Posts by Katie Sherrod

Posts by Katie Sherrod

Nominations open for 2020 Convention

Nominations are now open for eight positions that will be filled at the 2020 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, which will be held via Zoom on Saturday, November 14. When you submit the nomination form, you will get an email telling you the form has been received and instructing you on how to submit your head shot photo and bio. Nominations Form NOMINATIONS AFTER SEPTEMBER 10 Any nominations after the closing date of September 11, 2020 may be…

Diocesan worship to offer communion every fourth Sunday

The diocesan online worship services will offer communion on the fourth Sunday of the month for the remainder of the year, on September 27, October 25,  and November 22. (The December Eucharist will be available for the 24th/25th.  Details on December services will follow at a later date.)  Communion in this manner will likely continue into 2021. The other three Sundays of the month will continue to be Ante Communion (The Liturgy of the Word) services as they have been.…

4Saints is part of North Texas Giving Day, September 17

4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is part of North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 17, 2020. Early giving began September 1, so you can donate right now. Give to 4Saints here. North Texas Giving Day, a project of Communities Foundation of Texas, is an 18-hour online giving event designed to “empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.” 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is a ministry of…

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney named Outstanding Mentor by Society of Biblical Literature

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, is one of the first recipients of the Outstanding Mentor Award of the Society of Biblical Literature and its Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP). The announcement said, “The SBL and its Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) are delighted to announce the 2020 recipients of SBL’s Outstanding Mentor Award—Drs. Wil Gafney and Fernando Segovia. CUREMP launched…

Bishop Sam B. Hulsey – February 14, 1932 – August 6, 2020

The Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey, former bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas and assisting bishop in the Diocese of Fort Worth, died on August 6, 2020, on the Feast of the Transfiguration, his favorite feast day. He died at Selby Hill, his beloved family homestead in Parker County. He was 88 years old. A memorial service will be held when it is safer to gather. Memorials are suggested to: Communities in Schools, 5601 Bridge St #501, Fort Worth,…

Rest in peace, Tom Keithly and George Luck

Two priests who served in the Diocese of Fort Worth recently died. The Rev. Thomas G. Keithly of Dallas died of Covid 19.  The Rev. Canon George E. Luck, also of Dallas, died “surrounded by the love of his wife, Diana, and three children,” according to a Facebook post by his daughter, the Rev. Mary Luck Stanley. Virginia C. Wilder, executive assistant to Bishop George R. Sumner of Dallas, sent word on July 23 that, “Father Tom Keithly, a retired…

Sylvia and Tim Stevens’ generous gift to bolster mission and outreach

Sylvia and Tim Stevens, members of St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, have made a generous gift of $240,000 in honor of the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., provisional bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth from November 2012 to May, 2015. This gift establishes the Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr., Endowment for Administrative Support for the Mission and Outreach Program, the proceeds from which will be used to bolster the mission and outreach efforts of the diocese. In…

Lay Leader Richard Chowning died July 10, 2020

Long time lay leader Richard Chowning died Friday, July 10, 2020, at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. His wife, Barbara Evans Chowning, was at his side. Chowning was a faithful member of All Saints’ Fort Worth, the Diocese of Fort Worth, and The Episcopal Church. Long before the split in 2008, he made common cause with other Episcopalians who took seriously the threat of the current bishop to “take the diocese out of the church.” Chowning worked hard to keep…

Five women to be ordained in June

This month, four women will be ordained to the priesthood and one to the diaconate by Bishop Scott Mayer. On Thursday, June 11, Paula Jefferson will be ordained to the diaconate at 1 pm, and Lainie Allen will be ordained to the priesthood at 3 pm, both at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. Worship leaflets for the June 11 ordinations can be downloaded here. The text of the sermon for Paula Jefferson’s ordination can be downloaded here. The…

Embodying Truth on the Road to Racial Reconciliation

This article is by Corrie Cabes, recent graduate of the Seminary of the Southwest. She will be ordained a priest Monday, June 29, at All Saints’, Fort Worth. ——————- When we are younger, we learn that telling the truth is important. It matters at home, at school, and with our friends. We become a person of trust when we tell the truth. But what do we do when the truth is ugly? Or it makes us uncomfortable? What if telling…

Honor the rage

This is the statement Bishop Scott Mayer issued in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests, all occuring in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. ————————— “I can’t breathe.” In 2014, these anguished words were the last words of Eric Garner. In 2020, they were among the last words of George Floyd. These words and names became hashtags, digital memorials that use the power of names to encapsulate and evoke the rage and horror of…

Pentecost 2020

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is offering a worship service for the Day of Pentecost at 10 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Bishop Scott Mayer is preaching. The Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, is the officient. The Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, is the gospeller. Readers are Eleanor Forfang Brockman of St. Luke’s, and Dave Burrows of St. Alban’s. The organist is Tony Kroll of St Luke’s and the singer is…

Standing in solidarity

Bishop Scott Mayer has shared a letter from the Rev. Celia Ellery, rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in San Angelo. The letter is especially meaningful in that Ellery and her congregation understand very clearly what the situation is here. In 2006, a questionable majority of the members of Good Shepherd voted to leave The Episcopal Church to affiliate with the Diocese of Uganda, Africa; however, they refused the order of Bishop C. Wallis Ohl, then the bishop of Northwest…

The presiding bishop and president of the House of Deputies stand with us

Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, have sent assurances of their affection, support and prayers. Michael Curry’s letter Curry wrote: Dear Bishop Mayer, Clergy and People of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, I recall with great fondness the time not so long ago when I was blessed to make a pastoral visitation with you. We worshipped God together, visited several of your ministries, had opportunity for conversation and fellowship.…

Episcopalians regret Texas Supreme Court decision

This is the statement issued by Bishop Mayer and other leaders of the diocese in the wake of of the May 22, 2020, decision of the Supreme Court of Texas. ——————————— The Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, provisional bishop of Fort Worth; the Standing Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth are saddened by the May 22, 2020, decision of the Texas Supreme Court that failed to uphold the opinion of the…