You have arrived at the Episcopal Church in Colorado – made up of 95 worshiping communities and 9 diocesan institutions.
However you got here, wherever you are in your faith journey, we hope to connect you with information and inspiration in the Holy Spirit. We take our call to God through Jesus Christ seriously, with joy and curiosity. What does that mean to us?
It means that we are followers of Jesus in a complex world where we explore the truth of our faith in community:
- We are followers of Jesus in our lives, every day.
- We are here to bring the Kingdom of God to the complex, ambiguous, volatile, uncertain world of the 21st century.
- From all of our different places on the spiritual path, we look for common ground.
- We are open and welcoming to difference in all its beautiful manifestations and stand, as Jesus would, with the world.
- We use discipleship, servanthood, and proclamation as our way.
- Being Episcopalian means being involved. It does not mean we need to agree or be perfect.
In the words of our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, “We are part of the Jesus Movement, and he has summoned us to make disciples and followers of all nations and transform this world by the power of the Good News, the gospel of Jesus. I don’t care who you are, how the Lord has made you, what the world has to say about you, if you’ve been baptized into Jesus you’re in the Jesus Movement and you’re God’s.”
But wait, what if you don’t call yourself a follower of Jesus? That’s okay. You are welcome here; to explore, participate, learn, and grow. Your comments matter to us, and so does your faith formation. While this discipleship to Jesus is a defining characteristic of who we are, it does not exclude anyone from the conversation.
The Right Reverend Kym Lucas, Bishop
The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and the Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest, and pastor of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to ordain others to continue Christ’s ministry. (From The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, pg. 855)
The Episcopal Church in Colorado spans the entire state – all 104,000 square miles of it. From its rugged mountains to the seemingly endless miles of prairie, Colorado is home on the one hand to some of the nation’s fastest-growing cities and, on the other, to remote, one-stoplight towns that in the winter can be nearly inaccessible. Colorado has elected senators from the major political parties, legalized recreational marijuana, and has voter-approved, radical restraints on taxation. In short, Colorado is a diverse state. And nearly all this diversity is reflected in the congregations of the diocese and in the character of the diocese as a whole.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado comprises 95 worshiping congregations of all shapes and sizes, theological perspectives, and liturgical approaches. Congregations range from small, rural and regional parishes, to mid-sized and large urban and suburban churches, and everything in between. Our communities run the gamut from rural to urban, mountain resorts to the farms and ranches of the valleys. We are rich and we are poor. Some of us are conservative. Others are progressive.
Some of our large congregations have vital ministries, both in their communities and in the wider world. Small congregations have equally significant ministries that sustain their communities in a variety of ways, some in the midst of poverty and declining populations. Our ministries with young adults, teens, and children are of utmost importance, and we aspire to expand and deepen these. Each congregation has gifts to offer the diocese. We each seek support from the diocese.
In our lives together, we have experienced seasons of division and of shared ministry. We have discovered that the more we share time, prayer, and worship with each other, the stronger we are together. Opportunities to come together, at our regional gatherings, to our Annual Convention, to times of learning and growing – through, for example, the Church Development Institute – help us understand each other and our common call to live out the Gospel. The primary challenge for our new bishop? Our continuing need to strengthen relationships, both within our congregations and among our many ministries – across a diverse geography, theology, and experience – in ways that hold us together even as divisions threaten to pull the world around us apart.
Over the past several years, we have found uncommon richness in our diversity. That diversity is in our worship itself, from the most traditional liturgies to praise services and services of healing. We celebrate the Eucharist, Morning Prayer, and Evensong. That diversity is in our music. It is in our ministries. It is in our communities themselves, and, yes, in our theological and political outlooks.
Nonetheless, when we come together at the Annual Convention Eucharist, we acknowledge our life together in the Body of Christ.
It is in our common worship, our Book of Common Prayer, that we find hope and grace. It is in this awareness of our life in the Body of Christ that we are drawn to be Christ’s hands to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.