Unlike many other churches, the Episcopal Church does not have a confession or belief statement unique to itself that defines Episcopal belief. We do not issue edicts on behavior or what may or not be considered a sin. Sin is a break in the relationship with our Creator and Savior with each individual, and there are not lists of sins. Sins are those activities and behaviors that harm and corrupt others and ourselves.
We base our life upon the Baptismal Covenant in which we affirm the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as One God in the words of the Ancient Apostle’s Creed and also commit ourselves to a godly life.
The Episcopal Church encourages questions. We see times of disbelief and a need to discover or rediscover faith as a natural part of life, and we encourage participation in worship through times of doubt. Here, we let God speak to us thorough liturgy and prayers. We find faith strengthened when allowed to ebb and flow as we travel our life’s journey.
The Baptismal Covenant
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.
I will, with God’s help…
Continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
Persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you 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 your neighbor as yourself.
Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.