Category Archives: Council 2017

Report of Military Ministry

The Rev. Karen Brandon, along with Chaplain Susan Douglas, and Dexter Lesieur, delivered an update on the diocesan Military Ministry efforts, which began after a ministry to active duty military, veterans, and their families was set forth as a new diocesan initiative by Bishop Reed at last year’s Diocesan Council.

Though the field is vast and the needs are great, the co-chairs of this effort are seeking military ministry contact names from each church, and the initiative has excellent resources to provide for beginning and maintaining a military ministry.

Listen to the full report here:

Trinity by the Sea, Port Aransas, becomes a parish

trinity-portaTrinity by the Sea, Port Aransas, marched onto the floor of Council in joyous celebration accompanied by ukuleles and a beautifully painted surfboard, as the 113th Diocesan Council resolved the church to parish status. Watch the celebration below and see pictures here.

Trinity by the Sea, Port Aransas becomes a parish at Diocesan Council from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Vimeo.


Young Adult Leadership Formation

The Rev. Ram Lopez (St. George, San Antonio) and Lisa Earl (St. Peter’s, Kerrville) are co-chairs of the Young Adult Leadership Formation initiative, one of the initiatives set forth by Bishop Reed last year. In their report to Council on Friday, February 24, Lopez and Earl reminded the diocese that young adults are very interested in church community and in becoming invested in those communities, but the church needs to meet them where they are.

Listen to their full report here:

Council Eucharist Sermon, Bishop Lillibridge

Bishop Gary Lillibridge delivered the sermon during the 113th Diocesan Council Eucharist service on Thursday, February 23. After plenty of jokes and laughter, he focused on the diocesan theme: “Behold, I make all things new,” and he encouraged all to offer themselves for the sake of others and to become God’s partner in making things new.

“Behold! The risen Christ is a seeking Christ. He’s on the loose, and he’s looking for some folks to give him a hand. Be one. As you wake each morning, begin with a simple prayer – ‘Here am I, send me,'” Lillibridge said.

Bishop Lillibridge’s Council Eucharist Sermon from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Vimeo.