Who We Are

We are a warm, lively Christian community called by our Lord Jesus Christ to love one another, to welcome into our midst all people, and to proclaim the Gospel by serving the needs of the world we live in.

We cherish, affirm, and hold fast to our African-American heritage. St. James’ was founded by black Episcopalians who were not welcome in white churches in Austin. We strive to be a church where all of God’s children can worship in a spirit of loving acceptance.

We rejoice in our diversity at St. James’. St. James’ provides an opportunity for each of us to share our Episcopal worship with people who are different from us, and we believe we are all blessed by that experience. We pray that our diverse, loving community can be a beacon of hope, a foretaste of God’s Kingdom.

We work to practice a ministry of radical hospitality, in which we are intentionally inclusive, welcoming, respectful, and nurturing. St. James’ provides a holy, safe place where we can have fruitful conversations about difficult topics; where we support each other in our life in the faith; where we are open to finding new ways to carry out God’s will.

Our worship is joyful! We value our beautiful, spirited, and varied music. We appreciate creative expressions in liturgy and the arts. We value good preaching. We seek ways for worship to be a nurturing experience for children. Our celebrations of the Eucharist are varied to meet the needs of our congregation, including our Spanish-speaking community.

As a community, we have a strong commitment to Christian Formation for children, youth, and adults; to pastoral care; and to providing multicultural experience.

God calls us to be faithful stewards of our time, talent, and resources. Our ministries range from programs located on our church campus, such as St. James’ Episcopal School, Neighbor 2 Neighbor, Phenomenal Women, and the East Austin Wellness Initiative . We host an annual Jazz at St. James’ concert series where we feature noted jazz performers, a program that draws people from around the city. We value our role in nurturing and helping train seminarians from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.

We go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. Alleluia!