Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
October 25, 2016

Called as women, not in spite of it

[House of Deputies blog | October 10] I strategized resourcefully when I was an unusually young aspirant for ordination thirty years ago. My son was born during seminary so he’d be ready for kindergarten after my part-time MDiv. I took unconventional ministry paths (cathedral clergy, diocesan staff, seminary professor) because my spouse also had a career to tend. I have been richly blessed in my vocation, and I wish it had been easier to combine family and ministry. Years later, despite progress being made, I still see my young women students struggling with the church’s demands for conformity to models of ministry designed for straight, married men. 

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A call to action on Standing Rock

On October 15 Diocesan Convention passed a resolution of support for Native American brothers and sisters at Standing Rock, North Dakota who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Among other things, that resolution encouraged “congregations, deaneries, and this Diocese to find ways to support the protectors at Cannon Ball through the raising of funds to be sent through the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota” and “to consider pilgrimages to Cannon Ball….”

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Banner: On Saturday, October 15, the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, bishop of Cuba, and Bishop Marc exchanged gifts at convention and spoke of the friendship between the two dioceses. Here Bishop Marc is presenting Bishop Griselda with a wooden labyrinth. More photos from convention available on the DioCal Facebook page. Photo: Sara Yoe.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific dedicates solar panels

[Episcopal News Service | October 24] Harnessing energy from the sun is expected to save Church Divinity School of the Pacific $120,000 annually. Earlier this year, the Berkeley, California-based Episcopal seminary installed solar panels on Easton, Parsons and Shires Halls. It’s the largest solar installation of any theological seminary in the United States. “When American Solar came out and looked at our flat roofs with basically 100 percent southern exposure they were blown away by how effective this is going to be on our campus,” said seminary Dean and President W. Mark Richardson, during an interview with Episcopal News Service earlier this year.

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Photo: Tom Minczeski/CDSP

Haiti emergency response: Donating water filtration system

Nearly 800 Haitians have contracted cholera two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit the Carribean country. Relief efforts are not keeping up with demand. The Category 4 storm destroyed countless healthcare buildings, including cholera treatment centers. The water-borne illness has flared in the hardest hit areas after floods contaminated drinking water in the southwest. The World Health Organization this week said that it would send 1 million cholera vaccine doses to the country. 

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167th Convention in summary

Last weekend, the 167th Convention of the Diocese of California was held at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. The diocese was honored to be joined by the Bishop of Cuba, the Right Reverend Griselda Delgado del Carpio. She and Bishop Marc Andrus presided at the opening Eucharist where they were joined by Latinx ministries and youth from around the diocese. The next day when called to order, the 167th Convention passed all six resolutions on the agenda. 


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 by November 1. 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)
WhereHoly Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad, 555 37th Street, Richmond
RegistrationClick here
Contact: Caren Miles,
Deadline: Tuesday, November 1

Day of Discernment

“The only guidance we can get on the inner journey comes through relationships in which others help us discern our leadings,” Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness. 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, November 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: St. James, 1540 12th Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $25 (fee covers materials and lunch; scholarship assistance is available)
Contact: Melissa Ridlon,

Welcome ESC intern Miles Margrave

My name is Miles, I am transgender, a California native, and a lover of all things spiritual. I was raised in a non-religious household, but studied and practiced religion whenever and wherever I could, with particular interest in magical traditions such as Wicca. I was very hostile toward Christianity for much of my adulthood, something which only changed a few years ago when I had what my friends call my “road to Damascus moment,” which led me to attend an Episcopal church in San Diego. I’ve spent the last three years immersing myself as deeply as possible in my new religion and it has been a wild transformation. 

TONIGHT: Ballot bash at St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco

Those of you struggling with the San Francisco ballot, preparing to vote on November 8: fear not! Please come to St. Gregory of Nyssa tonight from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your practice ballot and make notes. If you wish to address one or more of the initiatives on the San Francisco ballot, please study the issue and prepare to make the case. This is NOT a campaign event or a place to find out the ‘right’ way to vote! It is a community gathering to learn and discuss the topics before SF voters in November. This event is free and open to all.

When: Tuesday, October 25, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WhereSt. Gregory of Nyssa, 500 De Haro Street, San Francisco

The Silent Film Classic Nosferatu

Looking for a festive and fun way to spend Halloween weekend? Grace Cathedral will transform into a grand movie palace for special screenings of the chilling 1922 silent film classic Nosferatu. Called the most unsettling vampire film ever made, Nosferatu continues to spawn imitations in contemporary cinema. Virtuoso organist Dorothy Papadakos will provide thrilling accompaniment for this special event. She is a renowned international performer, popular for her sold-out silent film programs, specializing in Charlie Chaplin and Lon Chaney.

When: Saturday, October 29, showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20 general, $10 for kids, $15 for students and seniors

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Robin Grossinger on adapting to climate change
Sunday, October 30; 9:30 a.m., free

Sickness, old age, and death: A conversation
Wednesday, November 2; 7 p.m., tickets here

Visio divina spiritual workshop at St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco

Spiritual Director Ruah Bull will lead a workshop centered on St. Mary the Virgin’s remarkable fresco of the life of Mary by renowned artist Lucienne Bloch. Visio divina is a method of contemplative praying that applies the Benedictine practice of Lectio divina to images. Ruah Bull is a spiritual director at the Angela Center, Santa Rosa and adjunct faculty at the Mercy Center in Burlingame. Her spiritual path is based on Celtic Christian, Native American spirituality, and Holy Mystery. Participants are encouraged to bring a journal or art supplies. Please join in discovering new spiritual meanings in iconographical art.
When: Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free of charge
Contact: Natalie Hala,, 415.921.3665

An evening of classical guitar at Resurrection, Pleasant Hill

Enjoy a special performance of classical guitar featuring guitarist Glenn Staller. Performing traditional classical works as well as regional music from Brazil, Argentina, and Spain (including Flamenco). Featured composers include, Scarlatti, Sor, Albeniz, Tárrega, and Piazzolla. Free will offering to benefit the music program at Resurrection. Specializing in classical, Brazilian, Flamenco, Bossa Nova, and jazz musical styles, Glenn has performed as a soloist and with ensembles for over 30 years, working with numerous
vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers. Concert performances include numerous venues  in the  Napa, Sonoma, Martin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties including Dean Lesher Theaters, Le Petit Trianon, Berkeley Concert Series, and Cowell Theater. In addition to performances and recordings, Glenn teaches private classes and courses locally. Additional information can be found at
When: Saturday, November 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Resurrection, 399 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
Cost: free will offering
Contact: Tracy Barber,, 925.685.2288
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Associate for music :: All Souls :: Berkeley

Children and Youth Minister :: St. Bede’s :: Menlo Park

Hospitality Director :: The Bishop's Ranch :: Healdsburg

The Spiritual Life Communications Coordinator :: Grace Cathedral :: San Francisco
Clergy positions — DioCal

Associate Rector :: St. Paul’s :: Burlingame

Clergy positions — Outside of DioCal

Rector :: St. John’s :: Ellicott City, MD

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