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  • Pneuma Conference 2016

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, Episcopal Diocese of Northern CaliforniaAre you looking for some new Christian education ideas and inspiration, or is there an existing or emerging leader in your congregation who would benefit from some investment in their gifts for ministry? Registration is open for the 2016 Pneuma Conference this fall at Bishop’s Ranch What: 2016 Pneuma Conference When: October 17-20, 2016 Where: The Bishop's Ranch 5297 Wests...

  • Godly Play Conference, Grant Opportunity

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Some of us have used the language of Godly Play to tell the story of the Risen Christ during this Easter Season, a story which calls us to join disciples as they learn to “Know Jesus in a New Way.” My favorite moment of that story is when we’re invited into Thomas and the disciples’ doubt and wonder: "And why wouldn’t he have some doubt? Their minds were stretching, stretching to be big e...

  • Successful Collaboration

    by the Very Rev. Daniel Green, Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Petaluma; Dean, Russian River Deanery On Saturday, April 16th the Russian River Deanery held a very successful spring convocation.

  • 2016 CDSP Youth Ministry Symposium

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The Fourth Annual Youth Ministry Symposium at Church Divinity School of the Pacific will be held on April 9, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This year's focus is on the challenges young people face when they become aware of their own economic, racial, gender, and political privilege in the context of mission trips and service projects.

  • 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...

  • Responding to Refugees Online Training

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California A new learning opportunity is being offered through ChurchNext called Responding to Refugees with Allison Duvall, Program Manager for Episcopal Migration Ministries. Learn about refugees, resettlement, and how Christians might consider, and relieve, their plight. Allison Duvall  invites us to understand and come alongside those whom the Bible asks us to care for.

  • 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.

  • Freedom Ride: Taking it Home

    by Anne Clarke, Co-Leader, 2015 Freedom Ride; Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On Friday, July 17th our diocesan pilgrims looked for ways to bring this experience home to Northern California and heard from young members of the NAACP in North Carolina, who talked to us about the power of organizing and of the community in struggling against oppression. Below are resources to guide discussions of these issues in our communities here in No...

  • 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...

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