Reduced Hotel Rate Available for Special Council

Hotel rooms at the OMNI San Antonio at the Colonnade have been blocked at a special rate starting at $110 per night on a space-available basis during the weekend of the Special Council, to be held on Saturday, October 25. The OMNI is only 8 miles from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, where the Special Council will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. The election of a Bishop Coadjutor is the only item on the agenda for the Special Council.

The OMNI San Antonio at the Colonnade is located at:
9821 Colonnade Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78230

To receive the reduced rate, rooms need to be reserved by September 24. For information on how to reserve a room, visit the Hotels page.

Update from the Standing Committee

The Standing Committee would like to share with you an update on the process adopted for electing a Bishop Coadjutor for our Diocese. To date (7.17.14), five persons have been submitted to be potential nominees.  As a reminder, names of potential nominees are being received until July 31. Names for potential nominees may be submitted by any 2014 Diocesan Council Delegate/Alternate or member of the clergy of West Texas. On this site, you can find the Diocesan Profile and other forms:

The Standing Committee encourages and seeks your nominations. We approach this process, not as a secular election with people “running for office,” but rather prayerfully seeking a slate of devoted servant leaders who offer their name to the Holy Spirit for consideration as our next bishop.

Thank you for your prayerful attention to this important time in the life of our Diocesan family. In your prayers for this election process, please remember that from a theological and spiritual perspective, potential nominees are simply being asked to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit in this election through the nomination and election process. Those persons who allow their names to be placed in potential nomination by the July 31 deadline have an important role in our collective discernment of what the Spirit is bringing forward for our Diocesan family.

Finally, the Standing Committee encourages you and your congregation to offer the following prayer daily, and especially each Sunday morning, between now and the election.

PRAYER FOR THE ELECTION OF A BISHOP COADJUTOR

Almighty God, giver of every good gift, you have given us a life-giving fellowship in the Diocese of West Texas. Rekindle our hearts with the love of Christ Jesus that we might continue to build upon the legacy left by those who have tended this Diocese and led with Godly courage. Look graciously upon us and upon your whole Church, and guide the minds of those who shall discern the one you are calling to be a bishop for our Diocese, that we may receive a faithful shepherd, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
The Standing Committee of West Texas

Diocesan Profile 2014

It is with great joy that the members of the Standing Committee share with you the Profile for our Diocese as we continue our discernment for the election of a new bishop in October.

We are requesting that each congregation’s clergy and lay leaders make known to their congregation how to locate this Profile on the Council website.  It can be viewed on the Diocesan Profile page and it is also linked as a PDF. Church offices can download and print copies as needed for members who are not able to access this via the web.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Standing Committee or Diocesan Staff at 888/210-824-5387 or general.mail@dwtx.org.

Thank you for your prayers and participation in this important process in the life of our Diocesan family.

Names of Potential Nominees

The diocesan Standing Committee is currently receiving names of potential nominees from canonically-resident clergy in the Diocese of West Texas and lay delegates and alternates elected to this year’s Diocesan Council. Names of potential nominees may be submitted through July 31. The formal announcement of the names of the potential nominees will be made in early September by the Standing Committee. The announcement will include the potential nominees’ answers to several questions sent by the Standing Committee. The announcement will be posted on this Council website – with a printable document to distribute within congregations – and in the September/October issue of The Church News.

Diocesan Profile Survey

To participate in the diocesan-wide survey to create a diocesan profile for the election of a bishop coadjutor, please visit the DWTX Profile page.

In Bishop Lillibridge’s address to Diocesan Council, he called for the election of a bishop coadjutor to be held in October. In preparation for the election of a bishop coadjutor, the Standing Committee has developed a process for creating a diocesan profile. The profile will speak of our history, our present day, and the hopes for our future. Your views are important in preparing this profile.

To this end, the Standing Committee has prepared a questionnaire which asks what is important to you in the selection of the next bishop. The survey link on the DWTX Profile page will take you to an electronic survey where you can voice your opinion. For those who are unable to complete it electronically, there is a PDF version you can print and complete. That paper version will also be available through your church office or clergy.

If your church chooses to forward the link to your congregation via email, please copy and paste the link as you see it on the DWTX Profile page. Thank you for your participation.

 

Stay Tuned this Year

Though the 110th annual Diocesan Council has officially come to a close, this Council website will remain up and running throughout 2014, delivering to you the latest news and information on the election of a bishop coadjutor on Saturday, October 25, at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas.

In the meantime, you can review the actions and events of Council by visiting the Council Live page. There are numerous written and audio reports, as well as videos by the Elisha Leadership Initiative interns, of Bishop Reed’s Council Eucharist sermon, Bishop Lillibridge’s Address, and the luncheon presentation given by the Rev. Becca Stevens.

Facilitated Conversations

On Saturday morning of Diocesan Council, February 22, clergy and delegates, as well as alternates and visitors, met in small groups for Facilitated Conversations led by members of the diocesan Reconciliation Committee.

Each group was led by a trained facilitator, and the goal of the conversations was to encourage and equip members of the diocesan family to engage one another on topics in which they may hold different theological positions, specifically on matters of human sexuality and the blessing of same-sex unions.

Using a framework that encouraged all to have a generous pastoral response to those with whom they disagree, the conversations were held through mutual listening and respectful discussion, outlined by questions provided by the Reconciliation Commission.

Last year (2013), in his address to Council, Bishop Lillibridge first invited congregational conversations on the matter of homosexuality, which followed upon the actions of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, held in July 2012, which authorized for provisional use a liturgy for same-sex blessings in dioceses that chose to do so. Those congregations who accepted the bishop’s invitation to these conversations have consistently reported that they proved to be a helpful discussion in which to participate.

In this year’s address to Council on Friday morning, Lillibridge once again invited congregations throughout the diocese to engage in a prayerful, careful, and intentional conversation about homosexuality and same-sex blessings.

Lillibridge said, “These facilitated conversations continue to represent the broad range of thought and hopes on this subject. They call us to seriously consider what the phrases ‘generous pastoral response’ and ‘honor the theological diversity of this Church’ look like in our life together.”

Following the table conversations at Council, the participants were invited to stand and give a one-word response to the exercise. During the time allotted, the one-word responses included:

enlightened, respect, okay, compassionate, gentle, tolerant, committed, love, cloudy, painful, family, holy, encouraged, sensitive, beginning, amor, vulnerable, heart-felt, blessed, lucky, grateful, difficult, acknowledged, faithful, timely, emotional, laughter, tolerance, embraced, wisdom, concerned, real, suicide, friendly, courageous, and accommodation.

Lillibridge extended his thanks to Council for their participation. The Rev. Lisa Mason, member of the Reconciliation Commission, closed the session with a prayer, thanking God for listening ears and listening hearts. She prayed for all to be bearers of mercy, and continue to be bearers of light, and love, and peace.

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