Welcome to the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northwest Texas --a place where the vast open plains are as wondrous as the big sky above! As depicted in the pectoral cross of Bishop J. Scott Mayer, the stars, moon, and sun are representative of the beauty one may find in this region of Texas. The landscape, covering 77,000 square miles is as diverse as the cities and people, with the canyons and rangelands of the Staked Plains; agricultural fields abounding; and the rough and ready country of the Rolling Plains. The people here are known for their warm and friendly smiles, making one feel like an old and trusted friend.
Bishop Scott Mayer’s Statement on General Convention Actions
Written by Nancy Igo
Friday, July 03, 2015
July 2, 2015
This has been a significant historical week for The Episcopal Church. I am overwhelmed with joy at the election of Michael Curry as our next Presiding Bishop. Bishop Curry is an evangelist at heart. His love for Jesus is palpable, contagious, and inspirational. It won't be long before everybody -- both within and beyond the Church -- knows Michael Curry’s story.
In addition to the great gifts Bishop Curry brings to us this election of our first African American presiding bishop is a significant moment in our history, as it was when Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected as our first female presiding bishop nine years ago. Bishop Curry is the right person for the right time, and I am elated, proud, and full of hope that we will follow his lead and become more expressive of our faith and in proclaiming the Good News of God's love for all people.
The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, was elected as the next Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church by a wide majority on the first ballot. His election was ratified by the House of Deputies in an affirmative vote of 98%. Bishop Curry and his family joined the House of Deputies, where he was received by a jubilant crowd that could be heard singing the Doxology.
For more news and information about the Presiding Bishop Elect, please follow this link to Episcopal News Service.
The Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, Bishop of Northwest Texas and newly elected Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Ft. Worth, released a joint message today with the Rt. Rev. Rayford High, current Provisional Bishop of Ft. Worth, on the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Bishop Mayer is currently attending at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, at which the topic of same-sex marriage and blessings will be discerned and discussed.
"We are gratified at today’s Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. This is a decision that effects our civil rights, and we are grateful for it. As we write this, The Episcopal Church is in discernment about what this means for our church life.
We are aware of the rich diversity of opinions held on this topic. We are also aware that for many this is not an “issue,” but something that touches directly on their lives and their faithfulness in love.
As we live into this new reality in our nation and reflect on how it will echo in our church, let us always remember that we are sisters and brothers bound together in the love of Jesus Christ. God loves us all. No exceptions.
Pray for your bishops and deputies as we deliberate in the midst of this new paradigm."
The Right Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., Provisional Bishop
The Right Rev. J. Scott Mayer, Provisional Bishop-elect
Last Updated on Friday, July 03, 2015
Convention News 2015
Written by Nancy Igo
Thursday, January 29, 2015
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Diocesan Convention 2015
(located just off University Ave. and the Marsha Sharp Freeway in Lubbock)