What We Believe

Trinity Church is part of The Episcopal Church of the Episcopal Church of the United States and surrounding territories. The word “Episcopal” comes from the Greek word for bishop, episkopos, because we are a church of bishops who we believe are ordained in direct succession from the apostles themselves.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to he beginnings of Christianity. It is the American descendent of the Church of England and still looks to the Archbishop of Canterbury as the primate and spiritual head of the Anglican Communion. He does not, however, have any governing authority over the Episcopal Church. The American Church is governed by its bishops and elected lay leaders, and the American primate is the Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael Curry.

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

We derive our faith from a balance of scripture, Tradition, and Reason.  This is the “three-legged stool” of Anglicanism. 

We believe that the Apostles and Nicene creeds are sufficient and concise statements of the Christian faith. 

Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages. It is sacramental and liturgical and Holy Communion (Eucharist) is celebrated at all major services and almost every Sunday.

The Episcopal Church occupies a “middle way” and is neither Catholic nor Protestant. It retains much of the theology and sacramentalism of its Catholic predecessors, but incorporates the reforms introduced during the Reformation, most especially in the governance and authority structure, ordination, and lay involvement in governance and worship. The highest authority in our church is bishop. Lay people also exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.

The Church has a wide breadth of expressions from Anglo-Catholic “High Church” to Evangelical “Low Church”. But we all use the Book of Common Prayer as our guide in worship which also forms our beliefs. Everything that we believe can be found in the Book of Common Prayer.

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.

We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

All baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church, may receive Holy Communion in our church.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.

We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.

We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience. 

We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion. 

All are welcome to find a spiritual home in The Episcopal Church.

If you are interested in learning more about Trinity or The Episcopal Church, please contact our Recasting Priest, Fr. Joseph G. Kovitch at jgkovitch(at)gmail.com.

You may also learn more from the website of the national church.

(Source: Episcopal Church USA website)