What We Believe


  • We are followers of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in one, triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, also known as the Trinity.
  • We affirm our faith through the words of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.
  • The Bible is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, and contains all things necessary for salvation.

And how exactly are we saved? Some Episcopalians believe that we are saved by grace alone through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Others believe that faith must be accompanied by action, or good works (James 2:17). The Episcopal Church understands grace as God’s favor toward us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills. Participation in the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the sure and certain means by which we receive that grace (Acts 2:41-42).

-Adapted from the Catechism of the Episcopal Church

The Catechism in its entirety may be accessed here (see sidebar).