It’s big, intrusive and located right at the entrance to our sanctuary. Our baptismal font is unlike fonts you will find in most other Episcopal churches. It’s built into the ground, so we can perform full immersion baptisms for those who wish. It’s topped by a hammered copper bowl, for infants and adults who’d prefer a “dribble” to a “dunking.”

Most importantly, our baptismal font reminds us, each time we enter the sanctuary, of the promises made on our behalf when each of us was baptized, confirmed when we were young adults, and reaffirmed each time we welcome a new member into the church through Baptism. We promise to renounce evil and commit ourselves to Christ; believe in the triune God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer; to resist evil and, when we fall into sin, to repent; to proclaim by word and example the Good News of our risen Lord; to seek and serve all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves; and to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.

Just as our font is front and center in our sanctuary, these promises are front and center in our lives.