"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you."
2 Corinthians 13:14
Who are we?
We're Anglicans. That means that we trace our history and traditions back to the second century when Christianity was first brought to the British Isles from Rome. This long history means that we often look and sound like we resemble parts and pieces of other "flavors" of Christianity. Sometimes this is due to Anglicanism influencing other expressions of Christianity; sometimes this is due to Anglicans being influenced. More often, it is due to a shared spiritual heritage that has been adapted to the unique experiences of Anglicans as they have worshiped through history and around the globe.
We're classical. We respect our spiritual heritage and seek to carry it with us. Just like the "classics" of literature, our heritage shapes where we are going, but it also becomes something new when it encounters us in our lived lives. We are not just passive recipients; we are also actively engaged in living out this spiritual inheritance.
We're liturgical and sacramental. Our worship service is structured by the Book of Common Prayer (1928) and the American Missal. But our worship is not just limited to church services. Our sacramental life means that we recognize the sacredness of God's presence in all sorts of things and activities. We celebrate the seven sacraments and live our lives with sacramental meaning.