Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church

Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church

An everything-you-need-to-know guide for newcomers to engage deeply in the Christian life in the tradition of the Episcopal Church, written in an accessible, conversational style. This book will carefully present the Episcopal Church’s language of worship theology church structure and sacraments so newcomers will have the vocabulary to share their beliefs and practices, explore the Bible, understand prayer and discern their own ministry within the church. Similar in format to the earlier book for teens, this new book will draw on the success of the teen book by retaining its broad content areas as well as its clear and simple language, while inviting readers to consider their relationship with God and the church community as an ongoing process of transformation and providing a way to engage in that process.

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What’s the difference between Episcopal Church and UCC?

Question by paris6: What’s the difference between Episcopal Church and UCC?
I’m looking to join either the Episcopal Church of the USA or the United Church of Christ. I’ve done some research on both but am finding very few and very subtle differenes and feel like I’m missing something. Could someone map out the main differences for me? Thank you.

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Answer by I am a cat
The difference: I can’t pronounce Episcopal properly.

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Charles Bennison, Embattled Episcopal Bishop, Vows To Stay In Office

Charles Bennison, Embattled Episcopal Bishop, Vows To Stay In Office
What’s Your Reaction? (RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia said he erred in not investigating his brother’s sexual abuse of an underage girl 35 years ago, but brushed aside calls for his resignation, saying it is more “interesting” for him to remain in office.
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Video: Stevens’ Hearse, Casket Arrive at Episcopal Church
Former Sen. Ted Stevens’ casket, dressed in the American flag, arriving at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Anchorage.
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Rev. Gregory Wilde to be ordained Episcopal priest on Friday
The Rev. Gregory Wilde, D.W.S., will be ordained an Episcopal priest during a service at 6 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1130 First Ave.
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Cnrist Church, Episcopal, Church Tower (1898)

Cnrist Church, Episcopal, Church Tower (1898)
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I misidentified this church ( I previously said it was Trinity Church); it is actually Christ Church, Episcopal, on Broadway at Park Street, New Haven. This parish developed as a mission of Trinity Church nearer the city center.

"We were founded in 1854 as a mission of the city’s first Episcopal parish, Trinity. There was no church beyond the city center, and the small structure of the first Christ Church was erected on the edge of town, adjacent to the almshouse and the town farm, an area then called Poverty Square…..From 1895–98 Fr. Morgan oversaw the construction of the current church, a masterpiece by the Gothic revival architect, Henry Vaughan."

Priest plants Episcopal church in Manor

Priest plants Episcopal church in Manor
Priest plants Episcopal church in Manor
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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
MARION – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 197 E. Center St., provides a free meal, which is open to the public at 5:15 p.m. each Tuesday.
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Picton church site remains unsafe for demolition
An unsafe work order has now been posted on the demolition site of the Methodist Episcopal Church on Main Street in Picton. No work can proceed on the site until two things happen, states Prince Edward County chief building official Garry Davis.[…]
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Commentary and report on election of Lesbian Bishop in Episcopal Church USA by Peter Menkin

Commentary and report on election of Lesbian Bishop in Episcopal Church USA by Peter Menkin

by Peter Menkin

Los Angeles, California Episcopalians have elected a Lesbian as Bishop Suffragen who may be installed after approval by the larger Episcopal Church, USA. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the 77 million member Anglican Communion has expressed dismay over the election, and in understated words says he and Anglicans in general are waiting to see if The Rev. Mary Glasspool,  who was elected a suffragan (assistant) bishop by the Diocese of Los Angeles on Saturday (Dec. 5)–and who, Glasspool, 55, has been with her partner since 1988, according to a biography she provided to the diocese, will be officially installed.

That probable eventuality will further the rift in the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which Episcopalians are a part, and mark the further separation and departure of the American wing of that Communion in its serious move away from what is called both Biblical authority, and mutual covenant by agreement between the Churches of the Communion. Many surmise, an internal result of the “liberalization” of American Anglicanism by the Episcopal Church, USA, will continue the mainstream Church’s loss of members.   Various religious and secular news services have noted the decline and controversy over the last few years, and recently Religion News Service ran a copyrighted article outlining the decline in denomination numbers as it presently stands and continues by trend. They do not link a cause and effect between the acceptance and election of Gay and Lesbian clergy to the office of Bishop in this particular article cited. But this decline is considered in common usage a strong consideration for the declining numbers of Episcopalians. Religion News Service says: Domestic membership in the Episcopal Church dropped by 3 percent in 2008, continuing a decline in which the denomination has lost almost 200,000 American members since 2004, according to Episcopal researchers. The Episcopal Church now counts slightly more than 2 million members in about 7,000 U.S. parishes. Church leaders say they are pleased, however, that the denomination is growing in its non-domestic dioceses, particularly in Haiti and Latin America, where the church counted about 168,000 members in 470 parishes last year. Still, the church is “swimming against some difficult cultural tides,” Matilda Kistler, who heads a state-of-the-church committee in the denomination’s House of Deputies, said in a statement. “We find ourselves facing a society that is gravitating toward secularism,” Kistler said. “We also believe that the church-going segment of the public is aging significantly, though the committee will be seeking more definitive data to ascertain if that is so.” Kistler acknowledged that “internal conflicts within the Episcopal Church have also distracted from the message of hope our clergy and lay leaders seek to share.”   The Diocese of California (San Francisco Bay Area) led by The Rt. Reverend Marc Andrus supports the inclusion of Gay and Lesbian clergy in the Church and in the same line vocally support with strong opinion and deeds election of Gay and Lesbian Bishop candidates. Bishop Marc Andrus is not a homosexual.   In addition to the restrained but oppositional statement of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the election of the Lesbian  Mary Glasspool  in Los Angeles, an Anglican organization has recently criticized and been seriously concerned, even alarmed, by this recent development that may cause impaired Communion or other negative relations within the Anglican Communion with the Episcopal Church USA. The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop The Rt. Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori has indicated she favors and will help to bring the Lesbian clergy woman to final instillation, in the name of God and Church. This is an unusual and historic act of change and some think diminished faith as Christian Church by the Americans, though the American wing of the Anglican Communion believes they are in the forefront of “ordained” good in their support of an election of homosexuals who are sexually active, and even in what they find as favored and “blessed” active homosexual permanent relationships. Both New and Old Testament Biblical readings have been discounted by the American Church. One argument in favor of The Reverend Mary Glasspool is she has served well in every capacity, and except for her Lesbianism, and active sexual relations as a homosexual, is fully qualified to be a Suffragen Bishop. The question becomes, does her Lesbian sexual practice bar her from being a Bishop.   Many Episcopalians in San Francisco’s Bay Area, and good people, think her sexual proclivities are not a bar, and it is an act of social justice to elect her a Bishop in the Episcopal Church. As Religion News Service reports in its instance of early Anglican Church reaction to the election: An international Anglican commission on Tuesday (Dec. 8) urged Episcopalians to exercise “gracious restraint” by not confirming the election of a lesbian as a bishop in Los Angeles. …In the coming months, more than 100 bishops and standing committees from Episcopal dioceses across the country will vote on whether to give “consents,” or confirmation, to Glasspool’s election. If she receives confirmation, Glasspool will become the second openly gay bishop elected by the Episcopal Church. On Tuesday, a 21-member international Anglican committee recently established to promote unity in the communion said they discussed Glasspool’s election during their meeting in England Dec. 1-8 and “expressed the fervent hope that `gracious restraint’ would be exercised by the Episcopal Church in this instance.” The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order includes one American, the Rev. Katherine Grieb of Virginia Theological Seminary. Neither Williams nor the commission has the power to stop Glasspool’s confirmation, however. The election of the first openly gay bishop, New Hampshire’s V. Gene Robinson, in 2003 has caused widespread dissent in the Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church as its U.S. branch. To quell the uproar, Anglican bishops, including the spiritual leader of the communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, have asked for a “period of gracious restraint” on consecrating any more gay bishops. Daniel Burke of Religion News Service has been active in following this story and George Conger of Religious Intelligence, a London based website owned by The Church of England Newspaper has been following this story and the larger stories connected with the controversial issue.   It is interesting to note that The Reverend Mary Glasspool is strongly committed to fulfilling the role of Bishop and being consecrated and installed as same. Daniel Burke writes in another of his copyrighted reports for Religion News Service of her stand in the matter, and reports on her words regarding her desires to fulfill the pride and historic role for a homosexual to be made a Bishop in the Episcopal Church, USA: Since becoming the first lesbian to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church on Saturday (Dec. 5), the Rev. Mary Glasspool has been hailed as a gay rights pioneer and maligned as the straw that will finally break the back of the Anglican Communion. Glasspool “wavered two or three times” before agreeing to be nominated as an assistant bishop in Los Angeles, she said in an interview Wednesday. But friends and spiritual counselors reminded her to follow her own preaching. “Look, you believe in the Holy spirit,” she said they told her. “You’ve always said the Holy Spirit is in charge. Your job is to follow where it leads.” …The spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has all but told Episcopalians not to vote to confirm Glasspool’s election. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the communion, but could lose its place over Glasspool, Williams warned. “He clearly was saying something like that,” Glasspool said. “And again, I’ve done what I could do to allow myself to be available to God’s call, and the people of Los Angeles have spoken and voiced their trust in me and my potential leadership.” Before Glasspool can be consecrated a bishop, a majority of the more than 100 Episcopal bishops and dioceses must confirm her election within the next several months. Robinson predicted Thursday that process will be “a little more difficult” than when he was confirmed by delegates to the church’s triennial General Convention in Minneapolis. Part of the statement by The Reverend Mary Glasspool prior to her election indicates her strong argument that sexuality is tied to and part of her faith journey, that homosexuality as part of her coming of age worked well and is justified as part of God’s gift to her, and a strength in her candidacy for Bishop and life in ministry as ordained Clergy in the Episcopal Church, USA. The beginning of her statement that asks, “Provide a description of your walk with God in Christ that brought you to this moment of discerning a call to the episcopate in our diocese…” reads: And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14b, RSV)

I was born in February 1954, on a rainy Tuesday (Tuesday’s child is full of grace) in Staten Island Hospital, New York, where my father was Rector of St. Simon’s Episcopal Church and Vicar of All Saints’. Both my parents grew up in the Episcopal Church, and each modeled a profound faith in God that was given to me as gift while I grew up. We moved to Goshen, N.Y., in April of 1954 where my father was Rector of St. James’ Church for the next 35 years until his death in 1989. As with most children, I suspect, God was more transcendent than immanent, more other than

Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859

Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859
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This is a photo of the steeple of Trinity Episcopal Church, in Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, which, according to the link in this sentence, was both the birthplace and the deathbed of the confederacy, one side of the U. S. Civil war. The church was built in 1859. A sign in front of it says that the confederate army wanted to use the metal of the church’s bell for weapons.

Unfortunately, the church seems to be neglected. There was a bulletin about a service, over a month old, in a sign at the front. If you look carefully, especially at the larger sizes, you can see some loose shingles, or something, in the steeple. There were patches of discoloration/decay all over the walls. It’s too bad that this building needs repair and care. The Bible says that the church is God’s people, not buildings, but buildings are still important in worship.

Although not necessary, steeples are common on top of Christian houses of worship, because, I believe, they symbolize pointing toward heaven.

See the comment by annacablanna, below, who says that the church is still in use.