EDOD Convention 2015
“You’ve got it going on in Dallas,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told the enthusiastic crowd of about 400 at the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas’ 120th convention on Nov. 13. “You’ve got it going on.”
Curry spoke in his trademark dynamic style at the convention meeting held on the eve of Bishop-elect George Sumner’s consecration as bishop of the Dallas diocese.
The convention, led by Bishop Suffragan Paul Lambert, quickly processed the routine business of passing the budget, and voting for new representatives on leadership committees.
The day started with a morning prayer led by the Rev. Oliver Lee who preached an emotionally riveting sermon, and told the group of clergy and laity, “…to be led by the Holy Spirit is to have God take responsibility of you.”
Electronic voting devices were used for the first time, for the election of new members to the Standing Committee, Executive Council and the University of the South Trustee.
The Rev. Terry Reisner, from St Paul’s in Waxahachie and Jolayne Lacour, who attends St. David’s in Denton were elected to serve a three-year term on the Standing Committee.
The Rev. Samira Izadi Page, from Gateway of Grace and The Rev. Perry Mullins, from Good Shepherd in Dallas were both elected to serve on the Executive Council.
Christopher Ayres, Transfiguration; Tracy Hutchison, St. Andrew’s in McKinney; Bill McGannon, Saint Michael and All Angels; and Audrey Sutton who attends Epiphany in Richardson were all elected to serve on the Executive Council.
The Rev. Bill Murray, from Saint Michael and All Angels was elected at the University of the South Trustee.
Lambert announced his intention to retire in 2016 to spend more time with his wife, Sally, children and grandchildren. The Rev. Michael Gilton, who serves on the Standing Committee, thanked Lambert, “for his faithful leadership in the time of transition. “We pledge our prayers and support for him as he continues to serve the diocese.” Gilton said. “We love you, and we love your heart bishop.” Lambert received a standing ovation for his service.
Sumner spoke briefly at the convention about his excitement to work in the Dallas diocese among people who are doing good work. Curry spoke at the end of the meeting and talked about spreading the word of the Gospel.“My brothers and sisters, we need the Diocese of Dallas to join us on the Jesus movement. We will go together as the Episcopal Church. God loves you.”