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March 21, 2017

Episcopal bishops make three-day journey into diversity and inclusion

[Episcopal News Service | March 15] In March 2015 in the aftermath of the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops decided it was time to write a new letter to Episcopalians about racism. Then, some of the bishops had a realization.

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Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

What is Neil Gorsuch's religion? It's complicated

[CNN | March 20] Earlier this month, the Trump administration summoned two dozen religious leaders to a private meeting. The mission: to rally support for Neil Gorsuch, Trump's Supreme Court nominee.According to several participants, White House staffers emphasized Gorsuch's robust defense of religious rights as a judge on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In one prominent decision, Gorsuch argued that the government should rarely, if ever, coerce the consciences of believers. Eventually, the conversation turned to Gorsuch's own religious background.

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Banner: Last Thursday evening, the Rev. Canon Nina Pickerrell and the Rev. Canon Dr. Ellen Clark-King were both installed as canons during an Evensong service at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Photos: Stephanie Martin Taylor.

How some churches are preparing to offer literal sanctuary to fight Trump’s policies


The Rev. Francisco Garcia Jr. knows how difficult it can be for an immigrant to endure church-offered sanctuary. A decade ago, as a layperson, Garcia supported an undocumented man living in sanctuary at a Lutheran church in North Hollywood. The Guatemalan gardener, who was subject to a deportation order, spent a year confined in the church, mostly isolated from his family. Eventually, he couldn’t live that way and returned to his life in the outside world. “That was incredibly hard … for everybody,” said Garcia, who today leads the Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood and is co-chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’ Sanctuary Task Force.

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Help DioCal camp properties while connecting the diocese with new DioBytes subscribers!

DioCal is currently pledging $1 to our camp properties at The Bishop’s Ranch and St. Dorothy’s Rest each time we get a new signup for DioBytes! We’ll keep giving until we reach our goal: 500 new subscribers by June 7. Simply click here to sign up. And if you’re already a subscriber, please send the link to your congregations, vestries, choirs, youth groups — anyone you think would enjoy reading the latest news and events from the Diocese of California! Only one sign-up per person allowed.

EcoJustice Weekend: Dates and details


Friday, May 19 | Day of Inspiration | Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Food Justice speakers
  • Lunch by James Beard Award-winning Afro-Vegan Chef Bryant Terry
  • Afternoon panels. Topics include securing water and wheat, and sustainable farming
  • Breakout sessions and time for networking
  • Evening Reception
  • 7 p.m. Eucharist with The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop

Saturday, May 20 | Day of Action | Golden Gate Overlook, San Francisco

  • 9 a.m. Eco-Confirmation at the Golden Gate Overlook in the Presidio, officiated by The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop
  • Morning and early afternoon participating in family-friendly service projects reaffirming commitment to EcoJustice 
More details, including registration, to come — watch!

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

Day of Discernment

Would you like to explore some new discernment practices? Are you discerning a call to holy orders or some other ministry? Join for this one day workshop, grounded in the Baptismal Covenant, that can help frame your journey. While the focus is on discernment for ministry in daily life, Day of Discernment is a pre-requisite for application for postulancy in the Diocese of California.

When: Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: St. James, 1540 12th Ave, Oakland
Cost:  $25 (fee covers materials and lunch; scholarship assistance is available)
Contact: Melissa Ridlon,

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,

A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community — Part 7: Not cured, but healed

1986 was off to a running start: The Episcopal Church Foundation granted The Parsonage $10,640 to put on the National Episcopal Church Conference on the AIDS Crisis. The Parsonage had also received grants from Integrity and the Diocese of California to put on the conference, and an especially generous $20,640 from the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for “post-conference follow up geared toward development of a national network to provide AIDS information within the Episcopal Church.” These grants — totaling over $37,000 — helped to put on the first national faith based conference on AIDS.

Salisbury Cathedral Choir concert at St Stephen's, Belvedere

The renowned Salisbury Cathedral Choir has maintained a tradition of church music in Salisbury Cathedral since its consecration in 1258. Twenty-five years ago, Salisbury was the first British cathedral to admit girls into their traditional men and boys choir. We look forward to welcoming the men, girls and boys of Salisbury Cathedral choir for this concert in St Stephen’s Church, Belvedere, when their repertoire will include Allegri’s Miserere (a stunning piece, composed for the Sistine chapel) and some of Bach’s most magnificent choral works. 

When: Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WhereSt Stephen’s, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere
Cost: $20 (general), $15 (students), $5 (children)
Contact: Elizabeth Gravely, 415-435-4501

Procession and High Mass for Feast of the Annunciation at Church of the Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco

Please join the congregation of Church of the Advent and Schola Adventus, under the direction of Dr. Paul Ellison, in the celebration of this Feast Day. The High Mass will feature music by Thomas Tallis, Mass for Four Voices; Igor Stravinsky, Ave Maria; Tomas Luis de Victoria, Me timeas Maria; and J.S. Bach, Fugue on the Magnificat. A festive reception in the parish hall and garden follows.

When: Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m.
Where: Church of the Advent of Christ the King, 261 Fell Street, San Francisco
Contact: Dr. Paul M. Ellison,

Patrick Galvin (violin) and Jungeun Kim (piano) in concert at Incarnation, San Francisco

A chamber music concert featuring violin and piano sonatas by Beethoven, Claude Debussy, and César Frank, with violinist Patrick Galvin and pianist Jungeun Kim. A San Francisco native, Patrick Galvin, made his solo debut with the Oakland East Bay Symphony at age 11 playing the Bruch Violin concerto. His teachers have included Barbara Gorzynska at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria; Camilla Wicks and Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; and Herbert Greenberg at the Peabody Conservatory. Born in Changwon, Korea, Jungeun Kim studied at the Busan High School of Arts and Konkuk University under Hyeyoung Moon, Jaemi Kim, and Jihyun Lee. She made her debut with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003. She received first prize in the Eumaksekye Piano Competition and the Gyeongnam Education Music Competition, second prize in the Ceramic Palace Hall Concours and the Music Education News Concours, and third prize in the Beethoven Concours.

When: Saturday March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)
Contact: Mathew Chacko,, 415-564-2324


Other upcoming events at Incarnation

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)

Chamber concert with the Volkert-Ellis Trio, Charles Chandler (bass), Hye Yeong Min (piano),  and Nick Volkert (baritone)
Sunday May 7, 7 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Trumpeter Ari Micich in concert
Sunday May 20, 7 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Susan Stryker at Grace Cathedral's The Forum, San Francisco

From the Boy Scouts reversing its policy of more than a century to accept transgender boys, to the Supreme Court declining to decide whether a transgender boy in Virginia could use the boys’ bathroom at his high school, transgender issues are front page news. Susan Stryker, in conversation with Grace Cathedral's dean, Malcolm Young, puts recent setbacks and progress in the pursuit of transgender equal rights in historical and cultural perspective. 

When: Sunday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

The Choir of Salisbury Cathedral
Sunday, March 26; 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; free

The Forum: Arlie Russell Hochschild
Sunday, April 2; 9:30 a.m.; free

“A Celebration of Life and Hope,” a benefit concert for the Rev. Deacon Tricia Rosso at Holy Child and St. Martin's, Daly City

Come join the congregation of Holy Child and St. Martin's, Daly City, and other members of the community, for “A Celebration of Life and Hope,” a benefit concert for the Rev. Deacon Tricia Rosso. Deacon Tricia has been courageously battling cancer for the past two years, Her courage and determination have been an inspiration to all. The concert will feature the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, Sincerity Girls Ensemble, Florida Ventura, the Doot Doot Brothers, and other Bay Area artists.

When: Saturday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Holy Child and St. Martin's, 777 Southgate Ave, Daly City
Cost: Donation
Contact: the Rev. Leonard Oakes,, the Rev. Rebecca Goldberg,

The Benedictine experience: Wisdom in a time of turmoil, at the Bishop's Ranch

The wisdom of Benedict's Rule needs to be rediscovered in every age, and this time is no different. The deep structure inherent in the Rule provides an orientation to the Divine while facing the division and fragmentation of the present. Participants experience a balance of worship, prayer, study, and rest in beautiful and sacred surroundings. The retreat includes daily conferences by Br. Bede Healey OSB, Cam., music and liturgy by Canon John Renke, and daily celebration of Eucharist by abbot, the Rev. David Caffrey.

When: Monday, June 19 to Sunday, June 25
Where: The Bishop's Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Cost: $1,350 single / $1,100 double
Contact: Jane Schubert,

21 | Executive Council book group event: At Home in Exile by Dr. Russell Jeung at Santiago / St. James | Oakland
23 & 24 | Annual Trinity Institute addresses Water Justice at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
25 | Mental Health Awareness Training at St. Paul's | Oakland
25 | Bishop Marc to preside at beach cleanup Eucharist with Holy Hikes and SF Baykeeper | Oakland
31 | Nightwatch at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco

7 to 9 | St. Dorothy's Rest Family Camp | Camp Meeker
7 to 17 | Companion in Franciscan spirituality program, St. Francis House | San Francisco
11 | Chrism Mass at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
13 to 16 | Contemplative Easter Weekend Retreat, St. Columba’s | Inverness
14 | Good Friday — Diocesan office closed
21 to 23 | Common Life Young Adult Retreat – Fully Alive at Bishop's Ranch | Healdsburg
21 to 22 | 2017 Missional Voices National Gathering | Alexandria, VA
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Clergy positions — Outside DioCal

Associate Rector :: Christ Church :: Bowling Green, KY
Rector :: St. John the Evangelist :: Elkhart, IN
Priest-In-Charge :: Holy Apostles :: Hilo, HI
Rector :: St. Martin’s :: Davis, CA
Rector :: St. Mark’s :: Jonesboro, AR

All postings are available on the diocesan website:
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