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Exploring Doctrine of Discovery through lens of baptism

Columbus Day, celebrated on October 12 or the second Monday of October, became a federal holiday in 1937. It commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. For an increasing number of Americans, it is a day to learn more about the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine of Discovery first appeared in 1455 as a papal bull giving Portugal permission to invade and colonize West Africa. After Columbus’ voyage to the Caribbean, a similar papal bull was…

We need your info as well as your money

Have you registered for 2019 Diocesan Convention November 8 and 9? You can do so here until midnight on Wednesday, November 6. After that, you will have to register at the door. Please note: Just paying for registration isn’t enough. While we appreciate your payment, it’s you we care about the most. We need your information, so you have to register in addition to paying. This is because we need to know if you are a lay delegate and from…

Stroll through the English countryside at organ concert

All are invited to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, for a themed organ recital at 7:30 pm Friday, October 11, 2019. Clive Driskill-Smith, Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints‘, will take listeners on “A Stroll Through the English Countryside” featuring English organ music through the ages. A reception for everyone will follow the recital in the parish hall. For more information, please contact Karla Uecker, karla@asecfw.org.

Daughters of the King Diocesan Assembly October 26

The Fort Worth Diocesan Assembly of the Daughters of the King will be from 9 am to noon on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 3550 SW Loop 820 South, Fort Worth, 76133. The guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Samira Izadi Page. She was born in Shiraz, Iran, and now lives in Dallas.  She is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Dallas, and founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace. Gateway of Grace’s mission…

Good Shepherd celebrates its new space

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, standing bathed in the light of a westering sun before the front doors, Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr. said, “Let the doors be opened.”  And with that, the celebration of the new space of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Granbury began. The bishop then marked the threshold with a cross using the end of his crozier and said, “Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here. In the name…

Blessings of the animals offered across diocese

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment. His Feast Day is October 4. Because Francis expressed his devotion to God through his love for all of God’s creation, the custom of offering blessings of animals around or on his Feast Day grew up. Beginning on Thursday, October 3, clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth will be offering blessings of animals in a variety of settings including church lawns and porches, park pavilions, and parking…

Nominees for election at 2019 Diocesan Convention

The Nominations Committee, chaired by the Rev. Christopher Rodgers, has announced the nominees for election to various offices at the 2019 Diocesan Convention. Go here for more information on Diocesan Convention. Download a PDF of all nominees bios and photos Nominees

Godly Play orientation/training offered

Godly Play orientation and training will be offered from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 4530 Acton Highway, Granbury, 76049. The cost is $25 per participant and lunch will be provided. Participants are requested to bring copies of The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volumes 2-4. The training will be led by the Rev. Dr. Suzi Robertson, an international trainer in Godly Play. To register call 832-723-3129 or…

Early Bird registration for diocesan convention ends October 1

Diocesan Convention is November 8 and 9 in Decatur. Early Bird rates are $50 for one day, $75 for two days and will be available until midnight, October 1. After October 1, registration is $65 for one day, $90 for two days. Registration includes afternoon snacks and dinner with wine on Friday; continential breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack on Saturday. Register and find more detailed information about convention.  

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the House of Bishops

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gave a 30-minute sermon at the opening Eucharist of the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis. He made several references to the political climate in the nation today, David Paulson of the Episcopal News Service wrote, “that he sought to infuse with Christian urgency rather than partisan fervor.” “I’m not being political. This is biblical,” Curry said. He invoked Isaiah’s command to “look to the rock” of God for spiritual stability, and, Paulson continued, “Curry downplayed…

Bishop visits reveal tradtional roots/modern outlook of parishes

Bishop Scott Mayer’s visitations in the last six months have been to three different parishes that reflect the variety and diversity of the worship experience and congregations in the diocese. St. Alban’s worships in Theatre Arlington, which makes it unusual right off the bat, and means the backdrop to its altar changes regularly — depending on the play being presented. Trinity worships in its historic building, which grounds it in tradition while creating a stable space for trying new things,…

Grants for leadership development in small towns, rural communities

If you are part of a congregation in a small town or rural community, this is an opportunity for you. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal Church related organizations and institutions are invited to apply. Applications due December 13, 2019. Offered annually, Roanridge Trust Grants are used for the “training of town and country ministry and rural Christian workers” of The Episcopal Church.  They support creative models of leadership development…

For children in Odessa

In the wake of the mass shooting in Odessa, people have been wanting to help, to do something in addition to praying. So here’s what you can do. Write letters or cards or make posters or other art work and send them to the children at St. John’s Episcopal School, 401 N County Rd W, Odessa, TX 79763. Here are the guidelines offered by The Rev. Ricardo Lopez, chaplain, after discussions with parents of the children: Don’t mention the mass…

Church musicians, clergy, and laity invited to conference on best practices

“Best Practices for Faithful 21st Century Worship and Music Leaders” will be October 10-11, 2019, at St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. This conference brings clergy, musicians, and laity to engage in a thoughtful discussion of the most important task of the church, the worship of God. It is sponsored by the Church Music Institute (CMI) of Dallas with the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc. Keynote speaker is Rev. Peter W. Marty, editor of The…

Convention: Deadlines looming for reports, resolutions, nominations

The 2019 Diocesan Convention is November 8 and 9 at the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, the same location as the 2018 convention. Registration opens September 2, with Early Bird rates in effect until October 1. Detailed information about diocesan convention Reports If you are the chair of a diocesan committee or commission or a group that receives money from the diocese, you have the responsibility to write a report to Diocesan Convention and send it to the secretary of…

Bishop Mayer statement in wake of Odessa mass shooting

Bishop Scott Mayer has issued this statement in the wake of the mass shooting in Odessa. ——————- And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34). The first words of Odessa Medical Center Hospital CEO Russell Tippin at the news briefing in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Odessa that left five dead and 21 wounded were about love. He asked everyone in the sound…