October 17, 2012
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Thank you all for the
encouraging emails and texts and FB messages about Diocesan Convention.
you in common faith and mutual joy has
energized and delighted me! It’s a gift to know that so many of you
feel the same way. Thanks to the Alexandria Convocation for doing such
a fabulous job hosting our Convention and to the Commission on Liturgy
Music for crafting such meaningful worship!
Now what will we do with the energy, excitement, fellowship, and vision we
shared last weekend? We will take the next step. Share with your congregations
the vision of the beloved community. Take time to consider the practices
that make your congregation vital and form strategies for supporting and
enhancing these practices.
In my sermons I will begin speaking more intentionally about core Christian
practices. So I encourage you to keep an eye on Pelican Anglican or tune
in to my audio sermons.
I also plan to continue to gather with the Commissions for the purpose of
retasking toward congregational vitality. But I also charge the chairs of
these Commissions to establish monthly meetings to begin visioning how they
can help encourage vitality in their specific ministry area.
I am also available for midweek visits to offer a teaching about Christian
practices and congregational vitality. Once St. John’s calls a
new Rector, Fr. Bill Bryant will also be available as my new Canon for
There is one piece of late-breaking news I want to share. Just before the
Convention opened, Jamie Simon notified me that he could no longer serve
as chair of the Commission for Youth and Youth Adults. His work situation
has become too demanding to devote the time he needed. I want to thank Jamie
for his work in the past.
Brooks Boylan has accepted my call to serve as the chair of the Commission
for Youth and Young Adults, and I thank Brooks for taking on the challenge
with very short notice. He has already called a meeting of the Commission
and we can look for some exciting ministry from that energetic group.
Let me encourage you once again to help me stay in touch with you. Send me
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The Holy Spirit is moving in our Diocese! He is binding us together in
love, equipping us with gifts, filling us with godly power, and sending
us on a
great adventure. We are motivated by the power of God’s love. What
a joy and a privilege it is to serve you and love you as your bishop!
In Christ’s Love,
The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D.
The Diocese of Western Louisiana
P. O. Box 2031, Alexandria, LA 71309-2031