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Do Episcopalians believe in private confession like the Catholic Church does?  Why do we bother with baptism? Learn this and more in Rev. Robert Berra’s teaching a series on the sacraments and sacramental theology in an Anglican key.  The series covers what sacraments are and what they do, and explores the sacraments as markers of a community of grace. Watch below to learn!

As the weeks go on, a new video in the series will be added.  There will also be a link to the presentation and a bibliography.





A Prezi presentation covering weeks one through four: Sacramental Theology, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist


A PowerPoint presentation covering week 5: Confession and Unction


A PowerPoint presentation covering week 6: Marriage




Cavanaugh, W. T. (2010). Torture and eucharist: Theology, politics, and the body of Christ. Malden (Massachusetts): Blackwell.

Gatta, Julia and Martin Smith.  Go in Peace:  The Art of Hearing Confessions. Morehouse: NY, 2012.

Hatchett, Marion J. Commentary on the American Prayer Book. New York: Seabury Press, 1980.

Liturgical Resources 1 “I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing” Revised and Expanded Edition As authorized by the 78th General Convention, 2015

Macquarrie, John. A Guide to the Sacraments. Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle Edition.

Mitchell, Leonel L., Praying Shapes Believing : A Theological Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer. Minneapolis: Winston Press, 1985.

Rejali, Darius M. Torture and Democracy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

The Book(s) of Common Prayer. (1662)(1789)(1928)(1979)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Enriching our Worship series

Williams Rowan. On Christian Theology. Challenges in Contemporary Theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.  (Part Four: Making Signs).