Welcome in with a loud celebration and a standing ovation, members of Grace Church, San Antonio, walked around the floor of Diocesan Council and made their way to the front, as they were welcomed as the newest parish in the Diocese of West Texas. What began in the Rev. Jay and Jamie George’s living room in 2009 – a dream of a new kind of Episcopal church with their family of 5 – grew to 20 people, to 40, and continued to grow. Grace Church, which became a mission of the diocese in 2011, now has over 220 members and an average Sunday attendance of 97. Over 85 percent of its members are under that age of 55. “You planted this church, with your prayers and support, and we are most grateful. Thank you, thank you,” said Jay George.
Caroline Mowen (St. Luke’s, San Antonio) and John Warren (Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi), co-chairs of the Special Task Force on the Diocesan Budget, presented Diocesan Council with Resolution 2, with a discussion that you can listen to below:
An initial version of proposed Resolution 2-2018 Examination of Local Option Line 1a and Line 1b was presented by the Budget Task Force at the PreCouncil meetings in each of the convocations (you may view the original version here). Following the PreCouncil meetings, the members of the Budget Task Force and a group of delegates worked to expand and clarify the original resolution. Specifically, the authors and editors wished:
To anchor the resolution in our diocesan core value of reconciliation;
To expand the resolution’s focus from only disagreement to also include agreement;
To re-frame the resolution to be a positive statement about building relationships and mutual understanding within the Diocese and between the Diocese and the larger Church;
To more closely follow and respond to the Whereas statements of the original resolution; and
Trinity 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.
The Pre-Council page has been updated to include items distributed in the delegate packets including Nominations, Resolutions, Proposed Statement on Anglican Covenant, Council in Action poster and information, Council Live poster plus Mrs. Barrington visits Council flyer. For your reading pleasure the Anglican Communion Covenant, Commentary on Section IV, and Supplemental information from Council 2010 are also available.