Does my personal theology allow me to be an active member of the Episcopal church?
April 22, 2010 11:57 AM Subscribe
I have recently started going to an Episcopal church and I want to know if my personal theology really jives with that of the church. What resources are there for this? Are there Episcopalians out there who can give me some feedback on this?
posted by youcancallmeal to Religion & Philosophy (43 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The short bit: I know that I love this particular congregation, but I'd like to learn more about the standard theology of Episcopalianism before I dive too far in. I know there's a lot of differentiation between churches right now, but I'd like to be as knowledgeable about what makes Episcopal churches different from other Christian denominations as possible.
A little background on me: raised without any real religion. Have identified as agnostic Jew for the past decade or so. Went to this (formal service, liberal politics) church with a friend and fell in love with the service and the community. I also went to UU services last weekend and wasn't impressed at all. Found it lacking focus and too "everything is okay! we love love!" to be worth attending again.
I will not denounce my ethnic Jewish heritage. Would this prevent me from ever being baptized? I have no problem accepting Jesus as an entity who is a part of God (I really believe that we're all a part of God...Jesus was just holier than most. Kind of a Buddha / enlightened figure) and who died as a sacrifice so that we can live holy lives without having to follow all of the rules in orthodox Judaism. (Please don't tell me that I should just go to Jewish services. I don't believe in all of the rules of Orthodoxy and find that Reform and similar congregations lack the same focus that I found lacking with UU.) I also believe that Jesus was a holy rabbi-like figure and that his teachings (among teachings of other religions) are worth studying and following. I don't believe in a judgmental God. The extent of my rulebook is "Don't suck." I believe in God the creator and really, everything else is human free will. Does this directly contradict Christian / Episcopal teachings? I can't yet tell.
I apologize for the length and if there are other aspects of the religion / my beliefs that would be integral to my becoming an active member of the Church, please ask.