Why the Episcopal Church?

We are grateful and excited to be Episcopalians!  Sometimes we say among ourselves that we are a well kept secret.   We want to change that!  The Good News of what God has done through Jesus and is still doing in the world through the Spirit of Jesus is just that–good news for everyone; good news that can change the world.  At Good Samaritan, we strive to proclaim the Good News in both word and deed.
While all Christian churches seek to express the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Episcopal Church holds a unique place in the Christian tradition.  First and foremost, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and believe that God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  In the Episcopal Church, you will find a blend of ancient and modern, traditional and contemporary, and what we believe is the best of both our catholic and reformed heritage.  While holding to what Christians have believed about God through the centuries, we also strive to apply the teachings of the Gospel to contemporary issues.  We readily admit we don’t have all the answers, but we believe that being open-minded, inquisitive, and inclusive helps us discover what God is up to in our day so that we can more fully live out the Good News that Jesus taught and lived.
We are part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which has over 80 million members.  We subscribe to the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission.
  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth


Reasons people attend and join our church: 

  • We are both catholic and reformed.
  • We honor and take Holy Scripture seriously.  We interpret Scripture in the light of tradition, reason, and experience, and believe that God speaks to us through it today.
  • We value tradition and all the ways God’s Spirit speaks to us through art, music, and the beauty of creation..
  • Both men and women, married and single persons, can serve as deacons, priests, and bishops.
  • Holy Communion can be received by all baptized persons, not just Episcopalians.
  • Clergy and lay persons exercise leadership roles in the church.
  • We uphold the dignity and worth of every human being, and strive to love our neighbor as ourselves.
  • All persons, regardless of gender, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, or economic status, are welcome and included in our church.
To read more about why we are exited to be Episcopalians, go to http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/i-am-episcopalian 

I am an Episcopalian