We are a proudly progressive Christian community, and we welcome and respect every person for who they are. We feel blessed to have a congregation that is diverse in many ways. Our services combine Eucharistic-centered liturgy and sermons that make you think. We seek to comfort you where you hurt and challenge you where you may have grown complacent. In all that we do, we seek to equip one another in living out our faith wherever we may be. Each liturgical season brings a change in the prayers we say. We draw language both from the Book of Common Prayer and hymns from the 1982 Hymnal as well as other sources.
If you are looking for a welcoming church home with no pressure, give Nativity a look. Our facility is wheelchair accessible, and we have plenty of parking.
The Larger Church
The Diocese of Michigan
The Episcopal churches in Michigan are part of the Diocese of Michigan, headed by our bishop, currently headed by the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs. Bishop Gibbs will be retiring soon, so the diocese is in search for a new Bishop, with a goal of elections in July of 2019 and consecration of the new Bishop in February of 2020.
The Episcopal Church USA
The national body of which we are a member congregation is the Episcopal Church USA, headed by our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. The church was organized after the American Revolution, when it became separate from the Church of England.The Episcopal Church was active in the Social Gospel movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since the 1960s and 1970s, the church has pursued a decidedly more liberal course. It has opposed the death penalty and supported the civil rights movement and affirmative action. . The Church calls for the full legal equality of LGBT people. In 2015, the Church's 78th triennial General Convention passed resolutions allowing the blessing of same-sex marriages and approved two official liturgies to bless such unions.
The Episcopal Church ordains women and LGBT people to the priesthood, the diaconate, and the episcopate, despite opposition from a number of other member churches of the Anglican Communion.
The Anglican Communion
The worldwide organization of churches to which the Episcopal Church belongs is the Anglican Communion. The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury ("Primate," or Senior Bishop, of the Church of England) is the symbolic head of this body.