The 30th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth will be November 2-3, 2012, in the Student Center at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. The Southern Deanery is the host.
The convention is open to anyone who is interested, in addition to the clergy and lay delegates. As was the case last year, delegates and visitors will be seated in the same area. All legislative business, worship and other activities will take place in the same large room.
This convention will mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the diocese by General Convention. The 30th anniversary gemstone is the pearl, the only gem made by a living creature. The pearl emerges perfect from the oyster, unlike other precious stones, which have to be cut and polished before their beauty is revealed. The theme will be taken from Matthew 13:45-46:
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.” 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
Registration will begin in the fall. People registering for convention will have an opportunity to download and print a parking pass to allow parking near the Student Center. The Student Center is completely accessible.
Stephenville is a community of slightly less than 20,000 in Erath County, 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth (about a two-hour drive). Tarleton State University has 10,000 students in the Texas A&M University system, excelling in, among other things, business, agriculture, fine arts, education, and computer science. St. Luke’s, Stephenville, is directly across the street from the University on its eastern edge. The Rev. Curt Norman is rector.
People who are interested in being exhibitors should contact Norm Snyder at GCE.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on accommodations is being finalized.