Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Episcopalian?
An Episcopalian is a Christian who follows Jesus Christ in every part of life and worship in The Episcopal Church. Episcopalians believe in serving Jesus by helping our neighbors and living as Christians seven days a week. Neighbors can be in or outside our house, in school, the workplace, and anywhere else we live our lives.
When was the Diocese of Western Louisiana founded?
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana was founded in 1979, after the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, meeting at convention, agreed to "divide to multiply."
Who is our Bishop?
The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby is the fourth bishop of our diocese. He was installed as our Bishop on July 21, 2012.
Do Episcopalians believe in Science?
Yes, we do! God created everything, including every law in science. God also created minds and our curiosity to explore the world. Most Episcopalians do not see a conflict between science and the Christian faith.
Does The Episcopal Church welcome LGBT people?
Absolutely. We believe that everyone is a child of God. The Episcopal Church honors and supports same-sex marriage, and we encourage everyone to serve God in his church.
Do I have to be an Episcopalian to worship in an Episcopal Church?
You do not have to be an Episcopalian to worship with us. The Episcopal Church is welcome to everyone. It does not matter if you are seeking, questioning, doubtful, or a faithful Christian. We believe that all baptized Christians are welcome to communion, whether you were raised as an Episcopalian, a part of the Anglican community, or another branch of the Christian movement. We also welcome those who did not grow up in a Christian faith or any faith background at all to join us for worship.
What is a Sacrement, and what are the Sacrements of the Episcopal Church?
A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace. We believe in seven sacraments, including:
- Baptism- Welcoming someone into the church family with the outward sign of water.
- Confirmation- Recognizing someone as a full member of Christ's holy Church.
- Holy Communion- Eating around Christ's table with the outward sign of bread and wine.
- Holy Unction- Anointing someone with oil that has been blessed as a sign of healing.
- Holy Matrimony- Unification of two people who make lifelong commitments to each other.
- Reconciliation of a Penitent- Confessing one's sins to a priest and asking for forgiveness.
- Ordination- Service where someone called to special ministry in God's church is ordained as a deacon, priest, or bishop.
Baptism and Holy Communion are the two most important sacraments in The Episcopal Church.
How can I get in contact with you?
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