Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
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Beliefs & Traditions

What Do We Believe?

  • As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
  • Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
  • We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences.
  • All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

What Are Our Traditions?

  • The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion,                                                                                              and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
  • Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination.