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  • March for Our Lives - Many Voices Against Gun Violence

    About 75 area Episcopalians and various other clergy gathered in Sacramento at Crocker Park and marched to the state Capitol to support those whose lives have been impacted by gun violence. Bishop Barry led prayers before the march. Photographs from other marches in cities around the diocese are in the second video.

  • Join Us March 24 to March for Our Lives

    Besides the March for Our Lives in Sacramento to the state Capitol, there will be others in Santa Rosa, above, and in the northern part of our diocese.By the Rev. James Richardson, Priest-in-Charge, Incarnation, Santa RosaThe epidemic of mass shootings, as horrific as they are, have felt distant to me. They have been in someone else's town, someone else's state, someone else's church, someone else's school.I must confess after every mass shooting, that without realizing it, I hav...

  • Youth Begin Pathways Pilgrimage

    by Paula Schaap, Director of Communications, Episcopal Diocese of Northern CaliforniaYouth from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California begin their journey toward reconciliation in northern California on Sunday, July 31st with the Pathways pilgrimage. The group will be on the road until August 6th, learning strategies for reconciliation, as they visit sites in our diocese where injustices have been committed in society's name. This pilgrimage is especially timely as it occurs on th...

  • Honoring the Rev. Bill Rontani

    by Jeptha Rogers, Senior Warden, St. James' Episcopal Church, Lincoln On April 30, 2016, the Rev. William 'Bill' Rontani retired as Rector from Saint James' Episcopal Church in Lincoln.

  • Retired Clergy Luncheon April 29th

    by the Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor,  Chaplain to Retired Clergy and Surviving Spouses, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Bishop Invites Retired Clergy, Spouses and Partners to Lunch April 29th Retired clergy in our diocese are a cherished resource. They and their spouses and partners are invited to join Bishop Barry Beisner for a special luncheon at St.

  • 2016 Bishop & Ordinands in Holy Land

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The second Bishop & Ordinand Holy Land Pilgrimage, in collaboration with the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, is in full swing. On January 12th, pilgrims from The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, led by the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, left California and met the full group in Tel Aviv, before traveling north to the Galilee.

  • Thank You For Preparing

    by Margaret Dunning, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator; Member, Epiphany Episcopal Church, Vacaville I would like to thank our diocese and congregations for completing and submitting their Disaster Preparedness Plans to the Office of the Bishop. I am very happy to have worked with you this year to fulfill Resolution R7-14: Disaster Preparedness. For those congregations who have not yet submitted their completed plans, Bishop Barry Beisner has extended the due date to February 14, 2016.

  • Episcopal Community Services Sunday

    by the Rev. Lucretia Jevne, President, Episcopal Community Services Episcopal Community Services Announces the Advent Appeal December 13, 2015 Bishop Barry Beisner has designated the third Sunday in Advent as Episcopal Community Services Sunday. Everyone is invited to participate in the work of ECS by donating to the Ministry Development Fund, which is used to help congregations develop, strengthen and support social outreach and health ministries in their communities.

  • Camp Noel Porter Winter Update

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California In the November 12, 2015 issue of the Aurora Clergy e-Newsletter, Bishop Barry Beisner addressed the financial challenges currently facing Camp Noel Porter. “This is a complex matter that will receive focused effort, as we work to discern what the partnership between the diocese, Camp Noel Porter and St. Nicholas', Tahoe City will look like,” said the Bishop.

  • Valley Fire Relief, Visit from the Bishop

    by Deborah Smith, Senior Warden, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lakeport St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lakeport has begun our Valley Fire Relief Effort with donations from around the state, and even visitors from Texas.

  • Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Celebrate

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Bishop Barry Beisner and the Rev. Bayani Rico, President of the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Council  and Rector at Ascension Episcopal Church in Vallejo, joined Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM) International Consultation in Seoul, South Korea from September 30th - October 5th. During this time, Korean Anglicans also celebrated 125 Years of Mission and Ministry, with a special Eucharist...

  • Welcoming the Stranger Task Force

    by Lynn Zender, Member, Episcopal Church of St. Martin, Davis On August 20, 2015, Bishop Barry Beisner met with the newly formed Welcoming the Stranger Task Force of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The task force grew out of a resolution passed at the 2014 Diocesan Convention. Resolution R6-14: Welcoming the Stranger was a response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States, involving children and women fleeing from pervasive violence in the countri...

  • Unpacking the 2015 Freedom Ride

    by Anne Clarke, Co-Leader, 2015 Freedom Ride; Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California It was a fantastic experience to accompany nine young people from around our diocese, along with the Rev. Sarah Quinney and Bishop Barry Beisner, to North Carolina for the Lift Every Voice 2015 Freedom Ride Pilgrimage. We learned so much about slavery, discrimination and the Civil Rights movement, and visited key sites related to them all.

  • Serving Our Partners in Honduras

    by the Rev. Andrea Baker, Assistant Rector, Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park Bishop Barry Beisner asked me to represent The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California at The Episcopal Diocese of Honduras’ annual convention in Tela, Honduras on May 23, 2015. This was my first visit to Honduras in four years, and it was a wonderful reunion with old friends and colleagues, as well as an opportunity to rekindle our partner diocese relationship.

  • Plantations and Historic Church Leaders

    by Anne Clarke, Co-Leader, 2015 Freedom Ride; Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Freedom Ride pilgrims visited historic Stagville Plantation on Wednesday, July 15th. Built in 1851, it was one of the largest plantations in the pre-Civil War South. It was also home to hundreds of slaves who lived in four room houses on the property, with one family living in each room.

  • Freedom Riders Meet Living History

    by Anne Clarke, Co-Leader, 2015 Freedom Ride; Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On July 14th, Freedom Ride pilgrims visited Greensboro and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, with Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry, Bishop Barry Beisner and Joseph McNeill (pictured here at center, between the bishops). McNeill is one of the four students that began the movement of lunch counter desegregation sit-ins on Feb 1, 1960. Thes...

  • Freedom Ride & Moral Monday in NC

    by Anne Clarke, Co-Leader, 2015 Freedom Ride; Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California  One of the texts used in preparation for the pilgrimage has been the movie Selma, which tells a 50-year-old story of people uniting against discriminatory voting practices. Unfortunately, that story is not over. While we are in North Carolina, citizens have again united to protest laws that seek to block people of color from voting.

  • On the Road to General Convention

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On June 22nd, members of The Episcopal Church from across the nation and the world will begin their descent on Salt Lake City, Utah for the 78th Annual General Convention. Among them will be members of the NorCal Deputation, representing The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Pictured here, from left to right, are members of the NorCal Deputation, starting with the back row: Jim Jordan, the Very Rev.

  • Renowned Bible Scholar in Sacramento

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The Rt. Rev. N.T.

  • Congregational Leaders Meet in Eureka

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California A lively group of lay and clergy leaders gathered at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka on Saturday, April 11th for the northwest Congregational Leadership Conference. Bishop Barry Beisner welcomed attendees and led Morning Prayer in the beautiful nave of Christ Church, and introduced the 2015 Bible Challenge. The Rev.

  • Do Clergy Need Time to Be Quiet?

    by the Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor, Retired, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California No one asked us explicitly. But the large attendance at a February 25th Clergy Lenten Quiet Day at Mercy Center Auburn, with Bishop Barry Beisner and Bishop Brian Thom, of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, attested that a time of collective solitude resonated well with diocesan clergy in the Sacramento Valley area.

  • Enthusiastic CLC in St. Helena

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California 110 attendees filled Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena on Saturday, March 7th for the Southwestern Congregational Leadership Conference (CLC). Bishop Barry Beisner and the Rev.

  • Requiem Mass for Fr. Leo Joseph, O.S.F.

    by the Rev. Harry Allegree, St. John's, Lakeport Well over 100 people gathered at St.

  • Living Stones Meets in San Antonio

    by Pat Harik, Living Stones Coordinator for The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and the Rev. Kay Rohde, Ministry Development Coordinator for The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The annual Living Stones Meeting was held in San Antonio, TX on February 7-10, 2015. Representing The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California at this year’s very interactive and engaging Living Stones Meeting were: Bishop Barry Beisner; the Rev.

  • Kathrin Burleson Book Signing in Eureka

    by Elizabeth Harper-Lawson, member, Christ Church, Eureka  Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka is hosting a reading and book signing of The Soul’s Journey: An Artist’s Approach to the Stations of the Cross, written by and illustrated by Trinidad artist, Kathrin Burleson. It will take place on Sunday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Merciful Savior, located behind Christ Church, Eureka.

  • Nancy Streufert Ordained to Priesthood

    by the Rev. Nancy Streufert Associate, Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka On Saturday, January 31st, I was ordained by Bishop Beisner to the Sacred Order of Priests at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka. Being consecrated a priest – saying “yes” to God – within the beautiful liturgy, music and setting of my faith community was a glorious affirmation of my understanding of God’s call to me.

  • Clergy Quiet Day with Bishop Beisner

    By God’s Mercy: Lenten Reflections on Vocation With Bishops Barry Beisner and Brian Thom Bishop Barry Beisner is hosting a Lenten Clergy Quiet Day with Bishop Brian J. Thom, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho on February 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Province VIII Bishops in Navajoland

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Bishop Barry Beisner joined bishops from Province VIII for their Annual Meeting and Pilgrimage to The Episcopal Church in Navajoland on January 5-9, 2015. This pilgrimage included visits to churches and scenic areas of worship in the Four Corners region where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. Navajoland is part of Province VIII and is a missionary diocese of The Episcopal Church.

  • Diocesan Leaders Discern and Plan

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On January 22-25, 2015, Mercy Center Auburn was the setting for diocesan leadership planning and discernment for The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The Deans of the diocese met on Thursday and Friday with Canon Andrea McMillin who facilitated their conversation, and the diocesan Board of Trustees, including the Deans, Canon Andrea and Bishop Barry Beisner, met with the able guidance of consultant Caroline McCall (pictured here) from Frid...

  • The Soul's Journey by Kathrin Burleson

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Artist and writer Kathrin Burleson has released a new book titled The Soul’s Journey: An Artist’s Approach to the Stations of the Cross. Kathrin is a founding member of Saints Martha and Mary Episcopal Mission in Trinidad, California and is an associate of the Community of the Transfiguration, a religious community for women in The Episcopal Church. Walk the historic tradition of the Stations of the Cross in new ways.

  • A Lot of Smiles at St. John’s, Petaluma

    by Clif Hill, Chair, Discernment Committee of St. John's, Petaluma So, what’s going on these days at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Petaluma?

  • David Bridges Ordained at St. Clement's

    by the Rev. David Bridges, Deacon, St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova I am blessed to announce that my Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California took place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St.

  • St. Clement's Welcomes New Priest

    by Bobbie Keill, People's Warden, St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova The Vestry of St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova is pleased to announce that our discernment process has resulted in the appointment of our new Priest-in-Charge, the Rev.

  • Ordination at St. Timothy's, Gridley

    by the Rev. Dan Boeger, Deacon, St. Timothy's, Gridley “Every congregation should have two deacons, at least!” These are the words of Bishop Barry Beisner.

  • Concert at Saint Francis, Fair Oaks

    by Saint Francis, Fair Oaks On Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Francis Church in Fair Oaks there will be a concert to celebrate the 30 years that Saint Francis has committed to their recovery ministry. The concert is free, with a free-will offering to their Fair Oaks neighbor Clean and Sober Living.

  • Bishop Blesses St. James' Church

    by St. James Church, Lincoln On February 16, 2014 Bishop Beisner visited and offered blessings to the congregation (and building and grounds) at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Lincoln.

  • Ordinands' Retreat

    by the Ven. Cookie Clark Several ordinands gathered at Mercy Center for a retreat before their respective ordinations. The Rev.

  • Deacon Nominated - Stephen Recognition

    by the Ven. Beatryce "Cookie" Clark, Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The Rev. Cindy Long, RN, deacon at St.

  • A Tale of Two Bishops

    This article first appeared in the The Mendocino Beacon and the Fort Bragg Advocate. by Patricia Karch Episcopal Bishop Barry Beisner, & Lutheran Bishop Mark Holmerud It is no surprise that churches are facing the same economic problems as other governmental and private institutions.These hard economic times call for changes from “business as usual” to exploring the possibilities of something unique. Saint Michael’s Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Churches are beginning the process of ad...

  • Rocklin Groundbreaking

    by St. Augustine of Canterbury, Rocklin "That's why they call it Rocklin!" exclaimed Bishop Barry Beisner, as he wielded a golden spade and struggled to lift a shovel full of cobble, marking the site of the altar of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church's first building.

  • Roanridge Trust Grant

    Roanridge Trust Awards Grant For Diaconal Ministry Development In late December Bishop Barry Beisner and Deacon Phina Borgeson received word that the diocese has once again received a grant from the Roanridge Trust, this time for diaconate and community ministry development in the Semper Virens Deanery. The award of $7,050 will be used to bring trainers in community organizing and diaconal spirituality to work with a community of leaders from the congregations of the deanery. The project continu...

  • Helmuth and Warren Ordained

    by Nicole Baxley The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California welcomes the newly ordained priests, the Rev. Brad Helmuth and the Rev. Matt Warren!

  • Diocese Receives the Rev. Steven Moore

    Bishop Beisner Presides Over Steve Paul Moore’s Reception Into Holy Orders by St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Napa The Right Reverend Barry L. Beisner led a number of priests and deacons and a church full of parishioners, in rites receiving the Rev.

  • New Diocesan Opportunity

    New Dollars/New Partners Conference Kicks off New Diocesan Opportunity by The Rev. Phil Reinheimer, Priest in Charge, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Marysville An enthusiastic and inquisitive group of 18 churches and 50 persons participated in the first informational meeting of a New Dollars/New Partners proposal for our diocese.

  • Bishop's Reflection on General Convention

    Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. It is good to be home again, after twelve days away for General Convention. I trust that you have been getting all the up-to-the-minute information and analysis you may have been looking for from the combination of the Diocesan and Episcopal Church websites, and the several postings there.

  • St. Augustine Installs New Vicar

    by Barbara Woolman, Communications Committee Member, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Rocklin On Sunday, February 19, 2012, Bishop Barry Beisner officiated at the Installation and Celebration of a New Ministry for the Rev. Elizabeth Armstrong as the new Vicar at St.

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