THANK-YOU, INTERwebs! ...
...You help us learn and stay connected. There are so many and varied resources that connect us to one another as seekers, and in our church family as Episcopalians, as Christians, and as stewards of this "fragile island home" we call Earth. Here are some. Come back here again, because this list changes.
Get to know The Episcopal Church
Our Book of Common Prayer. This book is the principal liturgical resource used by Episcopal Churches throughout the Americas and in Asia; it's also one of the church's primary theological resources.
A Glossary of Terms. Have you come across an unfamiliar word or phrase in Episcopal Church life? Liturgy? Diocese? Or maybe Episcopal? This glossary is your friend.
Here you can learn about the larger Episcopal Church—a living, missional institution—of which St. Mark's is a member. And here's where you can be introduced to the Diocese of Spokane; St. Mark's belongs to this regional community of congregations of the Episcopal Church in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Our current Bishop is retiring at the end of 2016, and our ninth Bishop was elected at our Diocesan Convention in October. You can learn more about that here. To get a feel for a few of the ministries of our Diocese, check out this 7-minute video.
The Episcopal Church is united by "bonds of affection" to other churches in the Anglican Communion—and her 80 million members worldwide. The relationships among the Anglican Communion churches have changed since the Communion was formalized in the 19th century. Reasons for the changes include the growing social-justice awareness and progressive spirit of the church in the U.S. and Canada, and the rapid numerical growth of the church in the more socially conservative nations of sub-Saharan Africa, esp. Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Here is an opinion piece about the some of the dynamics of the Anglican Communion.
Our General Convention. This bi-cameral body meets every three years in the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies (clergy and lay people) and to consider legislation that will govern the church during the following triennium. To find Resolutions adopted by General Convention 2018 you can search the archives. Or here is a summary.
The current revision of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church reflect changes from the 2018 General Convention.
The Episcopal News Service is just what it sounds like—it's the church's news service. It is a part of the larger Episcopal Digital network.
Or you might want to check out fast facts and recent research.
Get to know our Presiding-Bishop The Right Reverend Michael Curry—"The Royal Wedding Preacher"
Elected by the House of Bishops in 2015, his term of office is nine years. The Presiding Bishop is the Chief Pastor of The Episcopal Church, its chief Evangelist, and holds some executive responsibilities.
Bishop Curry's sermon to Bishops and Deputies at General Convention (July 3, 2015) will tell you something of where we are as The Episcopal Church in this time and in this place. This video is about 30 minutes.
Bishop Curry invites us into the Way "with Jesus" and the the Way "of Jesus." This video is about 7 minutes.
Here is Bishop Curry's "royal wedding sermon."
Online prayer and worship
When you are unable to attend worship at St. Mark's, or when you're longing for prayer in community and we have nothing scheduled, here are some options
Mission St. Clare offers, at your convenience, guided Morning and Evening Prayer (the Daily Offices) as well as Daily Devotions (four times a day) and other resources from around the Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Indianapolis also offers both interactive/live-stream Morning and Evening Prayer, and archives the complete print versions.
The sung end-of-day service of Compline is archived from the Sunday evening broadcast at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, to be enjoyed whenever you like.
Worship and study resources
Bible Gateway is reportedly the most used searchable online Bible--in almost any translation you could imagine. The Blue Letter Bible also has excellent tools for exploring the Bible's original languages.
As mentioned above, The Book of Common Prayer is the principal liturgical resource of The Episcopal Church and is a foundational theological document as well.
The Lectionary Page provides a calendar of the Scripture readings assigned to Sundays and the Feast Days of the church. and The Revised Common Lectionary hosted by the library at the Divinity School at Vanderbilt is a premier resource on the topic.
The Reverse Lectionary lists the dates a particular Biblical passage will be included in the Episcopal Church's Sunday liturgy.
Episcopal Relief and Development is The Episcopal Church's agency providing emergency relief and sustainable development services to people in need in the United States and throughout the world.
If you ever have questions about any material you’ve come across online—through these links or elsewhere—please don’t hesitate to contact us at .