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The Episcopal Church came into existence as an independent denomination after the American Revolution Today it has between two and three million members in the United States Mexico and Central America all of which are under jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Edmond Browning Bishops in the American Episcopal Church are elected by individual dioceses and are consecrated into the Apostolic Succession considered to witness to an unbroken line of Church leadership beginning with the Apostles themselves For more than two decades the American Episcopal Church has ordained women to the priesthood In 1988 the Diocese of Massachusetts elected the first Anglican woman bishop Barbara Harris Although it subscribes to the historic Nicene Creed considers the Bible to be divinely inspired and holds the Eucharist or Lords Supper to be the central act of Christian worship The Episcopal Church grants great latitude in interpretation of doctrine It tends to stress less the confession of particular beliefs than the use of the Book of Common Prayer in public worship This book first published in the sixteenth century even in its revisions stands today as a major source of unity for Anglicans around the world The Church of England has always valued the life of the mind and dialogue with fields of secular study Isaac Newton was an Anglican clergyman and theologian as were several of the founders of the Royal Society the earliest institution organized for the promotion of science The Episcopal Church maintains this tradition routinely requiring its clergy to hold university as well as seminary degrees and supporting many university chaplains -What does your church believe about Christians of other denominations All Christians have different ways of worship But if they love and worship Jesus then it is a successful church -Does your church any sacraments We have seven sacraments just like the Roman Catholic Church Starting at baptism
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