A parish in the Diocese of Ohio, St. James is part of the American branch of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide fellowship of churches which traces their heritage to the Church of England.
There are no particular doctrines or ways of worship that can be used to describe who we are, separate from other denominations, as many elements of our faith are held in common with Christians of other denominations. But our particular history and heritage give us an approach to the Christian Life that many have found to be right for them.
Our identity today reflects a long struggle to discover the truth in both Catholic and Protestant traditions. We consider ourselves Catholic – along with the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and others – in the sense that we hold to the essentials of apostolic faith and order: the Creeds, the Sacraments, the ordained ministry of bishops, priests and deacons. We also consider ourselves Protestant because our church has incorporated some of the important insights of the Reformation: worship in the language of the people, a renewed emphasis on Holy Scripture as God’s Word to us, concern for personal conversion and commitment to Jesus Christ, and a form of church government which provides for significant participation by lay people.
Today there are about 70 million Anglican Christians in 165 countries. Parish churches in this country are usually small enough that people can develop a close relationship with one another and their priest. We give special attention to the development of mature, adult followers of Christ who can make a right use of reason in matters of faith and in moral decisions, participate actively in worship through the use of the Book of Common Prayer, personally minister to the needs of others, and support the life of their parish through active involvement. Christian Formation, our educational programs for adults, youth and children also reflect this goal.