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  • Transformative Circles

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as the Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, thus far, has been seeing all the surprising commonalities that we all share, even as unique congregations spread out across Northern California. One of those beautifully mundane commonalities is the closet, rack or pile of folding chairs present in every church. They’re always the source of a littl...

  • 2016 Pilgrims in the Holy Land

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Bishop Barry Beisner and Bishop Greg Rickel, of The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, returned this week after leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for bishops, ordinands and newly ordained clergy in The Episcopal Church in January 2016. Members of The Episcopal Dioceses of Northern California, Olympia and Arizona were among the pilgrims. "I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this life-changing trip," shares Anne Clarke, Lifelong Chris...

  • Expanding the Guest List

    by the Rev. Karen Siegfriedt, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek; Reading: Mark 9:30-37 Proper 20/B Jesus said: “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9) Have you ever had to make up a guest list, deciding whom to invite and whom to leave off the list? It can be quite difficult, especially when space and resources are limited.

  • Growing in Friendship

    by the Rev. Dr. Jenni Liem,Vicar, St.

  • Diocesan Holy Week Celebrations

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Holy Week is the week before Easter, beginning with the Sunday of the Passion or Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are known as the "Triduum," and the liturgies on these days commemorate the events leading up to Jesus' resurrection. Holy Week ends with the Easter Vigil, usually celebrated at sundown the night before Easter.

  • Spring Cleaning

    by the Rev. Lesley McCloghrie, Associate, Christ Church, Eureka We have all been invited into the observance of a holy Lent. This invitation, which comes to us from the greater Church, provides us with a time of preparation, a time to prepare ourselves before we enter into the tumultuous events of Holy Week and Easter.

  • Knowing Easter Joy In the Midst of Grief

    by the Very Rev. Larry Holben, Priest in Charge at St. Barnabas', Mount Shasta and Dean of the Alta California Deanery Two days before the Third Sunday of Easter, a beloved member of St.

  • Gracefully Found

    “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” by the Rev. Todd Bruce, Rector at Trinity Church, Folsom In this past Sunday's reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke (Luke 15:1-10), Jesus is again dining with the scribes and the Pharisees, the local religious authorities, and they are not in a good mood.

  • Pentecost XII/ Proper 14

    August 16th, 2013 by the Rev. Christy Laborda Harris The Gospel for the twelfth Sunday of Pentecost (Luke 12:32-40) this year began with Jesus saying to his disciples, “ ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom’ ” (Luke 12:32, New Revised Standard Version). This is a solid start to any passage, right?

  • 'Nothing but' misses the point

    by the Rev. Canon Frank S. Logue, the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, from Sermons that Work Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21; John 14:8-17, (25-27) The Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ first followers on Pentecost, empowering the frightened pack of disciples to become a brazen bunch of evangelists.

  • Mary Magdalene as an Opera Diva?

    Seven years ago, New York composer Mark Adamo was struck reading Joan Acocela’s article in The New Yorker on Mary Magdalene in which the tensions of the early church and the diversity of perspectives on this pivotal New Testament figure were sketched. Adamo was captivated by the Mary Magdalene he discerned within the article, a disciple who might have best understood Jesus’ message, and a woman whose passions were part of her path towards spirituality, not away from it. The project consumed his ...

  • Walking toward Good Friday

    by the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey, D.

  • The Socks Project

    "…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…I was naked and you gave me clothing." Matthew 25:35-36a What do you do when cold, rainy weather leaves you with wet shoes, wet socks, and cold feet? Those of us who are fortunate go home and change into some dry socks and shoes or slippers, and turn up the heat. Our brothers and sisters who live on the street do not have that luxury.

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