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The 163rd Diocesan Council

posted Feb 13, 2012, 1:21 PM by   [ updated Jun 15, 2012, 2:56 PM by Web Master ]
This past weekend, February 10th & 11th, Diocesan Council gathered in Bryan Texas, to order, prepare, and facilitate the continuing work and mission of Christ in Texas.  These yearly meetings are an important part of our church governance and a reflection of our wider fellowship as Episcopalians.  With over 170 parishes and missions, the gathered legislative body and their guests numbers nearly 1000 people.

Bishop Doyle set the tone of the gathering, calling us into unity and recognizing the good work of Diocese throughout Texas history.  Bishop Doyle also established that our present work is an extension of this unity and we are called to the ongoing formation of Christians uniquely shaped and styled as Episcopalians.

Noting the upcoming 2012 General Convention in June and the controversy it would likely stir, Bishop Doyle issued a call to lead rather than react and promised that the diocese would provide a strategy to do so.

We approved a resolution that calls for the election of a Suffragan Bishop.  This important assisting bishop helps Bishop Doyle better serve what is a wide and varied diocese. There will be an opportunity to meet candidates on May 12th at Camp Allen and the election will be held on June 2nd at Christ Church Cathedral.

Overall, it was a weekend that ended in hope and unity.  Your delegates and their alternates – Marian Scott, Randy Cromwell, Daniel Crawford, and Kim Day – took part in the weekend’s activities and represented St. Christopher admirably. Take an opportunity to thank them and ask them about their experience.