Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
all for the encouraging emails and texts and FB messages about Diocesan
Convention. Gathering with 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 and Music for crafting such
will we do with the energy, excitement, fellowship, and vision we shared last
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
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
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
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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
Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D.
The Diocese of Western Louisiana
P. O. Box
2031, Alexandria, LA 71309-2031