Congregations [under construction]

Seventeen congregations across the continental U.S.have been visited: urban, rural, and suburban; English-speaking and Spanish-speaking; Anglo-Catholic, broad church, and evangelical. Some were chosen because of their reputations for excellent liturgy, some on the basis of recommendations by bishops and liturgical scholars, and others because they were representative of some aspect of the church's life.

Click on an image to go to a congregation's gallery, or on the link in its brief description to read more about it. (The write-ups of each congregation, along with an audio slideshow, are being added as they are completed.)

Descriptions make reference to categories of congregation size; information about those categories and the implications of size can be found in a document here, from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (opens in a new window; click and download "One Size Does Not Fit All"). Data on the demographic and socio-economic contexts of each parish are drawn from the profiles available from the Episcopal Church's Office of Research and Statistics (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/research/study-your-congregation-and-community), except where indicted. Comparative data on national per capita income is drawn from the US Census Bureau's CPS Historical Income Tables (https://census.gov/topics/income-poverty/income/data/tables/cps.html, accessed 1/5/2018).

St. Mark's, Seattle

St. Mark's is the cathedral church of the diocese of Olympia. It offers five Sunday liturgies, in a variety of styles. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor

St. Columba's is a pastoral-sized parish in a small town in coastal Maine. It offers one Sunday liturgy, in a flexible liturgical space. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Gregory of Nyssa

St. Gregory of Nyssa is known around the Episcopal Church for its innovative liturgy, its breathtaking worship space, and its food pantry. Learn more here. For a gallery of images from the Sunday liturgy, click the image above or here. For a gallery of the food pantry, click here.

St. Gabriel's, Leesburg

St. Gabriel's is a bilingual church plant in the fastest-growing county in Virginia. It worships in English on Sunday mornings at a local middle school, and in Spanish in the afternoon in borrowed space at another Episcopal parish. Learn more here, and click the image or here above for a gallery.

Christ Church, New Haven: Sunday Morning

Christ Church is a historic Anglo-Catholic parish offering the daily office, daily mass, and three eucharists each Sunday, the highlight of which is solemn high mass. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery of Sunday morning worship.

Christ Church, New Haven: Compline

One of Christ Church's most distinctive offerings is sung Compline, a medieval monastic office. This seemingly anachronistic liturgy draws a large number of undergraduates from adjacent Yale University. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Peter's, Rome

St. Peter's is a transitional-sized church in Rome, Georgia. It offers an early morning, spoken archaic-language liturgy, and a later morning contemporary-language liturgy with music. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Stephen's, Richmond

St. Stephen's is a resource-sized parish in the West End of Richmond. In addition to traditional liturgies in the morning, it offers innovative liturgies and a community dinner in the evening. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.

 

St. Paul's, Atlanta

St. Paul's is a large, historically African-American parish in Atlanta. It offers multiple worship services each Sunday, with the liturgical style varying from week to week. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Paul & the Redeemer, Chicago

St. Paul and the Redeemer is a parish in the Hyde Park section of Chicago. Its building was extensively renovated in 2002. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Andrew's, Kansas City

St. Andrew's is a program-sized church on the south side of Kansas City. It offers three liturgies on Sundays, including an innovative evening service. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Paul's, Chattanooga

St. Paul's is a program-sized parish in the Diocese of East Tennessee. It observed the Sunday after All Saints' Day with a baptism at the principal liturgy.  Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Luke in the Fields, NYC

St. Luke in the Fields is a vibrant, Anglo-Catholic parish in New York City's Greenwich Village, with a strong history of outreach in the community. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.

Holy Cross, Valle Crucis

Holy Cross is a transitional-sized parish in rural western North Carolina. In addition to the main church building, adjacent to a diocesan retreat center, it has a historic summer chapel a few miles away. Learn more here, and click the image above or here for a gallery.

All Saints', Sewanee: Choral Evensong

The choir at All Saints' Chapel at the University of the South offers evensong monthly. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights

St. Paul's is a large parish in a prosperous area of Cleveland. Traditionally "low-church," now broadening its worship, it has a strong music program. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.

St. John's, Charlotte

St. John's is a program-sized parish on the prosperous south side of Charlotte, North Carolina. It offers a range of liturgies, from a traditional-language eucharist to a contemporary service featuring a praise band. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.

All Saints', Sewanee: Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Lessons and Carols originated at Truro Cathedral and was popularized by King's College, Cambridge. Over the years, many university chapels and some parish churches have appropriated this liturgical form. Learn more here [coming soon] and click the image above or here for a gallery.

Trinity Church, Clarksville

Trinity Church is a mid-sized parish in a mid-sized city in Middle Tennessee. It offers two Sunday services and sits in the "broad church" tradition. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.

All Saints', Sewanee: Holy Week

The chaplaincy at the University of the South offers a full round of Holy Week liturgies, drawing a large number of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Learn more here [coming soon], and click the image above or here for a gallery.