We believe God calls us into community, and that God values diversity. During his earthly life, Jesus walked with a community that defied the power structures of his day. As a preacher, he talked about the “Reign of God” a vision of God’s beloved community living relationships of justice. At Holy Communion we seek to be anti-racist and to counter discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, language and culture. We value single people, partnered people, young people, older people, and people with disabilities. We include women, men, and transfolk in leadership. The more diverse our community, the more fully we can glimpse the beautiful breadth of God’s creation. Whoever you are, wherever you are on the journey of faith, you are welcome at Holy Communion.
Episcopalians are descended from the Church of England. When King Henry the VIII split from Rome, there were already many different theological points of view within the England. Would The Church of England be more Catholic or more Protestant? Battles were fought, literal and philosophical, and the conclusion that was reached was: via media, which means the “Middle Way.” Both points of view would be held together in tension. That holding opposites in tension became part of the identity of the Anglican tradition, which we inherit today. The comedian Robin Williams said it this way: “No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.” We are a big tent. We don’t say that to be wishy washy, we say it with a deep faith.