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BREAKING: Fort Worth Standing Committee Announces Intention to ‘Move Forward’

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 • 10:51 am

Report of the Standing Committee

We, the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, have recently conducted two meetings with clergy and lay leaders of the diocese. This was done in accord with our decision, announced in May, to continue to seek Alternative Primatial Oversight as requested by vote of the 2006 Diocesan Convention. The meetings allowed us to explore the options before us. All active parish clergy resident in the diocese were invited to attend one of the two meetings. The junior and senior wardens of each congregation also were invited to attend, to represent the concerns of the laity.

The purpose of the meetings was to give each participant an opportunity to share personal feelings and opinions on the crisis facing The Episcopal Church and the relationship of this diocese to General Convention. The meetings were characterized by a spirit of charity and openness, as well as anxiety and grief. We heard sincere and faithful voices from all points of view. It was the opinion of all that, regardless of what course of action is taken, there will be tremendous cost at all levels. At the same time, we were encouraged by the honest discussion during this time of listening.

Three general options for the future were identified in May. During the whole course of both meetings, we heard two or three persons voice support for a path of complete accession to the positions taken by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. There was a little more support for continuing the current course of staying and witnessing within The Episcopal Church. The overwhelming opinion expressed by those who spoke was that it is time for the realignment to move forward, as we committed ourselves to doing at our Diocesan Convention of 2003.* Sadly, no other solution to the crisis could be identified. With faith and renewed hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, we will move forward.

We appreciate the contributions made by all who participated, and we pray for the life and direction of this diocese.

The Very Rev. Ryan S. Reed
on behalf of the Standing Committee

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I am so very thankful that Dean Reed and the Standing Committee have issued this statement for the Diocese of Fort Worth.  I thank God each and every day for the witness of Bishop Iker and all of the faithful clergy and laity for their witness to the true Gospel.  It is such an honor to be a member of the DoFW and its cathedral parish.

[1] Posted by Verger on 09-25-2007 at 11:26 AM • top

So, would they be up for the DEPO now being discussed by the HoB and have an “Episcopal Visitor”? Or are they looking to the GS?

[2] Posted by TLDillon on 09-25-2007 at 11:27 AM • top

grrr, how come Verger is so lucky?!?!

Just kidding. Leo the lion is a light to us all.

[3] Posted by robroy on 09-25-2007 at 11:29 AM • top

Don’t go for DEPO, your church will end up a Home Depot.

[4] Posted by Rocks on 09-25-2007 at 11:35 AM • top

I believe we are looking to the GS.  From VirtueOnLine:

Ft. Worth Bishop Jack Iker said, “it sounded like a case of Mother Schori knows best and she will tell us what she has decided, in her good time. Rather condescending! She has not consulted with one bishop who requested APO. Feels to me like a case of ‘too little, too late’. Wasn’t DEPO a failure for the same reason?”

Iker wrote VOL to say, “Have we agreed to it? Heavens no! Just heard it announced this morning. The offer is meaningless, without substance, and a brush-off for the dioceses requesting APO.”

[5] Posted by Verger on 09-25-2007 at 11:36 AM • top

So folks, how will +KJS spin loosing a whole diocese?


[6] Posted by R S Bunker on 09-25-2007 at 12:20 PM • top

Why am I reminded of that great scene in Monty Python and The Holy Grail ” It’s only a flesh wound.” ?

[7] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 09-25-2007 at 12:38 PM • top

PS.  Re the above I should clarify I mean in terms of KJS and others response to the exodus from TEC.

[8] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 09-25-2007 at 12:39 PM • top

I like J.L.I.
Orthodox, and very responsive!  Bear with me, I need to share:

In May of 2006, my parents (attending a DoFW parish) had their 50th aniversary.  I thought it’d be cool to see if I could a congrats from JLI, and I sent him an email, to the address listed on the DoFW site, at about 10:30PM.  I checked email at about 10:45, and had a reply that said, in essence, Sure!  Glad to!

This was a Monday night.  Wednesday, I had his letter in my mailbox in North Dallas.  He had to have written and signed it in the early AM Tuesday, and had it go out when the mailman swung by the office.

I applaud the man.  He’s, as far as I can tell, an active and faithful shepherd, tending his flock.  As should be all Bishops.

[9] Posted by Clay From Dallas on 09-25-2007 at 01:49 PM • top

Read the thing twice.  Still don’t see what DioFW is moving forward with.  Only hints.

So: Diocese of Fort Worth, you are moving forward to do what?

[10] Posted by DaveW on 09-25-2007 at 02:28 PM • top

Oh yes, Bishop Iker answers his emails almost as soon as he reads them.  A commenter on another blog mentioned to me some rumor that turned out to be false, I sent ++Iker the link and asked him if it was true, he replied to me later that day.

I’ve a lot of reasons why I like my bishop :D

[11] Posted by Courageous Grace on 09-25-2007 at 02:29 PM • top



[12] Posted by deanreed on 09-25-2007 at 03:41 PM • top

So folks, how will +KJS spin loosing a whole diocese?

No problem!  +KJS & her pet bull David Booth Beers have declared that while people can leave the Episcopal Church, parishes and Dioceses cannot do so. Given that, there is no possibility of “losing” a diocese!  After all, it will still be on the map!!  cool smirk

[13] Posted by Allen Lewis on 09-25-2007 at 05:46 PM • top

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