The Righting of Ancient Inequities
A message from Katharine Jefferts Schori
Dear Friends in Christ, 

As we tell the story of God coming among us in human flesh once again, we can point to parallel contemporary realities. In San Diego alone, more than 9,000 have been told repeatedly there is no room in the inn. A few hundred have glimmers of hope as tents and camping spaces are set up along with increased help to find permanent housing, yet more than 90% will not find a space in a tent, apartment, or inn. 
            
The  housing crisis  is paralleled by  food insecurity  across this country. While we've made global progress in reducing the worst of the world's poverty, more than half of school children in the US get free or reduced-price lunches. In other words, their families don't have enough income to ensure there is food on the table.
            
MLK Jr Day
MLK Day of Interfaith Service
Join diverse San Diego faith communities in hands-on volunteer service in Balboa Park. Make it a day on, not a day off! Monday, January 15, 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Report Misconduct
Remember to include the notice in your bulletins, and other communications about reporting misconduct.

Day of Dialogue
Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Day of Dialogue among Lutherans, Anglicans and Roman Catholics on Saturday, January 20. All are welcome to attend.

2018 United Thank Offering Application
Applications for the 2018 UTO grants are due on February 2. This year's focus is: Becoming the Beloved Community. Applications must be submitted by email to UTO Coordinator Jamie Wood by 5 p.m. on February 2. NB: the Diocese plans to submit an application this year related to the theme of racial justice and healing.

Absalom Jones Feast Day is February 13
Deepen your congregation's participation in reconciliation by dedicating offerings on the Feast of Absalom Jones to support two Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Bishop Nominating Committee Requests Photos
Our diocesan profile is coming to life, but we need your help. Please submit 5-10 photos of life at your congregation to Judy Burton by Tuesday, January 16. Also include your congregation's name, city and what activity is taking place.

Email Judy Burton for more information.
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Latino Missioner Wanted
Our diocese is currently seeking a part-time Latino Missioner to work with congregations to promote, encourage, create and enhance opportunities for people of Hispanic and Latino backgrounds.

Electing Delegates
Remember, the delegates you elect to serve at the 2018 diocesan convention will also serve at the electing convention for our fifth bishop. Please let us know when your annual meeting will take place.

Common Life Share Pledges Past Due
Thank you to those congregations that submitted their Common Life Share pledges on time. They were due November 30. To those who have not, please submit them now.

Submit your pledge form to Diana Rubi