Learning (Page 3)

Learning (Page 3)

There are numerous opportunities for deepening your faith through study and learning offered by each congregation.

Check out the Scripture page, or learn more about prayer.

Would you like to dig more deeply into the Bible, church history, and theology? Check out the Education for Ministry course.

Look into resources for teachers if you’re leading others – or designing study for yourself.

St. Stephen’s, Hurst offers Little Free Library to community

St. Stephen’s in Hurst has installed a Little Free Library. Small boxes of books like this one are part of a world-wide network to promote literacy. They can be found in public places and in front of homes. The network is monitored and publicized by LittleFreeLibrary.org. The idea is to share good things to read. The collection of donated books belongs to everybody. Any passerby is welcome to take a book. It can be returned to any Little Free Library or…

Transform your congregation’s newcomer ministry

How congregations Invite, welcome, and connect people are vital steps for building healthy, vibrant and growing churches. Several thousand clergy and lay leaders from across the country have attended the dynamic “Invite-Welcome-Connect” training offered by Mary Parmer, a laywoman in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Congregations that have put its principles into practice have seen sustained and measurable results, as well as new energy and spirit in the congregation. Read more about Parmer and her ministry. Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort…

St. Luke’s, Stephenville to host EfM Mentor Training

This first Education for Ministry (EfM) Mentor Training in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is scheduled for September 11 – 13 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville. Sixteen trainees have registered from the dioceses of West Texas, Dallas, Northwest Texas, and Fort Worth. Some are experienced mentors returning to established seminar groups, and others hope to start new EfM seminar groups in their congregations. The trainers are sent from around the country by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.…

“God’s Geeks” help bridge the digital divide

Trinity Episcopal Church recently held another “God’s Geeks” session to educate parishioners about online communications and help them master their digital devices. Folks who need a helping hand may contact the church to set up one-on-one appointments during dedicated “Geek” sessions. During these times, church volunteers are on-hand to troubleshoot and guide digital novices. Some volunteers are well-versed in Apple products; others specialize in PC or Android platforms. As users become more comfortable with their smartphones, tablets and laptops, volunteers…

Sacred music and worship workshop

The Church Music Institute and Brite Divinity School will present How Shall We Lead Worship?, a sacred music and worship workshop June 26 & 27, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, 800 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76102. This is a workshop for clergy, musicians and lay persons. This once-a-year opportunity offers the best sources of inspiration, wisdom, information, and resources for a music and worship ministry. Presenters will include: Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, Senior Pastor, Brown Memorial Park…
logo and chalkboard image for St. Martin's Episcopal School fundraiser

St. Martin’s Episcopal School Annual Fundraiser

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church and School invites you to its annual fundraiser for St. Martin’s Episcopal School from 6 to 9 pm Saturday, May 16, in St. Martin’s education building at 223 South Pearson Lane, Keller, Texas.  You’ll enjoy a night of fun, food, and fellowship with dinner, cocktail hour (cash bar), online silent auction, live auction, raffles, and announcement of silent auction winners! This fundraiser will benefit a new outside learning center, expansion of St. Martin’s Episcopal School to…

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney’s Inaugural Address

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School and an Episcopal priest, gave her Inaugural Address on Tuesday, April 14, in the Robert Carr Chapel on the campus of Texas Christian University. Watch a video of her 22-minute address.

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney inaugural lecture at Brite April 14

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, will give her inaugural lecture at 11 am, Tuesday, April 14, in the Robert Carr Chapel on the campus of Texas Christian University. Her lecture, “Poesis: A Womanist Hermeneutic of Biblical Translation – Who Says These Are God’s Words,” will be followed by a luncheon in the Bass Conference Center. The lecture is open to the public. Dr. Gafney has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College,…

Register for Leadership Inspiration & Training Day

Sign up today to attend the 2015 Leadership Inspiration and Training Day on Saturday, March 21, where you’ll enjoy training sessions on money, communications & technology, and growth.  What’s different about this day is that you bring the topics you need help with – the real-life challenges you wrestle with in your ministry – and we’ll work on them together. Complete all the fields below and click “Register” once. If your information is complete, and you didn’t miss any fields, a message in…

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…

Sewanee, Brite, VTS, and Union part of Seminaries that Change the World

The School of Theology, University of the South at Sewanee; Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA have been selected as four of “26 Seminaries that Change the World” by The Center for Faith and Service based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. According to the news release, “Seminaries that Change the World (STCTW) is a program of Faith3 (Faith Active in the Head, Heart, Hand).…

Technology workgroups offer hands-on help

When a group from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington requested help learning to do more with their website, an idea was born: hands-on technology workgroups. Members of St. Alban’s who are involved with the church’s communications formats – WordPress website, Facebook, and the e-newsletter – invited diocesan communications staff to come work with them on Tuesday, February 10, with a follow-up session Wednesday, February 11. Six members of St. Alban’s arrived at Theatre Arlington, tech devices in hand, ready to work. Peter Polk…

Abundant Living conference offered for seniors and caregivers

Are you over 60? Feel like 60? Care for someone over 60? Then this conference is for you. Seniors, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to attend the Province VII Older Adult Ministries’ 2015 Abundant Living conference “A Time for Transition” for three days of exploring aging as a spiritual journey. The conference is Monday, March 16, through Wednesday, March18, at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX. Check-in begins on Monday at 10 am, with the event ending at 1 pm on…

Cursillo offers opportunity for spiritual growth, renewal – UPDATED

UPDATE: this post has been updated to indicate that the cost to attend weekend has been waived. It’s free, a gift from the Cursillo community.  Would you like to meet more of your Episcopal church family around the diocese? How about a “Christianity 101” class to get a good overview (or refresher) of the principles our faith is based on? Maybe you’ve tired yourself out running in circles and need a little bit of focused time to re-calibrate and find direction. You might find it helpful to…

Episcopalian joins other scholars to review Texas textbooks

In early 2014 David Brockman, Ph.D,  parishioner at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, was asked by the nonprofit watchdog group Texas Freedom Network (TFN) to join ten other scholars in an independent review of the social studies textbooks up for adoption by the State of Texas. The Network was “troubled by the exclusion of credentialed scholars from the official textbook review panels and my job was to evaluate the coverage of religions in world geography and world history textbooks,” Brockman…

Growing in Faith Together – Video from workshop

The next Growing in Faith Together workshops will be June 20 and 21, also at Trinity Lutheran Church. Attendance at the first set of workshops is not a prerequisite. Registration for the June workshops will be available soon on the diocesan website.