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January 10, 2017

ACDC bids farewell to the Rev. Monica Whitaker

The Asian Commission of DioCal (ACDC) gathered for a festive Chinese dinner on Wednesday, January 4 in Foster City. The guest of honor was the Rev. Monica Whitaker, who has been serving as ACDC Secretary. She will soon be leaving the Bay Area and Transfiguration, San Mateo, where she has been the Associate Rector. The Rev. Matthew Woodward, rector of Transfiguration, was also present at the dinner. Later this month, Whitaker will begin her new position as the Rector of St. Andrew’s in Sedona, AZ.

Bishop Millard’s Selma reflection

On his 100th birthday and 50th anniversary of marching in Selma, Bishop Richard “Dick” Millard sat down with Bishop Marc and Sheila to speak about his early ministry during the Great Depression, his international endeavors with a friend, and being reunited with his friend while marching in Selma in 1964. Bishop Millard was a recognized and trusted leader of those around him in Selma and speaking out against hatred and intolerance while others sat silent. Here you can watch a portion of their conversation to hear more about Bishop Millard’s five days in Selma.
BannerOn Wednesday, January 4, members of Diocesan Altar Guild and Diocesan Sewing Room celebrated a belated Christmas. The Sewing Room can be reached on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 415.440.6100,

The Iconocast podcast interview with the Rev. Richard Smith

[The Iconocast | January 2] On episode 65 of the Iconocast Joanna interviews the Rev. Richard Smith. [...] After his reception as an Episcopal priest in 2000, he served as a Priest Associate at St. John the Evangelist, working heavily for immigration reform in San Francisco's Mission District, a largely Latino community. In 2013, he became Vicar at St. John's and has worked to deepen his congregation's commitment to the larger community. He helped establish Mission Nightwalks, an effort by faith communities to stem both police and gang violence in their neighborhood.

A star is born at Epiphany, San Carlos

The first week of January in San Carlos means celebrating the bonds of friendship and community with a party. Each year Epiphany, San Carlos, celebrates the feast of their namesake with an Epiphany surprise. In years past this has included a visit from a live camel, a truck load of snow for some winter play, and even a magical performance from a “magi-ician”. This year members were surprised by a new mural depicting a night sky and the star of Bethlehem over the choir loft. 
Photo by parishioner Dwight Hill

Call to prayer for Fritz and Marie Schneider, their family, and Christ Church, Los Altos

It is with great sadness that we ask the people of the Diocese of California to join Bishop Marc in praying for the community of Christ Church, Los Altos. Senior warden Fritz Schneider and his spouse Marie tragically lost both their daughter and grandson, Polly and Trent Classen, over the weekend when the two and Fritz’s son-in-law were visiting family in Kansas.

Holy God, we ask that in this time of grief and loss, you be present with the family, friends, and communities of Polly and Trent. Embrace them and bring your holy comfort and hope in the midst of their sorrow. It is in your name we pray, Amen.

Martin Luther King Jr. weekend activities, San Francisco

There are many events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. over the holiday weekend, DioCal would like to highlight and invite you to the following three:

1) Martin Luther King, Jr. panel: “Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?”

This is part of the ‘King and Faith Lecture Series’ concurrent with the NorCAL MLK Jr. Foundation weekend events. Bishop Marc will moderate the discussion with distinguished panelists of academics and theologians discussing the legacy of the Rev. Dr. King today.

Panelists: Dr. Clayborne Carson, Director, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, Stanford University
Susan Belinda Christian, Esq., Chair, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
Dr. Dwight Hopkins, Professor of Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School

Moderator: The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of California

When: Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m.
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco


2) Martin Luther King Jr. Youth overnight and day of service

Join DioCal youth in grades 6 through 12 for a day of service, games, food, and prayer in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will gather on Sunday night for a special 5 p.m. service and sleepover, then volunteer at Bayview Mission on Monday.

When: Sunday, January 15, 5 p.m. through Monday, January 16
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $30 (includes meals and snacks for both days). Scholarships are available.
Register: online
Contact: the Rev. Mary Carter Greene,


3) Martin Luther King, Jr. march and parade, San Francisco

MLK2017 commemorative march and parade from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens. The 1.5 mile journey crosses the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park to commemorate the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights movement. On arriving at Yerba Buena Gardens an interfaith commemoration will remember the legacy of the Rev. Dr. King.

When: Monday, January 16, 11 a.m. (march begins)
Where: Begins at Caltrain 4th and King station, and marches up 3rd Street to Yerba Buena Gardens
Interested in being in a DioCal contingent? Contact the Rev. Eric Metoyer,

Important information about 2017 UTO grant applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Diocese of California for 2017 United Thank Offering (UTO) grants. The focus for 2017 grants is The Jesus Movement – evangelism, reconciliation, and following Jesus's way of creating loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and all creation. Applications for UTO grants must be received by the Diocese no later than February 6 at 5 p.m. and should be emailed to Kathleen Piraino at Each bishop may submit one application for a local project and one application for an international project to the UTO. Applicants will be notified which proposals have been chosen for submission on February 15. Detailed guidelines for applying for the grants, including how to participate in UTO webinars in January, can be found here.

Deadline: February 6, 5 p.m.
Contact: Kathleen Piraino,, 415.869.6809

Register for 2017 Equipping the Beloved Community: Vestry and Bishop’s Committee training

Grace Cathedral will be the host for this learning-rich vestry and bishop’s committee training event. Gather your lay and clergy team and register for a day of learning and fellowship on Saturday, February 11. Nancy Frausto will lead the keynote address, featuring her experience and passion for the ministry of ‘scrappy churches.’ Nancy is the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’ first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish speaking Episcopal church who has gone on to pursue ordination. She will be leading a workshop on shared leadership with bilingual congregations. The day will also feature workshops for vestry and bishop’s committee leaders, parish administrators, treasurers, Eucharistic ministers and visitors, and more. Empower new congregational leaders with the knowledge and skills to play their roles with confidence while enjoying worship, fellowship, and lunch with peers throughout the diocese.

When: Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $10 (vestry/BC members), $25 (general admission), free to Grace Cathedral members
Contact: Caren Miles,

Save the date — Preaching symposium: Relational and scriptural foundations for preaching justice at the Bishop’s Ranch

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 others for this preaching symposium designed for clergy who preach regularly. 

When: Tuesday, March 21 to Friday, March 24
WhereThe Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Registration will be open soon on The Bishop’s Ranch website
Cost: Program fee if staying on or offsite. Double-room accommodation available at the Ranch (including 9 meals). Scholarship funds are available.


Listen to original recordings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches, Good Shepherd, Belmont

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, selections of recorded speeches by King will be played in the sanctuary of Good Shepherd, Belmont. All are welcome to join and hear these powerful and historic speeches in King’s own voice; come and stay the whole time, or drop in. All ages are invited! The recordings are available for purchase through the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change bookshop, and include speeches and sermons found in A Knock At Midnight and A Call to Conscience.

When: Monday, January 16, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Good Shepherd, 1300 Fifth Avenue, Belmont
Cost: Free
Contact: the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham,, or 650.593.4844

The Women’s March in San Francisco

Please join many from across the diocese for the Women’s March in San Francisco on Saturday, January 21. The group will meet at St. Luke’s, San Francisco for prayers and songs — and then will walk together to the start of the March at the Civic Center. The March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. (Sounds like Episcopalians, doesn’t it?) The program begins at 3 p.m. at the Civic Center, and then the March moves down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, ending around 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to wear Episcopal church t-shirts if you have them, and also to bring banners and signs, and families and friends. All are welcome!  

When: Saturday, January 21, 2:15 pm
Where: St. Luke’s, 1755 Clay Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free
Contact: Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Archdeacon,, 650.619.0781; Melanie Donahoe, Rector, Epiphany, San Carlos,, 650.465.4293, Jane McDougle, Vicar, Holy Innocents,, 650.823.2164
Registration: for San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose marches.

Episcopal Peace Fellowship East Bay chapter launches with ‘Creating a Culture of Peace’ retreat

A new chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship is beginning this month with two events: a welcome reception and a two-and-a-half day peace-making retreat. Creating a Culture of Peace is a spiritually-grounded retreat and interactive learning time for being peaceful, hopeful people amid a time of fear and violence. Through meditation, exercises, small groups, brainstorming, and video, CCP provides a practical foundation in the principles, practices and power of nonviolence. Participants will gain new tools, new energy, and concrete plans for taking action on issues of one’s own choosing. 

When: Friday, January 27, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: St. Alban’s, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany
Cost: $100 (includes 3 dinners and Saturday lunch; limited scholarships available, please ask)
Contact: the Ven. Kathleen Van Sickle,, 510.306.7292

Image from Creating a Culture of Peace. Permission granted.

Other upcoming EPF East Bay chapter events

Episcopal Peace Fellowship, East Bay Chapter reception

Saturday, January 14, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; St. Alban’s, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany

Luminaries in Darkness: Chamber Music Society of San Francisco with clarinetist Steve Sanchez at Holy Innocents, San Francisco

Join Holy Innocents, San Francisco, for an evening of Shostakovich’s 10th string quartet and Brahms’ transcendental clarinet quintet. The Chamber Music Society of San Francisco warmly welcomes Steve Sanchez as guest artist. Wine reception with artists to follow.

When: Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Holy Innocents, 455 Fair Oaks Street, San Francisco
Cost: $5 (kids under 18), $14 (adults, in advance), $20 (adults, at the door)
Contact: Chamber Music Society of San Francisco,

Holy Hikes at the Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg

Each month, Holy Hikes leads a Eucharistic hike through one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s beautiful green spaces. The hikes draw a diverse demographic from young children to seniors. All are welcome to attend. The next gathering will be at The Bishop’s Ranch on Saturday, January 28. The group will gather outside the chapel at 10:45 a.m. 

PLEASE NOTE: Some GPS directions indicate an incorrect turn onto Wohlenberg Road about 500-600 yards north of the actual entrance to Bishop’s Ranch. Do not turn into Wohlenberg Road. Instead, head south along Westside Road 600 yards to the entrance sign which is visible directly from Westside Road.

When: Saturday January 28, 10:45 a.m. 
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,

Photo: Wesley D. Capps, used with permission

12 | Yves Klein’s ‘Monotone-Silence Symphony’ at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
14 | Deanery orientation, best practices, and sharing conference at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
14 | Join the launch of a new Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s East Bay Chapter | Albany
15 to 20 | Organizing for Congregational Renewal, CDSP | Berkeley
15 | Mass celebrating the Feast of Martin Luther King Jr. at All Saints | San Leandro
16 | Folk music for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at St James’ | Fremont
27 to 29 | “Creating a culture of peace” retreat with Episcopal Peace Fellowship | Albany
29 | Camp Sunday
31 to Feb 2 | Celtic consciousness and winter’s stillness — An annual retreat and school of spiritual practice with John Philip Newell at Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg

3 to 4 | Happening staff overnight at Trinity | Menlo Park
11 | Equipping the Beloved Community & Vestry/Bishop's Committee Day at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
16 to 19 | ReIGNITE: A new program for those nearing retirement at Pacific School of Religion | Berkeley
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
New Call — DioCal

The Rev. Stephen Trever :: Rector :: St. Anne’s :: Fremont

Clergy positions — outside of DioCal

Rector :: St. Andrew’s :: College Park, MD

Rector :: St. Timothy’s :: Herndon, VA

Rector :: St. Luke’s :: Coeur d'Alene, ID

Rector :: Church of the Resurrection :: Oklahoma City, OK

Rector :: St. Luke’s :: Bartlesville, OK

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