Participate in Texas Impact Lobby Day

The Social Justice Group of Trinity Episcopal Church has extended an invitation to anyone in the diocese who wants who join them in going to Austin for Texas Impact’s Lobby Day on August 1.

The group hopes to carpool from Trinity’s parking lot. Kathleen Wells is the contact person at Kathleenwells1@yahoo.com  and 8177094207.

If you want to participate, register for free here.

Texas Impact is “a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact exists to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally held social principles of the Abrahamic traditions.” The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is a member. Kathleen Wells of Trinity, Fort Worth and Sandy Johnson of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington represent the diocese of the board.

 

David Leedy funeral Saturday, July 22.

Former diocesan historiographer David Leedy died on July 12, 2017, at age 77. His funeral service will be at 11am Saturday, July 22, at St. Elisabeth/Christ the King.

Leedy lived with his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for many years. He had been on hospice care for two years, but, as his wife, Dianne, wrote, “He was very strong willed and fought to stay alive.”

Leedy, a business man and CPA, had many interests outside of work. His intellectual curiosity was endless. Dianne Leedy wrote, “When we first married, just over 50 years ago, he was a collector of tropical fish (even piranha.)  When we moved to Miami, he became fanatically interested in plants, particularly Ariods.  He made several plant collecting trips to Ecuador with other plant enthusiasts. In Los Angeles he had several green houses, [but] let the plant collecting go for a while when we moved to a lake in east Texas and took up fishing, all the time. When we moved to Fort Worth he renewed his plant collecting and put several tables in our back yard to grow his plants. He was a cradle Episcopalian, served as the historiographer for the Diocese of Fort Worth for a few years starting in 2009. He loved The Episcopal Church but was vocal about dissent, as many of you know.”

Leedy was active in the Fort Worth Via Media group that organized prior to the 2008 departure of the bishop and other diocesan leaders from the diocese. The group’s purpose was to educate and advocate for those Episcopalians determined to remain in The Episcopal Church.

In his role as historiographer after the diocese reorganized in 2009, Leedy began assembling diocesan archives, stretching his tiny budget by hunting for desired publications worldwide via the Internet. The historic archives are part of ongoing property litigation.

Leedy was quite a plantsman. As noted above, he was interested in Ariods. Aroid is the common name for members of the Araceae family of plants, sometimes known as the Philodendron or Arum family. This includes houseplants such as anthurium, dieffenbachia, and philodendron. Leedy often shared with other gardeners, and many local gardens feature miniature cannas and various others plants gleaned from his prolific collection.

He loved to write and research. Before he retired, he wrote a book about accounting in the movie industry which was used by many film schools. When he retired, he compiled a book of religious jokes, the story of his life (with many pictures), and a book about growing Aroids in Texas. As his wife commented, “The internet will feel his absence.”

 

Save the date for Discernment Day

If you are feeling called to ministry, ordained or lay, mark your calendar for Saturday, October 7, 8:30 am to 4 pm at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth.

That’s the date of Discernment Day, an important first step in the understanding and exploration of the various areas and aspects in the process of discernment for both ordained and lay ministries. A fee of $10 will cover all costs including lunch on site.

Anyone who may be considering a role of church leadership, a call to the diaconate or priesthood, and/or music education or general education leadership is urged to attend.

Detailed plans for the day are being finalized, and more information will be published closer to the date. But here is the basic outline of the day: It will begin with Morning Prayer followed by an open panel discussion with lay leadership, deacons, clergy, and music/education elements for questions and reflection. The gathering will then have a look at covenant considerations. Lunch will be on site. The afternoon will include breakout sessions of interest from the morning topics and a final follow-up with a question-and-answer session by Bishop J. Scott Mayer.

 

Trinity greets bishop, says Godspeed to Stephanie Moncrieff

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Bishop Scott Mayer visited Trinity, Fort Worth. He received Christine Ann Moranetz and joined the congregation in saying farewell and Godspeed to the Rev. Stephanie Moncrieff, who is moving with her husband to Waterloo, Iowa.

Their destination sparked an idea for a flashmob who surprised Moncrieff at the reception following the worship service — they sprang up and began dancing to “Waterloo” by ABBA.

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Watch a short video of the farewell to Moncrieff below or on YouTube.

 

Watch a short video with excerpts of the bishop’s sermon below or on YouTube.

 

See more photos at the diocesan Flickr Gallery.

Book Signing: The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to the (Episcopal) Church

St. Anne’s Bookstore & Gifts at All Saints, Fort Worth, is hosting a book signing for the Rev. Jordan H. Ware on Sunday, June 4, in DeWolfe Hall between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Ware, assisting priest at All Saints’, is the author of The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to the (Episcopal) Church, published by Church Publishing New York. Copies of the book will be available at the event. She also will be available after the 11:15 a.m. service.

The book’s cover blurb offers an apt description of Ware’s work: “Ware’s light and funny style (and nerd-tastic references) make the impenetrable mysteries of theology, liturgy and church history accessible for all readers, whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or Star Trek. All nerds and church geeks are welcome on this wild adventure through the Episcopal jungle.”

Read an interview with Ware.

Ware is the Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at All Saints’.  She is the chair of the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Ware is the founding moderator and contributor to “All Faithful Can” and “The Real World” (a production of The Young Clergywoman Project). She also is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Ukraine, a 2007 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and a 2013 graduate of Yale Divinity School. Her podcasts may be heard at https://twofeministsblog.com/ and www.coffeepotfellowship.com.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is located at 5001 Crestline Rd. in Fort Worth.

 

Presiding bishop visits Refugee Services of Texas

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visited the offices of Refugee Services of Texas on Thursday, April 6, to meet with clients and staff as well as with Episcopalians who volunteer with the agency.

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See more photos in the diocesan Flickr gallery.

Several Episcopalians, including Ms. Eleanor Forfang-Brockman of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, and the Rev. Tracie Middleton, have been involved in setting up a class to teach English as a second language at RST. The PB sat in on a brief meeting of the class.

He also met David Diesslin of the Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation, and thanked him for the foundation’s matching grant of donations to RST up to $50,000. The offering at Saturday’s festival Eucharist raised more than $4,300 for RST.

Refugee Services of Texas (RST) was founded in 1978. It is a partner with Episcopal Migration Ministries. It is “a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group – as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston,” according to its website.

Also on Thursday, Bishop Curry commissioned and blessed the church plant team in Parker County. Read about the church plant and watch a short video of the commissioning. 

On Friday, April 7, Bishop Curry and Bishop Scott Mayer began the Learning to Love to Tell the Story conference at St. Christopher with Morning Prayer. After lunch Bishop Curry visited the 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry. Listen to Bishop Mayer’s homily, see photos of the event, and read about and see photos from Bishop Curry’s visit to 4Saints.

Also on Friday, Bishop Curry kicked off the New Life Fund campaign at a dinner at Colonial Country Club. Read about the campaign and watch a video of his spirited address. 

On Saturday, Bishop Curry preached and celebrated at a festival Eucharist at University Christian Church. He raised the roof with his rousing sermon. See photos of the service and listen to the sermon.