2017 Diocesan Convention

2017 Diocesan Convention

The Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth was held Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Cleburne Convention Center.

Read a wrapup of convention news, with links to information and photos:

Welcome Video


Read or view guest preacher Doug Travis’ sermon from the opening Eucharist.

The offering from the opening Eucharist ($1,161) is being sent to Episcopal Relief & Development to support those recovering from hurricanes.


View or print the Agenda

Bishop Mayer's Address to Convention
Financial Presentation on Grants




There were eight positions open for nomination at the 2017 Convention: At-Large Members of Executive Council, Disciplinary Board members, Standing Committee members, and a Trustee of the University of the South.

View the original slate of nominees and their bios.

View a chart of voting rules for each type of elected position.


  • Standing Committee, Lay – Robert Hicks
  • Standing Committee, Clergy – Carlye Hughes
  • Disciplinary Board, Lay – Jane Dennis
  • Disciplinary Board, Clergy – Janet Nocher
  • University of the South Trustee, Clergy – Suzi Robertson
  • Executive Council, Lay – Judy Cariker and Barbara Evans Chowning
  • Executive Council, Clergy – Tony Hiatt
  • View or print Published Reports individually
  • All reports will also be published in the Convention Journal


Mystics, activists and sowers: Learn something new at at Convention workshops

Vendors and Exhibitors

Tina's Toppers

Justine Roberson creates scarves, hats and other hand-made accessories that make great gifts.

Justine's convention booth
Justine Robertson of ‘Tina’s Toppers’
Seminary of the Southwest

Seminary of the Southwest forms men and women for the service of Christ in lay or ordained ministry within the church and the larger society. We’ll share information about our degree programs as well as news from on campus that our alumni and others will be interested in.

University of the South School of Theology

Sewanee, as we are familiarly known, is an internationally recognized university with students from 31 countries and from 48 states.

Consistently ranked as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, the University of the South is considered one of the “best values” in higher education and one of the top five most beautiful campuses in the United States. Sewanee is committed to education, diversity, and service. Twenty-six Rhodes Scholars have been educated at Sewanee, and we offer a wide range of academic opportunities for young scholars with world-class talent to thrive.

Episcopal Relief & Development

We will be distributing the new Christmas 2017 Episcopal Relief and Development gift catalog and displaying several items showing the work of Episcopal Relief and Development in the USA and around the world this year, including a mosquito net that has cut deaths from malaria in half in the 3rd world.

Threads of Blessing

Threads of Blessing is ministry of the Diocese of West Texas. It is composed of women who delight in holding a needle and thread to design and embroider. We are committed to supporting and nurturing the creative process. Threads of Blessings enables women in Honduras and Uganda to produce unique pieces of textile art that represent their culture and surroundings. Through the sale of their work in America, these women are able to provide medical care, education for their children, buy livestock and seed for crops, and build simple homes for their families. As their work improves and their confidence grows, many lives are being impacted and changed. For the women in America, some are missionaries and some are stay-at-home embroiderers working on needlework commissioned projects for churches and individuals in America.

Texas Impact

Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact exists to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally held social principles of the Abrahamic traditions.

Clergy Library Book Swap

Clergy have donated books from their libraries for Convention members to peruse and enjoy. Books are free for anyone to take – any funds donated in exchange for the books will be added to the Convention Eucharist offering benefitting hurricane relief through Episcopal Relief and Development.

4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry

4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is open from 12-2 pm each Friday. Clients may receive food one time per month. We serve Zip Codes 76103, 76112 and 76120.

4Saints is supported by the parishes of the Fort Worth East Deanery of The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth: St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth (where the pantry is located); St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller; St. Alban’s, Arlington and St. Stephen’s, Hurst.

On January 27, 2017, 4Saints opened its doors for the first time. Although the original plan was to open once a month to serve the community, the decision was quickly made to open once a week to be able to serve more families in the east Fort Worth zip codes of 76103, 76112 and 76120. View photos from the grand opening and ribbon-cutting.

At our table, we will have some items for purchase and be open to receiving donations.

The Episcopal Church in Parker County

Learn more about the work of church planting going through the Episcopal Church in Parker County.

screen capture of ECPC homepage

We are a missional church plant in The Episcopal Diocese of Forth Worth that began meeting in June 2017 under the leadership of Fr. Hunter Ruffin and the pastoral oversight of The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer.
We believe that everything is rooted in authentic relationship with God, with self, and with others. Our relationships with each other and with God through Christ Jesus help us to experience the in-breaking reign of God’s love.
We gather at the offices of Habitat for Humanity on the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 4-6pm. We hope that you will accept our invitation to join our community of disciples. God’s love is for everyone – no exceptions!

Fr. Ruffin will also be presenting a workshop on Saturday morning.

Refugee Services of Texas

Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.

Founded in 1978, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) is a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group – as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

To provide our clients with employment assistance, initial housing, household goods and furnishings, case management, resources, referrals, education, and guidance to assist in establishing self-sufficient lives in Texas, RST works in partnership with volunteers, faith-based communities, social service groups, and businesses. RST is an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Church World Service (CWS), and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM).

We will have a table full of information about our work, volunteer opportunities and congregational fundraising ideas to help support our efforts to provide for refugee clients and their families integrating into their Fort Worth neighborhoods with a staff person available to answer questions.

infographic showing refugee journey

Also, an example of an LDS church group participating in an apartment set-up and welcome team:

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.