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Decolonizing Thanksgiving

For me, Thanksgiving Day has always been about watching the Macy's Parade while eating cinnamon rolls all day while dinner was being made. As I've grown up and moved into my own space I still watch the parade, but I'm more aware of the troublesome and dark history of this day. 

In her article "Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools" Lindsey Passenger Wieck   encourages us that "By taking a decolonizing approach to teaching about Thanksgiving, teachers and families reject the myths of Thanksgiving and harmful stereotypes about Native peoples. Instead, teachers and families can de-romanticize this holiday, by engaging Native perspectives that recognize the diversity of Indigenous peoples and their contemporary presence in 21st-century America."

I encourage you to think deeply about how our church can be an agent of inclusion, tolerance, and growth in this turbulent time.

- Caren Miles

Amy Cook
Working Group Head for Faith Formation
Caren Miles
Associate for Faith Formation

From the Resource Center

Two great books for your Advent reading:

Home by Another Way: A Christmas Story by Barbara Brown Taylor.
This enchanting Christmas story by beloved author and preacher Barbara Brown Taylor follows the three wise men on their world-changing journey to Bethlehem. In this beautiful retelling of their adventure, Taylor captures the power of one very special star and gives readers a new perspective on the three wise men and their encounters with King Herod, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.                                                                                                  
The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire by Bishop Michael Curry
The text of the celebrated 2018 royal wedding sermon, plus four other sermons touching on themes of love, commitment, and social justice, by the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.

2019 Forma Conference 

Have you registered for the Forma Conference January 23-25 in Indianapolis? This yearly conference is packed full of resources, workshops, experiences, and new colleagues. 

We have partial scholarships available and would love to help send as many DioCal folk as possible. 

Children's Ministry

Tell us what you're up to
The children & youth ministry at the majority of the congregations in our diocese is staffed by volunteers and parents. The formation staff would love to help you out. Caren can come visit, meet with teachers, plan trainings, bring resources, or just take you to lunch. 

Call (415-869-7815) or email Caren to schedule some time in 2019 to team up with the diocese!

We also have scholarship money to help send volunteers to trainings, participate in webinars, and take classes that will equip them for the important ministry of spiritual formation of children and youth. Applications are online.


Upcoming Youth events are below
For all events in the Diocese check the DioCal Calendar.

Winter NightWatch

This December, Nightwatch will be an overnight sleepover at beginning at Transfiguration, San Mateo for fun in the snow and moving to Holy Family, Half Moon Bay for s'mores, prayer, and our sleepover. 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 to spend casual time together. We hope to see you and your youth there!

Cost for Nightwatch is $10, and there is ample scholarship available. All youth must be accompanied by a designated Adult Leader.

When: Saturday, December 15, 6 p.m. to Sunday, December 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Transfiguration, San Mateo & Holy Family, Half Moon Bay
Cost: $10/person (scholarships available)
Contact: Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation,, 415.869.7815
Youth Registration is HERE
Adult Registration is HERE
Be sure to follow AdventWord on Facebook and Twitter, so that you can help create a Global Advent Calendar! You can also sign up to receive daily Advent words.

It's a great way to creatively pray your way through Advent.

MLK @ Grace 

MLK@Grace is an overnight sleepover and service event at Grace Cathedral.  Join youth from around the Diocese and Northern California for fellowship, fun, discussion, and action. There will be facilitated community building, active and contemplative activities, art, music, and prayer. We will march together Monday in the San Francisco MLK Parade. 

When: Sunday, January 20 at 5 p.m. to Monday, January 21, 1 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $10/person (scholarships available)
Contact: Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation,, 415.869.7815
Youth Registration HERE
Adult Registration HERE

Other Upcoming Events

20 | Service for the Transgender Day of Remembrance at Good Shepherd | Berkeley
22 to 23 | Thanksgiving Break — Diocesan Office Closed
25 | VISITATION: Transfiguration | San Mateo
28 | Leadership and Anxiety in the Church, a practical interdenominational training event for church leaders | Palo Alto

1 | Ordinations | San Francisco
15 | Winter NightWatch | Peninsula


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