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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
January 24, 2017

Bay Area women converge on Washington to protest Trump

[The Mercury News | January 21] Swept into a sea of marchers, 35 women from Palo Alto’s St. Marks Episcopal Church flew across the country to carry a banner proclaiming “The American Majority Rejects Hate.” “The reason we are here is we are all sisters of faith — and we will work together because it is always better to work together when you are trying to get something done,” said parishioner Joannie Bigwood Osborne, of Palo Alto. “We are the volunteers who come from our home base to be at events like this — because we have to make our voices heard.”

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22 Powerful Posts From People Of Faith At The Women’s March

[Huffington Post | January 23] The Women’s March on Washington, and its sister marches around the world, brought together more than a million people determined to stand in solidarity against the misogyny, xenophobia and bigotry demonstrated by President Donald Trump.
BannerOn Saturday, in many cities across the country, there was a Women’s March. Here's a photo of Holy Innocents, San Francisco. For photos of people from across the diocese at different city marches, see the DioCal Facebook album. If you would like an image added, email it to Dani Scoville at Photo: the Ven. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain. 

Trump inaugural events end in prayer at National Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service | January 21] The morning after Donald Trump became the 45th president, Washington National Cathedral performed one of its traditional roles in U.S. life by offering the new president and the nation a chance to come together in prayer. A representative of the presiding bishop, the bishop of Washington and the dean of the cathedral led 26 representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Baha’ism and Buddhism in the service.

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photo: Danielle E. Thomas, Washington National Cathedral

Resource fair success at All Souls, Berkeley

On Sunday, January 22, All Souls, Berkeley hosted a resource fair in response to many community members’ questions about how to move forward in the wake of last November’s election and maintain the momentum of Saturday’s historic women’s marches. Following Sunday’s three services, organizations advocating racial, food, youth, immigrant, and environmental justice were on hand to offer ways for members of the community to get involved and volunteer.

Socially responsible investment announcement from CFO Tom Ferguson

In keeping with The Episcopal Church’s commitment to socially responsible investing, and as approved by Executive Council at its September 20, 2016 meeting, the diocese completed the co-investment of the diocesan endowment with the endowment fund of The Episcopal Church (aka DFMS Fund) in late December. The total transferred was in the amount of $19.62 million: $16.07 million from TIFF net of a half-percent exit fee and $3.55 million from FundX. The diocese waited to receive TIFF’s fourth quarter distribution of $756,570.98, which was not subject to an exit fee, before making the transfer from TIFF in order to avoid an exit fee on those funds. 

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Leadership transitions at Episcopal Community Services, San Francisco

After 15 years at the helm of Episcopal Community Services, San Francisco, Executive Director Ken Reggio is retiring. Reggio plans to step aside from leadership of ECS in November 2017 to enjoy more time with family and friends and to follow new pursuits. Reggio has spent his career leading organizations that serve people who are poor and disenfranchised, notably ECS, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and St. Vincent DePaul Society of San Francisco. ECS Board of Directors President David Cooke has convened a search and transition committee, which expects to begin active recruitment in early March.

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. The Rev. Nancy Frausto will lead the keynote address, featuring her experience and passion for the ministry of ‘scrappy churches.’ Frausto 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: Annual Absalom Jones and Richard Allen commemoration at St. Paul’s, Oakland

Come join members of the Afro Anglican Commission, the Union of Black Episcopalians, and DioCal to celebrate the legacies of Absalom Jones and the Rev. Richard Allen at St. Paul’s, Oakland. Jones and Allen were friends, activists, and fellow evangelists who were active in The Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.  Absalom Jones, ordained priest in 1802, was the first African American priest of The Episcopal Church and first rector of St. Thomas African Orthodox Episcopal Church, Philadelphia. Allen was the first African American ordained in the Methodist Church (1816) and was the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Both men were leading abolitionists of their day. This year the commemoration is especially honored to have Bishop Marc Handley Andrus as the celebrant and guest homilist Bishop Clement Fugh of the Fifth Episcopal District, AME Church. Additional guests include a choir of the California Conference of the AME Church. Love to sing? Watch this space as for information on the DioCal festival choir forming to sing at the commemoration!

When: Saturday, February 18, 10:45 a.m. (choral concert), 11 a.m. (Eucharistic celebration), 1 p.m. (reception)
Where: St Paul’s, 114 Montecito Ave, Oakland
Cost: Free
Contact: the Rev. Eric Metoyer,

‘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 received her doctor of educational ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary and spent a decade as a director of Christian education, sexual misconduct prevention trainer, facilitator, and speaker in Episcopal congregations across the United States. In addition to the keynote address, 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.
Where: Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $25 (Youth Ministry Symposium, including standard Safeguarding workshops); $75 (Youth Ministry Symposium plus advanced Safeguarding training). Scholarship and travel funding is available from the Diocese of California, Diocese of Northern California, and Province VIII.
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,


The Sound Healing Symphony, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

San Francisco Sound Meditation presents a convergence of meditative musicians on a variety of ancient instruments, led by Guy Douglas. The evening will feature Alexandra Love Sarton of Beautiful Chorus in Florida and an array of talented musicians on gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, Native American flutes, didgeridoo, harp and more. Experience the deep peace and mindfulness of meditation with the aid of sound at this transformative event.

When: Friday, January 27, 8 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco
Cost: $20 – $165

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

The King & Faith Lectures: Justice in the Beloved Community
Sunday, January 29; 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., free

Luvvie Ajayi at The Forum
Tuesday, January 31; 7:45 p.m., free - RSVP required

The Shimmer of the Sea – Chamber music concert for violin and piano, Incarnation, San Francisco 

A chamber music concert with bay area musicians, Sarah Wood (violin), and Miles Graber (piano), in an evening of music for violin and piano by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Camille Saint-Saëns. Violinist Sarah Wood, D.M.A. pursues a career as a frequent recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.  She performs with the Circadian String Quartet, as acting Principal Second of the Berkeley Symphony, and acting Assistant Concertmaster of the California Symphony. Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken, and Louise Behrend. He has performed with numerous solo artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Frederica von Stade, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin.

When: Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
Contact: Mathew Chacko 415-564-2324 or


Other upcoming events at Incarnation

Roderick Lowe (tenor) and Sally Porter Munro (mezzo-soprano) in concert
Saturday February 4, 7:30 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Jere Torkelsen (baritone) and Sibel Demirmen (soprano) in concert
Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Shrove Tuesday pancake supper with live music
Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., $12 (general), $6 (children under 12)

Shawnette Sulker (soprano), Victor Khodadad (tenor), in concert
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Music at the intersection of faith and social justice at St. Cuthbert’s, Oakland

For four decades Jim and Jean Strathdee have been parochial music directors, composers, and authors of faith-songs, which span from the liturgical to songs of protest. They have traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, India, and Central America performing in churches, in concerts, and in retreats and conferences. Their music uses a diversity of sound and style and includes the use of guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, African drums, and Native American flute. They see their music as an agent of personal and social transformation and a help people make a stand for positive change based on faith.

When: Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Cuthbert's, 7900 Mountain Boulevard (corner of Keller Avenue and 
Mountain Boulevard), Oakland
Cost: Free-will donation for the musicians
Contact: John Rawlinson,

Conversations for the common good presents: a conversation with Mike McHargue on finding God in the waves

Mike McHargue shares the story of the loss and eventual recovery of his faith years after it dissolved into atheism. An encounter on the shores of the Pacific and engagement with neuroscience, cosmology, biology, and physics are what led him back to faith. Mike will be joining Dr. Scot Sherman in conversation about knowing God in an age of science. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite today!

When: Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Century Club of California, 1355 Franklin St., San Francisco
RegistrationClick here
Contact: Claudia Wallen,

27 | Luminaries in Darkness: Chamber Music Society of San Francisco with clarinetist Steve Sanchez at Holy Innocents | San Francisco
28 | Holy Hikes at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
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

5 | Faith and the university – a panel discussion for Candlemas, St. Mark's | Berkeley
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
25 | Enneagram spirituality at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
25 | 2017 Faith and innovation conference | Saratoga
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New Call — DioCal
The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna :: Rector :: Christ Church :: Los Altos

The Rev. Dr. Deborah White :: Rector :: Grace :: Martinez

Clergy positions — DioCal
Rector :: St. Timothy’s :: Danville

Lay positions — DioCal
Development Coordinator (part-time position) :: Episcopal Impact Fund :: San Francisco
Parish Coordinator :: St. John’s :: Oakland

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