About the Episcopal Church
“Loving, Liberating and Life-giving – God is love, and God’s very being is a trinity of loving relationship: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Christ, God invites us to share that love; wherever there is pain or alienation, God longs to knit all people and creation back into wholeness and relationship.
We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.”
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP): The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity, as Armentrout and Slocum note in their An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, that “Anglican liturgical piety has been rooted in the Prayer Book tradition since the publication of the first English Prayer Book in 1549.”
We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. The prayer book, most recently revised in 1979, contains our liturgies, our prayers, our theological documents, and much, much more.
- Follow this link to the Church Publishing, Inc. website where you can access the Spanish-language version of the Book of Common Prayer, El Libro de Oración Común, as a free PDF.
- Follow this link to the Church Publishing, Inc. website where you can access the French-language version of the Book of Common Prayer, Le Livre de la Prière Commune, as a free PDF
“As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal Church has members in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico; and also in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Curacao, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Taiwan, and the Virgin Islands.
We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
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.
Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
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 affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.”
The Diocese of Ohio
St. Timothy’s is one of 95 parish and mission congregations which comprise the Diocese of Ohio, a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion represented in the United States by The Episcopal Church. It was organized in 1818 and was the first diocese established outside of the original 13 colonies. Since that time that Diocese has been served by 11 bishops. The current bishop, the Right Reverend Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., was ordained and consecrated in April 2004.The Diocese of Ohio consists of the 48 counties of northern Ohio, an area approximately 170 miles wide by 95 miles deep, encompassing roughly 15,000 square miles with a membership of almost 25,737 individuals in 104 parishes. The Diocesan cathedral and bishops’ offices are located in Cleveland. Each year in November, three delegates from each parish and mission, plus clergy attend an annual diocesan convention.
Our churches span the northern half of Ohio, welcoming everyone to our doors. Whether you are a life-long Episcopalian, a seeker looking for God, or a person who just feels something is missing in life, you will find a warm welcome wherever you go and, hopefully, a church home.
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The Bishop of Ohio
“Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., was elected the Eleventh Bishop of Ohio on November 15, 2003, and consecrated on April 17, 2004 in Cleveland. Born April 9, 1954, the son of the late Mark Hollingsworth and Caroline Jeanes Hollingsworth, he and his four sisters were raised in Dover, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 from Trinity College, majoring in Religious Studies, and earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1981. The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Bishop of California, ordained him Deacon and Priest in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He and his wife, Susan Hunt Hollingsworth, are the parents of Sophie, Isaac, Eli, and Lily.
Bishop Hollingsworth served as Chaplain to the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco (1981-1983), Associate Rector of St. Francis in-the-Fields Church, Harrods Creek, Kentucky (1983-1986), Rector of St. Anne’s in-the-Fields, Lincoln, Massachusetts (1986-1994), and most recently, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Massachusetts (1994-2004). In the dioceses of California, Kentucky, and Massachusetts he served a variety of organizations including diocesan clergy associations, hospital and AIDS ministry boards, diocesan trustees and councils, camp and conference center boards, and as chaplain to his local fire department. He was a Clerical Deputy to both the 2000 and 2003 General Conventions from the Diocese of Massachusetts. He was founder of Epiphany at Sea, a program taking inner-city middle school students to sea on traditional fishing schooners, and he was a conference leader for CREDO. He currently serves on the CREDO Advisory Board and as trustee for the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, the Ocean Classroom Foundation, and Kenyon College.
Bishop Hollingsworth continues to play goalie in ice hockey, enjoys cycling, fishing, and sailing, and drives a 1940 Indian motorcycle. His hobbies include woodworking, music, restoring antique vehicles, and doing anything with his family.” from http://www.dohio.org/staff/rt-rev-mark-hollingsworth-jr
For more information: The Diocese of Ohio
The Presiding Bishop
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry will be installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.
Born in Chicago, IL, on March 13, 1953, Presiding Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, NY, and was graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT. He has furthered his education with continued study at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.
Presiding Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, by the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, NC, by the Rt. Rev. John M. Burgess. He began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, in 1978 and was rector from 1979-1982. He next accepted a call as rector at St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, OH, serving from 1982-1988. In 1988 he was called to became rector of St. James’, Baltimore, MD, where he served until his election as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in February 2000.
Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.
In his three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland, Presiding Bishop Curry had extensive involvement in Crisis Control Ministry, the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, preaching missions, the Absalom Jones initiative, creation of networks of family day care providers, creation of educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods.
In the Diocese of North Carolina, Presiding Bishop Curry instituted a network of canons, deacons, and youth ministry professionals dedicated to supporting the ministry that happens in local congregations. He refocused the Diocese on The Episcopal Church’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved over 100,000 lives.
Presiding Bishop Curry has served on the boards of a large number of organizations, including the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) and as Chair and now Honorary Chair of Episcopal Relief & Development. He was a member of the Commission on Ministry in each of the three dioceses where he has served.
Presiding Bishop Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has authored numerous publications including columns for the Huffington Post and theBaltimore Times. His most recent book, Songs My Grandma Sang, was published in June 2015; Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus was his first book, in August 2013. He has received honorary degrees from Episcopal Divinity School, Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Yale.
He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.
For more information: The Episcopal Church
*Note: Much of the above content was taken from The Episcopal Church web site.