MAY 23, 2017 
Faith Pushed Her to Become a Leader and Priest

This is the second story in a series o n our latest ordinations and installations

By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator 

Even though she never thought of herself as a leader when she was younger,  the  Rev. Anne Clarke   has held the leadership position of Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator of the diocese for two years now.   

The Rev. Anne Clarke (in red surrounded by children) during her April 8 ordination at St. Luke's, Woodland. The Bishop is pictured at left and the Ven. Gary Brown is holding his crosier (photograph by Tom Eaton)
Clarke grew up in a Lutheran church, where she found purpose in her church's youth group throughout her high school years, and she " felt compelled to go towards leadership because the work was so compelling and important."   

However, because she never saw herself in a leadership role, Clarke put her call to leadership aside  through college, although it was always in the back of her mind. When Clarke moved to Los Angeles (she was originally from Indiana), she joined the Episcopal Church. 

Acting on her call to the priesthood, Clarke attended  Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, where she graduated in 2015 with a master of divinity and a master of arts focusing on Faith Formation in the area of Religion and Society. 

Currently, Clarke has her hands full planning the youth summer event Pathways and the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), helping congregations  establish their faith formation ministries and leaders, serving as a College of Congregational Development trainer and more.

As the diocese's Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator, Clarke hopes to "strengthen congregations and help the community as a diocese have stronger relationships," as well as "grow in the diocese's capacity to discern calls," just as Clarke did herself.
2018 Holy Land Pilgrimage
Bishop Beisner and his wife the Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey are leading a Holy Land pilgrimage open to everyone in the Diocese from  Jan. 24 - Feb. 3, 2018 . The price (including airfare, room, board, and gratuities) is $4,295.  The brochure is available on our website
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Office of the Bishop Closure

The Office of the Bishop will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Our normal business hours will resume the following day. 

To those of you observing the holiday as well, have a safe day off!
Save the Date - 2017 PNEUMA Conference

T he 2017 PNEUMA Conference will be held
Oct. 9-12  at the Bisho p's  Ranch. Keep an eye out for registration to become available. This year's keynote s pe aker will be  Leanne Hadley, and the topic will be "Faithful Conversations in Heated Tim es." For more information,  click here .
Summer Camp Scholarships - Still Available!

Summer camper scholarships in the amount of $200 will be available to 60 children and youth on a first-come, first-served basis to be used for Diocesan summer youth events.

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

For any questions, please contact Tamoya Bell at  
Summer Camp Nurses Needed 

Photo taken from Camp Galilee's website
The Bishop's Ranch is looking for several registered nurses to work one or two weeks of their BREAD camp in July. 

The RN position includes $750, room and board, family members can attend the week with them for free, and children of the nurse can attend any camp session for free (if interested/applicable).

For more information, click here. For any questions, please contact Camp Director Ardath Dixon at


Camp Galilee, on the Nevada shore of Lake Tahoe, is also looking for registered nurses to volunteer for week-long camp sessions, ranging from mid-July to early August.  

For more information on the position, click here. For any questions, please contact Program Director  Chelsea Arcaris at
ECS Sunday - May 28

Episcopal Community Services is pleased to announce that Bishop Beisner has designated the seventh Sunday of Easter, May 28, as  ECS Sunday. 

All funds raised are for grants used to help congregations develop and support social justice and health ministries in their communities. Since the funds are available to all congregations in our diocese, ECS hopes that all congregations will support this work by participating in this appeal.

The bulletin inserts and news article will be available on the  ECS website . 

ECS 2017 Grant Recipients

ECS awarded a total of $14,000 in Ministry Development Grants. To see which five congregations received the grants, and the amount,  click here.
Pr ayers Requested

There are 30 candidates registered to attend Cursillo #113 at Camp Alta from  June 1-4 .  Please pray for the team, as well as the candidates, both before and during the weekend.

If you're looking for a priest midweek, chances are she or he is at Bishop's Ranch near Healdsburg for clergy conferences. Please keep them in your prayers, especially for safe travel home.
CDSP Student from St. Martin's, Davis, Gets Preaching Prize
Congratulations to Alex Leach, who received the Lawrence Kristin Mikkelson Preaching Scholarship, awarded to a Church Divinity School of the Pacific student who has demonstrated outstanding promise as a preacher and a commitment to social justice and human dignity.

Kudos, too, to the Rev. Dr. Pamela Anderson, who received a Certificate of Anglican Studies at the commencement ceremonies May 19.
Sean Cox
Rector to Become Navy Reserve Captain 

Congratulations to the rector of Faith, Cameron Park, The Rev. Dr. Sean Cox, who will be receiving a new rank of Captain in the Navy Reserve. 

The Rev. Sean Cox stated that he will receive his pin either August or September of 2018. 
Education for Ministry 

EfM mentor training will be held in Auburn,  Aug. 9-11.

More information and a calendar of all national training dates can be found  here. For any questions, please contact Sally Rooney, at 530-662-1685 or at

*Mentors must attend a training every 18 months. If you cannot attend the one provided by the diocese, you may go outside the diocese to be trained.
Former Rector at Incarnation, Santa Rosa, Moving North

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Lawrence, former rector of Incarnation, Santa Rosa, is moving to Trin ity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, as their Canon for Spiritual Formation on Sept. 15. 

He will continue as a chaplain resident at Sutter CPMC hospitals in San Francisco through mid-August. 
Men's Ministry Workshop - Sept. 16
Save the date
St. Augustine's, Rocklin, will host a one-day workshop, designed to inspir e, invigorate, stimulate and enrich the different groups of men in the Episcopal Church in the Sacramento area. As of now, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Keep an eye out for more information as the event nears. Please reach out to Robert Shonk, the event contact, for more information at or 
at 916-599-1218.

Diocese Convention Convocations - Oct. 14
The convocations of the seven deaneries of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California will occur on Saturday, Oct. 14. convocation (from the Latin convocare meaning "to call/come together", a translation of the Greek ἐκκλησία ekklēsia) is a group of people formally assembled for a special purpose, in this case, preparation for Diocesan Convention, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4

The following deaneries have set their times and places:

Simper Virens
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Christ Church, Eureka

Russian River
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Incarnation, Santa Rosa


Alta California
10 a.m.-2 p.m., All Saints', Redding

9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Luke's, Auburn

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. John's, Roseville

9 a.m.-noon, St. Michael's, Carmichael
Sign Up to Pray with the Anglican Communion 

The Episcopal Church has joined the Worldwide Anglican Communion in  Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day and Pentecost,  May 25-June 4 , for more people to come to know Jesus.   #ThyKingdomCome  

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead the Thy Kingdom Come video messages on  May 25.

Also in conjuction with Thy Kingdom Come is  Pledge2Pray, which individuals or churches can sign up to participate  here. One resource available is a prayer journal to record thoughts, prayers and ideas throughout Thy Kingdom Come, which can be downloaded here. Additionally, an accompanying bulletin insert can be found  here.
Pride Evensong & History of Ministry for LGBTQ+ Panel

On June 15, the Diocese of California will host a Pride Evensong at Grace Cathedral, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Following the service, a panel will discuss the history of ministry for LGBTQ+ people in the Diocese of California. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.
Admission is free; however, participants are asked to RSVP on Facebook. For more information, please contact Sara Yoe at
News from the Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to study and commit to using Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church's Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice.

The full document is available  here. More resources are available  here.


The Office of Government Relations is offering a fall internship in Washington, D.C. The position can be either full or part time, and will approximately begin late August and run until early December. The deadline to apply is  May 26. For more information on how to apply and for the position details,  click here.

In light of current issues such as the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the banning of refugees based on religion, the Standing Rock Reservation and the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black Lives Matter, mass incarceration and human trafficking, The Episcopal Church will sponsor the New Community Clergy and Lay Conference on  July 19-22 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. 

The theme is Affirming Life, Liberty and Justice. Registration is available  here. The deadline to register is  June 7. For more information,  click here .

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 , 916-442-6918, ext. 226.