Chapel Welcome

January 12, 2010

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends,

Greetings to you all in this new year! On this first day of classes, I wish to extend to you all warm greetings from Brite Divinity School in what has been a rather chilly beginning to our spring semester here in North Texas. May our educational journey together be filled with blessing and rewarding challenge as we work toward a greater understanding of our faith, our calling, and our relationship to one another as the Brite community.

Dr. Timothy Hessel-Robinson is on sabbatical this semester, and I have been asked by Dean Nancy Ramsay to serve as Acting Director of Chapel at Brite during his absence. It has been my privilege to have been a student at Brite for the past seven (yes, seven) years and have enjoyed our time together. During this semester, I look forward to seeing both old and new faces and continuing to be a part of the Brite community.

I want to invite you to join us in our very first worship service of the semester next Tuesday (1/19) as we celebrate the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our very own Lionel Bailey, senior M.Div. student, will be preaching and leading us in a worship service of Word and Sacrament. If you would be interested in being a part of this service (or any service during this semester), please contact me at this email address. There are many opportunities to serve with music, prayer, litanies, scripture, serving communion, and I encourage you to take part in service to the liturgy as we together worship God.

Brite Chapel is an opportunity for us to gather to offer praise and thanksgiving to God, affirm our bond as community, explore the depths and diversity of our faith, and to worship God with our hearts, souls, and minds. Chapel is a time when we can let go our busy schedules for but a moment and find sanctuary in the presence of God. Some services may be very familiar to you, some may seem very different. Some may resonate deeply within you and some may challenge your assumptions and expectations. Thus is the awesome and fearsome reality of encountering Transcendent Love in our very midst and our sacred task of witness and offering as servants of the Divine Mystery. Above all, God is surely with us and continues to reveal Godself in covenant with us, and God calls us to come into the Sacred Presence.

Please join us every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Robert Carr Chapel (unless otherwise indicated) for worship and each Wednesday at 12:15 for Eucharist (led by our Episcopal Studies Program). This semester features several rich celebrations and observances, including some of our very own students and faculty preaching as well as invited guests from the local and national communities. The schedule for this winter and spring will be available on Brite’s website and the blog “On the Brite Side” ( and will be periodically updated throughout the semester.

Again, welcome [back] to Brite and may God bless our journey together this semester.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Rev. Michael N. Riggs
Acting Director of Chapel
Brite Divinity School
Fort Worth, Texas