Here is an apt description of the Episcopal Church which comes to us from Dennis R. Maynard in his book Those Episcopols:
If you're looking for a church that has
Morality but not moralism,
The Bible but not bibliolatry,
Law but not legalism,
Emotion but not emotionalism.
Piety but not pietism,
Tradition but not sentimentalism,
Then you're probably in the right place.
If you're looking for a church where diversity is
celebrated and not condemned,
Where thinking is stimulated and not discouraged,
where righteous living is of greater value
than right talking,
where being loving is more important than being right,
you're in the right place.
If you're looking for a church where Jesus is central,
a church that is not afraid to ask difficult questions
of Him and of itself,
then you are in the right place.
But one word of caution.
In such a church open to the ongoing
revelations of God,
people will constantly be required
to look at old things in new ways.
If any of this rings a bell with you, then perhaps you are one of "Those Episcopols" or on your way to becoming one.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek