We live in anxious times
A message from Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
We live in anxious times. That is probably obvious to all of us, yet it can help enormously to name that reality. We’re anxious about immigration issues, even though the number of people entering from Mexico is radically lower than just a few years ago. The financial markets are anxious. We’re anxious about the trajectory of relations with Russia and North Korea and now Venezuela. Britain and Europe are anxious about Brexit and the EU – and whatever happens will have consequences for the United States. This diocese is anxious about episcopal transitions. Read the full message.

News & Notices
Strong Writing for Church Communications
Tuesday, March 26 @ 2 p.m.

An informal, online gathering for church communicators, Tuesday Talks focuses on strong writing this month with our guest facilitator, Paul Weingarten.

Paul Weingarten is a former Chicago Tribune editor and award-winning writer. His areas of interest have been health care, the Middle East, national security, education, foreign policy, among others. He ran a staff of 150, and managed a $20 million budget. Under his direction, the Tribune won two Pulitzer Prizes. He will share with church communicators a handful of pointers to improve their writing. As always, all are welcome to attend. There is no cost.

Email Hannah Wilder with questions.

Long-Standing Rector to Retire
The Rev. Andrew Green, rector of St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs, will officially retire next month, due to disability. He has faithfully served the congregation for over 30 years. Recently his wife, the Rev. Susan Green, began serving at St. Paul, in a diaconal capacity. Together, their long tenure brought continuity and stability to the congregation, as they connected with the community around issues of HIV/AIDS advocacy and LGBTQ equality, public school education, and racism, among others. Father Green’s last Sunday will be April 7. St. Paul has services at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and on Sunday, April 7 at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. with a choir. Another community celebration will take place on Saturday, May 11. Thank you, good and faithful servant!  

Email the Rev. Andrew Green
Renewal of Ordination Vows
Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. @ St. Andrew's, Encinitas

Clergy: purple stoles in pews. No need for albs. Luncheon to follow. Email Registrar Alyson Terry to RSVP.
Diaconal Ordinations
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. @ St. Paul's Cathedral

Pending approvals, the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will ordain Chris Craig-Jones and Hannah Wilder to the diaconate. Your presence and prayers are requested at the service and reception following. Red stoles.

Clergy Calls
  • The Rev. Susan Astarita serves as supply priest at St. Columba's, Santee
  • The Rev. Lane Hensley resigned from St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
  • The Rev. Kathleen Kelly is the lead pastor at St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
  • The Rev. Kenneth Simon supplies for both St. Andrew's, Lake Elsinore and St. Stephen's, Menifee
  • The Rev. Janet Wheelock is the interim rector of St. Andrew's, San Diego - Pacific Beach
  • The Rev. Roger Haenke is the interim vicar of Holy Cross, Carlsbad
  • The Rev. Thomas Wilson is the interim rector of St. John's, Chula Vista
  • The Rev. Gwynn Lynch is the priest-in-charge of Grace, San Marcos
  • The Rev. Jason Samuel is the rector of Christ the King, Alpine
Book Suggestion
Barbara Brown Taylor's new book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, explores her discoveries of the sacred in unexpected places.

Read the full article about her book
A Prayer for the Diocese
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Assisting Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bishop-elect Susan Brown Snook, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Book of Common Prayer, page 817