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Living Out Loud

liveoutloudSome things aren't meant to be kept quiet, and your faith is one of them.  Did you know only 5% of Christians are comfortable sharing their faith with someone else? Most of us fall into ‘the other 95%’ – but that can change!

Do you want to live out your faith beyond Sunday mornings? Want to be able to share your faith easily and naturally? Ready to ‘go boldly’ into the world whether it be on a mission trip or in your daily life? 

Then join us for the Live Out Loud workshop on Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 am - Noon  to learn how!  Carrie Boren, Evangelist for the Diocese, will lead the workshop as we explore what the Good News is, why we should share it, how to tell the Gospel story, as well as your own story and much more, all in a non-threatening environment.

Contact Mary Hendrix at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 214-387-4700 ext 114 to sign up.

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sstantonheadshotcropMy Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, from July 4-12 in Indianapolis, has now concluded. I cannot report on the full range of actions taken by this Convention. Here, I will devote my comments primarily to one such action.

By now, you will know from widespread press reports that the General Convention has authorized rites for the blessing of committed same-sex relationships. For many Episcopalians, this action will come as no surprise. Some within our Diocese will celebrate this action. Some will be angry or disappointed. Some will simply walk away from our churches. This division seems to be the outcome of every General Convention in recent years.

For the record, you should know that your Bishops voted no on the relevant resolution, as did your entire Deputation.

The Convention authorized the new rite for “provisional use.” Exactly what a “provisional use” rite is is unclear: there is no provision if you will for such an authorization in either the Constitution or Canons of this Church. Manifestly, it is a temporary rite, and the resolution anticipates “further development,” study and comment on it.


erd3Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development, Annual Network Meeting
By The Rev’d Virginia Holleman

 The Annual Network Meeting for the leadership of Episcopal Relief & Development met in Dallas this year from May 31 through June 3.  Diocesan and provincial coordinators met with the staff and board of directors for training, to learn more about the programs and the advances that are being made, and for worship and fellowship.  We opened with Eucharist at St. Matthew’s Cathedral with Bishop Stanton celebrating and Bishop Rob O’Neill, Bishop of Colorado, preaching, followed by dinner in the Great Hall.  The following days we met at St. Michael & All Angels Church for workshops and program presentations.


fig2One Church One School Update: The Fig

In 2010 our Presiding Bishop called on the Church to respond to Domestic Poverty in her keynote address at a three day conference in Newark titled Called to Serve: The Episcopal Church responds to Domestic Poverty. As part of this address she pointed out that “Schools continue to be an essential part of our ministry of transformation and they are central to addressing poverty.”  She went on to say that we are all interconnected, “One of the clearest predictors of a child’s success in life is the presence of interested and unrelated adults.”

In the Diocese of Dallas the One Church One School initiative has become a way for parishes to make a difference in their communities as churches have partnered with neighborhood schools in need.  The initiative was started by Dabney Dwyer, Missioner for Outreach in the Diocese of Dallas.

The Church of the Transfiguration began partnering with Spring Valley Elementary School in Dallas, with a book drive in 2010 during Lent.  Since then, parishioners have volunteered to tutor, read to students, help with field days, enrichment classes and provide financial support for the needs of students. The interest and support of these “unrelated adults” not only delights the children but has made an impact on the adults as well.



Episcopal Diocese of Dallas Continues to See Growth

The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas announces the establishment of two new church plants beginning full time formation July 1, 2012.

San Francisco de Asis will serve the Spanish-speaking neighborhoods of Pleasant Grove in southeast Dallas.  St. Timothy's will reach out to the burgeoning Dallas suburbs of Sachse, Parker and Murphy.

Since 2002, the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas has planted a total of nine new churches to meet the growing population of the area. The spiritual and financial support given to this endeavor is a direct reflection of Bishop Stanton’s unwavering commitment to the mission of spreading the Gospel of Christ. Dr. Kirk Hadaway, the research director of statistics for the National Church offices, visited the Diocese this spring to study two of our churches that are among twenty in his study nationally that are growing.


Diocese of Dallas Standing Committee Statement

July 2, 2012

We, the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Dallas express our support of our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. James Stanton and our Bishop Suffragan, The Rt. Rev. Paul Lambert.  In the midst of great turmoil in the Church, they have led us faithfully and well, stating at every opportunity their allegiance to the Episcopal Church and our Diocese’s place within it.

In a letter dated June 29, our Bishops received the following from The Rt. Rev. Clayton Matthews:  “As the Intake Officer for the Church, I am obliged to inform you that a complaint has been received against you for your action in filing of Amicus Curiae Brief in the pending appeal in the Supreme Court of Texas in opposition to The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and The Episcopal Church. In the next few weeks, I will initiate a disciplinary process according to Title IV Canon 6 Sec. 3 & 4 of the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.”

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