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What is #myepiscopalidentity?

What is #myepiscopalidentity?

In light of the ongoing debates within the Anglican Communion, we’ve been wondering how Episcopalians understand their identity as Episcopalians.  So, we thought we’d just ask.  You can submit a regular submission for publication or write a post on your own blog or tumblr or add a photo to Instagram or maybe even make a new Pinterest board or whatever.  Just use the hashtag #myepiscopalidentity and send us a Facebook message, Tweet or email (newsteam@episcopalcafe.com) to give us a heads up.  We’ll share as many as we can and we look forward to hearing from you!

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JC Fisher

Where I meet Jesus, where I eat Jesus! Since birth, and going strong 54 years now...

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Anne Bay

Enjoyed reading all the sharings. My mother and dad both became Episcopalians while attending the University of Kansas and they were active in the Canterbury Club. My dad was a Presbyterian all through high school and my mother came from a long and historically pioneering Methodist Minister in Kansas. They were both extremely bright-Phi Beta Kappa, etc. and felt they had found where they wanted to be. My dad eventually-after he served in W.W.2 overseas-became a priest in 1948-the year I was born. I have always been extremely proud to be an Episcopalian and will always be so. The church has gone through a lot of ups and downs, changes and discussions since I was born, and no doubt will continue to do so. I hope so. A church that digs its heels in the dirt and refuses to change -discuss-listen to new scientific discoveries-open to new information on human physiology, climate, research findings, etc. etc. is not one I would want to belong to! Change is the key word for the universe. My mother said she wanted to belong to the Episcopal Church because its where you were encouraged to use your brain! I couldn't say it better. The amount of ignorance in the evangelical parts of religion scares the "heck" out of me and a lot of young people I know. Like the new Canadian Premier said when he was questioned why his cabinet was so diverse-ie. women, LGBT, etc., he simply said "It's 2016!" And so it is. But the world has changed a lot from when I was little, and most of the young people I know don't have any religious affiliation with any organized church. I think the future will be one of finding one's own spirituality, not what I grew up in, and that's fine with me. Being flexible, open spiritually seeking, is a good way to go. Rigidity is a killer!

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Cynthia Katsarelis

On my Dad's side my grandparents arrived in the 1910's and I was raised Greek Orthodox. On my mother's side we settled Virginia and my ninth great grandfather was on the founding vestry of Bruton Church, Williamsburg.

Most of all, I love the sacraments that bring the real presence of Jesus to us each Sunday, and that are outward signs of inward Grace. I love the fellowship around that, as well as a Baptismal Covenant that requires us to love our neighbors as ourselves, seek Christ in all people, and work for justice and dignity of all people. I love a theology that recognizes each person as created in the Image of God and the radical implications of that in a hurting world. I love how TEC discerns revelation through the diverse voices of the many, rather that the few in the status quo.

I love worshiping in my travels, in Haiti, the UK, and Europe where the prayers, the breaking of the bread, and the creeds are recognizable, as are many of the hymns. What unites is us is far stronger than what divides us, sadly, this fact is lost on many "leaders," but not the people.

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Justin Ivatts

As someone who was born, baptized, confirmed and spent my first twenty seven years in the Church of England but have recently been ordained in the Episcopal Church I regard my Anglican identity as very important.

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Gregory Orloff

For me, the beauty of Episcopal identity is found in how it seeks to love God and neighbor in Christ Jesus through the inspiring values of the Baptismal Covenant, the fourfold ministry of the Church (lay people, deacons, presbyters and bishops), the liturgical finesse of the Book of Common Prayer, and a healthy aversion to triumphalism that makes generous room for asking questions, admitting mistakes, asking forgiveness and correcting course. Those traits keep me coming back to my local Episcopal church.

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