Commemorating the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire in our diocese

Commemorating the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire in our diocese

The Rev. Ann Sullivan, the Very Rev. Richard Yale, the Rev. Lew Powell and the Rev. Delia Fay at a interfaith remembrance service. Rev. Richard and Rev. Ann led the congregation in recommitting their parishes to working together and to recovery.

This memorial at Magalia Community Church in Paradise was unveiled and dedicated. About 200 people came out for the dedication. #ButteStrong

This sculpture of a Phoenix was created by artist Jessie Mercer from over 18,000 keys which were collected from the various cars, businesses, homes and more which burned in the fire. A Phoenix is a mythical creature that who dies but is then reborn from the ashes.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncell)

At 11:08 on Friday, Nov. 8, the business of convention was put on pause for 86 seconds of silence in honor of the 86 people who died in the fire.

The week of Nov. 3-10 was a tender time for many in our diocese as remembrances and commemorations of the Camp Fire were held. The parishioners and clergy at St. Nicholas', Paradise, and St. John's, Chico, participated in several events and church services: including an interfaith service, a memorial dedication, a sculpture unveiling and more.

While those on the Ridge grieved and remembered the fire that started a year ago on Nov. 8, others in the diocese were gathered for Diocesan Convention in Sacramento. Convention also held its own commemoration. As we said during convention, we stand with all those affected by the Camp Fire and other fires that have burned throughout the diocese.

Here is a link to an article on one of the remembrances where the Very Rev. Richard Yale is featured.

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