Official Church teachings can be found in the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer. However, at St. Mary's we believe that asking the right questions is more important than the answers we come up with. We understand that we are only human, and that our reasoning, senses, and learnings are easily undone. Some of our basic beliefs are outlined below. At St. Mary's you will find people who share these beliefs, and some who aren't so sure about them. Regardless, we respect and love one another and worship together in unity and faith.
The Mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. We pursue this mission as we pray and worship, proclaim the Gospel, and promote justice, peace, and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
The Creeds are some of the oldest articulations of Christian Faith. They summarize our beliefs. The Episcopal Church recognizes the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed as correct teachings of the Christian Faith. Together we recite the creeds and through them we come to better understand the nature and purpose of our worship together.
Over the years the Church has learned that love is not limited by stigma nor dogma. We believe that all men and women, regardless of sexuality, are made in the image of God and deserve to be treated equal.
Drug Addiction & Recovery
Hundreds of our friends and loved ones come through St. Mary's each week to find support and comfort as they strive to overcome addiction to Alcohol, Tobacco, or other Drugs. We support them and hope to offer a helping hand along their journey.
At St. Mary's we believe that it's more important to ask the right questions than fight over which answers are right. With the Book of Common Prayer as our guide, we celebrate our faith using centuries old traditions that have been practiced by millions throughout history.
We understand that our donors work hard for their money, which is why as a non-profit agency all of our financial documents, budgets, and grant requests are made available to the public.
Ordination of Men & Women
Women play an important role in the Episcopal Church and at St. Mary's. We believe that women should be treated equally in all aspects of life, therefore at St. Mary's a woman can fulfill any role that a man can.
We believe that men and women are the stewards of creation. This stewardship means that we are responsible to take care of our environment and to treat animals ethically and responsibly.
Wealth inequality in our country makes it harder and harder for families to live the American Dream. The Episcopal Church is committed to a social gospel that aims to reverse theses trends.
Children & Families
Children deserve parents who can give them the love and education they need. Marriage is an important part of the Church. However, every family is different and deserves respect regardless of it's dynamics.