The Episcopal Church, including St. James’s, is inclusive, progressive and open-minded, which can feel to some people like our beliefs are fluid. A more accurate description is that we have a very clear and firm set of foundational beliefs but we also respect new ideas that are extensions of our long-held beliefs.
Among those long-held beliefs are the following from the Catechsim:
- We are all part of God’s creation, made in the image of God.
- We believe the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are a co-equal “three in one.”
- The Ten Commandments remind us of our duty to God and to our neighbors.
- Jesus is sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors and with all creation.
- God is love.
- Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father, and shows us the nature of God.
- The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons.
- The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship, and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.
- Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.
- The sacraments–including the great sacraments of baptism and communion–are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.
Here at St. James’s, we recognize that every one of us is at a different point in their spiritual journey–and our goal is to meet you where you are on your individual path of understanding and faith.
We also value open and vigorous discourse and encourage everyone to bring their most challenging questions. A curious mind, ultimately , is a mind that can explain and defend its faith.
Most importantly, as doers of the word, we are Christ-driven in everything we do, seeking to be God’s hands and hearts in a broken and often lonely world. As Christ so clearly directed us to do, we love our neighbors whether they are around the corner or around the world.