(Closed) Anglican/ Episcopal -tell me about it!

posted 7 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’m not a member but one of my friends is. From what I’ve heard her tell me, Episcopal churches are very traditional. Anglican churches (if I remember right) are a break off from Episcopal and are very conservative. She has described both denominations as simliar to Catholic and Presbyterian (PCA) denominations. Sorry I can’t be more help. But I thought I would at least tell you what I’ve heard from her. I could be very wrong. Hopefully some other bees are members or know more than I.

Post # 4
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am Anglican. We have traditions and ceremonies similar to the Catholic Church but we are much more liberal as to beliefs and how the bible is read and understood. However, there are Anglicans much more conservative than myself and my Dean. My Dean can bless same-sex marriages and woman can become Priests, etc. In fact, my friend who is the Dean’s daughter is getting married next year and is currently living with her Fiance. And her mom and dad really do not mind at all. In fact I think they lived together before they were married as well.

Post # 5
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

In America, Anglicans are very conservative when it comes to the bible and sexuality. Episcopalians not so much. There is a lot of diversity within the denomination and it can be hard to pin down what exactly it is they believe about theological issues. One Anglican/Episcopalian will tell you something completely different from another. When I talk to Anglicans I know about sacraments, women in the priesthood, homosexuality, divorce, the role of bishops, the Virgin Mary and so on half the time they contradict each other. But they are all pious and faithful Anglicans and their faith really enriches their lives.

Some Anglican churches are indistinguishable from Baptist churches in terms of liturgy. Others are indistinguishable from Catholic churches in terms of liturgy. Baptist-esque to Catholic-esque covers a lot of terrain.

I think you really have to research your local Anglican or Episcopal church to see what exactly their style is/what they believe! It really will vary from parish to parish.

Post # 6
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

I know I’m join in the thread late, but I wanted to put my two-cents in… I was raised Roman Catholic–my father is Catholic, although his mother was Episcopalian and her father was an Episcopal priest, and my mother was a Catholic convert from Methodism. One of the three happiest days of my life was the day I was received into the Episcopal Church.
We are neither Roman Catholic nor Protestant, some call us “reformed Catholics”. While this is not quite correct theologically or historically, we do practice in a way that very much resembles RC (liturgy is very important to us), but are less about dogma. While we do have very clear heirarchy (my priest, for instance, firmly believes that two people who want to share a life together and have their love be an example of Christ’s love for his Church should be united in matrimony, regardless of genitalia of either party, however, she cannot preside over a homosexual couple doing so because our Bishop doesn’t allow it), we do pray at every baptism that the baptised will have “an inquiring and discerning heart”, so we kind of make each person walk their own spiritual journey and come to their own decisions, guided by a community of faith, Scripture, and tradition. You will often hear Episcopalianism described as “via Media”, and with so many opinions and so many ways of seeing the world, it has to be. The church pews are full of both Baptist and RC converts, both of whom rejoice in a church that lets them think, doesn’t chastise them for being born, and rejoices in diversity.
Feel free to PM me, I too am in TN.

Post # 7
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ok, my Mum and brother are Anglican so I was partly raised in the church (I’m Catholic) and the lovely local Anglican priest is doing us a blessing service after our civil partnership. It’s a very beautiful and varied tradition. They believe in the Trinity and are quite similar to the Catholics and Methodists in terms of the rituals (they do infant baptism, communion is the most important part of the mass and they have a similar service structure).

What I admire about them as a church is that they openly bring together parishes and priests with very different views in global communion. So my local church is liberal over gay marriage but other Anglicans aren’t. There are evangelical Anglicans who are closer to the baptists in outlook and traditionalist ‘high church’ Anglicans who are more like the Catholics. They have women priests and there is discussion that they may get women bishops. Their structure of authority is similar to the Catholic church but instead of the Pope and the cardinals, their policy is led by a conference of clergy. It depends so much, though, on your own congregation as to what it’s culture will be. But knowing that the Anglican church came out of the Catholic church and that the Methodist church came out of the Anglican church helps explain their similarities.

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