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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
April 4, 2017

Stryker talks trans history at Grace Cathedral

[The Bay Area Reporter | March 30] Susan Stryker, a professor, author, historian, and filmmaker, spoke at Grace Cathedral's Forum March 26, talking about her experience as a trans woman and that equality continues to be a journey, especially in the current political climate, a topic she jokingly asked for a drink to be able to discuss.
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Photo: Alex Madison

Coalition of Episcopal bishops issue statement in response to Trump’s executive order on climate change

Reposting: Bishops continue to sign, count now 24
[Episcopal News Service | March 28] President Donald Trump on March 28 signed an executive order instructing regulators to rewrite rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions and other environmental regulations at the center of the previous administration’s policies to combat global warming. A coalition of Episcopal bishops who have worked on environmental issues immediately issued a statement in response to Trump’s executive order.
BannerOn Friday night, 39 youth and 11 adults participated in NightWatch — an overnight “lock-in” program in at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. In Photos 1 and 2, youth write prayers to God in sparklers on Friday evening. Photo 3 shows the Rev. Mary Greene presiding at the Saturday morning Eucharist. Photos 1 and 2: Caren Miles, Photo 3: Angel Rivero

A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community — Part 9: By word and deed, marching forwards

On that sunny Sunday in October, 1987, founder the Rev. Mayes miraculously bumped into Jack Pantaleo — a Parsonage member who brought The Parsonage’s banner across the country for the march — just as a clock struck noon when the march began. Mayes had carved and painted a special post for the occasion and managed to stand at the front of the lead group with San Francisco leaders Harry Britt, Art Agnos, Pat Norman, Gerry Studds, and “other congressional representatives.”


Spread the word: Serenade for Haiti film screening this Friday!

San Francisco-based film director Owsley Brown’s documentary featuring the Episcopal Church’s music school in Port-au-Prince has been accepted to the San Francisco Film Festival! Opening night will be on Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The documentary tells the story of the Sainte Trinité Music School, which was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 2010. Please come out and show your support!

When: Friday, April 7, 6 p.m.
WhereYerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St, San Francisco
Tickets: Click here
Other screening

General Convention now receiving nominations to serve The Episcopal Church

Are you interested in the world of the Church beyond DioCal? Do you have gifts to share with the wider Church?

The Joint Standing Committee on Nominations for General Convention is seeking applications from persons willing to be nominated for five elections to The Episcopal Church committees:

The elections to these positions will take place at the 79th General Convention being held July 5-13, 2018 in Austin, Texas, positions are open to lay and clergy members. The applicant need not be a deputy to apply, qualification vary with each position (click on each position for details). Serving on these committees assist in setting the direction of our Church in the 2018 – 2021 triennium. If you are personally interested, know someone who is, or are curious, click these links.

Joint Standing Committee on Nominations  
The Committee's Mandate  

Or email the General Convention Office:

Applications are located here:

In English:
en español:
en français :

Planning for wellness — Registration extended until April 10!

The Planning for Wellness Conferences, designed to help church employees secure their financial future and improve their overall health and well-being, is coming to The Bishop’s Ranch (clergy) and Church Divinity School of the Pacific (lay) the first week in May. All eligible clergy and lay employees should have received paper and electronic invitations directly from CPG’s Education & Wellness Dept. Spouses and partners are encouraged to attend, child and elder care is subsidized up to a certain limit by CPG. Please remind your friends, colleagues, and employees to register before the April 10 deadline

Lay Employees (those working at least 20hr/week)
When: Friday, May 5,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Register: Click here

When: Monday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 2; OR Wednesday, May 3 to Thursday, May 4
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 West Side Road, Healdsburg 
FlierClick here

For more information, employees may contact CPG Education & Wellness, (888) 274-2828 or

Immigration now: What you need to know, what you need to do, at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Join Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, for a workshop on immigration where experts deeply immersed in the issues will help navigate current policies on immigration and discover the concrete, practical ways to help people caught up in these policies. Professor Bill Ong Hing, Professor Heidi Ho, and the Rev. Deborah Lee will discuss the latest developments on immigration and introduce people from the community struggling under the new climate who will share their immigration stories. If immigration policies and practices, what America stands for, and human dignity matter to you, please join. Please register if you plan to attend

When: Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Where: Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco
Cost: Free
Link: Click here
Register: Click here

EcoJustice Weekend: Registration now open!

Lots of new information on the EcoJustice Weekend now available — visit the EcoJustice page! Including: pricing, registration, a flyer for you to share with your congregation and community, and more!

When & Where: Friday, May 19 | Day of Inspiration | Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Saturday, May 20 | Day of Action | Golden Gate Overlook, San Francisco
Cost for Day of Inspiration:
   Register and pay online by May 16: $65 (Full-day conference and reception), $30 (Conference afternoon and reception), $20 (Student discount, please bring student ID), $15 (Reception only)
   Register and pay day-of: $70 (Full-day conference and reception), $35 (Conference afternoon and reception), $25 (Student discount, please bring student ID), $20 (Reception only)

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. There will also be a guest speaker 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.

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

Help DioCal camp properties while connecting the diocese with new DioBytes subscribers!

DioCal is currently pledging $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! Only one sign-up per person allowed.


Companions of Dorothy the Worker Palm Sunday procession through the Castro, San Francisco

Join the Companions for the 7th annual Palm Sunday procession. Meet at the corner of 18th and Castro for the blessing of the palms and then a tour of the neighborhood. Wear your walking shoes and your red. Clergy and religious, clericals and habit please. For more information on the Companions of Dorothy the Worker go to

When: Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m.
Where: 18th and Castro Streets, San Francisco
Contact: The Rev. Diana Wheeler, CDW at

Other upcoming events with the Companions

Weekly Vigil for an end to violence toward the LGBTQ+ community
Every Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Harvey Milk Plaza, 2401 Market St, San Francisco

Sacred Table: Getting ready for the Resurrection
Monday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cafe Flore, 2298 Market St, San Francisco

Oblates Study Group
Every 3rd Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Morning Due Cafe, 3698 17th St. San Francisco

Second Sunday Evensong and organ recital at St. Mark’s, Berkeley

The 31th season of the Second Sunday Evensong/Organ Recital continues Sunday, April 9. Evensong will be sung by the St. Mark’s Schola Cantorum, followed by an organ recital by organist Robert Huw Morgan, University Organist at Stanford University. In addition to his duties as University Organist, he also holds the positions of Lecturer in Music, Director of the Stanford University Singers, and Director of the Stanford Memorial Church Choir.  
When: Sunday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.
WhereSt. Mark’s, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Cost: Freewill offering
Contact: George Emblom,

Easter Pageant at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Designed for the young and young at heart and presented by Presto! Opera, this performance includes music, dance, storytelling, and prayer around the meaning of Easter. The event is free and all are welcome.

When: Sunday, April 16, 3 p.m. 
Where: Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco
LinksEaster Pageant and Full Holy Week and Easter schedule.


Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Immigration Now: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do
Thursday, April 20; 7 p.m.; free

Sky Steps Art Installation
Sunday, April 16; free

Annual crab feed and silent auction at St. Cuthbert's, Oakland

When: Saturday, April 22, 5 p.m. (doors open), 6 p.m. (dinner served)
Where: Parish Hall, St. Cuthbert's, 7932 Mountain Blvd., Oakland
Cost: $55 (adults), $15 (kids ages 6 to 12), Free (kids ages 0 to 5)
Deadline: Pre-purchase required by April 14. No ticket sales at the door.
For tickets, contact: Shivaun Van Straatum, church office,, 510-686-3146
To make a donation to the silent auction, contact: Don Silva, junior warden,, 510-261-6353

A shining night of music with Masterworks Serenade Chamber Choir, at Incarnation, San Francisco

A program of exquisite choral miniatures features leading composers’ settings of poems by beloved poets. The program includes works by Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, Patrick Hawes, Imant Raminsh, plus spirituals and more. Founded in January 2008 by Dr. Bryan Baker, Serenade is a chamber choir of 26 singers selected by audition primarily among members of Masterworks Chorale. The singers are committed members of the chamber choir, devoting many hours to rehearsal and performance with Serenade. Its varied repertoire, which partially overlaps that of Masterworks Chorale, ranges from classical to contemporary, spirituals and popular pieces.

When: Sunday April 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)
Tickets: Click here
Contact: Mathew Chacko 415-564-2324 or

Other upcoming events at Incarnation

Chamber concert with the Volkert-Ellis Trio, Charles Chandler (bass), Hye Yeong Min (piano),  and Nick Volkert (baritone)
Sunday May 7, 7 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

An evening with Argentinian virtuoso tango pianist, arranger, and composer Pablo Estigarribia
Sunday May 14, 7 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Trumpeter Ari Micich in concert
Sunday May 20, 7 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

Jonathan Chu, violin; Hannah Chu, violin; Dimitriy Cogan, piano
Sunday May 28, 7:30 p.m., free

Praying with the Earth for peace: Some Celtic soul recharging at Trinity, Menlo Park

"It is our own inner beings you have renewed...Take us 'outside the camp'...outside holiness ... where ... nations clash at the crossroads of the world." Sir George MacLeod. Please join members of Heartbeat: A Sacred Journey towards earth’s wellness, along with the multi-faith community! With Celtic harp and chant, ritual, reflections, and readings from different faith traditions, this Celtic "recharge" is for people who follow different spiritual paths to come together for the strength to persist and work for peace! There is much work to do. People need time for renewal. Think of it as bath time for your soul. Reception follows. 

When: Tuesday, April 25 (night before the New Moon) before sunset at 7:45 p.m.
Where:  Chapel, Trinity, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park 
Cost: Free
Registration: Click here

“Hamilton" tickets raffle benefiting St Francis’, San Francisco

Don’t "throw away your shot" at winning two premium orchestra tickets with a face value of over $1,000 for the Friday, May 12 performance of the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton” at SHNSF’s Orpheum Theater! Affordably priced at $20 per ticket or $50 for three. Order form at or by making a request to Checks made payable to St. Francis’ Episcopal.

When: Raffle tickets available for sale now through midnight, Sunday, April 30. Prize Drawing Monday, May 1. Show is Friday, May 12.
Cost: $20 per ticket or $50 for three

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
21 to 23 | Common Life Young Adult Retreat – Fully Alive at Bishop's Ranch | Healdsburg
21 to 22 | 2017 Missional Voices National Gathering | Alexandria, VA
29 | “A Celebration of Life and Hope,” a benefit concert for the Rev. Deacon Tricia Rosso at Holy Child and St. Martin's | Daly City

1 to 2 OR 3 to 4 | Planning for wellness for active clergy | Healdsburg
5 | Planning for wellness for lay employees | Berkeley
5 to 7 | One Breath: yoga + prayer + meditation weekend retreat at New Camaldoli Hermitage | Big Sur
6 to 7 | Creativity bound: Make a poem, make a book, at the Bishop's Ranch | Healdsburg
19 to 20 | EcoJustice Weekend | San Francisco
20 | EcoConfirmation | San Francisco
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Children and Family Minister :: St. Stephen’s :: Orinda

Clergy positions — DioCal

Priest-in-Charge :: St. Mark’s :: Berkeley

Clergy positions — Outside DioCal

Rector :: St. David’s :: Washington, DC

Missioner for Evangelism and Community Engagement :: Episcopal Diocese of Washington :: Washington, DC

Assistant Rector for Children and Youth :: St. Andrew’s :: Newport News, VA

Associate for Ministries :: Episcopal Diocese of Chicago :: Chicago, IL

Native American Missioner :: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma :: Oklahoma City, OK

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