JUNE 27, 2017 
Pathways 2017: Small Steps, Big Results 
 
By Lori Korleski Richardson Interim Communications Director
 
A great movement doesn't always begin with great big steps. And the youth of the Diocese of Northern California are discovering that when it comes to racial reconciliation and environmental justice, the small steps they are taking may help others to understand what it takes to break down the barriers and truly become the family of God.
 
From June 19-23, 24 youth ages 14-18 joined with nine young adult leaders and 12 older leaders, the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner and a couple of visitors from the Office of the Bishop to explore unusual and historic places where racial discrimination and environmental degradation led people to fight that injustice. For the full article, click here.
 
Save the Date: Pathways 2018 will be June 24-30, with location to be determined soon. The event is open to youth finishing grades 7-12.
 
For a photo album of the Pathways experience, click here (it is on Facebook, but you don't have to join Facebook to view it; if you are on Facebook, the link will take you to the diocese's page).
 
For a video of Bishop Beisner talking to Pathways participants about the difference between pilgrimage and tourism, click here.
 
For a video of young adult leader Elizabeth Potts of Epiphany, Vacaville, talking about her experience with Lift Every Voice and how it inspired her to want to bring something similar to Northern California, click here.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
2017 Diocesan Convention 

Our  Diocesan Convention page is now live , and it links to important forms, information and online registration. Please pay special notice to the important due dates listed below. For questions, please contact Elizabeth Vang, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, at elizabeth@norcalepiscopal.org or call 916-442-6918 ext. 230.

Certificate of Lay Delegates -  Due by Aug. 3, 2017
Resolution Submission -  Due by Sept. 1, 2017 
Government Nominations -  Due by Sept. 7, 2017
Second filing for Nominations -  Due by Oct. 18, 2017 
General Registration -  Due by Oct. 2, 2017 
Exhibitor/Vendor Registration - Due by Oct. 2, 2017
Bishop's Partnership Appeal

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

From Sandra Littman, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop: 

"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 while we find Sandra's replacement. We wish Sandra the best. 
Bishop's Visitation Schedule 

The Bishop will be visiting the following congregations in next few months:
The Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule is available  here.
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Office of the Bishop Closure 

The Office of the Bishop will be closed for Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4. Our Diocesan e-News will be on hiatus until July 18; deadline for that edition is July 12. 

To those of you observing the holiday as well, have a safe day off!
FAITH FORMATION
Prayers & Social Media Presence Requested - EYE 2017

Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so "that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ." 

This year, the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) is set to welcome more than 1,300 participants, workshop leaders, speakers, and volunteers to the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma from July 10-14Even if you are not able to attend EYE, you can follow along via the EYE Facebook page , on  Twitter , app for Android or app for iPhone .

Besides following EYE on social media, we request that you pray for the seven youth and adults attending from our diocese. Miranda-Lynn Gartin of Faith, Cameron Park, and Michael Roche  of Grace, St. Helena, will be leading the following youth to Oklahoma: Giovanna Zampa, Kevin Briggs, Ian Curtis, Lily Torpey and Giovanni DelPiero, as well as Sofia Quinton of DioCal. Please pray for safe travels and a blessed experience.
Camp Nurse Needed

Camp Living Waters is seeking a nurse to work a week-long camp session from July 23-28. The stipend offered is $500, as well as food for the entire week. For more information, please contact Emily Buck at  zasyngnathe@gmail.com.
Summer Camper Scholarships -  Final Deadline Thursday

Summer camper scholarships in the amount of $200 are available until Thursday, June 29, to children and youth to be used for  Camp Living Waters, Camp Galilee, Bishop's Ranch and St. Dorothy's Rest.

Congregational leadership members, the form to request a scholarship is available  here. Congregations will be responsible for verifying that each child is eligible and for distributing the scholarships. 

For more information and any questions, please contact Tamoya Bell at  tamoya@norcalepiscopal.org
NEWS & EVENTS IN OUR DIOCESE AND BEYOND
Dav e Rickert  Ordained Transitional Deacon  on June 24 

David Gilman Rickert was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Barry on June 24 at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento.

The litany was sung by the Rev. Sarah Quinney, and the first Epistle reading was by the Rev. Anne Clarke; all four spent the prior days at Pathways 2017 (see story above). 

The Pathways participants, in their closing Eucharist at the Oakhurst facility the day before, laid hands on Rickert, blessing him as he went forward in his ministry.
Join All Saints' for Their Sundae Serenade - July 15

All Saints', Redding, is inviting youth and adults to a special fundraising event featuring Big Band Era live music, dancing, and an ice cream social. All proceeds are dedicated to modernize All Saints' Memorial Hall. More details concerning Memorial Hall can be viewed here.

Tickets vary in price by age. More information and tickets can be found on Eventbrite. For any questions, you may the event organizer via email at  aseccommission@gmail.com.
SF Organist to Perform Concert at Christ Church  - July 15  

John Karl Hirten will present a concert at Christ Church, Eureka, on Saturday July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Earlier, from 2-4 p.m. John will give a workshop on improvisation. 
 
As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988, John is well known to audiences throughout the region, having performed regularly at such series as Noontime Concerts, Music at St. Mary's Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley, and more. 

For more information, visit Christ Church's website (scroll down on the home page) here.
Abraham's Path at St. Paul's, Benicia - July 16

Four years ago, the Diocese helped St. Paul's with funding for The Abraham Path Iniative. This is a program which highlighted the three great Abrahamic religions by organizing, promoting and presenting a series of programs and events to raise awareness of the three, as well as emphasize the commonality of us all.

Now,  St. Paul's, Benicia, invites you to come down for what they hope will be an interesting and enriching experience, including a wonderful Middle Eastern nosh and speakers on experiencing pilgrimage to the Holy Land, more specifically,  how it forms and broadens our experiences as Christians and members of one of great Father Abraham's religions. The event will be held on Sunday, July 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.
News from the Episcopal Church

As of June 22, 2017,  Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of San Joaquin that 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 was elected Bishop Diocesan of San Joaquin on March 4 and will be seated as Bishop Diocesan on Nov. 16; Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate at the service.  More information and TEC's full media release is available here .

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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 (Friday, July 21, for the next date) of each month 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 writing letters and making phone calls to your representatives to request that they support funding for SNAP, Meals on Wheels and school lunch programs. 

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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 .
Save the Date - Dec. 1-3: The Diocese of Texas invites all Christians to their Discovery Weekend Retreat at Camp Allen. While the Episcopal Church still needs to identify those who are called to ordination, all Christians are encouraged to seek their particular call. More information is available here .
In the Next Few Months



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.