The Anglican Communion is an international association of churches consisting of the Church of England and national and regional semi-autonomous Anglican churches in full communion with it. The status of full communion means, ideally, that there is mutual agreement on essential doctrines and that full participation in the sacramental life of each church is available to all Anglicans.
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, an international community of national Anglican churches that traces its heritage back to the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury. We are part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus our Lord.
The three great creeds of the early church
The Episcopal Church is a catholic (universal) church in liturgy and sacraments, but not a strictly hierarchical church. Here at St. Matthew’s Cathedral we are under the authority of our local Bishop George R. Sumner. We are a church governed by bishops, priests, deacons, and laypersons.
The Rt. Rev. George Sumner was elected as the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas’ 7th bishop during a special election in May, 2015 on the fourth ballot. He oversees the administrative needs throughout the diocese and is chief pastor for more than 31,000 Episcopalians, 200 clergy and 100 congregations, schools and institutions.
The Episcopal Church is part of a worldwide Anglican Community that is loving, open, and welcomes all people. Follow this link to the website for the Anglican Communion.