The Episcopal Church

Briefly, the Episcopal Church is the American Branch of the Anglican Communion, which has around 75 million members worldwide, and is, after the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, the third largest Christian body. While our origins are in the Church of England, most Anglicans now live outside of Europe and North America, in Africa, Asia, and South America.

The churches of the Anglican Communion are those which liturgically, spiritually, and historically have their roots in the Church of England, and recognize the Archbishop of Canterbury, England, as their spiritual leader. The Church of England traces its history back to when Christianity first came to the British Isles in the 3rd Century, AD. We became affiliated with the See of Rome in the 600s AD, and although the Church of England during the Reformation in the 16th century terminated its ties with the Bishop of Rome, its historical and sacramental continuity with the ancient undivided Church has remained unbroken.

The Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church in the USA is both Catholic and Protestant. We are Catholic because we maintain the historic doctrine, discipline, and worship of the ancient Universal Church which can be traced back to the Apostles day. We are Protestant because we have attempted to reform the abuses which from time to time have crept into the Churchs life over the passage of time, and because we place great emphasis on the importance of each individuals personal relationship with Christ. As a result, the Anglican Church is often called the bridge church because of what we have in common with both Catholicism and Protestantism.