Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This Week's Diolog: Episcopalians Embrace SXSW, March Magazine Online, and More

Episcopalians Embrace SXSW

As Austin becomes the center of American cultural experiences for SXSW, Episcopalians plan to capitalize on the opportunity to blend art and spirituality with a spirit of Texas hospitality. Click above to read more.

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LOGOS Project Available on iTunes Podcast
The LOGOS project is a series of encounters with global faith leaders speaking on the topics of their expertise. While LOGOS will remain a video series, we wanted to make the audio versions available for anyone to download to their phones or mobile devices so you can listen in the car, at the gym or anywhere you want! Search "Logos Project" on the iTunes Podcast app or click here to access. Or, you can find it on the Libsyn app or online here. Podcasts will be added on an irregular basis, so be sure to hit "subscribe." Happy listening!

Brené Brown Speaks at Christ Church Cathedral Tonight
Christ Church Cathedral will host a five-part Lenten series on Wednesdays. The series will offer two components — noonday prayer service with a lecture (12–1 p.m. in the Cathedral) and also an evening facilitated question-and-answer session (6:30–8 p.m. in Latham Auditorium) Brené Brown is one of several fantastic speakers lined up. Learn more here.

Can't Make SXSW? St. Mark's, Houston, Has Free Alternative
If you live in or near Houston and like free stuff, music, or food, St. Mark's has something just for you. Learn more here.

Taizé Brothers Visiting Texas in March and April
In the spring of 2014, as part of the "pilgrimage of trust on earth," three weekends for young adults will be held in Texas. Join them in Austin March 21-23, Dallas April 4-6, or Houston April 25-27. Learn more here.

FREE ECW Spiritual Growth Workshop in Salado on March 15
Join the ECW at St. Joseph Episcopal Church, 881 N. Main St., Salado for a free Spiritual Growth Workshop entitled "Tending Your Spiritual Garden" on March 15 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Mary Koppal from Good Shepherd, Austin, will share her advice on taking care of ourselves so that we may better take care of others. Workshop stations will include making bath crystals, rock salt potpourri, prayer beads, lotions and recycled paper with wildflower seeds. The workshop is open to all women. Gather your best friends for a relaxing day in Salado. This is a free event, but please register here.

Johnny's Walkers Raise Record Amount
Canon John Logan's Houston AIDS Walk team raised $16,192, the most ever by the team. Thanks to all who contributed!

National Renovaré Conference Comes to Houston, April 3-5
Renovaré is a ministry committed to Christian spiritual formation. The Diocese of Texas is a co-sponsor this year, and the conference theme is "Formation for whole life: identity, community, and mission." Register now.

Walking the Mourner's Path Group at Palmer Memorial, Houston
Walking the Mourners' Path, a small group program for those mourning the death of a loved one, will be offered at Palmer this spring, beginning after Easter. Meeting for 8 weeks on Tuesday evenings, the faith-based group will be led by trained facilitators and follows a curriculum. Palmer is located at 6221 Main St. in Houston and invites all interested persons to contact facilitators Sue Hamblen at or Betty Key at for more information.

Join a National Gathering to Challenge Violence, April 9-11
Presentations, workshops and panel discussions examining violence in all its forms in American society, with a hard look at what can be done, are the elements of  a special Episcopal Church gathering: Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence. Bishops, clergy and laity from throughout the Episcopal Church are invited to gather April 9 – 11 at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). Read more.

TENS Stewardship Conference Offers Many Ways to Participate, June 6-7
The theme is Walking the Way. Sister Joan Chittister, The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, and The Rev. Canon Charles La Fond, Canon Steward at St. John's in Denver, will serve as keynote speakers. You can visit in person, sign up for a live webcast or a recorded webcast. Click here for more information.

More Upcoming Events

March 15 - Lenten Retreat at Grace, Houston, with Francis Bennett

March 21 - The Missing Link Concert at St. Thomas, Houston

March 22 - Cruzando la Frontera con Jesus, Houston

March 24 - Samuel T. Lloyd at Seminary of the Southwest

Click here for a full calendar.

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