Who We Are

Individually: We are an eclectic group of Christian families and individuals who represent much of the diversity of Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities of Silicon Valley.  Like many Episcopal communities we have individuals who represent a broad range in their theological and spiritual beliefs and experiences. Take a moment and explore what it means to be an Episcopalian from the “I am an Episcopalian” video series at the bottom of the page for a variety of perspectives and Episcopal communities across the country.

Locally: We are an inclusive faith-based community seeking to serve one another and God, with love, grace and mercy.  We focus on the revelation of God through the Bible, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and through the ongoing revelation of the Holy Spirit. We open our “Big Red Doors” to everyone, hoping that you will find a welcome place to begin and continue your personal spiritual journey.

diocese-of-el-camino-real-new-emblem_transparency-croppedRegionally: Saint Thomas is one of 46 parishes (local churches) that form the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real (EDECR)  stretching across five counties (San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey) from Palo Alto to Nipomo on the Central California Coast. We are led by our bishop, The Right Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves. Our diocesan offices are located in Salinas and our diocesan cathedral in San Jose (Trinity Cathedral).

Nationally: We are a members of Province VIII of The Episcopal Church of the United States that was born out of The Church of England after the American Revolution in response to the new nation’s change in sovereignty from a British monarchy to an emerging Republic.

Internationally: The Episcopal Church of the United States is one of 34 provinces that comprises the wordwide Anglican Communion.  With over 80 million Christian members coming from Anglican and Episcopal churches across 109 dioceses in 165 nations, the Anglican Communion has one of the most extensive Christian fellowships around the globe. To learn more, see The Anglican Communion and List of Provinces.

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