What is an Episcopalian?
Christ's Church Rye is a parish within the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The Episcopal Church is a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion, with 70 million members in 164 countries. We are a community of Christians bound together by our belief that Holy Scripture contains the very core of all Christian faith and thought, by the many ancient and modern stories that connect us to Jesus and his teachings, and by discovering daily God's hope and call to us through our life together.
The precise beliefs and practices of Episcopalians can be a puzzle to those raised in more rigid traditions--and even sometimes to Episcopalians themselves! We are not fully Protestant, but at the same time, neither are we Roman Catholic. We offer no unquestioning obedience to a central authority--instead debating doctrine among ourselves and often agreeing to differ on it. Yet we also have splendidly dressed bishops and priests and deacons just as the Roman Catholics do (except, of course, that many of ours are women and our senior bishops are all elected), and we center our worship on the Eucharist, or Holy Communion.
The connections that bind us can sometimes get lost in the smoke of debate, but they are there nonetheless, have deep historical roots and are much more powerful than they sometimes seem.
Interested in learning more about the larger faith community? Please click on one of the links below.
Episcopal Diocese of New York
Episcopal Church - Official Site
(To view a Christ's Church Rye service of Holy Communion on the Official Site of the Episcopal Church, click here.)
National Association of Episcopal Schools
Episcopal News Service
Anglican Communion News Service