Monday, 15 December 2014 09:29

A Christmas Message From Bishop Lambert

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“ For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9: 6-7)

As we come to the close of another year and anticipate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ into the world, into our hearts and souls, we do so in the midst of a world troubled by tragedy, unsettled by turmoil at home, and what seems to be a disregard for the sanctity of human life. At times we struggle to see light in the darkness that overcomes us when we live our lives apart from the lives God calls us to live through his Son Jesus Christ.

Yet, in the midst of all of this the message of scripture, the message of Isaiah can bring us hope and renewal. The journey is a difficult one, but we are assured by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit that He is with us, and He will guide and protect us. Isaiah reminds us that “a child will be born for us, a son given to us,” one who will bring comfort and peace to a troubled and broken world -- peace that passes all understanding.

My hope for each of you during this holy season is that you will find peace that passes our understanding. A peace that will strengthen and encourage you to walk in the way of the Lord, receiving Him into your heart and soul and there, He might also find his dwelling place. As He dwells in you may you also be a messenger of peace, praying daily for peace throughout the world and the lives of those you love.

May God bless and keep you, and may the light of his countenance shine upon you always.

+Bishop Paul

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:39

Election of the Presiding Bishop

The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following statement:

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has completed initial conversations with those bishops who have entered the discernment process for the 2015 election of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.  The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori's nine-year term concludes in October.  The interviews followed the Committee's call for nominations, which ended September 30.  The JNCPB invited all bishops who were nominated to enter into the discernment process by providing biographical information, references, and responses to several questions.

JNCPB members conducted virtual interviews in November and into the first week of December. Teams of three to four committee members met electronically with nominees for an hour of video conversation.  Videos and written materials will help the JNCPB to discern the list of candidates who will prepare for face-to-face meetings with the Nominating Committee in the spring of 2015.  Members of the JNCPB will gather in January.

JNCPB committee member Nina Vest Salmon (Diocese of Southwestern Virginia) comments, "Episcopal church leadership is remarkably strong.  Our immediate awareness is that we have excellent candidates, all bringing great gifts in the context of deep spiritual grounding.  We are grateful to the candidates for their willingness to enter into this period of discernment."

The JNCPB asks for your prayers in the discernment process and asks also for prayers for those bishops who have entered the process.

The JNCPB committee is composed of a lay member, a priest or deacon, and a bishop elected from each of the nine provinces of the Episcopal Church, plus two youth representatives who were appointed by the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. The General Convention Deputies and bishops serve a three-year term to conclude at the close of General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City.


 

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on the release of prisoners from Cuba:

I give thanks for the release today of prisoners held by Cuba and the United States.  The return of Alan Gross and the remaining three of the Cuban Five to their homes will bring great rejoicing to their families and their nations.  This action also opens the door to regularized relations between these two countries for the first time in 50 years.  The Episcopal Church rejoices with these families and we have deep hope for the possibilities of reconciliation and exchange between the divided parts of the Church and humanity.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:57

Financial and Administrative Conference

The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is hosting a Financial and Administrative Conference for its diocesan churches, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 17, at Church of the Transfiguration, at 14115 Hillcrest Road in Dallas.

 The conference will offer business administrators and treasurers an opportunity to network and learn about current trends in church insurance. Preparation of financial statements, compensation issues and audit reporting will also be discussed. 

 RSVP by Jan. 12 to Kim Lanore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 214.826.8310. If you have questions or wish to submit a topic for the workshop please contact Ticoy Young at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 The conference is free of charge and will include lunch.

Monday, 08 December 2014 16:13

Christmas Message from Presiding Bishop

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her Christmas Message 2014 prays: “May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide.  May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.”

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s message:

Christmas message 2014

The altar hanging at an English Advent service was made of midnight blue, with these words across its top:  “We thank you that darkness reminds us of light.”  Facing all who gathered there to give thanks were images of night creatures – a large moth, an owl, a badger, and a bat – cryptic and somewhat mysterious creatures that can only be encountered in the darkness.

As light ebbs from the days and the skies of fall, many in the Northern Hemisphere associate dark with the spooks and skeletons of secular Hallowe’en celebrations.  That English church has reclaimed the connection between creator, creation, and the potential holiness of all that is.  It is a fitting reorientation toward the coming of One who has altered those relationships toward new possibilities for healing and redemption.

Advent leads us into darkness and decreasing light.  Our bodies slow imperceptibly with shorter days and longer nights, and the merriness and frantic activity around us are often merely signs of eager hunger for light and healing and wholeness.

The Incarnation, the coming of God among us in human flesh, happened in such a quiet and out of the way place that few noticed at first.  Yet the impact on human existence has been like a bolt of lightning that continues to grow and generate new life and fire in all who share that hunger.

Jesus is among us like a flitting moth – will we notice his presence in the street-sleeper?  He pierces the dark like a silent, streaking owl seeking food for hungry and defenseless nestlings.  He will overturn this world’s unjust foundations like badgers undermining a crooked wall.  Like the bat’s sonar, his call comes to each one uniquely – have we heard his urgent “come and follow”?

God is among us, and within us, and around us, encountering, nudging, loving, transforming the world and its creatures toward the glorious dream the shepherds announced so many years ago, toward the beloved community of prophetic dreams, and the nightwatch that proclaims “all is well, fear not, the Lord is here.”

May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide.  May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, and it is the harbinger of peace for all creation.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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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.