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Old 06-25-2008, 02:03 AM
 
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I have found a good Episcopalian church in my area and feel that is where I need to be now. Started out as a Methodist, then went on the Presbyterians/a very progressive brand of this denomination. I am Socially very liberal--if Christ accepted all who came to Him, then so should I and it matters not one bit what any political system might say.

(Tired, very tired of politics--a necessary evil. Having spent the last two elections online debating issues I understand well that the US government cannot 'Give' money to anyone and that we must earn our way--that is reality. However, some face challenges that are overwhelming and if the government cannot offer support then the church and community must provide assistance of some kind.

In Atlanta we are 'Blasted' daily with the Painful Truth--Neal Boortz, radio talk show personality. I clearly understand his economic philosophy but that is not all there is to life, imo. He has two empires--one in Atlanta and another in Naples, FL. I do not even want one empire--so I feel that I have mastered Boortz 101 and rarely listen anymore. His life is less fulfilling now that Hillary is no longer a candidate. The man lived to discuss the threat of socialism that Hillary would bring about. Probably true from what I have read--lots of changes in healthcare already and we do not really need the government involved in our lives anymore than it is. But enough about ThaT.)

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This church does a lot in the community--has a shelter for homeless families on the church property and its outreach extends hope to the 'very least of these' throughout the city of Atlanta.

I am interested in the history of the Anglican/Episcopalian church. I have read 'Some' but prefer to hear from those who are involved in the denomination.

tia
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:56 PM
 
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Try going to the site, beliefnet.com You can take a quiz which will give you a general idea of which denomination your beliefs are most in line with. I do not know a whole lot about the Epsicopalian denomination's specific beliefs, except to say that they are very similar to what you would find in a Roman Catholic or Lutheran church. Their worship services will likely be a bit more formal than what you found in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

Nancy
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:41 PM
 
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Try going to the site, beliefnet.com You can take a quiz which will give you a general idea of which denomination your beliefs are most in line with. I do not know a whole lot about the Epsicopalian denomination's specific beliefs, except to say that they are very similar to what you would find in a Roman Catholic or Lutheran church. Their worship services will likely be a bit more formal than what you found in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

Nancy
I have been to beliefnet and it is a good site.

I absolutely know that this particular church is right for me. 'Centering Prayer' is a focus and many other ways to deepen your faith. Very nurturing community.

In my area most Protestant churches, or I should say many are primarily family oriented--which is good. I am a single woman and seek 'Something' different. This church offers many outreach programs that appeal to me and a lot of artistic opportunities.

I would like to hear about the 'History' of the denomination. I read a bit and it seems the Episcopalian church started in the US around the time of the American Revolution--a complete break with England occurred then and they left the Anglican church.

Socially liberal and I like that. They seem to have a 'sense of humor' and I know I will like that.
I've read a lot --Philip Yancey and too many others to name. I am working on 'Grace' and plan to enjoy this journey.
Have heard 'Too Much' about --'Who is Going to Hell' and 'How You Should Live' from online discussions and I know I have found the right church. After a long search.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:56 PM
 
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The history of the Episcopal Church is rather juicy...Henry the VIII ring a bell?

I am Episcopalian and live in Richmond, Virginia. The church we attend is rather formal (no flip flops, jeans and guitar services). I would not say we are particularly socially liberal, but we are in the south!! The gay and lesbian priests were primarily in the New England states.

There are no frowns regarding alcohol consumption, dancing, etc.(at least not at my church! one of the oldest in Richmond). The church is VERY involved in the community. Our church has adopted a nursing home and a homeless shelter. There is a huge emphasis on philanthropy and serving the under priviledged.

There are still prayers to the Catholic Church, even after the messy split! The services are quite beautiful and formal. Sorry this post is so choppy...making a cake while I type!
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:04 PM
 
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The history of the Episcopal Church is rather juicy...Henry the VIII ring a bell?

I am Episcopalian and live in Richmond, Virginia. The church we attend is rather formal (no flip flops, jeans and guitar services). I would not say we are particularly socially liberal, but we are in the south!! The gay and lesbian priests were primarily in the New England states.

There are no frowns regarding alcohol consumption, dancing, etc.(at least not at my church! one of the oldest in Richmond). The church is VERY involved in the community. Our church has adopted a nursing home and a homeless shelter. There is a huge emphasis on philanthropy and serving the under priviledged.

There are still prayers to the Catholic Church, even after the messy split! The services are quite beautiful and formal. Sorry this post is so choppy...making a cake while I type!
That sounds good to me.

When I have been in 'religious' discussions the Episcopalians always seemed to be the 'least' confused or upset. Often interjecting a pithy remark or two which made sense to me.

This is a small, well-established church in Atlanta, Ga --near Emory University. I like the way it is designed--circular, very soothing and several nice little gardens and places to just sit and think.

I just can't 'Do' a large church again.

I asked about 'praying to saints'. Never really been sure about prayers of intercession either but then 'Faith' is believing without knowing.

I've always like C S Lewis' ideas about Faith and so I will try the Episcopalians--certain that someone in the community will be happy to share all the information I need.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:30 PM
 
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Having babysat in an Episcopal church and leafing through their prayer book, I find their service to be very much like the Roman Catholic service. I believe they refer to themselves as catholics too. You can go online and use the Google search and find out about the history of just about all faiths.
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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Having babysat in an Episcopal church and leafing through their prayer book, I find their service to be very much like the Roman Catholic service. I believe they refer to themselves as catholics too. You can go online and use the Google search and find out about the history of just about all faiths.

Some say they are 'Catholic Lite'.

Thanks for the suggestions I am looking a different sites.

I've been up to the church and talked to some of the people and they are more 'My Kind' than members of some other churches. (As 'UnChristian' as it may be--I love/like Some more than others and believe that is appropriate. I actually 'Hate' at times --and feel that God will have to Forgive some, because I cannot...so I should find a church ASAP, I guess...LOL. It will take a Miracle for me to believe differently and I will post if and when that occurs.)
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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Keep researching and studying and you will be led in the right direction.

I guess this is why many Catholic high schools have "World Religions" as a class for the students.

Do you know that some religions were started by women?

Much luck in your search.
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:03 PM
 
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Keep researching and studying and you will be led in the right direction.

I guess this is why many Catholic high schools have "World Religions" as a class for the students.

Do you know that some religions were started by women?

Much luck in your search.
I know that the pagans believe in 'The Goddess'--way too time consuming a religion for me.

I practice the Beatitudes and that brand of Christianity works for me. Not inclined to be bound by a mortal institution of any kind.

Albert Schweitzer, Mother Theresa--I agree with Christians like that. Anne Frank--grew up reading these things in the 60's and have always felt free to practice Christianity according to my own beliefs.

I read and agree with C. S. Lewis and other theologians--all have their own ideas about the paradoxes of Christianity---at times very frustrating religion. So I always go with 'What Would Christ Say' and He always says 'Love' and if necessary speak up when there is a Wrong being done.

Many have told me that is 'Too Easy' but they seemed to be having struggles of their own so I did not worry much about what they thought.
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:11 PM
 
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I only know of one Episcopalian here and she doesn't come to this forum any more..My best advice would be to google the official Episcopalian site to get it first hand and accurate about their beliefs..
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