What We Believe
We believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We strive to follow Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved us and the whole world.
We uphold the Bible as the Word of God, “and to contain all things necessary to salvation.”
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation. To learn more, read here.
Persons of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, gender expressions and identities, political leanings, races, religious traditions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic statuses are both welcomed and celebrated as expressions of God’s creativity at St. Martin’s. And, for clarity’s sake: Yes, we will hire, will ordain, and will officiate weddings for women and LGBTQ persons.
We affirm that marriage is a lifelong and monogamous covenant. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny sacraments to those who have been divorced (Alan, our rector, is divorced). We understand the church’s teaching about marriage to apply to all couples, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.