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The root of the word is "overseer." It refers to a Bishop. It also refers to the Christian denomination, the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Church with its origins in the Church of England. (In Canada, it is the Anglican Church, in England it is the Church of England, in Scottland it is the Episcopal Church.) It began when Henry VIII broke off the church in England with the Roman Catholic Church (the Pope in Rome) and declared that the Church of England would be ruled from England, not Rome.
In the Episcopal Church in the Uniteed States, there is a structure of oversight which includes bishops with episcopal oversight over dioceses. Unlike the Anglican Church in other countries, Bishops are elected by conventions in each diocese with representation from clergy and laity.
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A massive dump that takes 10 to 15 times to flush.
After Thanksgiving, I had to Take a Trump.
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Like Catholics but without the crap. And yes we like our coffee and our donuts. We are also extremely afraid of change. We ordain women and let the gays marry and that's why we're cool.
"how many episcopalians does it take to change a lightbulb?"

"One to talk about the duration of the lightbulbs life, one to drink coffee and watch and one to actually remove the lightbulb and replace it"
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Edit to definition 4: Refers to the Episcopal Church, an organization of agnostics and former Catholics who like to have wine and little wafers at their Sunday meeting.
How many Episcopalians does it take to change a light bulb? 10, 1 to change it and 9 to stand around in the parking lot talking about how much better the old light bulb was.
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Refers to the Episcopal Church, an organization of agnostics and former Catholics who like to take coffee and donuts after their Sunday meetings. Assuming they're not out playing golf.
The Episcopal Church is Catholic-lite!
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Catholics without the whole devotion to God thing

Catholic lite is a good description
I wanna seem religious but I dont care about any rules, ill be episcopalian!!
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