What makes us unique?
- St. James’ stays very close to its Episcopal heritage by maintaining many “high church” liturgical traditions. St. James’ also holds tight to its own heritage as a church home for African-Americans founded in 1941 when Austin churches were segregated.
- Having been excluded in the past, founders and parishioners of St. James’ have followed a path of intentional inclusion. At St. James’, you will find people of all ages, ethnicities, incomes, sexual orientations and languages.
- The moment you walk in the door at St. James’, you will experience our radical hospitality. You are welcome at this church, and we want you to know it.
- Music is also an important part of life at St. James’. In addition to the 1982 Episcopal hymnal, we also sing from Lift Every Voice, the African American hymnal. Our 10:15 service features a traditional choir accompanied by a piano and organ. At our 1:00 Spanish service, you’ll hear guitar and other instruments. The contemporary/jazz choir at our 5:30 service features well-known local musicians. Jazz at St. James’ is an annual festival that brings musicians and guests from around the country.
- Children are welcome at all our services and childcare is available as well. Read about our programs for youth and children here.
- We strive to be a good neighbor in East Austin and to work towards racial reconciliation and social justice.