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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
October 4, 2016

Grace Cathedral’s pet project draws furry churchgoers

A procession of clergy draped in purple cloaks and a white-robed choir of about 40 children and adults strolls through Grace Cathedral on Sunday morning. A stuffed toy wiener dog sits in the crook of the bent elbow of the leader of the procession, as the choir sings “The Gathering,” which calls on “all creatures of God and King” to “lift up your voices.” A chocolate Labradoodle in the third row obliges — interrupts, really — with intermittent yelps, as do a husky and a responsive fur critter in the back.
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Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle
Banner: Thursday, September 29, the Rev. Paul Allick was installed as the rector of Advent, San FranciscoPhoto: Michael Stroup.

Bishops begin historic Canterbury-Rome ‘pilgrimage’

[Anglican Communion News Service | October 3] Thirty-six Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from 19 countries are in Canterbury at the start of a historic week-long summit marking closer ties between the two traditions. Events will include a service in Rome on Oct. 5 jointly led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis at which the bishops will be formally commissioned to work together in pairs.
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Photo: Anglican Communion News Service

As election nears, Episcopal Church groups offer resources

[Episcopal News Service | October 3] There are a number of Episcopal Church-related resources available to help United States voters prepare over the next 40 days for the Nov. 8 general election. “Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in late August. “And that is a Christian obligation. Indeed, we who follow in the way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.”

Welcome ESC intern Ryan Brenner

My name is Ryan Brenner and I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I studied sustainable development at Colorado State University and just graduated from Michigan State University College of Law. I grew up in a Congregational church, part of the United Church of Christ, where I was immersed in progressive Christianity and service to the community. I was a Boy Scout for my entire young adult life and earned my Eagle Scout award by building a labyrinth for my church. In college, I was a member of the co-ed community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and organized alternative break trips around the country. I enjoy long distance running, I am a vegetarian, and I have never been to San Francisco before. I have always felt a calling to serve the global community and advocate for social justice, which is what lead me to the Episcopal Service Corps. I cannot wait to apply a religious dimension to the tools I have learned from my secular education and to grow in my faith. and convention updates!

Over the weekend of October 1–2, had a major update! The design and layout are now similar to that of DioBytes and the narrative budget poster. The Beloved Community principles that guide the budget, poster, and life of the diocese are now featured prominently — with each principle having a landing page. After the website revamp launched, more convention materials were added to and linked pages. The bishop’s appointees are now available on the Special Orders page, and Spanish versions of the Resolutions and Canons are available on their respective pages. The complete Day of Convention booklet — which will not be printed this year — is also available as a downloadable PDF. As part of a menu clean up, the convention menu navigation is now under “About.” If you have questions about the website, please direct them to Dani Scoville, communications associate, If you have questions about convention materials, please direct them to Joseph Peters-Mathews, working group head for communications and chair of the committee on dispatch,

Diocesan youth ministry events for 2016-2017

This year DioCal has lots of opportunities for youth to come together to play and pray, including Nightwatch (spend the night in Grace Cathedral!), Happening (spend the weekend at Trinity, Menlo Park!), the diocesan Confirmation retreat (spend the weekend at St. Dorothy’s Rest!) and the National Episcopal Youth event (spend the week in Oklahoma!). For dates and times for all the diocesan youth events, download the hyperlinked PDF. For details on all the events, contact Caren Miles,, or keep an eye on DioBytes.


An evening of organ & piano at St. Stephen’s, Belvedere

Join the people of St. Stephen’s as Peter Homans — prize-winning composer and pianist from New York — and Ugo Sforza, internationally renowned virtuoso composer and organist from Bari, Italy, perform each other’s original works finale: a duet for piano and organ by César Franck: Prelude, Fugue, Variation, Op. 18. A reception follows. Suggested donation is $15.
When: Friday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere
Cost: $15 (suggested donation)
Contact: Linda Fairchild,, 415.888.8309

The Forum: Isabel Allende on women

Hear Isabel Allende, the world’s most widely-read Spanish-language author, speak as part of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Allende will be in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young on feminism, social justice, and home. The author of 21 books translated into 35 languages with more than 67 million copies sold, she is the recipient of 14 international honorary doctorates and 50 awards from more than 15 countries. She is also the founder of The Isabel Allende Foundation, whose mission is to empower women and girls worldwide, guided by a vision of a world in which women have achieved social and economic justice. A selection of books will be available for sale courtesy of Books Inc.

When: Sunday, October 9, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free
Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral
The Forum: Dr. Lisa Miller on the spiritual child
Sunday, October 16, 9:30 a.m. 
The Silent Film Classic Nosferatu
Friday, October 29; showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., tickets here

Criminal justice reform forum at All Saints, San Leandro

All Saints, San Leandro, is hosting a discussion of the criminal justice propositions on the November ballot on Sunday, October 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall. The discussion will include a faith perspective on the five ballot propositions that affect the criminal justice system. The propositions are
  • Prop 57: parole opportunities for non-violent felons; charging juveniles as adults
  • Prop 62: repeals death penalty
  • Prop 63: regulation of ammunition for firearms
  • Prop 64: legalization of marijuana
  • Prop 66: streamlines procedures to implement death penalty
When: Sunday, October 9, 12:30 p.m.
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro
Cost: Free
Contact: the Rev. Pamela Jester,

Sacred Table with the Companions of Dorothy the Worker: Holding on to hope and faith 

How do people in contemporary society hold on to faith and carry hope into the world during these times of political confusion and fear? How do they remain a positive force amid all the negativity? Join the Companions and share your hopes for the LGBTQ+ community and the United States in sacred conversation. The Companions also host a quiet vigil against violence directed toward the LGBTQ+ community every Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Harvey Milk Plaza, San Francisco.

When: Monday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cafe Flore, 2298 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free; no host cafe or bar
Contact: the Rev. Diana Wheeler, CDW,

United Thank Offering ingathering at convention

For those congregations which have held their parish ingatherings, please have your offering at Diocesan Convention — October 14 to 15. The Diocesan Ingathering will be held during a convention liturgy on Saturday, October 15. This wonderful ministry,  has made grants to churches in the Diocese of California each year for the past 4 or 5 years, and many prior to that. More information on the 2017 grants application will be forthcoming in the next few months. If you have questions, contact Joanna Henrichs, diocesan UTO coordinator,

Fiesta welcoming Bishop Griselda Delgado of Cuba

Please join the Latino Ministries and the congregations of El Buen Pastor, Redwood City; Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, San Francisco; La Santisima Trinidad, Richmond; and Santiago/St. James, Oakland as they celebrate with Bishop Griselda, the honored guest of DioCal for convention. There will be a Mass at 2 p.m. followed by a party with great food, activities for children, and music as well as an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, October 16, Mass at 2 p.m. and party at 3 p.m.
Where: Santiago/St. James, 1540 12th Avenue, Oakland 
Cost: None. Free will offering
Contact: Melissa Ridlon,

Save the date: October 22 — Holy Hikes at Redwood Regional Park

You are invited to join Holy Hikes for a liturgical hike and celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Redwood Regional Park. The park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood found in the East Bay. The hike will begin at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area and follow the Stream Trail. The trail is fairly flat and dogs are welcome on leash. Please RSVP if you are able (not required), and all are welcome!

When: Saturday, October 22, 9:45 a.m. (gather); 10 a.m. (hike)
Where: Redwood Regional Park, Canyon Meadow Staging Area (Google maps link)
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,
Photo: Wesley D. Capps, used with permission

Holy Child and St. Martin’s annual health fair, November 5

The Holy Child and St. Martin Health and Wellness Center — in collaboration with the San Francisco Host Lions Club, San Mateo County Public Health, Seton Medical Center (part of Verity Health), and Samahang Ilocano 61892 Nor-Cal Chapter — will be hosting its annual health fair on Saturday, November 5. Free flu shots will be available for all who attend. Opportunities will be available for free blood pressure checks, BMI, diabetes, Hepatitis B and C, cholesterol, and chiropractic checks. There will also be housing updates from San Mateo County housing, as well as forums on arthritis pain and fall prevention and prostate cancer awareness for men.

When: Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Holy Child and St. Martin, 777 Southgate Avenue, Daly City
Contact: the Rev. Leonard Oakes, 650.534.5831 (cellular) or 650.991.1560 (office)
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Children’s and Youth Minister :: St. Bede’s :: Menlo Park
Executive Assistant to the Bishop :: Diocese of California :: San Francisco
Parish Administrator (PT) :: Trinity+St. Peter’s :: San Francisco

Clergy positions — outside of DioCal

Canon for Transitions and Ministry Development :: Diocese of Mississippi :: Jackson, MS

Clergy positions — DioCal
Currently accepting applications

Interim associate rector :: St. Timothy’s :: Danville

All postings are available on the diocesan website:
Go to Lay Employment
Go to Clergy Employment
Please address all inquiries and applications to Transition Minister Denise Obando,, unless otherwise noted.
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