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“With the Eyes of our Hearts Enlightened” – the Bishop’s Address

Click here to download a written transcript of the 2020 Bishop’s Address.

The Rt. Rev. David Reed addresses the 116th Annual Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, inviting the assembly to “Consider this Council [as giving] us the optimal lenses through which we can see more clearly—see one another, see the world, see God, see the way Jesus would have us go. Word and sacrament, music and art, friendship and work, the Church gathered and sent—all are gifts by which we might see the Lord of life come among us.  Consider the life of your church—your worship, ministries, prayer, outreach, community life. All frame your vision, allowing you to see with eyes and heart lit up by the light of Christ.”

Bishop Reed welcomed the gathered clergy, delegates, and visitors as well as visiting bishops and special guests. He reflected on the events of the past year within the Diocese, the missions and ministries of our congregations, and shared a hopeful, convicting vision for the year, and years, to come.

In the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been born anew to a living hope. There is a promised new heart for us, the promise echoing back to Ezekiel when God says, “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of you the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh, and I will put my spirit within you.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27) And this new heart, this new life, brings with it eyes to see, and ears to hear, and hearts to love. “With the eyes of our hearts enlightened” by the power of his resurrection, Jesus invites us to get up and follow, walking in love, keeping our eyes open—not just for the obvious beauty and goodness that surrounds us on every side, if we’ll only slow down enough to notice—but also looking more deeply for the beauty and goodness of God’s amazing grace and saving movement, even in the least likely places, in the least likely people, and even in us.

Bishop Reed concluded his address, inviting everyone present to pray together from Psalm 36.

“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
And your faithfulness to the clouds.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
Your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
You give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the well of life,*
And in your light we see light.”

Use the audio player below to listen to Bishop Reed’s 2020 Address or view the video recording at the top of the post.
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The Rev. Becca Stevens’ Sermon from Council Eucharist

The Rev. Becca Stevens, Chaplain of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel at Vanderbilt University and the president of Thistle Farms, preached during Council Eucharist at the invitation of Bishop Reed. She shared, “To really see, to gain some insight, to take in what is around us, to be brave enough, all of us, to consider some things again, as a Church, as a community, as the leaders, as people. And this whole Lent, this beautiful whole Lenten season that we’re getting ready to embark on, is a season about what it means to have this insight.”

Completion of Election – Council 2020

The following individuals have been elected to serve as leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, by its 116th Annual Council.

Executive Board

Clergy – the Rev. David Read and the Rev. Alex Holloway
Lay – Betty Mosty, Jody Guerra, Libby Templeton, and Hal Dantone

Standing Committee

Clergy – the Rev. Chris Caddell
Lay – Richard Mosty

Church Corporation Trustees

Clergy – the Rev. Jason Roberts
Lay – Carter Huber

TMI Trustees

The Rev. Bert Baetz
Meredith Borrego
The Rev. William Campbell, serving a 1 year, unexpired term

University of the South Trustees

Abby Cole

General Convention Deputies and Provincial Synod Delegates

Clergy – the Rev. Chris Caddell, the Rev. Ripp Hardaway, the Rev. Carrie Guerra, and the Rev. David Read
Lay – Jennifer Wickham, Curt Mowen, Kelley Kimble, and Mary Hayden Manning

General Convention Alternate Deputies and Provincial Synod Alternates

Clergy – the Rev. Ram Lopez, the Rev. James Derkits, the Rev. Ben Nelson, the Rev. Jim Friedel
Lay – Allie Melancon, Meredith Rogers, Suzanna Frey Green, Wheless Baker

You’re Invited to the College for Congregational Development!

The Rev. Canon Alissa Newton, Canon for Congregational Development in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, brings greetings and encouragement from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, and invites all clergy and lay leaders to attend the inaugural West Texas College for Congregational Development in September 2020.

Visit dwtx.org/ccd for more information about the College for Congregational Development and registration.

Executive Board Ad-Hoc Committee Reports

Ad-Hoc Budget Priorities Committee Final Report, shared by Tommy Funk

Use the audio player below to listen to the final report of the Ad-Hoc Budget Priorities Committee.

Ad-Hoc Apportionment and Shared Ministry Committee Report, shared by the Rev. Ram Lopez and Richard Mosty

Use the audio player below to listen to the Ad-Hoc Apportionment and Shared Ministry Committee Report, presented by the Rev. Ram Lopez and Richard Mosty.

Click here to RSVP for the upcoming convocational meetings to discuss the apportionment process of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, in March and April 2020.

Nominations by the Bishop

Committees and Commissions, Confirmed by Council 2020

Use the audio player below to listen to Committee and Commission nominations by the Rt. Rev. David Reed, confirmed by Council 2020.

Commission on MinistryThe Rev. James Friedel, ChairSt. Peter’s, Rockport
The Rev. Mike Besson,, Ex-OfficioDWTX
The Rev. Chris CaddellHoly Spirit, Dripping Springs
The Rev. Dr. Patrick GahanChrist Church, San Antonio
The Rev. Elizabeth KnowltonSt. Mark’s, San Antonio
Canon Caroline MowenDWTX
Mr. Ron TriboSt. Helena’s, Boerne
   
Compensation CommitteeMr. Ron Tribo, ChairSt. Helena’s, Boerne
The Rev. James Friedel, Ex-OfficioSt. Peter’s, Rockport
Canon Caroline Mowen, Ex-OfficioDWTX
Mrs. Susan Hardaway, Ex-OfficioDWTX
Ms. Melissa Soderberg, Ex-OfficioDWTX
Mr. Ted Burkhart, TreasurerSt. Luke’s, San Antonio
Mr. Terry BickertonSt. Helena’s, Boerne
Mr. William HoffmanSt. David’s, San Antonio
Ms. Andrea KnightResurrection, San Antonio
The Rev. Patricia RigginsSt. Francis, San Antonio
Continuing EducationCanon Caroline Mowen, ChairDWTX
The Rev. Mike Besson, Ex-OfficioDWTX
The Rev. James Friedel, Ex-OfficioSt. Peter’s, Rockport
Ms. Mikel BrightmanSt. David’s, San Antonio
The Rev. Stephen CarsonSt. Francis, Victoria
The Rev. Nancy CoonRetired
The Rev. Don LeeRetired
The Rev. Dr. Mike MarshSt. Philip’s, Uvalde
The Rev. Dr. Jane PattersonSt. Benedict’s Workshop, San Antonio
Discernment CommitteeThe Rev. Chris Caddell, ChairHoly Spirit, Dripping Springs
The Rev. James Friedel, Ex-OfficioSt. Peter’s, Rockport
Ms. Wheless BakerSt. John’s, Sonora
Mrs. Patricia BrookeSt. David’s, San Antonio
The Rev. Nancy CoonRetired
Mr. James DennisSt. Mark’s, San Antonio
Mrs. Mary Katherine DuffySt. Alban’s, Harlingen
Mrs. Suzanna Frey GreenSt. Luke’s, San Antonio
The Rev. John InserraSt. Alban’s, Harlingen
Dr. Elizbeth ManningHoly Spirit, Dripping Springs
The Rev. Dr. Michael MarshSt. Philip’s, Uvalde
The Rev. Dr. Jane PattersonSt. Benedict’s Workshop, San Antonio
Mr. Don StephensonHoly Spirit, Dripping Springs
The Rev. Tom TurnerAdvent, Alice
Mrs. Jennifer WickhamAll Saints’, Corpus Christi
The Rev. Matt WiseSt. Mark’s, San Antonio
Examining ChaplainsThe Rev. Dr. Patrick Gahan, DeanChrist Church, San Antonio
The Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton, Co-ChairSt. Mark’s, San Antonio
The Rt. Rev. David Reed, Ex-OfficioDWTX
The Rev. James Friedel, Ex-OfficioSt. Peter’s, Rockport
The Rev. John BaddersRetired
The Rev. Nate BostianTMI
The Rev. David ChalkSt. Francis, Canyon Lake
The Rev. Nancy CoonRetired
The Rev. Paul FreyChrist Church, Laredo
Dr. Clark HendleySt. John’s, New Braunfels
The Rev. Alexandra HollowaySt.  Andrew’s, Seguin
The Rev. Brad LandrySt. Paul’s, San Antonio
The Rev. Dr. Mike MarshSt. Philip’s, Uvalde
The Rev. Philip MayGood Shepherd, Corpus Christi
The Rev. Jason RobertsHoly Spirit, San Antonio
The Rev. Daniel StrandlundSt. Elizabeth, Buda
The Rev. Tom TurnerAdvent, Alice
The Rev. Tim VellomSt. Matthew’s, Universal City
Good Samaritan Community ServicesMr. Matthew GishSt. Mark’s, San Antonio
Appoint for 3 yearsMs. Julie HardawaySt. David’s, San Antonio
Ms. Elizabeth NeallySt. David’s, San Antonio