In and Around Our Diocese

  • Sharing stories from those impacted by the Camp Fire

    “This is the third evacuation I’ve experienced in 12 years. I didn’t know how serious the fire was going to be at that point, so I did drive my family to school, but when we got to the school, everybody was turning around. That was my sign that this was a serious evacuation.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lisa Biersch Cole: The Twists and Turns to Her Ordination

    By Lori Korleski RichardsonLisa Biersch Cole, who will be ordained to the priesthood at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Trinity, Sonoma, was a busy mom and marketing-advertising professional who had never thought of herself in the role of a priest when her spiritual leader suggested she might be called to preach.

  • Pilgrims Confront Environmental Issues, Seeking Peace Through Justice

    By Anna Wiley, Communications InternDuring the week of the 2018 Pathways Youth Pilgrimage, participants engaged with truths from California's history and listened to each other's stories and perspectives. This year, the 70 Pathways participants and leaders hailed from all over Northern California, from Eureka to Yuba City to Benicia. They traveled to Marin Headlands and Angel Island, and hosted a variety of speakers and educators on the Sonoma State University campus.

  • Going to General Convention 2018: Charis Hill

    (Third Lay Deputy)This will be my first General Convention as a Deputy, but I have attended General Convention three other times in a couple different capacities. I attended via the Young Adult Festival (YAF) in 2009 and 2012, and I attended as a visitor and volunteer in 2015. My trip to the Young Adult Festival in 2009 was actually my college graduation present.

  • Going to General Convention 2018: The Rev. Lewis Powell

    (Third Clergy Delegate) My focus is on Racial Justice and Reconciliation ... also issues that impact on indigenous people and those dealing with the Doctrine of Discovery. (According to Wikipedia, the doctrine has been primarily used to support decisions invalidating or ignoring native possession of land in favor of colonial or post-colonial governments.)This is actually my first General Convention as a deputy.

  • Going to General Convention 2018: James Jordan Jr.

    (First Lay Alternate)I volunteered at GC1985 (when Edmund Browning was elected Presiding Bishop). Represented the Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology, and Faith and volunteered at GC006 (when Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected) and at GC2009. Served as Lay Deputy at GC2015 (joyfully voting to confirm Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop), and will serve as First Alternate Lay Deputy at GC2018.GC2015 was very exciting.

  • Going to General Convention 2018: The Rev. James Richardson

    (Third Clergy Alternate)This will be my fourth General Convention as an alternate since 1997, making me possibly the senior alternate at General Convention. One of the advantages of being an alternate is I can float around to different committee hearings rather than being tied down to a single panel. At the last General Convention, in Salt Lake City, I primarily focused on proposals concerning faith formation and seminary education, and offered testimony as a trustee of the Church School of...

  • A General Convention as Diverse as the Church

    Northern California deputies and alternates, from left: Myles Clarke, the Rev. Lewis Powell, the Rev. James Richardson, the Very Rev.

  • Christ Church, Eureka, Welcomes New Rector

    Photograph posted by Christina StreveyBy Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director The Rev. Dr. Daniel DeForest London is steeped in Christian spirituality, having recently completed his thesis on the spiritual response to suffering in the Gospel of John.And the new rector of Christ Church, Eureka, was surprised and pleased that there were several small groups in the church that were devoted to spiritual disciplines.

  • The Belfry Seeks New Executive Director

    The Belfry campus ministry in Davis California is seeking an executive director.  The Belfry is a 40-year-old campus ministry for UC Davis undergraduates and graduates.  In addition to its ministry to students, it operates the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, an intentional Christian community of young adults engaged in a year of volunteer service in the Sacramento region.

  • After the Fires, A New Rector for Kenwood

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorThe Rev. Doyle Dietz Allen knows all about heat, having grown up in Texas, and coming from Tucson, Arizona, where she was called to be assistant to the rector at St. Alban's in 2013 after being ordained in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • 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...

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