to Beliefs and Practices of NorCalEpiscopal.org.