The Episcopal Church is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is a Christian church divided into nine provinces and has dioceses in the United States, Taiwan, Micronesia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Navajoland Area Mission. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Michael Curry, the first African-American bishop to serve in that position.
The church was organized after the American Revolution, when it became separate from the Church of England. The Episcopal Church describes itself as “Protestant, Yet Catholic” and considers itself to be apostolic, as it teaches that its bishops can be traced back to the apostles via holy orders. The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the United States version of the collection of traditional rites, blessings, liturgies, and prayers used throughout the Anglican Communion, and is central to Episcopalian worship.