What is the Episcopal Church?
The Episcopal church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations.
At the head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The Episcopal church, established shortly after the American Revolution, has its roots in the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church, known as the Church of England, had a strong following in colonial America. But when the colonies won their independence, the majority of America’s Anglican clergy refused to swear allegiance to the British monarch as was required. As a result, the Episcopal Church was formed.
The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.
Additional information about the Episcopal Church can be found here.
Wondering what Anglicans/Episcopalians believe? Here’s a brief explanation from Anglicans Online.
In 2017, our parish’s Chapel celebrated 75 years of gathering people to be sent out to be God’s hands and feet in the world. Here’s a succinct history of how St. Stephen’s came to be.