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Who are Episcopalians?

Episcopalians are people who belong to the United States branch of the worldwide Anglican Church. All Episcopalians are, therefore, Anglicans. The Episcopal Church has about 2.4 million members. Anglican churches share a tradition of doctrine and worship as set out in the Book of Common Prayer and authorized alternative service books. The Anglican Church has a variety of traditions and practices, Protestant and Catholic, liberal and conservative, but we share many important things, such as a common order of ordained ministry (bishops, priests and deacons); a common way of worshiping (regular Eucharist, use of books of common prayer, and a lectionary); the sacraments; a common heritage and tradition; and the three cornerstones of Scripture, tradition and reason.

"Episcopal" is from the term for "bishop" from the Greek word "episcopos" meaning "oversight." Our church is overseen by bishops. We believe that the ministers of the church are lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons. Anglicanism has often been called the "middle way," embracing the insights of the Protestant Reformation while maintaining some Catholic traditions. Most recently, the Episcopal Church has approved an agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on the basis of shared ministry and for the sake of common mission in proclaiming and serving the Gospel.

Episcopal congregations, especially in Minnesota, tend to be very small. In spite of being small in size, All Saints offers a variety of programs including education for all ages, nursery and children's church, sacramental ministry, community outreach and fellowship. A large part of our ministry is devoted to college students through our campus ministry program called Canterbury. All Saints is a beautiful historic church, which lends itself to participatory and easy to follow liturgies and excellent music.