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Welcome to the Episcopal Church: An Introduction to Its History, Faith, and Worship

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The perfect book for inquirers and new members, as well as current Church members who may be unfamiliar with some of the Church's history, beliefs, and practices. This new introduction to the history, polity, spirituality, worship, and outreach of the Episcopal Church is written in an easy-to-read conversational tone, and includes study questions at the end of each chapter ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Church Publishing
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Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality, history
The amount of historical content isn't significant, but enough for someone like me who knows so little about these things. I was especially intrigued by the Celtic influences on the church, how early they were and the fact that they had female priests as early as the 7th century.

I'm getting quite a lot of information from this slim little book. I'm also learning some things about myself:

1. that I have never really understood Christianity, but have only somewhat understood Protestantism... which
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
The book's format indicated that it was aiming to simply the Episcopal Church's complex history, beliefs, and practice; however, having read the whole book, I find it very difficult to remember much of what I've read. I think that if I really want to learn the history of the church I need to not cheat and to read many books covering different periods in detail. If I had more details and stories to latch onto, I would perhaps remember more. I likely also don't remember as much as I would like bec ...more
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
One of the pastoral staff at the Episcopal church I'm attending gave me this book. Dry reading, but a good introduction to the history, theology, and current practices of the Episcopal Faith. For a Presbyterian like me considering changing denominations, it gives just the right amount of information. It would be nice if it were a little more engaging (as I mentioned, it's pretty dry) and included some organizational charts, but overall a good source of information.
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religioso
Good introduction. I read it because I have heard random good things about the Episcopal Church and wanted to find out a brief version of the whole story. This book was perfect. I think it would be good in a discussion group, but without it, I think its small size allowed me to skim parts without really learning much. I would have liked more on the history part, I guess.
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book really helped me reconnect with the church. I am one who needs to understand the prayers, the history, etc. of the service. This book helped explain the faith to me. A good and concise guide to the Episcopal church.
Brandon Stewart
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book provided an excellent introduction to the history, faith, and worship of the Episcopal Church. I realize that is what the title said it would do, and, yes, it really did deliver. A great book, and I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking to learn about the Episcopal Church.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
An Episcopal priest gave me this years ago, just got around to reading it. An informative and well-written introduction to that church.
Merys Kelleher
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pretty much delivers on what it promises. I'm sure that there will be folks who think it doesn't go far enough, just as there are those who feel that there is more information here than they really need. While this book repeats some of the information found in other volumes of the "Welcome to..." series, I personally found it to be a balanced exploration of the qualities and challenges of the Episcopal church, historically as well as in modernity. I was very impressed that the author didn't flin ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book delivers in providing an introduction to the Episcopal Church. While most who seek out this book will have some background in Christian faith I don't find the need comment on worship, the Bible, ministry, mission, or spirituality.

To me the most interesting element - to a any reader especially fans of history - is how the Anglican Church in America had to evolve after the Revolutionary War. As Americans shed the political ties that bound them to England, a church descended from the Chu
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Gary by: Pastor
The history of the Episcopal Church helps me because I am not of a Catholic or Anglican/Episcopal background.
I had assume with little knowledge or background of what the Anglican/Episcopal meant- either a Catholic or a Reformed (Protestant), when it was more of a "middle of the road".
I discovered through this book, there is more similarities then differences.

I was in search of a church denomination that accepts and encourages.
This book confirms my choice.
Mac McCormick III
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
As someone searching for a new church home, I found this book very informative. The Episcopal Church is one I've been curious about and in addition to a visit to a local church, it has helped steer me in that direction.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great, thorough read. Very informative, and something good to have on hand for reference or sharing with others. Not as exciting of a read as other things, but definitely worth having, reading and keeping around.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is all new information to me. I found it enlightening and to the point. Unity, worship and reaching out to mankind were easily understood in drawing people to God.
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
It is nice to know what you are signing onto. The history, facts, and questions. Much like the rest of this series, it is not necessarily aimed at newcomers- it welcomes all no matter where they are on the journey. It is pretty easy to read and a good springboard for further inquiry.
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Solid introduction to the Episcopal Church.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book made me want to learn more about my spirituality and really practice my religion in daily life.
Leigh Clemons
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Full of useful historical information, but very dry...sorta like the Episcopals themselves.....
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never found Christianity resonating more than when I read this book. Great overview of history and basic tenets. Some great mystical /theological paragraphs - lots of highlights.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
very dry and boring. Hard to get through
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