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What is the Episcopal Faith? 
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What is the Episcopal Church?

The Episcopal Church is a Christian churched based on the teachings of the Bible and complimented by the Book of Common Prayer. The Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) is the American branch of the Church of England (also known as the worldwide Anglican Communion), a body headed spiritually by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Anglican Communion is the second largest Christian body in the Western world.

What does the word "Episcopal" mean?

The word "Episcopal" derives from the Greek word "Episcopal" for "bishop." Thus "Episcopal" means "governed by bishops." From an etymology (meaning of words) perspective, the word "Episcopal" is an adjective as in "I belong to the Episcopal Church." while the word "Episcopalian" is a noun as in "I am an Episcopalian."

When was the Episcopal Church started in the United States?

The United States Anglican Church can trace its beginnings to the beginnings of America with the first English colony in 1607 at Jamestown, Va. In 1689, King's Chapel in Boston, Massachusetts opened and Trinity Church in New York City was consecrated. Not only churches opened, but also schools! In 1693, James Blair, an Anglican missionary to colonial Virginia, secured the charter for the College of William and Mary. King's College in New York which is now Columbia University was founded in 1754.

What is the structure of the Episcopal Church in the United States?

The Episcopal Church in the United States is organized into dioceses. Each diocese has a Bishop who is elected by by the diocese and consecrated into the Apostolic Succession. The Apostolic Succession is considered to witness to an unbroken line of Church leadership beginning with the Apostles themselves. There are over 100 dioceses in the United States. Each diocese is made up of congregations in a geographic region.  The Episcopal Church has a three-fold order of ministry as handed down by the Apostles in direct descent:      Deacons     Priests    and   Bishops

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