In and Around Our Diocese

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  • October 2017 Fires

    For specific information about fires burning in California, and evacuation updates, please visit CalFire's website. Cal Fire also has a Facebook page and Twitter updates.Most Gracious God: Hear our prayer for all whose lives are impacted by this crisis. Shield and deliver all emergency responders;  give wisdom and guide those in authority; watch over all who have been forced to evacuate, and all who wait with uncertainty.

  • River City Food Bank Opening Second Location

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorRiver City Food Bank, 1800 28th St., Sacramento, is opening a second food distribution center at The Center at St. Matthew's in Arden Arcade later this month.  Bishop Barry Beisner, in a statement welcoming the addition to St.

  • A Dream Survives - and Thrives - in Vacaville

    By the Ven. Cookie Clark and Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorIt’s Friday afternoon and the kitchen is buzzing. A group from a local Vacaville congregation is preparing 350 meals.

  • Who Was Warren Dunning?

    Warren Dunning was a great proponent for social justice. Besides being the founder of the Community Meals Program at Epiphany Episcopal Church, he was a board member for the Solano Interfaith Council, a board member for Heather House, Vice President of Episcopal Community Services of Northern California, Board Member of Camp Noel Porter, and with his wife of 50 years, Margaret, acted as the disaster coordinators for the Diocese of Northern California.David Deerfeeder of Vacaville remembered Dunn...

  • Summer of Episcopal Love: Youth Lead the Way

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorFor some, it was a full summer of participation in several youth events offered by our diocese, other dioceses and the larger Episcopal Church. For some, it was summer camp, either at Camp Living Waters in Humboldt County (see story here), St. Dorothy's Rest, Bishop's Ranch or Camp Galilee on Lake Tahoe.

  • St. George's, Carmichael, Helping Afghan Refugees

    By Lani Marks Hahn and Merle Crawford, parishioners at St. George’s, Carmichael"In Afghanistan I lived in fear every day that I would be killed because I worked for the United States military for 13 years.” These were the words of Maqbool, one of the Afghan refugees that St. George’s Episcopal Church in Carmichael, California has tried to help.

  • Pamela Anderson: New Friends & My 'Knight in Shining Armor'

    A travel memoir from the Rev. Pamela Anderson, Adult Ministries Director at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento A couple weeks ago I was in Austria, and I decided to go to Bratislava, Slovakia for dinner one night. It's only an hour by train so I thought...

  • Lessons in Love Over Hate from Charlottesville

    By the Rev. James RichardsonThe recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, struck especially close. Seeing photographs of young men holding torches and giving Nazi salutes directly across the street from my former church, St.

  • Reading the Bible at Camp

    By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation CoordinatorWhen she couldn't hide him any longer, she got a little basket-boat made of papyrus, waterproofed it with tar and pitch and placed the child in it. Then she set it afloat in the reeds at the edge of the Nile.

  • Is God Calling You to Ministry?

    Have you or  someone in your congregation been trying to determine what their role in serving God and neighbor should be? Your Archdeacons in this diocese will once again be conducting a highly successful workshop series to assist individuals in the process of discernment, beginning Saturday, Sept. 16, at Church of the Epiphany,  Vacaville. Discernment is the process of clarifying what God is calling us as individuals to do.

  • Our Saviour, Placerville: A Pilgrimage Back to Their Roots

    The Rev. Deb Sabino, rector at Our Saviour, Placerville, and Deacon Stephen made a local and unusual pilgrimage last month; they attempted to retrace the paths Church of Our Savior, Placerville, founder Charles Caleb Peirce walked as the “Apostle of El Dorado County.” Their walk took them to Kelsey, Georgetown, Cool and Greenwood.The Rev. Deb and Deacon Stephen’s pilgrimage, from the perspective of Rev.

  • Mary Taggart - Destined to Become a Deacon

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorBorn into an Episcopal family, the Rev. Mary Heller Taggart grew up going to church - first in California and then in Connecticut, where she spent much of her adolescent and adult life.In 1976, St. Paul's, Healdsburg, became Taggart's new home parish when she and her husband moved to California.

  • How Are the Poor?

    By the Rev. Pam Gossard, Deacon at Christ Church, Eureka"It’s not a coincidence that in the Scriptures, poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times. It’s not an accident.

  • Pathways 2017: Small Steps, Big Results

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorA great movement doesn’t always begin with great big steps. And the youth of the Diocese of Northern California are discovering that when it comes to racial reconciliation and environmental justice, the small steps they are taking may help others to understand what it takes to break down the barriers and truly become the family of God.From June 19-23, 24 youth ages 14-18 joined with nine young adult leaders and 12 older leaders, t...

  • Clergy, Conversation and Community

    By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator On May 23-25, clergy of all ages, minstries, congregations and walks of life came together at The Bishop's Ranch, for what the Ven. Gary Brown, deacon at Emmanuel, Grass Valley, described as "definitely one of the better clergy conferences."The keynote speaker was Dr. Ellen Davis of Duke Divinity School who spoke on the Old Testament and how to preach it in a way that is relevant to our lives today From left: The Rev.

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