Areas of Special Emphasis
Prayer and Worship
Prayer and worship are the heart and soul of our life in the Episcopal Church, the most direct way in which we honor the first commandment. The centrality of our common life is the Eucharist. We encourage the development of a strong prayer life and the active participation of all our people in worship – in styles, forms and language that are both traditional and new.
The governance of our diocese is structured through canonical provisions for lay and clergy participation in all governing bodies, staffs, committees, and ministries. We encourage inclusive, open, and active participation in all our governing bodies and ministry groups.
Good communication is essential to the vitality of our communion with God and with one another. Striving as individuals, congregations, and other ministry groups to be open, honest, and direct with each other, we encourage new opportunities for gathering, as well as improved avenues of communication, recognizing that this will require greater initiative and responsiveness among all of us.
We are committed to providing pastoral guidance and care for all our people. We do this most intentionally and directly through prayer and active care in situations of illness, injury, conflict, addiction, and other needs.
Education and Spiritual Development
We seek to offer Diocesan programs for educational and spiritual development for people of all ages, and to support congregations in doing so, that we may all grow “in the knowledge and love of God” (BCP, p. 339).
We live in a rich and beautiful environment with an abundance of human and financial resources. We seek to be faithful stewards of the earth, and of these resources, and to share them equitably and generously.
The mission and ministry of our diocese happens in many church facilities and other physical structures throughout Utah. Through Project Jubilee and in our own continuing care of these places we continue to work towards providing safe, accessible, attractive, and visible facilities in which to enjoy fellowship and enrich our life together. Here also we welcome newcomers and strangers and work to strengthen our mission to others in our local towns and cities.
As Christians, we are called to proclaim the good news of the Gospel. Trusting in God’s love in Christ for all people, we seek to grow in faith and in numbers by inviting others into our community.
Matters of justice are integral to the very fabric of God’s intention in creating the world and all its people. Justice is not an optional extra in our faith, nor can God’s peace exist without it. Our Diocese has a long tradition of prophetic advocacy for justice; that is, of being a voice for the poor, the outcast, the oppressed and for all others who suffer marginalization or exclusion. We commit ourselves to such advocacy in a culture of growing consumerism, inequitable distribution of wealth, abuse of the environment, and consolidation of power.
The Episcopal Diocese of Utah is an open and inclusive community of faith. In our baptismal covenant we promise to “respect the dignity of all people” (BCP, p. 305). Regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or cultural background, we seek to welcome everyone and to offer opportunities for leadership in our communities.
At our baptism, we promise to “serve Christ in all persons” (BCP, p. 305). As individuals, local churches, and ministry groups, we seek many ways to fulfill this covenant with creativity, perseverance and a spirit of adventure.
The Anglican tradition has long enabled us to promote ecumenical work among various Christian faith communities. As we grow in our understanding of these other traditions, we are also able to embrace the larger work of interfaith dialogue and sharing. As a diocese we embrace in love the challenges and the opportunities of ecumenical and interfaith work, trusting that our own faith will be deepened in the process.