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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…

Bishop Mayer letter to the diocese in wake of Supreme Court decision

This is the letter Bishop Scott Mayer wrote in the wake of the Supreme Court of Texas decision issued on May 22, 2020. ————————– Dear beloveds, On May 22, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court’s decision went against us. This decision is a disappointment to us all, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we live in hope. Read the decision Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry  joins me in acknowledging our disappointment and urging all of us to be gentle with one…

Tracie Middleton assumes presidency of deacon association

The Rev. Tracie Middleton, deacon serving at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, has assumed the role of president of the Association of Episcopal Deacons (AED) in the wake of the resignation of the Rev. Douglas Argue. Argue has resigned as president to focus solely on his critical work with the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio during this Covid 19 crisis. Middleton, who was serving as vice president of AED, will continue her ministry at Trinity. In resigning the…

A Pentecost invitation

We need your help! The Day of Pentecost is May 31. Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church (BCP, p. 15). The liturgical color for the feast is red. It marks the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), shortly after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, so Pentecost is a day to celebrate the gift of the Spirit. Some understand Pentecost to be the origin and sending…

Scam alert! Phishing/whaling scammers trying again. Here’s how to fight back

So you open your email and there’s a note from the bishop addressing you by name, and then saying: Hi,how are you doing? I need a favor from you, email me as soon as you get this message. Except – it’s not from the bishop. It’s a scam. And it’s targeting our church folks by sending emails that appear to be from the bishop or another clergy person or lay leader. Often it looks like it’s from the rector asking…

Bishop Mayer extends suspension of in-person worship through May.

Bishop Scott Mayer has extended the suspension of in-person worship through May.  Meanwhile, the bishop, clergy, and lay leaders are exploring a phased approach to resuming in-person worship. Because the goal is to keep worshipers as safe as possible during this health crisis, this approach will be based on the best available scientific and medical advice. In the meantime, the medical community urges us to continue to love our neighbors and ourselves by sheltering in place, maintaining physical distancing, frequent…

Diocese offering online worship services

This page contains information about online worship services, the link for downloading worship leaflets, and links to sermons preached at the diocesan online services as well as several other sermons offered by clergy in other online services. Updated July 5, with information about the ordinations of Maddie Hill and Corrie Cabes to the priesthood, June 29, 2020. Services will be broadcast Tuesday, July 7, Hill at 6:30 pm and Cabes at 7:30 pm. The Church is not closed. Some of…

The Rev. Johnson Shannon, 7/30/1948 – 4/20/2020

  The Rev. Marvin Boyd (Johnson) Shannon, Jr.  died on April 20, 2020, at Cityview Nursing Home in Fort Worth. He is preceded in death by his parents, his older sisters, Martha Angelique (and her husband Edward Hannigan) and Don (and her husband George Morgan). He is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Mary Ellen, his son Marvin Boyd III (Nicole), his daughter Mary Kathryn (David Wampach), his three grandchildren, Peyton Riley, Patrick Lucas, and William Ross, as…

Celebrate Earth Day from home

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020. This is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. One could say we are celebrating Earth Day already, as we love our neighbors by sheltering in place, trying to flatten the curve of a virus that has impacted the entire planet. But there are other, more fun ways to mark the day. The Fort  Worth Museum of Science and History is inviting everyone to “tune in from 10 AM – 2 PM on April…

Bored? Start coloring

UPDATE: We asked folks to send us photos of what they have colored. The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles did so, saying, “We are coloring more than ever in our house – thanks mostly to the free weekly downloads from Illustrates Ministry.  Here is our Easter poster hanging for the neighbors to see and a prayer we are using a lot these days.” As we all do our part to love our neighbors by sheltering in place, we may find ourselves…