What We Believe
“Who we believe we are called to become”
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry stated, “Now is our time to go. To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let go, and that that love can set us all free.”
He further stated, “This is the Jesus Movement, and we are the Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in the world.”
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.
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” is not just a slogan; it’s who we seek to be and the witness we seek to make, following the way of Jesus.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry