Diocesan Convention 2019
Our annual gathering takes place Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 at St. Margaret's, Palm Desert. Our theme from Acts 1:8, "You will be my witnesses" will guide our time together as we conduct the business of being the church.

School for Ministry registration deadline approaching
Please announce in your Sunday services:

The application deadline for the fall semester is August 21. Sign up to attend adult education classes online: edsd.org/sfm. Classes include Hebrew Bible, preaching, liturgics and seminar on ordained ministry. Orientation is August 25.

An invitation to participate in Healing Day bell ringing
Commemorate 400th anniversary of arrival of first enslaved Africans

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopal churches to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells for one minute on Sunday, August 25, at 12 p.m. PST

Clergy Conference: Save the Dates
September 30 - October 2
Plan to attend the upcoming Clergy Conference at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula. The schedule includes time with Bishop Susan Brown Snook, listening sessions with facilitator Susan Czolgosz, a consultant for faith-based organizations, presentations by VISIONS, a multi-cultural training company, and time for rest, renewal and connection. Registration information coming soon. Stay tuned.
Clergy and Congregational Transitions
The following clergy members have made changes recently:

  • The Rev. Janet Wheelock has relocated to Tuscon, Arizona, after completing interim ministry with St. Andrew's by-the-Sea, Pacific Beach
  • The Rev. Susan Astarita has concluded year-long ministry with St. Columba's, Santee
  • The Rev. Phil Cooke has been called as vicar of St. Mary's in-the-Valley, Ramona
  • The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson has been called as rector of St. Andrew's by-the-Sea, Pacific Beach
  • The Rev. Mac Collins is the supply priest at Christ Church, Coronado

Please remember to pray for our congregations in transition. These congregations include:

  • All Saints', San Diego
  • St. Thomas, Temecula
  • Christ Church, Coronado
  • St. Paul, Palm Springs
  • St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
  • St. John's, Chula Vista
  • St. David's, San Diego
  • All Saints', Vista
  • St. Paul's, Yuma
  • Holy Cross, Carlsbad
  • St. Mary's, Ramona

If you have questions about these search processes, please contact the diocesan director of formation and transition, the Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, DMin.
Clergy Sabbaticals
Thanks to an anonymous donor, funds are available to clergy members of our diocese for the purpose of sabbatical support. For more information, please contact the Rev. Canon Nancy Holland.

Carbon Tracker
Track your carbon footprint at home and at church

The Episcopal Church is providing a carbon tracker – Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home – for Episcopal households. This online carbon tracker lets Episcopal households take actions – some easy, some more difficult – to reduce their carbon footprints. Household actions are aggregated church wide. Yes, switching light bulbs for your household may seem insignificant, but if 10 households in your church or 100 households in your diocese switch, the impact becomes clear.