St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Bethel, Connecticut
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Beliefs

  • We follow our Lord Jesus Christ, and we believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and to honor the dignity of every human being.
  • We find our unity in Christ and in praying and serving together, while respecting individual conscience and allowing a range of opinions.
  • We believe in the forgiveness of sins, amendment of life and life everlasting.
  • We uphold the Bible and use the Bible extensively when we worship together.
  • Lay people have vital roles in ministry and governance.  Our highest governing body, the General Convention, consists of a House of Bishops and a House of Deputies (half clergy and half lay).
  • All roles -- including deacon, priest and bishop -- are open to women.  Clergy are allowed to be married.
  • All baptized Christians, not just Episcopalians, are allowed to receive Holy Communion.
  • We are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and trace our heritage to the ancient church.
  • We honor the memories of holy men and women (apostles, martyrs, social reformers, teachers, etc.) in our church calendar.
  • We believe that committed relationships are to be lifelong, and that there is grace after divorce.  Holy Communion and other sacraments are available to divorced persons.