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December 6, 2016

The Oakland Fire tragedy


Yesterday, at Grace Cathedral as we joyfully ordained five priests in the Episcopal Church we also prayed quietly and deeply for those who died late Saturday night in the disastrous Oakland fire. This morning I preached and celebrated the Eucharist with Santiago (St. James’) Episcopal Church, Oakland, the closest Episcopal congregation to the site of the fire. Again, we prayed for those who had died and those who loved them.

The Jesus Movement at the 2017 International Black Clergy Conference

I was recently in Houston for the International Black Clergy Conference. I met deacons, priests, and bishops from all of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sudan, the Virgin Islands and many other countries. What an experience! Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry was here for the first two days of the conference. Since my ordination, June 11, 2016, this is actually the second time we’ve met. On his last night, in Houston, I served at table for our Holy Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral, alongside Presiding Bishop Curry and 3 other Bishops. It was truly and honor to always remember.

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BannerOn Saturday, December 3, 2016, five priests were ordained: Stephen Smith, Charlotte Wilson, Anna Horen, Brendan Williams, and Christian Lehrer. Here they are with Bishop Marc outside of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. For more photos, go to the Facebook albumPhoto: Dani Scoville.

Standing with Standing Rock: It’s more than just a pipeline 

Part 3 and final: Return

Returning to the bridge long enough to enjoy a sandwich, we dispersed as silently and peacefully as we came, to return to our homes and tell our stories…as I have tried to do here. To be sure, I and my sister deacons returned to the camp after lunch and again the next morning to continue the conversations we had started the day before. And, on Friday morning, we discovered that the law enforcers had strung rings of barbed water across the bridge and into the water on either side. And I found myself asking “Are we still in America?”

Albany workshop examines possibility of shared housing


[East bay Times | November 30] The prospect of shared housing as a way to ease the demand for residential space was the focus of a Nov. 17 workshop attended by some 25 people in the council chamber at City Hall. The workshop, hosted by Vice Mayor Peggy McQuaid, included a panel of speakers who have worked to create shared housing. [...] Mary Doleman, a parishioner at St. Alban’s Church, has opened her home to multiple roommates. She told the group about how she first offered an extra room to a woman “at risk” of homelessness.

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PHOTO FROM AROUND THE DIOCESE: Monday, December 5, Ghostship Fire Vigil in the Castro honoring especially the transgender victims. Photo: Iain Stanford.

‘Cultivating spiritual sustainability: California, Paris, Marrakech, and you’ — Epiphany reflection day with Bishop Marc at The Bishop’s Ranch

In this day-long retreat Bishop Marc Andrus will lead participants in exploring the concept of spiritual sustainability — the intrapersonal dimensions of climate change. The shape and quality of actions is based entirely on spiritual values. In this retreat they will look at the spiritual values explored at the last two years of the UN Climate Change Conference (Paris and Marrakech) and create their own prayer cards after considering the question: How does this value support the sustainability of my life, my relationships, my commitments, and my content of life? The hope upon returning home is participants will be better able to make conscious choices and continue to reflect on how these spiritual values influence their lives.  Download event flyer here.

When: Saturday, January 7,  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Link: DioCalendar event
Cost: $90, includes lunch
Deadline: Register by Tuesday, December 27

From the DioCal Intern Blog

The little things

If you came to me a year ago — amid the conclusion of the first semester of my senior year of college — and asked me where I would be six months after graduation, the answer would not have been here. It wouldn’t be trying to stay awake while someone reads from the Gospel of Luke at 7 a.m. Nor would it be trying to drown out the sounds of the Monday evening acapella rehearsal that takes place in the chapel located twelve feet from my poorly-insulated bedroom window.

Pulse survivors and family to visit Bay Area

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is coordinating a visit to San Francisco next week by Angel Colon, Luis Romero, their moms, and several other survivors of the Pulse Orlando shooting and their families. Oasis California is interested in hosting a community meeting and/or meeting as a group with Pulse survivors and families. Now they need to know if there are enough people who will attend — and if there are enough people who will help invite others and help at the event. The survivors and families are in the Bay Area from today through Thursday, December 8. If you would like to attend or help arrange this community meeting please contact the Rev. Tom Jackson at Oasis California,

When: To be determined, Tuesday, December 6 to Thursday, December 8
Where: To be determined
Contact: the Rev. Tom Jackson,

Latin Chant Mass for the Eve of Advent III (Gaudete Sunday) at Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco

The Rev. Alex Martin will be celebrant, and the music will be led by Schola Civilis, the Gregorian Chant Ensemble from San Francisco State University, directed by Dr. Paul Ellison. A reception will follow in Lathrop Hall. Experience the timeless transcendence of Gregorian chant and the beauty of the Latin Mass in the holy quietude of Advent's beautiful Spanish mission style sanctuary.

When: Saturday, December 10, 5 p.m.
Where: Advent of Christ the King, 261 Fell Street, San Francisco

Youth and the Holidays

Join the younger boys and girls of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus in songs for the holidays to lift your spirits and warm your hearts for the winter. Taking part will be the intermediate chorus of the San Francisco Boys Chorus under their Director, Ildikó Thész Salgado, and Level III of the San Francisco Girls Chorus under their Director Luçik Aprahämian.

When: Sunday, December 11, 7 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Donations: $20 general, $15 seniors/students
Contact: Mathew Chacko,, 415.564.2324

Kitka at St. Bede’s, Menlo Park

Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice raised in song. Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of exquisite and unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. This year’s program will showcase material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works, from mesmerizing pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Yiddish chants for Chanukah to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime.

When: Sunday, December 11, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Bede’s, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: $15-$40 at the door, discount for advance purchases at
Contact: Katherine McKee,, 650.854.6555

Make a pocket shrine! Sacred Table at Cafe Flore: San Francisco

Join the Companions of Dorothy the Worker and the Sacred Table community for an Our Lady of Guadalupe observance with a pocket shrine party! Bring your hinged mint box and precious images and fashion a holy relic! Extra points for you if you bring a pair of scissors and a tube of super glue! Extra images will be available. Participants will talk about Marian shrines and make plans for 2017. 

When: Monday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cafe Flore, 2298 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free; no host bar and cafe
Contact: the Rev. Diana Wheeler, CDW,

Send Cards of Hope to Foster Youth for Christmas

Braid Mission’s Cards of Hope program sends cards to children in local group homes who will spend the holidays separated from loved ones. Each and every card is treasured by the children who receive them. All the directions are on the Braid website. You are also invited to a holiday party, where you can join Braid mentors, some of the youth Braid serves, and other friends of Braid to help create, address, and stamp Cards of Hope. Last year they collected over 1,000 cards, and they are committed to hand addressing each one. The more the merrier!

When: Saturday, December 17, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Braid offices, 191 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
RSVP: Click here

4th Annual Blue Christmas services at Holy Family, Half Moon Bay and Good Shepherd, Belmont

All are welcome! An emerging tradition often held on or near the longest night of the year, Blue Christmas services acknowledge that the long, dark nights of winter can, for many, be a time of difficult emotions heightened during the holidays. Depression, loss, anxiety, and fear can overwhelm while cultural and social customs (and intense economic pressure) to be “jolly” can be suffocating. If you need to get away from the jingle-jangle and have some space to grieve, find sanctuary from the recent election talk, or just time to breath, come for a simple, contemplative, candle-light service with a gentle rhythm of readings, hymns, prayers, and silence offered to help see beyond the twinkle of tinsel for the light of Christ.

When & Where: Saturday, December 17, 5 p.m. at Holy Family, 1590 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay
Sunday, December 18, 5 p.m. at Good Shepherd, 1300 Fifth Avenue, Belmont
Cost: Free
Contact: the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham,, 650.726.0506, 650.593.4844

Annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Luke’s, San Francisco

Featuring St. Luke’s youth and adult choirs, Zephyrus Woodwind Quintet, percussion, and organ. Music by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Wills, Stanford, Sargent, Anderson, and Willcock.

When: Sunday, December 18, 5 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s, 1755 Clay Street, San Francisco

Christmas at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Since 1948, Christmas concerts at Grace Cathedral have been a beloved San Francisco tradition. The magnificent music, majestic setting and astonishing acoustics make the concerts a magical way to ring in the season. Experience the deep connection between spirit and art at Grace Cathedral with A Cathedral Christmas, Sing You a Merry Christmas, Handel’s Messiah and A Brass and Organ Christmas.

Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

2016 Artists in Residence opening events — special Evensong for Jacob’s Dream
Thursday, December 8; 5:15 p.m.; free

2016 Artists in Residence opening events — “Light up: the creative process” at The Forum
Sunday, December 11; 9:30 a.m.; free

2016 Artists in Residence opening events — Official opening and reception
Sunday, December 11; 5 p.m.; free

Re-Leaf 2017 with St. Dorothy’s Rest

On Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7, St. Dorothy’s Rest will be hosting a tree planting event with Forest Unlimited. They will be planting roughly 1,500 sapling redwood trees throughout some of the undeveloped land they affectionately refer to as “St. Dorothy’s West". You are invited to join them as a volunteer to spend time planting trees and working on other projects to increase the health of the forest. You may come for one day, or stay for the weekend. Continental breakfasts and lunches will be provided to all volunteers at no cost.

WhereSt. Dorothy’s Rest, 160 St. Dorothy Ave. Camp Meeker
When: Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7
RegistrationClick here
DonateClick here

ReIGNITE:  A new program for those nearing retirement

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Inequity is growing. Basic life needs: housing, food, transportation are harder to come by. People are coping by pulling apart, not coming together. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Join a committed group of professionals who want to strive together for social justice. ReIGNITE is a four-day workshop for late-career professionals exploring transitions to nonprofit or social justice work. Reflect on the deepest personal values that bring meaning and passion to your life, and create an action plan to turn these personal passions into an “encore career.” Connect with a supportive community of others who share your desire to make a meaningful contribution to society.

When: Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Cost: $500-$1500 pay as you can
Contact: or 510.849.8279

Summer camp leadership positions at The Bishop’s Ranch

The Bishop’s Ranch hires seasonal staff to prepare for, facilitate, and close out six 1-week summer camp programs. These programs include a day camp for Healdsburg elementary students, two weeks of Intergenerational Camps with all ages, and three weeks of youth camps: one with high school campers, one with campers entering grades 4-6, and one with middle school campers. The Bishop’s Ranch will hire the Camp Program Coordinator and Ranch Hands first, paid positions to work the whole summer. Volunteer and short-term positions may then be available, especially counselors to lead the week of high school campers. Follow this link to learn more about the staff opportunities and apply online today:

7 | Faith, science, and action: Stanford Episcopal Campus Ministry hosts conversation with former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori | Palo Alto
9 | A banquet to benefit the Big Heart Wellness Center at St. Bartholomew’s | Livermore
9 | Fools Creek concert and CD release at St. Alban’s | Albany
9 to 16 | Silent days in Advent, at the Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
10 | All Saints Winter Wine & Dine | San Leandro
10 | Icons in Transformation opening gala, St. Michael and All Angels | Concord
11 | Grace Cathedral’s 2016 Artists in Residence: Benjamin Bergery and Jim Campbell | San Francisco
16 to 18 | Wisdom of the heart retreat at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg

7 | Epiphany reflection day with Bishop Marc at The Bishop’s Ranch | Healdsburg
14 | Deanery orientation, best practices, and sharing conference at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Faith Formation Working Group Head :: Diocese of California :: San Francisco (lay and ordained)

Family Minister :: Christ Church :: Los Altos

Office Manager :: St. Stephen’s :: Belvedere

Parish Administrator :: St. Alban’s :: Albany

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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