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Training is for Everyone

It doesn't matter if you've been in ministry for decades or just started this month, if you're ordained or lay, confident in what you're doing or totally overwhelmed with the work to be done - everyone could use some training, advice, commiseration, and assistance from time to time. The Faith Formation staff are here to help!

Both Amy and Caren are available to consult with you on formation plans, youth ministries, children's chapel, Sunday school, adult forum ideas, curriculum choices, volunteer training, parent ministries, retreat planning, or just bouncing ideas around. They're available by email or phone or in person to consult with your ministry.

One of the ways the Formation staff will be coming out to you is Beloved Community Training on Saturday, September 21 at St. Paul's in Oakland. There will be workshops for Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors, discernment practices, stewardship models, children & family ministries, and much more.
For all the details go to: 

Amy Cook
Faith Formation
Working Group Head
Caren Miles
Associate for Faith Formation
Whole & Healthy Church Coordinator

Save the Date:
Episcopal Youth Event - July 7-11, 2020

Next summer Episcopal Youth from across the church will gather in Washington, D.C. for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event. All youth who are in high school during the 2019-2020 school year can attend.

The diocese will be taking a contingent and making it is focused on making the trip as financially easy as possible. 

Look for applications for youth delegates and adult chaperones in late September. 


Healing Racism Training - September 13 & 14

Healing Racism Training by the Kaleidoscope Institute is coming to DioCal on September 13 and September 14 at Holy Cross, Castro Valley. Kaleidoscope Institute is one of the leading providers of anti-racism training in the Episcopal Church and are known for the context based work. This training session satisfies the requirements for all those in the ordination process as well as diocesan leadership positions.

When: Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14
WhereHoly Cross, 19179 Center St, Castro Valley
Deadline: Tuesday, September 10
Cost: $25, scholarships available
Contact: Eric Metoyer ( with your questions.

From the Resource Center

Looking for a new book, bible study, or lesson plans but not sure where to start? Email Carol Campbell at the Resource Center and she'll help you out.


Christianity and World Religions: Questions We Ask About Other Faiths (Book, Leader guide, DVD) by Adam Hamilton. 2019.
In this Revised Edition, Adam Hamilton deals with questions so many of us have about the four major world religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. In his trademark honest and open writing style, Hamilton helps answer questions such as: Why are there so many different religions? How should we view their beliefs? What is the fate of those who have these beliefs? Although the book is a stand-alone resource, combined with the DVD and Leader Guide, it becomes an especially relevant 6 week study.  
Faithful celebrations: making time for God with the saints by Sharon Ely Pearson. 2019
This volume in the Faithful Celebration series focuses on some well-known and some not-so-well-known saints, many who are not all officially "sainted" but certainly having lived a life of faith under difficult circumstances. Each event recalling a particular saint includes key ideas, a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas, materials needed, full instructions for implementation, background history and information, music, art, recipes, and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate or large multi-generational group. For children, youth, adults, or any combination of ages any of these activities can take place in any setting. Faithful Celebrations: Making Time for God with the Saints -Patrick of Ireland (Mar 17) - Nicholas of Myra (Dec. 6) - Joan of Arc (May 30) - Sebastian of Gaul (Jan. 20) - Absalom Jones of Philadelphia (Nov. 6) - Julian of Norwich (May 8) - Emmegahbowh of White Earth (June 12). 
Faithful celebrations: making time for God in autumn by Sharon Ely Pearson. 2018
Many of our experiences in life happen when several generations are together--at church, at home, in our communities. Holidays and family events are times for celebration, learning, rituals, food, and fun. For each edition of Faithful Celebrations, you will discover plenty of activities to learn more about the season, holiday, or special day for church settings, at home, camp, or anywhere in between. This abundance of ideas allows you to create meaningful celebrations within a faith context throughout the year. Each event to be celebrated includes key ideas, a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas, materials needed, full instructions for implementation, background history and information, music, art, recipes, and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate or large multi-generational group.Making Time for God in Autumnincludes Back to School, Labor Day, St. Francis International Day of Peace, Halloween, All Saints, and Thanksgiving. 


We have so many great events happening all around the Diocese, here are two we want to highlight. Check out ALL the events on the DioCal Calendar.

Whole & Healthy Church Training

Do you or your volunteers need to update their training in Whole & Healthy Church? (formerly known as Safe Church)
Contact Caren Miles to take the training online or to arrange for an in-person training at your congregation.

Or you can attend one of these in-person trainings:
Saturday, September 7, 9:30 am - 11:30 am at St. Paul's, San Rafael
Sunday, September 8, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at St. Anne's, Fremont
Friday, September 13, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Good Shepherd, Berkeley
Saturday, September 21, 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm at St. Paul's, Oakland (Part of Beloved Community Training Day)

Rooted In Jesus (this year's Forma Conference)

January 21-24, 2020 Forma is teaming up with the Episcopal Church Foundation, Forward Movement, Missional Voices, Evangelism Matters, and tons of great folks to host a formation conference like no other in Atlanta. 

The keynote speakers are the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Rev. Dr. William Barber, Tod Bolsinger, Vice President of Fuller Seminary, and Lisa Kimball, Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary. 

Rooted in Jesus 2020 features the following tracks -- Evangelism, Formation, Mission, Leadership, Communications, Preaching, Stewardship.There are also 4 Pre-Conference tracks: Evangelism - Evangelism Matters Team; Asset Based Community Development - Missional Voices and Episcopal Relief and Development; The Forma Pre-Conference - Forma, ECF, Office of Lifelong Formation @DFMS; Discipleship Intensive - Forward Movement

Early Bird pricing for the conference is $315, and Pre-Conference is $125.
The Diocese of California has scholarships for you, please don't let the cost be the only thing keeping you from this excellent resource.

Email Caren Miles or Amy Cook for more information, scholarships, hotel rooms, etc. 

Other Upcoming Events

24 | Godly Play Commuter Training | Trinity, Menlo Park

13 to 14 | Healing Racism Training at Holy Cross | Castro Valley
21 | Beloved Community Training | St. Paul's Oakland 
21 | Godly Play Commuter Training | Trinity, Menlo Park
30 - Oct 2 | Clergy Retreat | The Bishop's Ranch

12 | Godly Play Commuter Training | Trinity, Menlo Park
25-26 | Diocesan Convention | Grace Cathedral

2 | Fall General Confirmations | St. Paul's Oakland 
8 - 10 | Good Will Camp | St. Dorothy's Rest
16 | Harry Potter Day | Grace Cathedral


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