All posts by Laura K McGrew

Way of Love Conversation: Turn

During Council 2019, participants are invited into seven conversations about each of the seven practices for a Jesus-centered life laid out by the Most Rev. Michael Curry. Contributors to the Fall/Winter 2018 Reflections Magazine that explored the Way of Love will introduce each Bible study conversation, either in person or via video.

Watch Daniel Morehead’s introduction below, and consider “what practices help you to turn again and again to Jesus Christ and the Way of Love?”

Way of Love Study: Dan Morehead on “Turn” from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Vimeo.


“Miracles Happening Everyday” – World Missions Report

Tatiana Hoecker, World Mission Program Coordinator, presents the report on the Department of World Missions in the Diocese of West Texas. Joining the diocesan staff this year, she coordinates and aids our World Mission team leaders to foster and grow their programs around the world to be self-sustaining and to create sustainable change in communities world-wide. She reminds us that World Mission is “focused on SUSTAINABILITY in all of our programs and partnerships. We never work FOR the people we serve, we work WITH them.”

She also introduced Patricia Perea, development consultant for World Mission. Tatiana explains that “[Patricia] is communicating and working with priests and parishes to involve them in World Mission projects. When you get a call from her, make sure to pick it up! She wants to make sure you have access to all the resources you need to be a part of World Mission.”

Congregational Development Presents Basecamp Resources

On behalf of the Congregational Development Department, Haley Bankey offers a brief description and tutorial of the community building and file sharing program called Basecamp. She invites anyone with questions about this resource to visit the booth at Council, or contact the department at

“Why Camp is Important Today” – Camps and Conferences Report

Director of Camps and Conferences, Rob Watson, shares the importance and impact of our diocesan camping programs, referencing recent data about campers born after 1996, known as “Generation Z”, and sharing stories and statistics from 2018.

Each year, the diocesan camping ministry provides experiences in the outdoors, grounded in the Christian faith and Episcopalian tradition, where children, youth, and adults work, play, and grow together as they develop a community of trust, openness, and sharing. Together campers, counselors, clergy, and staff explore what it means to walk together in the way of love.

At a recent gathering of Episcopal camp directors, the Most Rev. Michael Curry gave the keynote address and spoke powerfully about the need for camp experiences in today’s world.

  • For information about upcoming camp programming for children, youth, adults, and families, visit
  • For information about contributing the Camps Scholarship Fund, click here.
  • For information about participating in the Waves of Growth and Promise campaign at Mustang Island Conference Center, and ongoing projects at Camp Capers and Duncan Park, email Rob Watson.

Welcome to the Rio Grande Valley – Stories from Texas

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Introduced by the Rev. Rod Clark, W.F. Strong is a Texologist, a professor, and a radio personality with a podcast and regular programming on NPR.

He shared stories from his childhood, as well as a dictionary of Texas terminology that lay a foundation of hometown pride and a sense of shared identity as Texans. He told stories connected to familiar Texan phrases, like “Bob Wire” (barbed wire), “Chester Drawers” (chest of drawers), and “Orale!” (used for many things, including “I agree with you,” “Come on!”, “Yes,” “Hurry up”, and “That’s amazing”) the gathered assembly laughed uproariously, and nodded enthusiastically at familiar terms and shared experiences.

The spirit of joy and camaraderie filling the room resonates with the diocesan theme, from the book of Ephesians. It is good to gather together; it is good to tell stories; it is good to “walk together in love as Christ loved us.” (Ephesians 5:2).

Welcome to New Clergy, Seminarians, and Diocesan Staff

The Rt. Rev. David Reed welcomes clergy who have joined the Diocese of West Texas in the past year.

  • The Rev. Ernest Buchanan, Vicar, St. James’, Hebbronville
  • The Rev. William Campbell, Curate, Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi
  • The Rev. Irv Cutter, Rector, St Luke’s, San Antonio
  • The Rev. Andrew Green, Curate, Holy Spirit, San Antonio
  • The Rev. Justin Lindstrom, Associate Rector, Christ Church, San Antonio
  • The Rev. Tom Luck, Vicar, Ascension, Montell
  • The Rev. Cynthia McKenna, Associate Rector, All Saints’, Corpus Christi
  • The Rev Judith Rhodes, Associate Rector, Reconciliation, San Antonio
  • The Rev. Joyce Wilkinson, Vicar, Good Shepherd, George West
  • The Rev. Josh Woods, Assistant Rector, St. David’s, San Antonio

2017-05-19 01.37.23Bishop Reed also extends a greeting to  our seminarians Kendra McDonald, studying at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, and Peter Thaddeus, studying at the Seminary of Southwest in Austin, TX.

He also introduces to several new diocesan staff members.

  • The Rev. Mike Besson, Archdeacon
  • Tatiana Hoecker, World Mission Program Coordinator
  • Emily Kittrell, Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Caroline Mowen, Canon for Administration and Ministry Support
  • Laura McGrew, Communications Manager
  • Lisa Wray, Camp Caper’s Office Manager

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop David Reed Introduce 2019 Diocesan Theme

The Rt. Rev. David Reed introduces our theme, saying “‘Walk in love as Christ loved us’ is our Council theme, as well as the Bible verse (from Ephesians) that will illumine and shape our mission and ministries in 2019. Throughout Council we will connect this passage to our Presiding Bishop’s call to the whole Church to engage, or re-engage, with “The Way of Love,” seven spiritual habits to strengthen our discipleship and help us do the work of the Kingdom of God.”

He explains several activities that will take place during Council 2019, including Way of Love themed bingo and conversations buttons, and then shared a video greeting from the Most Rev. Michael Curry to our diocese.

Greetings from the Most Rev. Michael Curry to the Diocese of West Texas from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Vimeo.

  • To access the diocesan Way of Love resources, click here.
  • To view resources from Presiding Bishop Curry, click here.
  • To join the Way of Love conversation on the diocesan Basecamp portal, click here.