NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!

The Office of the Bishop is closed Thursday and Friday. Any events for publicity in next week's Diocesan e-News need to be sent to by noon tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 22. Have a great holiday!
Northern California Feels Like Home, Again

By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator 

Having spent the first seven years of her childhood in Vacaville, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan is glad to be back in California, serving as the new rector of St. Martin's, Davis.

Most recently from a suburb near St. Louis, Missouri, called Town and Country, Rev. Pamela has had the opportunity of calling several places home: Micronesia, Hawaii, Connecticut, Washington, New York and Scotland.

As a child, Dolan spent much time back and forth between Hawaii and California, attending a Roman Catholic church during this time. After her first communion, Dolan said she had "a deep, intuitive feeling that (the priesthood) was something (she) wanted to do."

However, Dolan didn't start thinking about what this feeling meant for her until college, especially because the Roman Catholic church does not ordain women.

Dolan attended college at UC Berkeley, continuing the third generation of students in her family to do so, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high honors and an English degree. 

During her time at Berkeley Dolan spent a year abroad at the University of St. Andrew's in Scotland, where she first thought about studying theology.

Following her call, Dolan eventually moved across the country to attend Harvard Divinity School, where she obtained a master's degree in theology. 

Around this time, Dolan said she began to realize that she "wouldn't be able to change the Roman Catholic church from the inside, although that was what (she) was trying to do at the time." Continue reading...
Our Bishop Search Committee Is Announced

We give thanks for the leadership of our Bishop, and pray for the election of a new bishop for our diocese:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: 
Look graciously on  your Church, 
and so guide the minds of those who shall
choose a bishop for this Diocese,
that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your
people and equip us for our ministries; 
through Jesus Christ  our Lord. Amen.
- BCP, page 818

More information as it becomes available will be on the diocesan website

The Standing Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations to serve on the Search Committee for the 8th Bishop of our Diocese. Several dozen applications were received and we truly appreciated each and every one of them. 

The Standing Committee sought to create a Search Committee composed of "citizens of the diocese" who demonstrate not only the essential skills and considerable time needed to carry out the assigned duties and responsibilities, but who also represent a diverse group of voices including but not limited to location, gender, race, age, of both lay and clergy (including priests and deacons, both working and retired). Also notable is that each deanery will be represented.

After a prayerful and intentional process, the following persons  have been invited to serve as members of the Search Committee...  continue reading.


Registration Open for 2018

Registration for the College for Congregational Development (CCD) is now available. 

To learn more about the benefits of attending CCD and to register, click here.
Bishop's Partnership Appeal

During this Advent season, Bishop Barry Beisner has invited us all to consider a gift for the Church we love, joining with the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California for the 2017 Bishop's Partnership Appeal. 

Keep an eye out for your Appeal letter in your mailbox in the next few weeks. If you don't receive a letter, you may still donate to the Appeal through online giving. More information about the Appeal is available here.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule
  • Nov. 26 - St. Augustine's, Rocklin
  • Dec. 3 - Christ Church, Eureka 
  • Dec. 10 - St. Timothy's, Gridley
  • Dec. 17 - St. John's, Roseville 
  • Dec. 24 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
The Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule is available here
Preparing for Advent

How can we, as the church, better get ready for the mystery of Christmas this year, at home, in worship, in special community gatherings, in our learning about faith?  We are here to help you brainstorm, implement, and connect with each other.

Advent resources are available here.

To order Living Well Through Advent 2017, click here. For a free study guide to lead a group through the book, click here.
Pathways 2018: Early Registration Deadline Is Dec. 15

Are you or someone you know planning on attending Pathways 2018? If so, don't delay; register now! The cost to attend is $450 if you register before Dec. 15, and a $50 deposit is due then as well. 

The price will increase to $500 after Dec. 15. We will offer scholarships and other support with the goal of making this trip possible for everyone who wishes to participate. Please contact the Rev. Sarah Quinney ( if the cost is a barrier. 
St. Patrick's, Kenwood Reopens After Fires

St. Patrick's, Kenwood, reopened their doors for services on Nov. 5, a little less than a month after the fires began. 

The Rev. Karen King, interim priest, attended a community potluck on Nov. 12, in honor of the firefighters who helped save their town. The Press Democrat featured St. Patrick's in their coverage of the event. Here is an excerpt of the story:

"I stand here today because of those firefighters," Rev. Karen King, pastor St. Patrick's, Kenwood, which just reopened the week before for services after suffering fire- and wind-related damage. "Remember when you celebrate your families and your own lives to celebrate the lives of the firefighters - saints among us, who were patient, brave and true."

Read the entire story here.

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Also, on the subject of fire and rebirth, the Rev. Patricia Moore, a priest in our diocese working as a chaplain at Bishops Ranch, wrote a seasonal reflection on her blog, Tell It Slant. You can read it here.
Save the Date: Anti-Racism Training in January

The Diocesan Anti-Racism Training will be 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Faith, Cameron Park. Details coming soon.
Save the Date: Nadia Bolz-Weber at Trinity Cathedral 

Come see this sleeve tattooed, salty ELCA pastor speak authentic truths to the broken places in our lives, on Feb. 18, 2018 at 7 p.m at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento.
The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine and Nadia has been featured in The Washington Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR's Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast and on CNN.
Nobody really believes she's an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it's the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way...she's fine with it. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of 4 where she can be found writing bios in the third person, lifting weights and walking her Great Dane, Zacchaeus.
Tickets are $25 and are available on Eventbrite.
From the Episcopal Church

The application process is now open for the new Episcopal Evangelism Grants Program, designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. Grants are available for up to $2,000 for an individual congregation. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15; more information is available  here .

Know someone who is about to graduate from college and would like to deepen their spirituality and work for justice for a year before heading off to a career? NY Service and Justice Collaborative, an affiliate of Episcopal Service Corps, is looking for fellows ages 22 -28 to commit to a year of service, discernment, social justice and intentional community, based in a diverse and historic Harlem church for a year starting in August. Learn more and apply  here .

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Bishop Barry

Bishop Barry places his seal on the Bishop of San Joaquin's certificate. Photo by the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service.
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