The Episcopal Church celebrates diversity and honors tradition. We strive to live by the example of Jesus Christ, welcoming the stranger and the outcast, helping our neighbors, and offering forgiveness and love. We walk the “middle way” between Protestant and catholic traditions. The liturgy (the way we do church) and the sacraments (actions that we believe are visible signs of grace) are very important in the life of the Episcopal Church.
Often we also walk the “middle way” in our theology and debates. We don’t believe that everyone has to agree with each other – but that we can enter into thoughtful, respectful, loving discussions on a range of issues.
The Episcopal Church has between 2 – 3 million members in about 7,500 congregations in the United States, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, Europe, and other areas in North America. We are part of the larger Anglican Communion, which has 70 million followers around the world. Each individual congregation is part of a Diocese, such as the Diocese of Southern Ohio.