What We Believe
Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church.
Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
What makes us Episcopalians?
There is great breadth of diversity in the Episcopal Church: we might be Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical, Charismatic, conservative or liberal. But Episcopalians are first and foremost Christians. We believe God has created us, and we proclaim and follow Jesus as Lord. We believe God is active in our day-to-day lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The church is the body of which Christ is the head and all baptized people are the members. The church is a community of faith and commitment, not an organization like a club. We are part of the Anglican Communion, a fellowship of autonomous churches in communion with the Church of England.
All Anglican churches are drawn together by a common loyalty to:
- Scripture as the revealed Word of God;
- The historical creeds of the church as sufficient statements of Christian belief;
- The celebration of the seven sacraments of the church, with special emphasis on Baptism and Eucharist;
- The apostolic ministry of bishops, priests and deacons in the life of teaching and service in the church; and
The use of scripture, church tradition and reason in matters of belief and practice.
In worship, Episcopalians sit, kneel, stand, sing, pray aloud and pray silently. Some bow and make the sign of the cross; others don’t.
We use the Book of Common Prayer, The Hymnal and a service bulletin. These tools are designed to help us worship and pray together, something very important to Anglican Christians.
Episcopal worship calls for the full participation of all the people. The Prayer Book (and the service bulletin) will guide you in what to do and what to say or sing. Our people are friendly and helpful. If you need help during the service, please ask someone for guidance.
About the Diocese of Kansas
A diocese is the geographic area overseen by a bishop. The word “episcopal” comes from the Greek word for bishop, meaning an overseer.
The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas includes more than 8,500 members in 44 congregations as well as two social service agencies.
The diocese covers the eastern 40 percent of the state of Kansas, extending as far west as Abilene and Wichita. It also includes the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan and the entire Kansas City metropolitan area on the Kansas side of the state line.
The diocese also includes a great part of one the geological wonders of the Midwest – the Flint Hills, a unique area of tallgrass prairie that features a rolling landscape stretching almost the width of the state and into northern Oklahoma.
Our diocese is one of 111 dioceses in the Episcopal Church, which has a membership of about 2 million people in the United States and 17 other countries. We’re also part of the Anglican Communion, joining us with some 70 million people in more than 160 countries who trace their lineage to the Church of England.