DeKALB – Have you wondered what is an Episcopal Church? Is it American or English? Episcopalian or Anglican? And who are Episcopalians?
Fifty-seven percent of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Episcopalians. Bono, of the pop group U2, was raised in the Anglican tradition, as was J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.
Three recently televised events featured ceremonies and celebrants of the Episcopal Church: the funeral of Barbara Bush, former first lady; the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; and the funeral of Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral in Washington. The royal wedding was at an Anglican church, of the Church of England, but featured a sermon by the primate of the American Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry.
The Rev. Ed Bird, rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in DeKalb, will illuminate the thinking, sayings and doings of the Episcopal Church on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings in October. The series, titled “Episcopal 101,” will include the topics King Henry VIII, Gene Robinson, Open Communion, Mother Mary, the ViaMedia, the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral of 1888 and the 1552 Book of Common Prayer.
Class sessions will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 3, in the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s. They will repeat from 9 to 10 a.m. Sundays, beginning Oct. 14. The sessions are free, no sign-up is required and parking is plentiful at the church.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
People of all faiths and beliefs are invited, and are also welcome to stay for the weekly service and celebration of Holy Communion on Sundays immediately after at 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal is at 900 Normal Road in DeKalb. The church is handicapped-accessible.
For information, call Bird at 815-756-4888 or visit www.stpaulsdekalb.org.