Who We Are
Our Mission Statement
We are a welcoming faith community as diverse as the many faces of Santa Fe. Honoring every person as a child of God, we seek to walk with Christ, to love and serve those in need, in our own community and beyond. We worship in the Episcopal Church tradition and are nourished by prayer, study, and fellowship.
What This Means to Us
We know every person was made in the image of God, and treasure the vast diversity God created. We know that loving one another is the ethic that naturally follows from living as authentic children of God.
Therefore we gather for a prayer life in common to discern the will of God and strengthen ourselves for doing it. Doing God's will is modeled after Jesus' example. It takes the form of helping those in need, through direct aid, hands-on work, and financial assistance, both locally and elsewhere. Although we know we don't do God's will perfectly, our desire to do so is constant, and by keeping close to God's will and sacraments, we are best suited for this life to which we are called.
What Does Episcopal Mean?
Our church is called Episcopal because it is organized around the authority of bishops (who are, by the way, democratically elected). Every priest and bishop can trace his or her line of ordination back to the apostles. Lay people and deacons also have an essential role in the ministry and governance of the church.
We believe all persons are beloved children of God, regardless of ability, ethnicity, sexuality, or any other characteristic, and we take a vow in our Baptism "to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being." Our living and true God continues to meet us with grace, and empower us for ministry in this world.
We rely on the Bible for inspiration and as one of the key ways to know God's will. Sacraments ("sure and certain signs of God's grace") such as Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Reconciliation, and Unction, nurture us along the way and mark life's important milestones. These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work around us.
We worship using the Book of Common Prayer, which traces its heritage far back in the Judeo-Christian faith. Our liturgies retain ancient structures but incorporate modern language, music, and themes. Our common prayer is what unites us, while honoring and incorporating our diversity.
We believe in amendment of life and the forgiveness of sin. Therefore we welcome the divorced, addicted, ex-cons, those who came to the faith late or are not there yet. We put the work of love before uniformity of opinion. All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.