“Episcopalians are known as people who place a high value on reason and thoughtful debate about theological issues and social policy. We fill the middle ground between Catholic and Protestant traditions as a sacramental church that stresses individual responsibilities and decision-making. Worship services range from contemporary to traditional, with one just right for you.”
—-from an earlier web page of the Diocese of Olympia, in the western part of Washington
The national Episcopal Church website is a good source of information about what it means to be an Episcopalian.
As an Episcopal parish in West Orange, New Jersey, we are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
Episcopal Cafe is a superb daily blog from the Diocese of Washington (DC) which includes a series of posts about the Anglican Communion.
And for fun, Robin Williams has listed “Ten top reasons to be an Episcopalian”:
10) No Snake Handling
9) You can believe in dinosaurs
8) Male and female, God created them; male and female, we ordain them
7) You don’t have to check your brains at the door
6) Pew aerobics
5) Church year is color-coded
4) Free wine on Sundays
3) All of the pageantry, none of the guilt
2) You don’t have to swim to get baptized
1) No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.
Attributed to Robin Williams, a card-carrying Episcopalian. No, he didn’t invent the phrase “We’re like Catholic-lite: 1/3 less guilt,” but he’s said it many times.