The Diocese of Rhode Island
“Live in Christ, transform the world” is the Mission statement of The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, which is comprised of the approximately 50 Episcopal churches in our state. The Bishop of the Diocese is the Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, who was consecrated as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island on November 17, 2012.
The Diocese offers resources and educational opportunities to encourage spiritual development and outreach in our parishes, as well as in the greater community. Our current mission focus is “feeding the hungry” in mind body and spirit. Some of our ministry focus areas are congregational development, Christian formation, Hispanic ministries, and the operation of ECC, our camp and conference center on Echo Lake in Pascoag. The Diocese also sponsors many committees and task forces that serve to act upon issues such as environmental stewardship and social justice.
For more information about the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island please visit their website: episcopalri.org
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The mission of the church, as stated in the Book of Common Prayer’s catechism (p. 855), is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”
The 2012 General Convention established the Anglican Communion Five Marks of Mission as a mission priority framework for the 2013-2015 triennium:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
For more information about the Episcopal Church please visit episcopalchurch.org
The Episcopal Church represents the United States in the Anglican Communion, which is made up of more than 85 million worshipers in 44 regional and national member churches around the globe in more than 160 countries. The center of international Anglicanism is Canterbury, England, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who currently is the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
To learn more about the Anglican Communion, please visit anglicancommunion.org