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Whole & Healthy Church — a New Model for Safe Church

The Diocese of California has updated our official policy on standards and behaviors to ensure that our congregations are safe places for all God's people. Instead of just focusing on rules and regulations outlining everything a congregation must or must not do, our new policies are centered around protecting bodies and souls, hearts and minds. 
Whole & Healthy Church is a comprehensive policy of guidelines and procedures that enables everyone in the diocese to proactively work in a way that can protect our beloved community.
While our goal was to write policies that could cover as wide an audience as possible, we understand the impossibility of that task. Therefore, each congregation is encouraged to adapt these policies in writing as best fits their contexts. I am available for consultation and assistance with this work. Just email me at to set up a meeting.

As the Coordinator for Whole & Healthy Church, I should be your first stop for any questions regarding local implementation of these policies, background checks, and training for your congregation, staff, and volunteers. We have also updated the Diocesan website with everything you need to know. 

— Caren Miles

Amy Cook
Faith Formation
Working Group Head
Caren Miles
Associate for Faith Formation
Whole & Healthy Church Coordinator

Research on a Culture of Lifelong Faith Formation

By Amy Cook

Do you feel like your congregation does a good job of encouraging and supporting faith formation for all ages? Perhaps you are still working on it but have one or two practices or programs that are working well? Please consider participating in the Vibrant Faith Research Project 2019-2020 on "A Culture of Lifelong Faith Formation in Christian Churches."

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Diocesan Convention Official Youth Presence

This year's Diocesan Convention will be Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 at Grace Cathedral. At the annual meetings this past winter, most congregations elected their delegates. In the coming months, deaneries have the opportunity to nominate one youth and one alternate to be in the Official Youth presence.

There are only a few requirements: the youth must currently be enrolled in high school and they must be nominated at a deanery meeting before convention. The diocese can provide assistance, documentation, or support if the youth would like to ask permission to be absent from school on Friday afternoon so they can attend those sessions. 

From the Resource Center: 
Evaluating Your Ministry

Evaluating Ministry: principles and processes for clergy and congregations by Jill M. Hudson, Alban Institute
Hudson describes case studies of four successful evaluation models that include the whole church. She suggests how "whole church" reviews might result in stronger pastoral ministry and new directions for mission. A resource that will help clergy and laity explore mutual ministry, judicatory executives strengthen congregations, and new pastors get through their first congregational evaluation. (Publisher's website).
When better isn't enough: evaluation tools for the 21st-century church by Jill M. Hudson, Alban Institute
Hudson identifies 12 characteristics by which we can measure effective ministry for the early 21st century. Based on those 12 criteria, Hudson has created evaluation tools, "an early measuring stick" to help congregations evaluate their work in this new era. By listening for God's guidance and carefully evaluating progress using Hudson's tools, looking at the ministry of the whole people of God as well as that of the professional staff, congregations can improve their ministry, help members and staff grow in effectiveness, deepen a sense of partnership, and add new richness to the dialogue about the congregation's future. (Publisher's website).
Other books available on Evaluating Ministry from the Resource Center. 

And an article you might find helpful:

Evaluation Essentials for Congregational Leaders: Setting the Table for Healthy Conversations


We have so many great events happening all around the Diocese, here are two we want to highlight. Check out ALL the events on the DioCal Calendar.

Harry Potter at Grace Cathedral needs your help

This fall we are planning a large event for kids and youth ages 6 through high school and their parents and we will need all the help we can get. 

If you have a love of the Harry Potter books, or a passion for children's ministry, or both, we would love to have your help with this huge undertaking. Maybe you know how to referee a Quiddich game. Perhaps you can lead kids in a wand-making class. Or you have lots of great ideas about how we can transform Grace Cathedral into Hogwarts by the Bay. We will need lots of adults and teens to lead each house and to make this day work.

Please email Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation, if you would like to volunteer in any way. 
When: Saturday, November 16, all day
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Contact: Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation,

Save the Date: Beloved Community Training Day in the East Bay

This fall St. Paul's, Oakland will host a Beloved Community Training day on Saturday, September 21. 

The day will include required training sessions for Eucharistic Visitors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Whole & Healthy Church Training, along with an array of workshops for lay leaders in all areas of ministry.

Registration will open in mid-summer.

When: Saturday, September 21
Where: St. Paul's, Oakland, 114 Montecito Avenue
Contact: Amy Cook, Working Group Head for Faith Formation,

Other Upcoming Events

1 | General Confirmations at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco 
8 | Ordinations | San Francisco


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