Episcopalians believe that the Bible reveals the true word of God and that there are two sacraments, Baptism and the Holy Eucharist, that Jesus passed down to man. They also believe that God sent his only son, Jesus, to Earth to die for the sins of mankind. Like Anglicans and Lutherans, Episcopalians use the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds to reaffirm their faith.
The term "Episcopal" means to be governed by bishops, and as part of the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal church is run by bishops and archbishops that set the rules for the church. Each bishop oversees the church in his region, and Episcopalians consider all bishops to be equals in the eyes of God. Although the Archbishop of Canterbury holds a special place in the religion, he is no more powerful than any other bishop.
Along with the Holy Bible, Episcopalians also use the Book of Common Prayer as a significant part of their services. Approximately 70 percent of this book comes straight from the Bible, and Episcopalians are thought to read more scripture during their services than almost any other Christian denomination. The denomination strongly believes in equality and invites people of all races, ages, classes and sexual orientation to worship in their churches.