What We Believe

While Individual Christians within the Episcopal Church may have a wide range of beliefs on many different issues, the Church itself is both inclusive and open to people from all walks of life.
The basic tenants of our beliefs are easily expressed in our Baptismal Covenant found in our Book of Common Prayer.
The Baptismal Covenant
Celebrant     Do you believe in God the Father?
People         I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Celebrant     Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People         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.
Celebrant     Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People         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.
Celebrant     Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People         I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant     Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People         I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant     Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People         I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant     Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People         I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant     Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People         I will, with God’s help.