Are you a cradle Episcopalian? Raised Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist or “none of the above”? Are you gay, straight or transgender? Republican, Democrat or Independent?
Do you have an unshakeable faith that sustains you in good times and bad? Or do you sometimes question the existence of a loving God in a world that seems broken?
You’ll find yourself in good company at St. Philip’s.
All Are Welcome. No Ifs, Ands or Buts.
At St. Philip’s, there are no special rites you need to perform — or to have performed in the past. You don’t need to know the liturgy or the prayers; they are printed in our handouts. And, just as Jesus welcomed all to his table, all are welcome to receive Communion at our Sunday and Wednesday Eucharists. Or just as welcome to sit it out.
What binds us as a faith community is that we are seekers: people searching for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God, each other and the world around us. We won’t be the right church for everyone. But we just might be the one for you. Join us: for a morning, a month or a lifetime.
Because faith isn’t limited to one day a week, here are some resources you can turn to 24/7. Many come from the Episcopal tradition; others, from the wisdom of other traditions. We hope that they challenge, inform and inspire you as much as they have us.
Members of St. Philip’s have found these books valuable to their spiritual lives:
• Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith, by Diana Butler Bass
• The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering the Life of Faith, by Marcus J. Borg
• Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion, by Sara Miles
• Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? by Brian D. McLaren
Father Michael has suggested these devotional works:
• Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
• Lauds and Vespers: Camaldolese Monks
• A New Zealand Prayer Book
• Common Worship Services and Prayers for the Church of England
• The Glenstal Book of Daily Prayer
• Universal Wisdom, by Bede Griffith
Interested in learning more about the Episcopal church? These links may help:
• Book of Common Prayer – The complete Book of Common Prayer, online
• Around One Table – Good background on Episcopal identity and mission
• Explore the Episcopal Church – May be of particular interest to newcomers
• Laudato si – The encyclical from Pope Francis issued in June 2015