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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
October 19, 2016

Incarnating hope

[House of Deputies blog | October 6] Preaching at my ordination, Gene Robinson was proposing that people need clergy “to be the God person in their lives” when my young daughter, exhausted and hungry, interrupted. Wailing. Gene was unfazed. He assured me that it was fine, to take my time. I took Alice and began digging through the layers of my alb. “Talk amongst yourselves!” he told the congregation, chuckling. “I’ll give you a topic. The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” To me, “that should keep ‘em going for a little while.”

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Photo credit: Jenny Jimenez

Episcopalians, Baptists find a home with Methodists post-flooding

[Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church | October 16] Finding yourself in the epicenter of catastrophic flooding can keep a church busy. It also provides incredible opportunities to serve as the “hands and feet” of Christ, said the Rev. Jaqueline King, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs. “Our facilities were the only structures that did not flood in the entire antique district,” said King, adding that close to 90 percent of the city’s buildings and homes were damaged during historic August flooding in south Louisiana. “The city’s infrastructure was fractured.”

As election draws near, preachers feel the gospel’s challenge

[Episcopal News Service | October 17] Preaching can be challenging at any time, but it is especially so during an election season and the remaining days of the 2016 U.S. presidential election are proving exceptionally fraught for some preachers. “There’s weightiness and a kind of heaviness that everyone is bringing to this time,” Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Budde said in an interview with Episcopal News Service.

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Banner: On Friday, October 14, DioCal’s convention Eucharist was run by DioCal’s Latinx communities and the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, bishop of Cuba, preached. More photos to be posted to Facebook soon. Photo: Dani Scoville.

Election results and resolutions from 167th convention now online

The 167th DioCal convention certified election results and certified resolutions are now live on the website! They can be found on the resolutions and nominee positions pages.

‘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.
WhereChurch Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $35, including lunch

Welcome ESC intern Susi Franco

Hi! I'm Susi Franco! Originally from Medellin, Colombia but having missionary parents called to work with immigrant communities in the United States, I've bounced around a bit from Alabama to Arkansas to Boston. Live concerts, still mornings, and long conversations over coffee are a few of my favorite things. I recently graduated Gordon College with a B.A. in Communication Arts. I chose this major because I enjoy using photography and cinematography to highlight stories of people pursuing restorative work. 

Bishop’s Society annual reception cancelled

In light of an upcoming “Bishop’s Society Sabbatical” the annual reception this year has been postponed until next fall. In conjunction with Bishop Marc’s sabbatical next calendar year, the Bishop’s Society will also be taking a break from program activities to communicate with members of the legacy society regarding new membership, activity, and educational opportunities. The Bishop’s Society looks forward to working with you to bring exciting new programs to the legacy community, please keep an eye out for a letter and survey in the mail soon! Please remove Sunday, November 6 from your calendar.


UTO Ingathering

Thank you to all who gave so generously on Saturday to the UTO Ingathering, from those churches whose representatives brought forward their congregation's offerings, to the very generous gifts in the boxes. The total, so far, for Fall 2016 is $5,400.24. Some congregations have their Ingathering planned for the near future. Any funds received before early December will go towards the 2017 Grants.

Again, thank you to all who contributed, and for those still to send theirs in.

Joanna Henrichs,
Diocesan UTO Coordinator 

Oktoberfest! at Grace, Martinez

Oktoberfest is a very popular event at Grace, Martinez, with delicious food, lively music, and great raffle prizes. Tickets will be available at the door, but it’s best to call ahead and reserve your seats. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for social hour and dinner will served at 6:30 p.m. Menu includes: variety of sausages, choucroute garnie à l'alsacienne (stewed pork shoulder), sauerkraut, rotkohl (red cabbage), German potato salad, and dessert.

When:  Saturday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. (social hour), 6:30 p.m. (dinner)
Where: Grace, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez
Cost: $25 (general); $10 (ages 12 and under)
Contact: Susan Bremmer,, 925.316.6076

Candlelight Evensong and Organ Recital at St. Bede’s, Menlo Park

Please join the choir of St. Bede’s and guest organist Jin Kyung Lim for a sublime evening of worship and music. The choir, under the direction of Katherine McKee, will sing Thomas Tallis’ Short Service, Te Lucis Ante Terminum, & O Nata lux, as well as William Mundy’s O Lord, the Maker.  Evensong will be followed immediately by a recital on St. Bede’s Von Beckerath tracker organ, presented by internationally renowned recitalist Jin Kyung Lim. Featured will be dance-influenced music by Bach, Pachelbel, Byrd, Couperin, Hyslop and Reger. A reception follows. Free-will donations will be benefit Los Ayudantes literacy program.

When: Sunday, October 23, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Bede’s, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: Free
Contact: Katherine McKee,, 650.854.6555

Janet Napolitano on education at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

The University of California, the world’s leading public university system, currently includes more than 238,000 students and 190,000 faculty and staff, with more than 1.7 million alumni living and working around the world. Join UC President Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Arizona, for a Forum conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about the state of education.

When: Tuesday, October 25, 7:45 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral:

Richard Rodriguez on the state of the city and the nation
Sunday, October 23; 9:30 a.m.

The healing path: Reimagine the end of life
Monday, October 24; 6 p.m.

The silent film classic Nosferatu
Saturday, October 29; showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., tickets here


Vespers Service for the Vigil of All Saints at All Saints, San Leandro

On Monday, October 31, for the vigil of the Feast of All Saints, the Society for Eastern Rite Anglicanism (SERA) and All Saints, San Leandro, will host an Anglo-Orthodox Vespers Service. The Society for Eastern Rite Anglicanism is a faith-based organization committed to promoting and sustaining a movement towards an established Eastern Rite in the Anglican Communion. This special service will be replete with icons and candles, chanting and incense, and space for contemplative prayer. The liturgy will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the sanctuary at All Saints. All are welcome to attend!

When: Monday, October 31, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,

Food packaging in partnership with Stop Hunger Now at St. Mary the Virgin Church, San Francisco

Please join St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco, to package meals for an impoverished community in partnership with Stop Hunger Now, a U.S. non-profit dedicated to eliminating global hunger. Everyone is welcome to attend and help! Please feel free to invite family, neighbors, friends, youth, and children including school groups, sports teams, scouts, et al! It promises to be an enriching opportunity to be part of a compassionate community ministering with others by preparing food for those who have little of it. Earlier this year 10,158 meals were packaged at a similar event. Can this event equal or exceed that number?

When: Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free
Registration: Carla, or
Contact: Carla Ocfemia,, 415.921.3665, ext. 302

Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Executive Assistant to the Bishop :: Diocese of California :: San Francisco

Clergy positions — Outside diocese

Director of Congregational Life :: Trinity Cathedral :: Omaha, NE
Rector :: St. David’s :: Topeka, KS
Rector :: St. Luke’s :: Kearney, NE

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