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Our Beliefs

We welcome people at whatever stage they may be in their faith development, and we value intellectual inquiry and the integrity of individual conscience.

At the same time, as a Christian community we affirm our common inheritence of faith in clear terms, including:

  • The Triune God as One God in Three Persons'
  • The full divinity and full humanity of Jesus
  • The Saving Work of Christ on the Cross
  • The Bodily Resurrection of Christ as the "first fruits" of the new redeemed humanity
  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit to those adopted as God's children through faith in Christ
  • The Divine Inspiration of Scripture
  • Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist as outward and visibles signs of inward and spiritual grace

The foundational statement of Anglican/Episcopal doctrine is contained in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, originally published in 1571. Highlights include the following:

I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the last day.

VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.

XI. Of the Justification of Man.
We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own w
orks or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification.

XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ
They also are to be had accursed that presume to say, That every man shall be saved by the Law or Sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that Law, and the light of Nature. For Holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.

XVII. Of Baptism
Baptism is not only a sign of profes
sion, and mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New-Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive Baptism rightly are grafted into the Church; the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed; Faith is confirmed, and Grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God. The Baptism of young Children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most
agreeable with the institution of Christ.

XVIII. Of the Lord's Supper.
The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another; but rather it is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ's death: insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith, receive the same, the Bread which we break is a partaking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ.

Download the complete text of the Thirty-Nine Articles -- and other key historical documents of faith: http://s3.amazonaws.com/mychurchwebsite/c3355/historical_docs.pdf