Candidate Julie Vice sets goal to visit all 68 parishes/missions in the diocese

Candidate Julie Vice sets goal to visit all 68 parishes/missions in the diocese

Julie Vice has visited 53 (red) of the 68 parishes/missions in our diocese.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific student and candidate for ordination Julie Vice knows that seminary is a time to grow and learn new ways of being the Church. In order to step out of her familiar leadership roles, Vice set for herself the challenge of visiting all 68 of the churches in our diocese.

Vice got her inspiration because of her class schedule at CDSP, where she has been taking hybrid courses, meaning most of her time is spent doing her classes online, as opposed to spending three years on campus.

Due to this schedule, Vice said, "When you do the program and stay home, you're trying to grow while in your same water. That makes it really hard because you're trying to become something new but you're surrounded by who you used to be and what you used to do."

But when she met with the Commission on Ministry last year, Vice came up with idea of traveling the diocese, where she could "see what other churches in the diocese are doing.”

“Susi (my wife) and I sat down, made a spreadsheet to figure out where all the churches were, and said, I'm going to see how many of them I can actually make it to," Vice shared.

In February of this year, Vice ended CommUnity, a Saturday night service she led at St. Mary's, Elk Grove, where she had attended for several years, but took the idea of CommUnity on the road, naming her mission CommUnity Wandering.

"It's been a really enriching experience, and it's a powerful tool. You go to churches and find out, 'Hey, I really like the way this church is doing this, or oh wow, I don't think I want to do that. But there really is so many good things going on in the diocese, even in little churches that I didn't know were churches, where there are amazing groups of people I didn't know existed.

I wish more people could actually go out and see the vastness of our diocese because it's huge and ridiculously diverse," Vice said.

As of the new year, Vice has been to 53 churches, and even if she can't get to her goal of all the churches by February, Vice said she plans to visit all the churches at some point. Vice was approved to the transitional diaconate in December 2018 and will be graduating from CDSP in May 2019. She will be ordained on Feb. 16, and God willing, one of our newest priests in the year to come.

Vice has been documenting her travels through her CommUnity Wandering Facebook page, where you can learn more about her experiences at each church. 

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