An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Glossary of Terms

Kent School

Founded in 1906 by Frederick Herbert Sill of the Order of the Holy Cross, it is a coeducational Episcopal secondary school located in Kent, Connecticut. Sill envisioned the school as […]

Kentucky, Diocese of

The Diocese of Kentucky was organized on July 8, 1829, at Christ Church, Lexington. The General Convention of 1895 divided the Diocese and created the Diocese of Lexington. The Diocese […]

Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

A coeducational, four-year liberal arts college founded by the Rt. Rev. Philander Chase, the first Bishop of Ohio, who wanted to establish “a school for the education of young men […]


1) A Greek term used in the NT to mean either the content or act of proclamation or preaching. The term began to be used in English and other modern […]

Key, Francis Scott

(Aug. 1, 1779-Jan. 11, 1843). Episcopal layman and author of “The Star Spangled Banner.” He was born in Frederick, now Carroll, County, Maryland. Key studied at St. John's College, Annapolis, […]

Keyser, Harriette Amelia

(July 27, 1841-Oct. 9, 1936). Social reformer who lived and worked in New York City for almost a century. She was active in the labor movement and the campaign for […]

King Hall, Howard University (Washington, D

C.). From its beginning, Howard University in Washington, D.C., had a Theological Department to train African American ministers. On Jan. 15, 1889, the Board of the University resolved that the […]

King James (Authorized Version of the) Bible (KJV)

This English translation of the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament, including the Apocrypha, was produced by Anglican bishops and other divines in 1611. It was undertaken […]

King, Martin Luther, Jr.

(Jan. 15, 1929-Apr. 4, 1968). Civil rights leader. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son and grandson of African American Baptist preachers. He received his B.A. from Morehouse College […]

King’s Chapel, Boston

The first Anglican church in Massachusetts, it also became the earliest recognized Unitarian congregation in America after the Revolution. The parish was organized on June 15, 1686, and the church […]

King’s College, New York City

On Oct. 31, 1754, King George II of England granted the charter for King's College. On Nov. 22, 1753, the trustees invited the Rev. Samuel Johnson, rector of Stratford Parish […]

Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, The

A collection of services and prayers for devotional occasions. It was first published in 1933 by Oxford University Press. It was subtitled “Services of Praise and Prayer for occasional Use […]

Kiosk, The

“A Newsletter of The Anglican Academy, The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.” A kiosk is used as a place to post items of interest about activities, events, and ideas.

Kip, William Ingraham

(Oct. 3, 1811-Apr. 7, 1893). First Bishop of California. Born in New York City, Kip began his education at Rutgers and received his B.A. from Yale in 1831. He studied […]

Kirk, Kenneth Escott

(Feb. 21, 1866-June 8, 1954). A moral philosopher, he became Bishop of Oxford in 1937. The study of moral theology, which had been neglected after the seventeenth century in England, […]

Kiss of Peace

A sign of peace which the people offer in the midst of the eucharistic liturgy. The practice of saluting one another with a kiss dates from ancient times and is […]

Klein, Walter Conrad

(May 28, 1904-Mar. 1, 1980). Bishop and OT scholar. Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1924 and from the General Theological Seminary in […]

Knapp, Susan Trevor

(Aug. 10, 1862-Nov. 21, 1941). A key architect of the deaconess movement in the United States, she graduated from the New York Training School for Deaconesses in 1894, worked for […]


A traditional posture of prayer in which one’s weight rests on the knees. The pews of many churches have “kneelers” or cushions to protect the knees of those who kneel […]


The common life and fellowship of love shared by Christians with Christ and with each other in Christ. It is a Greek term for “communion” or “participation.” A rich theology […]

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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.