Governance (Page 3)

Governance (Page 3)

Nominations committee invites nominees for open positions to be filled at 2015 Diocesan Convention

Nominations are now open for five positions that will be filled at the 2015 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 13 and 14. 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…

General Convention chooses the next Presiding Bishop Saturday

Tomorrow – Saturday, June 27 – the House of Bishops will meet in a closed session at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Salt Lake City, Utah to elect the next Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church; the House of Deputies then has the decision whether to concur. Follow details on the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth deputation’s blog, on social media under the hashtags #DioFW and #GC78, or through the General Convention Media Hub. There are four nominees: The Rt. Rev. Thomas…

Committee receiving input on Canons rewrite process

People around the diocese have begun submitting comments in the process of revising the diocesan canons, both through an online survey and by email to the Constitution and Canons committee. “I am pleased we are receiving comments and input from so many in the diocese. This is what our Constitution and Canons Committee wants: your input.” – The Rt. Rev. Rayford High The comment period on this first draft will be open through July 17. This first comment period – and the second…

Committee seeks comments on proposed canons

The 2012 Diocesan Convention directed the Committee on Constitution and Canons to undertake a multi-year project designed to analyze and overhaul the Constitution and Canons for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. The committee reviewed governing documents and practices from other dioceses and gathered ideas and recommendations from individuals and groups across the diocese. Based on this information, the committee presented and the 2014 Diocesan Convention approved an amended and restated constitution and several amended canons. Since then, the committee…

Scott Mayer elected provisional bishop

The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas,  was elected provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth at a special meeting of Convention on May 16 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. Delegates also voted to accept the resignation of the Rt. Rev. Rayford B.High,Jr., effective June 30.  A luncheon followed the election and installation, with food provided by All Saints’, Fort Worth; Trinity, Fort Worth; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller; and St. Alban’s,…

The Man in the White Hat

Diocesan Communication Director Katie Sherrod created a video tribute to the Rt. Rev. Rayford High, featuring his signature Stetson cowboy hat(s). “Every child knows the good guys wear white hats.” The video was shown Saturday, May 16, during the luncheon following the special meeting of convention to elect High’s successor, the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer, who will become the 4th Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, beginning on July 1, 2015. This video is also published on the Episcopal…

Attend May 16 Special Meeting of Convention

Updated on Thursday, May 14 – online registration is now closed. The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High. Jr., has called a Special Meeting of Convention for 10am Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Trinity Episcopal Church,  3401 Bellaire Drive So., Ft. Worth, TX 76109 to elect the next provisional bishop. The Standing Committee of the diocese has nominated the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas. Under the proposed arrangement, Mayer will continue as bishop of…
photo of Bishop Mayer

Standing Committee announces nominee for Provisional Bishop

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, a group of elected clergy and lay leaders, announced on April 10, 2015, that the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas, is the nominee for the next provisional bishop of Fort Worth. The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., provisional bishop of Fort Worth, has called a special meeting of the convention at which the diocese’s clergy and lay representatives will vote on…

Bishop calls a Special Meeting of Convention – May 16, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, In accordance with Article 4 of the Constitution of the Diocese of Fort Worth, I am calling a Special Meeting of Convention for the purpose of electing a Provisional Bishop. I have set the date for May 16, Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth.  I have notified the Presiding Bishop’s office of my intention. This notification of the Special Convention falls within the 30 day time frame as specified in Article 4.…

Standing Committee in search process

In November, at the 2014 Diocesan Convention, the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., announced that he would be stepping down as the diocese’s provisional bishop at its 2015 Diocesan Convention. In February, the Standing Committee issued a letter saying that it had determined, in consultation with Bishop High, that the interests of the diocese would be best served by electing a long-term provisional bishop to continue the work of reimagining The Episcopal Church in this area, a process that…

Bishop to hold town hall meetings with all deaneries

Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr., has begun holding a series of town hall meetings with the deaneries of the diocese. All of these meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Bishop High is particularly interested in “how each deanery can be more active in ministry and outreach and how the diocese can support and strengthen them.” He will be seeking input from attendees and answering questions. The first town hall was Wednesday, February 4, with the Northern Deanery…

Executive Council meets for first time in 2015

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth met on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hurst. Among other business, the council heard about the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High’s plans for town hall meetings in each deanery, heard updates on the Funding for the Future campaign and proposed revisions to the diocesan canons, acted on revisions to the 2014 and 2015 budgets, and organized into committees.   See more photos of the meeting in the diocesan Flickr…

Executive Council committees organize for 2015

Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr. announced members of the four committees of Executive Council at the January 31 meeting of council. (This list was updated 3/19/2015) Read a report of the meeting here. Congregational Development Committee This committee serves as the Executive Council’s link with programs and services for the missionary work in the diocese and development of congregations, which may include: church plants; overseeing missions and assisting congregations moving from mission to parish status; and leadership development and stewardship…

The Rev. Curt Norman elected president of Standing Committee

The Rev. Curt Norman, rector of St. Luke’s, Stephenville, was elected president of the Standing Committee at a brief meeting on the second day of the 32nd Diocesan Convention on November 15, 2014, at the Jack Daniels Club at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The meeting was called by outgoing president Ms. Elinor Normand of Trinity, Fort Worth. Newly elected members are  Mr. Joel Walker, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller; and the Rev. Amy Haynie, priest in charge, the Episcopal Church of…

President of Standing Committee seeks more nominees for open positions

A letter from the president of the Standing Committee about nominations: We are coming to the end of the nominating process for the open positions that will be filled at Diocesan Convention November 8-9 in Wichita Falls. The Nominations Committee informs me that five lay and two clergy nominations have been received for deputy to General Convention. It is heartening to see that so many are interested in representing the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth at the 78th General Convention…