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Photos from Episcopal Diocese of Dallas's post 03/30/2021

Photos from Episcopal Diocese of Dallas's post


We all have questions about faith, life and God. The Online Alpha Course is a great space to bring your questions and invite friends and family to bring theirs. The Alpha Course is an 11- week course that creates a space, online or in person, where people can bring their friends for a conversation about faith, life, and God. Sign up here:


Book Discussion: Re-Discipling the White Church: Deacon Jennifer Smith and Canon Evangelist Carrie Headington for a discussion of the book, “Re-discipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity” by David W. Swanson. The book addresses how the church can further live into our call of reconciliation. This discussion meets Tuesdays, 12:00 – 12:45 between February 23 and April 27. We will cover a chapter a week for 10 weeks. All are welcome. To sign up or receive more information contact Deacon Jennifer Smith at [email protected].


This winter storm makes it hard for anyone to stay warm. Please consider making a donation so we can buy food, blankets, coats, and other winter gear for those in need in North Texas. The Diocese is partnering with Project US: Unite and Serve to serve the least of these (Matthew 25), as one body (John 17). Donations can be made here or text to 844-871-9421.

North Texas Cities Open Warming Centers as Millions of Texans Face Bitter Cold and No Power 02/17/2021

North Texas Cities Open Warming Centers as Millions of Texans Face Bitter Cold and No Power

More warming centers are opening for those who need it.

North Texas Cities Open Warming Centers as Millions of Texans Face Bitter Cold and No Power Many North Texas cities are opening warming centers as residents are left with no power and no heat on a night when the low is expected to drop close to zero degrees.


It's cold out there folks, and this is a worthy organization.

The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is joining the Greater Dallas Coalition in reaching out to provide shelter and food to our most vulnerable during this historic freeze. Please help. All donations, 100 percent, buy food, blankets, coats and heaters. This is part of the ongoing work of Project Unite and Serve, and part of the diocese' initiative to serve the least of these (Matthew 25) as one body (John 17). Donations can be made here:

HOME | Tgdcoalition 02/16/2021

HOME | Tgdcoalition

It is freezing in Dallas! Join us in helping feed and warm our houseless neighbors and elderly shut ins. 100% of giving goes towards food, blankets and needs. Go to to give today.

HOME | Tgdcoalition The GDC engages churches and Christian non-profits in a wide net of disciple-making and leadership training options to individual transformation for multiple age ranges


Postils of a Potawatomi Preacher: A Tipi For Christ. For Sunday, February 14 (Mark 9:2-9). Most of the Indigenous people of the Great Plains were nomadic and lodged in tipis, conical-shaped tents made of buffalo skins stretched over long wooden poles. These dwellings were practical in that they were durable and portable, enabling the people to move as the seasons and hunting opportunities changed. In Old Testament times, the tribes of Israel would construct temporary dwelling structures covered with palms or other plant materials during Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. 12/30/2020

January 1, 2021 This is a meditation presented by the The Rev. Michael Mills on the Old Testament reading of Morning Prayer in the Daily Office of the Episcopal Church.


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Postils of a Potawatomi Preacher: Moving into the Neighborhood:
For Sunday, 27 December 2020: John 1:1-18

Today’s reading from the Prologue of the Gospel of John is both theologically majestic and profound. Opening with the words “in the beginning” in the same way as the creation account in Genesis starts, the incarnate Word of God is linked with the very act of creation. The One who made all things in the beginning now comes among the created order as the commencement of a new creation of those redeemed by God: “the Word become flesh and lived among us.” In recent years, this verse has received much attention and caused delight through Eugene Peterson’s colorful paraphrase in The Message: “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.”


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Join us every morning beginning January 1, for a 5 to 7-minute podcast mediation on the Old Testament reading in the morning prayer of the Daily Office. Our diocesan clergy will rotate offering their own take on the reflections as we walk together as a diocese toward Easter and hopefully the end of the pandemic.


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The Cultivation of Christmas Trees
T. S. Eliot

There are several attitudes towards Christmas,
Some of which we may disregard:
The social, the torpid, the patently commercial,
The rowdy (the pubs being open till midnight),
And the childish — which is not that of the child
For whom the candle is a star, and the gilded angel
Spreading its wings at the summit of the tree
Is not only a decoration, but an angel.

The child wonders at the Christmas Tree:
Let him continue in the spirit of wonder
At the Feast as an event not accepted as a pretext;
So that the glittering rapture, the amazement
Of the first-remembered Christmas Tree,
So that the surprises, delight in new possessions
(Each one with its peculiar and exciting smell),
The expectation of the goose or turkey
And the expected awe on its appearance,

So that the reverence and the gaiety
May not be forgotten in later experience,
In the bored habituation, the fatigue, the tedium,
The awareness of death, the consciousness of failure,
Or in the piety of the convert
Which may be tainted with a self-conceit
Displeasing to God and disrespectful to children
(And here I remember also with gratitude
St. Lucy, her carol, and her crown of fire):

So that before the end, the eightieth Christmas
(By “eightieth” meaning whichever is last)
The accumulated memories of annual emotion
May be concentrated into a great joy
Which shall be also a great fear, as on the occasion
When fear came upon every soul:
Because the beginning shall remind us of the end
And the first coming of the second coming.


Prayer for the Diocese: Advent 2020

From the Rt. Rev. George Sumner....

The Rt. Rev. George Sumner offers a prayer to the diocese. 12/10/2020

Meditation from Bishop George Sumner Meditation from the Daily Office: Genesis 12: 1-7, for January 2, 2021.


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It is commonly known that churches in Europe, including the UK, are struggling. Any tourist can gawk at the massive monuments to past faith and wonder whether these cathedrals are museums, or tombs, or living instantiations of the body of Christ. Meanwhile, quietly and around the edges, new life is forming. Some of it is clearer than others: for example, the massive church planting and catechizing efforts of Holy Trinity Brompton in London and throughout the south. But even in England’s less economically prosperous and culturally prominent north there are signs of new life in church. What will the church look like after the collapse of Christendom? Dr. Jason Byassee’s new book, Northern Lights: Resurrecting Church in the North of England offers some clues. Churches that “intend to grow tend to grow,” as David Goodhew says. Readers in North America can learn here from some of the most creative pioneers of church renewal alive.

Please join us for this month’s Zoom continuing education offering from Dr. Jason Byassee, professor of homiletics and biblical interpretation at the Vancouver School of Theology. Dr. Byassee served for a number of years as a contributor and editor for The Christian Century and is the author of many magazine articles and books ranging from the scholarly to the popular. An ordained Methodist minister, he also has served as senior pastor of Boone UMC in Boone, NC, and in several other congregations. Especially given continuing trends of church decline in TEC and throughout North America, the stories he’s uncovered about church growth and renewal in rocky soil can both inform and inspire us in the diocese of Dallas.

This session will be recorded and available for viewing later, for those who cannot make the scheduled time: if you would like to view this later, please contact Kim Lanore. If you plan on participating live, please also RSVP to Kim LaNore, [email protected]. This is the seventh in a series of continuing education offerings by the Diocese during this season of physical but not social and ecclesial distancing. Please join us!


The Book of Common Prayer class is meeting today for the final class of the term. Woohoo!!!


Our Book of Common Prayer class is meeting today for the first time since February. Thanks be to God for technology!


Spiritual Theology with Fr.’s wonderful to hear and SEE him teach again today!


Old Testament class is going great this afternoon. Coronavirus will not keep Stanton Center students from their studies!


It’s working!!!!


Getting ready to host our first Zoom class meeting from the comfort of my easy chair. Bp. Stanton’s Creeds class, lets all pray together that this works! 🙏🙏🙏


[03/13/20]   With much prayerful consideration, we have decided to cancel classes on the 21st of March. So many of us are within the age range which the CDC has determined to be most at risk, we feel that cancelation is the most prudent response.

I’m asking our instructors to contact me with their preferences as to how to make up this missed class. Adding a class day in June might be the simplest solution. I’ll let you all know when that has been decided.

In the meantime, please take care of yourselves. Stay home as much as you can, wash your hands often, and pray for our world, our nation, our diocese, your parishes, and your Stanton Center community. 02/28/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Common Cup Fr. David writes that fear shouldn't keep us from the Eucharistic feast... and provides the scientific studies to back it up.




We are all back home tonight after a full weekend of prayer, profundity, worship, wit, food, friendship, silence, and the Spirit at the Stanton Center fall retreat. Thank you Fr. Ryan Po***ck for your thought-provoking teaching! And Lucy Tamez Creech, your great food made our time away just perfect!


First day of classes!


Episcopal Church Memes

As Episcopalians, we are both catholic and reformed. We do not protest against the historic faith and worship of the church, but maintain it. However, we are not Roman Catholic, and we have no pope. We are Anglicans and members of the worldwide Anglican Communion.


The weather held off today long enough for us to celebrate the graduation of Zoe Holmes and Rhonda Shannon with Diplomas in Christian Ministry.


The danger of theological study



1630 Garrett Avenue
Dallas, TX
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Church of the Incarnation Church of the Incarnation
12727 Hillcrest Rd
Dallas, 75230

Incarnation North is located in North Dallas just south of 635 at 12727 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75230. Worship with us on Sunday at 10:30 am. Check us out at!

Episcopal Diocese of Dallas Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
1630 N Garrett Ave
Dallas, 75206

We are the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas with more than 70 parishes and ministries in the North Texas area working together to share in Christ's love.

The Vision Forum The Vision Forum
14115 Hillcrest Rd
Dallas, 75254

The VISION FORUM was founded to increase awareness of the reality of the human condition and the promise of hope and healing offered through education and the arts

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
1522 Highland Rd
Dallas, 75218

Good Samaritan is an Episcopal Church in the Anglican tradition dedicated to discerning and following the will of Christ in the world.

The Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle (Dallas, Texas) The Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle (Dallas, Texas)
6525 Inwood Rd
Dallas, 75209

Our doors are open to all. This is the inclusiveness that distinguishes our church's past and promises to further enrich its future.

Church of the Incarnation Church of the Incarnation
3966 McKinney Ave
Dallas, 75204

Incarnation Main Campus is located in Uptown Dallas at 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204. Sunday Services: 7:30 am, 9 am, 11:15 am, 5 pm, 5:30 pm. Check us out at!

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Dallas Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Dallas
11122 Midway Rd
Dallas, 75229

Good Shepherd is a place where everyone can reconnect with God, form meaningful relationships with others, and find a place to grow in faith.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church of the Ascension
8787 Greenville Ave
Dallas, 75243

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension welcomes, nourishes and empowers a diverse body of God’s people to heed Jesus’ call to receive and proclaim the gospel and serve our community and the world beyond.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church St. Luke's Episcopal Church
5923 Royal Lane
Dallas, 75230

St. Luke’s is a joyous, family-friendly church located in north Dallas. Our traditional and contemporary worship reflects the spirituality of the Episcopal Church and our Bible-based preaching engages the life-giving issues we face.

St. John's Episcopal Church Dallas St. John's Episcopal Church Dallas
848 Harter Rd
Dallas, 75218

Nurturing faith, inspiring hope, and growing in love as we worship God, make disciples and serve East Dallas and the world. Service times at

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
14115 Hillcrest Rd
Dallas, 75254

Our mission is to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church
7900 Lovers Ln
Dallas, 75225

Welcome to Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church! We're currently worshiping online. Join us!