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Notice of Special Meeting of the 178th Convention

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the 178th Convention of the Diocese of the Episcopal Church of Louisiana has been called and will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. The business to come before this Special Meeting is as follows: Approval of the 2016 Annual Budget for the Diocese. Approval of the minimum pension base salary for clergy for 2016. Election and appointments for positions required to be filled prior to the Annual Meeting of the 179th Convention in Fall, 2016. Amendment to Canon 6 to provide for election of deputies and alternates to serve at Province IV Synod in conformity with the requirements of Resolution C027 of the 78th General Convention amending Canon 1.9.7 of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Pursuant to the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese that the delegates and alternates who were elected or appointed for the Annual Meeting of the Convention held February 27-28, 2015 will serve as the delegates and alternates to any special meeting.  If any of these delegates or alternates will not be able to attend please list their substitutes on the form enclosed with this Notice. This Special Meeting of the 178th Convention has been called this 25th day of August, 2015 by The Rt. Rev’d Morris K. Thompson, Jr. pursuant to Article V.8(a) of the Constitution of the Diocese.       The Rt. Rev’d Morris K. Thompson, Jr. Bishop of Louisiana   More information here: Special Meeting of... read more

Out of Deep Waters: Gulf Coast, Episcopal Church remembers Katrina

[Episcopal News Service – Gulf Coast] It was Sunday; just six days after Hurricane Katrina had ripped a swath of death and destruction across the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. It was time for church. Not matter that Katrina had wiped the building known as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gulfport from its Gulf-side lot. The Rev. James “Bo” Roberts had not missed a Sunday service since he became rector of the then-123-year-old church in April 1969 before Hurricane Camille knocked the building of its foundation about the same time in August of that year. And so, on Sept. 3, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the particle board sign along debris-strewn Church Avenue just north of sand-covered East Beach Boulevard read “Here! Mass 9:30 Bring Chair.” Roberts, a Gulf Coast native, rode out Camille in his home but nearly died. He stayed for Katrina, too. “The reason I stay is because you cannot get back after the storms,” he told reporters that Sunday morning after Katrina. “I wanted to be where I could check on my people and be available to them. Should any of them have died, I wanted to be here for that circumstance also.” Hurricane Katrina hit land along the Gulf Coast twice on Aug. 29, once near Buras, Louisiana, just after 8 a.m. local time with maximum winds estimated at 125 mph, and then near the Louisiana-Mississippi border about three hours later with slightly reduced winds. The storm caused a storm surge of 24 feet to 28 feet along the Mississippi coast and 10 to 20 feet along the southeastern Louisiana coast. In... read more

#KATRINA10- Connecting Communities Through Humble Leadership: A Reflection from Bishop Gray

#KATRINA10 BLOG SERIES ___________________________________________________________ It has been nearly a decade since Hurricane Katrina devastated many states along the gulf coast, leaving over 1,800 dead and tens of thousands displaced. Through the #KATRINA10 Blog Series we will be sharing stories over the next few weeks to commemorate the anniversary of the event and celebrate the progress made to rebuild communities.  We continue our series with a story from Bishop Duncan M. Gray III. ___________________________________________________________________________________ When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi, we had some preparations in place, but Katrina overwhelmed them all. Both the folks we saw every day in our congregation and those who were not in our natural orbit were in need of help, but it was hard to know where to begin.  The first thing I did after the hurricane was reach out to my father [Bishop Duncan Gray, Jr.], who was a priest during Hurricane Camille. He said our response should first focus on the clergy, to allow them to be anchors for the congregations and, in turn, the congregations to be anchors within the communities. The idea was to infuse natural communities of mission with as much support as possible and make them concentric circles of long-lasting infrastructure for ministry. It just took putting on lenses of faith, to say ‘somewhere within this, there are the resources we need.’ It wasn’t always evident how we would get to the next step, so flexibility and openness were key. People like Carol Borne Spencer were natural connectors, bringing us into relationship with organizations like Episcopal Relief & Development, HOPE Credit Union and envisioning programs like Hallelujah Housing and Camp Coast Care –... read more

Video: Beginning of Construction of the New Diocesan Center

We are so happy to announce we have begun construction on the new home of our diocesan center at the former Grace Church on Canal Street in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. The Rev. Canon Shannon Manning talks about the project and what is happening right now. Follow the progress here: www.edola.org/tag/new-diocesan-center/... read more

Photo Gallery of New Diocesan Center Before the Beginning of Construction

This is the former Grace Church on Canal Street in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. It will soon become the new home of the Diocesan Center. Grace Church sustained serious damage during Hurricane Katrina. We look forward to bringing the building back to life and creating an Episcopal presence once again in the neighborhood. The church was constructed in 1953 and designed by architect August Perez, Jr. It is a fine example of mid-century modern architecture in New Orleans. The naive features stained glass windows designed by the architect and created by Payne & Company. The murals were designed by John McCrady. McCrady painted the Communion Mural behind the altar in the mid 1950’s. The Ascension Mural was painted in 1973 by Allen Flattman, a student of McCrady using McCrady’s sketch.... read more

#KATRINA10: Holding the Loss and the Grace: Remembering Ten Years Later

#KATRINA10 BLOG SERIES _______________________________________________________ It has been nearly a decade since Hurricane Katrina devastated many states along the gulf coast, leaving thousands dead and tens of thousands displaced. Through the #KATRINA10 Blog Series we will be sharing stories over the next few weeks to commemorate the anniversary of the event and celebrate the progress made to rebuild communities. We continue this series with a story from Katie Mears, Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. _______________________________________________________________________________ Nine years ago, I was talking with an elderly woman on the stoop of her ranch house in New Orleans, her home for 50+ years. She and her husband had raised their kids there, and she lived there after her husband died a few years earlier. Two or three days before Hurricane Katrina, she’d fallen and broken her hip and was in the hospital as the storm headed for the city, and her son had offered to stay at her house with his dogs and hers. When the levees burst, her son and the dogs all drowned. The search and rescue teams had discovered and removed his body, but had left the dogs and the lifetime of flooded belongings behind in the Louisiana heat. Almost a year had passed. Episcopal volunteers were clearing it out. I had driven to New Orleans in late 2005, a few months after Hurricane Katrina, very much an average, mildly-engaged young Episcopalian. I had graduated college in Iowa a few years earlier, and had bounced around rural parts of the state as an unsuccessful political organizer. I was looking for a place to be helpful and... read more

A Letter from Bishop Thompson On the 78th General Convention

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, This summer has been a whirlwind for our family. Our son graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary, moved to Columbus, MS and was ordained a transitional deacon. One week later our family celebrated the wedding of our daughter and a fine young man at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Jackson, Ms. Two days following I was chairing the Social Justice and U.S. Policy committee meeting at General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. All events were life giving but even a bishop can only have so much fun. I needed some time to process what I had experienced. What I learned surprised me. I use the word “surprise” because even though we had planned for all three happenings and were “prepared”, when they finally materialized, I was filled with unanticipated amazement. For example, when our son stood in front of his Bishop and made his vows I was overcome with deep gratitude. He was beginning his life’s desire to become a priest. I was caught off guard that he was no longer a student but an adult living into his vocation. As I stood with our daughter in front of the officiating priest, he jumped the gun in asking who presents this woman to be married to this man. I was not ready to say, “her mother and I”.  I was supposed to have another page before I let her go. I said my line and sat down and watched our daughter as she made her vows to love until she is parted by death. Watching newness can be overwhelming and even frightening. Change... read more

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