Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
View this email in your browser


Weekly News from the Episcopal Diocese of California
August 9, 2016
Backpack drive underway

[Half Moon Bay Review | August 2] For some, the back-to-school season can cause significant strain on an already-stretched family budget. In response, Holy Family, along with other Coastside organizations, is gearing up for its annual backpack drive. “We help between 300 to 400 children every year,” said Ken Myers, outreach chair at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Half Moon Bay. “We get backpacks and fill them with school supplies. “There are older kids who don’t want a backpack,” he continued. “Those kids simply get school supplies.”
Historically black church explores faith and justice in gentrified Washington, D.C.

[Episcopal News Service – July 28] The decision to display a Black Lives Matter banner above the parish hall entrance did not come easily for the leadership of Calvary Episcopal Church, a historically black church with a reputation for social justice and action on the U.S. capital’s northeast side. “Some folks have taken offense to it … and I think some people really appreciate it,” said the Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell, Calvary’s rector, during a recent interview with Episcopal News Service. The decision was “contentious” and “not unanimous,” he said. “It’s also been an opportunity for conversation.”
Growing vegetables at the nexus of resources and need

[Episcopal News Service | August 4] A grant from the United Thank Offering has provided financial fertilizer for St. James Episcopal Church’s plan to expand its community agriculture ministry. The $12,500 grant was one of more than $1 million that UTO awarded in 36 grants earlier this year, all aimed at helping ministries that support the last of the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Banner: Campers at Camp St. Francis participated in a rainbow scarf ceremony on Friday, August 5. Each scarfer took their place in making a human version of the scarf emblem. More information about Camp St. Francis and the scarf program can be found on their website. Photo: the Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews.
Acting SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin to speak to faith community August 11, San Francisco

San Francisco Interfaith Council is pleased to host the San Francisco Police Department’s Acting Chief Toney Chaplin at Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco. Acting Chief Toney Chaplin joined the ranks of the San Francisco Police Department in July, 1990. he began as a patrol officer serving at Central, Mission, and Taraval stations. He’s served as a community police officer, worked in narcotics, street enforcement team, and was in the gang task force. In 2015, he was promoted to commander, in 2016 deputy chief. He was appointed to Acting Chief of Police in May 2016 and will manage the day-to-day operation of the San Francisco Police Department. The San Francisco Interfaith Council has brought faith and civic leaders together in conversation for over 25 years. The Diocese of California has been a member of SFIC since its founding and Episcopalians have supported the work of SFIC – including prayer breakfasts, winter interfaith shelter, disaster preparedness workshops, and more.

When: Thursday, August 11, 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Where: Calvin Hall, Calvary Presbyterian, 2515 Fillmore Street (at Jackson), San Francisco
Cost: Free
Ed Bacon to keynote Equipping the Beloved Community event at St. Stephen’s, Orinda

A progressive spokesperson on issues of faith and justice for all regardless of race, gender, faith, or sexual orientation — and recently retired as rector of All Saints, Pasadena — Ed Bacon will deliver the keynote address for the Saturday 8/27 Equipping the Beloved Community event hosted by the Contra Costa Deanery. The theme of the event is Common/Wealth: "Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul… there was not a needy person among them,” and will feature training to support ministries with young people, stewardship, lay pastoral care, congregational leadership (with Caroline McCall), and Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors. Lunch, worship, and a chance to meet and enjoy Episcopalians from neighboring congregations rounds out the day. Save the date, start building your team, and register now.

When: Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s, 66 St. Stephen’s Drive, Orinda
Cost: $25; $10 (members of Contra Costa Deanery congregations), free (St. Stephen’s members)
Contact: the Rev. Cn. Julia McCray-Goldsmith,

Church planting at November Pneuma Conference

The Pneuma Conference (formerly Western Christian Educators)  features church planters Bruce Reyes-Chow and Emily Scott offering the keynote address and music and worship leadership. Learn from these progressive innovators, take advantage of a variety of workshops designed to enhance Christian formation for all ages, hang out, hike, sing and pray with people who share your passion. Register now for the best (or cheapest) rooms at The Bishop’s Ranch! Information and registration is available here, and scholarship assistance is available from the Diocese of California Discipleship Ministries Working Group.

When: Monday, October 17 to Thursday, October 20
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Cost: $550 ($450 for dorm-style housing and $725 for single rooms, both limited so register soon)
Contact: the Rev. Cn. Julia McCray-Goldsmith,, 415.869.7826
Mass of the Holy House of Our Lady of Walsingham at Advent, San Francisco

Share in the experience of one of England's ancient sites of pilgrimage. Join members the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham for the Rosary and Mass of the Holy House. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall following the Mass.

When: Saturday, August 13, 12 p.m.
Where: Advent, 261 Fell Street, San Francisco
Contact: Michael Stroup,


Annual opera gala and reception at Incarnation, San Francisco

Incarnation’s annual opera gala returns on August 13 with artists from the San Francisco Opera Chorus: Aimée Puentes, soprano; Sally Porter Munro, mezzo-soprano; Colby Roberts, tenor; and Frederick Matthews, baritone. Dr. Bryan Baker accompanies on the piano. This popular annual event features songs and arias from opera and musical theater. A free reception follows the concert.

When: Saturday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
WhereIncarnation, 1750 29th Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega), San Francisco
Cost: $30 general admission, $25 seniors and students. You may purchase advance tickets online.
Link2016 opera gala
Contact: Mathew Chacko,

Other upcoming music events at Incarnation

Singer's audition finale concert
Sunday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.

Verdi's Il Trovatore
Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m.

Kate Stenberg and Sarah Cahill in concert
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.

Kenyan priest speaking on school she founded, San Francisco

The Nambale Magnet School opened in Western Kenya in 2009 with 35 five students. Today the school has over 300 pupils, many of whom are orphans of the AIDS pandemic. The school provides housing and education for children as well as jobs and resources for the local community. Find out how you can support this amazing project and even visit in person. A group from St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco, recently returned from a visit to the school. Visitors often combine a mission trip with a visit to a local wildlife park.

When: Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WhereTrinity-St. Peter’s, 1620 Gough Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free will offering

Mental health first aid course at St. John’s, Oakland

You are invited to a free eight-hour class over two Saturdays. This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to help a friend, a family member, a coworker or anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or substance abuse problem. Studies show that individuals trained in this program increase their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions, can identify types of professional and self-help resources, increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress and show reduced social distance to individuals with mental illnesses. You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn how to help. Get trained. The course will be presented in two 4-hour segments in the church reception room. There is no charge for the course or for the textbook, but a reservation is required to hold one of the 25 seats. Reservations may be made by emailing Bruce Elgin at or calling the church office at 510.339.2200. Check the course website at if you have any questions.

When: Saturdays, August 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Reception room, St. John’s, 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland
Contact: Bruce Elgin,, or call the church office, 510.339.2200

Second annual Lammas Day celebration and Community Wheat Harvest Day with Farm to Altar Table and The Bishop’s Ranch

Come participate in a community harvest of heirloom, organic wheat. Learn how to hand harvest, thresh, winnow, and mill the grain. This fall the wheat will be stoned milled and distributed to participating congregations for communion bread.

When: Saturday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Cost: $20 (per person), free (children), lunch included
Registration: Email Shannon Reilly,
Contact: Elizabeth DeRuff,
Go to full Diocesan Calendar
Lay positions — DioCal

Internal auditor :: Diocese of California

Parish administrator :: Epiphany :: San Carlos

Clergy positions — DioCal
Currently accepting applications

Associate rector :: St. Stephen’s :: Belvedere

All postings are available on the diocesan website:
Go to Lay Employment
Go to Clergy Employment
Please address all inquiries and applications to Transition Minister Denise Obando,, unless otherwise noted.
DioBytes Submission Guidelines
DioCal Blogs
DioCal Staff Directory
DioCal News / Pacific Church News
Copyright © 2016 Episcopal Diocese of California, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list