JULY 11, 2017
Lucinda+ and Bishop Beisner
Dear Friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you. I hope that your summer so far has been blessed with the gift of sabbath.

Recently, in the midst of a joyful Eucharist at St. Michael's, Alturas, I was blessed to receive David Cohen as an Associate of the Community of the Transfiguration. As you may recall, I am also an Associate (in addition to being an Oblate of the New Camaldoli Benedictines). While we greatly miss having the Sisters living among us, the Community of the Transfiguration presence continues - and continues to grow - here, and that is cause for rejoicing.

At Clergy Conference, I shared with you what I once heard Justin Welby tell a group of bishops: There has never been a successful effort at renewing the church which has not been rooted in the religious life. While there may be exceptions to that thesis, I think that overall it is pretty sound, especially if the definition is enlarged to include movements outside the monastery - like that of the Wesleys - which make use of such elements of the religious life as daily prayer, worship and study of Scripture, in the context of community engagement. I thank God that so many of you are involved with Community of Transfiguration, the Franciscans, the Order of Julian of Norwich, the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Order of the Holy Cross, or some other religious community. I encourage everyone to explore this possibility for themselves.

New popular interest in the Benedictine way has been sparked by publication and discussion of Rob Dreher's controversial new book, "The Benedict Option."  I'm not recommending the book, but I do recommended two fine reviews of it: one by David Brooks (New York Times 3/14/17), notable for his discussion of "orthodox pluralism"; the other by Steve Thorngate (Christian Century 5/24/17), describing our need to address a problem that goes beyond "pews that are vacant three Sundays a month and half-heartedly occupied the fourth. It's the broader cultural context: the West's sacral imagination long since displaced by nominalistic, the triumph of individual desire as an ethic, the loosening of communism ties of all kinds, the way moral therapeutic deism functions as priest to all this and rarely prophet."

A growing number of people in our diocese are becoming engaged with Benedictine spirituality through College of Congregational Development. I am pleased that Esther DeWaal's "Seeking God" is on the course reading list. It was reading that book at the time it first appeared (about 30 years ago!), together with an encounter with the author, that started me personally on the Benedictine way. I have recently begun re-reading it, and will be putting it forward as the Fall Bishop's Book. I hope that you will join me.

I pray that we will continue to be formed by the Holy Spirit as a faithful and effective clergy community. May we make good use of the religious life, along with all the best parts of our tradition, as part of that work of transfiguration.

Yours in Christ,

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
2017 Diocesan Convention - Reminder of Due Date
The Certificate of Lay Delegates form for 2017 Diocesan Convention is due by Aug. 3, 2017The completed and signed form must be returned to:

  The Office of the Bishop
Attn: Elizabeth Vang
350 University Ave, Suite 280
Sacramento, California 95825
fax: 916-442-6927
email: elizabeth@norcalepiscopal.org

The Certificate of Lay Delegates form and more information is available here. The next deadline is for  Resolution Submissions, due by Sept. 1, 2017. The registration deadline for Diocesan Convention is Oct. 2, 2017.
Bishop's Partnership Appeal - How to Get Involved

The Bishop's Partnership Appeal is coming this fall!  The Bishop's Partnership Appeal is an end-of-year opportunity to financially  support   the churches and programs of this diocese.

To learn more about how your congregation or ministry can reap the rewards from this program, please contact Jacqi Seppi, Administrative Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary and Office Support for The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California by e-mail, jacqi@norcalepiscopal.org , or by calling 916-442-6918 ext. 228. 
Office of the Bishop Staff Change

Sandra Littman, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, will be leaving Thursday, July 13

"I have made the decision to move on to the next chapter of my life, which is retirement. Although I am leaving the Office of the Bishop, my life will be full with spending quality time with my husband, and welcoming our first grandchild in December.
 
"I value the opportunity of working with Bishop Beisner, Canon Andrea, the entire office staff, and especially the clergy for these past 18 months. You have all been a positive influence on my spiritual and my professional growth, and I thank you for this."

From the OOB: Please be patient and work with us through this transition. We wish Sandra the best. 
Open Clergy Positions
  • Christ Church, Eureka Receiving names
  • St. Patrick's, Kenwood: Reviewing names
  • St. Clements, Ranch Cordova : Interviewing candidates
  • Grace Church, Fairfield:  Receiving names
  • St. Martin's, DavisInterviewing candidates 
  • St. Luke's, CalistogaPriest-in-charge has retired and Supply Clergy is in place; vestry considering next steps
  • Incarnation, Santa RosaPriest-in-Charge will be departing in March 2018; parish profile underway
  • Trinity, Sutter CreekRector will be retiring in Aug. 2017; interim named; vestry considering next steps.
  • All Saints', ReddingRector has announced departure; vestry considering next steps.
  • Holy Trinity, Nevada CityRector will be retiring in Aug. 2017; vestry considering next steps.
To learn more about these positions, click here.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule

Bishop Beisner will be visiting the following congregations in July-Sept.:
For the Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule, click here. 
Save the Date...

  • Planning to join Bishop Barry and the Rev. Anne Hallisey on their 2018 Holy Land pilgrimage? Your booking form and $500 deposit are due on July 24 - don't delay! Please send a copy of the form (before you mail it off) to the Office of the Bishop, Attn: Elizabeth Vang or send it via email to elizabeth@norcalepiscopal.org so we can have an accurate headcount of those on the trip.
  • Christian Men's Conference will be held Sept. 16 at St. Augustine, Rocklin. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the $15 registration. For more information, contact Robert Shonk at (916) 599-1218.
  • The 2017 Advent Clergy Quiet Day will be on Dec. 6 at the Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg. 
FAITH FORMATION
Save the Date: Pathways 2018 

From the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator: 

Save the date for next year's Pathways: June 24-30, 2018. We'll be in touch with the location and theme in the next few weeks. Spread the word!
 
Another opportunity for connection: Trinity Cathedral will be hosting an overnight event during diocesan convention, Nov. 3, 2017. More details to come during the coming months.
 
The best way to stay in touch about these opportunities are  through our Diocesan e-News (check out the great story on our trip here!)by liking our Pathways Facebook page , and  by contacting me if you have questions.
Episcopal Youth Event - Edmond, Oklahoma 

Please pray for the youth and adults attending the Episcopal Youth Event from our diocese: Miranda-Lynn Gartin of Faith, Cameron Park, and Michael Roche of Grace, St. Helena, leading Giovanna Zampa, Kevin Briggs, Ian Curtis, Lily Torpey and Giovanni DelPiero, as well as Sofia Quinton of DioCal.  You may also follow EYE17 through their Facebook page or through our Diocesan Facebook page.


Click on the screenshot above to view EYE17's opening Eucharist.
NEWS & EVENTS IN OUR DIOCESE AND BEYOND
How Are the Poor?

By the Rev. Pam Goassard, Deacon at Christ Church, Eureka 

"It's not a coincidence that in the Scriptures, poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times. It's not an accident. That's a lot of airtime. You know, the only time Jesus Christ is judgmental is on the subject of the poor. 'As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.'" (From Bono's speech at the 54th National Prayer Breakfast in America)
 
Betty Chinn, in pink, watches as police recover some of the items stolen from her warehouse. Photo from Lost Coast Outpost.
Homelessness is not new, but in Humboldt County we are seeing new efforts in collaboration between churches, community organizations, and caring individuals that are making a difference. Since last year, over 800 people have been housed. 

In addition, nearly 300 people have taken advantage of the TAP (Transportation Assistance Program) where they receive help to relocate to places where they have family and/or a support group. 

One of those who recently took advantage of this program is a young man named Jesse. He attended Christ Church on Easter Sunday and engaged with many of our parishioners in conversation. Later that day we helped him connect with Betty Chinn, founder of the Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation for the Homeless. More... 
In Remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Timothy Greene

A variety of services will be held in honor of the Rev.  Dr. Timothy Greene, who  died July 6, 2017.  Timothy was a priest of our diocese,  serving at St. Luke's, Calistoga. The dates and times of gatherings and services are as follows:

- Wednesday, July 12 at 1 p.m., Yountville
- Sunday, July 16 at 10 a.m., Calistoga 
- Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m., San Francisco
- Thursday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m., Yountville 

Addresses of the services are available here.
Churches Mark Historic Anniversaries in July 

Ascension, Vallejo, will celebrate its 150th anniversary on July 23. The bishop will attend and his formal visitation is that day.

Grace Church, Fairfield, will celebrate its  150th anniversary on July 30 at its 10 a.m. service, followed by a luncheon for the bishop and area clergy at 2 p.m. in  Suisun City, where it was founded in 1867.
Kuehn to Step in as Interim at Trinity, Sutter Creek - Aug. 1

On Aug. 1, Pastor Karen Siegfriedt of Trinity, Sutter Creek, will be handing over the baton to Father Craig Kuehn, who will step in as the interim priest. Having served in many smaller churches in our diocese, Kuehn became rector at the Church of Our Savior, Placerville, in 1999 until retiring in 2014. He decided to come to Trinity as a priest-associate after retirement. His wife Suzanne participates in the healing ministry at the prayer station. 

"We are very fortunate to have an interim who already knows and loves our community of faith. I hope you will welcome him with open arms and show him the same love that you have shown me," Siegfriedt said. 

She and her partner Steph plan to move to Morro Bay sometime in October.
Former PB to Assist Diocese of San Diego

The Diocese of San Diego announced late last month that former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will join them as assisting bishop on Aug. 13.

Jefferts Schori will serve three-quarters time performing episcopal functions such as visitations, confirmations, ordinations and receptions.  Jefferts Schori served as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church from 2006 until 2015. Prior to her role as primate, she was the bishop of the Diocese of Nevada.  In 1994 she earned a master's in divinity from CDSP, and did her seminiarian field work at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento.  She is an instrument-rated pilot and is fluent in Spanish.
Fasting in Solidarity With the Poor - July 21 

For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy
 is the joint statement issued by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  (View a video of Curry talking about the effort here.)

Please consider joining us in prayer and fasting on the 21st of each month (July 21 falls on a Friday) through December 2018, at which time the 115th Congress will conclude. The 21st was selected because 90% of the SNAP (food stamp) benefits across the nation are used up each month by that date. More ways to help include donating food and money to a local food pantry and making phone calls to your representatives to request that they support funding for SNAP, Meals on Wheels and school programs.
Briefly... from the Episcopal Church

San Joaquin Bishop David Rice has received the required consents, from both bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church, to become Bishop Diocesan.  Bishop Rice will be seated on Nov. 16; Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate at the service.  More information is available  here.  

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The  Episcopal Church  Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accep ting applications for grants that focus  on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of creation.  More information regarding the process and how to submit an application is available  here. The deadline for applications is  Aug. 20.

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Douglas K. Anning Esq. of Kansas City, Missouri, has been named Episcopal Church Acting Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop's staff.  As acting chief legal officer, Anning will function as general counsel and be responsible for assuring the reliable and timely provision of high quality legal advice and services to Executive Council, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies and the Executive Officer of the General Convention.

If you have a news story or event of interest to others in the diocese, or if you would like assistance with your church or ministry communications, contact Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director at lori@norcalepiscopal.org, 916-442-6918, ext. 226.