Diocesan Committee Structure
The Commission for Intercultural Ministries seeks to help our worshiping communities live into our Christian values as articulated in our Baptismal Covenant. This includes welcoming and appreciating the diversity of the people among and around us. This diversity goes beyond ethnicity and race and includes differences in religious backgrounds, family systems, ages, and sexual orientations.
Who We Are
The commission is comprised of faithful Episcopalians, both lay and clergy, who are committed to promoting the cultural wealth of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The Commission for Intercultural Ministries fosters communications between relevant ministries in The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. These include Black Ministries, Latinx/Hispanic ministries, Asiamerican, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, and Welcoming the Stranger ministries.
What We Do
The Commission for Intercultural Ministries has no agenda except to help local congregations respond to the promptings of the Spirit in building bridges between cultures. We offer guest preaching and racial reconciliation training. We help people understand the Doctrine of Discovery. We help to nurture emerging ministries. Our “tool kit” consists of our individual career experiences and the learning we have derived from listening attentively and respectfully to each other. This committee oversees Welcoming the Stranger.
The Commission started publishing a bi-monthly newsletter that provides resources for Becoming Beloved Community.
Does this ministry call you? If the Spirit is prompting you to work toward creating the Beloved Community at your church, in your community or in the Diocese and you would like more information about our Ministry, please contact us at NorCalCIM@gmail.com
The Commission is integrating the Becoming Beloved Community vision into the various Commission areas of focus through utilization of The Episcopal Church’s resources and ministries including the The Way of Love, Creating the Beloved Community and Racial Healing and Reconciliation/Dismantling Racism.
The Commission for Intercultural Ministries (CIM) conducts Racial Healing and Reconciliation Training (RHRT) for the Diocese of Northern California. The all-day training sessions (typically held on Saturday) provide an opportunity for congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us. They also help develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world, and be communities of healing and reconciliation.
The Episcopal Church requires this training for all church leaders. In our diocese, the training is required for all clergy, for all lay people who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees), along with licensed lay ministers.
Trainings are always announced in advance through the diocesan E-news.
We currently encourage and provide support for Sacred Ground Circles within the diocese. Sacred Ground is a 10 session, film-based dialogue on faith and race offered through the Episcopal Church. Circles are currently meeting online (through Zoom). A number of Sacred Ground Circles have been completed, are currently underway and are being planned.
We encourage you to review this site: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground for more information. If you are interested in forming or participating in a Sacred Ground Circle, please contact NorCalCIM@gmail.com
Participation in Sacred Ground fulfills the Racial Healing and Reconciliation Training requirement for church leaders.
We track the availability of other trainings, advocacy activities for dismantling racism and online sources of information on Racial Healing and Reconciliation and Becoming Beloved Community.
The Task Force is developing ways to reach out to Latino/Hispanic communities in the Diocese. One example is the Latino/Hispanic toolkit being offered for Dia de los Muertos and Ofrenda. For more info about the toolkit, contact NorCalCIM@gmail.com.
The focus of the Indigenous Ministries Task Force is to encourage and support local congregations in recognizing and developing relationships with their Indigenous neighbors. Partnership with the Missioner for Indigenous Ministry is vital to the work of the Task Force.
This part of the Commission for Intercultural Ministries is active as a resource for congregations. We distribute information to the contact list as information becomes available to us.
We are a member of the Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration & Refugee Ministries of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is guided by the work of the Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) of The Episcopal Church and “aims to find tangible and practical ways to help address and raise awareness for the needs of refugees, immigrants, and all people suffering as a result of oppression, injustice, and terror in the world.”
• We ensure timely distribution of information from Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM).
• We also distribute information from other related groups ( ie. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) to promote collaboration.
• We forward to congregations information about pending state and federal legislation, and ways we might become active in an advocacy role.
• Finally, we encourage persons to attend Immigrant Day at the California State Capitol, to engage with State legislators about immigration and refugee related issues and legislation.
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church, proudly carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome immigrants and refugees.
EMM is a living example of the Church’s commitment to aid the stranger in our midst. In 2013, EMM helped almost 5,000 refugees build new lives in security and peace in 30 communities across the United States. EMM collaborates with local partner agencies in 26 Episcopal dioceses and 22 states to welcome those fleeing persecution.
To uphold the dignity of every human being by advancing our nation’s legacy of welcome.
Episcopal Migration Ministries’ vision honors both The Episcopal Church’s baptismal covenant and the historical role of the United States as a safe haven for those seeking freedom from oppression. EMM is committed to carrying these values and commitments forward into the future on behalf of the Church.
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) lives the call of welcome by supporting refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them as they walk together in The Episcopal Church’s movement to create loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships rooted in compassion. EMM’s desire to honor the inherent value of human connection brings communities together to love their neighbors as themselves.
EMM acts in covenant with individuals and partners to ensure the equity of all voices as they work to serve, engage, and sustain the mission. Every refugee who reaches our shores brings tremendous gifts and capabilities to achieve success in the United States. Our mission is to provide every person we serve with the foundation required to live out those gifts to the fullest. Episcopal Migration Ministries works daily to teach the values of welcome and inclusion, and how refugees and immigrants make our communities and our country stronger.
EMM offers a variety of educational resources, trainings, and support to individuals, congregations, and communities seeking to learn more about how they can be welcomers.