Last updated on: 6/2/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Episcopal Church Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“In those cases where an abortion is being considered, members of this Church are urged to seek the dictates of their conscience in prayer, to seek the advice and counsel of members of the Christian community and where appropriate, the sacramental life of this Church.

[T]his 71st General Convention of the Episcopal Church express its unequivocal opposition to any legislative, executive or judicial action on the part of local, state or national governments that abridges the right of a woman to reach an informed decision about the termination of pregnancy or that would limit the access of a woman to safe means of acting on her decision.”

“Reaffirm General Convention Statement on Childbirth and Abortion,” Journal of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, July 1994

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Episcopal Church is made up of between two and three million worshipers in about 7500 congregations across the United States and related dioceses outside the US…

The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, churches around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England and have given rise to a distinct form of Christianity, known as Anglicanism…

Like all Anglican churches, the Episcopal Church is both Protestant and Catholic, insists that people be able to worship in their first language, uses a Book of Common Prayer, and relies on Scripture, Tradition, and Reason to interpret God’s Word.”

“What is the Episcopal Church About?,” www.episcopalchurch.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Mission:

“The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be, as followers of Christ.”

“Welcome to the Episcopal Church!,” www.episcopalchurch.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Other:
Religious Association
Contact Info:
Phone
212-716-6000
Email
info@episcopalchurch.org
Website
www.episcopalchurch.org