Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
January 4, 2017

Californian Episcopal bishops send letter of concern to Trump: Calls for reconsideration of Environmental Protection Agency head and cabinet appointments

During the month of December, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, gathered support from all Episcopal bishops in the state of California on a group letter voicing concern over President-elect Trump’s intended appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The bishops also state their continuing support for all people in the United States and call for him to be “a leader for all […] but especially [a] protector for the vulnerable” by reconsidering his cabinet choices.

Houses of worship poised to serve as Trump-Era immigrant sanctuaries

[New York Times | December 27] Tucked one floor below the majestic Gothic sanctuary of Arch Street United Methodist Church, Javier Flores Garcia sleeps on a cot in a basement Sunday-school classroom that church members have outfitted with a microwave, a compact refrigerator and a television. Mr. Flores, an arborist, longs for the open air, but does not dare set foot outside. He was supposed to report to the immigration authorities last month to be deported to his homeland, Mexico, but one day before his report date, he took refuge in the church.

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Banner: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is coming to Salinas this Saturday. For information on this opportunity to hear him preach, see From the Bishop’s OfficePhoto: Episcopal News Service.

National Cathedral to host customary post-inaugural prayer service

[Episcopal News Service | December 22] Washington National Cathedral will again play out one of its traditional roles in U.S. life next month by offering Donald Trump and the nation a chance to come together in prayer. The 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service will take place Jan. 21, the day after Trump is sworn in as the country’s the 45th president. No other details have been made public. “The cathedral is a sacred space for the nation to come together at moments of national importance, including the inauguration of our presidents,” a statement from the cathedral said. 

Community, ministry, and mission address by Presiding Bishop in Salinas

The Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, will be offering his joyful and inspiring message about bringing Jesus’ Good News to the community. He will also join in a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Also participating will be the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Stewardship of Creation, one of the church’s leading thinkers around 21st century ministry and mission. Joseph W. Heston, President and General Manager of KSBW-TV, the Central Coast’s NBC and ABC station, will moderate the panel. This event is for the clergy and laity of the Diocese of El Camino Real. But there are plenty of seats for the public and members of neighboring dioceses to attend. 

When: Saturday, January 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main Street, Salinas
Cost: Free, no registration required. Bring your own lunch.
Contact: Mary Beth Powell,

New DioCal Working Group Head for Communications: Stephanie Martin Taylor

Bishop Marc is pleased to announce that Stephanie Martin Taylor has accepted the role as the Working Group Head for Communications.

Stephanie Martin Taylor has spent the last eleven years as a news anchor and reporter for KQED in San Francisco. A radio and television broadcaster for more than two decades, her reporting has frequently aired nationally on NPR, and she has worked at several local news outlets around the country. Originally from Dallas, she holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in History and French from Colgate University. She and her husband, David, live in San Francisco, where they attend St. Luke’s, San Francisco. She is also the proud stepmother to William, a junior at University of California, San Diego.

Bishop Marc says “We are thrilled that Stephanie is joining our staff. She brings decades of acclaimed media experience and an excitement about the mission, vision, and work of the Diocese of California — and how to share our stories across our community and the Bay Area. Please join me in welcoming her.” Stephanie will officially begin working on Tuesday, January 17, and her email will be

New Executive Assistant to the Bishop: Jennifer Seaman

Bishop Marc is pleased to announce that Jennifer Seaman has accepted the role as Executive Assistant to the Bishop.

Prior to joining the Episcopal Diocese of California, Jennifer served on the senior administrative team of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Executive Assistant to the President. She guided the community through leadership transitions and thrived as the front line of support and communication to the President for over four years. Born and raised in Clyde, OH, Jennifer moved to the Bay Area in 2003 to further her education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning both her Master of Music degree and Postgraduate Diploma in vocal performance. Following graduation, she supported and guided the development of the Student Life Office at the Conservatory for nearly six years. She is a member of Sausalito Presbyterian Church where she serves as a dedicated chorister and co-chair of the deacons. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to support this spiritual community with compassion and love.

Jennifer will officially begin working on Tuesday, January 17, and her email will be The Interim Executive Assistant to the Bishop is still in the office, so if you need to make an appointment with the bishop, please continue to email until January 17.

Important information about 2017 UTO grant applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Diocese of California for 2017 United Thank Offering (UTO) grants. The focus for 2017 grants is The Jesus Movement – evangelism, reconciliation, and following Jesus's way of creating loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and all creation. Applications for UTO grants must be received by the Diocese no later than February 6 at 5 p.m. and should be emailed to Kathleen Piraino at Each bishop may submit one application for a local project and one application for an international project to the UTO. Applicants will be notified which proposals have been chosen for submission on February 15. Detailed guidelines for applying for the grants, including how to participate in UTO webinars in January, can be found here.

Deadline: February 6, 5 p.m.
Contact: Kathleen Piraino,, 415.869.6809

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. Nancy Frausto will lead the keynote address, featuring her experience and passion for the ministry of ‘scrappy churches.’ Nancy 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: Planning for wellness — May 1 through May 5

Learn how to secure your financial future and take steps toward a healthier lifestyle at this informative conference for active clergy and lay employees, hosted by the Church Pension Group (CPG). Spouses and partners are invited. The conferences for active clergy will be May 1–2 and May 3–4 at The Bishop’s Ranch. The conference for active lay employees will be May 5 at CDSP. Look for more information coming soon! Click here for the promotional flier.

When: Monday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 2 (clergy); Wednesday, May 3 to Thursday, May 4 (clergy); Friday, May 5 (lay)
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 West Side Road, Healdsburg (clergy);
Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley (lay)
Link: Promotional flier


Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ – Opera open rehearsal with Island City Opera at Incarnation, San Francisco

Watch an open rehearsal with Island City Opera as they prepare to open their third season with Gaetano Donizetti’s exuberant comedy Don Pasquale. You will have an unique opportunity to hear the full opera, hear great performers as they prepare for their opening night performances in Alameda, as well as get an appreciation for what it takes to stage a full-length opera production.

When: Saturday January  7, 1 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: $10
Contact: Mathew Chacko, 415.564.2324 or

Other upcoming events at Incarnation

Eric Tran, pianist-composer, in concert
Saturday January 21, 7:30 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors and students)

The Shimmer of the sea – Sarah Wood (violin), Miles Graber (piano)
Saturday January 28, 7:30 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors and students)

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

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

Boar’s Head Festival at St. Stephen’s, Belvedere

Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices and their music director Katherine McKee in a celebration of Twelfth Night. This afternoon of music, revelry and dramatic surprises takes place at the court of HRH Queen Elizabeth I, (soprano Susan Gundunas). The singers will be joined by the SF Renaissance Dancers, the Queen’s Strings (Maria Caswell, Cynthia Albers, David Morris and Eugene Petrushansky), the Berkeley Morris Dancers, and the evening will include a visit from Robin Hood (David Petersen) and his Merrie Men. Any attire is appropriate, but audience members who choose to come in period costume or masque are especially welcome.

When: Sunday, January 8, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere
Cost: $25-45 at the door or in advance Tickets
Contact: J Jeff Badger,, 415.650.6258


Yves Klein’s ‘Monotone-Silence Symphony’ at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Yves Klein’s groundbreaking Monotone-Silence Symphony is a bold work by the acclaimed artist primarily known for his monochrome paintings and metaphysical explorations. Performed only once during Klein’s brief lifetime, this extraordinary piece will be mounted for the first time in San Francisco and only the third time in the U.S., in partnership with the landmark Grace Cathedral and in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives. The work will be conducted by Petr Kotik.

When: Thursday, January 12; 6:30 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free with RSVP

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

San Francisco Movement Arts Festival
Friday, January 20; 7 p.m.; tickets here

King and Faith Interfaith Evensong and Conversation
Sunday, January 15; 3 p.m.; free

Mass celebrating the Feast of Martin Luther King at All Saints, San Leandro

On Sunday, January 15, All Saints, San Leandro, will commemorate the Feast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special mass including African American Spirituals and a mass setting drawing from the African American tradition. Reverend King was an American Baptist minister and activist who was best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. All are invited to this festive service!

When: Sunday, January 15, 10:15 a.m.
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,

Folk music for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at St James’, Fremont 

St. James’, Fremont will host folk singer John McCutcheon for the thirteenth annual concert – community awareness and fundraising. The six-time Grammy nominated singer, storyteller and instrumentalist will entertain with humor, integrity, grit, and blazing energy. John sings the praises of the downtrodden, satirizes the foibles of the lofty and finds comfort in family. Come, listen, be uplifted. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Abode Services – working to end homelessness in the community.
When: Monday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.
WhereSt. James’, 37051 Cabrillo Terrace, Fremont
Tickets: $27 (adults), $15 (children 5 to 12), Free (children 5 and under), 510.797.1492 ext. 4

Small group leaders training at All Souls, Berkeley

All Souls, Berkeley, in collaboration with the Rev. Daniel Prechtel of Lamb and Lion Spiritual Guidance Ministries, offers a core training program of up to twelve sessions for lay leaders and clergy for developing and leading small groups based in faith communities. The groups are designed to provide spiritual hospitality, community, formation, and mutual guidance. Six staff-led demonstration groups followed by student-led practice groups along with reflection, reading, and discussion will combine to form a powerful learning community experience. Prechtel is the author of Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Spiritual Direction for Small Groups. Enrollment is limited.
When: Select Saturdays, March 4 to June 3, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: All Souls, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Cost: $350 (fee may be reduced based on financial need)
Deadline: January 31
Contact: the Rev. Daniel Prechtel,, 224.636.2874

2017 summer camp registration open for St. Dorothy’s Rest

St. Dorothy’s Rest is excited to be accepting camper registrations and staff applications for the 2017 summer camp season! 

WhereSt. Dorothy’s Rest, 160 St Dorothy Avenue, Camp Meeker
RegistrationClick here
Staff ApplicationClick here
DonateClick here

6 to 7 | Re-Leaf 2017 with St. Dorothy’s Rest | Camp Meeker
7 | Epiphany reflection day with Bishop Marc at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
9 to 13 | Appropriate Boundaries in Ministry, CDSP | Berkeley
14 | Join the launch of a new Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s East Bay Chapter | Albany
15 to 20 | Organizing for Congregational Renewal, CDSP | Berkeley
14 | Deanery orientation, best practices, and sharing conference at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
27 to 29 | “Creating a culture of peace” retreat with Episcopal Peace Fellowship | Albany
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

3 to 4 | Happening staff overnight at Trinity | Menlo Park
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
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
New Call — DioCal

The Rev. Steven Trever :: Rector :: St. Anne’s :: Fremont

Clergy positions — outside of DioCal

Rector :: St. Patrick’s :: Incline Village (North Lake Tahoe), CA

Rector :: St. James :: Richmond, VA

Rector :: Beckford Parish :: Woodstock, VA

Rector :: Olivet :: Alexandria, VA

All postings are available on the diocesan website:
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