An Introduction to St. Thomas Episcopal Church – from our priest, the Rev. Beth Turner.
Welcome to this “online collage” of our life and ministry at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. We hope these pages will give you a sense of who we are and what we are about.
The community of St. Thomas is part of a movement bringing to life here and now the way of Jesus. Our Baptismal Covenant and our parish mission statement set forth what we understand this way of Jesus to mean for our lives and relationships.
People often ask me about my vision for the mission of St. Thomas Church. My hope for this parish is that we will embody a community of radical welcome, hospitality and justice — and that knowing we are loved and embraced by God, we will go forth to share this good news with the whole world.
By his own admission, Jesus was the quintessential throwaway — “the stone that the builders rejected” (Matthew 21:42). And so for those of us who want to follow Jesus with integrity, on the path of being doers of God’s word and not merely hearers, we have to ask ourselves a hard question. Do we want to imitate Jesus by living in the company of those whom the world considers throwaways – or not?
God loves us no matter what. Yet having a felt sense of our own salvation depends on knowing deep in our bones that there can be no separation between us and God’s other children. No separation. The doors of our hearts and of our church must be open.
The vestry of our parish wants you to know that St. Thomas welcomes single people, traditional families, and non-traditional families; and in accordance with the governing principles of the Episcopal Church: “No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship, and governance of this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age.”
We ask people who join us to make a commitment to the work of love — including practices of positive and loving communication, honoring differences, and reconciliation. These “holy manners” commended by Jesus to his disciples support a helpful and healthy community.
All are welcome to find a spiritual home at St. Thomas Church, the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement in our neighborhood. Please enjoy these pages that illuminate important aspects of our life together. We hope you will visit us and consider walking with us as together we are transformed into the body of Christ, the beloved community of God.
Welcome to “the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement”
– from the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church