Message from Senior Warden, John Hammel

My name is John Hammel and it is my privilege to serve as Sr. Warden for St. Luke’s, Niles.  St. Luke’s church is a forgiving, supportive, accepting, serious, fun-loving, spiritual and often quirky group of God’s people.   We operate on the motto “God Loves you….no exceptions” and we mean no exceptions. 

#3 from the Senior Warden

A Brief Introduction to the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal church of the United States is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and was established in 1789.  There are more than two million members in 110 dioceses in American and abroad.  The diocese of Ohio is a community of 16,000 baptized members in 85 parishes in the northern 48 counties of Ohio.  The Diocese of Ohio was established in 1817.

The bishop of Ohio is the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr and Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland is the seat of the bishop.  There is also a diocese of Southern Ohio and the cathedral is in Cincinnati.

Each individual church is governed by a group of parishioners elected by the parish.  This group is known as the Vestry (because they used to meet in the room used for vesting or dressing in the robes worn for church services).  The vestry is similar to a board of directors in a corporation. 

Two people are either appointed by the priest or elected by the vestry to be the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden.  The Senior warden is similar to the CEO of a corporation and the Junior Warden the COO.  Within the guidelines and rules of the diocese,  Episcopal churches are self governing and each individual church sets their own policies, procedures and guidelines for themselves. 

The Episcopal church in the United States has often been in the forefront of movements for social change.  The church was an early advocate of the abolition of slavery, support for worker’s rights, advocates for women’s suffrage and full participation of women in all areas of church life.  This legacy of support for all people continues today with  support and advocacy for the rights of LGBTQ people both in the church and in society.

We based our worship and faith on what we refer to as the ‘three-legged stool’ of Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. 

We invite you to visit St. Luke’s and experience the tradition, the faith and the joy that are our hallmark.  We would love to meet you.

God loves you, no exceptions.

 

John

 
© Feb 23rd, 2019 St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Niles