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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
November 15, 2016

Standing with Standing Rock: It’s more than just a pipeline 

Part 1: History

When did it start? What does it all mean? How are we called to respond? The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) snakes 1,700 miles from the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota to Southern Illinois and that, if completed, would transport 450,000 barrels of fracked, highly volatile Bakken crude through land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and under the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

California: San Leandro church goes solar
Local congregation to install 9.24kw solar power system

[All Saints Episcopal Church press release | November 18] This month, as part of a comprehensive greening project, All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro, California, will have a 9.24kw solar power system installed on the church. This system will include 33 panels and will generate enough electricity to cover the church’s entire electricity bill. This greening project at the church has also brought heightened awareness around recycling and other energy-efficiency improvements to the congregation.

Evangelism matters to the world, say 400+ Episcopalians, Anglicans
Conference connected, inspired participants, and gave them practical tools

[Episcopal News Service | November 21 – Dallas, Texas] The slogan on the swag bag read: “Episcopal Evangelist. It’s not an oxymoron.” While some people might think that an Episcopal evangelist is a rare breed, more than 400 evangelism veterans and fledgling practitioners spent Nov. 18-19 being inspired, finding camaraderie and learning new ways to live up to that slogan during the Evangelism Matters conference at Church of the Transfiguration here.
Banner: The Rev. Vicki Gray was one of around a dozen people from the Diocese of California to visit Standing Rock Reservation earlier this month. Read about her time there over the next three weeks In the News.

Online Advent calendar created by the world

[Anglican Communion News Service | November 17] Christians across the world are being invited to celebrate the season of Advent through an interactive, multilingual online calendar. The website goes live on Advent Sunday (Nov. 27) in nine languages including, for the first time, Arabic. It allows people around the globe to create together an advent calendar with images shared by their mobile phones.
From the DioCal Intern Blog

Don’t forget to watch the sunset!

Lately, I have been fluctuating between feeling like it was just yesterday that my plane landed at SFO for the start of this crazy adventure and feeling like it will be just tomorrow that I fly east to be with my family for Christmas. Time is moving at a lightning fast snail’s pace, like molecules of light chilled to absolute zero, and in the midst of these contradictions so much life has happened! It’s enough to wear a girl out, keeping up with things moving and changing all at once while perpetually standing still.

Open Enrollment (OE) ends tomorrow

OE — which is running until tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23 — is the one time of year when benefit eligible employees can enroll in medical or dependent care FSA, change medical insurance and add dependents to medical or dental coverage. All currently enrolled employees should have received a letter from the Episcopal Church Medical Trust (ECMT) with instructions to log into the OE website to make their 2017 plan selections. The diocesan web page: provides plan summaries, contact information, and redirects to the ECMT Open Enrollment website. All current Kaiser High Option EPO members must select a new medical plan during Open Enrollment as the Kaiser High Option EPO plan will terminate on 12/31/16.


Thanksgiving Evensong at St. Francis, San Francisco

St. Francis continues their tradition of Evensong on Thanksgiving Eve again this year. Please join them for a service of readings, canticles, and hymns to say how thankful they are for all the good things God has given humanity.

When: Wednesday, November 23, 6 p.m.
Where: St. Francis, 399 San Fernando Way, San Francisco

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with Grace Cathedral

Join the people of Grace Cathedral for Thanksgiving dinner. They’ll attend a service, socialize, and break bread together in the Chapter House Dining Room. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to help prepare the meal the day before.

When: Wednesday, November 23, 12 p.m to 6 p.m. (preparation); Thursday, November 24 3 p.m.  to 7 p.m. (celebration)
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $30 (suggested donation)
Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral:

Advent sale
Sunday, December 4; 11:45 a.m., free (donations welcome)
Benjamin Bergery and Jim Campbell on public art
Sunday, December 11; 9:30 a.m., free

Performance of “A Christmas Memory” and holiday boutique at St. John’s, Ross

In its eighth year at St. John’s, this literary masterpiece will come to life as professional actors perform in a beautiful, Neo-Gothic chapel. “A Christmas Memory” is a tender Christmas story and classic memoir of Truman Capote's childhood in rural Alabama. It is set in the 1930s and recounts frank and fond memories of family relationships. The story appeals to adults and children ages 10 and up. The St. John’s Holiday Boutique will be open Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and briefly before the performance at 7 p.m. on Friday. The boutique will offer an assortment of baked goods, jams, and holiday crafts. Proceeds benefit Gilead House transitional housing facility for homeless women and children.
When: Friday, December 2, 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m. (performances); Friday, December 2 and Saturday December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (boutique)
Where: St. John’s, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross
Cost: Free (boutique admission). Performance: $20 (general admission), $10 (students and educators). Group discounts available.
Tickets: Click here 
Contact: Virginia Kosydar,, 415.456.1102 

Faith, science, and action: Stanford Episcopal Campus Ministry hosts conversation with former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori

Stanford Canterbury Foundation is hosting a conversation between former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman, church historian, on how faith and science have been intertwined through history and how this dynamic informs the life of faith today. As Christians in the Bay Area and especially Silicon Valley, this is an urgent question. Join for what will be a fascinating and exciting evening. All are welcome and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

When: Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.
Where: St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto
Cost: Free. Donations are welcomed in support of Episcopal Campus Ministry at Stanford
Registration: RSVP to
Contact: the Rev. Andy Shamel,, 858.774.0264

Program offerings from The Bishop’s Ranch

Silent days in Advent
Friday, December 9 to Friday, December 16

Wisdom of the heart
Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18

Epiphany reflection day with Bishop Marc
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Celtic consciousness and winter’s stillness
An annual retreat and school of spiritual practice with John Philip Newell
Tuesday, January 31 to Thursday, February 2, 2017

Enneagram spirituality
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Creativity bound: Make a poem, make a book
Saturday, March 4 to Sunday, March 5, 2017

Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Link: Click here
Contact: Shannon Reilly,, 707.433.2440 ext. 106
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