In and Around Our Diocese

  • 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...

  • A Message from Archdeacon Gary Brown

    Subject: March 24 RallyI am not generally a believer in the effectiveness of rallies, marches, etc., but I have had enough of kids being shot without any kind of response from our increasingly ineffective government at all levels. I am not an advocate for eliminating guns, but we need to do something as a nation and we need to do it soon. Therefore I am joining the march on the Capitol in Sacramento which is being set up by youth who would like their school experience to be one of safety, a...

  • A Love for Jesus that Transcends Words

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorApplying the Episcopal Church’s motto that all are welcome, the Rev. Sarah Quinney, priest-in-charge at St. James, Lincoln, is seeing how implementing the Special Needs Ministry at St.

  • Dave Rickert: Builds on His Past to Envision the Future

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorSince the Rev. Dave Rickert was ordained a transitional deacon in June 2017, "I actually have enjoyed jumping around," he says, both figuratively and literally. He's been splitting his time between Trinity, Folsom and St.

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