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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
September 27, 2016

Water is a gift: Respect it, protect it

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and the deadline to register in California is October 24. Make sure you're ready for November 8. Bishop Marc hopes that you’ll check your registration status, register to vote if not registered, and contact your elected officials in congress letting them know that you stand with Standing Rock — and hope they will too.

[Episcopal Public Policy Network | September 27] The planned 1,172 mile Dakota Access Pipeline could transport up to 500,000 barrels of oil per day in dangerous proximity to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their precious water supply: the Missouri River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved construction of the pipeline along this route, and the Standing Rock Sioux argue that the Corps failed to complete a full environmental assessment of the project before commencing construction. In April 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux initiated a protest effort to protect their water rights and the sacred burial ground that the pipeline would traverse, and they later sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to properly consult their tribe.

As the court case awaits resolution, the protests continue. Last weekend, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry traveled to North Dakota to stand with “protectors” at the Sacred Stone Camp, and he invites us to join him in solidarity with the Sioux through advocating to policymakers for responsible water stewardship and the indigenous rights of the Standing Rock Sioux.

You can stand with Presiding Bishop Curry and the Standing Rock Sioux by contacting your members of Congress and urging a complete environmental assessment of the pipeline that includes potential impacts of the project on the tribal reservation and honors obligations expressed in the treaty with the Standing Rock Tribe.

Take action and urge your members of Congress to address this critical matter of eco-justice today!

St. Columba’s, again a mission, opens arms to community

[Point Reyes Light | September 22] A fresh panel graces the bottom section of the welcome sign leading into St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, replacing information detailing the now-defunct Wednesday congregation with the words “retreat and lodging.” Though the retreat house has been available to the public for decades, its services are being reiterated to boost awareness following financial instability and declining attendance at Inverness’s original church. 
Banner: Last week DioCal clergy had their annual clergy retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch. The theme this year was ‘Real presence, real play’ and the clergy were invited into a few different kinds of play activities. These clergy chose kickballPhoto: the Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews.

Bishop’s Society Peninsula Regional Social

This past Sunday, a community of legacy members gathered for the Bishop’s Society Peninsula Regional Social at Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos, for their annual reception with the Bishop. Members from several congregations throughout the peninsula came with questions and thoughts to share with each other. Attendees were glad to come to the event for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to hear from Bishop Marc about happenings in the church and have their questions answered by him. 

Welcome ESC intern Bonnie Bailey

My name is Bonnie Bailey and I am a 22-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia. I attended undergrad at Sewanee, where I majored in Ecology and Biodiversity with a minor in Anthropology. In college I was a coxswain and women’s captain for the Sewanee Crew team. I also served a term as the chaplain for my sorority, Kappa Delta. If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, it would be working as a camp counselor because that is the most fun I have ever had.

Retired Clergy Eucharist and luncheon

This fall’s Retired Clergy Eucharist and Luncheon will take place at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, on Wednesday, October 5, at 12:10 p.m. Meet for introductions in the South Transept at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon and panel discussion about retired life to follow in the Chapter House Dining Room.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 11:30 a.m. (introductions in the South Transept), 12:10 p.m. (Eucharist), lunch follows
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
R.S.V.P. to Mary McArthur, EA to Bishop Marc,, 415.673.0606

Church planting, innovative worship and Christian formation at the Bishop’s Ranch

The Pneuma (formerly Western Christian Educators) Conference features church planters Bruce Reyes-Chow and Emily Scott offering the keynote address and music and worship leadership. Learn from these progressive innovators, take advantage of a variety of workshops designed to enhance Christian formation for all ages, hang out, hike, sing, and pray with colleagues who share your passions—all right in your own diocesan retreat center. Register right away for the best (or cheapest) rooms at the Bishop’s Ranch. Information and registration is available here, and scholarship assistance is available from the Diocese of California Discipleship Ministries Working Group. Contact Caren Miles at for more information.

When: Monday, October 17 to Thursday, October 20
Where: Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Cost: $550 ($450 for dorm-style housing and $725 for single rooms, both limited so register soon)

‘This Fragile Earth’: The Church responds to climate change

This Fragile Earth is a day for both laypeople and clergy who are active in environmental ministry and want to explore new opportunities for reflection and Christian action on behalf of the planet. Speakers will include former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is the current St. Margaret’s Visiting Professor of Women in Ministry; Bishop Marc Andrus of California, CDSP President and Dean W. Mark Richardson, and Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, professor of theological and social ethics at CDSP and Pacific Lutheran Seminary of California Lutheran University. The day will culminate with a liturgy to bless CDSP’s new installation of solar panels led by Bishops Jefferts Schori and Andrus.

When: Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Church Divinity School of the Pacific
, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $35, including lunch


Diocesan youth ministry events for 2016-2017

This year DioCal has lots of opportunities for youth to come together to play and pray, including Nightwatch (spend the night in Grace Cathedral!), Happening (spend the weekend at Trinity, Menlo Park!), the diocesan Confirmation retreat (spend the weekend at St. Dorothy’s Rest!) and the National Episcopal Youth event (spend the week in Oklahoma!). For dates and times for all the diocesan youth events, download the hyperlinked PDF. For details on all the events, contact Caren Miles,, or keep an eye on DioBytes.

Andrew Han appointed DioCal EfM Coordinator

Considering the Education for Ministry (EfM) program? Bishop Marc is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Han as EfM Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of California. Andrew is a longtime EfM mentor and student from Christ Church, Alameda, and he wants to make sure everyone else has a chance to experience this life-changing program of study, community, and theological reflection. Contact Andrew at if you want to know more about the program, need help starting an EfM group in your congregation, or are wondering about upcoming mentor training events.


Racial justice voter forum, St. Cuthbert’s, Oakland

There will be several measures on the state and local ballot in November which are directly related to racial justice issues in Oakland and California. To help sort out these important issues, St. Cuthbert's and the King Estates (neighborhood) Dialogue on Race and White Privilege group is hosting a voters' forum addressing exactly how specific measures will impact the lives of people of color and low-income Oakland residents. Speakers will be focusing on Propositions 57 (Reform Juvenile Justice Proceedings and Sentencings) & 62 (Repeal Death Penalty) and Measures A1, G1, JJ, and LL. Speakers from the Oakland Unified School District, Oakland Tenants’ Union, and the Coalition for Police Accountability — among others — will be present. This event is free with donations accepted to cover costs of the event. The building is ramped for accessibility but the restrooms are not accessible.

When: Saturday, October 1, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: St. Cuthbert’s, 7932 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland
Cost: Free
Contact: St. Cuthbert’s, 510.325.7666

A conversation with Tony Hale, San Francisco

Tony Hale is known for his roles as Buster Bluth on Arrested Development and Gary on VEEP. Tony will be joining Dr. Scot Sherman for a conversation about life, art and faith at the Century Club of California on Saturday, October 1. Purchase your ticket today. This event is part of the Conversations for the Common Good series by the Newbigin House of Studies. For a full 2016-2017 event series schedule, visit

When: Saturday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Century Club of California, 1355 Franklin Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20
RegistrationClick here
Contact: Christy LaLonde,, 415.658.9554

Maha Elgenaidi on who belongs in America and the Muslim experience, ‘The Forum’ at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

The current issues facing Muslim-Americans vis-à-vis growing hate crimes, rising Islamophobia and a political campaign that has vilified minorities, raise the question: who belongs in America? Maha Elgenaidi, a civil rights leader and founder of the Islamic Networks Group will share her perspective on race, religion, and class, and how they have been and continue to be used to exclude certain groups from finding home in America.

When: Sunday, October 2, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

Cost: Free

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Isabel Allende on Women
Sunday, October 9; 9:30 a.m.

Choir of Men and Boys at AT&T Park
Wednesday, September 28; 7:15 p.m.

Pet blessings at the Castro Street Fair with the Companions of Dorothy the Worker, San Francisco

Join the Companions for this amazing annual event. The Companions bless all kinds of pets (even snakes and birds) both in person and at distance. Clergy and religious welcome. Habits and collars please!

When: Sunday October 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 18th Street between Hartford and Castro, San Francisco
Cost: a donation will be asked at the gate to benefit local nonprofits
Contact: the Rev. Diana Wheeler, CDW at

Ongoing weekly vigil against violence toward the LGBTQ+ community
every Friday at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market Street, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


St. Mark’s, Berkeley, second Sunday Evensong and organ recital

The 31st season of the second Sunday Evensong and organ recital continues Sunday, October 9. Evensong will be sung by the St. Mark’s Schola Cantorum, followed by an organ recital by organist Johannes Strobl accompanied by Marcus Niedermeyr, baritone. Johannes Strobl received his first piano and organ lessons at the music school of Spittal an der Drau. He graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst “Mozarteum” in Salzburg and was awarded distinctions in both his teaching and soloist diploma in organ and his advanced degree in Catholic church music. Johannes was a prizewinner at the Paul Hofhaimer competition in Innsbruck in 1998. A festive reception follows the program in Lions Hall.

When: Sunday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.
WhereSt. Mark’s, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (Free parking is now available in the parking garage. The entrance is on Ellsworth Street between Durant Avenue and Bancroft Way)
Cost: Freewill offering
Contact: George Emblom,


27 | The Forum — On masculinity: Jennifer Siebel Newsom at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
29 | Institution of New Ministry: the Rev. Paul Allick — Church of the Advent | San Francisco


1 | ‘Women who knew Jesus’ — a fall retreat with Holy Family | Half Moon Bay
1 | Animal Fest at Christ the Lord, Pinole
1 | Music that Makes Community with Stanford Canterbury | Palo Alto
1 | Time to celebrate — a fifth anniversary of the Bishop’s Committee of Sacred Space East Bay | San Leandro
1 | “Jazz on the corner, 29th and T” featuring the Calvin Keys Quintet at St. Augustine’s | Oakland

2 | Bishop’s visitation at Epiphany |  San Carlos
2 | CROP Walk for hunger relief, peace, and social justice | Menlo Park

2 | Music and scripture: Presented by John Prescott at St. Aidan’s | San Francisco
2 | San Francisco District 1 candidates’ forum | San Francisco

3–6, 7–9 | ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ retreat at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
5 | Retired Clergy Eucharist and luncheon at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
9 | Fall Pops concert, Diablo Regional Concert Band at Grace | Martinez
9 | Mozart Serenade no. 10 (“Grand Partita”) at Good Shepherd | Belmont
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Children’s and Youth Minister :: St. Bede’s :: Menlo Park

Clergy positions — outside of DioCal

Canon for Transitions and Ministry Development :: Diocese of Mississippi :: Jackson, MS

Clergy positions — DioCal
Currently accepting applications

Interim associate rector :: St. Timothy’s :: Danville
Rector :: Christ Church :: Los Altos

All postings are available on the diocesan website:
Go to Lay Employment
Go to Clergy Employment
Please address all inquiries and applications to Transition Minister Denise Obando,, unless otherwise noted.
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