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March 14, 2017

Asian Art Museum’s Art and Tech gala enriches and inspires

[San Francisco Chronicle | March 7] [...] Fat Tuesday: Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt, artists who’ve previously starred at the annual Grace Cathedral Carnivale fundraiser, ain’t got nothin’ on the very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young. [...] “Being inclusive is the heart of Grace,” enthused [Bishop Marc] Andrus. “And Malcolm, like deans Alan Jones and Jane Shaw before him, is invigorating a new under-30 network as well as fostering a sense of belonging, no matter who you are or where you’re from.”

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Episcopal Migration Ministries launches fundraising campaign

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release | March 13] Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement agency of the Episcopal Church, invites participation in supporting its life-saving work through Stand To Support Refugees, a fundraising campaign to maintain a strong, viable ministry network to welcome those fleeing war, violence and persecution. Donations to Stand To Support Refugees will help strengthen important ministry to some of the most vulnerable throughout the world.
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Click here for more information and here to make a donation
Banner: Canon Stefani is back at the diocese office part-time! The staff is delighted to have her back. Here she is at Holy Child and St. Martin's, Daly City, with Deacon Trisha Rosso. To read Stefani's most recent CaringBridge update, click here.

Episcopalians join ‘Native Nations’ to protest pipeline in nation’s capital

[Episcopal News Service | March 10] Episcopalians and other people of faith who marched through a cold rain here March 10 in the Native Nations Rise demonstration and rally did so as part of a traditional pattern of prayer, then action. North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith opened a nearly two-hour prayer service March 9 at Washington National Cathedral on the eve of the march outlining the pattern. “For people of faith, working for justice includes both prayer and action. We pray and then we act, and then we pray again and we act, and we pray again and we act until the Creator God, who has made all that is, brings about that for which we work,” said Smith, an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. “Tonight we pray; tomorrow we act.”
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Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Bishop Marc to lead beach clean-up Mass

On Saturday, March 25, Bishop Marc will preside over a “beach clean-up Mass” at one of Oakland’s officially designated ‘trash hotspots’ – the East Creek Slough. This one-day event is the inauguration of an emerging relationship between Holy Hikes, a Christian hiking group, and San Francisco Baykeeper, a nonprofit that has been working to protect the San Francisco Bay from pollution. All are welcome to join this unique opportunity to clean the Bay and celebrate a spirituality that recognizes interdependency with the land and waters. The event will include a celebration of the Holy Eucharist woven into a clean-up of the beach.

Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Executive Director and the designated ‘Baykeeper’, comments, “Baykeeper is excited about this new partnership with Holy Hikes to help grow the diverse ecosystem of volunteers and supporters that protect our beautiful San Francisco Bay. Together, we will continue to stand up to the biggest polluters and tackle the greatest threats to the Bay’s health.”

When: Saturday March 25, 9:45 a.m. (gather); 10 a.m. (event starts)
WhereEast Creek Slough, Oakland
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,

EcoJustice Weekend: Dates and details


Friday, May 19 | Day of Inspiration | Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Food Justice speakers
  • Lunch by James Beard Award-winning Afro-Vegan Chef Bryant Terry
  • Afternoon panels. Topics include securing water and wheat, and sustainable farming
  • Breakout sessions and time for networking
  • Evening Reception
  • 7 p.m. Eucharist with The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop

Saturday, May 20 | Day of Action | Golden Gate Overlook, San Francisco

  • 9 a.m. Eco-Confirmation at the Golden Gate Overlook in the Presidio, officiated by The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop
  • Morning and early afternoon participating in family-friendly service projects reaffirming commitment to EcoJustice 
More details, including registration, to come — watch!

Help DioCal camp properties while helping us meet our goal: 500 new DioBytes subscribers!

For the next three months, the Diocese of California will pledge $1 to our camp properties at The Bishop’s Ranch and St. Dorothy’s Rest each time we get a new signup for DioBytes. We’ll keep giving until we reach our goal: 500 new subscribers by June 7. Simply click here to sign up. And if you’re already a subscriber, please send the link to your congregations, vestries, choirs, youth groups — anyone you think would enjoy reading the latest news and events from the Diocese of California, while helping a great cause! Only one sign-up per person allowed.

Anti-Racism training this Friday and Saturday

Talking about race in our culture, in our Church, in America, is one of the most difficult (and feared) conversations in our times, and needed to heal our world. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said: "[The] Episcopal Church made a commitment to what I call the Jesus Movement and a commitment to following in the way of Jesus of Nazareth... which is the way of God’s love in this world. And doing it by a way of evangelism and a way that leads to racial reconciliation in our society and in our world." To create the skills for evangelism and conversation on race the Diocese of El Camino offers Healing Racism Training at St Jude's Episcopal Church, Cupertino, this Friday and Saturday. This course is open to all and successful completion fulfill the anti-racism requirements for lay leaders and postulants to Holy Orders. Instructors are the Rev. Jay Watan and the Rev. Eric Metoyer.

When: Friday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: St Jude's, 20920 McClellan Road, Cupertino
Cost: $25 (includes materials, lunch, continental breakfast, bring check to the first session)
Registration: Email Eric Metoyer,, with name, address, congregation
Deadline: Thursday, March 16

‘These are our bodies’: talking about faith and sexuality in youth and family ministry

Parents, clergy, and lay leaders are invited to the fifth annual CDSP Youth Ministry Symposium with keynote speaker Leslie A. Choplin, D.Ed.Min., co-author of These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith and Sexuality at Church and at HomeChoplin has spent a decade as a director of Christian education, sexual misconduct prevention trainer and speaker. The symposium will include opportunities for training and certification in safe church practices in accordance with the national policy.

When: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; those taking advanced Safeguarding training will continue to 5:30 p.m.
WhereChurch Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $25 (general); $75 (with train the trainer). Scholarship and travel funding is available
Contact: For registration, Alissa Fencsik, For Provincial or Northern California scholarship aid, Anne Clarke, For Diocese of California scholarship aid or questions about Safeguarding training, Caren Miles,

At Home in Exile book discussion with author 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. 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 evening about community organizing and living in mutuality within neighborhoods. Executive Council is inviting the diocese to join the conversation — even if you are not able to finish the book by March 21, we expect the dialogue to be rich and meaningful for all who attend.

When: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. (appetizers); 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (book discussion); 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (sanctuary discussion)
WhereSantiago / St James, 1540 12th Avenue, Oakland
Book: At Home in Exile on Amazon
RSVP: Facebook event

Nightwatch at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Nightwatch is an overnight “lock-in” program in Grace Cathedral. Join youth from around the diocese and Northern California for fellowship and fun. There will be facilitated community building, active and contemplative activities, art, music, and prayer. Nightwatch can also be a time for youth ministers from thorough the diocese to spend casual time together. All youth must be accompanied by a designated adult leader. 

When: Friday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20, ample scholarship available
Register for adult leader:
Contact: Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation,, 415.869.7815

Day of Discernment

Would you like to explore some new discernment practices? Are you discerning a call to holy orders or some other ministry? 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, Day of Discernment is a pre-requisite for application for postulancy in the Diocese of California.

When: Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: St. James, 1540 12th Ave, Oakland
Cost:  $25 (fee covers materials and lunch; scholarship assistance is available)
Contact: Melissa Ridlon,

Chrism Mass 2017

The annual Chrism Mass and lunch for clergy is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 12:10 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. At this Mass the oils for baptism, confirmation, and healing are blessed and clergy are invited to renew their ordination vows. Lunch will follow. If you plan to attend the Mass and lunch, please RSVP here by Thursday, April 6. For more information or questions, please contact Jennifer Seaman. Reminder: Please bring your own containers for your holy oil.

When: Tuesday, April 11, 12:10 p.m.
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Deadline: Thursday, April 6 
Contact: Jennifer Seaman,

Common Life young adult retreat – Fully Alive

Common Life — the annual gathering for diocesan young adults takes place this year at the Bishop’s Ranch, April 21-23. This year’s theme is ‘Fully Alive.’ Over the weekend there will be talks focused on how you construct a ‘grammar of vocation.’ What does a grammar of vocation mean? Any language requires learning the basic tools of communication to express meaning. The speaker, Dr. David Cunningham, will guide attendees in constructing a language that expresses the meaning of their lives. Additionally there will be a guest offering constructive tools for everyday engagement with purpose and being fully alive. But it won’t be all work! There will also be time for rest, reflection, fun, community, prayer, and, of course, exploring the Sonoma Countryside in the full glories of spring.

When: Friday, April 21 (evening, after dinner) through Sunday, April 23 (lunch)
Cost: $100, scholarships available upon request
Contact: Tom Poynor,

A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community — Part 6: Learning and leading, near and far

At the close of summer 1984, The Parsonage put on a “Founders’ Day” potluck to celebrate three years of ministry and seminarian Michael Wyatt’s year of work. On that August afternoon at St. Aidan’s, San Francisco, anyone in “The Parsonage family” was invited to reflect and revisit the founding purposes of The Parsonage, rejoice in the areas where they were fulfilling those hopes, and look to the future to plan for the “further shaping of Parsonage goals.” To respond to questions regarding the justification of The Parsonage from his supervisor, founder Rev. John Williams, Wyatt wrote in his farewell letter in the monthly newsletter that “it is our own reconciliation, our own liberation, that is still unfinished.”
From the DioCal Intern Blog

Here I am

Stepping off a plane always feels abrupt and dislocating. More so when nearly all my possessions were stuffed into a few suitcases, making their way slowly around the baggage carousel. It felt like island hopping, now here and then there, no real time to transition, just some broad, vague thoughts during takeoff, and the flitter of anticipation when I was greeted again by hot asphalt and the blue sky at SFO. Unreal places slid by on the car ride to my new home in Berkeley, with billboards perforating a sunny, macaroon landscape of houses and streets and towers lavishly draped over brown hills.

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Installation of the Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King and the Rev. Nina Pickerrell

Grace Cathedral invites you to celebrate with them at Evensong as their new Executive Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King, is installed as Canon of Social Justice alongside the Rev. Nina Pickerrell, who is receiving the distinction of Honorary Canon. A reception will follow.

When: Thursday, March 16, 5:15 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco


Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Willie Brown: State of the State
Sunday, March 19; 9:30 a.m.; free

The Choir of Salisbury Cathedral
Sunday, March 26; 4 p.m.; free

Candlelight Evensong and organ recital at St. Bede’s, Menlo Park

The choir of St. Bede’s and guest organist Angela Kraft Cross will offer a service of Evensong highlighted by newly commissioned service music composed for the St. Bede’s choir by Angela Kraft Cross. The service will be followed immediately by an organ recital featuring works of German Romantic composers Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Max Reger, as well as Ms. Kraft Cross’ own compositions, including the St. Bede’s Voluntary, dedicated to St. Bede’s own organist, Rani Fischer. A free will offering will be received, to benefit St. Bede’s Seccombe Fund for Outreach which supports local nonprofits.

When: Sunday, March 19, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Bede’s, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: Free
Contact: Katherine McKee,, 650.854.6555

Mental Health Awareness Training at St. Paul's, Oakland

Please join the congregation at St. Paul's for training designed to broaden the skills of a diverse faith community, enhancing their awareness, compassion, and response to the needs of consumers and family members within each community. This training is also meant to inspire volunteers as well as clergy to create welcoming communities, correcting mis-information regarding the signs, symptoms, and triggers of mental illness. All are invited!

When: Saturday, March 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: St. Paul's, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland
Cost: Free will offering
Register: Carolyn Bolton,, 510-444-0243 
Deadline: Thursday, March 23, 5 p.m.

Alameda Deanery Grant Protocol for 2017

The Alameda Deanery is accepting grant proposals for the 2017 calendar year. They invite all churches in the Alameda Deanery to bring your projects for funding! In the past they've supported feeding programs, youth programs, St. Francis Day festivities, and more. In 2016, they are proud to have supported seven awesome programs with grants of $850 each. All grant requests must be submitted by May 15. No late requests will be considered. The 2017 grant proposal will be presented for approval at the deanery meeting of June 8. All grants will be funded equally in November, 2017. The available funds will be divided equally between the grant requestors. Please see this PDF for the full set of guidelines.

Contact: Pamela Kruse-Buckingham, Treasurer,, 510-904-8413

16 | 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
18 | St. Patrick's dinner at Grace | Martinez
18 | Music at the intersection of faith and social justice at St. Cuthbert’s | Oakland
21 | Executive Council book group event: At Home in Exile by Dr. Russell Jeung at Santiago / St. James | Oakland
23 & 24 | Annual Trinity Institute addresses Water Justice at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
25 | Bishop Marc to preside at beach cleanup Eucharist with Holy Hikes and SF Baykeeper | Oakland
31 | Nightwatch at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco

7 to 9 | St. Dorothy's Rest Family Camp | Camp Meeker
7 to 17 | Companion in Franciscan spirituality program, St. Francis House | San Francisco
11 | Chrism Mass at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
13 to 16 | Contemplative Easter Weekend Retreat, St. Columba’s | Inverness
14 | Good Friday — Diocesan office closed
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Clergy positions — Outside DioCal

Rector :: St. Matthew's :: Fairbanks, AK
Rector :: St. Clement's :: Honolulu, HI
Rector :: Church of the Incarnation :: Miami, FL

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