Current Realities in Clergy Health & Employment
A message from Katharine Jefferts Schori
I had a fascinating and provocative meeting with representatives of the Church Pension Fund last week. The purpose was to keep dioceses updated about current realities across The Episcopal Church (TEC). They had some very important information about trends in congregational life, ordination, clergy compensation, and medical insurance.

This diocese has a significantly higher average congregational Sunday attendance (120 vs. 88 in Province VIII and in TEC as a whole), average operating income (~ $340K vs. $242K and $264K), and percentage of congregations with compensated clergy (67% vs. 57-58%). More than a quarter of our congregations have endowment funds, and fewer operate at a deficit (28% vs. 41-43%). The data are the most recent available (from the 2015 Parochial reports) and are certainly signs of vitality, reflecting very conscious attention and work toward sustainability and thriving congregations across the diocese.

Read the rest of Bishop Katharine's letter
            
Diaconal Ordinations
Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will ordain Patricia Horkey and Kelly Mahon to the diaconate. Your presence and prayers are requested at the service and reception following. Red stoles.

Lombard Workshops: Conflict in the Church
If you're in a church, you're bound to experience conflict. Come to this workshop led by Dr. Richard Blackburn, executive director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center to learn how to understand and work constructively with conflict.

Renewal of Ordination Vows
Tuesday, March 27, 11 a.m. Clergy: purple stoles in pews. No need for albs. Luncheon to follow. Please Note: the service will take place at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4011 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104. Map

Email Keren Mondaca to RSVP.
Clergy Changes & News
Kaye Clemons, wife of the Rev. David Clemons died in January. Father Clemons attends St. Paul, Palm Springs. The funeral took place on February 17.

The Rev. Jason Samuel will serve as the supply priest at Christ the King, Alpine for three months.
Digital Evangelism Tuesday Talks
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"
Wardens Roundtable
Saturday, April 7, 12 p.m. All senior and junior wardens, as well as bishop's wardens, are welcome to attend this collaborative roundtable and lunch. St. Dunstan's, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd, San Diego.

Email Keren Mondaca to RSVP.
2018 United Thank Offering Ingathering Sunday
Sunday, May 6 All churches in the diocese are encouraged to hold an ingathering. Contact UTO Coordinator Jamie Wood if you need support.

Mary Parmer, Chris Harris to Speak at Sewanee
Following on the heels of Leadership Academy, our keynote speaker, Mary Parmer, and the Rev. Chris Harris will speak at this upcoming summit at Sewanee in June.

Aplicaciones de becas
Scholarship Applications
Las solicitudes ahora son aceptadas para becas educativas de la Iglesia Episcopal para el año académico 2018-9. Más

Applications now accepted for educational scholarships from the Episcopal Church for the 2018-9 academic year. More
Executive Assistant to the Bishop
The Office of the Bishop currently seeks an executive assistant to the bishop. We appreciate your help sharing this job opening with your communities.