An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Glossary of Terms

Jubilee College

No longer in existence, this college near Peoria was founded in 1839 by Philander Chase, the first Bishop of Illinois. The cornerstone of the chapel and schoolhouse was laid on […]

Jubilee Ministry

A social justice ministry of advocacy and service for the poor and oppressed. It is a network of parish and diocesan Jubilee Centers throughout the Episcopal Church. It was established […]

Jude the Apostle, Saint

(See Simon and Jude, Saints and Apostles.)

Julian of Norwich

(c. 1342-c. 1413). English female mystic and anchoress. Almost nothing is known about Julian's life, not even her real name. As was the custom of anchoresses and anchorites in the […]

Junior Warden

See Wardens of a Parish.

Jurisdiction (episcopal)

A bishop's canonical authority over an area, typically a diocese. The diocesan bishop has jurisdiction in his or her diocese. Jurisdiction is not held by bishops coadjutor, suffragan bishops, assisting […]

Just War Theory

Proponents of just war theory claim that violent force should be used to protect innocent persons from attack. In contrast, pacifists maintain that war can never be just. Just war […]


The word (from the Latin justus, meaning “righteous,” and facere, meaning “to make”) is used in both the OT and NT to mean “being set in a right relation to […]

Justin the Martyr

(c. 100-c. 165). Leading apologist, who has been called “one of the most original thinkers Christianity produced.” He was born to Greek-speaking, pagan parents at Flavia Neapolis (Nablus), the ancient […]

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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.