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  • Calling all church music leaders to attend Music in the Mountains, a retreat at Duncan Park for church choir directors and other church music leaders from Sunday, August 5, through Friday, August 10. This retreat will focus primarily on classical choral music. Arrive at Duncan Park in time for supper on Sunday (6:00 p.m., 8/5), then enjoy four full days of camaraderie, music workshops, free time, guided trips, and delicious meals at our mountaintop retreat. The retreat leader, Charles Webb is a pianist, organist, composer, educator, and musician of unique versatility from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. He will address topics including ways to incorporate music in workshop, techniques to sing better and serve better, new music introductions, and more. Registration is open at
  • The annual World Mission Symposium will take place on Saturday, August 25, in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The focus this year is on "Raising Future Leaders," and the youth across the diocese are greatly encouraged to attend. Presenters include Cookie Harris (St. George, San Antonio) on youth mission efforts in Haiti; St. Helena's, Boerne, on the youth-led mission in its congregation; and Halleta Heinrich (Christ Church, San Antonio) with mission curriculum created for children. The cost to attend is $20 and includes lunch and supplies for the day. Register online at, or for more information and to register, contact Marthe Curry, 210-824-5387 or

Safeguarding God's Children

  • A Safeguarding God's Children workshop will be held at St. John's, McAllen (2500 N. Tenth St., 78501), on Wednesday, August 15, beginning at 1:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend. To register, contact Anne Marie Franks or the Rev. Jennifer Shadle at 956-687-6191 
  • A Safeguarding God's Children workshop will be held at St. Mark's, San Marcos (3039 Ranch Road 12, 78666) on Saturday, September 8, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is no fee to attend. To register, contact Jenny Henderson at 512-964-8483 or Patty Polk at 512-353-1979.

Safeguarding Resources

Safeguarding God’s Children

  • Safeguarding God’s Children trainings can be found under Current News (above).
  • Safeguarding God’s Children certificates are valid for 5 years.

Safeguarding God’s People

  • Safeguarding God’s People trainings are online only. Contact Rachel Willcox for information on the training.
  • Safeguarding God’s People certificates are valid for 5 years.

Safeguarding Online

  • Safeguarding Online is available for those needing to renew their Safeguarding God’s Children certificate.
  • Safeguarding Online is available for anyone to take Safeguarding God’s People.
  • Each church and school has the option to set-up an Online Administrator. Contact Rachel Willcox for more information.

Safeguarding Train the Trainer

  • Train the Traineris offered twice a year (spring and fall). Trainings can be found under Current News (above).
  • Trainees must have already completed Safeguarding God’s Childrenin the last 5 years.
  • Trainer certificates are valid for 3 years.


Shared Resources

  • For pictures of the bishops, the diocesan shield, etc. for download, click here.
  • If you work as a communicator (paid, volunteer, in any fashion) at one of our churches, please join our Diocese of West Texas Communicators Facebook page. In Facebook, search for "Communicators Episcopal Diocese of West Texas" and request membership. We network, share resources, announce events and ministry/current news, and we'd love to have you on board.
  • For diocesan pictures of events, please visit our Flickr site.

"This Way" Podcast with the Bishops

thisway-podcast-final-copy-web.pngDeveloped in January 2018, "This Way: Kingdom Wondering and Kingdom Pondering in the Dioceses of West Texas," is a casual conversational podcast with Bishops Reed and Brooke-Davidson and any special guests that may make an appearance. You can find the podcast on iTunes here; or download to your podcast app here. Subscribe and let us know what you think.


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