Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
August 30, 2016

Christian groups have renewed focus on fighting racism

[Daily Herald | August 28] Christian groups have recently been putting more time and resources into addressing racism, with the issue at the forefront because of police shootings of black men and the Black Lives Matter movement. One of the largest U.S. evangelical college ministries, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, took up Black Lives Matter at its most recent student missions conference. Two overwhelmingly white religious groups - the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.), which is the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination - have for the first time elected black clergy as their top church officers.

Rebel churches unite the faithful in diverse SF neighborhoods

[SF Examiner | August 28] Archbishop Franzo King, the sax-playing follower of the late, great John Coltrane, passed between the empty pews of the sanctuary at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday afternoon and stepped into a biting-cold room in the back. There, in the former crying room behind a tall pane of glass that offers a view of the rarely vacant sanctuary, King has set up a new chapel for the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church. Among the colorful icons that cover the walls inside is a one-dimensional painting depicting the jazz musician, who died in 1967, sitting in a white robe with a saxophone in his hand. 
Banner: St. Luke’s, San Francisco, mission team with the Rev. Phyllis Manoogian of the Diocese of California at an Episcopal church in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Photo: The Rev. Dana Corsello.

March held to mark 18 months since fatal SFPD shooting of Amilcar Perez-Lopez

[KGO-TV | August 27] Activists took to the streets in San Francisco to mark 18 months since San Francisco police shot and killed a 20-year-old Guatemalan immigrant. Amilcar Lopez was shot at least six times by two plainclothes police officers. Since February of 2015 when Amilcar Lopez was shot, former police Chief Greg Suhr has resigned under pressure over multiple police shootings, and the district attorney still hasn't filed charges in this case. A sidewalk mural marked where 20-year-old Amilcar Lopez was killed. Demonstrators say they'll keep pressure on authorities to seek justice for Lopez. "We've been waiting a year and a half for the DA's decision insisting he charge the officers who killed Amilcar with murder," protest organizer Rev. Richard Smith.

Supporting Transplant Camp

The summer camp season at St. Dorothy’s Rest seemed to fly by this year. We welcomed over 300 campers, 7 chaplains, 7 volunteers, and 10 nurses and child-life specialists. We canoed, hiked, performed skits, sang songs, made s’mores, swam, camped out, danced, and much more! [...] Currently Stanford is doing a blood drive and the proceeds go to support Transplant Camp. If you would like to give blood and support a good cause please follow this link for details. This video was made by Stanford with pictures and voices from camp.

Episcopalians rally behind Native American protests of ND pipeline (and a collection at All Saints, San Leandro for their efforts)

[Episcopal News Service | August 25] Episcopalians are standing side by side with other protesters in a growing effort by Native American tribes to stop an oil company from building a major pipeline across the Missouri River in North Dakota. The protests, which succeeded this month in halting work on part of the pipeline, are being compared to some of the most momentous events in American Indian history, and the Diocese of North Dakota has rallied behind the cause. It issued a statement August 19 in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said August 25 that he supports the protest’s goals as well, calling the action “one that joins the fight for racial justice and reconciliation with climate justice and caring for God’s creation as a matter of stewardship.”

All Saints, San Leandro, will be sponsoring a collection for the Protectors on Wednesday, August 31, 5 p.m to 7 p.m. on the north patio of the church (911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro). For a list of donation requests contact the collection coordinator Maureen Forney,

Anti-Racism Training at Epiphany, San Carlos

How does the Diocese of California respond to the Presiding Bishop’s call to evangelism and racial reconciliation? Do you seek a stronger toolbox to engage in your ministry? What is the Christian response to this polarized secular world? The Diocese of California is pleased to offer Anti-Racism Training in the weekend format at Epiphany, San Carlos. This is a small group curriculum that covers the core elements of the required Anti-Racism Training. This training is required for candidates for Holy Orders and open to all clergy and lay leaders in The Episcopal Church.

When: Friday, September 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Epiphany, 1839 Arroyo Avenue, San Carlos
Cost: $50 (includes materials and lunch). Scholarship is available.
Registration: email the Rev. Eric Metoyer,
Deadline: Sunday, September 25
Contact: the Rev. Eric Metoyer,, 415.869.7810


Time to review your Safe Church practices

Called to Right Relationship is both the name of, and the hope behind, the comprehensive safe church policies of the Episcopal Diocese of California. The website includes the ever-useful link to “Shield the Vulnerable,” an online training and background check provider which everyone who ministers with minors or has access to your facilities should complete. But being a church that is safe for all is about much more than training and screening of volunteers. So as a new program year begins, be sure to read, mark, and inwardly digest the whole policy document (if you have not already done so), most especially the policies for the protection of children and youth, and the compliance standards, which give you a roadmap for using these policies effectively. Get in the habit of doing the annual safe church self-audit, and feel free to reach out to your diocesan discipleship team (Caren Miles, if you have questions.

Register now for 2016 DioCal Clergy Retreat

“Real Presence, Real Play” is the theme of the retreat, which will feature the teaching gifts of Dr. Darleen Pryds of the Franciscan School of Theology, and the coaching and training gifts of Andrew Duffy. In conversation and recreation, participants will explore what it means to be fully present and playful even in the midst of a challenging vocation. The Bishop’s Ranch will host from Wednesday, October 21 to Friday, October 23; more information about the retreat can be found here and registration is here. Contact Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith (, 415.869.7826) for further information.

Zen music with shakuhachi at St. Alban's, Albany

Master flutists Kurahashi Yodo and John Singer perform rare, historical Zen Buddhist solo and duet shakuhachi pieces on the Japanese bamboo flute.

When: Saturday, September 3, 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Alban’s, 1501 Washington Avenue (corner of Curtis Street), Albany
Cost: $20 (at the door, no advance sales)
Contact: B. Avalon,, 510.525.1716

Season of Creation at All Saints, San Leandro

For four Sundays in September leading up to Saint Francis Day, Anglican churches around the world will celebrate the Season of Creation. Join All Saints, San Leandro, and guest preachers for this special season.

September 4 — Ocean Sunday
Speaker: Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director, San Francisco Bay Keeper

September 11 — Fauna & flora Sunday
Preacher: Wesley D. Capps, M.Div., lay minister, Holy Hikes

September 18 — Cosmos Sunday
Preacher: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon, founder and director, Holy Hikes; Rector, All Saints

September 25 — Storm Sunday
Preacher: the Rev. Katherine Ward, assisting priest, All Saints

October 2 — Saint Francis of Assisi Day - Blessing of the Animals
Preacher: Brother Clark Berge, SSF, minister general of the Society of Saint Francis

When: Sundays, 8 a.m. (Rite I, no music) and 10:15 a.m. (Rite II, music)
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon, rector,, 510.569.7020


Organ Recital – James Welch at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Dr. James Welch is University Organist of Santa Clara University and organist of St. Mark’s, Palo Alto. He will play works by J.S. Bach, Rulon Christiansen, Maurice Duruflé, Richard Purvis, and Louis Vierne.

When: Sunday, September 4, 4 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $10 (suggested donation)

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m.

Choir of Men and Boys at AT&T Park
Wednesday, September 28, 7:15 p.m.


Second Sunday Evensong and organ recital, St Mark’s, Berkeley

The 31th season of the Second Sunday Evensong/Organ Recital continues Sunday, September 11. Evensong will be sung by the St. Mark’s Schola Cantorum, followed by an organ recital by Paul Meier, assistant director of music at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and formerly Associate Organist at St. James’, Los Angeles. Dr. Meier received a BM from Rice University, and his MM and DM, both with honors, from the University of Southern California. His organ teachers have included Patricia Churchley, Clyde Holloway, Cherry Rhodes, and Harald Vogel. A festive reception follows the program in Lions Hall. Free parking is now available in the parking garage. The entrance is on Ellsworth  Street, between Durant Avenue and Bancroft Way.

When: Sunday, September 11, 5:30 p.m.
Where: St. Mark’s, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Cost: Freewill offering
Contact: George Emblom,, 510.845.0888


“Claiming our Ground for Peace” at Holy Cross, Castro Valley and St. Anne’s, Fremont

A community event — all are welcome! Holy Cross, Castro Valley, and St. Anne’s, Fremont are simultaneously offering their outdoor labyrinths to the wider community as sacred spaces of peace in this time of anxiety and tumult in the world. Everyone in the community is invited to gather for labyrinth walking, meditation, and music, in the name of peace.  

When:  Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: St. Anne’s, 2791 Driscoll Road, Fremont; Holy Cross, 19179 Center Street, Castro Valley
Contact: the Rev. Martha Kuhlman (Holy Cross),, 510.889.7233; the Rev. Beth Lind Foote (St. Anne’s),, 510.205.9843


San Francisco Renaissance Voices performs at St. Bede’s, Menlo Park

It takes something special for a woman to be famous and nameless at the same time. SF Renaissance Voices is taking a step into the Baroque era to shine a light on Devoted daughters & weird sisters. The program includes Carissimi’s Historia di Jephte, Leveridge’s Music for Macbeth, and delightful songs inspired by Shakespeare’s women. Singers Rita Lilly, Lisa May, Naomi Braun, Elisabeth Eliasssen, Corey Head, and Joe Valkevich will be joined by the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers choreographed by Jennifer Meller, harpsichordist Derek Tam, and MUSA Baroque Ensemble, all under the baton of SFRV music director Katherine McKee.

When: Sunday, September 18, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Bede’s, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: $30 (General), $25 (Senior), $15 (Student)
Contact: Katherine McKee,, 650.854.6555
2 to 4 | Artists and writers retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest | Camp Meeker
10 | Diana Gameros Trio and Megan and Brandon Keely at SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian’s | San Francisco
11 | Bishop’s visitation at St. Mark’s | Crockett
11, 18, Oct 2 | Music and scripture: Presented by John Prescott at St. Aidan’s | San Francisco

14 | Marin Deanery meeting at St. Stephen’s | Belvedere
17, Oct 1 | ‘Women who knew Jesus’ — a fall retreat with Holy Family | Half Moon Bay
19 | Faith seeking knowledge with CALL at CDSP: Registration now open for online courses
25 | Bishop’s Visitation at St. Francis of Assisi |  Novato
25 | Bishop's Society Tea at Epiphany | San Carlos


1 | Animal Fest at Christ the Lord, Pinole

2 | Bishop’s visitation at Epiphany |  San Carlos
3–6, 7–9 | ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ retreat at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
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Rector :: St. Anne’s :: Fremont
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