If you were to visit an Episcopal congregation on Sunday, you would notice both Catholic and Protestant elements, such as the centrality of baptism and the Eucharist (also called the Mass or Holy Communion) and a serious engagement with the Bible as a source of faith, instruction, and ethical living. The Episcopal Church values both tradition and new understandings of how God works in the world. We immerse ourselves in the teachings of Jesus and the historic creeds of the Church, while also reflecting on the new things God may be telling us.
The Episcopal Church commits to respecting the dignity of every human being, and so extends the sacraments, including ordination and marriage, to all people—women and men, gay and straight. It also speaks out on critical issues related to human rights and social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic concerns.