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An Episcopalian is a member of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church was organized in America shortly after the American Revolution when it was forced to break with the Church of England on penalty of treason, because Church of England clergy were required to swear allegiance to the British monarch.
The name “Episcopal” was chosen as the name of this new church and is from the Greek “episcope” – “having bishops.” But our Anglican roots are in 18 centuries of Christianity in England extending back to the time of Jesus. The Anglican Church officially began in 16th century England at the time of the Reformation.
Three strands of authority guide our search for truth.