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Weekly News from The Episcopal Diocese of California
August 2, 2016
First joint picnic of the Asian Commission of the Diocese of California

On Sunday, July 24, the Asian Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of California (ACDC) organized a joint retreat/worship picnic held at the Westborough Park in South San Francisco, under the  prodigious collaborative efforts of ACDC co-chairs the Rev. Merry Chan-Ong and the Rev. Leonard Oakes. The event was met with praise and delight with over 100 people in attendance from members of Christ Church (Sei Ko Kai), San Francisco; Incarnation, San Francisco; St. James, San Francisco; Holy Child and St. Martin, Daly City; St. Ambrose, Foster City; True Sunshine, San Francisco; Our Savior, Oakland; and seminarians from CDSP.
Episcopal churches go for Pokémon Go

[Episcopal News Service | July 22] Pokémon Go is a game, but Christie Tugend is ready to nominate it for a Nobel Peace Prize. “In the middle of these contentious times, people are coming out of their houses,” said Tugend, parish administrator for Christ Church, Coronado, in the Diocese of San Diego. “They’re walking their neighborhoods and public places, gathering together at all times of the day, and interacting with one another with kind and friendly words and smiles on their faces." [...] “When is the last time we have had a literal flood of people onto our parish grounds?” asked the Rev. Mark A. Spaulding, rector of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Castro Valley, in the Diocese of California. “How shall we respond? ‘Keep them out. Don’t step on the daisies?’ Or, ‘Welcome, we are glad you are here! Here is a chair to make it more comfortable for you.’"
Banner: The Asian Commission of the Diocese of California worshipping together at their joint picnic and retreat at Westborough Park in South San Francisco. Photo: the Rev. Leonard Oakes.
VIDEO: On policing, reconciliation, black lives, and the church’s role

[Episcopal News Service | July 29] The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart spent 20 years working as a police officer for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. She joined the department in 1972, four years after riots destroyed parts of the city following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. At the time African-Americans made of 70 percent of the people living in the nation’s capital; at the same time, the police department was overwhelmingly white. Fisher-Stewart’s decision to join the police force baffled friends and family. The department had a bad reputation, she said, and “my friends weren’t happy because some of them had had negative interactions with police here in D.C.”
Operation staycation at Grace Cathedral

[Grace Cathedral blog | July 27] Want to get away without going away? SFGate named us one of the “best Bay Area spots to fake a European vacation.” Come see our stunning French Gothic architecture; the Ghiberti doors, modeled after the Doors of Paradise in Florence; and our famed stained glass windows. Make your visit even more exciting by using our brand new app, GraceGuide, which guides you through the cathedral with fascinating stories and beautiful music. Even if you’ve visited the cathedral before, you’re sure to learn something new and experience the cathedral in a different way. And kids and families will love “Cathedral Quest.” 
Last chance to register for Godly Play Core Training in Santa Rosa

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join for the full Godly Play Foundation Core Training!

When: Thursday, August 11 to Saturday, August 13
Where: Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Cost: $295 (standard registration until July 14); $360 (late registration)
Registration: Click here
Contact: Daphne Vernon,

Lay pastoral care at Equipping the Beloved Community event at St. Stephen’s, Orinda

On Saturday August 27, St. Stephen’s, Orinda will be your host for a full day of workshops for lay and ordained people engaged in pastoral ministries ranging from Eucharistic visiting to Stephen Ministry to care for seniors with dementia. In addition, look for stewardship workshops with Davey Gerhard teaching an introduction to pledge campaigns and Caroline McCall leading Appreciative Inquiry, a foundational skill for experienced stewards. Other workshops include ministry with youth and music with children, Eucharistic Ministry, and Ed Bacon — a progressive spokesperson on issues of faith and justice, and recently retired as rector of All Saints, Pasadena — will deliver the keynote address address on the theme of Common/Wealth: "Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul… there was not a needy person among them,” Lunch, worship, and a chance to meet and enjoy Episcopalians from neighboring congregations rounds out the day. Save the date, start building your team, and register now.

When: Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s, 66 St. Stephen’s Drive, Orinda
Cost: $25; $10 (members of Contra Costa Deanery congregations), free (St. Stephen’s members)
Contact: the Rev. Cn. Julia McCray-Goldsmith,
Soundwave ((7)) biennial architecture at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Soundwave is a festival that investigates a new idea through sound each season. This season of Soundwave will explore sonic relationships to architecture with the two performances taking place at the cathedral. The second performance on August 5 is entitled, Invisible fortress.

When: Friday, August 5, 7 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

Upcoming from Grace:

Organ recital series – Susan Jane Matthews
Sunday, August 14, 4 p.m., suggested donation of $10

Lucas Meachem in concert
Saturday, August 27, 2 p.m., tickets here

Sacred Table: Bullying among us, San Francisco

With so much violence directed at the LGBTQ+ community, why do people harm each other with bullying and pressure to conform? Join the Companions of Dorothy the Worker for this sharing time and discussion about solutions. The Companions of Dorothy the Worker are an ecumenical Christian community that serves, lives, and works with the Queer community. To learn more about them, visit

When: Monday. August 8, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cafe Flore, 2298 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: free; no host cafe
Contact: the Rev. Diana Wheeler, CDW,

Upcoming Companions of Dorothy the Worker events

Weekly quiet Vigil to end violence toward the LGBTQ+ community.
Every Friday; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Harvey Milk Plaza, 2401 Market Street, San Francisco

Procession and High Mass at Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco

Procession and High Mass will be offered at Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco, on Monday August 15 at 6:30 p.m. for the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. The Rev. Alex Martin will celebrate and the Rev. Paul Allick will preach. The music will be led by Schola Adventus, directed by Dr. Paul Ellison. It will include Missa Assumpta est Maria by Palestrina, Ave Maria by Parsons, and Hymn for the Dormition of the Virgin by Taverner. A festive reception will follow in Lathrop Hall. 

When: Monday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Advent of Christ the King, 261 Fell Street, San Francisco

Music and scripture: Presented by John Prescott

Join this series to explore Scripture passages which have inspired Western classical music composers. Lamentations: raw emotion and beautiful poetry brought forth unparalleled musical creativity; Gospel passion narratives: composers from the Middle Ages to today re-open the drama of the crucifixion and death of Jesus; Song of Solomon: overflowing images from nature and human physical love evoke musical intensity. Guided listening to musical recordings will provide insight to how music helps open the scriptures. John Prescott holds a Ph.D. in musicology from U.C. Berkeley, is a spiritual director, an Episcopalian, and a Third Order Franciscan. He has lead retreats on music and spirituality since 2002.

When: Sundays, September 11, September 18, and October 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: St. Aidan’s, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco
Contact: 415.285.9540 x 3,

‘Women who knew Jesus’ — a Fall retreat with Holy Family, Half Moon Bay

Presented by the Rev. Dr. Bonnie Ring, author of the book by the same title. The women who encountered Jesus were forever changed by their experiences. Holy Family, Half Moon Bay, invites you to spend two Saturdays with some of these women and let them inspire and nourish you. By allowing these Biblical women to speak with their own voices, participants will discover their similarities to the women, uncover the richness of their own stories, and deepen their relationship with Jesus. Each day’s schedule includes the retelling of several Gospel accounts of these women’s encounters with Jesus, followed by guided meditations, dyad and small group discussion, time for quiet reflection, journaling, and worship. Join the retreat at the beautiful campus of Holy Family, located in lovely Half Moon Bay on the coastside. Registration covers materials, continental breakfast, and lunch both days. Copies of the book Women who knew Jesus will be available for purchase on retreat days ($25 for hardback; $19 for paperback).

When: Saturdays, September 17 and October 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Holy Family, 1590 Cabrillo Hwy. South, Half Moon Bay
Cost: $55 (both days), $35 (single day)
Registration: Click here 
Deadline: Friday, September 2
Contact: the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham,

Vacation bible school and summer camp at St. Luke’s, San Francisco

Open to youths from 3rd through the 8th grade, this year's theme is Songs & Spirituals reflecting the Gospel message. Saturday evening will include a roof-top camp out under the stars with movie, popcorn, and campfire stories. The camp will conclude on Sunday with breakfast and singing at the 10 a.m. service.

When: Thursday,  August 18, and Friday,  August 19, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (includes light supper), Saturday,  August 20, 6:30 p.m. until Sunday, August 21 after the 10 a.m. service 
Where:  St. Luke’s, 1755 Clay Street (at Van Ness Avenue), San Francisco
Contact: Steve Repasky,

Old Testament, Science Fiction, the Anglican Bible, and more with CALL at CDSP this fall term

Registration is now open for the fall term of online courses with CALL at CDSP. These seven-week courses, beginning September 19, are completely online and you can participate in the course at a time convenient for you — you don’t have to be online at a specific time. Courses include Intro to Old Testament, Sci Fi Faith, the Anglican Bible, Church History: Reformation to Episcopal Church, the Diaconate, the Book of Common Prayer, and food, faith, and justice. There is something for everyone! More information and registration links are available at
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Open lay positions — DioCal

Alto section leader :: St. Luke’s :: San Francisco

Open clergy positions — DioCal

Associate rector :: St. Stephen’s :: Belvedere

Open clergy positions — other dioceses

Priest in Charge :: Calvary :: Santa Cruz

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