What Are Episcopalians?
Episcopalians follow the way of love known as Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and Savior. We are grounded in the relational and communal nature of God as expressed through the early experiences of the first Christians: bringing people together with Christ’s love and teachings as the center of our communities.

Episcopalians put their faith in God revealed through scripture, tradition, and human reason. All three are held in dynamic tension with one another, no one being more important than the other two. Episcopalians uphold the Bible as the inspired witness to God’s holy covenant with the Hebrew people in the Old Testament and the new covenant inaugurated through Jesus Christ and we believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, and are therefore a part of the transmission of historic, catholic and apostolic Christianity, and we affirm the faith contained in the historic creeds and doctrines of the Ecumenical Councils of the Christian Church and the Reformation era Articles of Religion, now found on page 864 of The Book of Common Prayer. The  Episcopal Church affirms the historic order of bishop, priest, and deacon. We ordain both men and women, LGBTQIA+ persons, and married persons.

Worship is the connective tissue of Episcopalians. To understand best what we believe, we urge people to pray with us and you will come to hear and see what this church affirms.  To worship together emphasizes being in right relationship with one another over and above being in right belief about any one idea.  The Book of Common Prayer (sometimes referred to as the Bible reorganized for worship) guides common worship for Episcopalians through our central act of worship, the Eucharist, as well as in daily forms of common prayer, and in other celebrations of Christian life.

Episcopalians articulate their Christian lives through the five promises of the Baptismal Covenant found on page 304 of The Book of C0mmon Prayer. These are:
to be faithful in prayer and worship;
to resist evil and repent when we fail;
to proclaim in word and example the good news of the Gospel of Christ;
to seek Christ in all persons;
to strive for justice and peace among all, respecting the dignity of every human being.

Click | To view or download The Book of Common Prayer

The Episcopal Church takes seriously Archbishop Temple’s dictum: the Church is the only organization that exists for those who are not its members. Therefore, it is possible to be a member of Trinity Cathedral without being a formal member of the Episcopal Church. You are considered a member of Trinity Cathedral if you are baptized and commit yourself to being regular in worship, supporting the life of the community through your gifts of time, talent and wealth.

Formal Membership in the wider Episcopal Church is through baptism and confirmation. To learn more, read about these services HERE.

For more additional on membership and becoming part of the Christian life of Trinity Cathedral please contact:

The Priest-in-Charge
The Reverend Canon Erika von Haaren | [email protected]