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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
January 18, 2017

Statement of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Curry regarding prayers for the President

[The Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office | The following is a statement from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry.

This past week, Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, in the tradition of Presidents dating back to George Washington, gave his farewell address to the nation. Next week Donald J. Trump, in the same tradition of this country, will take the oath of office and be inaugurated as the 45th President. We recognize that this election has been contentious, and the Episcopal Church, like our nation, has expressed a diversity of views, some of which have been born in deep pain.

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Interfaith service, panel, youth overnight, and march commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in San Francisco

This past Sunday, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, hosted a series of events to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events began with an interfaith service where featured guests addressed the question “where do we go from here” in the beloved community. Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin began the service with an invitation from the Quran, and the Rev. Dr. Dwight Hopkins continued with a reflection of the legacy of Dr. King, reminding the congregation that “every great challenge yields an opportunity for great progress.”

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BannerOn Monday, January 16, a group of DioCal representatives from Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco, St. Matthew’s, San Mateo, St. Paul’s, Burlingame, Trinity, Menlo Park, St. John’s, Ross, and the bishop’s staff. For more details and photos see In the News and the facebook album. Photo: Dani Scoville. 

Episcopal leaders address church’s part in Trump’s inauguration

[Episcopal News Service | January 12] The involvement of Washington National Cathedral and its choir in the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump has stirred concern in parts of the Episcopal Church. The Cathedral Choir accepted an invitation to perform during the musical prelude to the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony. That prelude begins at 9:30 a.m. EST. The actual ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. The program is here.

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Tree planting success at St. Dorothy’s Rest

The weekend of January 6 and 7, St. Dorothy’s hosted a tree planting event in partnership with Forested Unlimited. Together, with over 100 volunteers in the course of 2 days, close to 1,400 redwood saplings were planted in “St. Dorothy’s West.” This project is part of ongoing efforts to increase the health of their forest. In the sun and rain, in chilly temperatures, the group trekked up to pre-designated areas to plant the saplings. 

San Francisco Interfaith Council joins GLIDE on Inauguration Day in praying for the “common good”

GLIDE is opening its doors on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20 for a day of community building and prayer-reflection-action to those of all faith traditions and those without a faith tradition. The sanctuary will be available from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for silent prayer and meditation. During the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., they will “reclaim the common good” by collectively developing a shared vision for the common good. They will use their voices, art, and creativity to develop this shared vision and action plan. People of all faith traditions are welcome to an interdenominational prayer vigil from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come together to share hopes, dreams, and fears, but leave with love and the resolve to be a voice for equality and justice for all.

When: Friday, January 20, 12 noon to 2 p.m. (silent prayer and meditation in sanctuary), 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (shared vision and action planning), 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (interdenominational prayer vigil)
Where: GLIDE, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco

Bishop’s Society: Missing your mail? Not receiving emails?

The Bishop’s Society is conducting a membership survey to update our records and increase the membership experience! If you are a member of the Bishop’s Society but have not received a letter or email it is possible your information is out of date! Please complete the following survey to update your preferences and provide feedback on changes to the Bishop’s Society.

Link: Bishop’s Society survey
Contact: Amanda Kiernan Martin,, 415.869.7813

February 1 churchwide webinar: ‘The Episcopal Church Welcomes Refugees’

Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are sponsoring an important webinar to discuss the basic root causes of refugee crises and to examine critical questions such as: who is a refugee; how a refugee is resettled to the U.S.; how resettled refugees benefit their communities; and how you can engage with local communities to welcome these new Americans. The Episcopal Church Welcomes Refugees is a free, one-hour educational webinar. Leading the webinar will be Lacy Broemel, Episcopal Church Refugee and Immigration Policy Analyst, and Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Church Relations and Engagement.

“Every day, hundreds of community groups, churches, families and individuals work tirelessly to provide a place of safety for those who have had to flee their homes because of war, persecution, or other violence,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “The Episcopal Church’s ministry of refugee resettlement is rooted in our nation’s longstanding history of serving as a safe haven for those seeking freedom from oppression. With more than 23.1 million refugees around the world, it is now more important than ever for people of faith to continue this tradition.”

When: Wednesday, February 1, 1 p.m. PST (will be available on-demand following the event)
Registration: required and available here
Contact: Lacy Broemel,

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. 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,


The Companions of Dorothy the Worker silent vigil on Inauguration Day, San Francisco

Beginning with the Pulse Nightclub Massacre in Orlando, the Companions have been sharing the witness of violence toward the LGBTQ+ community every Friday in the heart of the Castro neighborhood. This Friday will be a silent vigil on the day the new administration is inaugurated. Please be silent and wear mourning clothes (black armbands, etc). Signs provided. To learn more about the Companions of Dorothy the Worker:

When: Friday, January 20th; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Harvey Milk Plaza, 2401 Market Street, San Francisco
Contact: the Rev. Diana Wheeler, CDW at

Please join Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, for the Women’s March

Grace Cathedral is participating in the Women’s March on Washington and the local Bay Area event on Saturday, January 21, and we want you to join! Come as an individual, with friends, or as a group representing your church or organization. Everyone is welcome, adults and children alike. The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all, values important to the cathedral. The cathedral’s message for the march is “Grace for All.” A group from the diocese, including the cathedral’s the Rev. Mary Carter Greene, will travel to Washington D.C. to join the march there. Here at home, Grace Cathedral will participate in the San Francisco march, assembling at the cathedral at 2 p.m. and proceeding together to Civic Center.

When: Saturday, January 21, 2 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco
Contact: the Rev. Greene with any questions at

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

The King and Faith Lectures
Sunday, January 22; 4 p.m.; free

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

Organ recital series – Christopher Houlihan
Sunday, January 22; 4 p.m.; donation of $10 requested

The Women’s March in San Francisco starting with prayers and songs at St. Luke’s, San Francisco

You are invited to join the Women’s March in San Francisco on Saturday, January 21. The group will meet at St. Luke’s, San Francisco for prayers and songs at 2:15 p.m., and then will walk together to meet with others from the diocese at the SF Public Library (corner of Grove and Larkin) by the 3 p.m. start of the event. The March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. (Sounds like Episcopalians, doesn’t it?) The program begins at 3 p.m. at the Civic Center, and then the march moves down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, ending around 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to wear Episcopal Church t-shirts if you have them, and also to bring banners and signs, and families and friends. All are welcome!  

When: Saturday, January 21, 2:15 pm
Where: St. Luke’s, 1755 Clay Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free
Contact: the Ven. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Archdeacon,, 650.619.0781; the Rev. Melanie Donahoe, Rector, Epiphany, San Carlos,, 650.465.4293, the Rev. Jane McDougle, Vicar, Holy Innocents,, 650.823.2164
Registration: for San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose marches

Pianist and composer, Eric Tran, in concert at Incarnation, San Francisco

A recital with San Francisco based pianist-composer, Eric Tran, in an evening of music by Mozart, Tran, Adès, Busoni, and Beethoven. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During his studies, he was the winner of the concerto competitions of both institutions, and he was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Golden Medal for outstanding contributions to the arts. As a composer, he won the Pacific Musical Society Composition Prize, and his sets of children’s music have been programmed for over six years on the syllabus of the US Open Music Competition. His music has been performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Friction Quartet.

When: Saturday January 21, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
Contact: Mathew Chacko,, 415.564.2324

Other upcoming events at Incarnation

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

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) and $6 (children under 12)

Faith and the university – a panel discussion for Candlemas

The Episcopal Campus Ministry to U.C. Berkeley is holding its annual celebration of Candlemas on February 5th at St. Mark’s, Berkeley. The event begins with a panel discussion featuring Bishop Marc Andrus and university professors discussing the topic of faith and the university in the past as well as now. Following the panel the chaplaincy will offer a Candlemas procession including blessing of candles. A reception will follow.

When: Sunday, February 5, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Mark’s, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Contact: Tom Poynor,

2017 Faith and innovation conference, Saratoga

What kind of world do people want to live in? This conference will explore how to find the way through the great advances of innovation and technology. Drawing from ethics, spiritual wisdom, law, and philosophy, how will people create the "good life"? Join for this engaging and question-seeking in this 2nd annual conference on faith and innovation. Come and explore the nexus points between innovation, technology, and faith and how they may work together to nurture and improve the world. Conference topics: Ethics, innovation, and the good life; A God's eye view & artificial intelligence; The Importance of law in an era of tech change. Speakers: Shannon Vallor, Chair of Department of Philosophy, Santa Clara University; Robert Cusick, Certified Compassion Cultivation Training Instructor; Mark Johnson, CEO, Descartes Lab; Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real; Stephen Wu, Council Silicon Valley Law Group.

When: Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Center, St. Andrew's, 13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga
Cost: $25 (includes bag lunch)

Go to full Diocesan Calendar
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

Lay positions — outside of DioCal
Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministry (lay and ordained) :: Diocese of Kentucky :: Louisville, KY

Executive Director (Camp Director — lay and ordained) :: All Saints Center :: Leitchfield, KY

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