The Holy Scriptures are the revealed word of God, which inspired the human authors of the Scriptures, and are interpreted by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Nicene Creed is the basic statement of our belief about God. It was adopted by the early church founders and is recited every Sunday in Episcopal churches around the world.
The two great sacraments given by Christ to the church are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. In Baptism we renounce the forces of evil, repent of our sins, and adopt Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In the Holy Eucharist, the center of our worship life, we remember and participate in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ until his coming again.
The complete teachings and beliefs of the Episcopal Church can be found in the "Outline of the Faith" in The Book of Common Prayer.
The word "episcopal" refers to administration by bishops. The historic episcopate (bishops) continues the work of the first apostles:
- Guarding the faith
- Promoting unity and the teachings of the Church
- Ordaining men and women to continue Christ's ministry
An Episcopalian refers to a person who belongs to the Episcopal Church, which includes the United States and 14 other countries. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.