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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
August 23, 2016

Episcopal Peace Fellowship endorses Black Lives’ policy platform

[August 19 | Episcopal Peace Fellowship press release] The National Executive Council of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship joined by the fellowship’s Palestine/Israel Network, is proud to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement in unequivocal support of its ”Vision for Black Lives” issued on August 1. “The policy demands listed in the platform cover a wide variety of intersecting issues, all of which are also important to the mission of Episcopal Peace Fellowship and our mission to oppose war and violence in all its forms,” said EPF Executive Director the Rev. Allison Liles. The platform accurately describes the connections between colonialism at home and abroad and courageously advocates for the rights of all God’s people.

Presiding Bishop Curry offers video election message, encourages voting as “a Christian obligation”

[August 22 | The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in a video election message.  “And that is a Christian obligation.  Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.” The Presiding Bishop’s video election message is here. The video is closed-captioned and is subtitled in Spanish. The text of the Presiding Bishop’s message in English and Spanish is located at the end of this note.
Banner: Inspired by the gospel reading for this last Sunday the people of Transfiguration gathered at The Bishop's Ranch for a retreat focused on the theme of Sabbath. 

They played, they rested, they talked, and they were creative. Pictured, the Rev. Matthew Woodward leads the confession at the final Eucharist. Behind him are a frontal created by the community over the retreat weekend and a larger scale colouring project also completed on the weekend.

Photo: the Rev. Monica Whitaker, associate rector

Christians worldwide to celebrate Season of Creation

[August 22 | Anglican Alliance] Churches across the world will be marking this year’s Season of Creation with services and times of worship that celebrate God’s creation and serve as a reminder of humanity’s duty to safeguard the earth. The season runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called on Anglicans to join Christians worldwide and take part. In the video below he says, “The outcome of climate change is not potentially bad, it is potentially fatal, for the most fragile countries and regions on earth, and for the billions of people who live in them.”

Last chance to register for Equipping the Beloved Community

TOMORROW, August 24, is the last day to register for the Saturday, August 27, training event at St. Stephen’s Orinda.  Don’t miss the  full day of workshops for lay and ordained people engaged in pastoral ministries ranging from Eucharistic visiting to Stephen Ministry to care for seniors with dementia. In addition, look for stewardship workshops with Davey Gerhard teaching an introduction to pledge campaigns and Caroline McCall leading Appreciative Inquiry, a foundational skill for experienced stewards. Other workshops include ministry with youth and music with children, Eucharistic Ministry, and Ed Bacon — a progressive spokesperson on issues of faith and justice, and recently retired as rector of All Saints, Pasadena — will deliver the keynote address on the theme of Common/Wealth: "Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul… there was not a needy person among them,” Lunch, worship, and a chance to meet and enjoy Episcopalians from neighboring congregations rounds out the day. Reach out to your ministry team and register now.

When: Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s, 66 St. Stephen’s Drive, Orinda
Cost: $25; $10 (members of Contra Costa Deanery congregations), free (St. Stephen’s members)
Contact: the Rev. Cn. Julia McCray-Goldsmith,

“Holy Communication” theme at October Pneuma Conference 

The Pneuma (formerly Western Christian Educators) Conference features church planters Bruce Reyes-Chow offering the keynote address and Emily Scott leading music and worship. 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 people who share your passion. Register right away for the best (or cheapest) rooms at The Bishop’s Ranch! Information and registration are available here, and scholarship assistance is available from the Diocese of California Discipleship Ministries Working Group. Contact Julia McCray-Goldsmith.

When: Monday, October 17 to Thursday, October 20
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Cost: $550 ($450 for dorm-style housing and $725 for single rooms, both limited so register soon)
Contact: the Rev. Cn. Julia McCray-Goldsmith,, 415.869.7826

St. Augustine’s, Oakland, celebrates St. Augustine’s Day

St. Augustine’s, Oakland, will celebrate St. Augustine’s Day on Sunday, August 28, beginning with a jazz / gospel Mass at 10:30 a.m. The guest preacher for this service will be the Honorable Byron Rushing, member of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts and Vice President of the Episcopal House of Deputies. At 5 p.m. there will be service of Evensong and the blessing of a new stained glass window. The new window is an act of liberation from the racist past practices of many Christian churches that depict Jesus as white, blue-eyed, and blond. The Evensong service will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Come join a day of joyful celebration.

When: Sunday, August 28, 10:30 a.m. (jazz / gospel Mass); 5 p.m. (Evensong)
Where: St. Augustine’s, 525 29th Avenue, Oakland
Cost: Free
Contact: Church office, 510.832.6462

Diana Gameros Trio and Megan and Brandon Keely at SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian’s, San Francisco

SF Live Arts @ St. Cyprian’s presents Diana Gameros, creator of authentic, inspiring music that reflects the 21st century experiences of an indie artist at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres. In 2013 Diana released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant. In October 2014 she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and her support to social justice movements. With the release of her new album, Ready or Not, Megan Keely is again breaking new ground with songs celebrating life and strength.

When: Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m.
Where: St. Cyprian’s, 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco
Contact: Larry Kassin,
Cost: $18–25

Animal Fest at Christ the Lord, Pinole

Fun for the whole family! A FREE community event to celebrate and learn more about how animals benefit human lives, as beloved creature of God. Come see and learn about real live animals such as parrots, doves, chinchillas, chickens, rabbits, reptiles, goats, sheep, and pot-bellied pigs. Free petting zoo. See live animal shows at 11:30 a.m. (birds of prey) and 1:30 p.m. (reptiles). All are welcome but please leave your pets at home.

When: Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Christ the Lord, 592 Tennent Avenue (across from Fernandez Park), Pinole
Cost: Free
Contact: Sandy McNeel,

‘Lord, teach us to pray’ retreat at The Bishop’s Ranch 

Join the Rev. Dr. David Keller and Emily Wilmer to explore David’s new book, Lord, teach us to pray. The four-day experience, designed especially for clergy (laity welcome), will explore Jesus’ life of prayer — integrating academic presentations with daily contemplative prayer, worship, discussion, and free time. In the shorter weekend retreat format, participants will explore the same aspects and consequences of Jesus’ life of prayer through talks, contemplative prayer, worship, and free time.

When: Monday, October 3, to Thursday, October 6, or Friday, October 7, to Sunday, October 9
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Link: Click here
Cost: $445-$550 for 3-night retreat; $335-$395 for 2-night retreat
Contact: Shannon Reilly,, 707.433.2440 ext. 106
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