The Episcopal Church
Worldwide Anglican Communion
The Episcopal Church is the American member of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide communion of churches that look to the English Reformation as our starting point. When the Church of England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 15th Century, the Anglican Communion had its formal beginnings. Our historical roots and our belief in the Scriptures and the sacraments take us back to the most ancient days of Christianity.
We believe strongly in gathering for worship, reaching out in love and service to those in need, caring for creation, creating opportunities to grow in faith for people of all ages, and we seek to support one another as we each walk our spiritual path.
What are the strengths of the Episcopal Church? There are several, including:
We believe in the primacy of the Holy Scriptures as the inspired Word of God.
We remain connected with ancient Christianity and its celebrations, seasons, sacraments, and sense of the sacred.
Although rooted in an ancient tradition, we are also open to and believe in the necessity of being in dialogue with the world. We encourage and support strong, independent thinking! Our unity is in Christ. In most other things, we are quite diverse. We find ourselves all over the spectrum in terms of our views on a host of subjects. We do not demand conformity of thought, but we do insist on respect for others and a willingness to see others as a divine child of our loving God.
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion at our altar table. We believe that the Eucharist is not about personal worthiness, or agreement about all aspects of church governance. We believe the Eucharist to be God’s gift, and so we believe it is to be shared.
The Diocese of Milwaukee
Along with 50 or so other parishes, we are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. To learn about our bishop, the way we are organized, and who we are here in southern Wisconsin, click here to visit our diocesan website.