JANUARY 16, 2018
Pathways 2018: Young Adult Leaders Form New Bonds

By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator
Youth of our diocese trekked through Yosemite in 2017. This year, the group heads to points west.
The first few days after the end of a semester are made for sleeping in and catching up on Netflix episodes missed during finals week. But for our Pathways young adult leaders, many of whom had just finished high school and college finals, Christmas break began by gathering together at Mercy Center in Auburn to plan next summer's Pathways youth pilgrimage.
Seven of these young adult leaders met each other during the 2015 Lift Every Voice pilgrimage in North Carolina, and they have continued working together to bring a similar program to young people in Northern California. Along the way, they've welcomed new leaders into the group, and together they've learned a great deal about what it means to be ministers of reconciliation.
During the retreat, these young leaders worked with Bishop Barry and other older adult leaders to reflect on everything from how to  provide pastoral care for homesick participants to the best ways to engage a group of 7th - 12th graders about connections between the history of indigenous people and environmental justice. 

Together, the group sketched out a week that includes two day trips from the host site at Sonoma State University: one day to visit sites in Sonoma county related to environmental justice, and another to visit Angel Island and learn about past and present immigration issues.

For Kirstyn Teuscher of St. Barnabas, Mount Shasta, who participated in praying, reflecting, and planning during the retreat via a Zoom video conference, Pathways has become something she looks forward to each summer. "Each year has its own feel, and it leaves you excited to see what the next trip will bring ­- always a new adventure and always a new message from God about how we affect the world around us and how we can continue to contribute to its well-being."

Archdeacon Gary Brown, participating in Pathways for the first time, remarked that "the Pathways planning retreat was an experience of rejuvenation and inspired hope in me. It was delightful to work with such a dedicated, bright, and wholesome group of young people as well as some very devoted adults."

Teuscher added that this collaborative planning is one of the highlights of this experience: "I also like the design or teamwork that we've created in the development and execution. It makes it more than just a summer camp, but more of an experience to take with you in life. You learn skills, history, communication. And it feels more like you've added your personal touch to this camp that you are honored to be a part of."

Stay tuned for next week's e-News, with more details about our pilgrimage sites and special guest speakers!
Ordinations - Jan. 20, Trinity Cathedral; Feb. 8, Trinity, Folsom

On Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.,  Lisa Biersch Cole,  Jana Mauck Branson,  Grant McNeill Bakewell Jr. and  Thomas Robert Gartin will be ordained as transitional deacons  at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento.  Clergy: white stoles.

On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., David Gilman Rickert will be ordained as a priest at Trinity, Folsom. Clergy: red stoles.

Your prayers and presence are requested at both; receptions will follow. 
Anti-Racism Training Jan. 27 at Faith, Cameron Park

The first 2018 Anti-Racism Training will be 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Faith, Cameron Park. This year's event will be facilitated by leaders from the Kaleidoscope Institute and provides an opportunity to come together as congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us, and to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world.

Anti-Racism Training is required for all who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees) and licensed lay ministers.  
This event is free, and lunch is included, but registration is required. Please register by Jan. 22, 2018, here.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule
  • Jan. 21 - St. George's, Carmichael
  • Feb. 11 - St. John's, Lakeport 
  • Feb. 18 - St. Michael's, Anderson 
  • Feb. 25 - St. Paul's, Crescent City
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here

Bishop Search Listening Events Set

The Bishop Search Committee is urging everyone in the diocese to attend a listening event close to them. They will be on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

Register here. Dates for the listening events are:

Feb. 10: Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Feb. 17: St. Peter's, 510 Jefferson St., Red Bluff
Feb. 24
: St Alban's, 1675 Chester Ave., Arcata 
March 10: St. John's, 2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville

Resources for Lent 2018

Living Compass' Lenten guide for 2018 is now available for purchase through pre-order only Purchase here.

Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of love and Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter.

Forward Publications has a catalog of its Lent and Easter publications here. Their resources include  meditations,  group reading during Lent,  making celebrations more meaningful,  devotional reading and preparing for  Holy Week and Easter.

And the popular Episcopal Relief & Development 2018 Lenten Meditation books are now available. The books are in English or Spanish, and can be downloaded online at episcopalrelief.org. Order printed books from the Episcopal Marketplace toll free at 1-866-937-2772. There is no charge for the books, only the shipping. Lent is very early this year, so it is recommended that the books be ordered by Feb. 2 to receive them by Ash Wednesday.

Jane Snibbe,  Diocesan Coordinator for ER&D, would like to remind churches  to hold an Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on either Feb. 18 (or a convenient Sunday in Lent) to recognize and honor the work of the organization.    
Online Episcopal Enquirers Class, Feb. 11- March 25

Sacramentum is an experience of sacred community exploring Jesus and his teachings. It's a fully online course taught in real time, designed to help you go deeper into the mystery of Christ through the lens of the Episcopal tradition.

This weekly, seven-session course is designed for those who want a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, long-time believers looking to broaden their learning, as well as those preparing for baptism, confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church or reaffirmation of baptismal vows. It's taught in English and is open to anyone in the world. For more information, click here.
Interim Rector Called to St. Paul's, Benicia 

The Rev. Peter Champion comes to St. Paul's with 28 years of ministry as an Episcopal priest. He grew up in West Los Angeles and is a graduate of Brown University and  Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He served churches in New York, Oregon, and Hawai'i before moving to the Bay Area in 2006. After "retiring" in 2013, Rev. Peter has served as an interim and supply priest, and was a substitute teacher. He has been an active anti-racism trainer in the Diocese of California since 2010. He is also a trained chef.

Rev. Peter and his wife of 44 years, the Rev. Susan Champion (Rector of Christ the Lord Church in Pinole), live in Rodeo. They have two adult daughters and three fantastic grandchildren with a fourth on the way. He is passionate about social justice and environmental issues. Rev. Peter enjoys travel, reading, music (especially opera), yoga, camping and hiking, gardening, cooking, and the New York Times crosswords.
Harvesting Abundance Event - Jan. 20, St. Martin, Davis

Harvesting Abundance: A Community Forum on Food, Faith, Justice, and Sustainability, a panel presentation and potluck dinner, is planned for Saturday, Jan. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at St. Martin's, Davis.

Author Brian Sellers-Peterson will offer stories and lessons from the field of food and faith, including highlights from nearly two dozen local initiatives described in his book "Harvesting Abundance." He will be joined in a panel discussion by the Rev. Pamela Dolan, founder of the Shepherd Farm near St. Louis and now rector of St. Martin's, and Jim Schaal, founder of the SPR Food Garden in Chicago (both featured in Brian's book). We invite all to participate in the discussion, and we encourage you to bring a potluck dish to share. No RSVP required, but you can email info@churchofstmartin.org for more information.

This event is co-sponsored by St. Martin's and the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice, and is free and open to the public.
Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Walter Phelps - Jan. 22

The Rev. Walter Edwin Phelps
, 95, died on Dec. 20, 2017,  just three weeks shy of the 58th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He was canonically resident in the Diocese of California and spent the first 10 years of ordained life serving in various churches there. He then went on to use his pastoral skills as a psychiatric social worker, while serving as a supply priest. 

After retirement in 1989 he traveled extensively in France. This resulted in two interim positions in American Episcopal Churches in Germany where he met his wife, the Rev. Lucretia Jevne. He moved to Vacaville with her in 2000 and continued as a supply priest in the Diocese of Northern California. In 2007 he became a regular at St. Brigid's in Rio Vista, serving two Sundays a month as a volunteer, where he became a much loved preacher and teacher. His beautiful voice was engaged in recording books for the visually impaired at the Braille and Talking Book Library in Sacramento.

A celebration of his life will be at St. Brigid of Kildare, 218 California St., Rio Vista, on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. Clergy are invited to vest: white stoles. A festive reception will follow. Interment will be on Jan. 23, 3 p.m. at St. Martin, Davis, in the garden columbarium.
Calling All Singers in the Diocese for Annual Choir Festival

The 31st Annual Diocesan Choir Festival  will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, and conclude with a public Evensong at 4 p.m.. Contact Canon David Link at   sierracanon@gmail.com  for more information. The form to sign up is here. Everyone is welcome to attend the Evensong and listen to the sacred music.

CDSP Offers  Youth Ministry Symposium March 17

Join Mark Yaconelli, teacher, author and researcher, for a contemplative approach to youth ministry on  March 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at CDSP. The symposium is $25 and includes lunch; childcare provided (please indicate your need for childcare when you register). More information on the day is available here. Register here.
New Book About the First Episcopal Bishop of California

Students of Episcopalian history in California may be interested in a new book written about the state's first Episcopal bishop, the Rt. Rev. William Ingraham Kip. Kip, who lived from 1811-93, was the great-great-grandfather of the author, Mary J u dith Robi nson, who also wrote a history of the diocese, "From Gold Rush to Millennium - 150 Years of the Episcopal Diocese of California, 1849-2000."

To orde r "Gold Rush Bishop: William Ingraham Kip," contact Mary Robins on a tjudyrobo@pacbell.net. The book is also available on Amazon.
From the Episcopal Church

The application process is now open for the 2018 Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grants, which provide funding for dioceses, congregations, and community college/tribal college/university campuses for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence).  The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 2. More information is available here.

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Diocese of Michigan Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. announces retirement

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