What is #myepiscopalidentity?

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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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Lloyd Spiegel
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Lloyd Spiegel

I was baptized Roman Catholic to my Roman Catholic mom and Lutheran father. My dad, God bless him, had a disagreement with the Priest in our parish over tithing and there was this beautiful, old Episcopal church right in town. I was confirmed Episcopal. Over the years I have disagreed with TEC on a variety of things and have left the church on a couple of occasions. But I have always consider it my church, where I belong. I have come to believe the most important things we are called to do are not who is marrying who, or if my Priest is a gay woman or is trans-gendered. We have a much higher purpose with or without the Anglican Communion, with or without the support of GAFCON, the Global South or the ACNA. I have actually become an Eucharistic Minister in my Parish. I am where I belong, where I feel God has called me to be.

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Nancy Platt
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I am a five generation Episcopalian and two members of my family were clergy as I am. I value the middle road through catholic orthodox and Protestantism that I find in the 1979 prayer book although I was brought up on the more penitential 1928 BCP/ I cherish the combination of liturgy sacraments etc. in my worship. I also value the TEC polity, have been active in GC and count clergy and bishops among family friends. My grandchildren make it 7 generations.

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Brandon
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Brandon

Grew up in the Baptist Church, I was baptized as an Episcopalian at the young age of 30. Gay but actually libertarian in my politics. The Episcopal Church for me is a place where difference in opinions is literally welcomed. Get a room full of Episcopalians together and we are not all going to agree on everything. However, our disagreements don't make us any less Episcopalian or Christian and I love to acknowledge this.

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Anthony Christiansen
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Anthony Christiansen

Catholic, reformed, intelligent, inclusive, willing to question itself and therefore, by definition, not infallible. A Church where the Christ who is proclaimed would recognize himself.

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Joe Rawls
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God took on flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who rose bodily from the dead and remains present for us in the Eucharist. He wants us to unite with him. I do this through the BCP, the Creeds, private prayer and Biblical pondering, reading theology, and various forms of social outreach. TEC is very much a mixed bag but it's my community.

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