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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
August 15, 2017
Banner: Saturday's requiem at Grace Cathedral for the Rev. Cn. Stefani Schatz drew hundreds of people from the Diocese of California and beyond. A note of gratitude from Stefani's family is posted below in the In the News section. A transcript of the sermon by Stefani's husband, the Rev. Joe Duggan, is posted on Stefani's Caring Bridge page.

Bishop Marc issues statement denouncing Charlottesville violence, urging non-violent resistance to hate

[Episcopal News Service | August 15] “With malice toward none, with charity for all…,” so President Lincoln wrote in his Second Inaugural Address, in 1865, with the devastating American Civil War not yet formally concluded. Mr. Lincoln’s ringing words fit with the commitment of Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as their leadership is properly, but too narrowly understood — a fundamental commitment to not making any person into an enemy. But the Mahatma and the Rev. Dr. King would have never stopped with the partial quotation, above, that we know so well; they would have also have gone on to say, with President Lincoln, “…with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right…”

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Episcopalians rally against hate as white supremacists bring violence to Charlottesville

[Episcopal News Service | August 14] When white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, sparking violence that left a counter-protester dead and dozens more injured, Episcopalians and other people of faith were among the most visible groups standing in solidarity against hate and bigotry.

St. Paul’s Memorial Church overlooking the University of Virginia campus hosted a prayer service on Aug. 11, the evening before the clashes. The next morning, members of St. Paul’s, Trinity Episcopal and Christ Episcopal joined an interfaith prayer service and then participated in a march to Emancipation Park to rally against the supremacists’ event planned there. The outbreak of violence prompted authorities to shut that event down before it even got started.

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A note to the diocese from Canon Stefani's family

On behalf of the Schatz and Duggan families, we were deeply touched by your presence and many expressions of love and care. Every part of the service was truly beautiful!  Stefani picked the readings and music and had the vision of the service, but all of you together brought it to a celestial and divine reality! 

The music and choir were heavenly. We are so grateful to the efforts of the many choirs that came together and most especially the children who sang with so much spirit for Stefani's favorite hymn! We are grateful to Bishop Marc for his leadership, words of reflection on Stefani's life, and contributions to the life of the church.  

Thank you, thank you ALL for a memorable occasion that brought together the many parts of Stefani's life.   
Joe Duggan, Iva and Heather Schatz


Equipping the Beloved Community — Finding Home: Embodied Welcome, Embodied Justice, at St. Stephen's, Belvedere 

What does it mean when folks say they’ve found a “home”? How does helping another person find “home” require Christians to step outside the building and step into the community with a message of welcome, healing, justice, and acceptance? Dr. Russell Jeung, a leading sociologist on Asian Americans, race, and religion, will share from his memoir, At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among my Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors, helping participants recognize the hallmarks of following Jesus into the communities they live in to welcome the stranger. A variety of workshops for lay leaders, clergy and volunteers will be offered. Registration is now open!

When: Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WhereSt. Stephen’s, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere

Good Shepherd, Berkeley Turns 139!

Join Good Shepherd, Berkeley as they celebrate their 139th Birthday with a big celebration and a second- chance silent auction! For those of you who missed the lovely enchanted evening auction in June, don't despair! Be with them on Sunday August 20 at 12:30pm (join them for the 11 a.m. service if you can) and eat cake and hear music and bid on fantastic treasures!

When: Sunday August 20, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Good Shepherd, 1823 9th Street, Berkeley
Contact: the Rev. Este Gardner, 510-917-1937

Summer in the City Series at St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco: "Who are the Episcopal Church in the World"


The Interfaith Welcome Initiative, Bill Campbell of Old First Presbyterian and Nancy Levine of Congregation Emanu-el, co-founders and co-leaders of San Francisco-based Interfaith Welcome. Interfaith Welcome is a multi-faith ministry whose purpose is to help settle and orient refugees recently allowed by the U.S. government to live in the Bay Area. Several St. Mary’s parishioners have become active members  of this ministry. Interfaith Welcome provides an array of advocate and special services for recently-arrived refugees including finding housing and jobs, preparing welcome kits of household goods and clothes, and cooking for and periodically visiting refugee families. It also contributed a large number of teddy bears to refugee children in displacement camps in Jordan and has made donations to refugee resettlement organizations. The presenters will interactively share stories helping participants as parishioners to discern how they as a faith community are being called to minister with refugees who have settled here in the Bay Area.

When: Sunday, August 20, 9 a.m.
WhereSt. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union St., San Francisco

School supply drive and blessing of the backpacks at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Refugee families are often forced to leave everything behind when they flee their home countries. In the expensive Bay Area market, this means families with children are left struggling to provide their children with what they need for school. Help give them a new start by donating supplies for the coming school year. We are collecting school supplies by the St. Francis statue near the entrance of the cathedral. We will hold a special Blessing of the Backpacks before sending off all the supplies on Sunday, August 27. Supplies can also be ordered online and shipped to Grace Cathedral, attn: Rev. Canon Nina Pickerrell.

When: Sunday, August 20 and 27 
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco
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Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral
Quarterly Requiem Eucharist 
Thursday, August 24; 12:10 p.m.
Post-Yoga Conversation: Mother Miracle 
Tuesday, August 29; 7:45 p.m.

Clausen House 50th Anniversary art show and reception, Oakland

Clausen House is holding a special 50th Anniversary art show and Reception, which will feature artworks in a variety of mediums, all created by the organization’s constituents—adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The displays will feature paintings (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), sculptures and an entire section of fantastic urban art and handcrafts that includes jewelry, glassware, scarves, cards and decorated pots and plants. Clausen House is also publishing a limited edition 50th Anniversary Calendar to commemorate the occasion. All art will be for sale. Clausen House will hold a raffle to raise funds for the art program, and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to everyone.
When: Thursday, September 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Clausen House Clarence J. Woodard Community Center, 650 Grand Avenue (at MacArthur), Oakland
Cost: Free
Contact: Shawn Edwards, Adult Education Director,, 510.208.4685

Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum with San Francisco Renaissance Voices

Hildegard von Bingen's master work Ordo Virtutum portrays the journey of The Human Soul, guided by The Virtues and their queen, Humility, to obtain wholeness of spirit. In this acclaimed East-meets-West staging, Leandra Ramm and Alice Del Simone alternate as the Soul, and Linda Liebschutz portrays Humility, with Twila Ehmcke, Winona Hendrick, Alison King, Elfrieda Langemann, Gail MacGowan, and Maura Sipila as the Virtues, Joseph Schmitz as the Devil, and a chorus of Souls, Patriarchs, and Prophets. The singers are joined by dancers, bansuri master Deepak Ram, Celtic harpist Diana Rowan, and percussionist Todd Jolly. Directed by Katherine McKee.

When: Saturday, August 19, 4 p.m.
Where: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Cost: General Admission $20; Seniors/Students $15
Contact: Mathew Chacko 415-564-2324 or

Other upcoming events at Incarnation
Bay Shore Lyric Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen
Saturday, September 9; 7:30 p.m. 
Robyn Carmichael (piano) in concert of music by Scarlatti, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Schumann
Saturday, September 16; 7:30 p.m.
Baroque Chamber Concert with Natalie Carducci (violin), Gretchen Claassen and Bruno Hurtado Gosalvez (viola da gamba), and Derek Tam (harpsichord)
Saturday, September 23; 7:30 p.m. 
Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia
Tuesday, October 10; 7:30 p.m.

15 | Procession and High Mass for Feast of the Assumption, Advent of Christ the King | San Francisco
20 | Harvesting Abundance: Local Initiatives of Food & Faith book signing and reception, Berkeley
26 | Cursillo leadership workshop | Menlo Park

4 | Labor Day — Diocesan Office Closed
5 | Fall book study at St. Paul's | San Rafael
9 | Equipping the Beloved Community — Finding Home: Embodied Welcome, Embodied Justice, St. Stephen's | Belvedere
9 | Fall Back Into St. John's — Auction, Dinner, Dancing | Oakland
11 to 14 | Camp Wise at St. Dorothy's Rest | Camp Meeker
13 | Marin Deanery Meeting | Ross
15 to 17 | Province VIII Altar Guild General Meeting | Salt Lake City, UT
18 to 20 | Clergy Retreat at Bishop's Ranch | Healdsburg
23 | Fall Godly Play Training at Trinity | Menlo Park
23 | Peninsula Deanery Meeting | Redwood City
28 | Yoga for Change, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
28 | Contra Costa Deanery Meeting | Martinez
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