Begun in 1785, The Episcopal Church in Delaware is one of the nine original dioceses of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The Episcopal Church today continues to celebrate liberty by making room for questions about God and the church. If you seek a Christian community that will support you, care about you, nurture you, and welcome you, there’s a congregation in Delaware for you.
We are the Delaware branch of the Jesus Movement, called to become a diocese growing toward reconciliation and inclusion. Our intent is to bridge divides, embrace differences, and seek mutual understanding. The twenty-first century provides many challenges for the Diocese of Delaware –- secularism, economic inequality, changing demographics, struggles with racial and gender equality and other sources of conflict and cultural division. These challenges provide opportunities for Delaware to become a home in which today’s people can find God. We believe we are called to become more missional, led by our Baptismal Covenant to build community, partnering with other churches and agencies around social issues such as addiction, poverty, and homelessness. We see advantage and opportunity in exploring our small size, big city/rural area, and diversity issues. We believe we are called to be a laboratory for innovation and scalable, achievable pilot projects that could be shared in other places in the wider church. We are called to be in touch with these realities. Our desire is to be adaptive, and to be intentional with the ways that we communicate and connect with each other and with others. We are called to reach people where they are. We commit to our sacramental and liturgical heritage, to be increasingly close knit as one body of Christ, and to cultivate the seeds of tomorrow’s church here in the Diocese of Delaware.