Save the date for Council 2020 : February 20 – 22, 2020 in Corpus Christi! Our hosts will be All Saints’, Corpus Christi and Trinity by the Sea, Port Aransas.
The Rev. James Derkits says, “The coast is where we get reconnected with God, as many of you know. And we who live down there have seen more than a few miracles in the past few years, in our resurrection process. So we’re happy to share our gratitude by inviting you, our Episcopal family, to come and see. We hope it will be a time of tending to our church business of course, witnessing beauty, and walking further into the Kingdom of God together.”
“Remember what you saw and what you heard. Take it home with you. Take home the buttons, take all of the buttons, and then explain them to people and engage in conversations with them. And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, in offering and sacrifice to God.”
Martha Steves and Tommy Funk speak about the work of the Executive Board – Budget Priorities Ad Hoc Committee. They share the ongoing work of the committee, and emphasize the spiritual aspect of their work, quoting Matthew 6:19-21. She explains that they have been going through the budget with the goal of “discerning if the ‘treasure’ of our dioceses is also where our hearts are.”
Each year at Diocesan Council, lay and clergy members are elected for three-year terms to various boards and committees, as mandated in our diocesan Constitution and Canons. Read below for the names of those elected in 2019, and descriptions of their responsibilities while serving on diocesan Executive Board and Standing Committee, as well as on the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Church Corp in West Texas, TMI Episcopal, and Sewanee: the University of the South.
The Executive Board functions similarly to a parish vestry, with responsibilities that include preparing the diocesan budget and submitting it to Council for approval, appointing committees, and serving as liaisons to the various diocesan departments and commissions.
Elected clergy: the Rev. James Derkits and the Rev. Rod Clark
Elected clergy to fill one-year, unexpired term: the Rev. Jeff Hammond
Elected laity: Meredith Rogers, Rosine Carter, Sharon Flores, and John Warren
Elected lay-person to fill one-year unexpired term: Blaine Bennett
The Standing Committee serves as a council of advice to the diocesan bishop, and among its responsibilities are granting consents to the election of bishops throughout the Episcopal Church, as well as interviewing seminarians and recommending to the bishop whether or not they be made candidates for ordination. The Standing Committee is composed of six persons, three clergy and three lay.
Elected clergy: the Rev. Beth Knowlton
Elected lay-person: Lory Zimmerman
The Episcopal Church Corporation in West Texas holds title to the permanent funds and other property belonging to the diocese, has authority to receive bequests and donations, and may sell or mortgage property to which it holds title. The Trustees work with the Bishop on designating certain restricted funds as they are needed in ministry.
Elected clergy: the Rev. Don Lee
Elected lay-person: Robert Morehead
Diocesan elected members to the TMI Episcopal Board of Trustees are responsible for communicating the needs of the school with the diocese and gathering resources in support of TMI Episcopal at the direction of its Board of Governors.
Elected clergy or laity: the Rev. Jay George and the Rev. Mike Woods
Elected clergy or lay-person to fill one-year unexpired term: Kendra Lopez
Trustees elected by the Diocese of West Texas to Sewanee: The University of the South Board of Trustees attend its annual meeting, promote church support and student enrollment, and report to the diocese on the condition and progress of the University.
Elected clergy: the Rev. Ram Lopez
No vacant lay terms
Record of Election from the 2019 Council of the Diocese of West Texas, final as of February 22, 2019.
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.
Julie Raymond Chalk addresses Council and invites conversation about the practice of resting. She encourages us to prioritize moments of rest in all aspects of our life. Listen to the full discussion above, read her article, Just Accept It, in Reflections, and ask yourself, “What practices restore your body, mind, and soul?”
The 2019 Bishop’s Address Committee seeks to reflect the bishop’s love for our diocese, his leadership, courage and vision and to turn those reflections into prayers for the people.
The committee, named below, encourage you to listen to the audio, and pray with and for our diocese. Carry these prayers home with you to your home congregations and use them as your own prayers of the people.
Liz Manning, Chair; Rev. Ram Lopez; Rev. Jan Dantone; Andy Knight; Vanessa Smith; Rev. Stephen Carson; Rev. Daniel Strandlund; Rev. Jeff Hammond
Ted Burkhart presents 2018 report from the Episcopal Church Foundation in West Texas. He explains, “The Foundation in West Texas does exist for the purpose of investing the funds for the diocese – our churches, schools, and institutions. The story for 2018 was a pretty amazing story, that started off a little rocky for the first nine months of the year, then ended in smooth sailing.”
Dustin Barrows, currently enrolled in the IONA Collaborative, shares about the fellowship of this bi-vocational, ministry education program. He thanks the diocese for the prayers, encouragement, and support on behalf of the cohort and leaders.