“Live in Christ, Transform the World”
The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be, as followers of Christ.
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A comprehensive overview of our beliefs and practices can be found on the Who We Are of the National Church.
About the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island
“Live in Christ, transform the world” is the Mission statement of The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, which is comprised of the approximately 50 Episcopal churches in our state. The Bishop of the Diocese is the Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, who was consecrated as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island on November 17, 2012.
The Diocese offers resources and educational opportunities to encourage spiritual development and outreach in our parishes, as well as in the greater community. Our current mission focus is “feeding the hungry” in mind body and spirit. Some of our ministry focus areas are congregational development, Christian development, Christian formation, Hispanic ministries, and the operation of ECC, our camp and conference center on Echo Lake in Pascoag. The Diocese also sponsors many committees and task forces that serve to act upon issues such as environmental stewardship and social justice. A new ministry in the diocese is the Jonathan Daniels House. This ministry is supporting young adult interns working and living in the South Providence area seeking to “build the Kingdom of God by struggling for justice on the local and systemic level, striving for reconciliation among all people, and maintaining the presence of the Church in the south side of the city” (see The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island website for further information on these ministries.)
We are part of the Province of New England also known as Province 1. A Brief History of the Episcopal Church in Rhode Island traces the diocese from Pastor Blackstone’s preaching beneath the “Catholic Oak” in Lonsdale through the Revolutionary period and 19th centuries to the present day.
About the Episcopal Church in the USA
The Episcopal Church comprises approximately 2 million people and churches throughout all 50 states as well as sixteen countries and 110 dioceses. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is the Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
The center of International Anglicanism is Canterbury, England, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.