Posts by EDFW Web Admin

Posts by EDFW Web Admin

Pat High, rest in peace

Dear Friends in Christ, It is with deep sadness that we share news of Pat High’s death this morning.  She died at home at about 5:00 a.m. Please keep Bishop High and their children, Allison, Leslie and Rayford B., and their grandchildren in your prayers. Details about service arrangements and other plans for the celebration of Pat’s life will be forthcoming soon. We trust in God’s mercy at this tender time, knowing that Pat is resting in peace and rising…

Women of the Passion to be heard at St. Luke’s, Fort Worth

St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, invites the public to a worship service featuring Women of the Passion, A Journey to the Cross at 5 pm Sunday, March 15. Women from Scripture narrate the story of Christ’s Passion, and station by station, the congregation will accompany Jesus in the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross. Composer, musician, and singer Ana Hernandez will lead short musical reflections and responses at each station during the worship service. Readers will give voice to the women who tell…

Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Responds to the Heartbleed Bug

There has been much in the news recently about the discovery of an internet security issue known as “Heartbleed,” a serious vulnerability that affects almost every site, service, and application connected to the internet. A solution to the problem was created almost immediately by the people who discovered it, and the fix was released publicly along with the announcement of the problem. The diocesan communications team has analyzed diocesan internet activity and found there is no evidence of any data…

Bishop High to stay through 2015

At its April 7, 2014, meeting, the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth asked the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr. to stay on as provisional bishop through 2015, and he agreed. “We are all very happy about this,” said Elinor Normand, president of the Standing Committee. “We really appreciate how he is helping us to grow as a diocese and to stay focused on our mission and ministry.” Bishop High, retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal…

Heartbleed Bug – Answers, Information, and Advice from the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

You may have heard on the news or in other media about a recent internet-security vulnerability known as “Heartbleed.” The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth does not have the capability or the desire to become a tech-support provider or a primary source of internet-security information. However, we are taking several actions with our own applications in order to secure them against this vulnerability, and we feel it may be helpful to provide information about what we are doing and why,…

Episcopal Parties File Motion to Stay Mandate In Anticipation of Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

On March 25, 2014, the loyal Episcopalians of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth filed a motion requesting the Texas Supreme Court to stay its mandate in anticipation of an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. A copy of the motion is HERE: Emergency Motion to Recall and Stay Issuance of Mandate or to Stay Enforcement of Mandate A copy of the Episcopal Parties’ reply to the breakaway faction’s response is HERE: Reply in Support of Motion to Stay…

Registration for Steinke Workshop – June

Update: Registration has completed and the form is now offline.  Please complete all the fields below and then click the “Register” button ONE TIME ONLY. If your registration is successful, you will see further instructions regarding online payment at the bottom of the screen. If there are any problems with your registration, you will see an error message asking you to fix your entries. Please note that you can only register one person at a time with this form. REGISTRATION…

CANCELLED – Author Barbara Crafton coming to Trinity, Fort Worth

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to a sudden injury. Please keep the Rev. Crafton in your prayers. We have no information at this time about plans to reschedule this event, but will keep you informed as soon as there is anything to report. The Rev. Barbara Crafton, an Episcopal priest and acclaimed author and speaker, will visit Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive S, Fort Worth, on March 29 and 30. All sessions are open to the public…

Dr. Esther Mombo, lay Anglican theologian from Kenya, will speak Thursday, March 27

Dr. Esther Mombo, a lay Anglican theologian from Kenya, has been invited by Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University to be a guest professor for this term. She is a Henry R. Luce International Scholar and former deputy vice chancellor of academic affairs at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya. The invitation was the result of a professional connection Dr. Ed Waggoner and the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner made at Yale Divinity School, a relationship that deepened when they…

Executive Council holds first meeting after deanery reorganization

The Executive Council of the diocese had its first meeting since the reorganization of the deaneries. The meeting on Saturday, March 1, 2014, was hosted by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Theatre Arlington and held at Covenant Methodist Church in Arlington. At the January 25, 2014, meeting the Executive Council concurred with the revised deanery plan offered by the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., who said he made the revision in order to have a deanery structure “that is…

2014 Executive Council member list updated

The membership of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth changed slightly as a result of the revision of the deanery system, approved by Executive Council in January 2014. Here is the membership as of March 1, 2014. Note: *Members with voice but no vote **Members with neither voice nor vote President: Bishop, Rayford B. High, Jr. First Vice President: VACANT (Canons provide that the Bishop Coadjutor fill this office) Second Vice President: President of the Standing…

New Congregational Grant Requests process announced at Executive Council

At the March 1, 2014, meeting of the Executive Council, Finance Committee member Cherie Shipp reported on a new Congregational Grant Requests approval process “to support the growth in mission and ministry for new or restart of existing congregations. Financial assistance will be provided to supplement clergy compensation and benefits. The goal is to support growth of congregations in their mission and ministry and to help them to self-sufficiency in three years or less.” The process was put in place…

Stewardship network offers workshops, keynotes online

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is inviting congregations across the Untied States to join their 2014 Walking the Way conference via webcast June 6-7. Opening and closing worship, three keynote presentations, and four workshops will be live-streamed from the Atlanta-based conference, and subscribers may participate in real time or watch recorded webcasts at their convenience. The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, bishop of Atlanta, will offer the first plenary address on Friday afternoon, June 6, after opening worship. His address…

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Leaves Falls Church Property in The Episcopal Church

On March 10, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari filed by a breakaway faction from the historic Episcopal congregation of Falls Church, Virginia. The order makes final the April 18, 2013 decision of the Supreme Court of Virginia that the continuing Falls Church Episcopal, founded in 1732, and not the breakaway faction that left in 2006, retains the church property. This case joins the long line of cases in which the nation’s highest court has…

New administrative assistant joins diocesan staff

Michele L. King has joined the diocesan staff as administrative assistant. Her first day was Monday, March 3. King comes to the diocesan position from being parish administrator at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Keller. She has extensive church-related work, having the pastor’s secretary at Christ Lutheran Church in Hebron, Connecticut; executive assistant to the senior pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Colleyville, Texas; and office manager at Center Point Church in North Richland Hills. She has an…

Ashes to Go offered by several Episcopal parishes

St. Luke’s, Stephenville is teaming up with Methodist and Roman Catholic campus ministries to offer an ecumenical service and ashes at Tarleton State University. St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church, 4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, will offer Ashes to Go in English and in Spanish from 7:30 to 8:30 am at the intersection of Somerset and Meadowbrook for commuters and for parents dropping children off at Meadowbrook Elementary School and Meadowbrook Middle School. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 223 S.…