Posts from September 2019

Posts from September 2019

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the House of Bishops

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gave a 30-minute sermon at the opening Eucharist of the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis. He made several references to the political climate in the nation today, David Paulson of the Episcopal News Service wrote, “that he sought to infuse with Christian urgency rather than partisan fervor.” “I’m not being political. This is biblical,” Curry said. He invoked Isaiah’s command to “look to the rock” of God for spiritual stability, and, Paulson continued, “Curry downplayed…

Bishop visits reveal tradtional roots/modern outlook of parishes

Bishop Scott Mayer’s visitations in the last six months have been to three different parishes that reflect the variety and diversity of the worship experience and congregations in the diocese. St. Alban’s worships in Theatre Arlington, which makes it unusual right off the bat, and means the backdrop to its altar changes regularly — depending on the play being presented. Trinity worships in its historic building, which grounds it in tradition while creating a stable space for trying new things,…

Grants for leadership development in small towns, rural communities

If you are part of a congregation in a small town or rural community, this is an opportunity for you. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal Church related organizations and institutions are invited to apply. Applications due December 13, 2019. Offered annually, Roanridge Trust Grants are used for the “training of town and country ministry and rural Christian workers” of The Episcopal Church.  They support creative models of leadership development…

For children in Odessa

In the wake of the mass shooting in Odessa, people have been wanting to help, to do something in addition to praying. So here’s what you can do. Write letters or cards or make posters or other art work and send them to the children at St. John’s Episcopal School, 401 N County Rd W, Odessa, TX 79763. Here are the guidelines offered by The Rev. Ricardo Lopez, chaplain, after discussions with parents of the children: Don’t mention the mass…

Church musicians, clergy, and laity invited to conference on best practices

“Best Practices for Faithful 21st Century Worship and Music Leaders” will be October 10-11, 2019, at St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. This conference brings clergy, musicians, and laity to engage in a thoughtful discussion of the most important task of the church, the worship of God. It is sponsored by the Church Music Institute (CMI) of Dallas with the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc. Keynote speaker is Rev. Peter W. Marty, editor of The…

Convention: Deadlines looming for reports, resolutions, nominations

The 2019 Diocesan Convention is November 8 and 9 at the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, the same location as the 2018 convention. Registration opens September 2, with Early Bird rates in effect until October 1. Detailed information about diocesan convention Reports If you are the chair of a diocesan committee or commission or a group that receives money from the diocese, you have the responsibility to write a report to Diocesan Convention and send it to the secretary of…