Sharing the Light

Sharing the Light

by the Rev. Canon Britt Olson, Canon to the Ordinary of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

Our congregation in Vacaville is named for the Feast and Season of Epiphany. They have a simple mission statement tied to their name and identity:

See the Light * Be the Light * Share the Light

In the darkness of the challenges facing the Church, we certainly need to keep looking for the light. During this season, after Epiphany, I have been touched by the Light of Christ in numerous ways.

On the Second Sunday in Epiphany, Grace Church, Wheatland blessed two dozen prayer shawls for the Veteran’s Home in Yountville. They also donated a dozen stoles and three chasubles for the clergy in the Diocese of Ezo in South Sudan. Finally, they helped organize and participated in an ecumenical program honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their small town. The light is shining!

An exciting new light is developing in Fort Bragg. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran (ELCA) have agreed to form a joint Call Committee to search for a shared priest or pastor who will minister to and with both congregations. They want to be the Light of Christ in their community and are willing to collaborate to make that happen.

In this month's Diocesan e-News, you will read about the dedication of the “first church” for St. Augustine, Rocklin. This is remarkable as it will be the second brand new church building we have completed in this diocese in the past 5 years!

Sharing the Light is a focus for our Board of Trustees this year. One of the four goals they adopted at their Annual Retreat in January, is to increase our ability to share the good news of God in Christ. I spent an evening recently in Napa doing “Pub Theology” with a group of young adults who are serious about their faith and trying to discern how they are called to live that out in the world.

There is not time or space to tell of the power of a community’s healing prayer on behalf of a beloved member and her family at St. Nicholas, Paradise or the financial support for a member of St. Luke’s, Auburn who will be traveling to Liberia on a mission trip with the Liberian School Project, supported by many in our diocese, or the work of Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermann from Holy Trinity, Nevada City who have received the "Unsung Heroes" award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama for their work among the Batwa Pygmies in Bwindi, Uganda.

Every day the people of this diocese live and walk as “children of the Light.” It is my constant privilege and joy to see, be and share that Light with you.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Susan Van Dyke wrote:
Britt -

The light shines through and in you!

Thank you for all you are and do,
Susan Van Dyke

Tue, February 25, 2014 @ 5:28 PM

2. amy dierlam wrote:
Love the "light" stories shared here! It is inspiring and uplifting! Help us all to see the "light" in our lives each and every day and to be thankful of that light.

Tue, February 25, 2014 @ 9:36 PM

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