About St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church

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About Our Church

The St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ. We are proudly diverse, progressive, and welcoming to the LGBTQ community.

The church's calling, as stated in the Book of Common Prayer’s catechism (p. 855), is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”

As part of that calling, we’re following Jesus into a loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God, with each other, and with the earth as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.  We seek every day to love God with our whole heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).

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What we believe

We are a vibrant and diverse community of people who think following Jesus is the best way to live our lives. We believe that God is love so we strive to welcome, respect, love and serve all of God’s children.

As Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

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St. Augustine of Canterbury

St. Augustine of Canterbury was born in Rome Italy. He is known as the "Apostle to the English" and the founder of the church in England. He was an Italian monk who became the Prior of the monastery. In 597, Pope St. Gregory the Great decided to evangelize England and sent Augustine and 30 monks there. It was a dangerous and fearful journey but when they arrived, the pagan King Ethelbert greeted them warmly as he was so impressed with their message of love. Ethelbert was baptized along with 10,000 other Anglo-Saxons on Christmas day in 597. Ethelbert also gave them land to build a monastery and allowed them to preach freely.

Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, laboring patiently to spread the message of Christianity.

All English Christians owe their faith to St. Augustine. He was canonized as a saint in 604.