Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:05

Bishop Search Update

The nomination period for The Search for the VII Bishop of Dallas has closed and the Search Committee is beginning the process of interviewing potential candidates. This stage of the process will continue until semi-finalists are selected on December 20. As this process continues to unfold, please pray for:

The nomination period for The Search for the VII Bishop of Dallas has closed and the Search Committee is beginning the process of interviewing potential candidates. This stage will continue until semi-finalists are selected on December 20. As this process continues to unfold, please pray for:

-The VII Bishop of Dallas, whose name is already known to God

-The VII Bishop of Dallas, whose name is already known to God

-The Search Committee, as we seek to discern the will of God and to serve our diocese faithfully

-The Search Committee, as we seek to discern the will of God and to serve our diocese faithfully

-The potential candidates and their families, if applicable

-The potential candidates and their families, if applicable

-Our diocese, especially Bishop Lambert and the Standing Committee, who are leading us in this time of transition

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:36

Transition Committee

As the diocese moves forward in its search for the next bishop, the standing committee has appointed a transition committee to help with the various transition activities that will start once the search committee has presented a slate of candidates.

The standing committee gives the following charge to the transition committee:

  • Receive the slate of candidates from the standing committee.
  • Work with the standing committee to communicate the slate of candidates to the diocese.
  • Plan and coordinate walk-about sessions, related events, and communicate the location and times to the diocese.  The walk-about shall include spouses.
  • Understand the election process and work with the standing committee to plan and coordinate the election. The transition committee will communicate to delegates the time and place of the election.
  • Support the bishop-elect and family’s move and subsequent transition.
  • Plan and coordinate the consecration and related welcoming activities.
  • Work within a budget to be provided by the standing committee.

Here’s the transition committee:

Tony Briggle, Chair, St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas

Tom Graves, Incarnation, Dallas

The Rev. David Houk, St. John’s, Dallas

Gayle Kesinger, St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas

Jolayne LaCour, St. David's, Denton

Don Mills, Good Shepherd, Dallas

The Rev. Michael Mills, Good Shepherd, Dallas

Matt Stroud, St. Nicholas, Flower Mound

The Rev. Catherine Thompson, Annunciation, Lewisville

Friday, 10 October 2014 09:40

Islam and Christianity

Sign up here for the Cranmer Institute's "Islam and Christianity: Two Books -- Two Peoples" a primer for a Christian understanding of the Bible and the Qur'an. The event costs $45, includes lunch and is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird in Dallas.

Speakers include Anglican Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, from the Kaduna Diocese in Nigeria; and The Rev. Charles D. Aley from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. 

Church of the Good Shepherd, 11122 Midway Road in Dallas,  also has the following lineup of speakers discussing Islam and Christianity: 

At 9:15 a.m., Oct. 26, Carl Stoneham, whose research focuses on the U.S. government's strategic labeling of Al-Queda as "un-Islamic," will be speaking on the five pillars of Islam. 

At 9:15 a.m., Nov. 2, The Rev. Canon George Sumner, an expert on the relation of Christianity to other religions, will give the following presentation "Jacob and Esau: Christians and Muslims through the Centuries." 

At 9:15 a.m., Nov. 9, Dr. Robert Hunt, an expert on living and working in complex cultural environments outside the United States, and Anglican Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who has academic exerptise on Islam will team to discuss "Modern Day Islam." 

Also, at the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance, "The Plight of Christians in Iraq" with Juliana Taimoorazy, founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council,  is scheduled for 3 p.m., Nov. 2. To RSVP, click here. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:30

Construction Begins for Prosper Church

Bishop Paul Lambert shoveled the first spate of dirt and consecrated the location of the future altar Sunday in a commemorative ceremony honoring St. Paul’s in Prosper where the parish started the construction of a new church and school.

For seven years parishioners worshiped at Folsom Elementary School, but by next summer they will have their own 4,500 square-foot worship space that will seat 240 people. The project also includes a 3,000 square-foot room for meetings and gatherings and a 6,500 square-foot office and classroom space that will also be used as a pre-school during the week.

“This is a wonderful day in the life of the Diocese of Dallas, as we dig in this ground we begin to prepare a place in which new lives in Christ will take root and grow into the lives of new disciples,” Lambert said. “This is truly the work of God and we give thanks to Him for his many blessings and to the benefactors who make this work possible.”

The Rev. Michael Gilton planted the church in 2008, at the elementary school where he volunteered as a crossing guard. Over the years the average Sunday attendance has grown to more than 125.

The Dallas diocese has seen lots of success, in recent months, of establishing new churches or reconfiguring established ones. In August, new church plant St. Timothy’s was launched by The Rev. Brendan Kimbrough in the Wylie area where 90 people attended the first official worship service. Earlier this summer the Rev. Paul Wheatley began St. Augustine’s in Oak Cliff, a neighborhood experiencing a surge in urban renewal. The average Sunday attendance at this church is 90.

The Dallas diocese has maintained steady growth in church plants, particularly compared to other dioceses throughout the nation, said Jim Riggert, chairman of the real estate advisory committee and former member of the church planting commission.

The strategy for establishing St. Paul’s in Prosper, began with the purchase of a 7-acre plot in 2008, just before the Great Recession. The high-profile piece of land is a great location for the new church. “God is faithful to us,” Riggert said.

This is an extraordinarily successful church plant, Gilton said. “Since the beginning we have been focused on Jesus and the transformative power of the gospel.”

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:55

From Bishop Lambert

I recently spoke with Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dr. John Carlo regarding the present state of affairs concerning the Ebola event. Both the Mayor and Dr. Carlo assured us that everything was under control and they feel confident we will come through this crisis with new wisdom and experience that will benefit other cities and countries throughout the world.

The City of Dallas is in a close partnership with the Dallas County health Department, the State of Texas Health Department, and with the Center for Disease Control. The mayor is in close contact with the White House and will soon be speaking with Ron Kline, the newly appointed spokesperson for the administration.

The mayor has asked the faith community to assist in allaying fears of a major outbreak and to encourage calm. Currently, we have one Ebola death, and two health care workers who are infected but in stable condition. To put this in perspective, the mayor pointed out that we have had 18 deaths from the West Nile virus.

The mayor also noted that here have been several reports of parents keeping their children away from daycare because children from West Africa are enrolled. Also, Mr. Duncan's family and fiance are finding it difficult to find a place to stay after their release from isolation. Please pray for them.

Finally, and I quote the Mayor, "Dark a day as it was when this broke, we can get through this and we will be stronger than before and the wisdom we have gained from this will be used to benefit other cities and countries."

Pray brothers and sisters in Christ for those infected by the virus both here and abroad, pray also for the families of those victims and for our City of Dallas and those healthcare workers serving us.
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A Prayer for the Diocese

O Lord, you promise to be with your Church until the end of the age: continue this good work as you raise up the next Bishop of Dallas. Prepare this person to be the pastor and spiritual leader who will lead us forward to glorify you. We also ask that you send your Spirit upon the committees and convention given the task of calling our next bishop. Give them prayerful, open and discerning hearts that they may hear your voice and do your will to fulfill your purpose for this diocese. We ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen.