AUGUST 15, 2017 
Lessons in Love Over Hate from Charlottesville 

By the Rev. James Richardson

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, struck especially close
. Seeing photographs of young men holding torches and giving Nazi salutes directly across the street from my former church, St. Paul's Memorial, made this feel exceptionally personal.

The Rev. Will Peyton, rector of St. Paul's Memorial Church, prepares to welcome the ecumenical crowd that gathered for prayer the night before the white supremacists held their rally.  Dr. Cornel West, who grew up in Sacramento and teaches at Harvard, was the featured speaker. 
Photograph by Andrew Shurtleff / The Daily Progress.

White supremacists descended upon what is normally a bucolic university town that has work
ed very hard to lower racial barriers and become an 
co mmunity for all people and many faiths. The white supremacists were in Charlottesville ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. But they came looking for a fight. Three people - including two police officers - lost their lives. A deranged young man with Nazi sympathies drove his car into a crowd, killing a young woman and injuring many others.
 
We need to name it: What happened in Charlottesville is evil. (more...) 
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
You Say You Want a Resolution? Forms Due Sept. 1


There are  two  r esolution forms, both of which must be sent to Elizabeth Vang via email, as well as to  the Rev. Betsy Monnot via email, by Sept. 1.   The Resolution forms and more information is available here

To those of you who completed and submitted your Certificate of Lay Delegate forms - thank you!  Please note: filling out your Certificate of Lay Delegate forms does  NOT  count as registration. The registration deadline for 2017 Diocesan Convention is  Oct. 2 ; you may register  here .
Clergy Posting: Leadership Development and Networking

The Missioner for Leadership Development and Networking position is now open and accepting applications. To learn more about this and other openings within our diocese, visit our Open Clergy Positions Page . Interviews will begin immediately and the position will be open until filled.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule 
The Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule is available  here.
FAITH FORMATION
The Bible Challenge:
Reading the Bible at Camp Living Waters

By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator

"When she couldn't hide him any longer she got a little basket-boat made of papyrus, waterproofed it with tar and pitch, and placed the child in it. Then she set it afloat in the reeds at the edge of the Nile. The baby's older sister found herself a vantage point a little way off and watched to see what would happen to him."
In a glade of trees about 7000 miles away from the Nile, at Camp Living Waters in Humboldt County, a little girl crouched behind a rock and pretended to look through a pair of binoculars, while another kid laid down nearby, waved his arms and legs in the air, and pretended to float down a river. A suggestion comes from an onlooker to this drama: "You should probably cry. You're a baby floating alone down the river-you would NOT look that happy."

From there, we acted out the rest of the story. 

It was a great joy to get to join this mighty community of faith for a few days and get to help lead these reflections on some of the great stories of our faith.  At Camp Living Waters   ...continue reading.
Invest in the Future: Conference for Christian Educators 

Turn your attention loose and toward the innovative and joyful ways that you can wrangle the digital side of life to shape Christian life and practice. Sign up for PNEUMA 2017,  Oct. 9-12 at Bishop's Ranch; register soon  to get your choice of accommodations. 

The guiding center this year is "Gather Around the Fire: Faithful Conversations in Heated Times." PNEUMA is known for helping participants find strength toward meeting the challenges of modern life.
 
Scholarships are available; contact the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, at anne@norcalepiscopal.org.

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Speaking of Christian educators, are your Sunday school teachers getting the formation they need weekly? Diocese of California's Amy Cook offers some food for thought on this matter here.
Center for Bible Study, Antelope, Offers 2 Courses for Fall 

Center for Bible Study presents Beginning Hebrew with biblical scholar Kristin Ball on 
Fridays 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 15-Nov. 3, and 
Spiritual  Practices: Preparing to Worship in the Beauty of Holiness, l ed by the  Rev. Suzanne Guthrie,  a priest and former CDSP v isiting pr ofessor, on Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.  Sept. 19-Nov. 21, both at  St. Andrews, Antelope. Both classes are $100 for the entire course; the Spiritual Practices first class is free. Register online here.
Connect Your Students to Campus Ministry

A note from the Rev. Casey Kloehn of The Belfry, a joint Episcopal-Lutheran campus ministry in Davis: 

"As many of you may have experienced in your own lives (or in the lives of your children), campus ministry is a vital part of lifelong Christian formation. The connections we build here at our students' home away from home stick with them throughout their college experiences and their adult lives. We're a safe place for questions and concerns, a quiet place to study, a community full of laughter, and-most importantly-a source of free food.

"Is someone in your congregation headed off to college or graduate school? Have you encouraged them to get in touch with the campus ministry there? Have you considered reaching out to the chaplain to let them know your loved one is on the way? There are so many ways that congregations and campus ministries can work together to shepherd young adults through this next phase of faith and life, and this is chief among them. My colleagues around the country and I look forward to hearing from you!"
NEWS & EVENTS IN OUR DIOCESE

Lewis Powell, right, joins Bishop Carol J. Gallagher of North Dakota and the Rev. Dr. Brad Hauff, Missioner for Indigenous Ministries, in presenting the Episcopal Church flag to the Upper Mattaponi people at the 400th remembrance of Pocohantas death. Powell is a deacon at St. John the Evangelist, Chico,
Our Churches Provide Food for Those in Need

A Lutheran church gardener in Sonoma trims pea vines. Photograph by Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat featured  Deacon Phina Borgeson talking about the theological
significance that lies in a meditation on food, its symbolic importance within religions and understanding local food systems in an Aug. 8 article on North Bay's Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative expansion. It also mentioned St. Andrew's-in-the-Redwoods, Monte Rio, as an example of a faith site using U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funds to open access to CalFresh users. Read the entire article here.
Bicycles: A Lifeline for Refugees During Resettlement
 
bicycles
Last month, Trinity, Folsom, partnered with local families, a refugee resettlement agency, and the Folsom State Prison in a Saturday Bike Drive supporting those recently relocated to the Sacramento area.  

For recently-resettled persons, a bike can represent a way to get a job, go to school, receive medical care, and access community resources-all vital things that are easy for those who have a means of transportation to take for granted.

In June, said the Rev. Charlie  Knuth, assistant rector at Trinity,  a local woman of Afghan descent approached the church about hosting a bike drive.  Opening Doors Inc. was on hand to write receipts for tax-deductible donations, as well as to answer any questions donors may have had about refugee support and advocacy. Folsom State Prison volunteered to refurbish the bicycles in their workshop, so that when Opening Doors distributes them to their clients, they would be like new. 
  
The drive collected 62 bicycles (and a unicycle!), with Folsom Prison pledging an additional 20 bikes to the effort.  Many helmets, tubes, pumps, tools, and racks were also collected.
St. Barnabas ECW Supports New Boys' & Girls' Club 

Heather Solus, and sons Oliver and Titus, receive a check from ECW President Vicki Yerkes, left. Heather is a member of St. Barnabas and is also on the board of directors for the Boys' & Girls' Club.
This year the Episcopal Church Women of St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta,  held a flea market and invited local people and congregation members as vendors to raise funds to support the newly established Boys' & Girls' Club of Siskiyou County. 

The club, which was started just a few months ago, is currently housed at the local middle school.  

The ECW chapter was pleased to have raised $1,000 to donate to such a worthy and needed organization.
Big sister Alma cuddles Gabriel Lucas Harris.

Comings and Goings

The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris, rector of St. Stephen's, Sebastopol,  and her husband Kai added to their joyful little family on Aug. 2, welcoming a 6-pound, 1.5 ounce boy, measuring 20". Mother, son and the rest of the family are doing well.

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The Rev. Christopher Seal, rector of Holy Trinity, Nevada City, is retiring. A party  will be at St. Canice Center at the end of Reward Street in Nevada City on Aug. 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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The Rev. John Mangels, priest-in-charge, and the Rev. Mary Boeger, deacon, were treated to cake at St. John's, Marysville, after services on Aug. 6. They both are leaving St. John's this month.

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The Very Rev. Paul Blanch, rector at All Saints, Redding, is leaving for England at the end of August and will be installed on Sept. 4 as a vicar of three churches in the Diocese of Lincoln. 
Coming Up

TREE, the Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, environmental awareness group, will show a TED talk by Al Gore, "The Case for Optimism on Climate Change," which was given on 10th anniversary of his movie "An Inconvenient Truth." It will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. in the upstairs Assembly Area. There will be discussion and post card writing after the 25-minute talk.

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Save the date
St. James, Lincoln, Special Needs Ministry  is sponsoring a Back to School BBQ, Saturday, Aug. 26, 10-noon at Machado Park, Lincoln. Contact Maria Johnston if you would like to help with this event:
email mjmof3@yahoo.com or phone 916-303-0120. Free, but please respond by Aug. 19 to Maria.

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The St. Augustine Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be hosting a one-day workshop at  St. Augustine's, Rocklin , designed to inspir e and enrich the different groups of men's affiliations of the Episcopal Church in the Sacramento area. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15; contact Robert Shonk at robshonk1976@hotmail.com or at 916-599-1218 for more information or to register.

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Trinity Cathedral will be  hosting an art show with the theme "Light Out of Darkness" from Oct. 3-26. All artists may enter; the first prize is $2500 and the art showing will take place at Beatnik Studio in downtown Sacramento. The deadline to enter is Oct. 21.  More information is available  here . For any questions, please contact the Rev. Dr. Pamela Anderson at pamela-usa@hotmail.com .

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Mark your calendars: next year's Pathways will be  June 24-30, 2018. Theme and location to be decided soon.
NEWS & EVENTS BEYOND OUR DIOCESE
Sisters of the Transfiguration Return for Fall Retreat  

Sisters Teresa Martin and the Rev. Diana Doncaster from the Community of the Transfiguration in Cincinnati (and formerly of Eureka) are offering a retreat at  St. Dorothy's Rest in Camp Meeker Sept. 22-24, with an optional rest day on Sept. 21. Deadline for registration is Sept. 1, with final payment due by Sept. 15. Limited scholarships are available.
 
Cost is $300, including a $50 non-refundable deposit. Private room, add $15 per night. Optional extra day of relaxation on Thursday is $125. 

To register, send a check, made payable to The Society of the Transfiguration, for the deposit to  Mrs. Virginia Pankoski, 2440 Hillsdale Rd., Meadow Vista, CA 95722.

St. Dorothy's Rest is hilly and rugged, with steep stairs and no handicap access. Please bring a flashlight, comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. 
Fasting in Solidarity With the Poor - Aug. 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. 

Please consider joining us in prayer and fasting on the 21st of each month (Aug. 21 is next Monday) 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. 
Experience Online Theological Learning
 
Registration is now open for fall online courses through CALL (Center for Anglican Long-distance Learning) at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Offerings include Anglican Bible, Prayer as Protest, Liturgical Worship, Church Finance and Administration, Social Ministry Leadership, and Jesus: Person and Way. These courses run for seven weeks and are entirely online, and useful for those seeking deeper personal enrichment as well as those in leadership roles in their communities. 

Dates: Sept. 18-Nov. 7
Cost: $220;  Registration and course descriptions here. 
Questions: Email  call@cdsp.edu
News from The Episcopal Church

The House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church is asking church leaders to complete two online surveys: 

* One about the Church Pension Fund, here;
* The other about the Episcopal Church's social justice work, here.
 
The data that the committee collects from the surveys will be used to prepare its report on the state of the church for the 79th General Convention in 2018.

Other news:

Diocese of Dallas priest named TEC Officer for Church Planting 


I f 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.