Commission for Intercultural Ministries annual retreat focused on 2019 goals

Commission for Intercultural Ministries annual retreat focused on 2019 goals

Your Commission for Intercultural Ministries held its fourth annual retreat at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Jan. 15-16.

The CIM works with worshipping communities throughout the diocese as they welcome and appreciate the diversity of people around them. The ministries that the CIM works to serve and support include Asiamerican ministries, Black ministries, Indigenous Ministries, Latinx/Hispanic ministries, LGBTQ+ ministries, and the Welcoming the Stranger task force.

Key CIM Goals for 2019

Starting with prayer and Bible study and ending with Eucharist, the retreat helped CIM members develop goals for 2019:

Racial Reconciliation Training in Our Diocese: We will continue to enhance our Racial Reconciliation and Healing training (changed from “Anti-racism Training” per GC Resolution B004). This is in light of GC Resolutions A045 and D011, which concern the need to prepare lay and ordained leaders for the work of dismantling racism.

Doctrine of Discovery training in Our Diocese: Our Indigenous Missioner, the Rev. Lewis Powell, will continue to develop and present training on the Doctrine of Discovery, especially for people in the ordination process pursuant to Resolution D011.

Work with the Absalom Jones Center for Racial HealingWe will continue to plan for our hoped-for consultation with Dr. Catherine Meeks and staff at the AJCRH in Atlanta. The AJCRH is a convenor for the Episcopal Church on racial reconciliation and healing initiatives.

Develop ecumenical links: We will seek to strengthen our collaboration with the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA, among other denominations in the region, especially in regard to our Latinx ministries efforts.

Please Join Us

You do not need to be a CIM member to join us in this vital and Spirit-filled work. Nor do you need to live in Sacramento.

Our members and volunteers live throughout the diocese, and our other meetings throughout the year are held via Zoom. (This is one reason we all look forward every year to the fellowship and trust we create at our in-person retreats.)

If this work calls to you, please reach out to one of our co-chairs: Linda Jensen at or Lynn Zender at

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