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To restore all people to the unity of God and each other in Christ.
We do this through worship of God, education of ourselves and our children, care for each other and outreach to others, sharing faith stories with others, and caring for all our resources (our time, treasure, and talent)
As disciples of Jesus, we aspire to open our hearts to the community. With love for God and neighbor, we offer restoring, caring hands to send forth the Good News to all with passion and determination
About The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church (TEC) is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is divided into nine provinces and has dioceses in the U.S., Taiwan, Micronesia, the Carribbean, Central and South America, as well as the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Navajoland Area Mission. The Episcopal Church describes itself as being “Protestant, yet Catholic.” It is the nation’s 14th largest denomination.
The church was organized after the American Revolution when it separated from the Church of England whose clergy were required to swear allegiance to the British monarch as Supreme Governor of the church of England, and became the first Anglican Provice outside the British Isles.
The Episcopal Church was active in the Social Gospel movement of the late nineteenth century and since the 1960s and 1970s has played a leading role in the progressive movement and on related political issues. For example, in its resolutions on state issues the Episcopal Church has opposed the death penalty, and supported the civil rights movement and affirmative action. Some of its leaders and priests marched with civil rights demonstrators. The church calls for the full civil equality for all people regardless of age, race, gender, ability, or sexual orientation. On the question of abortion, the church has adopted a nuanced position. About all these issues, individual members and clergy can and do frequently disagree with the stated position of the church.
The Episcopal Church ordains women to the priesthood as well as the diaconate and the episcopate. The previous Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female primate in the Anglican Communion.
Episcopalians are united by worship and the three-fold source of authority which includes Holy Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. The Episcopal Church seeks to follow a “via media” or “middle way” between Roman Catholic and Protestant doctrine and practices. In this sense it is both Catholic and Reformed, seeking the middle ground between extremes.
Because of its “middle way” approach, the Episcopal Church encompasses a wide latitude of beliefs and practices where everyone can find their “place” within our community of faith. A gift of the Episcopal Church is its willingness to tolerate and comprehend oppossing viewpoints while at the same time stressing unity in worship and diversity of beliefs. We take seriously our belief that ALL are WELCOME!
The Episcopal Church publishes its own Book of Common Prayer (BCP) (similar to other Anglican prayerbooks), containing most of the worship services (or liturgies) used in the Episcopal Church. Because of its widespread use in the church, the BCP is both a reflection of and a source of theology for Episcopalians.
The center of Episcopal teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic teachings of the church, or catechism, include:
- Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He died and was resurrected from the dead.
- Jesus provides the way of eternal life for those who believe.
- God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, are one God, and are called the Holy Trinity (“three and yet one”).
- The Old and New Testaments of the Bible were written by people “under theinspiration of the Holy Spirit.” The Apocrypha are additional books that are used in Christian worship, but not for the formation of doctrine.
- The two great and necessary sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist.
- Other sacramental rites are confirmation, ordination, marriage, reconciliation of a penitent, and unction (anointing of the sick)
- Belief in heaven, hell, and Jesus’ return in glory.
- Emphasis on living out the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor fully, as found in the Gospel of Matthew 28:18-20.
Bishop-elect The Revd Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot Oct. 28 at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis.
Jennifer is 50 years old and is the first African-American woman elected to be a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. She was elected with 67 votes in the clergy order and 82 in the lay order. Her election culminated a nearly two-year discernment and search process by the diocese at the 179th diocesan convention. The Rt. Rev. Catherine M. Waynick plans to retire in the spring of 2017.
NEW Adult Sunday School Series: Pilgrim
Pilgrim is a course for the Christian journey. The aim of the course is to help people become disciples of Jesus.
A pilgrim is a person on a journey. The Bible is a book full of journeys. God’s people are always traveling. God’s call to Abraham was to leave his own land for a great journey of faith. God’s call to Moses was to lead God’s people on a journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised land. Jesus took his first disciples on a journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. One of the earliest names for people called Christians was followers of the Way.
Pilgrim is designed to help us invite others to join the people of God on our great journey of faith. Its purpose is to help us to draw together a small group of people who desire a deeper relationship with God and with one another, whether you are new to faith or have been a life long follower of Jesus.
Lifelong Christian faith formation in The Episcopal Church is lifelong growth in the knowledge, service, and love of God as followers of Christ and is informed by Scripture, tradition, and reason.
ICAN (Irvington Churches Advocacy Network) in Need of Donations
- Jeans, for all ages and sizes
- Blankets, sheets
- School uniforms – all sizes
- Shoes and socks for all
- Men’s clothing
- New underwear for all
Volunteers needed: Food Pantry at Downey Avenue Christian Church.
- The pantry is open 1-3 on Thursdays. Volunteers should arrive around 11:30 to help set up. If you are interested, contact Terri Davis at 317-498-5690.
Financial gifts may be mailed to ICAN c/o IAM, Emerson Avenue Baptist Church, 308 N. Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219.