Tuesday, August 18, 2015

William Porcher DuBose, Priest & Theologian

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Today the Episcopal Church remembers the life and ministry of a priest and academic, William Porcher DuBose, who lived from 11 April 1836 to 18 August 1918. 
DuBose was born near Winnsboro, South Carolina. He attended Mt. Zion College and then the Citadel where he graduated as ranking cadet in 1855. While at the Citadel, Dubose had a conversion experience that he describes as follows:
I lept to my feet trembling, and then that happened that I can only describe by saying that a light shone about me and a Presence filled the room. At the same time, ineffable joy and peace took possession of me which it is impossible to either express or explain.
In 1856, DuBose entered the University of Virginia, and graduated with a Master of Arts in 1859. Later that same year, he entered the South Carolina diocesan seminary in Camden, South Carolina; howeve, the Civil War broke out. After the war, DuBose served St. Stephen's Episcopal Church near his home of Winnsboro. While there, he also taught Greek at nearby Mt. Zion College.
During the 1870 convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, DuBose received serious consideration for election to the office of bishop. He considered his failure to be elevated to this office a "fortunate escape." In July 1871, he became a professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, became dean of The School of Theology in 1894, retired in 1908, and died in 1918.
DuBose was arguably the major Episcopal theologian in the United States. During his lifetime he published The Soteriology of the New Testament (1892), The Ecumenical Councils (1896), The Gospel in the Gospels (1906), The Reason of Life (1911), and Turning Points in My Life (1912).
Let us pray:  Almighty God, who gave to your servant William Porcher DuBose special gifts of grace to understand the Scriptures and to teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.
Seaside Seniors on Thursday, 20 August at 11 AM.
Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, 23 August at the 9 AM Eucharist.
St. Augustine’s Feast Day on Sunday, 30 August.  The Rev. Dr. Tom Bain will be our preacher, and we will have a baptism as well.  Pot luck lunch to follow.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING CANNED GOODS (ESPECIALLY CANNED TUNA, SALMON AND CHICKEN) FOR THE EVENT.
"In the Name of God" Blood Drive: These 3 distinct Galveston religious communities are promoting hope and inclusion by co-hosting the first annual "In The Name of God" Blood Drive at the Galveston Islamic Center, 921 Broadway, Galveston Texas 77550, on Friday, 4 September 2015, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Co-sponsoring the event is the Galveston Islamic Center, Congregation B’nai Israel, and St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church. The donated blood will be for patients at Galveston’s UTMB and Shriners Children’s Hospitals.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially for Karen who is grieving the loss of her beloved sister, Janette.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550

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