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September 10, 1999

NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

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Number 75 September 10 , 1999

 

Executive Council Considers Capital Funds Campaign

In its scheduled September session Thursday, the Executive Council of the diocese voted to support Bishop Ohl's call to initiate a planning process which will lead to a diocesan Capital Fund Drive next year. The group, meeting at the Hulsey Episcopal Center in Lubbock, also approved a proposed 2000 budget prepared by its Finance committee.

A petition for mission status was enthusiastically approved for San Miguel Arcangel, Odessa, a Spanish-speaking congregation. Led by diocesan missioner Fr. Bernardo Martinez, the youngest mission of the diocese has also become the largest - averaging 111 persons at Sunday Eucharist in recent weeks.

 A Prayer for General Convention

Father, God,

Once again, we gather in General Convention

with thanksgiving and petition.

We thank you for those whom

you have touched, blessed and served

through your Church

and for those saints

upon whose shoulders we stand.

We pray, Lord,

Bless those who gather in this convention.

Give them ears to hear and eyes to see.

Bestow upon them the gift of discernment

that they might know and do your will.

Unite them with a spirit of godly unity.

Make them instruments,

leading the Church to minister as you call it

and serve as you have entrusted it.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

[ Ed.'s Note: This is another in a set of prayers sponsored by the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. The first day of prayer for General Convention assigned to the Diocese of Northwest Texas is Saturday, September 18. A prayer authored by the Presiding Bishop appeared in Newsletter no.71]

 

Whitestone Music Ministry Returns to NW Texas in October

Bringing original songs, and stories of God's faithfulness, Whitestone will return to the diocese this Fall with an October 3 concert scheduled at 7:15 pm at St. Christopher's Church in Lubbock.

Though billed as "an all-Episcopalian, contemporary music group from Colorado", Whitestone includes Jim and Joann Stone, formerly of St. Paul's, Dumas.

For more information about this ministry, or to find out how to book Whitestone for an evening with your congregation, contact: Albert Brann at (806) 799-2097

 

Letter from the Presiding Bishop Invites All to a Day of Prayer for Persons Affected by HIV / AIDS

Dear friends in Christ:

Informed by new trends in the HIV/AIDS pandemic by the Executive Council's committee on HIV/AIDS, I am moved to invite our congregations to a time of reflection and observance about this continuing malady amongst us.

We can give thanks for the encouraging progress against the disease in some of the developed countries where many infected people are living longer and the rate of infection among gay men has slowed or declined. Unfortunately, at the same time, there is an alarming rise in HIV infections in communities of color, young heterosexual men and women, drug users, and older married women. And while people are living longer with the disease, there is still no cure and no vaccine to

prevent it.

The pandemic continues to be one of the most serious health concerns in the world. Infection rates are increasing alarmingly in many regions, notably central Africa, southeast Asia, and the Indian sub-continent. The costs of caring for people with AIDS are effectively prohibitive in these regions. Many countries face economic decline because of the devastation of the disease among working-age people.

A strong and ongoing ministry to all people affected by HIV/AIDS continues to deserve a high priority in the outreach of the Episcopal Church. I am so grateful for the compassionate witness undertaken by our church in response to this disease over the years. That response is still needed.

Therefore, I hereby invite all congregations of our Church to a Day of Prayer for Persons affected by HIV/AIDS, as encouraged by our General Convention. Such a day might be observed in October on the Sunday closest to St. Luke's Day (October 18) if convenient; or otherwise on the Feast Day of Constance and her Companions in Memphis (September 9) or some other appropriate time.

I urge all members of the Episcopal Church to support this observance with their prayers and presence, and to take part in this important ministry according to their individual gifts and talents.

 

Frank T. Griswold

Presiding Bishop and Primate

 

 

Historic Episcopal Churches Calendar for 2000 Available

The Historic Episcopal Church Engagement Calendar for 2000 is the tenth in a series. The calendar is a spiral-bound, week-at-a-glance, 54 week planning tool with all the major feasts, fasts and secular holidays noted. It features photos and historical vignettes of some of the architectural treasures the Episcopal Church has preserved across America. At least one church from every state is featured. This year, All Saints' Church in Austin represents Texas.

Send $14.50 per calendar to: The National Episcopal Historians and Archivists; 509 Yale Ave; Swarthmore, PA 19081.

 

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW


SEPTEMBER

10 Fri Commission on Ministry meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

10 Fri Diaconate Formation (new students) 7:00 pm, St. Christopher's, Lubbock

11 Sat Missions Committee meets, , St. George's, Canyon

13 Mon Clergy Small Group VII meets, thru Tuesday

15 Wed Companion Diocese Committee meets, 1:00 pm St. John's Church, Lamesa

15 Wed Resolutions to Convention due to diocesan office

16 Thu House of Bishops meets, thru Sunday

17 Fri Bishop's Stewardship Conference begins, 7:00 pm St. Paul's, Lubbock (thru Saturday)

18 Sat Youth Committee meets at St. Stephen's, Lubbock

18 Sat Day of Prayer in NW Texas for Gen. Convention (Anglican Fellowship of Prayer)

18 Sat Cursillo Secretariat meets in Midland

24 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference, thru Sunday, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

25 Sat Deacon's Preaching Seminar, Lubbock

26 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Mary's, Big Spring

 

OCTOBER

2 Sat Ordination of Michael Ehmer St. Luke's, Levelland - 10:30am)

3 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. James', Dalhart

4 Mon Clergy Conference opens, thru Thursday Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

10 Sun Bishop's Visit: St.Paul's, Dumas

11 Mon Province VII Synod begins (thru Wed), Camp Allen, Navasota TX

14 Thu Celebration of New Ministry (the Rev. Lamuel Salik) at St. Thomas', Hereford 7 pm

15 Fri        Fall Rally begins at the BQCC

16 Sat Conference Ctr Governing Board meets at the Bishop Quarterman Center

17 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Peter's, Amarillo

19 Tue Clergy Small Group VIII meets, thru Tuesday

23 Sat Quiet Day at St. Paul's, Lubbock (led by Bishop Ohl)

24 Sun     Bishop's Visit: St. Barnabas, Odessa

29 Fri Standing Committee meets, Abilene

29 Fri Annual Diocesan Convention opens, Abilene

 


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

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Number 74 August 27 , 1999

 

Lutherans (ELCA) Approve Full Communion with Episcopal Church

After 30 years of ecumenical dialogue, and having narrowly rejected the measure in 1997, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a proposal for full communion with The Episcopal Church. The proposal, Called to Common Mission, was endorsed at the ELCA's assembly by a vote of 716 to 317, just 27 votes more than the two-thirds majority needed to approve the measure. Among other things, the proposal could make it possible for the ELCA and Episcopal Church to exchange clergy and commits them to work together on future mission and service projects.

In approving the proposal, the ELCA agreed to accept the "historic episcopate," the concept that those who ordain new pastors are from a line of bishops stretching back to the earliest days of the church. On their side, the Episcopalians have agreed to suspend a 17th century rule about who can be considered a priest and agreed to accept the ministries of all current ELCA pastors and bishops.

The ELCA churchwide assembly, the chief legislative authority of the ELCA, met Aug. 16-22 at the Colorado Convention Center. More than 2,500 people took part, including 1,038 voting members. The theme for the biennial assembly was "Making Christ Known: Hope for a New Century." Next year the Episcopal General Convention will meet, also in Denver, to ratify the fellowship proposal. A similar document was approved by the Episcopalians, but the Lutherans rejected it by by a six-vote margin in 1997.

Speaking to the assembly following the vote, the Rev. David Perry, the Episcopal Church's ecumenical officer, said, "This is an incredible step you have taken. What hope for a new century," he added, drawing on the theme of the Churchwide Assembly.

The matter of the historic episcopate had become the focal point of debate on the fellowship proposal. Debates prior to the assembly and at hearings held here revealed disagreement over this aspect of the proposal. While a number of Lutheran churches around the world have the historic episcopate, it has never been a part of American Lutheran church life, and numerous voting members of the assembly said they did not believe the church needed it.

A last-minute amendment gave Lutherans some "wiggle room" on the requirement that bishops preside at all ordinations. While agreeing with "the historic practice whereby the bishop is representative of the wider church," and should "regularly" preside, it concedes that there might be emergency situations in which that would not be possible.

A first for an American church

Prof. Martin Marty of Chicago, who headed the team which wrote "Called to Common Mission," said that he celebrated the move and said, from a historical viewpoint, it is the first time in U.S. religious history that a church has bridged the gap between churches so diversely governed --congregational, presbyterian, synodical, conferencial and episcopal. In light of the new relationships, the Lutheran vote could open the way for other churches to consider the historic episcopate. "Many new partnerships might lie ahead," he predicted.

Prof. J. Robert Wright of the General Seminary in New York, an advisor to the ecumenical office and a partner in the writing process, agreed. In an interview he said that "Lutherans have bridged the gap of the Reformation and have given a powerful new energy to the ecumenical movement for the new millennium." He expressed his hope that the General Convention would "embrace their decision" next summer.

"This is the wrong way to do the right thing," said Linda Danielson of the ELCA Southeastern Iowa Synod, who said she favored fellowship with Episcopalians, but not if the ELCA was required to adopt this understanding of the episcopate or office of bishop. Others argued that full communion was necessary to strengthen the mission of the church. "We need partners who are across the street from us," said the Rev. Stephen Bouman, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod. "We need your help," he said to the assembly, adding "Give us our partners."

The ELCA was formed in 1987 by a merger of three Lutheran church bodies, some of whom had already experienced previous mergers, blending various strains of Lutheranism. Some suspect the document is a way of providing bishops with more authority in the church, though drafters assured the assembly that under the agreement this would not be the case. Proponents argued that the measure enables the ELCA to be an ecumenical "bridge," because in 1997 the 5.2-million-member denomination also declared full communion with three Reformed church bodies and this year -- just a few hours before the Episcopal decision -- endorsed full communion with the Moravian Church in America.

The Rev. Robert Isakson, bishop of the ELCA New England Synod, said Lutherans can be "sought out for what we bring to the ecumenical table." Since debate over the ministry and the role of bishops has frequently troubled ecumenical relations, Isakson said, "Lutherans are uniquely positioned to break this logjam."

Following the vote, the Rev. David Perry read a statement from Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold which said he received the decision "with rejoicing and thanksgiving." Griswold said "the promise of our deepening life together offers real hope for the broken world. The test of our full communion will be our faithfulness to the gospel in mission and witness, in prayer and fellowship at God's altar. We ask the Holy Spirit to lead us in the days ahead."

Good people on both sides

Even though the debate over the past three years has occasionally been tinged with acrimony, participants were convinced that there are "good and faithful people on both sides of the issue."

In his passionate dissent during a plenary presentation, the Rev. Norman Wahl of Minnesota said that the move for full communion had produced "greater divisiveness" in the ELCA. He argued that "the vote is about the historic episcopate, not relations between two churches." Presented as "a gift," the historic episcopate is in fact "a requirement that jeopardizes the unity of the ELCA." CCM is "a diversion in our mission," he concluded.

The Rev. Nancy Curtis of Indiana said that CCM provided exciting possibilities for her ministry in rural northeast Indiana. During a congregational study of the proposal, members noted the similarities between the two churches, especially in liturgy, while expressing some concern about how authority is expressed by leaders in the two churches Yet they concluded that "we are free as few others" to adapt to innovation and to "be a church in full communion in ways not possible for others."

Hearings expose deep feelings

"Can we have the relationship without the gift, please?" said Prof. Cynthia Jurisson of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She contended that Lutherans have always found human structures unreliable and fallible and by adopting the historic episcopate "we may lose our emphasis on Word and Sacrament." She raised the possibility of "an ecumenical cul de sac," where "we enter relationships only with churches that already agree with us." And she said that the historic episcopate itself is not a symbol of unity since the Roman Catholics and Orthodox do not view it in the same way as Anglicans.

Prof. Michael Root of Trinity Seminary in Ohio said that the Reformers did not want to do away with the historic episcopate but instead sought to reform the office. At the time bishops were built into the political system, often serving as prince-bishops, so reform was very difficult.

When the bishops did not accept reform, the Lutheran Reformers "went on without them," said Prof. Todd Nichol of Luther Seminary in Minnesota, speaking against CCM. The Reformers agreed that the church could have bishops but they could never be regarded as essential to the unity of the church. He is convinced that the historic episcopate would be elevated to a position on the same level as Word and Sacrament under CCM.

Bishop Steven Ullestad of Northeastern Iowa , who has emerged as one of the most articulate proponents of CCM, said that he had changed his mind over the years. Countering the charge that the Episcopal Church is hierarchical, he said, "Episcopalians believe laity is the foundational order," that CCM addressed Lutheran concerns about orders in the church and "we have the opportunity to create an episcopate that is historic and evangelical."

The wider context

The Rev. John Thomas, now president of the United Church of Christ who is credited with the successful vote for full communion with the Reformed in 1997, offered some perspective. "Your future is our future. If it were possible for you to take this step to adopt CCM with integrity, it would be a sign of your capacity to bring evangelical and catholic and Reformed traditions together, something which has been one of the most difficult issues in the ecumenical movement. If you move forward, you will encourage us to take up these issues again with renewed energy."

In what some observers said may have been a critical comment in acceptance of CCM, the Rev. Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation representing 128 member churches in 70 countries and about 60 million members, said

that the decision would affect "sister churches around the globe. He predicted that Anglicans and Lutherans in Africa would be in full communion within five years, clearly inviting the ELCA to join an international trend.

While it is clear that the ELCA has a serious challenge to heal the clear divisions that emerged in considering CCM, early signs suggested that the opponents would accept the will of the majority "in Christian love" and move forward.

_____________________________________________________________

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the spirit of the times, this report was gleaned from articles by James Solheim of Episcopal News Service and John Brooks of the ELCA News Service.

 

A Bulletin from the Presiding Bishop's Fund:

 

Episcopal Church Responds to the Tragedy in Turkey

 

The Episcopal Church, through the Presiding Bishop`s Fund for World Relief, is responding to the tragedy of the earthquake in Turkey. It is providing monetary assistance and working with ecumenical partners in the region. "As soon as is feasible," Sandra Swan, Executive Director of the Fund said, "we will also be involved in rehabilitation and development efforts as well. The scope of the tragedy is nearly incomprehensible", Mrs. Swan continued, but in faith we extend our support with that of others in compassionate response to the immediate and continuing needs of the people of Turkey."

Those wishing to respond may send a contribution to:

The Presiding Bishop`s Fund for World Relief
Turkey Earthquake Relief
P.O. Box 12043
Newark, NJ 07101

Or visit the web site at:

http://www.pbfwr.org

 


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

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Number 73 August 13, 1999

 

Bishop's Stewardship Conference Set for Sept. 17 - 18

The Bishop's Stewardship Conference will begin Friday, September 17 at 7:00 pm, led by Fr. Greg Rickel of Conway AR. The sessions will continue Saturday from 9:00 - 12:00. This is the third annual diocesan stewardship conference, held at St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Church, Lubbock. Registration fee is $25. Fr. Rickel encourages participants to bring Bibles and Prayer Books.

To register in advance, or for more information, contact: Reba Swim at St. Paul's-on-the-Plains, 1510 Ave X; Lubbock TX 79401 (806) 762-2893. Checks should be made payable to: Diocese of NW Texas.

For more information about the conference, contact Dr. John Marshall (915) 263-2501 or 263-8618; or at: Docwahn1@aol.com

 

Convention Countdown

Deadlines

October 29-31, Abilene

September 1: Constitution & Canons

Please submit any proposed canonical changes by this date to the Constitution & Canons Committee, c/o Betty Gilmore, 1709 Douglas, Midland, TX 79701

September 10: Reports to Convention

Submit Reports of Committees and Commissions by this date to the diocesan office.

September 15: Resolutions of Convention

Submit Resolutions to Convention by this date to the diocesan office.

 

 

News of the People

Funeral services for Dr. Sam Hulsey, Bishop Hulsey's father, were held Thursday, August 12, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ft. Worth. Memorials can be made to: Dr. Sam Hulsey Patient Care Fund, John Peter Smith Health Network, 2500 Circle Drive, Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76119. Dr. Hulsey's obituary in the Fort Worth Star Telegram is available on-line. Bishop Hulsey & Linda are at: 1214 Belle Place, Fort Worth TX 76107 ... Funeral services for Ann Deaderick, mother of Franklin and mother-in-law of the Rev. Laura Deaderick, Rector of St. John's, Odessa, were held Thursday, August 5, at St. John's Church, with the Rev. Charles McIntyre officiating ... Dona Winter, who served as Bishop Henton's secretary before Carolyn arrived, and a long-time member of St.Stephen's, Lubbock, died in California earlier this month. Memorials can be made to St. Jude's Children's Ranch, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City NV 89006. Dona's son, Tim Winter, and his wife Jill left Lubbock last year to: 1132 North Walton #172, Bentonville Arkansas 72712...

Diocesan leaders recovering from recent major surgeries include: Amanda Palmer of Canyon, recent Chair of the Spiritual Development Committee, Charles Chambers of Odessa, who serves on the Executive Council, Charlene Birdwell, wife of the Rev. Steve Birdwell, retired in Abilene, and Julie Krause, teacher at All Saints School and wife of the Rev. David Krause ...

The Rev. Deborah Gamble leaves us August 15 for Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has accepted a position as middle school counselor in North College Hill. Deb's new address is 1511 Clovernall Drive, Cincinnati OH 45231, or revdebb@juno.com.

 

Orientation for Diaconate Formation in Lubbock September 10

The first meeting of the Deacon Formation group for the Fall will begin Friday, September 10 at 7:00 pm and continue Saturday, September 11 at St. Christopher's in Lubbock. This meeting is for new members of the process only, and the date and time have changed. For more information contact: Fr. Jim Liggett, Chair of Commission on Ministry (915) 267-8201 or stmarys@crcom.net

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

20th Anniversary Events for the ministry of Canterbury

(St. Mary's Episcopal Retirement Home in Big Spring)

will be August 28-29.

Call (915) 263-1265 for details

 

Seminary Lecture Looks at Youth Crisis

(from ETSS News) In the wake of the Columbine shootings in Colorado that showed our schools and homes are not safety zones in our violence-ridden culture, what has the church done except bury the dead and comfort the grieving?

This fall's Blandy Lectures at the Seminary of the Southwest will explore what we as a faith community should be doing before more killings occur. Dr. Ellen T. Charry, seminary professor, trained psychiatric social worker and this year's Blandy Lecturer, believes the sacrament of Holy Baptism is a rich resource for addressing the youth crisis. While Hollywood and Democrats and the National Rifle Association and Republicans spar for political advantage, Dr. Charry believes the body of Christ has its own work to do.

"Baptism and Columbine: Responding to the Youth Crisis" is the focus of her September 27-28 lectures at the seminary. She will talk about "On the Baptismal Renunciations" on Monday (Sept. 27) at 6:00 p.m. Her second lecture, "Into the Full Stature of Christ," will begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (Sept 28). Both her lectures in Knapp Auditorium are open to the public. Dr. Charry will also preach at the Tuesday 10:30 a.m. Eucharist that concludes the Blandy Lectures and Alumniae Convocation.

Dr. Charry is associate professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and associate editor of Theology Today. She has written numerous magazine articles on the Christian formation of children and youth. Her most recent books are Inquiring After God: Classic and Contemporary Readings and By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine.

She currently serves on the Theological Consultation of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Dr. Charry recently helped the Seminary of the Southwest create its new Certificate Programs in Youth Ministry and Christian Education.

 

 

Lay Reader Workshops Set for Coming Year

For more information about these Lay Reader Workshops, contact Clarie Cowden, Lay Ministry Coordinator, at the Hulsey Episcopal Center (806) 763-1370 or diocese@nwt.org

November 13, 1999
St. Peter's, Amarillo

November 20, 1999
St. Barnabas', Odessa

February 12, 2000
St. Christopher's, Lubbock

February 19, 2000
Good Shepherd, San Angelo

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

AUGUST

14 Sat Permian Basin Deanery meets

26 Thu DOCC Conference opens (thru Sat), St. Christopher's, Lubbock

27 Fri       Standing Committee meets, 1:30 pm Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

28 Sat Anniversary Celebration for Canterbury Retirement Ctr, Big Spring - 2:00 pm

29 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Peter's, Borger

 

SEPTEMBER

6 Mon Diocesan Offices Closed, Labor Day

7 Tue Trustees meet Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

9 Thu Executive Council meets, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

10 Wed Commission on Ministry meets, 10:00AM  pm, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

13 Mon Clergy Small Group VII meets, thru Tuesday

15 Wed Companion Diocese Committee meets, 3:00 pm St. John's Church, Lamesa

16 Thu House of Bishops meets, thru Sunday

17 Fri Bishop's Stewardship Conference begins, 7:00 pm St. Paul's, Lubbock (thru Saturday)

18 Sat Day of Prayer in NW Texas for Gen. Convention (Anglican Fellowship of Prayer)

18 Sat Youth Committee meets, TBA

24 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference, thru Sunday, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

25 Sat Deacon's Preaching Seminar, Lubbock

26 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Mary's, Big Spring


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

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Number 72

 

July 30, 1999

 

New Conference Center Director Selected, Arrives August 1

Brant Gill has been selected by the Conference Center Governing Board search committee to serve as the new Director of the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center effective August 1. Brant is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in hotel and restaurant management and has worked with a resort hotel and managing restaurants in Colorado for the past five years. Brant has a wife Courtney and five year old daughter Taylor. He is the son-in-law of Bishop Wallis and Sheila Ohl.

Four candidates were selected from among applications received and invited to visit the Conference Center, to interview with the Governing Board. "I have great confidence that Brant was the most well-trained and experienced candidate," said Bill Gilmore (Midland), a Governing Board member who participated in the interview process. "I consider his experience in the management of food service an extremely valuable asset." Another Board member, Jean Silverthorne (Plainview), added: "Brant is confident and professional, and brings with him defined goals and a vision for what the Conference Center could become."

 

Sewanee Seeks New Vice Chancellor and President

(Sewanee News Service) The University of the South, popularly known as Sewanee, is seeking nominations and letters of interest as it searches for a new chief executive officer. Nominations and applications for the position of vice chancellor and president will be accepted until mid-September, and the top candidate will be presented to the school's Board of Trustees for election in February 2000.

Founded by leaders of the Episcopal church in 1857, Sewanee is owned by 28 Episcopal dioceses in 12 states. It is ranked among the top 25 national liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report, with approximately 1,300 under- graduate men and women, and a School of Theology of nearly 90 graduate students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees.

Nominations and inquiries for the position of vice chancellor and president of the University of the South may be sent to: Nancy Archer-Martin, Educational Management Network, 98 Old South Road, Nantucket, MA 02554 e-mail: sewanee@emnemn.com.

 

 

Nominations to Diocesan Posts Solicited

Enclosed in this issue of The Newsletter is a form for nominating individuals to those diocesan committees and boards which will be filled by election at the October convention. The open positions to be filled by election are: to the Standing Committee (one clergy and one lay); to the Board of Trustees (one lay); to the Commission on Ministry (one clergy and one lay); to the Ecclesiastical Trial Court (one clergy and two lay); to the Trustees of the Univ. of the South (one clergy and two lay).

The Nominating form requires a signature of consent from the nominated individual, and is due to be returned to the Nominations Receiving Committee no later than August 24.

 

News of the People

Deacon Mike Ehmer, Llano Estacado Regional Vicar, will be ordained to the priesthood at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 2, at St. Luke's, Levelland... Carole Ricketts (Abilene) and Roland Rose (Andrews) have been admitted as Postulants for Holy Orders for the Diaconate ... The Rev. Harry Allen, retired and serving as chaplain at All Saints' School, Lubbock, has been quite ill with Chrone's disease but was released from the hospital on Tuesday following surgery... Loretta Fulton, religion editor for the Abilene Reporter-News and senior warden at St. Mark's, Abilene, received national recognition from the Religion Newswriters Association. Fulton won second place in her division, competing against religion writers from newspapers nationwide comparable in size to the Reporter-News... The Rt. Rev. Harold Cornelius Gosnell, D.D., fifth Bishop of the Diocese of West Texas, died July 18, at his home in San Antonio the day after his 91st birthday. He served as Bishop of West Texas from 1969 until 1977...

 

Millennium Madness Rebuffed

by the Rev. Canon David L. Veal

The year 1 (or is it 0 ?) for Jesus' birth is not Biblical or Apostolic. Rather, it was devised by a medieval Celtic-British monk named Dyonisius Exiguus, a faithful Christian and a keen historian but one who did not have access to very much reliable historical data. The bible does not tell us the year in which Jesus was born, but it does tell us that he was born while Herod was King in Judea. We know that King Herod died in 4 B.C., according to Dyonisius' numbering system which we now use for counting years. If we take the Bible seriously, we must acknowledge that Jesus was born sometime before 4 B.C. What difference does that make ? None, unless you take all the hullabaloo about the year 2000 seriously.

Actually the two-thousandth anniversary of Jesus' birth occurred in 1995 or 1996. And it certainly was not January 1st. Perhaps it was on December 25th of 1995 or 1996? Probably not then either, since there is no indication, Biblical or historical, that Jesus was born on December 25th. The observance of December 25th as the Feast of the nativity of Jesus was very slow in coming and did not universally overcome January 6th until recent centuries.

Well, regardless of the day of Jesus' birth, how about let's celebrate the year 2000 anyhow? Now, let's see. When does it begin? January 1st was not observed as New Year's Day in England and America until 1752. When George Washington was a school boy march 25th was the first day of the new year, something that regularly confounds amateur historians and genealogists like me.

Christians have not always used our present system of numbering the years. According to the Byzantine Christian calendar the year that we will call 2000 is actually 7199. According to Jewish calendars it is the year 5760. According to the calendar of the old Roman Empire, a calendar the Apostles were likely to have used, it will be the year 2732. It will be 2390 to the Zoroastrians and only 1421 to the Muslims. To the Chinese it will be the Year of the Dragon.

The good news is that New Year's Day 2000 will fall on the Sabbath (Saturday), a day of rest. Personally, I plan to sleep in.

 

Obsolete Computers Needed for Ministry to Handicapped

L.I.F.E. (Living Independent for Everyone) Center for Independent Living is looking for computers that are no longer of use to you. With the help of grants, gifts and donations the Center is upgrading & installing new software on donated computers. The LIFE Center will then provide job training on these refurbished computers to the blind & visually handicapped so that they may become more independent and join the mainstream of life.

If you would like to participate in this outreach ministry by donating an old computer, please contact Kim Wrightson at the LIFE Center for Independent Living, 3212 34th St., Lubbock, TX 79410; phone (806) 795-5433.

Submitted by Neville Davidson

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

AUGUST

3 Tue        Budget Committee meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

7 Sat        Finance Committee meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

12 Thu     Program Budget Committee meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

14 Sat Permian Basin Deanery meets

26 Thu DOCC Conference opens (thru Sat) St. Christopher's, Lubbock

27 Fri       Standing Committee meets, 1:30 pm Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

29 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Peter's, Borger

 

SEPTEMBER

6 Mon Diocesan Offices Closed, Labor Day

7 Tue Trustees meet Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

9 Thu Executive Council meets, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

10 Wed Commission on Ministry meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

14 Tue Clergy Small Group VII meets, thru Wednesday

15 Wed Companion Diocese Committee meets, 3:00 pm St. John's Church, Lamesa

16 Thu House of Bishops meets, thru Sunday

17 Fri Diocesan Stewardship event, thru Saturday, TBA

18 Sat Day of Prayer in NW Texas for Gen. Convention (Anglican Fellowship of Prayer)

18 Sat Youth Committee meets, TBA

24 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference, thru Sunday, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

25 Sat Deacon's Preaching Seminar, Lubbock

26 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Mary's, Big Spring

 


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 71 July 9, 1999

 


Committees of Convention Appointed for Abilene

In a letter dated July 7, Bishop Ohl has appointed 31 NW Texans to Committees for Convention. These appointees fill key planning and administrative posts in preparation for diocesan convention set to begin October 29, 1999 in Abilene.

The Committees and Chairs are: Approval of Minutes: Sally Brown, Lubbock Credentials: Jack Link, Lubbock Dispatch of Business: Betty Gilmore, Midland Elections: Jim Haney, Lubbock Necrology: Jerry Sneary, Dalhart Nominating Committee: (Convener) Doug Tow, Lubbock Parliamentarian: Louise Cummins, Lubbock Resolutions: Clifton Gardener, San Angelo.

News of the People

The Rev. John G. Githiga, Vicar of St. George Episcopal Church, Canyon, became a U.S. citizen on June 26th. Father John, who was born and reared in Kenyan, Africa, took the oath of citizenship during a ceremony in Dallas, just in time to celebrate the 4th of July. Speaking June 27th during the Sunday service in Canyon, Githiga said that the journey to U.S. citizenship has been long and difficult in many ways, but well worth the wait and trouble. Church members applauded.... the Rev. Richard and Ann Thayer's new address is 1515 S. 15th Ave.; Edinburgh, TX 78539. (956) 383-6848. Fr. Thayer is the new rector of St. Matthew's Church in Edinburgh ...


Two New Videos Available from Diocesan Collection

The Book of Common Prayer: Living a Story (12 min., Episcopal Media Ctr; includes brief study guide).

This video serves as an introduction to the rhythm of the church year and to what it means to live with the story of salvation revealed through the seasons of the church year.

Introduction to the Order of St. Helena, an Episcopal religious community (20 minutes).

This video imparts a sense of the spiritual abundance which exits within the community, and it introduces ways in which community members share this abundance with the world around them. A good introduction to the disciplined religious life lived in community.

If you would like to borrow one of these videos, or if you are looking for a particular title or topic, please contact: Claire Cowden, Ministries Coordinator, Diocese of NW Texas; 1802 Broadway; Lubbock, TX 79401 (806) 763-1370, ext. 206.


Women's Ordinations to be Commemorated

On July 29, the Diocese of Pennsylvania will host an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women, examining how it affected the church and looking toward the progress yet to be made. Keynote speaker for the luncheon event will be Archbishop Ndungane of Cape Town."By means of the event," Bishop Charles Bennison said, "we hope to impact the Anglican Communion by saying to it that, as far as we have come since the ordination of women to the priesthood in 1974, we still have a long ways to go in order to realize the fullness of what that ordination meant, especially in terms of its implications for our leadership styles in the church, our image of God theologically, our use of inclusive language liturgically, and our sensitivity to the poverty, the plight of women, and the violence against them around the world. Ndungane -- who last summer chaired the largest section at Lambeth, the one entitled 'Called to Full Humanity' -- more than anyone I know in the Anglican Communion can connect systemically all those issues as implicated by the ordination of women to the priesthood."

After lunch, the celebration will move to the Church of the Advocate, in Philadelphia, where the July 29, 1974 ordination service for the church's first 11 female priests was held. A Eucharist will follow, where Suffragan Bishop Barbara Harris of the Diocese of Massachusetts, who was the Anglican Communion's first female bishop, will preach. She was a member of Church of the Advocate and served as crucifer for the 1974 ordination service, Bishop Bennison noted.

from an article by Sharon Sheridan, for the Pennsylvania Episcopalian.

 

Pray for the St. Thomas' Church, Hereford ...

The people of St. Thomas upgraded their facilities to provide a home for "Heavenly Treasures", a sorely-needed day care center in the community. Their partner in the project is a member of La Primera Iglesia Bautista.

... the 12th day of every month

Illuminating the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

 

 

Cycle of Prayer for General Convention

Once again the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer has organized a continuing cycle of Prayer for the Episcopal Church, beginning in August and leading up to Convention 2000 in Denver. Days designated for special prayers from the Diocese of Northwest Texas are September 18, 1999; January 22, 2000 and May 22, 2000.

[ Ed.'s Note: In future issues of The Newsletter, we hope to publish most of the eight prayers for General Convention provided by the AFP, beginning with the prayer below -authored by Presiding Bishop Griswold. ]

 

Prayer of the Presiding Bishop

Lord Jesus Christ, live out in me- in all that I am

and have yet to become - the full mystery of your death and resurrection.

Help me to yield all by showing me and teaching me

to welcome all, especially the dark guest within my soul.

Stretch and transform me by the power of your love,

that I may find myself and see myself in you,

in your beauty,  Amen.

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW


JULY

12 Mon     Happy Camp opens (Invitation only),  Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

18 Sun Dedication of San Miguel Arcangel, 11:00 am, Odessa

19 Mon Camp Wigwam opens (Mentally Retarded), Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

24 Sat Long Range Planning Committee meets, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

27 Tue Natl Episcopal Youth Event opens (thru Aug 1), Indiana State University, Terre Haute

 

AUGUST

3 Tue       Budget Committee meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

7 Sat        Finance Committee meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

12 Thu     Program Budget Committee meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

14 Sat Permian Basin Deanery meets

26 Thu DOCC Conference opens (thru Sat) St. Christopher's, Lubbock

27 Fri       Standing Committee meets, 1:30 pm Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

29 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Peter's, Borger

 

SEPTEMBER

6 Mon Diocesan Offices Closed, Labor Day

7 Tue Trustees meet Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

9 Thu Executive Council meets, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

10 Wed Commission on Ministry meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

14 Tue Clergy Small Group VII meets, thru Wednesday

15 Wed Companion Diocese Committee meets, 3:00 pm St. John's Church, Lamesa

16 Thu House of Bishops meets, thru Sunday

17 Fri Diocesan Stewardship event, thru Saturday, TBA

18 Sat Day of Prayer in NW Texas for Gen. Convention (Anglican Fellowsip of Prayer)

18 Sat Youth Committee meets, TBA

24 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference, thru Sunday, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

25 Sat Deacon's Preaching Seminar, Lubbock

26 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Mary's, Big Spring

 

 


 

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