The Episcopal Church is a denomination grounded in ancient Christian
scripture and tradition while at the same time open to the insight and truth of contemporary life. Our roots are from the
Church in England, dating from the second century and becoming the Church of England during the reformation. Born as a middle
way between what had become a deadly conflict between Protestants and Catholics of the sixteenth centuries, we are known for
our tolerance and our willingness to embrace paradox. Episcopalians trust that the truth of God embraces and transcends all
of the partial truths that our limited human minds can grasp. We accept that there is divine mystery at the heart of life,
but we believe that mystery can best be known through love, particularly the love revealed in Jesus Christ.
A Lifelong Process
Ours is not a gospel of fear and guilt, of moralism or threats
of hell. We see Jesus as the incarnation of God who loves and delights in humanity. God becomes one with us. We celebrate
a God who has created every human being in God's own image. We seek to call forth the fullness of that divine image in every
person through the disciplines of Christian life. God wants us to become the loving, trusting, giving people God has created
us to be. Repentance, conversion, and growth are daily events. It is a life-long process to become holy, to become fully human.
We believe that the process of growing into our full humanity is best done in community. Together
we pray, worship, study the scriptures, and explore the richness of twenty-one centuries of Christian experience.
The Three Stands of Our Faith
Theologian Richard Hooker described Anglican authority
as a three-strand cord, not easily broken -- Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. The Episcopal Church honors the Bible as the
first witness to God, containing "All things necessary to salvation." It is the love story of God's relationship
with God's people. We respect its complexity and its origins in the communities and histories of our ancestors. We look to
the Bible as the written source of our revelation of God. We also honor the experience of God throughout the history of
humanity, and especially among faithful Christians for these two-thousand years. We look to the tradition, teaching, and experience
of the whole church as a manifestation of God's revelation. The ancient Creeds are alive and well in the Episcopal Church.
We believe God created human beings with an innate capacity to know God. We honor the God-given faculties of reason, intuition,
intellect, and emotion. We believe that human experience is one of the ways God communicates and reveals God's intentions
for us. Our worship is centered in the celebration of the last gift Christ gave us, the gift of his presence and life through
the shared communion of bread and wine. This powerful ritual renews and strengthens us. We believe that in this shared holy
meal, we are fed by Christ and united in his life.
find St. Paul's Church actively involved in service and outreach to our community. The Community Clinic at St. Francis House
is a benevolent health care ministry of the Episcopal Church. It offers affordable medical and dental care to those who have
limited access to the health care system. A professional staff of dentists, nurse practitioners, and volunteer doctors work
hard to close some of the gaps where people in our community may fall through. It is open five days a week in the JTL Shop
Community Meals serves a balanced hot lunch to anyone who comes in. St. Paul's partners with Central United Methodist Church
to offer this ministry. St. Paul's serves meals on Mondays and Wednesdays at noon while Central serves meals at noon on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. We founded the Seven Hills Homeless Center and lead in its support; we operate a tutoring program for Washington
Elementary School; we are a founding member of the Cooperative Emergency Outreach and are involved in many other community
We tend to offer our charity ministry simply. We do not require people to listen to
our rhetoric in order to be served. We believe loving others and giving generously are ends in themselves, reflecting Christ's
love for all people. You'll find Episcopalians resistant to hard-ball tactics of proselytizing. We take very seriously the
vow from our Baptismal Covenant, "Will you respect the dignity of every human being?" We try not to talk down to
people, but to walk together with others as fellow seekers.
We are a people trying to follow in
the footsteps of Jesus, who loved the outcast, healed the hurting, and called us into a way of life that seeks to help us
become more trusting, more courageous, and more loving as we grow into the wonderful mystery of our relationship with God
and one another.
Come worship with us a few times and see what you think.