Support medical help for leprosy patients in Hyderabad

The annual fundraiser for Hopewallah, a tax exempt charity organization helping the lepers of Hyderabad, India. is at 6 pm on Saturday, May 6 *, in the Parish Hall at St. Christopher, Fort Worth.

This popular event has raised thousands of dollars for this medical mission led by Dr. Andy and Latha Babbili, members of St. Christopher; Dr. Babbili travels to India every year to provide treatment to members of leper colonies around Hyderabad. The Bishop Prabhudass Memorial Leprosy fundraising event will include a catered Indian dinner and a gospel sing by the Babbili family. Bishop Prabhudass Babbili is Dr. Babbili’s father.

Please pray and help this charity project which delivers medical, dental, psycho-social care by supplying medications, clothing, foot wear, walking canes, walkers, and wheelchairs to the distraught, helpless individuals and families scattered in and around Hyderabad, India.

— Dr. Andy Babbili

Purchase a ticket or donate online.

Tickets are $20 each. Contact St. Christopher at 817-926-8277 or for more information about ticket purchases.

All the funds raised will benefit the lepers in and around Hyderabad, India.

About Leprosy in India

*Previously, the date was listed incorrectly as May 13. The correct date is May 6.

Training for Racial Justice and Reconciliation

At the 2015 General Convention in Salt Lake City, Resolution C019, entitled Work for Racial Justice and Reconciliation, affirmed “as a top priority of The Episcopal Church in the upcoming triennium the challenging and difficult work of racial reconciliation through prayer, teaching, engagement, and action.”

Read the General Convention resolution

Read our diocesan resolution in response

Time Commitment and Cost

The training is 13.5 hours, over two days:

  • Friday, May 12 – 2 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 13 – 9 am to 4 pm

This first training event is being offered at a significantly discounted rate. The cost is $65 per person for the entire event, including meals. Subsequent training events will be at a higher rate. Organizers encourage as many people as possible to attend, as the training has not previously been available in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Register Online


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Eric Law is “the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, the mission of which is to provide resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. For more than 25 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He is the author of 9 books including The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, and his latest, Holy Currency Exchange: 101 Stories, Songs, Actions and Visions of Missional and Sustainable Ministries.” He also is a playwright, photographer, and composer of church music. Many in the diocese met him at the 2016 Diocesan Convention where he presented a workshop.



Bill Cruse first worked with Eric Law as a participant in the Kaleidoscope Project in the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1997, then served as its project coordinator. Sine 2006 he as been an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) planning and co-facilitating workshops in the United States and Canada with seminaries, local congregations and regional judicatories of the Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, the Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference, as well as the KI ecumenical institutes. Bill is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® and an intercultural competency coach. He completed his Master of Divinity at Episcopal Divinity School, which included an exchange semester at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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Celebrating Sandi Michels’ 40th ordination anniversary

The congregation of St. Elisabeth’s and Christ the King invites everyone to join in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the Rev. Sandi Michels at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 25th, St. Marks Day. Following a celebration of the Eucharist, there will be a reception in the parish hall.

Michels was the first woman ordained in the state of Texas. She was ordained to the diaconate at St. Christopher’s in Fort Worth and to the priesthood at St. Clement’s in El Paso . During her ministry she served churches in El Paso, Las Cruces, NM, St. Louis and suburban Indianapolis. After retiring to Fort Worth, Michels accepted the position of priest in charge of St. Elisabeth in River Oaks. Three years ago she oversaw the joining of the Christ the King congregation with St. Elisabeth.


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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to visit diocese April 6-8, 2017

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, will visit the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Thursday, April 6, through Saturday, April 8. Bishop Curry calls himself the chief evangelist of The Episcopal Church, and he will bring that emphasis with him.

“I Love to Tell the Story” is the theme of the visit. It is taken from the hymn written as a poem by an English Anglican evangelist, Arabella Katherine Hankey, in 1866 and set to music by American William G. Fischer. The hymn is in the first person singular, making it a personal statement of faith, adding to its power. The hymn is in one of the Episcopal hymnals, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The refrain is probably the most familiar:

“I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.”

Bishop Curry will be accompanied by the Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry within The Episcopal Church.

Thursday, April 6: presiding bishop to visit Parker County, refugee ministries

Bishop Curry will tour Parker County and take a look from afar at the scale of Walsh, the new community being built on the site of the Walsh Ranch west of Fort Worth (it’s not open to the public yet). Parker County is the site of a new church plant being funded in part by a grant from The Episcopal Church. No specific location for the church plant has yet been selected. As part of the morning’s activities, Bishop Curry will bless the endeavor and formally commission the church planting team.

Following lunch in Weatherford, and some down time for the presiding bishop and his staff, Bishop Curry will visit Refugee Services of Texas in Fort Worth, where he will meet some refugee families being aided by Episcopal congregations, visit with RST staff, and meet the Episcopalians volunteering in an English as a Second Language program.

Read about the presiding bishop’s Thursday activities here.

Friday, April 7, daytime: “Learning to Love Telling My Story” gathering

On Friday, April 7, everyone is invited to  “Learning to Love Telling My Story” a gathering from 9 am to 4:30 pm at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. It will begin with Morning Prayer with bishops Curry and Scott Mayer. Following a break, Bishop Curry and Canon Hunn will take part in separate conversations with clergy and laity, with each man spending time with both groups.

After lunch, there will be a presentation from 1:30 to 2:30 pm by Ms. Kathy Culmer, a professional storyteller who will give pointers in how to tell one’s personal faith story with integrity and brevity. Culmer is the director of religious education at St. James, Houston. She is pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of South Florida. She is an author, storyteller, teacher, and retreat leader. Kathy has been a workshop presenter at the National Storytelling Conference, the National Christian Education Conference for the Episcopal Church, National Conference for the Episcopal Church Women, National Episcopal Youth Event, as well as part of a biblical storytelling mission trip to Gambia in West Africa.

Following her presentation, participants will take part in an experiential workshop from 3 to 4:30 pm that will give them opportunities to craft and share their stories. Ms. Culmer will lead one workshop and Mr. Bob Ray Sanders, veteran local journalist, will lead the other.

Registration is $20 for Friday’s activities and includes lunch. Registration for this event is now closed.

St. Christopher Episcopal Church
3550 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76133
Map to St. Christopher

Friday, April 7, evening: bishops’ kickoff dinner for New Life Fund

Join Bishop Curry, Bishop Mayer, and assisting bishops Rayford High and Sam Hulsey as our diocese kicks off the “New Life Fund: Growing in New Ways” campaign at a 6 pm dinner on Friday, April 7, at Colonial Country Club.

The New Life Fund: Growing in New Ways campaign will raise $200,000 over a two-year-period in matching funds for the $600,000 in grant money from The Episcopal Church. Learn more about the goals of this fund or make a contribution to this fund.

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Saturday, April 8: Holy Eucharist at University Christian Church

On Saturday, April 8, there will be a Eucharist at 11 am at University Christian Church. Bishop Curry will lead the worship service and preach.

The Rev. Kevin Johnson, chair of the diocesan worship commission, is coordinating the lay leaders and clergy who are serving in a wide range of roles for this event. Members of a diocesan choir, organized by David Lindsey, will lead us in song. Clergy are invited to vest and process in cassock, surplice and red stole.

The offering at Saturday’s Eucharist is designated for Refugee Services of Texas, and will be matched by funds from the Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation of Fort Worth.

Bishop Curry and Bishop Mayer will leave shortly after the service for a visit with the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas.

Complimentary Valet Parking

To make use of the valet parking, turn into the parking lot from University Dr., just south of McPherson Ave, and pull into the porte-cochère.


University Christian Church
2720 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Map to University Christian Church

UPDATES: this story was updated to include details of Friday, April 7 activities and Thursday, April 6 activities, and to add more detail about Saturday’s Eucharist. 

St. Stephen’s hosts “What I wish you knew about my faith” Saturday, April 1

This Saturday, April 1, from 9 am to noon, St. Stephen’s in Hurst is hosting an interfaith dialogue titled, “What I wish you knew about my faith.”

St. Stephen’s is located at 463 West Harwood Road in a shopping center at the corner of Hurstview and Harwood in Hurst. Another church in the same shopping center, Pathways Unitarian Universalist Church, is participating in the event also, along with the Islamic Association of Mid-Cities.

Each of the three congregations will speak about their faith tradition, followed by a question and answer period.

The event seeks to explore questions like “Are we more alike or different?” and the goal is: “Come in friendship. Leave in understanding”.

Please register by email for free (but limited) seating.

Coffee and snacks will be served at 9 am, and the program will begin at 9:30 am. A complimentary light lunch and a time of fellowship will follow the event at noon.


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Help refugee families learn English

If you would like to help refugees in the Fort Worth area practice their English skills, come to an introductory training this Thursday evening, March 22 at the diocesan offices from 6 to 8 pm.

A member of the Refugee Services of Texas organization will give some information on volunteering to help their clients in this way. Eleanor Brockman, a current teacher of English as a Second Language at Tarrant County College’s south campus, and the Rev. Jordan Haynie-Ware, a former ESL instructor with the Peace Corps, will provide tips and resources for how to support people in learning English.

You don’t need special skills – you already have the most important skill for this task if you speak English. Attend the training to see whether this type of volunteering is a good fit for you. If you’re unable to attend but are interested in this option, contact Deacon Tracie Middleton in the diocesan office.