In our world today, full of division and uncertainty, many people find that simple answer unsatisfying. After all, don’t ALL Christians believe those things? People want to know precisely what a church believes about God, not just that we believe in God. People want to know specifics, so that they can decide if we’re “right” or “wrong,” if we have the right understanding, the right interpretation.
That is not how The Episcopal Church tends to approach faith and belief. Our list of “non-negotiable” points are very few,
and largely shared with most every other Christian tradition.
This is not to say that Episcopalians don’t believe specific or particular things. It is just that each member of our community is able to think for herself or himself, to wrestle with doubt and the questions of faith, and to arrive at conclusions which may be different than those of other members within the community.
The Episcopal Church accepts and welcomes a wide range of theological ideas and thought.
We are a church who believes in God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit.
There is one God, who is a Trinity of Persons.
God: The First Person of the Trinity, traditionally called "Father" created all things at the beginning of time.
Son: Jesus Christ, the very human rabbi from 2000 years ago, was and is the Son of God,
the Second person of the Trinity, and our Savior.
Holy Spirit: The Holy Scriptures (the Bible) are the revealed word of God, written by human beings under
the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, who is the Third Person of the Trinity.
The Bible contains all things necessary for salvation.
I give to you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.
This is the Way of Christ.
This is the Way of love.
We cannot choose to love only those whom we like and to whom we are attracted. No, this new commandment is not based on feelings or emotions or personal preferences. It is based on a choice: a choice to recognize and respect the dignity of every person, a choice to see them as God sees them; a choice to love and serve them with the same humility and generosity with which Christ has loved and served us.
-Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist