Frequently Asked Questions

Is Luminous a part of The Episcopal Church?
No, but we are episcopal. In our case, The Episcopal Church (TEC) declined to plant a new parish with us due to the presence of multiple established TEC churches in our area. Through discussions with TEC in New York, we were encouraged to find other means of planting the new work of Luminous. We have no conflict with TEC, but welcome a cooperative spirit with their providence as well as other Anglican jurisdictions. We planted with The Anglican Mission in the Amercias (AMiA) and have since transferred to our current diocese.

Is Luminous a trauma sensitive environment?
We are a trauma-informed parish. At Luminous, we are aware of realities of trauma and specifically religious trauma. Our hope and intention is to provide a sacred space for spiritual wellness regardless of past or present experiences. Our clergy, through our diocese have had training, courses, and preparation in regards to caring and holding space for our collective reality of trauma.

What is the view of women in leadership?
We believe women can and should lead in every aspect as men, including deacons, priests, bishops, and teaching. There are numerous women leading Luminous, from leadership, vestry, liturgy, homilies, and Sacrament.

What is the parish’s view of LGBTQ+?
Luminous is a hospitable and inclusive community. Anyone who is a disciple of Jesus, anyone who is curious, and those who feel as though they have no place… all are welcome at our parish. Please see the Unity Prayer.

What is the worship style?
We believe that the liturgy actually protects us from ourselves. Modern worship tends to be more self-centric than we are hopeful for. We humbly join with the historical Church and her rich rooted tradition while in the context of our culture. The first thing to note about our worship is that it is common — that is, it is public, something we share together. We are guided in our corporate worship by The Book of Common Prayer: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table. Musically speaking, you will hear hymns, originals, and everything in between.

Do you baptize by affusion or immersion?
In short, both. It depends on the time of the year and leading, really. We usually baptize around the beginning of January (Baptism of the Lord) or Spring (Easter or Pentecost), as well as the Summer, which is usually immersion in the Harpeth River.

Why do Anglicans practice infant baptism?
If it helps you to think of it as a dedication, that is ok. There is an early Church tradition to almost everything we practice. Actually, it’s only been over the past 100 years that baby dedication have become more acceptable. We simply practice the symbolic liturgy and creedal process of infant baptism to commune the parents and the community of the parish in addition to the acknowledgment of the Holy Sacrament of baptism with the Lord.

What do the children do during the gatherings?
Luminous KiDS: Children from newborns through 5 years old are checked in when you arrive and will be offered a safe, secure space. You will pick them up at their room after our gathering. Children from 6-12 years of age are checked in upon arrival and given an appropriate lesson where they hear, read, and journal along with the same Scripture as adults through a thoughtful and intentional lesson. After about 30-40 minutes into the gathering, they will be led into the gathering with the adults to be a part of the Great Thanksgiving. Luminous Students (Middle School & High School) is available as well. *Everyone involved with Luminous KiDS and Students have had MinistrySafe training as well as background checks.

How do I know if my child is ready for Communion? Has your child asked? Have you asked your child if they want Communion? Does your child imitate your actions at the kneeler? Has your child put their hands out to receive? These are good signs that your child is ready. Baptized children are encouraged to receive when you feel they are ready. One of our priests or deacons would welcome a conversation if that would be helpful.

Does the parish have an “Open Table”?
Yes, we do. If you are a person of faith in Jesus Christ, you are welcome to receive the sacrament of Communion regardless of your denominational origin of baptism, orientation, church attendance frequency, or your church affiliation. The Eucharist is a gift, so we encourage a posture of receiving rather than “taking”.

What is your affiliation information?
Our diocese is Churches For the Sake of Others (C4SO), led by Bp. Todd Hunter, which is a national diocese rather than geographical. The Anglican Communion is present in over 165 countries and is the third largest expression of Christianity behind the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church. By association with C4SO, we are a part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the global Anglican Communion.