Thursday, March 27, 2014

Diolog: Renovaré Conference, Episcopal Night with the Astros and More

Renovaré Conference, April 3-5

Join facilitator Richard Foster for this Diocesan-sponsored conference in Houston with keynoters Larry Crabb, Eugene Cho, Ruth Haley Barton and others. Click above to learn more.

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Free Clergy Spouse Retreat, April 4-5, at Camp Allen
This free retreat is an invitation from JoAnne Doyle, Larry Harrison and Susan Fisher for all active clergy spouses. Join for fun, food and fellowship. You can even sign up for skeet shooting or horseback riding. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 4 and ends April 5 at 3 p.m. Register here.

Sign Up Your Sharing Faith Dinner Coordinator!
Join us for an evening of small group conversations about faith, beginning with a simple, shared meal in parishioner homes. Every church is asked to identify a Dinner Coordinator for their church members' participation. The Dinner Coordinator will coordinate host families and moderators, communicate with parish members, register church members who don't have access to email, and facilitate parish member participation. Click here to register by April 1, 2014 or as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or will not be participating, please contact Gail McGuire in the Diocesan Office (

Altar Guild Workship in Roundrock, March 29
Bishop Jeff Fisher and the Rev. Stuart Shelby will join this workshop on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Taizé Continues Texas Tour With Trip to Houston, April 25-27
We are blessed to have the brothers of Taizé with us this Spring. They are being hosted by St. John The Divine, Houston on April 25-27. These gatherings are part of Taize's "Pilgrimage of trust across the earth". Click here to learn more

Mike Endicott Visits Houston for Weekend of Healing Ministry
The Rev. Mike Endicott will return to St. John the Divine, Houston, for a weekend of healing ministry, April 30 - May 4. Learn more here.

Bayou City Service Corps Seeks Fellows for 2014-15
Young adults are encouraged to apply for Bayou City Service Corps. Bayou City is a year-long program starting in August that exists to provide young adults (ages 18-32) the time and space needed to search for truth, work for social and economic justice, live in community, and be challenged into a more deliberate way of life. Fellows will work at a Houston based non-profit. Benefits include housing, insurance, stipend and $2,000 end-of-service award. Participants do not have to be Episcopalian, so pass on to your friends of other faiths! Click here to read more or apply.

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.

UTMB Learning Dinners in Galveston for Persons with Dementia, Tuesdays in April
Galveston area families, their loved ones with dementia, friends and caregivers are invited to attend. Following each gourmet buffet dinner a panel of dementia and Alzheimer's specialists will lead an interactive conversation. Panel leader is Dr. Mikaila Raji. Other panelists will enjoy dinner with the attendees. Click here to learn more.

Interfaith Ministries of Houston Hosts Spiritual Gathering for Women, April 24
This event will be hosted by the lovely women of the Arya Samaj of Greater Houston who will tell us all about their Hindu faith and traditions. Click here to learn more and register.

TENS Conference Opens Registration for June 6-7 Event
The theme for this year's TENS Stewardship Conference 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 to learn more.

Sign Up for Diocesan Youth Music Camp, July 6-12
The Diocesan Music Commission will present Diocesan Music Camp for musicians in rising grades 4-8. The camp will be expanded to include both vocal and instrumental music instruction. Interested campers can apply here.  Scholarships are available.  For more information, contact Dr. Linda Patterson 979.836.7248.

Malawi Trip Seeks More Participants
Join other Episcopalians, June 12-29, and travel to our partner diocese in Southern Malawi to stay with local families, worship, participate in ministry and learn about their cultural history. You will learn what is being done to improve the lives of Malawians and where challenges still exist. A river safari is included. Cost is $3800 which covers airfare from Houston or Austin, accommodations, entrance fees and most meals. Partial scholarships are available. Email Nancy Parish at For more information click here. Applications and a $500 must be submitted as soon as possible. Full payment will be required by April 14.

Walking the Mourner's Path Groups in Houston & Spring
Walking the Mourners' Path, a small group program for those mourning the death of a loved one, will be offered at Palmer, Houston and Holy Comforter, Spring. Meeting for 8 weeks on Tuesday evenings at Palmer and Sunday afternoons at Holy Comforter, the faith-based group will be led by trained facilitators and follows a curriculum. To learn more about the Palmer meeting, contact Sue Hamblen at For the Holy Comforter meeting, contact Deacon Bob Lowry at 281.229.0194 or

Register for THE Conference with Bishop Rob Wright, May 2-4
Bp. Rob Wright of Atlanta, joins Jamie Clark-Soles, author and professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas as keynoters for THE CONFERENCE on evangelism, stewardship and formation, May 2-4, 2014. Learn more and register here

Office of Congregational Development Seeks Experienced Administrative Assistant
The Diocesan Office of Congregational Development seeks an experienced Administrative Assistant. This is a full-time, salaried position in the Houston Diocesan Center. Email resume and cover letter to Stephanie Taylor at Click here for a full job description

The Episcopal Health Foundation Has Several Job Openings
EHF has openings for Communications Director, Business Manager, Director of Impact, and Grants Director. Apply today!

More Upcoming Events

March 28 - Bishop Doyle Speaks at Houston ECW Luncheon

March 28 - St. Andrew's Downtown Dialogue, Bryan

March 30 - Matt Linn Visits St. George's, Texas City

March 31 - Matt Linn Gives Clergy Presentation at Diocesan Office

April 4 - An Evening of Poetry and Music at Trinity, Houston

April 5 - Lenten Quiet Day at St. James', Houston

April 6 - Little Church Club Meeting, Camp Allen

May 5 - Retreat for Retired Clergy, Spouses, and Retired Spouses

Click here for a full calendar.

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