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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
November 15, 2016

Opportunities to heal following the tumultuous 2016 election

[ABC7 News | November 11] While many are still expressing anger over the election results, some are healing and there are plenty of opportunities for that around the Bay Area. There was a healing walk inside the church on the labyrinth tonight. From San Francisco to Redwood City, people are doing their part to inspire others to come together.

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Photo: ABC7 News

Episcopal delegation to Marrakesh seeks to build on 2015 climate agreement

[Episcopal News Service | November 11] Last December, world governments and officials came together in France to reach a historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions and arrest global warming. Earlier this week, they gathered again, this time in Marrakesh, Morocco, to continue their work. “COP21 in Paris was about reaching an agreement; COP22 is about the action needed to reach the agreement and to deepen and strengthen it,” said California Bishop Marc Andrus in an email to Episcopal News Service from the conference.
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Photo: Sheila Andrus

The Episcopal Church/DioCal’s delegation to COP22 was also featured on Democracy Now, watch the video here
Banner: The Episcopal Church delegation to COP22 marched Sunday, November 13 in the streets of Marrakesh for climate change. For more photos, see In the News. Photo: Sheila Andrus.

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry


[The Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office | November 14] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has issued the following statement: Last week I shared what I pray was a reconciling post-election message to our church, reminding us that “we will all live together as fellow Americans, as citizens.” Today I want to remind us that during moments of transition, during moments of tension, it is important to affirm our core identity and values as followers of Jesus in the Episcopal Anglican way. Jesus once declared, in the language of the Hebrew prophets, that God’s “house shall be a house of prayer for all nations” (Mk 11:17). He invited and welcomed all who would follow saying, “come to me all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens” (Mt. 11:28).

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A message from Bishop Marc after the election

Dear Diocese of California,
I write to you from COP22, the United Nations climate summit, being held in Marrakech. Like many of you, Sheila and I stayed up through the night following the results of our November 8 elections, especially the presidential election. First, I want to say I’m grateful for the long, widespread, and continuing effort that allows us to live in a healthy democracy, where people may vote without fear. The repeal of the Voter Rights Act point up the fact that the maintenance of a democracy takes hard, vigilant work, and we must work on to seek a more perfect union, while we give thanks for our great country.

In memoriam: the Rev. Dr. Gordon Lau

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Lau, retired rector of Our Saviour, Oakland died at home on Wednesday, November 9. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 9 a.m. at Our Saviour, 1101 Harrison Street, Oakland. A tea reception follows immediately at 10:30 a.m., and those celebrating his life may share a late lunch at Peony at 2 p.m. May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 9 a.m.
Where: Our Saviour, 1101 Harrison Street, Oakland

Gallery 1055 opening: ‘Mind on fire’ by Elizabeth Jameson

Elizabeth Jameson is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in the intersection of art and science. She creates with the intent of transforming how people view the human experience of disease, allowing room for celebration of the imperfect body. Her practice emerged after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; undergoing numerous brain scans to track the progression of her disease, she initiated a deep fascination with the architecture of the brain. Her current exhibit Mind on fire opens at Gallery 1055 on Thursday, November 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gallery 1055 is a gallery at Diocesan House — the administrative offices of the Episcopal Diocese of California, 1055 Taylor Street, San Francisco. Refreshments will be available during the opening reception. Please RSVP on Facebook.

When: Thursday, November 17, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gallery 1055, 1055 Taylor Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free
RSVP: Facebook

Last chance to buy tickets for Episcopal Charities’ Night of Light 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


Open Enrollment (OE) has begun! 

OE — which is running from now until Wednesday, November 23 — is the one time of year when benefit eligible employees can enroll in medical or dependent care FSA, change medical ins. and add dependents to medical or dental coverage. All currently enrolled employees should have received a letter from the Episcopal Church Medical Trust (ECMT) with instructions to log into the OE website to make their 2017 plan selections. The diocesan web page: provides plan summaries, contact information, and redirects to the ECMT Open Enrollment website. All current Kaiser High Option EPO members must select a new medical plan during Open Enrollment as the Kaiser High Option EPO plan will terminate on 12/31/16.

Obispa Griselda Delgado del Carpio, bishop of Cuba’s sermon at DioCal convention

On Friday, October 15, the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio of Cuba gave a sermon at the 167th Convention Eucharist. This news article contains the transcript of her sermon, the audio of the sermon and the English translation. For photos from the Eucharist and the 167th Convention, click here.

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From the DioCal Intern blog

Homelessness, visibility, and invisibility

As law school was coming to an end I was overwhelmed by the question “What now?” I did not have a job, my parents sold my childhood home and moved across the country, the past seven years of my life had been dedicated to higher education, and suddenly graduation was approaching. This was the first time in my life that I would not be returning to school again in the fall and the absence of a plan was overwhelming. 

Farm to Table hopes to build the first-known mobile mill house with stone mill

Farm to Altar Table is in its third year of providing sustainably farmed heirloom flour to churches for their communion bread. One of the most unique and special things about this CSA is the stone milling of the flour. Fresh stone-milled flour is like fresh ground coffee or pepper, it is most nutritious and delicious when it’s freshly milled. At present, Farm to Altar Table moves the grain grown at The Bishop’s Ranch up to Ukiah where it is stored and milled on demand because there are no stone mills in the Bay Area. This requires a 200-mile drive each time to deliver flour to the churches. This is not sustainable as the program grows. Therefore, Farm to Altar Table hopes to build the first-known mobile mill house with a stone mill. To fund the Mobile Mill they launched a Kickstarter campaign. The Mobile Mill will be a functional and on-site educational tool. It will travel to schools, The Bishop’s Ranch, and farmers markets. It could even come to your church! The Kickstarter campaign launched on Tuesday, November 1, and with broad community support they've reached close to 30% of our $50,000 goal. Please consider being a part of bringing the first stone mill to the Bay Area.

Yoga for change at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Now in its fourth year, Yoga for Change seeks to raise $30,000 to benefit The Community Preschool, Grace Cathedral. Whatever your level, you can practice yoga at this annual benefit-with-benefits and change a child’s life. The Community Preschool provides scholarships to 2/3 of its students, reserving its full scholarships for children from the Tenderloin and other at-risk neighborhoods.

When: Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral:

Classical Revolution presents Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Friday, November 18; 7 p.m., tickets:

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on caring for the Earth
Sunday, November 20; 9:30 a.m., free

“A Musical Cornucopia” Thanksgiving concert at Good Shepherd, Belmont

Sunday, November 20, 3 p.m., Good Shepherd, Belmont, will host a concert benefiting Second Harvest Food bank (all are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Second Harvest). Music will include some favorite Thanksgiving Hymns, and music from Baroque to pop, featuring pianist Kathleen Nelson, baritone William (Bill) Alley, tenor Joseph Duggan, soprano Christina Selli, flutist Antoinette Kaufman, accordionist Giuseppe Selli, Kathleen Nelson, singers “Beyond Boundaries,” and the Good Shepherd Taize Choir.

When: Sunday, November 20, 3 p.m.
Where: Good Shepherd, 1300 Fifth Avenue, Belmont
Cost: Suggested donation: non-perishable food items
Contact: the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham,, 650.593.4844

Christmas bazaar and luncheon, Grace, Martinez

St. Christopher’s Guild is hosting its annual festive luncheon and gift-shopping extravaganza! Doors open at 11:15 a.m. for earlybird shopping. There will be a variety of beautiful, delicious, and unique items to choose from, including a variety of vendors, books by local authors, handmade scarves, homemade goodies in the country kitchen, and unique finds on the white elephant table. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m.

When: Tuesday, December 6, 11:15 a.m.
Where: Grace, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez
Cost: $15
Contact: Mary Canale, 925.682.0660 or Grace, Martinez,

Icons in Transformation at St. Michael and All Angels, Concord

More than 150 contemporary icons by internationally known Russian artist Ludmila Pawlowska will be on exhibit at both St. Michael and All Angels, Concord, and St. John’s, Clayton, from Sunday, December 11 through Friday, February 17. The exhibit also includes traditional icons from the Vassilevsky Monastery in Russia. Pawlowsk’s show is so extensive that it is divided between the two churches. See more at Icons in Transformation. Come to the gala opening to meet the artist and enjoy music and refreshments.

When: Gala opening: Saturday, December 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (St. Michael and All Angels); ongoing show: Sunday, December 11 through Friday, February 17, Thursdays through Sundays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment
Where: St. Michael and All Angels, 2925 Bonifacio Street, Concord and St. John’s, 5555 Clayton Road, Clayton
Cost: $25 for Gala; Free for ongoing exhibit
Tickets: Gala,
Contact: Gary Carr,, 925.890.7839
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