What We Believe

At St. Philip’s In The Hills we are devoted to welcoming, encouraging, and empowering all to grow in faith and to do God’s work in the world.

Because we are a large congregation, we embrace the diversity of God’s creation. Because we are Episcopalians, we meet people at their particular point in their spiritual journey. Because we are called, we encourage each other to discover and develop our relationships with God and to discern and carry out the ministries for which we are gifted.

What does the Episcopal Church believe?

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages. In fact, in addition to the United States, the Episcopal Church has members in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.

Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not just members of the Episcopal Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests, and bishops.

We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.

We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

For more information, see www.episcopalchurch.org.