“Greetings from Honduras” – The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, Bishop of Honduras

The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, Bishop of Honduras, addresses Council about ongoing and new mission partnerships between our dioceses. Consecrated on October 20, 2011, Bishop Allen is the first Honduran born Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. During his tenure, the Honduran Episcopal Church has undergone major changes and growth. Upon taking office, heContinue reading ““Greetings from Honduras” – The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, Bishop of Honduras”

“Forging Connections” – Christian Formation Committee Report

Sarah Kates, Chair, delivers the report of the Committee on Christian Formation. Kates discusses the results from a survey that was distributed in the Fall to better understand what members and staff feel is their greatest asset and greatest struggles in regards to Christian Formation, where respondents indicated “small groups, bible study, and youth group”Continue reading ““Forging Connections” – Christian Formation Committee Report”

“Serving Our Military” – Military Ministry Report

Dexter Lesieur, Bishop’s Warden at St. Matthew’s, Devine and enrolled in the IONA program, presents on the diocesan Military Ministry. He shares about the cooling scarves sewing project, the Thanksgiving lunch hosted at the diocesan offices, and the results of Council in Action’s partnership with ProjectMEND. Connect with the diocesan Military Ministry group on Facebook,Continue reading ““Serving Our Military” – Military Ministry Report”

“Congregations On Fire for the Lord” – Suffragan Bishop’s Address

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, makes her annual address to Diocesan Council 2019. In her address, Bishop Brooke-Davidson discusses ongoing Congregational Development partnerships and resources by telling “a tale of two cities:” Grace, Llano and St. Matthew’s, Edinburg; inviting clergy to attend preaching retreats; and givingContinue reading ““Congregations On Fire for the Lord” – Suffragan Bishop’s Address”

Way of Love Conversation: Go

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. Claire Campbell addressesContinue reading “Way of Love Conversation: Go”

“Sharing Life and Friendship on Campus” – Vital University Missions Report

Greg Richards, Director of College Missions, presents about what’s happening on college campuses in our diocese and around the country. He shares about the growing presence of Vital University Missions in the Rio Grande Valley and explores the joy of sharing Jesus Christ and the Episcopal Church with college students. He says that, In CollegeContinue reading ““Sharing Life and Friendship on Campus” – Vital University Missions Report”

“Community, Leadership Development, and Formation for Youth” – Bishop’s Happening Movement Report

Emily Kittrell, incoming Board Chair for the Bishop’s Happening Movement, joined by student leader Maddie Callier, report on the vitality for the student-led spiritual renewal weekend geared for tenth through twelfth grade high school students. The diocese sponsors three Happening weekends each year – March, August, and November – in different host churches throughout theContinue reading ““Community, Leadership Development, and Formation for Youth” – Bishop’s Happening Movement Report”

Diocesan Council 2019 – Day Three

Bienvenido a Council 2019! Here’s a preview of what’s in store for us today, Saturday, February 23. 8:00 a.m. Exhibits Open 8:45 a.m. Youth in Action Praise Band plays gathering music;┬ácome sing with us! 9:00 a.m. Council reconvenes Daily Devotion with Youth Bishop’s Happening Movement Vital University Missions Commissioning of Youth in Action participants WayContinue reading “Diocesan Council 2019 – Day Three”

“Opportunity for the Diocesan Family” – The Douglass Foundation Scholarship Committee

The Rev. Stephen Carson shares with Council about the work of The Douglass Foundation Scholarship Program. Established to support the fields of education, entrepreneurship, science and the arts in the Diocese of West Texas, the foundation has awarded $650,800 to 39 recipients since 2000. This scholarship is for those seeking advanced degrees in the fieldsContinue reading ““Opportunity for the Diocesan Family” – The Douglass Foundation Scholarship Committee”