About the Episcopal Church

 


~EpiscopalShieldLargeWelcome to the Episcopal Church — a faith-based community that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The Episcopal Church is the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States, Honduras, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands and parts of Europe. As of 2016, it is a church of 1.8 million baptized members, making it one of the  largest Christian denominations in the U.S. In keeping with Anglican tradition and theology, the Episcopal Church considers itself "Protestant, yet Catholic."  We hope you join will us.

 

The church was organized shortly after the American Revolution when it was forced to separate from the Church of England, because all Church of England clergy were required to swear allegiance to the British monarch. The Episcopal Church became, in the words of the 1990 report of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Group on the Episcopate, "the first Anglican Province outside the British Isles." Today, the Episcopal Church is divided into nine provinces and has dioceses outside the U.S. in Taiwan, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. The Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands encompasses both American and British territory.

 

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The Episcopal Church was active in the Social Gospel movement of the late nineteenth century. Since the 1960s and 1970s, it has opposed the death penalty and supported the civil rights movement and affirmative action. Some of its leaders and priests marched with civil rights demonstrators. Today the Church calls for the full civil equality of gay men and lesbians. Most dioceses ordain openly gay men and women; in some, same-sex unions are celebrated with services of blessing. In 2009, the Church's General Convention passed resolutions that allowed for gay and lesbian marriages in states where it is legal. On the question of abortion, the Church has adopted a nuanced position. About all these issues, individual members and clergy can and do frequently disagree with the stated position of the Church.

The Episcopal Church ordains women to the priesthood as well as the diaconate and the episcopate.  Katharine Jefferts Schori was the immediate past Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal ChurchThe current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Michael Curry.


For current information about the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, please read its "News & Events" in the Diocese's newsletter "Connecting" at:


https://connecting.episcopalatlanta.org/news/



 

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