The Episcopal Church models itself after the example of Jesus, in whom there are no outcasts and all are welcome. Following Christ’s call, we participate in God’s mission to make all people free.
We believe that God, who is infinite, can be seen, known, and understood in a variety of ways. We are people of deep questioning and curiosity who affirm that doubt isn’t the opposite of belief, but the marker of a true exploration of faith. We love the rituals of worship, and the open-mindedness of spiritual exploration. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful discussion about what God is calling us to do and be.
We are part of the Anglican tradition, meaning that we trace our roots in the United States back to the colonial Church of England, and live today as part of a vibrant global communion that blends Anglican tradition with contemporary context. That combination of tradition and innovation gives the Episcopal Church its distinct feel. At St. Mark’s, our worship often incorporates prayers and songs from around the world and our relationship with the Anglican Communion grounds our commitment to global justice.. We love to explore the deeper questions of life and faith, in the context of that deeper grounding.
Exploring this section may answer some of your questions – or raise additional ones! Of course, the best way to find out what it means to be an Episcopalian is to come and see.
10. No snake handling.
9. You can believe in dinosaurs.
8. Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them.
7. You don’t have to check your brains at the door.
6. Pew aerobics.
5. Church year is color-coded.
4. Free wine on Sunday.
3. All of the pageantry – none of the guilt.
2. You don’t have to know how to swim to get baptized.
And the Number One reason to be an Episcopalian:
1. No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.