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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
September 13, 2016

The tragedy of gun violence

From the DioCal Archdeacons

We have faced a summer of heartbreak and violence, and in July Bishop Marc Andrus called on us, the people of the Diocese of California, to work for justice and peace, even in our grief and pain. Bishop Marc asked the deacons of our diocese, those who have a special ministry under their bishop, to begin organizing this work in the world, particularly related to police use of force and gun violence. We are at the beginning of this work. As we approach the fall after the wrenching summer we have experienced, we, your archdeacons, wanted to outline for the people of the diocese what we have learned thus far.

CDSP prepares seminarians for public life

[Episcopal News Service | September 12] Preparing future priests to lead congregations in today’s world also means training them for public life at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Two years ago the seminary began an overhaul of its curriculum, refocusing its Master of Divinity program on three core Christian concepts: mission, discipleship and evangelism. Along with that, it committed to educating seminarians in the skills of critical reflection, contextual analysis and public conversation, for which training them in community organizing plays a role. “We were trying to make a shift in our curriculum and were looking for a tighter fit between the life of faith and public life,” said the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, the president and dean of CDSP, in an interview in his office with Episcopal News Service.
BannerEpiphany, San Carlos was recently highlighted as “merchant of the week” at their local branch of US Bank. It was a fun way to evangelize and get the word out about past and upcoming parish programs. Photo: the Rev. Melanie Donahoe.

Public ministry in practice

[Episcopal News Service | September 13] How to conduct one-on-one conversations, how to run a meeting, how to listen and understand self-interest are just some of the skills learned by seminarians and others who train for community organizing. In 2013, Church Divinity School of the Pacific began offering a weeklong course, “Organizing for Public Ministry,” in partnership with the Industrial Areas Foundation. IAF is a well-established network of faith and community-based organizations that trains leaders and empowers communities.

Welcome Steve Zimmerman, DioCal’s new internal auditor

Steve has lived in the Bay Area since 1968 with the exception of two years in Stockton while attending the University of the Pacific and two years in New York finishing his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and is a life-long Steelers and Pirates fan. Steve has two adult children, and four wonderful grandchildren living in Pittsburg, CA. Steve is an avid cyclist who has completed numerous 100 mile bike rides. In addition to cycling, Steve enjoys kayaking and hiking, and of course spending time with his grandkids. Steve has prior experience with church finances and is currently serving as part-time bookkeeper at All Souls, Berkeley, a position he will keep while serving as internal auditor for the Diocese.

Welcome DioCal Interns

The Diocese of California is pleased to announce and welcome its sixth class of DioCal Interns. The interns come from all over the country and even this hemisphere and bring a diverse range of interests and skills. What they have in common is a commitment to spending 10 months in DioCal living in intentional community, practicing daily the Office of Morning Prayer, growing in their faith, and serving for 32 hours in a non-profit organization in the Bay Area. The interns moved into their new home at CDSP on August 28 and immediately went to The Bishop’s Ranch for orientation. They will begin their service work sites this week. Additionally, the interns will be joining one of DioCal’s congregations so keep an eye out as their home church might be yours! There will be many opportunities for you to get to know them, and over the next few weeks their photos and bios will be featured on DioCal’s news page. Also, if you are interested in serving as a home away from home and welcoming an intern as a kind of host family or if you are a priest in the diocese and want to offer spiritual mentoring to the interns, please don’t hesitate to contact Tom Poynor, the program director,

Bishop’s Society Peninsula Regional Social at Epiphany, San Carlos

Attention congregations in the Peninsula, please join Bishop Marc and your fellow parishioners in celebrating the importance of legacy giving Sunday, September 25 with The Bishop’s Society Regional Social! Connect with other individuals who have made a legacy gift to their congregation or share success stories between legacy societies located in your area, all while enjoying a festive reception and heartfelt remarks from the bishop and congregations who have made this profound commitment within the community. This is an open event to celebrate legacy planning within DioCal congregations. An RSVP is appreciated but not necessary, please join and bring a friend!

When: Sunday, September 25, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Epiphany,
1839 Arroyo Avenue, San Carlos
RSVP: Shari Gonzales,, 415.869.7813


167th Annual Convention of the Diocese of California

Notice is hereby given that the 167th Annual Convention of the Diocese of California will be held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on October 14 and 15, 2016.  Presentation of proposed resolutions, the proposed budget, and nominees for election to office will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 14, followed by dinner on the plaza at 5:45 p.m. and Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m.  All people of the diocese are invited to dinner and the Eucharist.  The Saturday session will be called to order at 9 a.m. on October 15. To be eligible to vote, clergy who need to file Letters Dimissory or non-parochial clergy reports with the bishop must have done so by September 15. Congregations must have filed their list of lay delegates with the Secretary of the Convention (at the office of the diocese) no later than September 23 here. For information about the Convention, see the Governance page at the diocese website,

— David A. Frangquist, Secretary of the Convention

When: Friday, October 14, 2 p.m. and Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco


Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’ at Incarnation, San Francisco

Verismo Opera presents Verdi’s masterpiece with orchestra and English supertitles. This opera includes some of Verdi’s most melodious music, including his exciting Anvil Chorus. It is full of dramatically powerful narrative elements: tales of burning at the stake, kidnapping and revenge by a conniving gypsy woman, a mysterious troubadour and his love Leonora, a castle fortress under siege, and two brothers separated at birth who unknowingly become mortal enemies. Set in 15th-century Spain, the story is told by three separate, intertwining subplots, rich with colorful history. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy live opera in an intimate setting!

When: Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m.
Where: Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega), San Francisco
Cost: $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students. You may purchase advance tickets online.
Link: Il Trovatore
Contact: Mathew Chacko,

Men’s cook-off competition and raffle, St. Augustine’s, Oakland

Come enjoy fellowship and delicious food, then vote for the best chef in a range of categories from appetizers to desserts. This event, sponsored by St. Monnica’s Guild of St Augustine’s, is always fun and “filling.”

When: Saturday, September 24, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WhereSt. Augustine’s,
525 29th Street (at Telegraph Avenue) Oakland
Cost: $25, payable at the door
Interested in cooking? Email Alice Walker,


The Forum at Grace Cathedral Returns 

To kick off the The Forum’s fall season, Jeff Kositsky, the director of City Hall’s new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Audrey Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle’s editor in chief, and Ken Reggio, the executive director of Episcopal Community Services, will share with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young what they’ve learned about homelessness from their different roles in the city. Join for what will surely be an insightful conversation on this gripping issue.

When: Sunday, September 25, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free


Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

The Forum – On masculinity: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Tuesday, September 27; 7:45 p.m.

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


Disarmed: the concert across America to end gun violence, at St. Alban’s, Albany

St. Alban’s joins a nation-wide day of concerts bringing attention, education, and song to one of the most serious crises of current times. With music from talented local musicians who make up the monthly HOOT! at St. Alban's ( and ground-level organizers providing information and opportunities to engage, it will be a powerful evening of music and action toward building safer, healthier communities. 

When: Sunday, September 25, 8 p.m.
Where: St. Alban’s, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany (at the corner of Curtis Street)
Cost: $15 suggested donation
Contact: B. Avalon,, 510.525.1716


CROP Walk for hunger relief, peace, and social justice in Menlo Park

Join a community event to end poverty and hunger and disaster relief. A quarter of funds go to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto and the rest supports efforts to provide infrastructure to impoverished communities and humanitarian relief: fresh water for a village, starter livestock for a family business, seeds, tools and training for a neighborhood urban garden, and refugee relief. There are one and three mile walking routes, and a five mile run. There will be music and food at the park before and after.

When: Sunday, October 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Burgess Park (across the street from 431 Burgess Drive), Menlo Park
Contact: Mary Beth Train,, 650.494.3269

Link: to register as an individual or start a team!


14 | “Claiming our ground for peace” at Holy Cross and St. Anne’s | Castro Valley and Fremont
14 | Marin Deanery meeting at St. Stephen’s | Belvedere
15 | Contra Costa Deanery meeting at Grace Church | Martinez
17 | Peninsula Deanery meeting at St. Edmund’s | Pacifica
17, Oct 1 | ‘Women who knew Jesus’ — a fall retreat with Holy Family | Half Moon Bay
18 | South Alameda Deanery meeting at Holy Cross | Castro Valley
18 | San Francisco Renaissance Voices performs at St. Bede’s | Menlo Park

18, 25, Oct 2 | Season of Creation at All Saints | San Leandro
18, Oct 2 | Music and scripture: Presented by John Prescott at St. Aidan’s | San Francisco

19 | Faith seeking knowledge with CALL at CDSP: Registration now open for online courses
21–23 | Clergy Retreat at Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
22 | ‘The great spiritual migration’ with Brian McClaren at St. Luke’s | San Francisco
24 | Discipleship group workshop at St. Paul’s | San Rafael
24 | Holy Hikes at San Francisco Botanical Gardens | San Francisco

24 | Meal packaging event at St. Timothy’s | Danville
25 | Bishop’s Visitation at St. Francis of Assisi |  Novato
25 | Bishop's Society Tea at Epiphany | San Carlos


1 | Animal Fest at Christ the Lord, Pinole
1 | Music that Makes Community with Stanford Canterbury | Palo Alto

2 | Bishop’s visitation at Epiphany |  San Carlos
3–6, 7–9 | ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ retreat at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Associate for youth and family ministries :: Trinity :: Menlo Park
Bookkeeper (part-time) :: St. Stephen's :: Belvedere

Clergy positions — outside of DioCal

Rector :: Grace :: The Plains, VA
Rector :: St. Paul’s :: Mt. Lebanon, PA

Clergy positions — DioCal
Currently accepting applications

Rector :: Christ Church :: Los Altos
Rector :: Grace :: Martinez
Rector :: St. Anne’s :: Fremont

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