August 17, 2018

  

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What is the Episcopal Church?

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About the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal church, established shortly after the American Revolution, has its roots in the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church, known as the Church of England, had a strong following in colonial America. But when the colonies won their independence, the majority of America’s Anglican clergy refused to swear allegiance to the British monarch as was required. As a result, the Episcopal Church was formed.

The Episcopal church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations. Today, the Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 160 countries. At the head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.