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Who we are

We are a community seeking God’s presence in every part of our lives. We come together to experience God’s presence in worship. We share our lives with one another in authentic community. We are sent out to serve our friends, our neighbors, and the world because God has first served us. While our church is located in Medina (West Bellevue), people living all over the greater Seattle area call our church home.

Click the buttons below to learn about our team, and find out how to get here. Or keep reading to learn more about our beliefs, history, and traditions.

What we believe

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world. We believe that scripture is the living word of God, and that it invites us - as a community - into a continual state of discernment and thoughtfulness. We believe in the power of liturgy to root us in the living traditions of our ancestors, while equipping and inspiring us - as one body bound in Christ - to continually seek justice, equity, and love for all God's people.

At St. Thomas, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every human person regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, socioeconomic class, or gender and sexual identity. All are welcome and beloved in the eyes of God.

Click here to learn more about our Episcopal traditions, practices, and beliefs.

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The Episcopal Church is one of many Protestant Christian denominations alive in our world and witnessing to the story of God in human history. “Episcopal” describes the way we understand the governance of our communities – meaning the local Bishop and the Presiding Bishop of the national Episcopal Church are the principal leaders of our church. The Episcopal Church can trace its history back to the Church of England and remains a part of the Anglican Communion – a body within Christianity that encompasses 80 million members in 44 regional and national churches in more than 160 countries.

 

The Episcopal Church in the United States was established shortly after the American Revolution when the majority of America’s Anglican clergy refused to swear allegiance to the British monarch as required for clergy in the Church of England. As Anglicans, we view the Church’s Scriptures – the story of God told in the Old and New Testaments; our Tradition – the embodiment of Christian experience, practice, and expression of the Christian faith throughout history; and Reason – our God-given ability to think critically and take responsibility for our own actions, as the foundation of our expression of Christian life and faith.

 

Since the mid-late 1700’s, the Episcopal Church in the United States has occupied a unique position in the landscape of American religious life. Many view the Episcopal Church as living somewhere between Roman Catholic and pure Protestant traditions. While we worship in forms that are often considered ancient, we have always sought to live out of faith in Jesus Christ in our present context.  St. Thomas, and the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, can feel very traditional, but you will find Episcopalians engaging in the social, political, and cultural conversations at every point in modern history as we seek to live out of faith in the world.

Interested in learning more about the nationwide Episcopal church or of our diocese here in the PNW?
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