Who We Are

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) is a network of faith communities—churches, missions, schools, nonprofits, and care centers—living into the Gospel by practicing our Christian faith, reaching out with compassion and inclusion to our neighbors, and seeking ways to promote deeper spiritual connections and theological grounding.

We celebrate the Episcopal Church’s foundational support for a wide range of theological beliefs and spiritual practices, from traditional to contemporary. We value who we are and all that we bring to this moment, faithfully looking to our Episcopal traditions while living into the church of the future.

Community Gathering
Spirit of the Wilderness
Episcopal Church in Grand Marais

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul

In listening sessions all across the state of Minnesota, we describe ourselves as a network of Episcopalians who:

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ECMN faith communities worship, pray, and minister to the sick, lonely, hungry, and underserved. We discern gifts, sing, engage in contemplative practices, offer hospitality, love our neighbors, and strive to be the light of Christ in the world. Some of our spiritual practices include:

ECMN is committed to inclusion. We welcome everyone— the young, the elderly, the middle aged, the married, the single, and those of all races, gender identities, and backgrounds.

Worship Service
Epiphany Episcopal Church in Plymouth

ECMN includes many foreign-born brothers and sisters who call Minnesota home. Minnesota is experiencing changing demographics and ECMN’s faith communities have embraced new cultures and languages:

The ECMN yearns to deepen our Christian identity. Clergy and lay members have expressed a desire to reinvigorate our call to discipleship by claiming and deeply exploring the Christian practices of prayer, worship, learning, blessing, resting, and going into the world to do God’s work.  As we deepen these practices, we look to the example of Presiding Bishop Curry, working to bring the Jesus Movement to life in our contexts. We yearn as well to have practices that energize our Faith grounded in a theological framework that supports and affirms our ministry.  These are some of the ways we strive for a deeper Christian identity through worship, prayer, learning, and resting:

San Nicolas Episcopal Church in Richfield

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.  (Matthew 25:35-36, NRSV)

The ECMN is a network of faith communities who meet our neighbors in their own context to mutually assess strengths and needs and to provide support. We live into the Gospel teaching of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, welcoming the stranger, and caring for the sick, those who mourn, and those who are alone. These are some of the ways we go into the world to walk with and bless our neighbors:

Summer in the City Project
Gethsemane Episcopal Church
Community Garden in Minneapolis

Community Elders
Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Prairie Island

ECMN traditions are rooted in part in Native American faith communities, reconciliation with our African American brothers and sisters, and our practice of Team Ministry.  These traditions have helped shape our identity, and we wish to integrate them into our practices of cultivating and growing the church of the future. 

Native Americans were some of the first followers of Jesus in the Episcopal tradition in Minnesota. They are leaders in using practices to engage the ministry of all the baptized to equip all people to fully live into the gospel teachings.  As we look to the future, Native American communities and the ECMN long to reconcile with the ECMNs treatment of early Indigenous Minnesotans.  The Department of Indian Work assists with implementing the vision of Indigenous ministries in the ECMN. 

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is the merger of two historic African American Episcopal Churches serving the Twin Cities since 1888.  As the ECMN works to acknowledge and reconcile our past sinful legacy of racial injustice we look to Holy Trinity as a model for teaching and advocating for racial reconciliation. 

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Holy Trinity, St. Paul, with Bishop Prior at 2018 Convention
Team Ministry
Cathedral Church of St. Marks in Minneapolis

A major strength of the Native American and African American faith communities in Minnesota was their adaptability. Partnerships between lay and clergy in what might today be called “shared” or “team ministry” played a role from the start. In the 1940s, under Bishop Keeler, lay leaders could receive training to lead worship, an effort focused primarily on serving remote communities. In the late 1970’s, Minnesota adopted a National Church model for Team Ministry. Today, there are 20 Team Ministries in the ECMN that support both urban as well as rural faith communities. 

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