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Unabashedly Episcopalian

Unabashedly Episcopalian: Proclaiming the Good News of the Episcopal Church

Bishop Andy Doyle

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List Price: $16.00


PAPERBACK , 128 pages , 5.5 x 8.5

  • Sep/2012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8192-2808-6


Episcopalians newly discovering their church home or long-time members who may have forgotten why they love the church will appreciate Unabashedly Episcopalian. Bishop Andy Doyle has mined the Baptismal Covenant and his own experiences leading the Diocese of Texas. The result is a heartfelt, smart and practical book that calls Episcopalians to wake up to the church’s unique gifts and story, and equips them to share that witness in their neighborhoods and out in the world.


• Practical, humorous and insightful book by the bishop of one of the most mission and evangelism-minded dioceses in the Episcopal Church

• Ideal for new-member, confirmation, and group study classes, plus lifelong Episcopalians


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Download Book Study Guide 2

Chapter 1

Common Themes

  • God’s love is incarnational and as Episcopalians we are called to live our faith out in action.
  • We have promises to God and our fellow human beings.
  • Our calling is to devote our lives to the coming of the reign of God. 


Reflection Questions

  1. What does it mean “to make God’s love incarnational?” (pg. 4)  What are some practical ways that you, or your congregation, live out that summons?
  2. Bishop Doyle writes, “In the Episcopal Church we understand that our promises are to God and our fellow human beings.” (pg. 6)  Why is it important to make promises?  What is the essence of the promises we make? 
  3. Bishop Doyle says that in baptism we receive our call to devote our lives to the coming “reign of God.”  What is the reign of God?  How do we devote our lives to it? 

Chapter 2 

Common Themes

  • The Episcopal Church is a particular body with a unique perspective of the world around them.
  • Incarnation of the Kingdom of God in the world today
  • Baptism and confirmation are the Sacraments that symbolize the grace of God and these Sacraments are spoken with one voice as one body.
  • We are not alone in our faith.


Reflection Questions

  1. As Episcopalians, what sets us apart from the moralistic therapeutic deism perspective given by Christian Smith and Melina Lundquist Denton? List four beliefs that are particular to the Episcopal faith? (pg. 10)
  2. Bishop Doyle writes about the kingdom of heaven. What are ways that you strive to make heaven real in your everyday world? (pg. 11)
  3. What does it mean to be baptized and why are baptism and confirmation no longer included in the same service? (pg. 15)
  4. As we recite together the words of the baptism and confirmation and considering the questions Bishop Doyle is reminded with weekly, consider for yourself, “How am I doing as a Christian and an Episcopalian?”