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Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
March 28, 2017

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

[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. Bishops from across the Episcopal Church issued a statement in response to Trump’s executive order. 

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A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community — Part 8: Allies in feminism and hope in grief

In January of 1987 at the annual retreat of The Parsonage at the Bishop’s Ranch, some dreaming was done about new goals and ideas of what The Parsonage could become. Of the ten goals that came from that, three were very specific to showcasing The Parsonage’s new commitment to the intersectionality of feminism with both the church and gay and lesbian issues.

Banner: On Saturday, Bishop Marc fished a large plastic bag out of the East Creek Slough, one of Oakland's most littered areas. He and almost 40 others came together for this mass co-hosted by Holy Hikes and San Francisco Baykeeper, the inaugural event of a new partnership. Collectively, they showed their commitment to protecting and loving the environment on Saturday afternoon, where they let the earth speak to them before sharing in Eucharist. For more on Bishop Marc's recent climate activism, see In the News. For more event photos, see this Facebook albumPhoto: Sara Yoe.

Dr. Russell Jeung reflects on his experience as an Asian man in Oakland and the process of writing his book, At Home in Exile. DioCal's Executive Council hosted a book group and discussion around Dr. Jeung's book, and Dr. Jeung led the first half of the evening in a discussion of his book, and then was a voice on a panel on sanctuary. Photo: Sara Yoe.


In memoriam: the Rev. Canon Michael Hansen

The Rev. Canon Michael Hansen, former Executive Officer of the Diocese of California, died the evening of Saturday, March 18. His funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 11 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Grace, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus will preside and the Rt. Rev. Bill Swing will preach. A reception in the Chapter Dining Room follows. 

May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Requiem for the Rev. Harold Weicker

Throughout the Rev. Harold Weicker's years of ministry, he touched the lives of countless people. He served as a chaplain for the Tombs, a prison in New York, and later as a spiritual director at San Quentin Prison in San Francisco. He founded three churches and also served at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; St. Paul’s, San Rafael; St. Peter’s, Monroe, CT; Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ; St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque, NM; and St. Clement’s, Berkeley. He was awarded the Order of the Anchor by the Presiding Bishop of the United States, of which he was very proud. His requiem will be celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus on Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Grace, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Rectors and Vicars: Report your lay delegates and alternates to Diocesan Convention

The names of your congregation’s lay delegates and alternates to the 168th Convention of the Diocese of California can be entered on the online form available here. Please take some time today to complete the online form. Questions may be directed to Denise Obando,

Why Serve 2017: An Episcopal vocational discernment conference for young adults of color

Young adults of color are invited to examine their gifts and explore opportunities at The Episcopal Church retreat, Why Serve 2017. Invited to attend this conference of fellowship, training, discernment, and self-care are young adults (age 18-30) from the Asiamerican, Black, Indigenous/Native American, and Latino/Hispanic communities of the Episcopal Church, as well as those desiring to serve in ethnic ministries.

“Wherever you are on your journey, young adulthood is a time of transition and choices, but you don't have to do it alone,” commented the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillen, Latino/Hispanic, on behalf of the Ethnic Missioners: the Rev. Bradley Hauff, Indigenous; the Rev. Angela Ifill, Black; and the Rev. Winfred Vergara, Asiamerican. “In this Conference, there are keynote speakers, workshop leaders, your peers, and your Missioners to help you. We hope you will join us for this transformative experience.”

When:  Monday, June 12 to Thursday, June 15
Where: Bexley Seabury, 1407 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL
Cost: $75 (includes meals, lodging, ground transportation, and conference fees. Registration does not include airfare)
Registration deadline: May 31
Registrationclick here
Contact: Angeline Cabanban at 212-716-6186 or

EcoJustice Weekend: Schedule announced!

The schedule for the EcoJustice weeekend is now live on the EcoJustice page! Check it out at! Keep watching DioBytes and the EcoJustice page each week for new information to be posted! 

When & Where: Friday, May 19 | Day of Inspiration | Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Saturday, May 20 | Day of Action | Golden Gate Overlook, San Francisco

Planning for wellness for lay employees — Register asap!

Between a career and family, it’s hard to find time to focus on your financial picture, let alone your health. The Church Pension Group's (CPG) Planning For Wellness Conference will give you the chance to learn what you need to know about both. Even if you’ve previously been to a Planning For Tomorrow or Steps to Wellness conference, DioCal and CPG encourage you to attend. You may now be at a different stage of life and can benefit from a review of this information.

Topics will include:

  • Setting financial goals and increasing your long-term security
  • Incorporating nutrition, exercise, and emotional resiliency into your life
  • Understanding and maximizing your pension and health benefits

WhereChurch Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: Free. Child and elder care costs may be reimbursed up to a certain amount (contact CPG directly).
RegisterClick here
Deadline: Friday, April 21
Contact: CPG,, 888-274-2828

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.

Nightwatch at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Nightwatch is an overnight “lock-in” program in Grace Cathedral. Join youth from around the diocese and Northern California for fellowship and fun. There will be facilitated community building, active and contemplative activities, art, music, and prayer. Nightwatch can also be a time for youth ministers from thorough the diocese to spend casual time together. All youth must be accompanied by a designated adult leader. 

When: Friday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20, ample scholarship available
Register for adult leader:
Contact: Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation,, 415.869.7815

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,

Bike Church at St. John’s, Ross

Gather at  7:30 a.m. for a 7:45 a.m. roll-out on Saturday, April 1 at St. John’s, Ross. Mountain bike ride to Lake Lagunitas for prayers with coffee and food provided by St. John's mens group. All are welcome (access to the lake available via car and road bike). Helmets mandatory for riders.

When: Saturday, April 1, 7:30 a.m.
Where: St. John’s, 14 Lagunitas, Ross
Contact: the Rev. Chris Rankin-Williams,

San Francisco Guitar Quartet at Incarnation, San Francisco

The San Francisco Guitar Quartet performs music by Paul Dresher, Phillip Houghton, as well as pieces written for the SFGQ by Christopher Gainey and Garry Eister. Since its debut in 1997, the San Francisco Guitar Quartet has established itself as a dynamic force in the guitar world through its innovative concerts and recordings. The current generation of the group seeks to continue the mission of expanding the guitar quartet repertoire through collaboration with living composers, bringing creative new works to life. The SFGQ has toured across the United States and traveled internationally to Germany, Taiwan, and Guam, where they gave sold out performances.

When: Saturday April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)
Contact: Mathew Chacko,, 415-564-2324

Other upcoming events at Incarnation

Choral concert with Masterworks Serenade, Dr. Bryan Baker, director
Sunday April 23, 7 p.m., $20 (general), $15 (seniors/students)

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)

Arlie Russell Hochschild at Grace Cathedral's The Forum, San Francisco

The bestselling author discusses her brilliant new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right—one of “6 Books to Understand Trump’s Win” according to the New York Times the day after the election. Hochschild’s book plumbs our deep political divide and asks the question: how does the world look from the heart of the right?

When: Sunday, April 2, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco
Link: The Forum: Arlie Russell Hochschild


Other upcoming events at Grace Cathedral

Organ Recital Series – John Karl Hirten
Sunday, April 2; 4 p.m.; free

Easter Pageant
Sunday, April 16; 3 p.m.; free

Companion Animal Memorial — Interfaith service at St. Aidan’s, San Francisco

"Still in our Hearts: Remembering and Honoring our Beloved Animal Companions." Join together in ritual to honor and acknowledge the relationships with beloved pets. Anyone who is grieving or has grieved the loss of a pet is welcome. Led by Betty Carmack, author of Grieving the Death of a Pet, and Lois Roach, grief counselor with the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Feel free to bring a copy of a photo and/or a memento. Children are most welcome.

When: Sunday, April 2, 3:30 p.m.
Where: St. Aidan's, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco, 415-285-9540

An afternoon at the opera at St. Bede’s, Menlo Park

Mezzo-soprano Sally Mouzon presents Witches, B**ches, & Boys: or What do mezzos do all day? This recital of dazzling arias, brilliant Broadway melodies, and exquisite art songs explores the characters typically – and famously – portrayed by mezzo-sopranos in opera, theater and song. From Azucena (Il Trovatore) to Lola (Damn Yankees), from Carmen to Delilah, from Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) to Peter Pan, a mezzo’s day is filled with drama! Ms. Mouzon will accompanied by the incomparable Robert Aschens. A reception will follow the performance.

When: Sunday, April 2, 4 p.m.
Where: St. Bede’s, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Cost: $15 to $25
Contact: Katherine McKee,, 650.854.6555

SAVE THE DATE: The Incarnation 100 charity benefit bike ride, at Incarnation, Santa Rosa

Starting and finishing in historical downtown Santa Rosa, the Incarnation 100: A Benefit for Homeless Services offers cyclists four routes through the best of beautiful Sonoma County: 30 miles, 45 miles, 100 KM, and 100 miles. The event will raise money to support three vital homeless service entities at Incarnation: The Living Room, Sunday Open Table, and St. Andrew's Food Program. Your registration fee includes a ride t-shirt and gourmet meal at the after party. The Incarnation 100 is a great event for avid and recreational cyclists alike!  Register today!

When: Saturday, June 10, rolling start begins at 7 a.m.
Where: Church of the Incarnation,, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa.
Cost: $65/30 mile, $70/45 mile, $80/100 km, $90/100 mile. Discounts available for group registrations of 10+
Contact: Kristi Hruzewicz, Ride Director,
31 | Nightwatch at Grace Cathedral | San Francisco

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
Clergy positions — DioCal

Campus Pastor/Chaplain :: Ecumenical House :: San Francisco

Clergy positions — Outside DioCal

Rector :: Good Shepherd :: Burke, VA

Canon for Pastoral Care :: Diocese of Long Island :: Garden City, NY

Canon for Ministry Support :: Diocese of Long Island :: Garden City, NY

Hybrid Priest position:: Christ Church and St Paul's  :: Warwick and Chester, NY

Interim Rector :: St. Christopher's :: Carmel, IN

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