The Diocesan Disaster Relief Team is organizing several trips to the coastal bend for Hurricane Harvey cleanup. The team is also collecting funds for current and future disaster aid. Please make all checks/donations to the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas Disaster Relief. Mail to 1630 N. Garrett Ave., Dallas, 75206.
This is the name of an indigenous village in southern Alaska, where in the 17th Century, Russian Orthodox monks served as missionaries. The village lies on an inlet of the Pacific near glaciers. I have included a picture of the older church, (partially obscured, on the left), the newer building, and a series of small structures, the size of doghouses, in the cemetery in the foreground. These were a carry-over from pagan, pre-Christian times, when such small homes were built for deceased ancestors in their burial grounds. As a missionary, I heard of similar mini-homes for ancestors in the front yards of the homes on Wahaya in east Africa.
This past Saturday 91 people registered for our Rural Church conference hosted by St. Dunstan’s Church in Mineola. The group included 17 priests and 18 different parishes and missions. This would prove to be the largest gathering of rural churches since they begin meeting as part of the Rural Gathering hosted by the Rural Church Commission over 10 years ago.
The risk that Mr. George Rottenstein took in coming to Dallas in 1856 to serve here on a full-time basis when there were only two churches in Dallas at the time and both of them only circuit riders. In February of that year the city had just been granted a charter to incorporate as a city. Population in 1860: 678. What a man of faith and commitment.
Answering the call to serve in the army during the War Between the States, he returned to redevelop the fledgling congregation-that had been devastated by the Great Fire of 1860-only to die several years later. He had raised $1,000 to build a church building that he would never see.
Project Moses is the new Mission and Outreach Ministry at Saint Michael and All Angels that has been formed to help combat human trafficking – Modern Day Slavery. To educate parishioners and bring focus to the issue, a series of speakers was brought to Saint Michael this past spring. Bill Bernstein of Mosaic Family Services, David Klimek of the FBI, and George Lynch of Traffic 911 provided practical information to aid in the formation of our Ministry.
Diocesan congregations and visitors are invited to Iglesia Episcopal De La Santa Natividad in Plano for a Latino Festival complete with Holy Eucharist, food, music, dancing and children's games.
The event is scheduled for 2 to 9 p.m., October 21 at the church at 2200 18th Street in Plano, 75074.
The Diocese of Dallas will be hosting a men’s winter coat and shoe drive at the Diocesan convention to benefit the men served by One Man’s Treasure, a faith based ministry that delivers sets of clothing to indigent men when they are released from prison and return to the Dallas area.
In the preface to his 2004 commentary on the Song of Songs, Robert Jenson quoted the invitation he had received to write that commentary: “Every systematic theologian should write biblical commentary at the end of his career.” Jens saw the point, but added that he wasn’t certain how to take “that reference to ‘the end of his career.’” It was mordantly funny to read that thirteen years ago. Today it is just sad.
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