We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, and contain all doctrine Necessary to Salvation
We accept the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds as summaries of the Christian Faith as binding on the conscience of every member of the Church. The United Episcopal Church also accepts the doctrinal statements of the first seven Ecumenical Councils of the Church held between 325AD and 784AD
We maintain the Reformation heritage of the Anglican Communion, and in particular our clergy assent to the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion (1571/1801) as being in accordance with Holy Scripture. We also accept the Affirmation of St Louis (1977) as a roadmap to safeguarding our Anglican heritage.
We use the 1928 (USA) and the 1962 (Canada) editions of the Book of Common Prayer, both of which accept the 1662 Book of Common Prayer according to the Use of the Church of England as being the standard of doctrine to which they conform.
EVANGELICAL & CATHOLIC
Evangelical means 'Of the Gospel' and does not denote a particular form of church government or worship. We are Evangelical in the sense of being committed to Biblical doctrine and to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. The United Episcopal Church seeks to response flexibly and imaginatively to the challenges posed by being a traditional Church for the modern world.
Catholic comes from a Greek word meaning 'whole' - the United Episcopal Church maintains 'the whole Faith' as delivered to the Apostles. The Church also maintains the ancient, catholic form of church government which is episcopacy, or governance by bishops. Our bishops are in the Apostolic Succession which we believe stretches back to the Apostles themselveS.
In accordance with the Affirmation of St Louis (1977) we believe in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
The United Episcopal Church of North America believes that marriage should be a life-long indissoluable union between one man and one woman. We also accept that marriages can and do fail, and seek to extend proper pastoral support to those whose marriages have failed or are in danger of failing.