“What do you love about Incarnation?”
Nothing quite speaks as well about what parishioners love about Incarnation than the voices themselves, direct from the pews. We asked for their thoughts. Here are their responses.
Who We Are:
We are an inclusive community of faith, following Jesus Christ as a parish of The Episcopal Church. We are a downtown urban church. We recognize that Christ has no body now on earth but ours, and we are committed to carrying out Christ’s charge to love one another through service, worship and prayer. Our abiding values are those expressed in our Baptismal Covenant with Jesus Christ, and those values guide us in our life of faith.
We believe that Christ calls us to strive for justice and peace among all people while respecting the dignity of every human being. While we are partners in God’s work throughout the world, we are called in particular to respond to the needs for both bodily and spiritual nourishment of the community where we live, work, and worship.
The Episcopal Church is a member of the global Anglican Communion which has a common root in the Church of England. Anglican churches follow a middle path between the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant denominations. The Episcopal Church includes diocese in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Ecuador and Taiwan.
What We Do:
- We provide a worship service that is vibrant, beautiful, meaningful, and authentic and invite all who seek Christ to join us in fellowship and the breaking of the bread.
- We pray for those who are in need of God’s grace and provide opportunities for healing through worship and prayer.
- We seek and serve Christ in all persons — regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic status, or religious background – and so truly love our neighbors as ourselves.
- We provide services to those most vulnerable and most in need in our community — the homeless, the elderly, the infirm, the children — and actively work with other churches and community groups to facilitate the delivery of these services.
- We actively involve and engage our church in the community by speaking and acting publicly on issues of peace and justice for all creation.
- We see our church as a cultural center for our downtown community: a place where art and spirituality combine. We provide music and cultural programs for the public as well as to enhance our own worship services.
- We take seriously the formation of lay ministry — emphasizing spiritual formation, biblical education, and prayer — and empower the laity to use their spiritual gifts, interests, and passions for service.
- We seek to build, strengthen, and sustain community among church members and others through the development of a strong and diverse small groups ministry.
- We communicate effectively inside our church and outside with the community.• We manage conflicts with practices that foster direct communication with respect and acceptance of differing opinions and that reflect a theology of reconciliation.