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A bit of a humorous video (made by Episcopalians) detailing what the Episcopal Church is.


History of the Episcopal Church

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Link for above document here
This link is a download to a concise summary of the history of the Episcopal Church.
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These pictures are of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located in Lakewood, Ohio. Photos courtesy of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church website.

Theology

The Standard doctrines used in the Episcopal Church:
  1. The Apostles Creed
    "I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen."
  2. The Nicene Creed
    "We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
    We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
    We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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  3. The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
    • this is not binding on clergy and not on rigid confessions.
  4. The Book of Common Prayer
    • This was initially compiled by Thomas Granmer in the sixteenth century, but has been edited and revised many times to make it more understandable.
    • The Book of Common Prayer was made in the idea that anglicans are praying the same prayers around the world at the same time.
    • This book includes 39 articles of religion, ancient creeds, prayers, liturgies, the church calender, a catechism, and a lectionary.

The difference in beliefs between the Episcopal and the Catholic- the rejection of the Pope's Jurisdiction over the church and the infallibility of the Pope on Christian ideas and moral truths. also the Episcopal church rejects the doctrine of purgatory and of transubstantiation.
Bible- The word of God should only be traditionally interpreted or with human reason and it should be applied to daily life.
God- God is the trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. he is maker and preserver of all things. And he is everlasting.
Jesus Christ- he is the second in the trinity, but is the same as the Father and Holy spirit. through his life, death, and resurrection our sins are forgiven.
Holy Spirit- the third in the trinity.
Sin and Salvation- Humans are naturally inclined toward evil and far from perfect. Through Jesus Christ one's sins are forgiven and you are brought closer to God. Believers cannot be seperated from the love of God.
Sacraments- only two sacraments are ordained by christ,Baptism and the Eucharist.
  • baptism can be done by pouring, sprinkling,or immersion. And baptism is necessary for regeneration.
  • christ is believed to reside in the elements of the Eucharist.

The Reformed Episcopal Church Beliefs and how they differ from the original Episcopal Church:
  1. They reject the ideas that christ resides in the Eucharist.
  2. They reject the doctrine that baptism is needed for regeneration.
  3. Baptism instead is an outward expression of salvation.
  4. They reject the idea that the word "Priest" is for clergy alone. in 1Peter 2:9 it says that all christians are a part of priesthood.
Episcopal Orthodox Christian
  1. They are based off the apostles creed, nicene creed, and also the athanasian creed
  • 1.Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith;
    2. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
    3. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
    4. Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance.
    5. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.
    6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
    7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.
    8. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated.
    9. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
    10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.
    11. And yet they are not three eternals but one eternal.
    12. As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.
    13. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty.
    14. And yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty.
    15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;
    16. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
    17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord;
    18. And yet they are not three Lords but one Lord.
    19. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
    20. So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say; There are three Gods or three Lords.
    21. The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
    22. The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.
    23. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
    24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
    25. And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than another.
    26. But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
    27. So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
    28. He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
    29. Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    30. For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.
    31. God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of substance of His mother, born in the world.
    32. Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
    33. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood.
    34. Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.
    35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhood into God.
    36. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
    37. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ;
    38. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;
    39. He ascended into heaven, He sits on the right hand of the Father, God, Almighty;
    40. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    41. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;
    42. and shall give account of their own works.
    43. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
    44. This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully he cannot be saved.



Demographics

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The above is yet another excerpt (we like excerpts) of an article on the demographics of the Episcopal Church, written by one John Chilton. As usual, the full article can be viewed here

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The numbers above were based off of the 2000 United States National Census. Full link here

Controversial Topics

On military service

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Read the full article here. (Note: activated JSTOR account required)

On abortion

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~Time Magazine
Read the full story here

Interviews


Interview With Eric Kaesberg:

-How do you and/or your church feel about abortion?
We do not believe in it and it is more frowned upon than received.

-How do you and/or your church feel about homosexuality and gay marriage?
The Church is for equality. People are more influenced by society about LGBT than the Church.

-How do you and/or your church feel about the Mormon Church?
There is no real opinion on it and it doesn’t affect them much.

-Has there been a decline in your Church’s membership in the last decade?
There have been more members and more people have been coming more frequent than usual. But the Church is asking for more donations.

-How do you and/or your church feel about the military?
They don’t have any personal opinion. They would rather be safe and have them be safe than anything else.

Interview with Alison Stipkovich:
-What is the church’s opinion on Homosexuality and gay marriage?
The Episcopal Church doesn’t perform gay marriages, but does have some commitment ceremony or joining ceremony. Also the church is extremely accepting towards homosexuality and having them as part of our church. We even have a homosexual woman bishop at our church.

-What has the Episcopal Church’s membership been like in relation to recession and the economy within the past decade?
Despite the economical downfalls, members of the church still found it to be an important part of their lives and something stable for them. The number of members stayed at a constant.

-What are the Episcopal Church’s opinions on the Mormon Church and its beliefs?
It isn’t really a large topic of discussion at my church because there aren’t many Mormons where I attend church.

Sources



Backman JR., Milton V. Christian Churches of America. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1983.

Carnagie, Julie L., Peggy Saari, and Aaron Saari. Henry VIII. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale,
2006.

"Implement Mandatory Rights of Women Clergy under Canon Law ." The Archives of the Episcopal Church. N.p., 1997. Web. 13 Oct. 2011.

Kaesberg, Eric. "Episcopal Views." Eric Kaesberg, Cleveland: Kevin Harkey, 2011.

Rhodes, Ron. Christian Denominations. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2005.

Stipkovich, Alison. "Episcopal views." Alison Stipkovich, Cleveland: Bethany Fitzgerald, 2011.

St. Peters Episcopal Church. "Worship Ministries." Accessed October 13, 2011.

Sydnor, William. Looking at the Episcopal Church. New York: Morehouse, 1981.

Toynbee, Arnold. Earl Grey Pamphlets Collection. Durham: Durham University, 1800.

Chilton, John. Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan. Accessed October 13, 2011.


Adherents. "Composite U.S. Demographics." Accessed October 13, 2011.


Wolfram Alpha. "Episcopal Church." Accessed October 15, 2011.