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  • Lively Fellowship with Retired Clergy

    by the Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor, Chaplain to Retired Clergy and Surviving Spouses, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On Friday, April 29th, retired clergy from around the diocese enjoyed a delicious lunch with Bishop Beisner at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Napa.

  • Godly Play Children's Ministry Conference

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On August 11-13, 2016, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, will host a Godly Play Training and Children’s Ministry Conference. There are scholarships and grants available to support congregations who want to bolster their Godly Play program, begin a Godly Play program or who want to explore or begin other forms of children’s ministry (regardless of the size and make-up of you...

  • 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...

  • Reconciliation and the Jesus Movement

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California 2016 Congregational Leadership Conferences: Anti-Racism Training and Beyond In February 2016, 300 lay and clergy leaders from across the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California participated in anti-racism trainings. Responding to the urgent call to address racial reconciliation in The Episcopal Church, the diocese made anti-racism training the sole focus of this year's Congregational Leadership Conferences, training its diocesan leaders in th...

  • Daughters of the King Spring Assembly

    by Mary Mussell, President, Daughters of the King of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California; Member, St. Francis' Episcopal Church, Fair Oaks The Order of the Daughters of the King will have their Spring Assembly on Monday, April 16, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Retired Clergy Luncheon April 29th

    by the Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor,  Chaplain to Retired Clergy and Surviving Spouses, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Bishop Invites Retired Clergy, Spouses and Partners to Lunch April 29th Retired clergy in our diocese are a cherished resource. They and their spouses and partners are invited to join Bishop Barry Beisner for a special luncheon at St.

  • 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.

  • School for Deacons Inquirer’s Day 2016

    by the Ven. Cookie Clark, Archdeacon, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California; Deacon, Epiphany Episcopal Church, Vacaville The School for Deacons Annual Inquirer’s Day 2016 is Saturday, March 12th from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • New Lay Ministry License Descriptions

    by Mary R. Davy, Lay Ministry Chairperson, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The Committee on Lay Ministry has updated the lay ministry license descriptions for our diocese. These revised descriptions include information about discerning a call to these ministries and provide lists of training and study resources for those preparing themselves for these ministries.

  • Camp Galilee March Event in Folsom

    by the Rev. Todd Bruce, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Folsom; Secretary, Camp Noel Porter Board of Directors Ready to learn more about the Camp Galilee/Camp Noel Porter 2016 Summer Programs? Meet Camp Galilee's Executive Director on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

  • 2016 Deacons' Retreat with the Bishop

    by the Ven. Gary Brown and the Ven. Cookie Clarke, Archdeacons, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The Ven.

  • Listen for Change at Trinity Cathedral

    by Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice: Listen for a Change Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento will host “Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice: Listen for a Change,” a six-week series of sacred and respectful conversations around race. There is no charge for this series designed to help us better understand racial tensions in the Sacramento area and our country, so that we can respond in an informed and compassionate way. Thursday, February 4th will be...

  • 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.

  • Retired Clergy Lunch with the Bishop

    by the Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor, Chaplain to Retired Clergy and Surviving Spouses, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California A convivial group of retired clergy and spouses joined Bishop Barry Beisner (and myself) for a brief Eucharist and delicious catered lunch at beautiful St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Rocklin on November 30th.

  • Faith Formation at Diocesan Convention

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California “Faith formation is about making space and drawing people together to share and heal old pains, and discern together new possibilities. In doing so, we need to trust the leaders that God gives us and recognize our own leadership.” “The vehicle used is not as important as the relationships that are formed. The Holy Spirit works to bring us together.” “How can we provide deeper sharing experience...

  • Camp Noel Porter Winter Update

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California In the November 12, 2015 issue of the Aurora Clergy e-Newsletter, Bishop Barry Beisner addressed the financial challenges currently facing Camp Noel Porter. “This is a complex matter that will receive focused effort, as we work to discern what the partnership between the diocese, Camp Noel Porter and St. Nicholas', Tahoe City will look like,” said the Bishop.

  • Commission on Ministry Website Updates

    by Lisa Sargent, Ordination Process Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The long awaited Commission on Ministry website update are complete! If you are: · Clergy discerning whether someone in your congregation may be hearing a call to ordained ministry; · A layperson discerning whether you are hearing a call from God to ordained ministry; · Or a postulant on the ordination path….. The information you need is now available on the Diocesan website, and accessible from the com...

  • 2015 Diocesan Fire Updates

      Please Join Us in Prayer for All Those Who Are Suffering Due to Fires Burning in Our Diocese, Throughout California and Around the World Please Especially Pray for the Men and Women Who are Called to Fight Fires We ask for your prayers for the continued safety of the communities that have been impacted by fires and the work they are doing to support those in need. We ask for special prayers for those who are experiencing grief, loss and anxiety. Please especially pray for those who have b...

  • Just Mercy: Bishop's Fall Book Selection

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Below are a few suggestions and resources for ways in which we can learn together from Bishop Beisner’s book selection for this fall, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. If you use any of these resources, or develop your own, please share them with Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, at anne@norcalepiscopal.org, so that we can all learn from your experience! Suggestions and Resour...

  • Safer Church Training in Davis

    by Safe Church, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Safe Church policy training is being offered on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin in Davis. For ministries involving children, pastoral care or church administration, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California requires this training to help prevent child abuse, sexual exploitation and sexual harassment.

  • Welcoming the Stranger Task Force

    by Lynn Zender, Member, Episcopal Church of St. Martin, Davis On August 20, 2015, Bishop Barry Beisner met with the newly formed Welcoming the Stranger Task Force of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The task force grew out of a resolution passed at the 2014 Diocesan Convention. Resolution R6-14: Welcoming the Stranger was a response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States, involving children and women fleeing from pervasive violence in the countri...

  • Ministries, Networking and the Asset Map

    by Ethan Lowery, Asset Map and US Disaster Intern, Episcopal Relief & Development What is going on at the church across town? Is your church’s garden being used to grow food for any community outreach efforts? Who else in the country sends their high schoolers to the Standing Rock reservation for service trips?

  • Epiphany Receives Jubilee Grant

    by Warren Dunning, Member, Epiphany Episcopal Church, Vacaville; Jubilee Ministry Officer, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Each year The Episcopal Church receives applications and awards grants to Jubilee Centers. Jubilee Centers are churches that are recognized and celebrated for engaging in outreach ministry activities and advocacy. There are currently nine Jubilee Centers in The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, and over 600 throughout The Episcopal Church.

  • 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.

  • Serving Our Partners in Honduras

    by the Rev. Andrea Baker, Assistant Rector, Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park Bishop Barry Beisner asked me to represent The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California at The Episcopal Diocese of Honduras’ annual convention in Tela, Honduras on May 23, 2015. This was my first visit to Honduras in four years, and it was a wonderful reunion with old friends and colleagues, as well as an opportunity to rekindle our partner diocese relationship.

  • Discernment Workshop August 2015

    by the Ven. Gary Brown and the Ven. Cookie Clark, Archdeacons, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California We are pleased to be offering Discernment Workshops beginning on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.

  • 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...

  • Bishop Beisner's Freedom Ride Prayer

    by the Rt. Rev. Barry L.

  • On the Road to General Convention

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On June 22nd, members of The Episcopal Church from across the nation and the world will begin their descent on Salt Lake City, Utah for the 78th Annual General Convention. Among them will be members of the NorCal Deputation, representing The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Pictured here, from left to right, are members of the NorCal Deputation, starting with the back row: Jim Jordan, the Very Rev.

  • Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator

    by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Hello from your new Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator! I have really enjoyed these first few weeks getting to know our diocese in a new way. From Clergy Conference to the College for Congregational Development to meeting people inside and outside the Office of the Bishop, I have felt warmly welcomed and grateful for all the interesting conversations I have had so far.

  • Sister Diana Ordained to the Priesthood

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The Rev. Sr. Diana Doncaster was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on May 7, 2015 at the Chapel of the Transfiguration in Cincinnati, OH.

  • 2015 School for Deacons Graduation

    by the Ven. Gary Brown, Archdeacon, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California; Deacon, St. John's, Marysville The 35th Annual Commencement for the Episcopal School for Deacons (SFD) was conducted on May 10, 2015, in the Denniston Refectory of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific(CDSP).

  • Why Beauty Matters

    by Jim Jordan, Member, Shepard by the Sea, Gualala A forum titled "Why Beauty Matters: Not Just in Art but in Politics and Society," featuring David Gioia, will be presented on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gualala Arts Center. Sponsored by Shepherd by the Sea Episcopal Church in Gualala, David Gioia will present his views and ideas about the place of beauty in our lives, reading his poems and interacting in informal discussion.

  • Congregational Leaders Meet in Eureka

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California A lively group of lay and clergy leaders gathered at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka on Saturday, April 11th for the northwest Congregational Leadership Conference. Bishop Barry Beisner welcomed attendees and led Morning Prayer in the beautiful nave of Christ Church, and introduced the 2015 Bible Challenge. The Rev.

  • Diocesan Generosity Continues

    by Jane Snibbe, Diocesan Coordinator, Episcopal Relief & Development We have recently received the totals for the 2014 donations to Episcopal Relief & Development from The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. With great thanks to parishes and individuals, your generosity continues! In 2014, 927 donors (both parishes and individuals) gave a total of $109,341.29 for domestic disaster relief and international development in four key areas: hunger and food supply; economic opportunities...

  • Special Book Signing with the Bishop

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Artist and writer Kathrin Burleson released her new book The Soul’s Journey: An Artist’s Approach to the Stations of the Cross in November 2014, which features Kathrin’s paintings and reflections on her creative process and spiritual journey. Bishop Barry Beisner will join Kathrin for a special book signing event at the The Cathedral Bookshop at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 6-7:00 p.m. What: Book Signing Event ...

  • New Tool Unveiled: Episcopal Asset Map

    by Margaret Dunning, Disaster Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The Episcopal Church Rolls Out New Tool for Evangelism, Outreach and Disaster Mitigation On March 10, 2015, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development announced a joint venture that has produced a dynamic tool that will enable every diocese to highlight and enrich their local ministries, as well as increase evangelism, outreach and disaster preparedness. The tool is cal...

  • Engaging CLC in Redding

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The second Congregational Leadership Conference (CLC) was held on Saturday, February 28th at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Redding and was a great success. 45 people gathered from across the Northwest corner of the diocese to focus on evangelism and to learn best practices for congregational leaders. One first-time attendee shared that the entire experience was enjoyable and that they now had a lot of new information to digest and take back to th...

  • Youth Serve in North Sacramento

    by Sierra Service Project Over two weekends, January 16th-18th and February 13th-15th, nearly 100 volunteers have gathered to serve the community of North Sacramento and put their faith into action in 2015. Over half of these volunteers came from seven different Episcopal churches from The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Youth and adults worked with groups from other churches in North Sacramento, as part of Sierra Service Project’s Weekends of Service program.

  • Successful CLC in Cameron Park

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The first 2015 Congregational Leadership Conference (CLC) was held at Faith Episcopal Church Cameron Park on Saturday, February 21st and was a huge success! With 106 people in attendance, the church was filled with congregational leaders eager to engage in trainings on Episcopal Evangelism, sharing our stories, financial best practices, vestry organization and disaster preparedness. The event at Faith, Cameron Park was the first of four regional ev...

  • Living Stones Meets in San Antonio

    by Pat Harik, Living Stones Coordinator for The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and the Rev. Kay Rohde, Ministry Development Coordinator for The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California The annual Living Stones Meeting was held in San Antonio, TX on February 7-10, 2015. Representing The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California at this year’s very interactive and engaging Living Stones Meeting were: Bishop Barry Beisner; the Rev.

  • Spring Lectures with Bishop N.T. Wright

    by the Rev. Peter Rodgers, Vicar, St. Andrew's, Antelope; Supervising Pastor, Center for Bible Study Tickets are now on sale for the Rt.

  • Women in Leadership at Winter Talk

    by Patricia Heinicke, Member, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento and Intercultural Ministries Commission The Province VIII Indigenous People’s Network held its annual Winter Talk in Reno, Nevada on January 16-18, 2015. Attending from The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California were the Rev. Lewis "Sitting Panther" Powell, Deacon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley and Indigenous Ministries Missioner, and Patricia Heinicke, member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento.

  • Diocesan Leaders Discern and Plan

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California On January 22-25, 2015, Mercy Center Auburn was the setting for diocesan leadership planning and discernment for The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The Deans of the diocese met on Thursday and Friday with Canon Andrea McMillin who facilitated their conversation, and the diocesan Board of Trustees, including the Deans, Canon Andrea and Bishop Barry Beisner, met with the able guidance of consultant Caroline McCall (pictured here) from Frid...

  • Lenten Feast: A Spiritual Retreat

    by the Rev. Dr. Joe Duggan, Priest-in-Charge, St.

  • Renewal of Ministry Celebration

    by St. John's, Petaluma Please join the people of St. John's Episcopal Church in Petaluma on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Mindful Eating One-Day Retreat

    by the Rev. Anne McKeever, Associate, St. Paul's, Sacramento Join us for a free event to learn about Mindful Eating via prayer, meditation, discussion and free healthy snacks!

  • Domestic Violence Awareness

    by the Rev. Davis Ferrell, Deacon, Holy Trinity, Nevada City October was Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic Violence is a subject that is often avoided, especially within the church.

  • The Soul's Journey by Kathrin Burleson

    by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Artist and writer Kathrin Burleson has released a new book titled The Soul’s Journey: An Artist’s Approach to the Stations of the Cross. Kathrin is a founding member of Saints Martha and Mary Episcopal Mission in Trinidad, California and is an associate of the Community of the Transfiguration, a religious community for women in The Episcopal Church. Walk the historic tradition of the Stations of the Cross in new ways.

  • David Bridges Ordained at St. Clement's

    by the Rev. David Bridges, Deacon, St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova I am blessed to announce that my Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California took place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St.

  • Spiritual Feast at Bishop's Ranch

    by The Bishop's Ranch A five day spiritual feast has been prepared for you! The retreat called "The Feast" will be held January 5-9, 2015 at The Bishop's Ranch retreat and conference center in Healdsburg. This retreat is a modified Ignatian retreat that offers time for silence, communal prayer, daily spiritual direction and Eucharist.

  • Education for Ministry 2014 Graduation

    by Sally Rooney, Education for Ministry Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California I attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Woodland and have served as the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California's Coordinator of Education for Ministry (EfM) for the past three years. It has been a humbling experience to work so closely with other committed Christians in this journey, and to encounter over and again the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

  • 2014 MDG Grant Process Now Open

    by the Rev. Lucretia Jevne, Chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California's Millennium Development Goals Committee, Priest in Partnership, St. Brigid's, Rio Vista Thanks to the generosity of the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, 0.7% of our diocesan income is reserved for grants to congregations to help make poverty in the world a thing of the past, by supporting projects that fulfill the Millennium Development Goals (a full list of these goals appears at the e...

  • A Tale of Two Bishops

    This article first appeared in the The Mendocino Beacon and the Fort Bragg Advocate. by Patricia Karch Episcopal Bishop Barry Beisner, & Lutheran Bishop Mark Holmerud It is no surprise that churches are facing the same economic problems as other governmental and private institutions.These hard economic times call for changes from “business as usual” to exploring the possibilities of something unique. Saint Michael’s Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Churches are beginning the process of ad...

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