Migration Missive: Knocking at the Door
By: Troy Elder, Migration Missioner EDSD
The call came on a Saturday morning in mid-December. Something was horribly wrong at the migrant shelter in Mexicali, just across the Mexican border from Calexico, a border town very familiar to some of our Episcopal congregations. There was talk of an “orphan tragedy.”  To many of those from the congregations of St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Palm Desert), St. Paul in the Desert (Palm Springs), and St. Philip The Apostle (Lemon Grove), who had for some time been planning December pilgrimages in the “posada” tradition – Christmas parties that reenact the drama of the Holy Family, seeking shelter in Bethlehem – the news came as a shock. Funds had been raised for food; Christmas gifts for children had been purchased; liturgies had been written.  What was happening? Read More
Li Tim-Oi of China
By: The Rev. Janine Shenone
One of the great heroes of the Anglican Communion is Li Tim-Oi of China, the first woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion. And yet, few people know her story.

Li Tim-Oi became a Christian as a young woman in Hong Kong and chose the baptismal name of Florence after Florence Nightingale, the famous nurse known as the Lady of the Lamp. Florence Li Tim-Oi became another Lady of the Lamp, bearing the light of Christ into war-torn territories. And so it is fitting that we share these materials on the Feast of the Epiphany. Read More
The First Step on Today's Journey
By: David Tremaine
Five years ago, Faith To Go began as an at-home offering for families at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Since then, it has undergone countless tweaks, changes, and transformations. And now, in this season after Epiphany, we are entering a new stage in the life of Faith To Go. With the diocesan strategic plan goal of equipping “congregations to enable all people to grow as followers of Jesus through intentional personal and communal practices” in mind, the Faith To Go formation team has recreated this vibrant diocesan offering to help support spiritual and theological reflection not just for children and families, but for people at every age and stage of life. Read More
EDSD Welcomes Harry Jasper to Staff
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is excited to announce an addition to its financial team. Harry Jasper will be working as Controller for the Diocese, helping churches with congregational audits, and occasionally providing answers and assistance with financial and business affairs.

Harry’s professional experience includes finance, executive leadership & government relations. Beyond his more than two decades in public accounting, banking, and hospital administration, Harry has demonstrated a passion for community building and advancing local social and health services for the most vulnerable.

Harry and his wife, Splendor, along with their newborn daughter, Sapphire, will be living in Clairement (San Diego) close to extended family. He is the proud father of 3 older boys living in Salt Lake City, Utah.

You can reach Harry and welcome him to the neighborhood by emailing him at hjasper@edsd.org.
School for Ministry Spring '22 Semester
School for Ministry
The School for Ministry Spring semester registration is live. Join students from all over the diocese to learn and grow in the knowledge of scripture, history, and more. Learn More Here

The School for Ministry (SFM) is a theological training program for anyone interested in learning more about Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, church history and theology, liturgics, Christian spirituality, pastoral care, global Anglicanism, and more. It is open to all adult learners: people considering ordained ministry and people interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of these topics.

The spirit of the School for Ministry is to nurture a community of safe inquiry in spiritual curiosity. As Phillip said to Nathanael in John’s Gospel, “Come and see!”
Youth Epiphany Retreat at Camp Stevens
This February, after two years, the youth of our diocese are invited to Camp Stevens for a weekend of fun and faith exploration. Our theme for this year is Shine Your Light and we will explore light in lots of ways. There will be a glow party, a high-ropes course, small group conversation, and the opportunity to connect with friends from around the diocese. This event is open to youth in grades 6-12. After so much time apart, we are thrilled to highlight the return of this beloved event! Registration opens on Monday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m. This event will sell out quickly. More Here
Migration in God's Story - Book Study
The Diocesan Migration Task Force invites you to join Episcopal Migration Ministries, The Episcopal Church, and other Christians in an Epiphany-season study of the Book of Exodus.  

Following the program set out by The Good Book Club, a ministry of Forward Movement, participants will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. via Zoom beginning January 12 to pray and discuss the prior week's readings.  

To register or for more information, please email our Diocesan Migration Missioner, Troy Elder, at telder@edsd.org.
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson - Book Study
St Paul’s Cathedral, St. Bartholomew’s, Christ Church, and All Soul’s Episcopal Churches are co-facilitating a virtual six-week book study of CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson from Jan 19 - Feb 23, 6:30-8:00pm. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a 2020 historical and narrative nonfiction work about the nature of inequality in the United States, India, and Nazi Germany. Race is the visible agent of caste, while caste is the unseen “infrastructure” that holds each of American society’s racial and ethnic groups firmly in their places. CASTE is available on Amazon for purchase. There is an audio version available for those that prefer to listen. Register Here
Is your church interested in Creation Care?
Is your church interested in Creation Care? Join the EDSD Creation Care Task Force (CCTF) and other churches for a virtual meeting on Jan. 20 or Jan. 30.  

We are gathering representatives from churches via Zoom on Thurs., Jan. 20, 6:30-8 pm and Sun., Jan. 30, 2:30-4 pm – two identical meetings to choose from, and invite you to attend. Learn about ways our CCTF can be a support to your church and be inspired by representatives from other churches interested in and doing Creation Care work. Whether you hope to get started or are already engaged in Creation Care and would like to increase your involvement and impact, we look forward to your participation. To learn more or RSVP, contact Diane dianelopezhughes@me.com.
Parochial Report Housekeeping
Each congregation should ensure that a treasurer or administrator has access to reports.dfms.org. If you do not have access and need a new user-designated or if you need password assistance, please contact Anabel Cazarez at acazarez@edsd.org
2022 Missional & Property Grants Open
Missional Congregational Grants 2022
Missional Congregational Grant requests will be accepted through January 17, 2022. Requests will be reviewed and approvals will be made in early March with the distribution of funds later that month. There will be two grant cycles this year, with the additional cycle occurring in late summer. The amount available for this first cycle is $26,000.

Missional Congregational Grants are intended to support mission and ministry in congregations’ surrounding neighborhoods. These grant requests must fall into one of the areas identified in our Strategic Plan: Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Growth; Leadership and Congregational Development; Service and Advocacy; Stewardship. You can find out more about the Strategic Plan here.

The form for submitting a grant can be found on our website. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch.

Property Grants for 2022
Property grants are also available throughout the year. The form for submitting a request is found here. Priority is given to those projects that have previously been identified as priority one issues by the Property Committee, but other projects are encouraged to apply. The Property Committee and Diocesan staff are always open to discussing your property needs. This assists us with long-term budget planning. 

Revival Grants
This year, Bishop Susan will be focusing her visitations on the theme of Revival! We will be praying for a renewal of the Holy Spirit within your congregation, helping you reach out to neighbors in your community as our churches emerge from the pandemic, and preparing for the Good News Festival with Bishop Curry, scheduled for Dec. 9-10, 2022 at the Town & Country in San Diego. Therefore, Bishop Susan’s visitations will include some special elements, including testimony, artwork, and personal prayer, that we ask you to prepare for in advance. If the advance preparation involves some cost, you are invited to apply for a Revival Grant of $500 by clicking here. We look forward to being with you and sharing in what the Holy Spirit is doing in your congregation!
2021-2022 Cycle of Prayer
Throughout the year, churches in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego pray for the churches, institutions, organizations, clergy, and military groups stationed or deployed from San Diego. You can find the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer and the Diocesan Military Cycle of Prayer linked below.

Job Opportunity at St John's, Indio
St. John's Episcopal Church in Indio is searching for a new Music Director, part-time. Familiarity with keyboard and computer skills, working with children and adults of various cultures and languages required. Contact John Robbins at stjohnsindio.org@verizon.net