News (Page 86)

News (Page 86)

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…

Bishop Gulick gets a Texas Crosier

“Encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourish us from the riches of God’s grace, pray for us without ceasing, and celebrate with us the sacrament of our redemption.” ~Adapted from the service for Ordination of Bishop A bishop is called to be the shepherd of God’s flock and in Western Christianity a crosier [also spelled crozier] or a shepherd’s crook is an ancient symbol of a bishop’s office and authority. Bishops use their crosiers when…

Brite Divinity School at TCU will add Episcopal Studies Program in fall 2009

Brite Divinity School has announced the establishment of an Episcopal Studies Program rooted in classical Anglican tradition. The Episcopal Studies Program will begin on Aug. 24 with the opening of the fall 2009 semester. The Rev. Fred Barber, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, has been named part-time acting director of the new program, which will allow candidates for the Episcopal priesthood to complete the Master of Divinity in preparation for ordination without leaving North Texas. The program has the enthusiastic…

Statement Regarding March 24 El Paso County Colorado District Court Ruling on Breakaway Congregation

The Bishop and Diocese of Colorado, and the more than 500 members of Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church rejoice today that the members of the Episcopal parish will be returning to their church home as a result of a decision issued by District Court Judge Larry Schwartz. In that ruling, Judge Schwartz found that the historic property is held in trust for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and ordered the breakaway congregation that wrongfully took possession…