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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
November 8, 2016

Bay Area Episcopal bishop attending COP22 in Marrakesh: Representing The Episcopal Church, credentialed for negotiations

From Monday, November 7, to Thursday, November 17, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, eighth bishop of California, will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference Committee of Parties 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Andrus will be joined by lay and clergy leaders from throughout The Episcopal Church as he represents the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop, at the climate conference.

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Episcopal churches among those receiving preservation grants

The Rev. Patricia Cunningham, priest-in-charge of Trinity + St. Peter's, San Francisco, tells DioCal News: "The selection of Trinity-St. Peter's as a participant in this national campaign to preserve landmark sacred spaces is a testimony to the importance of the church to the history and cultural fabric of San Francisco. We invite all to join us in making this gorgeous space a vibrant center for the arts and spirituality."

[Episcopal News Service | November 2] With aging churches throughout the nation facing decay and physical distress, Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announce an unprecedented $14 million National Fund for Sacred Places to assist churches in need of repair and restoration. Two Episcopal churches, Christ Church in Philadelphia and Trinity-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, are among the first 14 recipients.

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Banner: This past Saturday 18 people were confirmed or received by Bishop Marc in a spirit-filled, bilingual service at Holy Trinity/La Santísima Trinidad, Richmond. For more photos, see the Facebook albumPhoto: Caren Miles.

Episcopal Community Services hosts San Francisco’s first “Street Store”

On Friday, October 28, ECS held its first pop-up Street Store, giving homeless individuals the opportunity to “shop” for donated clothing with dignity and respect. The idea was proposed to ECS by volunteer Deepika Phakke, who saw the possibilities in the international Street Store concept for San Francisco. “Right now, our homeless neighbors don't have choice about where they live, where they eat,” Phakke said. “Street Store is about giving them respect and the power of choice. Saying to them, ‘Hey, you’re invited to the store and free to pick up whatever you want.’ That’s empowering.”

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Saint John Coltrane Church finds a new groove In NoPa

[Hoodline | October 31] Despite an eviction and subsequent relocation, the African Orthodox Church of Saint John Coltrane continues to groove in the Western Addition. As Hoodline reported in February, the Coltrane Church faced uncertainty after being forced to leave its Fillmore space, at which it was served an eviction notice in April. When the church's plight made the news, welcome invitations flooded in from across the Bay Area, southern California and as far away as Baltimore. But an offer to share the space of Saint Cyprian’s Episcopal Church stood out, and the two churches joined forces in May.

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Peaceful, prayerful, nonviolent stand of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

[Episcopal News Service | November 4] “We knew you were coming; that one day you would come here and start asking questions about your government,” said elder Regina Brave, her long, gray braid falling over the word “navy” written in yellow, capital letters across the top of her black, leather vest. “We are all children of God. Black, red, yellow, white, are all represented.” Brave, an Oglala from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, took the microphone at a gymnasium in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Nov. 2, the night before more than 500 interfaith clergy and laity joined opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a show of prayerful, peaceful, nonviolent, and lawful solidarity and witness.

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Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service
For more photos, click here


Open Enrollment (OE) has begun! 

OE which is running from now until Wednesday, November 23 is the one time of year when benefit eligible employees can enroll in medical or dependent care FSA, change medical ins. and add dependents to medical or dental coverage. All currently enrolled employees should have received a letter from the Episcopal Church Medical Trust (ECMT) with instructions to log-in to the OE website to make their 2017 plan selections. The diocesan web page: provides plan summaries, contact information and redirects to the ECMT Open Enrollment website. All current Kaiser High Option EPO members must select a new medical plan during Open Enrollment as the Kaiser High Option EPO plan will terminate on 12/31/16.

E-formation bootcamp at CDSP

Have you wondered if your congregation is using the best new tools available to reach out to the community? Does your ministry need better ways to communicate? How can you create a community online that reflects your “in real life” church world? On November 12, leaders from the E-Formation Learning Community at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Virginia Theological Seminary, along with DioCal’s communications associate, Dani Scoville, will visit CDSP to answer these and other questions at a day-long workshop for lay leaders, parish administrators and communicators, clergy, and seminarians interested in social media and digital technology in ministry. In addition to plenary and consultation time, the day will include workshops on:

  • Church website (re)design
  • Using online spiritual resources
  • Basic social media: Facebook and Twitter for congregations and individuals
  • E-vangelism 101: Online newsletters and digital advertising
  • Faith in motion: Web video and digital storytelling
  • Using specialized community outreach and communication tools

When: Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CDSP, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $25, including lunch
Register: Online
Contact: Alissa Fencsik,
Co-sponsored by CDSP, the Diocese of California, and Province VIII

DioCal is hiring! Working Group Head for Communications   

DioCal is looking for a well-qualified candidate to fill a full-time position on the Bishop’s senior staff. Are you organized, creative, and energetic? This position is a member of a small team that supports a large network of congregations, schools, and other organizations and requires the ability to work closely with others on frequently tight schedules. The Diocese of California is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and people of color to consider this position. This position is envisioned as a lay position, but clergy are welcome to apply.

The Working Group Head for Communications will be supervised by the Bishop of California with extremely close collaboration with the Development Director, particularly on the ongoing capital campaign, as well as collaborating with other working group heads and members of staff. The Working Group Head for Communications is at the nexus of a variety of networks and is tasked with network building and storytelling. See the listing here. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Please include “Communications Director” in your subject line.

Tickets for Episcopal Charities’ annual gala

Join Bishop Marc Andrus and Episcopal Charities for the annual Night of Light gala! Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and dancing, cocktails, and a live auction at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. This year’s event honors Charlotte and George Shultz for their contributions to the Bay Area and beyond. Proceeds from the Night of Light support organizations around the diocese that address root causes of poverty in the areas of education, health and wellness, and the environment. Special table rates are available for Episcopal congregations.

When: Saturday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Four Seasons Hotel, 217 Stevenson Street, San Francisco
Cost: $2400 (congregation tables of ten seats); $350 (individual tickets)
Registration: Click here
Contact: Shari Gonzales,, 415.869.7813


From the DioCal Intern blog

The first two months as a DioCal Intern, from one perspective

Recently, my supervisor asked me to “just write about your experiences here so far.” To really respond to that, I have to tell you about why I’m here. It was about this time last year when I started reading about the different Episcopal Service Corps programs online, talking with friends who had done a year with ESC in various locations, and discussing with my priest about what this might be like and what I was hoping to get out of this year. 

‘Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath’ screening

Divided We Fall is an award-winning documentary by film-maker and civil rights lawyer Valerie Kaur and her husband Sharat Raju. In the aftermath of the September 11th bombings, Kaur journeyed with a camera across the US capturing stories of hate and healing in the Sikh community. This film, first released in 2008, is the result of her journey. St. Giles', Moraga,  is proud to partner with the Mission and Ministry Center and the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at St. Mary's College and other campus collaborators to screen the film. Discussion will follow the screening, and light refreshments will be served. Please note that there is limited seating.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m.
Where: Dryden Hall, St. Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga
Cost: Free
Contact: the Rev. Peter Champion, Interim Vicar of St. Giles', 510.480.5166 or

An old-fashioned holiday bazaar at Incarnation, San Francisco

What better way to do your Christmas shopping! They will be selling handmade jewelry, collectables, Christmas gifts, wreaths, and baked goods. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. And lest you go hungry while shopping, lunch will be served from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

When: Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega), San Francisco
Cost: $12 for the optional lunch
Link: Bazaar Flyer

Victorian Christmas faire at St. Bartholomew’s, Livermore!

Join St. Bartholomew’s, Livermore in Victorian London for their annual reenactment of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol. The faire is fun for children and adults of all ages and includes a variety of activities, vendors, a pub, and high tea. This year admission is free!

When: Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 13, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Where: St. Bartholomew’s, 678 Enos Way, Livermore
Cost: free-will offering

All Soul’s memorial service at St. Bede’s, Menlo Park

The choirs and clergy of St. Bede’s and Christ Church, Portola Valley will offer a service of remembrance using the historical rite of Burial of the Dead from the 1662 prayer book. The service will feature music of the Restoration period, including Henry Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary and William Croft’s Burial Sentences. The singers will be joined by internationally acclaimed Renaissance brass ensemble The Whole Noyse (Stephen Escher & Carlo Benedetti, cornett; Richard Van Hessel & Ernest Rideout, sackbut) and percussionist Todd Jolly. A free will offering will benefit Home & Hope’s programs for homeless families.

When: Saturday, November 12, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Bede’s, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: Free
Contact: Katherine McKee,, 650.854.6555

Chuck Collins on tackling inequality, ‘The Forum’ at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Chuck Collins uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative. The great grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer, Collins renounced his inheritance at age 26 and spent the next three decades fighting income inequality. At The Forum, he will tackle the consequences of a society plagued by economic apartheid.

When: Sunday, November 13, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral:

All Souls’ Requiem and Royal British Legion of Honor Service of Remembrance
Sunday, November 13; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively 

Yoga for Change
Thursday, November 17; 7 p.m.; $15 -$250 donation

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

The 31st season of the second Sunday Evensong and organ recital continues Sunday, November 13. Evensong will be sung by the St. Mark’s Schola Cantorum, followed by an organ recital by organist Katherine Crosier. Ms. Crosier received degrees from USC and Westminster Choir College in organ performance. She has spent her entire career in Hawaii. The former organist at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, and former organist of Iolani School, she maintains a busy teaching schedule. A festive reception follows the program in Lions Hall.

When: Sunday, November 13, 5:30 p.m.
WhereSt. Mark’s, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (Free parking is available in the parking garage)
Cost: Freewill offering
Contact: George Emblom,

Sacred Table with the Companions of Dorothy the Worker, San Francisco

How are people enduring this last month before the election? The Companions discovered during their last Sacred Table that what was needed most was to hear stories that give hope. So that is the theme of the next Sacred Table. What happened in your world that gave you hope? Come share your story. The Companions also welcome our new Reigning Grand Duke and Duchess, Peter Griggs and Migette Nielsen to talk about the Ducal Council of San Francisco and the work they do to give hope to so many marginalized folks in the City.

When: Monday, November 14, 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,

Other upcoming Companions of Dorothy the Worker events

Companions of Dorothy the Worker weekly quiet vigil against violence toward the LGBTQ+ community
Every Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market Street, San Francisco

St. Timothy’s, Danville fair trade festival

The festival will feature craft items from various developing countries. All of them are fair trade organizations that strive for economic empowerment, especially of women and girls by the production of handicrafts. There will be lovely items from Haiti, Palestine/Israel, Uganda, Africa, Central and South America. Come and support the world mission of the Church.

When: Sunday, November 20, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: St. Timothy’s, 1550 Diablo Road, Danville
Contact: Mary-Louise Gotthold, 925.324.4593

Holy Hikes at Golden Gate Park and The Prayer Book Cross, San Francisco

Saturday, November 26, to celebrate Thanksgiving with giving thanks for the Earth, Holy Hikes will offer a Eucharistic hike around Stow Lake (in Golden Gate Park) and afterward an optional walk up to The Prayer Book Cross. For this event, please gather at the Stow Lake Boathouse at 9:45 a.m. and the hike will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. The stational Holy Eucharist will follow a fairly flat 1 mile loop around the lake and finish with the Communion at the Stow Lake Picnic Area. For those who are interested, after the Eucharist some will head up to the foot of The Prayer Book Cross, which is just across JFK Drive from the Stow Lake Picnic Area. The cross is about 200 feet up a hill from JFK Drive. Please RSVP if you are able (not required), and all are welcome!

When: Saturday November 26, 9:45 a.m. (gather); 10 a.m. (hike)
Where: Stow Lake Boathouse, 50 Stow Lake Drive E, San Francisco 
Contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,

Photo: Wesley D. Capps, used with permission

Messiah sing-along

Experience the joy of Handel’s beloved masterpiece (Christmas section). Come to sing or just listen! The performance features music director Adrian Borcea, the St. Matthew’s chancel choir, and organist Philip Keil.

When: Sunday, November 27 at 12:15 p.m.
Where: St. Matthew’s, 1 South El Camino Real, San Mateo
Suggested donation: $20

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