The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 110 dioceses in 16 nations. At the head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

The Episcopal church, established shortly after the American Revolution, has its roots in the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church, known as the Church of England, had a strong following in colonial America. But when the colonies won their independence, the majority of America’s Anglican clergy refused to swear allegiance to the British monarch as was required. As a result, the Episcopal Church was formed.

The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.

Useful Link:

The Anglican Communion web site

 

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

We are a diverse community committed to living out the message of Jesus Christ. This message is one of hope for the oppressed, love for the outcast, home for the alien, and peace for all people.

We strive to build relationships across ideological, political and socio-economic divides as a way responding to Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe in God’s redeeming love through the person of Jesus Christ. We value human relationships above all else as reflected by the incarnation of God in the body and person of Jesus. We embrace the awe and mystery of God through traditional liturgy while being open to the movement of the Holy Spirit to experience new forms of expression. We are rooted in the ancient church and our eyes and hearts look to the future.

We welcome all people to experience the love of God.

 

Jubilee Ministry Center

One of the ways the Episcopal Church addresses domestic poverty is through its Jubilee network, which consists of over 600 Jubilee Ministry Centers. These centers empower the poor and oppressed in their communities by providing direct services, such as food, shelter, and healthcare, and also by advocating for human rights. St. Mark’s~City Heights is a registered Jubilee Ministry Center.

 

Episcopal Refugee Network

St. Mark’s~City Heights partners with ERN in many ways. We host the after-school tutoring program on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3:30-5PM. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Heather Smith, the Ministries Coordinator.