What We Believe
For Episcopalians, our beliefs are expressed in our worship and prayer. The Book of Common Prayer is the primary expression of what we believe about God and how we can be in relationship with Him. Although a good summary of our beliefs can be found in the Catechism contained in the Book of Common Prayer, you will find a wide spectrum of beliefs in the Episcopal Church. Our basic and essential expression of belief is found in the Apostle’s Creed and the longer Nicene Creed, which we say together each Sunday in worship.
As important as theology and beliefs may be, Scripture teaches that faith without action is lifeless. Episcopalians try as best we can to live out our faith by acting on the baptismal covenant. We don’t always get it right, but we strive to make the covenant our way of life in the world. The baptismal covenant calls us to
Continue in the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread (Holy Communion), and in the prayers.
Persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
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.