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.

 

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.”

 

The 35th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is coming up November 10-11, 2017 in Cleburne. Take note of these 2017 convention deadlines below. Also available are templates, forms and guidelines related to submitting information, proposals, nominations, and anything else required for the business of Convention. Open the sections below the deadline chart to see information related to Nominations, Resolutions, and Reports. Items that are underlined and in blue are links that you can click to access forms and other information.

2017 Convention Deadlines, forms and templates

Send any other submissions related to the business of Convention to the Secretary of the Diocese, the Rev. Andrew Wright, by email.

 
Committees and Contact Information
 
Nominations for Elections and Appointments
 
Resolutions
 
Reports
 

Nominations are now open for eight positions that will be filled at the 2017 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in Cleburne, Texas, on November 10 and 11.

The Nominations Committee earnestly seeks participation from parishioners across the spectrum of our diocese.

Diocesan members are invited to read, pray, and discern if they know someone to nominate, or if they are called to offer themselves in nomination, for any of the elected positions described below. Nominations may be made by another person with the candidate’s permission or by the candidate on their own. The deadline for online nominations is Monday, September 11, 2017. Nominations are open for two months.

The Nominations Committee has a goal for at least two candidates per position. The committee encourages potential nominators/nominees to review the list of current elected members on the table below:

Current Elected Members

Positions to be Filled:

Members-at-Large of the Diocesan Executive Council – two lay and one clergy member. The Executive Council carries on the work of the Diocesan Convention during the rest of the year when the Convention is not in session. The canons passed in 2015 made changes affecting the Executive Council, including how its members are elected. Previously, all the members were elected by the deaneries. Now, one representative is elected from each deanery, and nine members are elected at-large by the convention. In 2016, the convention elected all nine at-large members at once and followed a process passed by the 2015 convention for staggering their term lengths. As a result, three of the members will be elected in 2017; members whose terms expire this year are Bob Gross, Barbara Evans-Chowning and Victor Mashburn.

The Standing Committee – one lay and one clergy member. The Standing Committee is the council of advice for the bishop or the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese if there is no bishop. Three priests and three lay persons serve for three years each (those elected in 2017 will complete their term in 2020) with one clergy and one lay member elected each year. No person may serve for more than two consecutive terms. The Standing Committee typically meets monthly. View the current members of the Standing Committee here. Members whose terms are expiring are Joel Walker and Amy Haynie (currently the president).

Trustee for the University of the South – one clergy person. Length of term is three years (October 2018-2020). Duties include attending trustee meeting in the fall at the University of the South at Sewanee, TN, which usually involves several weekdays, especially for a new trustee. There is an optional spring meeting. There may be some expenses related to this responsibility. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is one of the owning dioceses of the University of the South and thus is represented at the primary Trustee meeting. Continuing trustees are Suzanne Meyers and Jill McClendon (whose term will start in October). Andrew Wright’s term will expire in October 2018, just before next year’s Diocesan Convention, so we are electing for that position now, and the new trustee will start approximately a year from now.

Disciplinary Board – one clergy and one lay member. One clergy member and one lay member are to be elected for three-year terms (expiring 2020). The Disciplinary Board meets as needed when called by the bishop. View the current members here. Those whose terms are expiring are Becky Snell and Janet Nocher.

Requirements

Nominate Someone

Nominations are open through Monday, September 11; use the form below to nominate yourself or someone else. After September 11, nominations can still be made, but the process changes – see the description below in the next section.

Convention: Nomination Form
If you are nominating someone else, please ask them first whether or not they agree to be nominated and only put their name down if they agree.

Nominee's information

Please fill out as many as possible of the following questions about the nominee.
You can send a bio later by email if you prefer
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB
You can send a photo by email later if you prefer.

If you are nominating yourself...

Make sure you can agree to all the requirements for serving in the position. Requirements are listed below.
Membership in the Diocese entails the following: for laity - being an adult communicant in good standing of a parish within the Diocese of Ft. Worth for approximately one year; for clergy - being canonically resident in the Diocese of Ft. Worth)
Sending

Nominations after September 11, 2017

Any nominations after the closing date of Monday, September 11, 2017 may be made from the floor at diocesan convention. Nominations from the floor will follow all the requirements for candidates, including sufficient copies of the nominees’ picture and biographical information for all clergy and convention delegates, plus verification of qualifications. The requirements for nominations from the floor of convention are in Canon I.2.8.2.5 “Nominations from the Floor,” which can be found in the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.

Other Positions

In addition, the following individual positions are nominated by the bishop and confirmed by the convention.

  • Diocesan Secretary and Assistant to the Secretary
  • Diocesan Registrar
  • Diocesan Historiographer
  • Diocesan Treasurer and Assistant to the Treasurer
  • Diocesan Chancellor
  • Corporation Trustee
  • Episcopate endowment trustee

Groups which welcome new members each year, appointed by the bishop include:

  • Commission on Ministry
  • Finance Committee
  • Diocesan Schools Commission
  • Constitution and Canons Committee

If you would like to volunteer in these areas and potentially be available for a future nomination, please email the nominations committee at nominations.committee@edfw.org to let them know of your interest, in case the bishop needs recommendations.

For more information on nominations, please email nominations.committee@edfw.org.

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.

 

Author, speaker and entrepreneur Lisa Carol Pulliam will speak at a Women of All Saints’ event on Wed., June 21 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The event will begin with desserts for all at 6:30 p.m. in DeWolfe Hall, followed by Lisa’s presentation and a book signing for Toes in the Sand: My Journey from Domestic Engineer to Entrepreneur .

Lisa is the daughter of All Saints’ parishioners John and Carol Burnam, and 25 years ago, she was married to her husband Chris at All Saints’. Today, he is pastor of First Christian Church in Tyler. Lisa’s book, Toes in the Sand, shares the story of her unlikely romance with a soon-to-be-pastor, her life as the mother of four and her soul-searching quest for her own identity.

Pulliam’s presentation, “Running on Empty,” uses the Biblical story of Mary and Martha to deliver a message that applies for all seasons of life for women who carry many responsibilities.

For more information, contact Karla Uecker, 817-732-1424 or karla@asecfw.org.

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