An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Glossary of Terms


(See Anne and Joachim.)


(Jn 19:26-27). John, his brother James, and Peter formed the inner circle in the apostolic group. With Peter and James, he witnessed the Transfiguration, the healing of Peter's mother-in-law, the […]

John Nevin Sayre Award

This peacemaker's award was established by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) in 1979 to honor the Rev. John Nevin Sayre for his lifetime of service in the cause of peace. […]

John of Damascus

(c. 650-c. 749). Monk and theologian. There is little known of his life, and the available sources are in conflict. He was called John Damascene. John was the son of […]

John of the Cross

(1542-1591). Known as the Doctor of Mystical Theology, Juan de Yepes was born in Fontiveros, Spain. He joined the Carmelites in 1563 and took the name John of St. Matthias. […]

John the Baptist

Prophetic forerunner of Jesus. John preached conversion and proclaimed a baptism of repentance. Jesus and many others were baptized by John. John is called "the Baptist" because he was willing […]

Johns, John

(July 10, 1796-Apr. 5, 1876). Bishop, college president, and evangelical leader. He was born in New Castle, Delaware. Johns graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1815, and then […]

Johnson, Samuel

(Oct. 14, 1696-Jan. 6, 1772). One of the Yale converts. He was born in Guildford, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale College in 1714 and worked as a teacher. He was […]

Johnson, Samuel Roosevelt

(Nov. 18, 1802-Aug. 13, 1873). Priest and seminary professor. He was born in Newton, Long Island, New York. Johnson graduated from Columbia College in 1820, and from the General Theological […]

Johnson, Sherman Elbridge

(Mar. 7, 1908-Mar. 23, 1993). NT scholar and seminary dean. He was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. Johnson received his B.A. in 1933 from Northwestern University. He received his B.D. in […]

Johnston, Gideon

(c. 1671-Apr. 23, 1716). First Commissary to South Carolina. He was born in Tuam, Ireland. On Sept. 19, 1707, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel informed Johnston that […]

Joint Commission

See Commission of the General Convention.

Jones, Bayard Hale

(July 23, 1887-Apr. 27, 1957). Liturgical scholar. He was born in Golden, Colorado. He studied at the University of California, Harvard, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, General Theological Seminary, […]

Jones, Paul

(Nov. 24, 1880-Sept. 4, 1941). Socialist and pacifist bishop. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1902 and his B.D. from the Episcopal Theological […]

Joseph of Arimathea

After the death of Jesus, Joseph asked Pilate for the body of Jesus and buried it in a tomb newly hewn out of a rock (Mk 15:43-46). Joseph was a […]

Joseph, Saint

(The husband of Mary. A pious Jew, a carpenter from Nazareth, and a descendant of King David, Joseph is also known as the “Guardian of Our Lord.” Joseph was faced […]


A periodic publication of the Episcopal Church's Rural and Small Community Ministries Office. It began publication in Dec. 1992.

Journal of Women’s Ministries

See Council for Women's Ministries (CWM).

Jubilate Deo

Invitatory psalm based on Ps 100. It begins, “Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song” (BCP, […]


The OT Year of Jubilee was the fiftieth year, the seventh sabbath year, in which debts were forgiven, Hebrew slaves were set free, and alienated lands were returned to their […]

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Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from “An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians,” Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.