The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia is a community of more than 80,000 members and 425 clergy in central, northern and northwestern Virginia. Organized in 1785, we serve the world through 181 congregations, six schools, two diocesan centers, six diocesan homes, and the largest Anglican seminary in the world. Bound by our love of God in Christ, we share traditions and experiences of God in worship and community as we build our understanding and relationship with God’s Word.
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.
Anglicans and Episcopalians the world over share aspects of their history, tradition and ways of worshiping. But no two churches are exactly alike even within a diocese, let alone a province or between countries. This unity in diversity is one of the things that make the Anglican Communion so special and such rich ground from which to change to world.
Episcopal Relief & Development is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church. Our work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity.
We take our mandate from the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 25:37-40, that call us to feed the hungry, care for the sick and welcome the stranger.