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St. Alban’s Lenten Programs 2014

Sunday, March 9 – Prayer and the Gospel of St. Matthew led by Deacon Nancy Weaver, 6:30pm in Room 10.

Friday, March 14 – Vocal recital at 7:30pm by Dr. Wes Moore, baritone, followed by a reception in the Narthex.

Sunday, March 16 – Prayer and the Gospel of St. Matthew led by Deacon Nancy Weaver, 6:30pm in Room 10.

Friday, March 21 – Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm followed by dinner in the Parish Hall. At 7:30 Father Stanley Maneikis is our guest speaker.

Sunday, March 23 – Prayer and the Gospel of St. Matthew led by Deacon Nancy Weaver, 6:30pm in Room 10.

Friday, March 28 – Concert at 7:30pm by New World Voices, followed by a reception in the Narthex.

Sunday, March 30 – Prayer and the Gospel of St. Matthew led by Deacon Nancy Weaver, 6:30pm in Room 10.

Friday, April 4 – Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm followed by dinner in the Parish Hall. At 7:30 we will have a guest speaker.

Sunday, April 6 – Prayer and the Gospel of St. Matthew led by Deacon Nancy Weaver, 6:30pm in Room 10.

Friday, April 11 – Concert at 7:30pm by Baylor University Chamber Singers, followed by a reception in the Narthex.

A Self Defense class will be held on Sundays (March 9-April 13) from 4:00-5:30pm in the Parish Hall. The cost is $100, but you must contact Amy Wagoner to sign up.

Bishop’s Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Dear Friends in Christ,

We rejoice in today’s ruling by the Texas Supreme Court overturning the summary judgment in favor of The Episcopal Church. The Supreme Court ruled that the Trial Court erred in deferring to the TEC rather than subjecting TEC’s property claims to the same neutral principles of law that apply to everyone else. The Trial Court must now reconsider the merits of the case based upon neutral principles of law, and we are confident that we will prevail when TEC is subjected to neutral principles of Texas law. In sum, while today’s opinions are not a final victory, they indicate that a final victory is only a matter of time.

The decision in our case must be considered in the light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in a related case, also announced today – that of the Church of the Good Shepherd, San Angelo. Here too the Court reversed lower court opinions in favor of TEC and directed the trial court to decide that case based upon neutral principles of law, rather than deference to an hierarchical church.

Notably, in the Good Shepherd case the Supreme Court ruled that a not-for-profit corporation in Texas can change its articles of incorporation and bylaws, and that such revisions are secular matters, not ecclesiastical ones. The Corporation of our Diocese, which holds title to all our church property, is governed by Texas corporate law and has authority to control its own affairs without interference from TEC or other parties. TEC’s argument – that its national officers can remove officers of a Texas corporation by decree – simply doesn’t comply with Texas law.

As you know, TEC’s claim to our local church property is based upon what is known as “the Dennis Canon.” However, the Supreme Court has ruled that any trust that might have been created by the Dennis Cannon was revocable under Texas law. Our Diocese never acceded to the Dennis Cannon when it was formed, and our Diocesan Convention specifically revoked any such trust interest by TEC more than 20 years ago. Today’s decisions effectively remove the Dennis Canon as a viable argument in Texas property disputes.

We wish to express our gratitude to the justices of the Supreme Court for the hard work that went into these two cases, as evidenced by the time it took them to reach a decision. We also are deeply grateful for the counsel and guidance of our team of lawyers who are representing us in these legal proceedings – Scott Brister, Shelby Sharpe, and David Weaver. We thank them for their wisdom and expertise.

I am especially grateful to all of you, the clergy and laity of this Diocese, for your faithfulness and support during this trying period of time. May God continue to bless you for your courage and steadfastness in the faith. Patience and prayer are still required, but in the end, we will prevail.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
August 30, 2013

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