Becoming Episcopalian: What does it mean to live as a Christian in the Episcopal tradition in today’s world? Why is the Eucharist so crucial to our faith? Why do Episcopalians have such peculiar terminology (e. g. narthex, curate, vestry, etc.)? These and many other questions will be addressed and discussed during our Inquirers series entitled, “Becoming Episcopalian.” For the class, we use Welcome to a Life of Faith in the Episcopal Church (Megan Castellan) and have ordered copies to distribute to participants after the first session.
This class is for both members and non-members who wish to learn more about, have a refresher, or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition. At the end of the class, those who wish to be confirmed, reaffirmed, or received will be invited to take part in a Confirmation Service to be scheduled during Bishop Roaf's visit to GSL.
If you have issues signing up for the class, contact Receptionist & Ministry Associate/Assistant to the Rector Abby Huber (ahuber [at] gracestlukes [dot] org, 901-252-6336). If you have questions about your membership status, contact Stewardship Associate Chapman Morrow (cmorrow [at] gracestlukes [dot] org, 901-252-6328).
Baptized Membership at Grace-St. Luke's is available to persons of any age who have been baptized with water in the name of the Triune God at GSL or another Episcopal congregation or in another Christian tradition where membership might still be recorded at said faith community. While baptism officially makes one a baptized Christian member of GSL, it is the sacrament of confirmation that makes one an "Episcopalian" (member of The Episcopal Church with certain rights such as service on the parish Vestry or as a diocesan Convention Delegate).
Confirmation is for those who have been baptized with water in the name of the Triune God but who have not previously made a mature public affirmation of faith (were confirmed) in another Christian church/tradition.
Reception is for those who have been baptized in the name of the Triune God and have made a mature commitment of faith (were confirmed) in another Christian church/tradition.
Reaffirmation is for those who wish to re-affirm baptismal vows with the laying on of hands by a Bishop as an opportunity for the faithful to sacramentally mark significant experiences of spiritual growth, formation, or study with a renewed faith commitment to our Lord and the way of a disciple. As with baptism and confirmation this moment in the person’s spiritual journey is marked with a certificate.