As a traditional Christian church, we believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the word of God and “contain all doctrine required as necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.”
We hold to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, an Anglican confessional document, as an exposition of true doctrine of the church and as authoritative for Anglicans today.
Our standard of worship is the historic 1662 Book of Common Prayer, as adapted by the Reformed Episcopal Church. The prayer book is based upon the ancient worship of Christians in England.
Our Anglican sacramental and liturgical heritage is necessarily bound in the doctrines of Christ, which must be taught in accord with the consensual, historic reading of the Bible, as practiced in the apostolic tradition.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your view on sexuality?
We believe that God created sexual intercourse for married couples; that fornication, adultery, and homosexual acts are sinful. The church should show Christ-like compassion to those who have fallen into sexual sin, entreating them to repent and receive forgiveness, and offering the ministry of healing to those who suffer physically or emotionally as a result of such sin. We believe that Christian leaders are called to exemplary behavior in all matters of morality, including sexual morality, as a condition of being appointed or remaining in office.
[See the Reformed Episcopal Church statement on sexual ethics.]
What is your view on marriage?
We believe marriage is a sacred covenant between a man, a woman, and God; that marriage was created by God to be a reflection of his glory. We believe marriage best reflects God’s glory when men lead the family, women nurture the family, and children honor their parents. This requires great sacrifice from every family member and can only be properly sustained by the Holy Spirit’s sanctification.
[See “An Affirmation of Marriage” (.pdf file), a joint statement of the Anglican Church in North America, the Lutheran Church–Canada, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and the North American Lutheran Church.]
What is your view on the sanctity of human life?
We believe the Bible clearly teaches that all human life is sacred because men are created in the likeness of God. We deplore the practices of abortion, euthanasia, and other actions which injure the dignity of human life. Seeking to honor the Lord, we also seek to honor the dignity of every person.
[See the Reformed Episcopal Church statement on the sanctity of human life.]
What is your view on ordained ministry?
We believe the Lord has called all men and women to faithful service in the church for the good of his kingdom. The Lord has ordered Creation such that men and women may best use their God-given gifts in their respective vocations. From plain reading of the Scriptures, we believe that only men may serve as ordained ministers in the church. This has been the practice of the church since the time of Christ, as it was the practice of God’s worshiping community before Christ’s birth.