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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
November 1, 2016

Bay Area Episcopal bishop to visit Standing Rock Reservation: Joined by lay and clergy members of diocese of California

On Tuesday, November 1, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of California, will travel to North Dakota to stand in solidarity with water protectors at the Standing Rock Reservation of the Sioux people. He will be joined by roughly a dozen lay people, priests, and deacons from the Diocese of California in demonstrating faith communities’ — and The Episcopal Church’s — opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Andrus the others are answering the call of the Rev. John Floberg, Episcopal missioner at the Standing Rock Reservation. 

Interview with Obispa Griselda Delgado del Carpio, bishop of Cuba

On Thursday, October 13, the Rev. Mauricio Wilson, rector of St. Paul’s, Oakland, enjoyed lunch and a conversation with Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio of Cuba. The Diocese of California hosted Bishop Griselda and her husband for their 167th Convention the following weekend. Bishop Griselda and Wilson got together to talk about the work of the church and its future in Cuba, and discuss a budding relationship between the Diocese of Cuba and that of California. Here is the transcript of their interview, the audio of the interview can be heard hereClick here to jump to the English translation
BannerMembers of St. Alban's, Albany, bless the Ven. Kathleen Van Sickle, who is heading to Standing Rock, North Dakota today with a delegation from the Diocese of California, including Bishop Marc. They will meet up with hundreds of other faith leaders from across the country responding to a call from Sioux tribal leadership for peacekeepers to accompany the Water Protectors in the week ahead. Please keep them in your prayers. For more information, see In the News. Photo: Marcia Hickman.

More than 500 homeless people expected to visit San Francisco ‘Street Store’

[KTVU | October 26] In the basement of an office building in San Francisco's South of Market Street, volunteers were sorting donated clothes on Wednesday. It's the merchandise for San Francisco's first ever "street store" for homeless people. Episcopal Community Services is organizing the store which will be open for one day only this Friday. The clothes will be displayed on hangers and homeless people will be able to pick what they want as opposed to what someone gives them.

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photos from  Friday's ‘Street Store’

First African-American woman elected diocesan bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis | October 28] The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot Oct. 28 at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis. Baskerville-Burrows, 50, is the first African-American woman elected to be a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. She was elected with 67 votes in the clergy order and 82 in the lay order. Her election culminated a nearly two-year discernment and search process by the diocese at the 179th diocesan convention. The Rt. Rev. Catherine M. Waynick plans to retire in the spring of 2017.

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Photo: Diocese of Indianapolis

On pilgrimages — past and yet to come

Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service, I embarked in September on a three-week tour of a dozen national parks and monuments in the Mountain West and Plains. It was a trip that not only revealed the beauty of the land, but also the legacy of the genocide committed against the original inhabitants of that land and the richness of the culture of those who still live off it and seek to protect it. In Mesa Verde and Bandelier, I saw the impressive evidence of those who settled and farmed the land more than a millennium ago — the Anasazi — and, in Taos, the perseverance of today’s pueblo dwellers, making adobe the old-fashioned way and cooking their fry bread in outdoor kivas.

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E-formation bootcamp at CDSP

Have you wondered if your congregation is using the best new tools available to reach out to the community? Does your ministry need better ways to communicate? How can you create a community online that reflects your “in real life” church world? On November 12, leaders from the E-Formation Learning Community at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Virginia Theological Seminary, along with DioCal’s communications associate, Dani Scoville, will visit CDSP to answer these and other questions at a day-long workshop for lay leaders, parish administrators and communicators, clergy, and seminarians interested in social media and digital technology in ministry. In addition to plenary and consultation time, the day will include workshops on:

  • Church website (re)design
  • Using online spiritual resources
  • Basic social media: Facebook and Twitter for congregations and individuals
  • E-vangelism 101: Online newsletters and digital advertising
  • Faith in motion: Web video and digital storytelling
  • Using specialized community outreach and communication tools

When: Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CDSP, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $25, including lunch
Register: Online
Contact: Alissa Fencsik,
Co-sponsored by CDSP, the Diocese of California, and Province VIII

Day of Discernment

“The only guidance we can get on the inner journey comes through relationships in which others help us discern our leadings,” Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness. 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, November 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: St. James, 1540 12th Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $25 (fee covers materials and lunch; scholarship assistance is available)
Contact: Melissa Ridlon,

Welcome ESC intern Miranda Marks

As the youngest of a family of semi-nomadic Canadians, Miranda Marks is not really confused as to how she ended up in California, only that it took her so long to move so far west. Born on a cold winter’s night—December 18, 1992, to be specific—in the quiet southern Ontario town of Woodstock, her life has never kept still. It’s been a series of road trips, flights, and moves from town after town filled with loving people. At the ripe old age of 8 months her family made the hour drive to relocate in Brantford, hometown of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Life was good and great for 8 years, at which point the Marks family, eager for adventure, packed up and left for Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission Colloquium at CDSP: Professor Eduardo Fernandez speaks on art, architecture, and worship

The Rev. Eduardo Fernandez, professor of pastoral theology and ministry at the Jesuit School at Santa Clara University, will give the 2016 APLM Colloquium at CDSP. His topic is “Art, architecture, and worship: Fixing our gaze on diversity.” Professor Fernandez, who holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Gregorian Pontifical University, teaches Hispanic theology and religious expressions, and Mestizo spirituality and art. He specializes in Latino theology, Mexican and Southwestern history, social justice and enculturation, and the celebration of the sacraments in multicultural contexts. Fernandez will also preach at Eucharist at 5:45 p.m. in All Saints Chapel.

When: Thursday, November 3, 7:45 p.m.
Where:  CDSP, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: Free, dinner following Eucharist for $12
Registration: RSVP for dinner to
Contact: Alissa Fencsik,

A movie challenging violence against women, screening at St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek

“1 in 3 women will experience physical/sexual violence at some point in their lives.” If you're interested in finding out what people are doing to challenge this statistic join St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek, for a movie screening and discussion. The movie documents the work of Impact, an organization teaching full-force, self defense to women and teens. The afternoon is hosted by volunteer youth minister Mariko Sturgess who is a teacher for Impact. There is some graphic material in the film.

When: Saturday, November 5, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WhereSt. Paul’s, 1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Contact: Mariko Sturgess,, 925.768.5920

Diana Eck on religion and peace: Do universities have a role?

Dr. Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, is founder and director of The Pluralism Project. The Harvard initiative studies the changing contours of the American religious landscape and the effect of these changes on our society. In conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young, Dr. Eck will discuss her findings and how universities and scholars can help to build sustainable peace at The Forum.

When: Sunday, November 6, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: free

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Chuck Collins on tackling inequality
Sunday, November 13, 9:30 a.m., free

Organ recital: Jerome Lenk
Sunday, November 6, 4:15 p.m.; suggested donation of $10

Candles and chants with the Campus Ministry at UC Berkeley, hosted at St. Mark’s, Berkeley

The Campus Ministry at UC Berkeley will host a choral evensong for All Saints Sunday in the chapel of St. Mark’s, Bekeley on Sunday, November 6 at 7 p.m. The Evensong service will follow the order of the Book of Common Prayer and all chants will be from the Russian Orthodox Church. There will also be an evensong at 7 p.m. for the first Sunday of Advent. Music will include Palestrina and Tallis.

When: Sunday, November 6, 7 p.m.
WhereSt. Mark’s, 2300 Bancroft Way, Bekeley
Contact: Tom Poynor,

‘The Hop’: A musical comedy presented by St. Aidan’s, San Francisco

St. Aidan’s 13th original musical comedy, finds the members of the St. Dymphna’s Amateur Acting Company pulled apart by competing efforts to win the chance to perform at the Episcopalian Sock Hop and Skit Performance Arts Gala and Auction. Hit tunes from the 1950’s propel the antics of the characters through marriage proposals, people in disguise (including Dave Frangquist, convention secretary, as Mother Mary Antoinette), and hilarious rehearsal scenes for the competition. The show benefits St. Aidan’s community programs.

When: Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m. 
Where: St. Aidan’s, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco
Cost: $30 (priority seating Friday and Saturday); $20 (general); $10 (children 5 to 18)
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets will be available at the door; purchasing in advance appreciated
Contact: Leonor Barnett,, 415.285.9540 ext. 3

Tickets for Episcopal Charities’ annual gala

Join Bishop Marc Andrus and Episcopal Charities for the annual Night of Light gala! Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and dancing, cocktails, and a live auction at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. This year’s event honors Charlotte and George Shultz for their contributions to the Bay Area and beyond. Proceeds from the Night of Light support organizations around the diocese that address root causes of poverty in the areas of education, health and wellness, and the environment. Special table rates are available for Episcopal congregations.

When: Saturday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Four Seasons Hotel, 217 Stevenson Street, San Francisco
Cost: $2400 (congregation tables of ten seats); $350 (individual tickets)
Registration: Click here
Contact: Shari Gonzales,, 415.869.7813


Get your tickets now for All Saints Winter Wine & Dine, San Leandro 

Reserve your tickets now for All Saints, San Leandro’s “Winter Wine & Dine” on Saturday, December 10. This annual fundraising dinner will feature foods from around the world (including Scottish, Spanish, Japanese, Nigerian, Italian, and more!), fine wines from select Healdsburg wineries (including Armida, VML, MacRostie), and other tasty beverages. There will be a raffle, a host of fabulous prizes, both a live and silent auction, entertainment, and other grand merriment. Auction and raffle items will include tickets to Disneyland, the SF Ballet, a Pier 39 Family Fun Pack, and a one-week Las Vegas vacation. All are welcome to attend, so be sure to reserve your tickets now! Tickets are $55/45 for adults (with wine/without), and $15 per child. 

When: Saturday, December 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,
Cost:  $55/45 (adults with wine or without), and $15 (children)

Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Clergy positions — DioCal

Associate Rector :: St. Paul’s :: Burlingame
Chaplain :: St. Paul's Towers :: Oakland
Rector :: St. Mary the Virgin :: San Francisco

Clergy positions — Outside of DioCal

Rector :: St. Nicholas :: Darnestown, MD
Rector :: All Saints' :: Pontiac, MI

Lay positions — Outside of DioCal

Music Director :: St. Mark's :: Santa Clara, CA

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