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Becoming Beloved Community grant application process opens

The Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation has made available funds to catalyze the church’s work of racial healing, reconciliation and justice. “The funds have been allocated by General Convention in order to build capacity and increase Episcopal engagement in four primary fields: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation, and repairing the breach in institutions and society,” according to the Episcopal Church website.…

St. Christopher Daughters of the King host rosary workshop

The Daughters of the King of St. Christopher Episcopal Church invite all to join them for a rosary workshop guided by Nick Buskin on Saturday, August 24, from 9 am-12 pm with a rosary service to follow. Brunch will be served. Busken will guide participants through making an Anglican rosary. He will supply the materials and tools. Each participant will make a rosary to take home. Read more about rosaries. For more information and reservations, contact Donna Clopton,  817-771-5814.

Does a recent change in gun laws affect churches? Yes, and no.

Lawmakers passed many laws related to guns in the last legislative session, but only one,  Senate Bill 535, directly mentioned or affects churches. Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed it into law. While it removes places of worship from the list of sites where carrying weapons is prohibited, it does not restrict the rights of churches to prohibit licensed Texans from carrying on their premises. A church that chooses may still post signs to prohibit weapons on their premises. This is…

Are you called to a leadership role in the diocese?

NOTE: UPDATED with corrected information on Trustee for Sewanee, University of the South. Convention will elect a lay member, not a clergy member. ———— The 2019 Diocesan Convention will be November 8 and 9 at the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur. Convention delegates will be voting to fill several important leadership roles in the diocese. Please spend some time in prayer and discernment about whether you are called to such a role. If so, please nominate yourself. If you nominate…

Whaling email scammers hitting churches hard. Here’s how to fight back

So you open your email one day and there’s a note from the rector asking you to please help her out by buying gift cards and sending her the serial numbers so she can assist a family in need. Except – it’s not from your rector. It’s a scam. And it’s targeting church folks by sending emails that appear to be from a church leader.  This is called “phising,” or, when it goes after a higher ranking person, “whaling”. What…

An invitation to participate in Healing Day National Bell Ringing

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Bishop James B. Magness invite Episcopal churches to take part in a national action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET, 2 pm CDT. Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message here. “The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to commemorate and…

Clergy and lay leaders invited to advocacy intensive at border

Texas Impact, part of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, is inviting clergy and lay leaders to a special edition of their popular “Courts & Ports” program. It is a special opportunity for Texas religious leaders to dive deep into immigration and border policy. The event will feature expanded policy presentations and message training, specifically designed to prepare clergy and religious leaders, ordained and lay, to talk to policymakers and media, and also to prepare them to preach to…

The Very Rev. Ron Pogue to be interim rector at St. Martin’s, Keller

Senior Warden Keen Haynes and the vestry of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, have announced that they have called the Very Reverend Ronald D. Pogue to be the interim rector. The former rector, The Rev. Scot McComas, left to accept a call to the Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale, AZ. “We invite you to meet Father Pogue and his wife, Gay on Sunday, September 1, 2019. He will celebrate and preach at each of our services the following weekend, September 7-8,…

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney honored by Union of Black Episcopalians

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, was awarded the Anna Julia Haywood Cooper Honor Award on July 25, 2019, from the Union of Black Episcopalians for her scholarship at the organization’s recent meeting in Los Angeles. Gafney is the author of  Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne.  She is the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the…

4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry looking for new director

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that meets a real need while being personally fulfilling, 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is looking for a new director. The position is as a volunteer with this busy food pantry serving East Fort Worth every week on Fridays with plans to add another day of distribution weekly. The position requires estimated 15 to 20 hours weekly. Applicants should have a strong personality with a loving heart able to join the team of coordinators…

Lunch, dessert and bingo!

Everyone is welcome to the Salad Luncheon and Bingo Fun-Raiser on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. And no, that’s not a typo — it’s a fun-raiser to help raise funds to fix a drainage issue that’s causing recurring flooding. People are welcome to join in worship at 10 am. Lunch with hearty salads, dessert, and drinks is at 11:15, with bingo starting at 11:45. There will be ten games of bingo, with prizes.…

Taize music and meditation at St. Christopher July 28

St. Christopher, Fort Worth,  will have a Taize service of music and meditation at 6 pm Sunday, July 28. “By sending the Holy Spirit, and through his presence in the church, the Son, in unity with the Father, actualizes the power of his passion and resurrection in every Christian. The promise of the triune God, engraved in our hearts by baptism, assures us, in our journey through life, and the faithful presence of Christ until the end of time.”  –…

Join the Lights for Liberty vigil Friday night July 12 in Arlington

The congregation of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington is inviting everyone to join them for a silent vigil in support of the many people, especially children, who are legally trying to enter this country but who are being kept in confinement in detention centers. People will meet near the DREAM sculpture at the southwest corner of the intersection of Abram and Pecan streets in Arlington at 8:00 pm on Friday, July 12, 2019. The vigil will last less than 30 minutes.…

Texas bishops’ statement decrying conditions at border detention camps

July 8, 2019 To our state and national leaders, We are bishops of the six Episcopal dioceses in Texas. All but 700 miles of the almost 2,000 miles of the US-Mexico border are in Texas. All of Texas feels the impact of anything that happens on our southern border. We feel it through our families, many of whom have ancient deep roots in lands south of the United States. We feel it in our economy, as Mexico is Texas’ biggest…

All Texas bishops decry conditions in border detention centers

Bishops in all six Episcopal dioceses in the state of Texas have joined in issuing a statement calling on state and national leaders to swiftly address the inhumane conditions in the detention centers at the border. Read the statement in Spanish. Listen to an interview with Bishop Scott Mayer. The bishops’ statement To our state and national leaders, We are bishops of the six Episcopal dioceses in Texas. All but 700 miles of the almost 2,000 miles of the US-Mexico…