Monday, March 03, 2008

Presiding Bishop to speak in Dallas UPDATED!!!

UPDATE: The garden blessing at The Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle will now start at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28. The reception/Q&A will follow immediately in the parish hall. (The initial start time was posted as 6 p.m.)

For all you folks in the Fort Worth diocese who have wondered about our presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, here's your chance to meet her, listen to her, talk with her.

She is visiting Dallas with the approval of Bp. James Stanton.

Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will be at St. Thomas the Apostle at 6525 Inwood Road in Central Dallas on Monday, April 28.

Mark your calendars now.

Here's the release from St. Thomas:

The Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas The Apostle announces that the Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will visit the Dallas parish on Monday April 28.

During her visit, the Presiding Bishop will participate in a blessing service for the new Saint Thomas Community Garden, tour the newly restored and rebuilt Saint Thomas church buildings and speak at a reception for church and community members. The garden blessing and reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,[now 2:30 p.m] and members of other parishes and the general public are invited to attend.

“We are honored that the Presiding Bishop has accepted our invitation to visit our parish in Dallas, and we eagerly look forward to having her with us on April 28,” said the Rev. Stephen J. Waller, rector of Saint Thomas.

“Our Community Garden is growing food to fight hunger right here where we live,” Rev. Waller said. “It reflects the Millennium Development Goals of our national church to eradicate hunger wherever it occurs. Our community garden as well as our recently restored and rebuilt church facilities reflect our commitment and growth as a parish of thinking, tolerant Christians engaged in life with our God, our families and friends, and the broader community within the best traditions of the Episcopal Church.”

The Saint Thomas Community Garden is located on a formerly vacant lot adjacent to the church at the corner of Inwood Road and Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Church members have created two large “pantry plots” on which they are growing vegetables that will be donated entirely to local food banks and organizations fighting hunger in Dallas. In addition, the garden has 16 private plots maintained by individuals who have agreed to give at least 10 percent of their harvest to local food banks.

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