“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another
—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.“ - Hebrews 10:24-25
The relationship between Ascension and the Diocese of Dallas has changed a bit in the last year. In previous articles the nature and impetus of these changes have been addressed; however, here I intend to address the continued importance this relationship holds. Whereas we receive pastoral oversight from a Bishop other than our own, we as a parish are still indeed members of the Diocese of Dallas. As such, we participate in the life and ministry of the Diocese.
Summer camp is one aspect of our involvement with the Diocese. We have a number of children and youth going to Camp All Saints for a week this summer (it's not too late to register). I will be there the second week of camp serving as a "Dean" to help lead worship and formation. I believe this is an important time and place for our children and youth as it can be a place where faith becomes their own.
This fall we will send delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Diocese of Dallas. This meeting governs our common life through elections and resolutions. Currently nominations are open for several Diocesan positions which can be seen within the nominating form here. These nominations are open until August 2. There is also an open process for proposing Canonical changes or Resolutions until September 3. We may find ourselves less involved in these processes, but it is still best that we are all informed.