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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
September 20, 2016

Water, wealth, and Standing Rock

from Bishop Marc’s blog

Turn the tap in Birmingham, Alabama, where I became a bishop in The Episcopal Church and you get grade-A water. In 2006 I was elected Bishop of the Diocese of California, and we moved from Birmingham to San Francisco. There’s a lot different between these two great American cities, but at least one thing stayed the same: when we turn the tap in San Francisco we get abundant, pure water – grade-A.

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Farm to Altar Table – a season of fruitfulness

Summer marks the beginning of the harvest season for grains like wheat. In July, the Farm to Altar Table project, led by Elizabeth DeRuff, harvested wheat at the Bishop’s Ranch, yielding an excellent 450 pounds from the 50 pounds that had been planted. Like last year, the wheat planted is called, Red Fife, chosen for it’s exceptional flavor, suitability for bread baking, and it’s rich heritage. Elizabeth will be distributing the flour to eight Episcopal congregations in the California and Northern California dioceses to be baked into communion bread over the next year.  
Banner: The harvest season for wheat has begun and the Farm to Altar Table project led by the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff has been up to great work! See more In the NewsPhoto: David DeRuff.

Video: Michael Curry on loving, liberating, and life-giving

[Episcopal News Service | September 15]  The following is the transcript of the Presiding Bishop’s video message in English and Spanish.

Loving, liberating, and life-giving

We’ve been talking for a little over a year now about being the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, and somebody recently said to me, “As a bishop, why don’t you paint us a picture, give us a picture of the Jesus Movement so that we can see it?” When the Gospel is about to be read, the congregation stands up. Something is going on. 

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Historic joint meeting hears of effort to change church’s culture

[Episcopal News Service | September 15] The House of Bishops, the House of Deputies and the Executive Council heard on Sept. 15 about efforts to shift the culture of the Episcopal Church’s denominational staff closer to that of the Jesus Movement. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and others also spoke about how the church’s culture at all levels can reflect the loving, liberating and life-giving way of Jesus. 

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Welcome ESC intern Sara Yoe

Hello! My name is Sara Yoe. I hail from Calvert County, Maryland originally, but more recently from College Park, Maryland, where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Middle School Math and Science Education at the University of Maryland. During college, my summers were spent at our diocese's camp and conference center, the Bishop Claggett Center, as a camp counselor. 

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.
WhereEpiphany, 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

Retired Clergy Eucharist and luncheon

This fall's Retired Clergy Eucharist and Luncheon will take place at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, on Wednesday, October 5, at 12:10 p.m. Meet for introductions in the South Transept at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon and panel discussion about retired life to follow in the Chapter House Dining Room.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 11:30 a.m. (introductions in the South Transept), 12:10 p.m.
WhereGrace Cathedral, San Francisco
R.S.V.P. to Mary McArthur, EA to Bishop Marc,, 415.673.0606

167th Annual Convention of the Diocese of California

Notice is hereby given that the 167th Annual Convention of the Diocese of California will be held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on October 14 and 15, 2016.  Presentation of proposed resolutions, the proposed budget, and nominees for election to office will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 14, followed by dinner on the plaza at 5:45 p.m. and Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m.  All people of the diocese are invited to dinner and the Eucharist.  The Saturday session will be called to order at 9 a.m. on October 15. To be eligible to vote, clergy who need to file Letters Dimissory or non-parochial clergy reports with the bishop must have done so by September 15. Congregations must have filed their list of lay delegates with the Secretary of the Convention (at the office of the diocese) no later than September 23 here. For information about the Convention, see the Governance page at the diocese website,

— David A. Frangquist, Secretary of the Convention

When: Friday, October 14, 2 p.m. and Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco


Beloved Community Confirmation at Holy Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad, Richmond

This intentionally multicultural service affirms Christians’ commitment to “respect the dignity of every human being” as found in the Baptismal Covenant. Bishop Marc will preside at the bilingual service to confirm youth and adults, and it will be a powerful community in which to renew your baptismal vows. All are welcome! See the Diocesan Confirmation page for more details about confirmation preparation, and be sure to register online during October. For more information, contact Caren Miles.

When: Saturday, November 5, 1:30 p.m. (All participants meet with the Bishop), 3 p.m. (Service begins)
Where: Holy Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad, 555 37th Street, Richmond
Registration: Click here
Contact: Caren Miles,


Endersnight sings ancient and modern choral music

Hear the voices of Endersnight, the all-professional Compline choir in residence at St. John the Evangelist, in their concert debut. The program of approximately one hour will feature masterworks of the 15th, 16th, and 20th centuries by Antoine Brumel, Orlande de Lassus, James MacMillan, and more. Reception with the artists to follow. Hear Endersnight sing the office of Compline monthly at St. John's, third Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

When: Saturday, September 24, 7 p.m.
WhereSt. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th Street, San Francisco
Cost: Freewill offering
Contact: Daniel Pickens-Jones,

Concert for violin and piano at Incarnation, San Francisco

Bay area musicians Kate Stenberg (violin) and Sarah Cahill (piano) will perform a concert for violin and piano that will include three sonatas from three centuries of composers, namely, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Henry Cowell. Ms. Cahill has researched and recorded much of the prominent 20th-century American modernist Henry Cowell’s music and has commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to his enduring influence. You won’t want to miss this concert!

When: Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega), San Francisco
Cost: $20 (general admission, $15 seniors and students. You may purchase discount tickets online.
Link: Kate Stenberg and Sarah Cahill in concert
Contact: Mathew Chacko,


Jazz Mass and birthday celebration for the Rev. Dr. Katherine Ward

On Sunday, September 25, All Saints, San Leandro, will celebrate the Rev. Dr. Katherine Ward's 82nd birthday (September 29) with great festivity. At 8 a.m. there will be a Rite I service followed by a continental breakfast, and at 10:15 a.m. there will be a Rite II Jazz Mass featuring the Stabe Wilson ensemble followed by a Southern dinner with all the trimmings. The Rev. Dr. Katherine L. Ward will preach at both services. In lieu of gifts, Ward asks that people make a donation to the church. As she says, “It is preferable that you contribute $82, the amount of my age; however, whatever you can afford will be gladly accepted.” All are welcome to join for this festive occasion!

When: Sunday, September 25, 8 a.m. (Rite I); 10:15 a.m. (Rite II Jazz Mass)
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard
, San Leandro
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,

Photo: Gonzalo Viera Azpiroz. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic 

Concert Across America to end gun violence, St. Aidan’s, San Francisco

St. Aidan’s joins in the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence national event. On Sunday, September 25 they will remember the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic as part of The Concert Across America, a series of live music events of all sizes from coast to coast. Come share in a liturgy to bring to prayer the concerns about the widespread misuse of guns throughout the nation. Margaret Tait, cellist with the San Francisco Symphony, will offer music selections to enhance reflection. A reception will follow with informational materials available.

When: Sunday, September 25, 12 noon
Where: St. Aidan’s, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco
Cost: Love offering
Contact:, 415.285.9540 x 3

The Society of Catholic Priests is meeting at St. Cyprian’s, San Francisco

All clergy, professed religious, and seminarians are invited to the join the SCP Chapter of St. Francis and St. Clare to commemorate Lancelot Andrewes (1555–1626), bishop of Winchester. This good bishop was on the committee of scholars that produced the King James Version of the Bible and probably contributed more to that work than any other single person. Following Mass, the society will hold a brief business meeting and then adjourn for dinner and conversation. The group will car pool to the restaurant.

When: Monday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Cyprian’s, 2097 Turk Street (at Lyon), San Francisco
Cost: Just the cost of your dinner!
Registration: Please register online if you are coming.
Contact: The Rev. Thomas Jackson,, 415.567.1855
Link: Feast of Lancelot Andrewes

On masculinity: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Director Jennfier Siebel Newsom’s latest film The Mask You Live In investigates how boys and men negotiate America’s narrow definition of masculinity. See one of the two viewings of the movie on Friday, September 23 or Sunday, September 25, then join the following Tuesday at The Forum for a conversation with Dean Malcolm Young and Jennifer Siebel Newsom about how to raise a healthier generation of boys. This discussion is the second event in the series The Forum; the first of the Fall season will be hosted at its traditional time on Sunday, September 25 (see below in “upcoming events”).

When: Tuesday, September 27, 7:45 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

Cost: Free


Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

The Forum – On Homelessness: Jeff Kositsky, Audrey Cooper and Ken Reggio
Sunday, September 25; 9:30 a.m.

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


Installation of the Rev. Paul D. Allick as rector of Advent, San Francisco

You are cordially invited to the Installation of the Rev. Allick as rector of Advent, San Francisco. The Right Reverend Marc Handley Andrus will celebrate the Mass. A gala reception in the Hardcastle Garden and Lathrop Hall to follow.

When: Thursday, September 29, for the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels, 6 p.m.(Evensong), 6:30 p.m. (Pontifical High Mass)
Where: Advent, 261 Fell Street, San Francisco
Contact: Josh T. Kelley,

Time to celebrate — a fifth anniversary!

The members of the Bishop’s Committee of Sacred Space – East Bay cordially invite you to attend their fifth anniversary celebration. Please come and enjoy an Old West cowboy dinner fundraiser. Gather to celebrate the work and support of the Sacred Space – East Bay volunteers and donors. You are invited to bring a guest. If you are bringing a guest, or if you need transportation from the San Leandro BART station, please let the bishop’s committee know.
When: Saturday, October 1, 5 p.m. (social hour), 6 p.m. (dinner)
Where: All Saints, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro
Cost: Free will offering
RSVP: Friday, September 23, via email to with your number of attendees
Contact: Deacon John, 415.517.5646

“Jazz on the corner, 29th and T” featuring the Calvin Keys Quintet at St. Augustine’s, Oakland

When it comes to laying down a groove, guitarist Calvin Keys is the undisputed master. He’s been entertaining Bay Area audiences consistently for decades with his Wes Montgomery-influenced hollow-body stylings. For nearly fifty years, Keys has been a leader of his own bands, producer of his recordings, and on first call for his exceptional style as an accompanist and soloist by many other legends of jazz, so be prepared for grooving.
When: Saturday, October 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: St. Augustine’s, 525 29th Street, Oakland (Parking at 417 29th Street)
Cost: $10
Contact: Merryl Dashiell, 510.549.3592

San Francisco District 1 candidates’ forum

Moderated by the St. James Faith in Action team, San Francisco District 1 Supervisor candidates will share their visions for the city and respond to questions, specifically focusing on the issues of housing, homelessness, policing, and immigration. This non-partisan forum is meant to provide voter education about the candidates in a peaceful and respectful way. All are welcome to participate in this important discussion.

When: Sunday, October 2, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: St. James, 4620 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free
Contact: the Rev. Ayanna Moore,

Fall Pops concert, Diablo Regional Concert Band at Grace, Martinez

Grace, Martinez, is excited to be hosting its local community band, Diablo Regional Concert Band, for a free concert. As with past concerts, the program will be filled with many popular and familiar musical selections. On the program will be a mixture of pops and patriotic music, including:  Air Mobility March, A Crazy Mixed-up Opera, An American Celebration, Music from the Incredibles, A Tribute to Henry Mancini, Themes Like Old Times. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. A reception with light refreshments will be held in the parish hall following the concert.

When: Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m.
Where: Grace, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez
Cost: Free will offering
Contact: Jennifer Sabroe, or DRCB, 925.451.6222
Link: Diablo Regional Concert Band, Grace Martinez’s Facebook

Good Shepherd, Belmont hosts Mozart Serenade no. 10 (“Grand Partita”)

A Bay Area performance of Mozart's rarely performed “Grand Partita” scored for 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, Bassett horn, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, and string bass. Come hear this extraordinary chamber work performed just as Mozart intended it to be performed, the second in Good Shepherd’s fall concert series. 

When: Sunday, October 9, 3 p.m.
Where: Good Shepherd, 1300 Fifth Avenue, Belmont
Cost: $20 suggested donation
Contact: the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham,, 650.593-4844

New collection of meditations for Advent

Looking for a day by day enrichment opportunity for yourself or a group for the season of Advent? What Are You Waiting For? — a new collection of meditations by Christine McSpadden — seeks to transfigure your experience of waiting. Embark on a seasonal journey as these daily meditations work on your soul to bring a richer quality and depth to your understanding and perception of waiting as a lively and life-giving facet of faith. Available for $3 at


21–23 | Clergy Retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
22 | ‘The great spiritual migration’ with Brian McClaren at St. Luke’s | San Francisco
24 | Discipleship group workshop at St. Paul’s | San Rafael
24 | Holy Hikes at San Francisco Botanical Gardens | San Francisco
24 | Men’s cook-off competition and raffle at St. Augustine’s | Oakland

24 | Meal packaging event at St. Timothy’s | Danville
25 | Bishop’s Visitation at St. Francis of Assisi |  Novato
25, Oct 2 | Season of Creation at All Saints | San Leandro
25 | ‘The Forum’ — On homelessness: Jeff Kositsky, Audrey Cooper, and Ken Reggio at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco

25 | Bishop's Society Tea at Epiphany | San Carlos
25 | Disarmed: the concert across America to end gun violence, at St. Alban’s | Albany


1 | ‘Women who knew Jesus’ — a fall retreat with Holy Family | Half Moon Bay
1 | Animal Fest at Christ the Lord, Pinole
1 | Music that Makes Community with Stanford Canterbury | Palo Alto

2 | Bishop’s visitation at Epiphany |  San Carlos
2 | 
CROP Walk for hunger relief, peace, and social justice | Menlo Park
2 | Music and scripture: Presented by John Prescott at St. Aidan’s | San Francisco
3–6, 7–9 | ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ retreat at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
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Clergy positions — outside of DioCal

Canon for Christian Formation :: Trinity Cathedral :: Columbia, SC
Rector :: St. Andrew's by the Sea :: Port Isabel, TX

Clergy positions — DioCal
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Rector :: Christ Church :: Los Altos

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