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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
October 11, 2016

Christ Church-Sei Ko Kai outreach to Bayview Mission

Over two dozen bags of donations from Christ Church-Sei Ko Kai were gratefully received and picked up by the Rev. Nina Pickerrell on behalf of the Bayview Mission during the week of September 26-30. Included among the donations were new socks, gently used clothes, Japanese snacks, canned goods, toiletries, plastic bags, a digital bathroom scale, and a backpack full of art and school supplies. The donations were the result of Christ Church’s summer outreach project. 

Task Force on the Study of Marriage issues report on progress

[The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs | October 6] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has issued the following report: The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage met and reports significant progress. The Task Force, meeting September 27-29 in Chicago, IL, continued its work as directed by the 2015 General Convention. During the previous triennium, the Task Force concerned itself with marriage, and as one of many subsets of that subject, marriage between people of the same sex.

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Banner: This Friday and Saturday are DioCal’s 167th Convention. For more information, visit Logo: Dani Scoville.

Haiti needs ‘massive response’ to halt cholera crisis after Matthew: U.N.

[NBC News | October 11] Many parts of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew were still without aid early Tuesday, as the U.N. launched an emergency appeal for almost $120 million in life-saving help for 750,000 survivors at risk of starvation or cholera. Aid is trickling into the impoverished nation, where hundreds of people were killed by last week's 145 mph winds and at least a dozen more have died from disease.
A few organizations that Bishop Marc encourages folks to donate to for Haiti relief:
Hurricane Matthew response fund
Food for the Poor

Hundreds gather at Lincoln Memorial to Chant 4 Change

The Rev. Alan Gates of Epiphany, San Carlos, joined other religious leaders to celebrate Chant 4 Change — an interfaith gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Saturday, October 8. Representatives from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Cherokee communities offered opening blessings under cloudy skies and a steady sprinkling of rain. By mid afternoon, skies cleared and voices were raised to chant for peace, unity, and reconciliation in the United States and in the world.

Introducing: LGBTQ history in the Diocese of California project!

To celebrate National Coming Out Day, DioCal is announcing a history project headed by one of the interns, Sara Yoe. She is compiling information about everything from the Parsonage to Bishop Marc walking in this year’s Pride Parade. In the coming months, look out for regular installments about DioCal’s history of involvement in progressing LGBTQ rights! If you have or know someone who has any information or personal stories you would like to share with her, she would love to hear from you at

A season of prayer: for an election

Forward Movement is calling Episcopalians and all others to join with them in A season of prayer: for an election. This is a 30-day season, in which Christians will pray each day with a particular intention for this time in American national life. Each day includes a suggested intention and a collect. They also suggest the use of a brief litany every day. The season of prayer began Sunday, October 9, and continues through the day after the election. They have used prayers from The Book of Common Prayer. Join them on Forward Movement’s social media channels (Facebook or Twitter) in offering or sharing each day’s prayer. You also can download weekly bulletin inserts or a list of all the prayers at The resources are available in English or Spanish. Please encourage your congregation and your friends to get involved.

Evensong with the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado de Carpio, bishop of Cuba, at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Bishop Marc and Dr. Sheila Andrus invite you to join them for a festive Evensong followed by a warm reception to honor the work of the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, bishop of Cuba. Bishop Delgado is the leader of 40 congregations and 7,000 members of the Episcopal Church of Cuba. She is known for her work in building the spiritual life of her churches, community agriculture, and working to solutions to the climate change crisis in the Caribbean. Cuban music, food, and drink will be served.

When: Thursday, October 13, 5:15 p.m. (Evensong in the Great Quire), 6 p.m. (reception on the Cathedral Close and Dining Room)
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
RSVP: Davey Gerhard, director of development,, 415.869.7836


‘This Fragile Earth’: The Church responds to climate change

This Fragile Earth is a day for both laypeople and clergy who are active in environmental ministry and want to explore new opportunities for reflection and Christian action on behalf of the planet. Speakers will include former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is the current St. Margaret’s Visiting Professor of Women in Ministry; Bishop Marc Andrus of California; CDSP President and Dean W. Mark Richardson; and Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, professor of theological and social ethics at CDSP and Pacific Lutheran Seminary of California Lutheran University. The day will culminate with a liturgy to bless CDSP’s new installation of solar panels led by Bishops Jefferts Schori and Andrus.

When: Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WhereChurch Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $35, including lunch

Welcome ESC intern Daniel Naftel

Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he majored in international affairs. He plans to go on in academia, but hasn’t picked a field of study quite yet. In the meantime, he’s been busy wandering in the wilderness and reading about all the subjects he didn’t have time for in college. A relatively recent arrival to the Episcopal Church, he’s excited to learn a little bit more about faith, about community, about justice, and about himself through a year of service and fellowship.

Bishop’s Society annual reception cancelled

In light of an upcoming “Bishop’s Society Sabbatical” the annual reception this year has been postponed until next fall. In conjunction with Bishop Marc’s sabbatical next calendar year, the Bishop’s Society will also be taking a break from program activities to communicate with members of the legacy society regarding new membership, activity, and educational opportunities. The Bishop’s Society looks forward to working with you to bring exciting new programs to the legacy community, please keep an eye out for a letter and survey in the mail soon! Please remove Sunday, November 6 from your calendar.


Translation of Our Lady of Walsingham Mass at Advent, San Francisco

The Regina Coeli Cell of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham will celebrate the Feast of the Translation of Our Lady of Walsingham with Mass and procession at noon Saturday, October 15. A festive reception will follow the Mass and Procession in the Parish Hall and garden. The Feast of the Translation marks the return of the Shrine of the Holy House to Walsingham. October 15, 1931, the statue of Our Lady was processed from the parish church, St. Mary’s Little Walsingham, to the restored Shrine Church. You are invited to join the Regina Coeli Cell and the Church of the Advent in bringing something of England’s Nazareth to Hayes Valley.

When: Saturday, October 15, 12 noon
WhereAdvent, 261 Fell Street, San Francisco
Contact: Michael Stroup,

The Forum: Dr. Lisa Miller on The Spiritual Child, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

In her provocative and conversation-starting book, The Spiritual Child, Dr. Lisa Miller, the director of clinical psychology at Columbia University and a leading national expert in spirituality and health, presents the next big idea in psychology — the science and power of spirituality — and a new way to think about parenting modern youth.

When: Sunday, October 16, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

The Forum: Richard Rodriguez on the state of the city and the nation
Sunday, October 23; 9:30 a.m. 

The silent film classic Nosferatu
Friday, October 29; showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., tickets here

Hearts for Justice: Addiction, recovery, and grace, at Trinity, Menlo Park

Join Trinity, Menlo Park, for the third annual Hearts for Justice conference. This year Trinity welcomes two incredible speakers: the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, and Fr. Tom Weston, S.J. Both speakers are well known for their work in addiction and recovery. This free event provides an opportunity to hear each speaker talk about addiction, recovery, as well as a community fair of Bay Area organizations involved with recovery work. Tickets are free but RSVPs are encouraged. Childcare is available upon request. 

When: Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.
Where: Trinity, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park 
Contact: the Rev. Elizabeth Riley,, 650.419.4316


St. Cuthbert’s, Oakland holds Caribbean fest

The Caribbean community at St. Cuthbert’s, Oakland will throw its annual community party on Saturday, October 22. Come and experience the Caribbean scene at the foot of the mountain! Music, vendors, costumes, giant puppets, live steel pan calypso rhythms, food, pumpkins, face painting, raffles. Free family-friendly event. Bring friends! If you'd like to have a vendor booth — to sell food, crafts, or whatever else you'd like — or just to advertise/raise awareness about your organization, please contact Colleen Tiffenson for more details.

When: Saturday, October 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
WhereSt. Cuthbert’s, 7900 Mountain Boulevard (at Keller Avenue), Oakland
Cost: Free
Contact: Colleen Tiffenson,, 510.282.7291

Chamber Music Society of San Francisco with pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi

Chamber Music Society of San Francisco’s first performance at Holy Innocents, the program begins with Haydn’s Quinten quartet in d minor and closes with the monumental and stormy piano quintet by Cesar Franck — high French Romanticism at its best. Grammy-nominated pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi is the guest artist on this season-opening concert.

When: Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Holy Innocents, 455 Fair Oaks Street, San Francisco
Cost: $5 (attendees under age 18), $15-$25 (over the age of 18)
Contact: Chamber Music Society of San Francisco,

A Conversation with Peter Enns: The sin of certainty

Dr. Peter Enns offers an understanding of spirituality that views skepticism not as a loss of belief but as an opportunity to go deeper into mystery, towards a more profound kind of knowing that only faith can provide. Dr. Enns will be joining Dr. Scot Sherman for a conversation about his new book The sin of certainty. Purchase your ticket today. This event is part of the Conversations for the Common Good series by the Newbigin House of Studies. For a full 2016-2017 event series schedule, visit

When: Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Century Club of California, 1355 Franklin Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20
RegistrationClick here
Contact: Christy LaLonde,, 415.658.9554

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