About the Episcopal Church
General Convention 2006 was held in Columbus, Ohio
- Welcomes the faithful, the seeker and the doubter
- Honors tradition but does not fossilize it
- Believes ministry is more than just writing a check
- Celebrates diversity
- Transforms hearts and lives, leaves brains intact
- Believes the purpose is not to fill the pews but to fill heaven
- Treats you as an adult and welcomes the child in you
- Offers freedom of mind and peace of heart
Who We Are
Thomas Jefferson, Robin Williams, Desmond Tutu, Madeleine Albright, C. S. Lewis, Christopher Reeve. A mother. A doctor. A teacher. A friend. A child.
At the Episcopal church, there's a place for everyone. We are black and white. Young and old. Unemployed. CEO. Single. Divorced. Married with five kids.
Like you, we are leaders in our communities. We work hard at our jobs. We want the best for our children. We nurse broken hearts. We celebrate when our teams win. We try to be good to each other.
We worship together in joy and thanksgiving. The Episcopal Church is home to nearly 30,000 people in Southern Ohio. We attend more than 80 churches in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and in farm town, county seats and suburban centers throughout the southern half of the state.
We are led by the Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal. As bishop, he offers spiritual leadership and vision for the Episcopal churches, priests and members.
Our Procter Camp and Conference Center is a popular retreat facility for youth, church and community groups. A peaceful refuge on 1,000 acres, the center also hosts spiritual retreats and summer camping programs.
We are part of a larger, global community. The Episcopal Church has its roots in the Church of England or the Anglican Church. There are 3 million Episcopalians in the United States and more than 70 million Anglicans worldwide.
What We Believe
We celebrate our belief that every person is a child of God. We believe in a God of creation, redemption and constant presence and love.
We believe a Christian community lifts up its members, freeing their gifts and supporting their lives.
We gather week by week to hear the word of God proclaimed. We thank God for the gifts in our lives and pray together for God's wisdom and help during troubled times.
Episcopalians are "liturgical," meaning our worship follows the order in the Book of Common Prayer. You can feel at home at any Episcopal church because we share the same structure of the service.
These services tell a story and act it out. As Jesus invited us, we gather around a table with bread and wine to remember him and celebrate his risen presence.
The liturgy draws us into the story by using all of the senses, creating worship services that are beautiful, dignified and yet also quite human.
Even if you're not familiar with the service, the Prayer Book provides the words you need and gives instructions about standing and kneeling. Even these customs vary in different congregations. People in the same church carry out these customs in different ways.
We do ministry within the church, from Bible studies to music and choir, book clubs and potluck dinners. Our youth programs are vibrant and fun. Worship brings us together as a community.
We also believe God calls us to ministry outside of the church. That's why we have tutoring and GED programs, free meals and food pantries. We open our churches to the homeless, and when the month lasts longer than the money, we help.
Within the Episcopal church, we believe everyone is important. All people are ministers. Some men and women are called into special "ordained" ministry, such as bishops, priests and deacons. Others are "lay people." Everyone participates in the work, ministry and governance of the church.