News (Page 86)

News (Page 86)

Additions to Loan Closet

Last week I had the pleasure to meet Roy and Emily McAlpine at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Roy has been instrumental in getting many boxes of vestments and linens to the Diocesan Loan Closet from the Diocese of Connecticut, and we have been in contact for months by phone and e-mail. When we met he had with him wonderful items that Holy Trinity, Enfield Connecticut, had sent to the Diocese of Fort Worth. It was like Christmas! Many beautiful silver…

Diocese files response to motion to dismiss suit to recover property and assets of the Episcopal Church

Attorneys for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the Corporation of the Diocese of Fort Worth, and the Episcopal Church have filed a response to the motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction filed on May 8, 2009 by attorneys for former bishop Jack L. Iker and former members of the corporation’s board. The motion to dismiss was a response to the suit filed in the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas, on April 14, 2009, by the Episcopal…

Good News Abounds

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is pleased to announce several pieces of good news: Provisional Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr., is extending his time with the diocese until after the annual diocesan convention on Nov. 13-14, 2009. Richard Henderson, Fort Worth attorney, has been appointed assistant chancellor of the diocese. Growth in the diocese is causing some parishes to find larger quarters. Bishop Gulick also is the bishop of the Episcopal…

Bishop Gulick sends letters to clergy who left the Episcopal Church

The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr., provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, has sent letters to those 72 members of the clergy of the diocese who joined with former Bishop Jack Iker in choosing to leave the Episcopal Church and realign with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. Click to read the bishop’s letter here: Gulick-letter-to-clergy-who-left-Episcopal-Church-May-26-2009 Bishop Gulick wrote, “I want to begin by thanking you for your service as a priest or deacon in…

CareForTheTroops interfaith program offers support for returning troops and families

A thoughtful discussion among a group of Episcopalians has developed into a program for congregations, clergy and individuals to help military families and troops returning from war areas. CareForTheTroops is a not-for-profit interfaith effort designed to address the spiritual and psychological needs of military families while working with congregations to make them more welcoming and understanding of the issues they face. The comprehensive website, CareForTheTroops.org, provides tools, resources and links aimed to equip congregation to reach out and support the…

Integrity Fort Worth celebrates Bishop Gulick’s ministry

Board of Integrity treats our bishop to dinner On Thursday, May 28, the Board of Integrity Fort Worth celebrated Bishop Gulick’s ministry as Provisional Bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese by treating him to dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s Restaurant. During the dinner, Integrity expressed the need for the full inclusion of all people to be recognized in the church, despite one’s sexual orientation. Bishop Gulick sees all issues of inclusion related to our theology of Holy Baptism and made…

Commission on Ministry identifies ordination candidate characteristics

Bishop Ted Gulick met with the Commission on Ministry on Saturday, May 16. They discussed the characteristics they will be looking for in candidates for ordination. For deacons – Hospitality, Fearless, Discerning, Socially aware (networking/collaborative), Innovative, Articulate, Values the story of every person, Intelligent, Compassionate, Advocate/”Paraclete”, Equipper. For priests, they will look for candidates who are Healthy/Balanced, Compassionate, Courageous, Well Read and Educated, Articulate (Preacher), Spiritually Grounded, Humble, Critical Thinker/Reflective, Faithful Living, Story Teller, Intelligent, Generosity of Spirit-One Who Makes…

The First 100 Days of our Reorganized Diocese

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth reorganized on Feb. 7. As we near the first 100 days since then, it is a good time to review events. The diocese is healthy and growing. Since Bp. Gulick has been in office, fifty new Episcopalians have joined us, either through confirmation, reception or baptism. Fifteen of the new Episcopalians have come to the church in the displaced parishes—St. Stephen’s Hurst, Parker County Episcopalians, and St. Alban’s, Arlington. The rest came into the…

Diocese receives letter of support from the House of Bishops

Our diocese has received a letter written on behalf of the 126 bishops gathered at a House of Bishops meeting that took place in March. In it they send us their “deepest and heartfelt greetings” and share with us that “the bishops of the Episcopal Church stand shoulder to shoulder with” us. Read the April 24, 2009 letter of support from the House of Bishops.

Episcopal Church Women Reorganizational Meeting

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Reorganizing Committee continues its work. On Saturday May 9 the following women were appointed to serve until the election of officers by the ECW body: Susann Eller (Trinity, FW) interim Secretary, Lynne Minor (All Saints, FW) interim Treasurer, and Concha Jones (Trinity, FW) interim Historian. Watch for the United Thank Offering (UTO) ingathering for Father’s Day, June 21. Zonnie Back (Good Shepherd, Granbury) will coordinate this special ingathering from all the parishes and faith communities…

Revitalized & Renewed Diocesan Altar Guild Meeting

A meeting of the revitalized and renewed Diocesan Altar Guild of the Diocese of Fort Worth was held at Trinity on May 2nd. Forty four Altar Guild members, representing 10 of the 17 congregations in the Diocese, were present. At the meeting, a representative from each parish that was there gave a brief description of what had happened to them since last November when Bishop Iker left the Diocese of Fort Worth. Some reports brought tears of sadness at first,…

Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh- Judge allows chancellor’s role, Episcopal Church intervention in property dispute

[Episcopal News Service] April 17, 2009 [Diocese of Pittsburgh] A judge has ruled in favor of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh on several points in its legal dispute with former leaders over control of diocesan assets, according to a release posted on the diocesan website. In a hearing April 17, Judge Joseph James of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County allowed diocesan chancellor Andy Roman’s appearance as the attorney for the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church. The…

Statement from the Office of the Presiding Bishop concerning actions in Fort Worth on April 14, 2009

The Episcopal Church, with the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, filed in court today for a declaratory judgment as the rightful owners of all diocesan property, real and personal, including funds and endowments. We feel sorrow that the former diocesan leaders took such actions that led us to this time. However, this is a necessary step in order for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, comprised of Episcopalians of the…

Diocese of Fort Worth,Episcopal Church file suit to recover property and assets

On Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and the Episcopal Church filed suit in the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas in part to recover property and assets of the Episcopal Church. The defendants are former members of the corporation’s board and the former bishop of the diocese, all of whom have left the Episcopal Church. The petition seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, damages, an accounting, and attorney…

Pastoral statement concerning litigation from Bishop Ted Gulick

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The Episcopal  Diocese of Fort Worth, heir and steward of the legacy of generations of faithful Episcopalians, has this day brought suit to recover that legacy. We deeply regret that the decisions and actions of former diocesan leaders have brought us to this difficult moment. Even before 1850 when this area was part of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, faithful Episcopalians were preaching the saving gospel of Jesus Christ as part of the Episcopal Church…

Clergy of the diocese renew their ordination vows

On Monday April 6, the bishop, the priests and the deacons of the diocese renewed their ordination vows during a warmly intimate service attended by several lay people at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Bp. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr. will participate in this same service in the Diocese of Kentucky for the priests and the deacons there, on April 8 at Grace Church in Hopkinsville and on April 9 in Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville. Bishop Gulick…