Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
February 7, 2017

Record number of participants turn out for monthly immigration vigil at West County Detention Facility

A group of Episcopalians from across the diocese joined the February prayer vigil hosted by I'm 4 Human Integrity at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (called ICE) permanently reserves about 300 beds for ICE to detain people at this jail. Sadly, Contra Costa County plans to build more space to rent to ICE. With the administration's promise of ICE raids and increased deportations, we fear that even the expanded occupancy will soon be filled to overflowing. 

"Planting with Purpose" grant awarded for a community garden at Santiago/St. James, Oakland

The sidewalks and parking lot at Santiago/St. James, Oakland, will soon be an oasis of green thanks to a prestigious state grant secured by the Episcopal Impact Fund (EIF). EIF has been awarded a $60,000 “Planting with Purpose” grant from California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This grant will be used to plant carbon-sequestering trees in a disadvantaged community adjacent to Santiago/St. James and to build a community garden at Santiago serving congregants, neighbors, and the on-site food bank.
Banner: The February interfaith immigration vigil at at West County Detention Facility in Richmond. For more details, see In the News. Photo credit: The Rev. Anna Lange-Soto.

CEOs give Oakland elementary students new uniforms

Featuring St. Cuthbert's, Oakland members, Colleen Tiffenson and Paige Bearce-Beery

[ABC News 7 | February 3] Some local kids got a big gift at school Friday from local CEOs who asked themselves, "If we were president of the United States what would we do?" Young students at Futures Elementary School were full of anticipation as they prepared to possibly get some new clothes. "Word had leaked out they were getting uniforms. So it was like 'are we getting uniforms? Are we getting a jacket?' So they are really, really excited," Futures Restorative Justice Admin. Colleen Tiffenson said.

A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community — Part 1: Full and equal claim

Over the coming weeks, intern Sara Yoe will be taking readers on a journey through the archives of the Diocese of California. Specifically, she will chronicle DioCal’s unique involvement and support of the LGBTQ+ community. From the founding of The Parsonage in 1981 to a youth immersion trip to the Castro last summer, this diocese has been on the forefront of LGBTQ+ inclusion both in the church and the secular world. 

Rectors and Vicars: Report your lay delegates and alternates to Diocesan Convention

The names of your congregation’s lay delegates and alternates to the 168th Convention of the Diocese of California can be entered on the online form available here.  Please take some time today to complete the online form. Questions may be directed to Denise Obando,

Annual Clergy Reports

While you are updating forms and providing annual information to the diocese, why not complete your annual Clergy Report? Document your 2016 learning or ministry completions on the Continuing Education and Training Report. Complete the Report of Non-Parochial Ministry if you are an active clergy not currently affiliated with a congregation in this diocese. The report for retired clergy is also available on our website. Please complete these forms prior to the April 30 deadline. If the canonical requirements are unclear you can contact the Rev. Eric Metoyer,, 415.869.7810. If you have a problem completing a form online, please contact Denise Obando,, 415.869.7804.

Embodied justice organizations and resources

Since taking office, President Trump has issued several executive orders and memorandums that go against our Church’s resolve to love our neighbors as ourselves and to protect our precious environment. In light of this, Bishop Marc is urging members of this diocese to get involved in the work of faith-based social justice organizations — such as Faith In Action Bay Area, a network of faith communities committed to social justice for all people; Sojourners’ Matthew 25 Pledge initiative, which offers a toolkit for protecting and advocating for all people; and Interfaith Power and Light, which offers numerous environmental justice resources for religious leaders, educators, and activists. Please consider joining a letter-writing campaign, a vigil, an advocacy training seminar — or one of the many other opportunities these and other faith-based organizations provide!

Available on downloadable posters for marches, vigils, protests, and other demonstrations. Soon printed posters will be available in the diocesan house for pick up.

DioCal is continuing to collect pictures of diocesan participation in demonstrations for an ongoing "Embodied Justice" Facebook album. Please email photos to Dani Scoville,

Making our voices heard about refugees

from Archdeacon Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain

There are so many emails asking for support, and I found myself impressed with this 2x4 fight for refugee campaign from the Episcopal Public Policy Network. I decided to time how long it would take me to follow the suggested steps. It took only a few minutes to make the four calls (and I got through!), so I took a little more time to send emails and letters to my representative, senators, and President Trump. I got everything I needed from the site and I was done in an hour. The world needs to hear from us and this resource can help make your voice heard! Please join me!


Last chance to register for 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.’ See this video of Frausto's presentation at last month's Forma conference, as well as this article on the Forma conference from ENS. 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,

Annual Absalom Jones and Richard Allen commemoration at St. Paul’s, Oakland

Come join members of the Afro Anglican Commission, the Union of Black Episcopalians, and DioCal to celebrate the legacies of Absalom Jones and the Rev. Richard Allen at St. Paul’s, Oakland. Jones and Allen were friends, activists, and fellow evangelists who were active in The Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.  Absalom Jones, ordained priest in 1802, was the first African American priest of The Episcopal Church and first rector of St. Thomas African Orthodox Episcopal Church, Philadelphia. Allen was the first African American ordained in the Methodist Church (1816) and was the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Both men were leading abolitionists of their day. This year the commemoration is especially honored to have Bishop Marc Handley Andrus as the celebrant and guest homilist Bishop Clement Fugh of the Fifth Episcopal District, AME Church. Additional guests include a choir of the California Conference of the AME Church. Love to sing? Watch this space as for information on the DioCal festival choir forming to sing at the commemoration!

When: Saturday, February 18, 10:45 a.m. (choral concert), 11 a.m. (Eucharistic celebration), 1 p.m. (reception)
Where: St Paul’s, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland
Cost: Free
Contact: the Rev. Eric Metoyer,

Day of discernment 

Would you like to explore some new discernment practices? Are you discerning a call to ministry within the church — either lay or ordained? Join for this one day workshop, grounded in the Baptismal Covenant, that can help frame your journey. While the focus is on discernment for ministry in daily life, please note that day of discernment is a pre-requisite for application for postulancy in the Diocese of California.

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WhereSt. James, 1540 12th Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $25; fee covers materials and lunch; scholarship assistance is available
Contact: Melissa Ridlon,

Health and wellness grants available through Episcopal Impact Fund Action Networks

The Episcopal Impact Fund is kicking off 2017 with $75,000 in new grant funding for organizations that are working to create pathways out of poverty! This year's granting focus area is health and wellness. Attend an Action Network meeting in your deanery and bring your ideas of organizations that are making a difference in your region. Action Network meetings are open to all members of the community, including staff and board members of nonprofits interested in learning more about this funding opportunity. Each Action Network will meet twice in 2017. The following is a schedule of the first meeting in each deanery:

Alameda Action Network Meeting
Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Where: Our Saviour, 1011 Harrison Street, Oakland

Contra Costa Action Network Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m.
Where: Resurrection, 399 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill

Marin Action Network Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s, 1123 Court Street, San Rafael

Peninsula Action Network Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Where: Holy Child and St. Martin, 777 Southgate Avenue, Daly City

San Francisco Action Network Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Where: St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th Street, San Francisco

Southern Alameda — To be announced


Ashes to go page live on! now features an "ashes to go" page with a full list of Ash Wednesday offerings. Feel free to share this page with your community. Is your congregation offering ashes to go?  Please send Dani Scoville,, your congregation name and exact location of where you will be offering ashes.

Join Executive Council book group: At Home in Exile by Dr. Russell Jeung

At the annual Executive Council retreat, the group selects a book to read over the year, creating a book group. This year Canon Stefani suggested At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among my Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors — a memoir of living in Oakland. The group wanted to extend the invitation beyond the Executive Council, to the diocese as a whole. The Executive Council will have a conversation with Dr. Jeung about his book at Santiago / St. James, Oakland on March 21. There will be expanded discussions that day about community organizing and living in mutuality within neighborhoods. Executive Council encourages you to finish the book by the gathering. Would you like to read along?

When: Tuesday, March 21, time TBA
WhereSantiago / St James, 1540 12th Avenue, Oakland
Book: At Home in Exile on Amazon


Mind Travel: A Live-Piano Experience from Murray Hidary, Grace Cathedral San Francisco

This special evening will include a short talk about theoretical physics, consciousness and music; poetry by Kermit Goodman; and the transformative, expansive piano experience “Mind Travel” on the cathedral’s grand Steinway piano.

When: Wednesday, February 8, 7 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $25 - $45 (Discount code: FRIENDSOFGRACE)

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Spacious Grace: Konevets Quartet
Wednesday, February 15; 7:30 p.m.; free

Spacious Grace: Gabriel Gold + Sam Jackson
Saturday, February 18; 7 p.m.; free

2017 Saturday hike program at St. Dorothy’s Rest

St. Dorothy's Rest is getting ready to kick-off its 2017 Saturday hike program. They hope you’ll join them on one or more Saturdays to experience the beauty of their redwood forest.

When: February 11, March 11, April 8, June 3; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WhereSt. Dorothy’s Rest, 160 St. Dorothy’ Ave. Camp Meeker
RegistrationClick here

Other upcoming events from St. Dorothy's Rest

Choral Evensong
February 23, 5:15 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

May 13, 8:30 a.m. at St. Dorothy’s Rest, $25

The Albany Consort presents Chasing the Changes at St. Bede’s, Menlo Park

The Albany Consort presents Chasing the Changes, a program highlighting the changing tastes of the times from the early 1600’s through the late 18th century. The program will feature Spring from Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Romanescas by Claudio Monteverdi, Salamone Rossi, and Girolamo Frescobaldi, works by Henry Purcell in the old and new styles, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pieces de clavecin en concert, and J. S. Bach’s own orchestrations of keyboard works by a variety of other composers. Performers include Marion Rubenstein (recorder), Addi Liu (violin), Roy Whelden (viola da gamba), and Jonathan Salzedo (harpsichord). A reception will follow the concert.

When: Sunday, February 12, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Bede’s, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: $10-$30
Contact: Katherine McKee,, 650.854.6555

Sacred Table at Cafe Flore anniversary: A crafty Valentine night, San Francisco

Join The Companions of Dorothy the Worker for their first anniversary celebration of Sacred Table! This month they will be crafting some special valentines for folks in the neighborhood who they want to say thank you to or who need a little love in their day. Maybe someone you don't know well but provides service to you or maybe to an unhoused neighbor (add a gift card). Supplies will be provided but do bring extra! To learn more about the Companions of Dorothy the Worker go to

When: Monday February 13, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
Where: Cafe Flore, 2298 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free; snacks provided; no host bar and cafe
Contact: the Rev. Diana Wheeler, CDW,

Other upcoming event from Companions of Dorothy the Worker

Companions of Dorothy the Worker weekly quiet vigil
Every Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Harvey Milk Plaza, 2401 Market Street, San Francisco

Konevets Quartet sings at St. Alban's, Albany

Founded in 1992 by graduates of the St. Petersburg Music Conservatoire-Glinka Choral Academy, the Konevets Quartet offers a program of hauntingly beautiful Orthodox sacred music, plus Russian and Ukrainian folk songs and romances. Their U.S. tour continues a tradition of music that will lift and renew your spirit, as they also act as ambassadors and fundraisers for the restoration of the Monastery of the Mother of God, located outside of St. Petersburg, Russia.

When: Monday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Alban's, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany
Cost: Suggested donations $10-$20, goes to Monastery of the Mother of God
Contact: St. Alban's,, 510.525.1716

Photo credit: Maria Polyanichko

Vespers service for the Vigil of the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius at All Saints, San Leandro

On Monday, February 13, for the vigil of the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the Society for Eastern Rite Anglicanism (SERA) and All Saints, San Leandro, will host an Anglo-Orthodox Vespers Service. The Society for Eastern Rite Anglicanism is a faith-based organization committed to promoting and sustaining a movement towards an established Eastern Rite in the Anglican Communion. This special service will be replete with icons and candles, chanting and incense, and space for contemplative prayer. The liturgy will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the sanctuary at All Saints. All are welcome to attend!

When: Monday, February 13, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,

Third Sunday series concert: João Kouyoumdjian, classical guitar at Church of the Advent, San Francisco

The renowned guitarist João Kouyoumdjian returns for his annual concert, presented in the ‘jewel box’ acoustics of Church of the Advent, San Francisco. The program includes Spanish works by Tarrega and Albeniz, Brazilian songs, Armenian traditional dances, and works by J.S. Bach. Hosted reception follows. Convenient parking in the adjacent lot (off Hickory Street).

When: Sunday February 19, 4 p.m.
Where: Church of the Advent, 261 Fell Street, San Francisco
Cost: Suggested donation of $20
Contact: Paul Ellison, director of music,


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
25 | Enneagram spirituality at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
25 | 2017 Faith and innovation conference | Saratoga

4 | Peninsula Deanery Meeting at Good Shepherd | Belmont
4 to June 3 | Small group leaders training at All Souls | Berkeley
17 | Contra Costa Deanery Meeting at Resurrection | Pleasant Hill
18 | Listen, love, and pray: a day of healing prayer with The Rev. Nigel Mumford at St. Clare’s | Pleasanton
18 | ‘These are our bodies’: talking about faith and sexuality in youth and family ministry
19 | Music at the intersection of faith and social justice at St. Cuthbert’s | Oakland
21 | Preaching symposium: Relational and scriptural foundations for preaching justice at the Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Clergy positions — DioCal
Rector :: St. Timothy’s :: Danville

Lay positions — DioCal
Godly Play Coordinator :: Our Savior :: Mill Valley

Clergy positions — Outside of DioCal
Province III Coordinator :: Province III
Rector :: St. Matthew's :: Fairbanks, AK
Rector :: Christ Church :: Eureka, CA
Rector :: St. Thomas :: Eugene, OR

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