Saint Albans Episcopal Church in Wilmington, DE, is one of the 39 parishes of the Diocese of Delaware, which is one of the 110 dioceses of the national Episcopal church which, in turn, is part of the world-wide Anglican communion. (The name of the church comes from the Greek word episcopos which means overseer; thus, the church recognizes the authority of bishops.)
The Episcopal Church in the United States is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion comprising over 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches around the globe in over 160 countries. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the focus for Anglican unity; he calls the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference, chairs the meeting of Primates, and is President of the Anglican Consultative Council.
The Episcopal Church consists of more than one hundred dioceses. It holds a General Convention every three years to conduct the church’s business. The national church is responsible for activities such as Episcopal Relief and Development, Episcopal Public Policy Network, and a diversity of other efforts. The leader of the church is its Presiding Bishop whose office is in New York City and whose cathedra is in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (the National Cathedral) in Washington, D.C.
ERD works with Anglican and Episcopal partners to provide emergency assistance such as food, water, & shelter in times of disaster. ERD rebuilds devastated communities after the immediate crisis is over. They address the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals through their food security and primary health programs, and they offer long-term solutions to help people sustain safer, healthier, and more productive lives.
The Office of Government Relations (of the national church) and the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) of more than 20,000 Episcopalians throughout the country bring the positions of the Episcopal Church to our nation’s lawmakers. EPPN represents the social policies of the church established by the General Convention and Executive Council. Click here to join the EPPN online and then receive e-mail prompts to contact lawmakers concerning specific issues.
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Bishop of Delaware
The Diocese includes thirty-nine Episcopal churches, schools, a youth camp, a retreat center, and various outreach ministries. The leader of the Diocese is the Bishop of Delaware.
This Google Map will help you find Episcopal churches and their Web sites within this Diocese. Use the zoom feature to make the map larger and smaller.