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Black History Month Celebrates Absalom Jones

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, DMin on

February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a federally recognized, nation-wide celebration that provides the opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African Americans have played in the shaping of U.S. history. The Episcopal Church has had many notable...

Golf Tourney to Benefit Retirement Community


“St. James’ House, Baytown, the long-term care facility serving the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, will host their annual golf tournament on March 18, 2011, at Eagle Pointe Golf Course, Mont Belvieu, TX. Prizes include a $ 20,000 “hole in one” award, Visa gift cards and Par...

2011 Clergy Compensation Worksheet


The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (or TRUIRJCA of 2010) included provisions which reduced the Social Security Tax Rate and the Self-Employment Tax Rate by two percent for 2011. Therefore, lay staff will be paying only 4.2 percent...

Council Calls for Unity, Signs Partnership with Southern Malawi

Written by Carol E. Barnwell on

More than 1000 elected delegates, clergy, visitors and exhibitors gathered in Killeen, February 12 and 13, 2010, for the 161st Council, the annual meeting of the Diocese of Texas. Hosted by St. Christopher’s, Killeen, and staffed with volunteers from the surrounding Episcopal churches...

Back to the Future

Written by Lucy Germany on

Between 1963 and 1978, a companionship between Texas and Malawi remained firm. They were years in which the word “mission” in Texas became synonymous with “Malawi.” The diocese sent groups of pilgrims to Malawi, charging them with the serious commitment—upon their return—to spread the word of...

All About Bishop Tengatenga


On Friday May 8, 2009, the Anglican Consultative Council, one of the four instruments of the Anglican Communion, broke into enthusiastic applause with the announcement that the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga was elected to chair the Council. Bishop Tengatenga was one of four candidates and...

Bishop Harrison Lays Groundwork for Mission in Malawi

Written by The Rev. Susan J. Barnes on

  On the heels of an authorizing resolution from the diocese’s 160th Council earlier this year, a small delegation led by Bishop Dena Harrison traveled to the Diocese of Southern Malawi in March. Accompanying her were myself, as chair of World Mission, and two...