Our Beliefs

The Episcopal Church's beliefs are not contained in a 10-point statement of faith or other list. Rather, our beliefs can be discerned from our worship contained within the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1979). Within that book are the various forms of worship we practice, most notably the two primary sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist (Holy Communion). Other sacramental rites include Confirmation (adult affirmation of faith), Marriage (blessing of a union between two people), Unction (service of healing and anointing with holy oil), Ordination (setting apart persons for special roles), and Burial (commending the deceased to God's care).

More generally, the Episcopal Church affirms the historic creeds, including the Apostles Creed, the basic baptismal creed of the Christian church:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Episcopal Church is also known to be more liberal and inclusive regarding social issues, including full LGBTQ+ inclusion (including marriage), as well as a strong proponent of social justice. We are a somewhat unique blend of ancient prayer practice and modern social justice beliefs. St. Mark's is in full communion and agreement with the beliefs and positions of The Episcopal Church, though of course our members are free to have their own opinions about various issues.

Most of all, if you want to know what we believe, come worship with us!

 
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