Bishop Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, tells a story about how his family came to worship and serve within the Episcopal Church. When the family visited an Episcopal Church one Sunday, his father was stunned that his mother was offered the same chalice (communion cup) the white parishioners were using. Curry explains, “Years later, he would say he joined the Episcopal Church because he really hadn't imagined that could happen in America. He said any church where blacks and whites drink out of the same cup knows something about the Gospel I want to be a part of."
The Episcopal Church honors diversity, both theologically and in practice. As stated on the Episcopal Church’s website, “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.”
We at St. Andrew’s affirm this statement. We want you to know you are welcome here—as worshipers, guests, members, and with full inclusion in communion and community—regardless of race, age, culture, ability, size, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, previous religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.