The “Alien Episcopalian”: A Faith Formation Series led by the Rev. Bill Queen
815 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
To many Christians and other denominations, Episcopalians may seem like aliens. We resemble Roman Catholics in some of our worship and church organization: we use an historic liturgy, and we have Deacons, Priests, and Bishops. We also resemble Protestant churches: we read and study the Bible, expect personal commitment to the faith, and put a strong emphasis on preaching. Yet there are things that set us apart from both Catholicism and Protestantism.
Over the course of three Sundays, the Rev. Bill Queen will lead discussions of these “alien” characteristics of the Episcopal Church: the things that distinguish us in our somewhat different approach to Christianity. This is a large topic to cover so, to help us focus on your particular interests and questions, handouts will be available before each week in both paper and digital versions. You are encouraged to review them in advance and come prepared with your questions.
June 16 – General approaches to Christianity from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant perspectives
(You can access the materials for this session HERE.)
June 23 – General approaches to Episcopalianism from the Moderate, Broad Church, Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, Social Gospel, and Charismatic perspectives
June 30 – A catch-all A to Z overview of Episcopal terminology and customs
Whether you are new to St. Paul’s or to the Episcopal Church, are a longtime Episcopalian wanting a refresher, or are already knowledgeable in this topic and can add depth to our discussions, plan to come take part.