UPDATED with Courtesy Resolutions, Election Results, Supplemental Reports to Convention, the Bishop’s Address to Convention, Nomination from the Floor, Worship Leaflet, Resolutions and Reports to Convention for the Delegates Packets. Nominees for election also are listed.
STANDING COMMITTEE – Lay – Matt Pierson, Trinity, Fort Worth
Clergy – Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL – Lay – Jon Back, Good Shepherd, Granbury
Laura Fleming, All Saints’, Fort Worth
Clergy – Paula Jefferson, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller
DISCIPLINARY BOARD – Lay – Gene Jackson, St. Luke’s, Stephenville
Clergy – Amy Haynie, Trinity, Fort Worth
Lynne Waltman, All Saints’, Fort Worth
TRUSTEE, UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH – Lay – Barbara Evans Chowning, All Saints’, Fort Worth
[nominated from the floor]
The Rev. Dr. Jill Walters was elected president of the Disciplinary Board at a meeting of the board held immediately after Convention. The Standing Committee will meet later to elect its president and to replace lay member Judy Cariker, who has resigned.
All resolutions put forward passed
Courtesy Resolution 1 – Thanksgiving for those who have Sheltered Displaced Congregations
Whereas, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, Park Place Christian Church, Wichita Falls, All Saints’ Episcopal School, Fort Worth and Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, have extended radical hospitality to displaced congregations, and
Whereas, the leaders of these organizations – including Bishop Eric Gronberg, Pastor Lesley Radius, Pastor Alice Hupp, Head of School Tad Bird, and President Fred Slabach – are visionary, energetic partners in ministry who have generously extended practical help, and
Whereas, radical hospitality has enabled displaced Episcopal congregations to receive gracious care in the midst of an extremely stressful time, worship in comfort and safety, and continue their ministries in the wider community
Resolved, that this Diocesan Convention expresses our deep gratitude by tipping our hats to them – and by sending letters informing them that we have done so!
Courtesy Resolution 2 – Thanksgiving for the Congregations which are housing the operations of the Diocesan Office
Whereas, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, has provided a Google address for the diocesan office and meeting space for the diocesan staff, and
Whereas, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Keller, has provided storage space for diocesan files and has even preserved those files when there was a minor flood, and
Whereas, this generosity has been an encouragement to the diocesan staff and has facilitated the ongoing work of the diocese,
Resolved, that this Diocesan Convention express our deep gratitude in an appropriately social distanced way – by blowing kisses now to the clergy, staff, and lay folks of these congregations.
Courtesy Resolution 3 – Thanksgiving for the generosity of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado
Whereas, the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas presented to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hillsboro, a gift of church furnishings which filled the new sanctuary of the congregation, and
Whereas, the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado presented to the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls vestments, Eucharistic vessels, and other items to facilitate and beautify their worship services
Resolved, that this Diocesan Convention express our appreciation and thanksgiving with warm Zoom embraces, which we offer to our friends in person when we see them in person
Courtesy Resolution 4 – Thanksgiving for the partnership of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas
Whereas, the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas has, for the past 6 ½ years been a generous and encouraging partner to our diocese, and
Whereas, the Diocese of Northwest Texas has, by their example, shown us how to throw a good party – and helped us do that this summer by subsidizing the diocesan picnic,
Resolved, that we signify our undying gratitude through a wild round of Zoom applause.
The 39th Annual Convention of The Episcopal Church in North Texas will be Saturday, November 13, 2021. Delegates will attend via Zoom, visitors via YouTube.
The theme of the convention is There is a New Creation, from 2 Corinthians 5:17:
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17
The opening worship will be at 10 am Saturday, November 13, and will be live streamed at the Diocesan YouTube Channel.
Convention passed a resolution in response to the Bishop’s Address:
Resolution on the Bishop’s Address:
Resolved, That the Episcopal Church in North Texas does know Hope, deep in our souls we do know Hope; and we confess that there are moments in which we are distracted by the Siren song of grief and like Job yearn to shake our fists in anguish; however, because we are a people of the resurrection, not resuscitation, we pledge our whole beings to the sure and certain knowledge that our Maker is creating all things new, including our collective selves; therefore in this narthex moment we ask for the Grace and Courage of God to live as if all shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
Bishop Scott Mayer will preside. His sermon also will be his convention address. The text of his sermon will be available for download that morning, as will the worship booklet.
An offering will be taken for Episcopal Migration Ministries. Make an offering.
Convention worship will include celebration of the Eucharist. The clergy in each congregation will consecrate and distribute wafers to those of their congregations who wish to take part in advance of the Convention. They will communicate with parishioners about when and where to pick up wafers.
After a lunch break, the first business session will open at 1 pm.
Registration is closed.
The Convention will meet via Zoom for delegates and alternates. Guests will view the Convention via password-protected live stream. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to delegates/alternates via the email address they provide at registration. The password to the live stream will be provided to guests at the email address they provide at registration.
Because of the limitations of meeting via Zoom, Convention business will be kept to the absolute minimum necessary to fulfill the canons. [See schedule below] If a delegate is unable or unwilling to participate via Zoom, an alternate must take that delegate’s place.
We will use the same voting system as last year, which means that delegates must register with the email they will use to vote.
Delegates will vote on the assessments table, the budget, resolutions, and to fill open positions on diocesan bodies. Delegates also will vote on the closing of St. Elisabeth/Christ the King and St. Andrew’s, as well as the closing of missions now under the control of ACNA.
- Nominations – Chair: Robert Pace, Trinity, Fort Worth
- Resolutions – Chair: Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington
- Credentials – Chair: Judy Cariker, Resurrection, Decatur
- Elections – Chair, Brent Walker, Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls
This is the information delegates will need to conduct business at the 2021 Diocesan Convention.
REPORTS TO CONVENTION
Delegates will vote for:
- Standing Committee — 1 lay, 1 clergy
- Disciplinary Board – 1 lay, 2 clergy
- Trustee, University of the South – 1 lay
- Executive Council – 2 lay, 1 clergy
nominations for election
Resolutions [except for changes to Constitution/Canons] must be submitted to the Resolutions Committee by September 17, 2021.
Nominations must be submitted to the Nominations Committee by September 17, 2021.
reports to convention
Canon I.2.4.1 requires that “each Parish, Mission and Mission Station, diocesan-wide ministry, permanent diocesan officer, and diocesan committee, board, entity, and institution shall submit to the annual meeting of the Convention a written report briefly summarizing its work since the last annual meeting of Convention and its plans and goals for the following year.”
All reports will be given only in writing, so it is important to read the packet thoroughly. All reports must use this template.
The deadline for reports to be sent to the convention secretary is September 28, 2021. They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each deanery is required to convene for the Pre-Convention meeting in October. Visit the Deaneries page to find meeting dates, current officers, and deanery information. If you find no meeting scheduled on the calendar, contact your dean.
This schedule is a draft. Some details may change.
10:00 am – Opening Worship live stream
11:30 am – Break
1:00 pm – Business Session I via Zoom
2:00 pm – Break
2:15 pm – Business Session II via Zoom
3:30 pm – Convention Recesses
*all times approximate
Previous Conventions materials
- 2020 Diocesan Convention – Zoom
- 2019 Diocesan Convention- Decatur
- 2018 Diocesan Convention – Decatur
- 2017 Diocesan Convention – Cleburne
- 2016 Diocesan Convention – Fort Worth (All Saints’ school)
- 2015 Diocesan Convention – Fort Worth (Botanic Garden)
- 2014 Diocesan Convention – Arlington
- 2013 Diocesan Convention – Wichita Falls
- 2012 Diocesan Convention – Stephenville