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  • Independence Day Office Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2016. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Tuesday, July 5th.Please join us in prayer:From the Book of Common Prayer, page 816Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • Memorial Day Office Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, 2016. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Please join us in prayer: From the Book of Common Prayer, page 839 O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy.

  • A Special Easter Message from the Bishop

      Dear Friends in Christ, A few months ago, we were gathered to celebrate Christmas. In that Season, the prayer of the Church was one of profound thanks that God, who wonderfully created the dignity of human nature in the beginning, has even more wonderfully restored that dignity in the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. We were not celebrating some theological abstraction, a mere change of metaphysical status.

  • Good Friday Office Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, March 25, 2016. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Monday, March 28, 2016. To find a congregation near you, please click here.

  • A Lenten Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ, Once again it is my duty and privilege to invite you to the observance of a holy Lent. As we continue to make our on-going journey from glory to glory together, this Season now comes as an important invitation to a renewed intentionality about nurturing and deepening our spiritual life. One aid to that work that I commend to you is the current Bishop’s Book (which also happens to be the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book) I Am With You, by Kathryn Greene-McCreight.

  • MLK Day Office of the Bishop Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Special Announcement

    The Office of the Bishop is pleased to announce that Sandra Littman joined the Office of the Bishop Staff as Administrative Assistant to the Bishop on December 17, 2015. Sandra is an administrative support professional, and has been working in this field for the past fifteen years. She will be in charge of scheduling and meeting coordination for Bishop Beisner, as well as managing the Bishop's visitation calendar.

  • Veterans Day Office Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Thursday, November 12, 2015.  Please join us in prayer: Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.

  • Fire Relief & Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you. I am deeply grateful for your very generous response to the fire crisis in Northern California. Your many gifts to the Bishop's Discretionary Fund will enable our diocese to continue supporting ministries and relief efforts in the impacted communities.

  • Special Announcement

    The Office of the Bishop is pleased to announce that on June 26th Colleen Morrison joined our staff as the new Administrative Assistant to the Bishop! Colleen recently relocated from the Washington State Olympic Peninsula, where she was an active member of St. Bede Episcopal Church in Port Orchard.

  • Special Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ, Many of us awoke this morning (Thursday, June 18, 2015) to the news of yet another senseless loss of life as a result of gun violence. I do not have enough information to comment on what has happened in Charleston, South Carolina, but at this sad moment I want to, once again, affirm my commitment to work to put an end to such tragedies, and to invite you to join me in this work. Bishop Charles von Rosenberg of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has asked that we join ...

  • An Easter Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: We have recently prayed that God might help us to “enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby you have given us life and immortality;” and so we entered Holy Week. Through the Church’s traditional liturgies, we are helped to enter more fully into the Paschal Mystery, and to embrace the reality that Christ is risen. We again come to know how, in the power of the Resurrection, God is at work in our lives and in our world to restore His image in us, a...

  • Reminder: New Bishop Portraits Available

    The Bishop's new official portraits are ready to order! As you may know, Bishop Beisner sat for new official portraits with Eleakis & Elder Photography in 2014. These photos are available for order.

  • Office of the Bishop Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of President's Day on Monday, February 16, 2015. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Please join us in prayer: From the Book of Common Prayer, page 820 O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace.

  • Office of the Bishop Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The office will close beginning at noon on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will reopen on Friday, January 2, 2015. We wish you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season!

  • A Christmas Message from the Bishop

        Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. Archbishop Rowan Williams describes waiting as "the boring bit before the exciting bit." I hope that your Advent has been more than simply boring; I hope that it has helped to awaken hope for you, a hope that Christmas now comes to fulfill. These may not seem to be hopeful times.

  • Office of the Bishop Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Monday, November 30th. Please join us in prayer: From the Book of Common Prayer, page 840 We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these...

  • Bishop's 2015 YAYA Pilgrimage

    A message from the Bishop... Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. I am writing to remind you of the strong commitment that this diocese has had, and continues to have, to youth and young adult ministry, and to thank you for helping to make that a reality.

  • Special Announcement

    Dear Friends, It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I let you know that I am in transition. My husband, the Rev. Bryon Hansen has been called as Senior Pastor for Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Seattle, Washington.

  • A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you as we enter a new Season of the Church year and of our journey together.The Season of Easter now ends, but the work of bearing witness to Christ's Resurrection continues. Jesus sends us, as He was sent, to continue His work of reconciliation in the world. We are partners with God in God's mission.

  • Office of the Bishop Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed for Staff Development Day on Thursday, June 12, 2014. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Friday, June 13, 2014. Please join us in prayer: From the Book of Common Prayer, page 818 Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel for the renewal and mission of your Church.

  • An Easter Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. It was not very long ago that we all received the Church's invitation to the observance of a holy Lent. I hope that this Season and its disciplines have been an aid to your spiritual health and growth.

  • Special Announcement: YAYA Ministries

    Dear Friends in Ministry, A little over four years ago, during a time of great transition in our diocese, it was my pleasure to accept the call to serve as the diocesan Youth & Young Adult Ministries (YAYA) Coordinator. Throughout my ministry in this diocese, I have been blessed to grow in relationship with a wide variety of wonderfully dedicated lay, ordained, paid and volunteer ministers. Together we have experienced numerous blessings, challenges and successes.

  • Office of the Bishop Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2013. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Please join us in prayer: From the Book of Common Prayer, page 210 Almighty God, who hast so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return f...

  • Special Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. When the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals acts in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision today, same-gender marriages will once again be legally possible in California. Our state would then resume its position with a growing number of states that extend the right of marriage to all their citizens.

  • A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: We have been celebrating the realities of Christ rising and ascending, and what it means to be such a community. Now comes the season of Pentecost, Christ's promise fulfilled, and the further unfolding of God's agenda in our lives. Gerard Manley Hopkins says of one of the fruits of the Spirit, Peace, "He comes with work to do...".

  • An Easter Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: At last Lent has ended. The events of Holy Week will reach their climax, and, “Alleluia” will return to the Church. Of course, it did not go far.

  • Bishop's Conference 2013

    The Rt. Rev. Barry L.

  • A Christmas Message from the Bishop

      Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. God help us all to find the peace promised to us, the peace that surpasses understanding, in this time of deep sorrow and mourning. The recent senseless murders of so many, including so many little ones, in Newtown, Connecticut leave us praying hard for such peace.

  • An Advent Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: Black Friday. Cyber Monday. The relentless commercial countdown is well underway.

  • Seeking Bible Challenge Volunteer

    by Nicole Baxley, Office Manager & News Editor The Bible Challenge is off to a great start! We have close to 300 people currently signed up, and we expect closer to 2,000 by the kick-off on Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2013. We are overjoyed with this wonderful response from our diocese and this response provides a wonderful ministry opportunity.

  • Bishop Comments on CA Same Sex Marriage Ruling

  • 2013 Holy Land Pilgrimage

    The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner and his wife, the Rev.

  • Bishop Sends Message of Thanksgiving

    Dear Friends in Christ: This week, many of us will pray together the Collect for Thanksgiving Day. In that prayer, we do what one would expect on such an occasion: we give thanks for God’s providence to us, realized especially in “the fruits of the earth“ and “the labors of those who harvest them.” But this great prayer doesn’t stop there. It goes on to ask God’s assistance in making us faithful stewards of what God has provided, and helping us to take special care to provide for the poor in tur...

  • 2012 Visitation Schedule

    All Clergy in charge are asked to check Bishop Beisner's Sunday Visitation Schedule for 2012 to see whether your church is listed. Click here to view a PDF of the Bishop's Visitation Schedule. The Bishop is required to visit all congregations within the Diocese at least once every three years (Canon III.12.3a.) Because of the size of our Diocese, most churches are not visited more than once every other year.

  • Words of Gratitude from Aotearoa

    by Caitlin Gutenberger, Communications Coordinator Through the Bishop's Discretionary Fund, the Diocese of Northern California was able to donate $1000 to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal - a fundraiser effort for the regions affected by the devastating 2011 Christchurch Earthquake. This money will go to the greatest areas of need as determined by local bishops in New Zealand. The diocese recently received a later of thanks from the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and local archbishops fo...

  • Bishop Beisner's Post-Sabbatical Message

    This message appeared in the June issue of the Aurora Clergy e-News. Click here to read the full newsletter. Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ!  I write this to you on my first day back in the office.

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