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February 28, 2017

Bishop Marc responds to anti-Semitic cemetery desecrations and bomb threats

On behalf of the Episcopal Diocese of California, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and communities affected by the desecration of the Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia on Sunday and in St. Louis last week. The incidents come as Jewish community centers and schools around the country are experiencing an unprecedented wave of bomb threats and evacuations. In the Bay Area on Monday, bomb threats were called into the Anti-Defamation League in San Francisco and the Jewish Community Centers in Palo Alto and San Rafael. 

Episcopal Asset Map celebrates 99 dioceses, invites full participation across church

See the Diocese of California asset map on!

[The Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office | February 28] The Episcopal Asset Map, an online platform showing the location and ministries of Episcopal churches, schools and other communities, is now officially active in the Episcopal Church’s 99 dioceses located in the United States. Map participation will expand to the Episcopal Church dioceses not located in the United States with pilot programs in the Dioceses of Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

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see Diocese of California Asset Map

Banner: On Sunday Bishop Marc visited Holy Child and St. Martin’s, Daly City. It was a joyful day with the confirmation of ten people. Pictured here are the Rev. Stephen Ofo-ob, the Rev. Rebecca Goldberg, the Rev. Canon Stefani, the Rev. Joe Duggan, the Rev. Leonard Oakes, Bishop Marc, and the Rev. Tricia Rosso. Photo credit: Caren Miles.

A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community — Part 4: Persistent love is Christian love

The Parsonage’s charter served many bureaucratic and logistical purposes to help The Parsonage run more smoothly, but more importantly, its charter plainly stated who The Parsonage would be. Anyone who read this document needed to be able to answer questions like “what role is The Parsonage designed to have in the church, the Castro, and the world?” and “what call is The Parsonage responding to?” The last opening statement in the document profoundly answers those questions with the declaration, “The ultimate scandal for Christians is that of lovelessness.” This gets at what the heart of The Parsonage’s ministry is about — love.

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Reminder: Sacred end of life planning workshop at St. Timothy’s, Danville

Come to this free workshop exploring the practicalities associated with end of life planning and face the future with confidence. Skilled professionals including attorneys, nurses, and diocesan Planned Giving Officer, Amanda Martin, will be there to provide the information on wills, trusts, probate, estate tax, powers of attorney, advance care directives, and charitable giving. Topics such as hospice, elder abuse, as well as essential practical matters such as planning and arranging a funeral and cremation/columbarium will be covered, to help you explore your preferences and avoid uncertainty. Get your questions ready and come to this critical workshop. Everyone is welcome! A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

When: Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
WhereSt. Timothy’s, 1550 Diablo Road, Danville
Cost: Free
RSVP: Lisa Perry,, 925.785.8015, with your contact information and special dietary or accessibility needs. 

DioCal Lenten Carbon Fast

With Lent beginning this week, Bishop Marc is inviting all members of the diocese to join him in a Lenten ‘carbon fast’ — a prayerful effort to reduce daily actions that damage God’s creation. You can find many resources and ideas for your carbon fast through Interfaith Power & Light, the Episcopal Church Foundation, and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network — to name a few! For support and prayers, the Communications Working Group invites you to reach out to DioBytes,, to share your carbon fast plans with fellow readers!

‘These are our bodies’: talking about faith and sexuality in youth and family ministry

Parents, clergy, and lay leaders are invited to the fifth annual CDSP Youth Ministry Symposium with keynote speaker Leslie A. Choplin, D.Ed.Min., co-author of These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith and Sexuality at Church and at HomeChoplin has spent a decade as a director of Christian education, sexual misconduct prevention trainer and speaker. The symposium will include opportunities for training and certification in safe church practices in accordance with the national policy.

When: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; those taking advanced Safeguarding training will continue to 5:30 p.m.
WhereChurch Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $25 (general); $75 (with train the trainer). Scholarship and travel funding is available
Contact: For registration, Alissa Fencsik, For Provincial or Northern California scholarship aid, Anne Clarke, For Diocese of California scholarship aid or questions about Safeguarding training, Caren Miles,

New preacher announced to teach with Bishop Marc at preaching symposium at the Bishop’s Ranch — Register today!

There are relational and scriptural foundations for preaching justice. The Diocese of California and Church Divinity School of Pacific offer a preaching symposium this year that will look at Jesus and Paul through the lens of advocates for justice, and will explore the concept of interbeing, the relational base for doing justice work, including preaching justice. The preaching symposium is offered as a time of learning, inspiration, refreshment, and community. You will find new companions for your journey as a preacher, hear some great sermons, gain new perspectives on the art of preaching, and not be asked to preach yourself! Join Bishop Marc and the Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye Wilson for this preaching symposium designed for clergy who preach regularly. The Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, has been, since 2004, rector of The Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion, South Orange, NJ, which is a GreenFaith parish full of diversity and vitality, focused on being the presence of Jesus in the world. A contemplative activist, she is passionate about connecting the dots of justice, strong lay leadership, strengthening congregations, coaching clergy, and nurturing young people in their vocation in the world.
When: Tuesday, March 21 to Friday, March 24
WhereThe Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Registration: click here
Cost: (3 nights/9 meals) $600 single occupancy (very limited number of rooms); $490 double occupancy; $440 standard occupancy (3-4 per cottage); $340 commuter/camping rate; Scholarship funds are available.

At Home in Exile book discussion with author Dr. Russell Jeung

At the annual Executive Council retreat, the group selects a book to read over the year, creating a book group. This year Canon Stefani suggested At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among my Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors — a memoir of living in Oakland. Executive Council will have a conversation with Dr. Jeung about his book at Santiago / St James, Oakland on March 21. There will be expanded discussions that day about community organizing and living in mutuality within neighborhoods. Executive Council is inviting the diocese to join the conversation — even if you are not able to finish the book by March 21!

When: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. (appetizers); 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (book discussion)
WhereSantiago / St James, 1540 12th Avenue, Oakland
Book: At Home in Exile on Amazon
RSVP: Facebook event

Nightwatch at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Nightwatch is an overnight “lock-in” program in Grace Cathedral. Join youth from around the diocese and Northern California for fellowship and fun. There will be facilitated community building, active and contemplative activities, art, music, and prayer. Nightwatch can also be a time for youth ministers from thorough the diocese to spend casual time together. All youth must be accompanied by a designated adult leader. 

When: Friday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20, ample scholarship available
Register for adult leader:
Contact: Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation,, 415.869.7815

Chrism Mass 2017

The annual Chrism Mass and lunch for clergy is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 12:10 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. At this Mass the oils for baptism, confirmation, and healing are blessed and clergy are invited to renew their ordination vows. Lunch will follow. If you plan to attend the Mass and lunch, please RSVP here by Thursday, April 6. For more information or questions, please contact Jennifer Seaman. Reminder: Please bring your own containers for your holy oil.

When: Tuesday, April 11, 12:10 p.m.
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Deadline: Thursday, April 6 
Contact: Jennifer Seaman,

Common Life young adult retreat – Fully Alive

Common Life — the annual gathering for diocesan young adults takes place this year at the Bishop’s Ranch, April 21-23. This year’s theme is ‘Fully Alive.’ Over the weekend there will be talks focused on how you construct a ‘grammar of vocation.’ What does a grammar of vocation mean? Any language requires learning the basic tools of communication to express meaning. The speaker, Dr. David Cunningham, will guide attendees in constructing a language that expresses the meaning of their lives. Additionally there will be a guest offering constructive tools for everyday engagement with purpose and being fully alive. But it won’t be all work! There will also be time for rest, reflection, fun, community, prayer, and, of course, exploring the Sonoma Countryside in the full glories of spring.

When: Friday, April 21 (evening, after dinner) through Sunday, April 23 (lunch)
Cost: $100, scholarships available upon request
Contact: Tom Poynor,

Ash Wednesday: Mission interfaith procession in solidarity with immigrants, San Francisco

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, a symbolic day in the Christian tradition for the repentance of personal and corporate sin and a conscious turning towards love and reconciliation. This year, Mission Nightwalks publicly renounced the hateful and demonizing executive orders and policies that seek to harm and separate them from their neighbors. Join in this procession that uplifts common humanity culminating in a closing ceremony outside the sanctuary doors of St. John the Evangelist, one of San Francisco's Sanctuary Congregations. Mission Nightwalks invites religious leaders to dress in clerical attire. They invite lay persons and community groups to bring banners and signs of welcome, love, and acceptance for all.

When and Where: Ash Wednesday, March 1, 11:45 a.m. (gather at 16th St. BART Station), 12 noon (ceremony of repentance), 12:15 p.m. (procession of witness and solidarity), 12:45 p.m. (blessing and rededication of Sanctuary Congregations at St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th St., San Francisco)
Facebook event
Contact: the Rev. Richard Smith,

Bishop Marc Andrus to preside at the Installation of the Rev. Phillip Ellsworth at St Stephen’s, Belvedere

The wardens and vestry of St Stephen’s, Belvedere invite you to the Celebration of a New Ministry — the installation of the Rev. Phillip Channing Ellsworth, Jr. The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Celebrant, the Rev. William McD. Tully, Preacher, the St Stephen’s Choir. Clergy wear red stoles. A reception will follow in Kimball Hall. Please RSVP to

When: Saturday, March 4, 6 p.m.
Where: St Stephen’s, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere
Cost: Free, RSVP to
Contact: Elizabeth Gravely,, 415.435.4501

Solera Quartet at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

This New York-based ensemble has been featured in world-renowned international venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Orchard Hall in Tokyo, and the Kennedy Center. They will play a program of works by Beethoven, Bianco, Haydn, and Shaw.

When: Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco
Cost:  Free


Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Organ Recital Series - Ronald Ebrecht
Sunday, March 5; 4 p.m.; $10 donation requested

Taft Collegium Musicum
Sunday, March 12; 4 p.m.; free

Journey to Rwanda and Kenya with San Francisco State University professor Dr. Barry Levine — An Incarnation Travelogue Series, San Francisco

In his presentation on Rwanda and Kenya Dr. Levine will provide a visual perspective on his visit to Rwanda, including treks to the amazing mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, and to the chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park, as well as other scenes from around the country. In addition, he will provide slides from safaris in Kenya and Uganda. Dr. Levine is a frequent visitor to East Africa and will include commentaries on traveling and living in that region.

When: Saturday March 4, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: Free. Limited seating. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck prior to the presentation
Contact: Mathew Chacko,, 415-564-2324


Other upcoming events at Incarnation

Shawnette Sulker (soprano), Victor Khodadad (tenor), in vocal recital that includes arias from opera, operetta, and musicals
Saturday March 11, 7:30 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Patrick Galvin (violin) and Jungeun Kim (piano) in a chamber music concert featuring works by Beethoven, Debussy, Franck
Saturday March 25, 7:30 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

San Francisco Guitar Quartet performs music by Paul Dresher, Phillip Houghton, as well as pieces written for the SFGQ by Christopher Gainey and Garry Eister
Saturday April 1, 7:30 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Choral concert with Masterworks Serenade, Dr. Bryan Baker, director
Sunday April 23, 7 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Death Cafe at St. Paul’s, San Rafael

At Death Cafes, people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death and share food and drink. The objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view towards helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Visit to learn more. The co-facilitators are Chloe Martin and Patricia Steuer. Space is limited, please RSVP to

When: Sunday March 5, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Duncan (Parish) Hall, St. Paul’s, 1123 Court St., San Rafael
Cost:  Free but donations are accepted
RSVP: Chloe Martin, 415.456.4842

Lenten series at St. Anselm’s, Lafayette

The  speaker will be Dr. Carol Miles, Presbyterian Minister and former professor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Her topic will be “Not Your Sunday School Book: Reading the Bible in the 21st Century”. She will discuss recent significant shifts in the field of biblical studies, which have opened the door to new ways of reading and interpreting the Bible. The Scriptures will be examined through the lens of feminist and liberation theologies, and postmodernism.

When: Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 6 p.m. (soup and salad supper, please RSVP if coming for supper), 7 p.m. (study and discussion)
WhereSt. Anselm’s, 682 Michael Lane, Lafayette
Cost: Free, donations for supper go to local food bank
Contact: Anne Brown,, 925-947-5932

St Mark’s Berkeley, Second Sunday Evensong and organ recital

The 31st season of the Second Sunday Evensong and organ recital continues Sunday, March 12. Evensong will be sung by the St. Mark’s Choir, followed by an organ recital by organist Alcee Chriss III, from St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, Montreal. Alcee is the winner of the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition 2016. An alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Alcee received his Bachelors degree in organ and his Masters degree in historical keyboard. This performance is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
When: Sunday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.
WhereSt. Mark’s, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Cost: Freewill offering
Contact: George Emblom,

St. Patrick's dinner at Grace, Martinez

This popular fundraiser has been a Grace tradition for over 40 years! Invite your friends and come for a fun night of good food, raffle prizes, and Irish tunes sing-along. They will be serving corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, beer bread, green Jello, and ice cream. Please call or email for RSVP. 

When:  Saturday, March 18, 5:30 p.m. (social hour), 6:30 p.m. (dinner)
Where: Grace, 130 Muir Station Rd., Martinez
Cost: $17 (general), $10 (ages 6-12), free (ages 5 and under), 925-228-6574

Spring online CALL courses open for registration

The Spring term online courses at CALL at CDSP are open for registration. Topics this term include Preparing Congregations for Mission; The Book of Job; The Diaconal Hermenuetics; What We Believe (Anglican Theology); and Introduction to Liturgics. Courses are open to all and are asynchronous (you do not have to be online at a specific time of day or week). The courses begin on March 27 and continue to May 15, taking one week off for Holy Week.

Contact: Alissa Fencsik,

St. Dorothy's Rest Family Camp

St. Dorothy’s is hosting their first ever Family Camp weekend retreat. If one week in the summer just isn’t enough, campers and families of all ages are invited to spend a weekend at St. Dorothy’s. Participants will do arts and crafts, archery, sing songs, make s’mores, go hiking, and more!

When: Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9
WhereSt. Dorothy’s Rest, 160 St. Dorothy Ave., Camp Meeker
RegistrationClick here
Cost: $100

Other upcoming events

Saturday Hikes
March 11, April 8, June 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Artists and Writers Retreat
Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19; Cost: $205-$235

Saturday, May 13, Cost: $25


28 | Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and live music at Incarnation | San Francisco

4 | Help to save lives by packaging nutritional meals in partnership with Stop Hunger Now at St. Mary the Virgin | San Francisco
4 | Sacred end of life planning workshop at St. Timothy’s | Danville
4 | Peninsula Deanery Meeting at Good Shepherd | Belmont
4 to June 3 | Small group leaders training at All Souls | Berkeley
5 | Seekers and Saints, Women of Transformation, at Resurrection | Pleasant Hill
9 | Newbigin House presents: a conversation with Sara Miles — Faith and food | San Francisco
10 | “Holding the Edge” Benefit for Sojourn Chaplaincy — Celebrating 35 years! | San Francisco
10 to 12 | Episcopal Peace Fellowship — Creating a Culture of Peace training at St. Alban’s | Albany
11 | The School for Deacons 2017 Annual Inquirer’s Day | Berkeley
12 | Touch of the Irish — the spring concert supporting the San Francisco Night Ministry | San Francisco
16 | Contra Costa Deanery Meeting at Resurrection | Pleasant Hill
18 | Listen, love, and pray: a day of healing prayer with The Rev. Nigel Mumford at St. Clare’s | Pleasanton
18 | ‘These are our bodies’: talking about faith and sexuality in youth and family ministry
19 | Music at the intersection of faith and social justice at St. Cuthbert’s | Oakland
21 | Preaching symposium: Relational and scriptural foundations for preaching justice at the Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
21 | Executive Council book group event: At Home in Exile by Dr. Russell Jeung at Santiago / St. James | Oakland
31 | Nightwatch at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
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Lay positions — DioCal
Children's Choir Director :: Trinity :: Menlo Park

Clergy positions — Outside DioCal

Rector :: St. Clement's :: Honolulu, HI
Rector :: Church of the Incarnation :: Miami, FL
Rector :: St. Mary’s :: Pacific Grove, CA
Rector :: St. Timothy's :: Mountain View, CA 

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