A reader writes in, "Does the Episcopalian Church practice the Sacrament of Reconciliation?"
The short answer is yes. But the practice does deserve more than a brief affirmation.
Reconciliation of a Penitent is what is often referred to as confession. This probably brings up images of a special booth with a priest on one side of the screen and the penitent on the other as seen in countless movies. As practiced in the Episcopal Church, the place would usually be either the worship space of the church or the clergy person's office.
The saying I heard about confession in The Episcopal Church is "All may. Some should. None must." And with private confession to a priest not being compulsory, most Episcopalians never bother unless they attend an Anglo-Catholic Parish.
I think this is worth a second look as the centuries long practice of confessing one's sins to God in the presence of a priest who can then pronounce absolution is a powerful sacrament. I have found in my own life that it is an important way to make a break with past sins. Saying the confession out loud and having a priest give counsel and pronounce absolution is a powerful act. I not only affirm that The Episcopal Church offers the sacrament of Reconciliation, I recommend the practice highly.
One further word on the sacrament. A monk I know has spoken of the confessional as God's Septic Tank. We dump the waste of our lives in confession, freeing ourselves from the baggage too long carried around. But having cleansed out hearts in confession, we must then let the sins go. To go back over those past failings would be as useful as reaching back into a septic tank to stir up the contents. Confess your sins and God will separate them from you as far as the east is from the west. Confess them in the presence of another, expressing true repentance and amendment of life and you should find it easier to walk away from that past.