Diocese of West Texas
If the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas (DWTX) were a state of the US, it would be the 24th largest and its population of 5.6 million would rank it 23rd. Petrochemicals, military installations, tourism, shipping, agriculture, and fishing make up its economic base.
The diocese is both urban and rural. San Antonio is the 2nd largest city in Texas and Corpus Christi is the 8th. But the large land area of the DWTX is rangeland and farmland and the communities that have served the rural population since the days of Spanish colonization and the later Anglo-American and German migrations. Most cities in the DWTX have Hispanic populations ranging from 60 to 97 percent.
Inland the land rises gently through the Texas Brush Country to an elevation of about 2,500 ft. in the Texas Hill Country. The Hill Country is beloved by many, with its rugged landscape, fascinating small towns, vineyards, and traditional ranching culture.
However, all of the diocese is threatened by climate change. The Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M University forecasts higher heat, more wildfires, and sea-level rises.
The Episcopal Church recognizes that it is impossible to separate our environment from the millions of people who live within it. The following is from the Immigration & Refugee Ministries of the Diocese of West Texas.
The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and Mexico share approximately 500 border miles along the Rio Grande. Individuals and Episcopal congregations are responding to the needs of people seeking asylum along the border, as well as individuals in local law enforcement, in a variety of outreach and pastoral care ministries.