Our New Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, June 15 at St. Paul's Cathedral. Over 860 people attended. She now has pastoral and administrative authority for our diocese and has begun her work by sharing her visitation schedule for the coming year. Her new visitation customary is available. She is looking forward to getting to know each and every congregation of the diocese. Watch her inaugural sermon outlining her plan for ministry with our diocese.
California Bishops Speak Out on Family Separations at the Border

In one of her first actions as bishop of our diocese, the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook speaks out against family separation at the border in this statement.

News and Events
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Falling in Love with God
Meredith Hardy, parishioner of St. Margaret's, Palm Desert, offers this reflection on her experience as part of Education for Ministry (EfM).

Pray for Our Youth
August 3 - 9: Youth Mission Trip to the Diocese of Western Mexico
As our high school diocesan youth make their way to Mexico for a service trip, we ask your prayers for them, especially for safe travel, good health, and for the bonds of affection across borders to be strengthened.

Vacation Bible School
Christian summer programs for kids
Congregations throughout our diocese host summer programs for children. We have compiled a list of all the Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs we could find. If yours is not listed, please send the details to Hannah Wilder .

A Reflection from
the Rev. Deb Seles

The Rev. Deb Seles, associate at St. Margaret's, Palm Desert, attended the Missional Voices Gathering in Atlanta last month. She reflects on her experience and offers many useful resources for congregations in this article.
Bishop of Armed Services
Sunday, July 7
The bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries, the Rt. Rev. Carl Wright, will be at St. Paul's Cathedral this Sunday, July 7 for services at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The people of the diocese are invited to attend. Questions? Contact the Rev. Susan Astarita.
Ordination and Consecration Service Recording and Photos

If you missed the service of ordination and consecration of our new bishop, you can read the sermon, watch the video recording and view photographs. Thank you to the photography corps and to the St. Paul's Cathedral videography and communications team for making these available.
Happy Fourth of July
The office of the bishop will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and will reopen on Friday, July 5. We wish you a safe and fun holiday.

O God, Grant that all people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Light Up the Cathedral
Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m.

Join interfaith leaders, elected officials and the queer community as our cathedral is lit up in rainbow colors for Pride.

Interfaith Activism Workshop
Thursday, July 11, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Learn cutting edge methods for lobbying public officials, communicating with the press, and organizing persuasive grassroots actions.

Pride Parade
Saturday, July 13

Join in these activities to show pride!

  • 9 a.m. Street Eucharist in the staging area
  • 9:45 a.m. Interfaith Blessing at the Pride flag pole
  • 10 a.m. Walk in the Pride parade with our cathedral and other congregations

Questions? Contact Jeff Martinhauk.
DevOUT Interfaith Village
Saturday - Sunday, July 13 - 14

DevOut is a formal interfaith coalition operating an evnet space where faith communities can offer 20 minute presentations, workshops or spiritual practices from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the Pride festival. Explore the intersection of spirituality and sexuality/gender with participants.

Safety and Security Roundtable
Saturday, July 20, 12 - 2 p.m.
St. Timothy's, Rancho Pe ñ asquitos

Learn what others are doing to protect their congregations, and what you can do to provide a safer experience for everyone who sets foot on campus. Lunch provided.

Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, July 23, 2 - 3 p.m.

The Rev. Canon Jeff Martinhauk will lead this month's discussion about the intersection of stewardship and communications. Learn how your congregation can communicate effectively about doing God's work in the world.
Youth Collaborative Planning Meeting
Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. Peter's, Del Mar
Join the conversation. Hear about diocesan-sponsored events for 2019-2020. Share your events. Ask questions. Be part of the collaboration! $5 lunch donation requested.

Contact Charlette Preslar for information
School for Ministry Fall Classes
The School for Ministry in Ocean Beach is a community of students, teachers and staff who are dedicated to nurturing and preparing people for church service. It is a place of formation that allows people to learn, grow and deepen their faith. The School for Ministry welcomes any and all who would like to increase their knowledge in faith formation. For more information please contact Rector Laura Sheridan Campbell or Diocesan Registrar Alyson Terry

Click here for more information or to register
Stewardship and Beyond
Saturday, August 3, 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Good Samaritan, University City

This daylong workshop will explore stewardship as a spiritual practice, and help learners understand fundraising as building connections and drawing people deeper into community. The Rev. Canon Nancy Holland and Mr. Erik Daubert will present.

Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
St. Mark's, San Diego ~ City Heights

The Diocesan Service and Justice Coalition invites outreach coordinators or committee members to share about your church's outreach, learn from others, troubleshoot problems and share in service and justice projects larger than your one church. A guaranteed inspiring dialogue at every meeting. Join us!

Odyssey camp
Love Japanese Culture?
Register for International Odyssey Camp
August 4 - 10
International Odyssey is a 40+ year tradition of bringing Japanese campers to Camp Stevens, our diocesan camp in Julian. Learn about Japanese culture and share your own.

HR Roundtable
Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. Timothy’s, San Diego

Come learn how our churches can comply with the new California state requirements to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees before January 1, 2020.   We will also roll out a new employee handbook for preschools.

St. Paul's LUV
Saturday, August 24, 5 p.m.

Enjoy a fun evening at Humphrey's by the Baysupporting St. Paul's Senior Services. Tasting room, karaoke lounge, silent and live auctions, photo booth, music fest and more. Early bird tickets available through July 5.

Congregational Events
Learn Tai Chi
St. Andrew's, Pacific Beach

Learn the ancient healing art of Tai Chi. A series of gentle motions paired with breathing, Tai Chi is helpful for people of all ages. Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at St. Andrew's, 1050 Thomas Ave., San Diego.

St. Andrew's, La Mesa
Creative Corner
September 21 -22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

St. Andrew's seeks artists and crafters interested in showing and selling their craft. Submit photos of your craft via email . Include name, phone, email. The committee looks forward to hearing from you. Questions? Contact Widget: 619-8510338 or Donna 951-847-3677.
Flat Jesus
Trinity, Escondido

Trinity, Escondido encourages folks to take a flat Jesus with them on vacation, snap photos and share on social media. It's a fun way to share your adventures, bringing Jesus wherever you go.

Contact the Rev. Meg Decker
A Call for
Uncommon Courage
Saturday, December 7, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

St. Margaret's, Palm Desert welcomes world renowned author Joan Chittister to share her passion for social justice, God, and life. Her message energizes us to participate in a vision for a world greater than our current one.

Beyond Our Diocese
New Podcast
The Way of Love

This new podcast, "The Way of Love" focuses on the seven practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest. Hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien explore living the way of love with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Take Action

Urge Congress to support a commission to study and develop reparations proposals. The Episcopal Church is actively working to become a transformed, anti-racist church; our Church aims to bring this perspective to public policy to heal communities that have been marginalized. We seek to challenge the long-established policies that perpetuate systemic racism and to support legislation that seeks to repair the breach in societies and institutions.