EDSD Revival Date Rescheduled: Dec. 3-5, 2021
Jesus said, “I have come to bring life and life in abundance” (John 10:10). If this isn’t good news, I don’t know what is. Especially in these times of unrest, angst, pandemic and isolation, the world is yearning for this good news- Jesus’ gift of abundant, new life.

The world is yearning for Revival.

As you may know, Bishop Susan has declared 2021 to be The Year of Evangelism for our diocese. Although evangelism is a concept that may carry some baggage, it’s actually a very simple and beautiful thing: it is the simple but life-changing act of bringing good news to those who long to hear it! And it is the grateful, humble and natural response as we experience the good news of Jesus in our own lives. Read More
Join the Diocesan-wide Worship Service, Sept 6
Bishop Susan Brown Snook will offer a Diocesan Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 6. It’s a time for the diocese to come together in worship, and for clergy to have a break if they choose, and join with other Episcopalians throughout our diocese for worship. Congregations may stream the service from their congregational channels, or individuals may access it from the Diocesan Facebook page. Bishop Susan will preside and preach, recording from St. Paul’s Cathedral. Music and prayers will be in English and Spanish, with a bulletin available in both languages. It’s a day for our diocese to come together in worship and thanksgiving! If your community would like access to the recording for your own communication channels, please contact the  Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty , for access.
Salt and Light: A Renewed School for Ministry
A Renewed School for Ministry
By: Pam Reiger
As the Rector for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego’s School For Ministry, I’m very excited and pleased to invite you to register for classes for the 2020 Fall Semester! Why am I so excited? Well, during the last few months after the Spring semester ended, everyone on what I call the “SFM Team” (Bishop Susan, Staff, SFM Dean of Studies, Faculty, Facilities, Communications) has been working behind the scenes to make the Fall Semester at SFM a more robust, challenging, and formational experience than ever before. Our webpage is completely redesigned, more intuitive, with easily accessed information on courses, syllabi, required reading and registration. Read More
Sept 26: Save the Date! COM: Day of Information
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The Commission on Ministry invites you to save the date for the Sept. 26 Day of Information for those interested in exploring the discernment process for ordained ministry.  The event will be provided from 9 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom, and will be open to those interested in discerning, their spouses, and their parish priests. More information and registration will be available soon. 

Save the Date September 26
Resources for Emotional Support
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances.

You’re not alone!

Find resources to connect with real people that can help, here .
Becoming Beloved Community Now

Racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church will gather to build community, craft strategy, and equip each other for action during a series of Becoming Beloved Community NOW online gatherings at 4-6 p.m. EDT on July 28-30.  Read More
Vacation Bible School - LIVE at 3pm on Sundays
During this unprecedented season of prevention, many members of our diocesan family have made collaborative steps toward producing VBS for our congregations and other ecumenical partners. Using Rocky Railway from Group , we’ll explore Jesus’ role in our lives. Join us for the videos of songs, skits, scripture, and prayers led by church leaders from across our diocese. These 20-30 minute videos will premiere each Sunday afternoon at 3pm. This year's VBS is a great way for families to explore faith together, and continue the conversation during dinner and into the night.  Learn More about Virtual Vacation Bible School
Grants Available to Churches
Our diocese is pleased to offer a grants program to support you in enhancing online and outdoor worship. Grants of $250 to $750 will be provided to help cover the cost of sound and online equipment, and may be used to cover purchases dating back to March 15, 2020. To apply for a grant, please   click here .

In addition to our technology grants, please remember that  we have raised funds under our “For Such A Time As This” campaign to help those who are suffering from the economic downturn . I am happy to help your congregation start a feeding program, support your members who have lost jobs, or otherwise relieve suffering that you know about.  To apply for a grant , please  send me an email   describing the need and the amount you are requesting. I am eager to help.
Job Opening at Episcopal Church Center, OB
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The recent departure of our diocesan accountant and the approval of a Paycheck Protection Program loan for our diocese and missions have opened the position of controller in the diocese. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested and qualified.  We will be accepting applications through August 7.  More Information Here
Cyber Security: Stay Protected
During this period when it seems like we spend most of our time on-line, it's helpful to review some best practices for cyber security. Please click here  for a helpful checklist of things to keep in mind when accessing cyber vulnerabilities. For those congregations insured with Church Insurance Company of Vermont, there is cyber coverage for certain events. 

This is a good time to review exactly what would be covered in the event that you lose data or connectivity due to cyber sabotage. Jack Rutledge, the CICVA representative for our area, is happy to talk with policy holders about any specific questions.
TENS Offers Resources for Virtual Stewardship
The Episcopal Network For Stewardship (TENS) provides virtual stewardship materials that are free to all congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego via our diocesan TENS membership. This year, TENS is providing resources that help congregations with virtual stewardship campaigns. 
 
TENS member resources  are available to all congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego via the diocesan membership. For login information, contact Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty at  ctumilty@edsd.org  or Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Keren Mondaca, at  kmondaca@edsd.org .
United Thank Offering Grant Opportunities
   
The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board is pleased to announce the availability of their 2021 United Thank Offering Annual Grants. For 2021, the focus is Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts.
 
The United Thank Offering will accept applications in two categories, Sustaining Ministries and Innovative Ministries, at two different funding levels through two granting cycles. The criteria for each category are different. Applicants must demonstrate concisely how the project directly supports the recovery effort. More here.
  
Education for Ministry Summer 2020
Every baptized Christian is called to ministry. What is yours? Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) that provides the foundational education to assist you in discerning and carrying out your ministry. Like the mustard seed (Luke 13:18-19), we need fertile soil to grow. EfM is that fertile soil and we are the mustard seeds. Learning scriptures, church history, and theology is the light shining on the soil, warming it so the seed will sprout.  Read More or Register Here
Public Statement of our Commitment
The Rev. Brenda Sol, rector of St. Andrew’s in Encinitas, and other clergy colleagues in our diocese created a statement of our commitment to our baptismal covenant and Jesus’ call to us during this time of twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice. Any church in our diocese is welcome to use this statement, for instance as a clergy-vestry joint statement, or as an ongoing statement in your bulletin.
As part of the Jesus Movement and the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, we pledge to love our neighbors and protect the most vulnerable among us, remembering our baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” We live these pledges out by actively engaging in dismantling racism. For many of us, this will mean learning more about our racial identity, listening to those who have experienced racial prejudice, speaking out against racism, and showing up alongside those in our community working to change unjust systems in our society. We also live out this pledge at worship during this pandemic, by wearing face-coverings, respecting distancing guidelines, foregoing the common cup and refraining from congregational singing.
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Checklist to Resume In-Person Worship
Due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, in-person worship is suspended in our diocese. Please continue to pray and prepare for when we can gather together again. Both the bishop and the state of California have issued guidelines for in-person worship. A congregational checklist that consolidates and simplifies these guidelines can be found here .

Some counties have also issued separate guidelines and requirements, so please check your local county guidelines. Please note that San Diego County requires that a Reopening Plan be posted in a public place. The template for the plan can be found here .  
Faith to Go: Your weekly formation resources
A Weekly, On The Go Resource for Parents and Non-Parents Alike

Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar. Joined each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go team highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week More Here
COVID-19 Resources
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The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is here to support you through this difficult time. The sudden impact of COVID-19 on our community-life does not mean we need to give up community. Find a list of resources that can help here : including a bulletin for Morning Prayer, resources for online giving for your congregation, help in setting up video meetings, Faith at Home resources, and more .
If you have or need any type of resource that is not listed here, please email Christian Gillette, Canon for Evangelism and Discipleship with your materials or request. 
Diocesan Staff: Working Remotely
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Due to COVID-19 the Diocesan Staff will be working remotely. You can find contact information for each of the staff members here . Feel free, as always, to call Bishop Susan, Canon Gwynn, Canon Christian, Rev. Kirby, or Chris for any reason. Please email the other members of the Diocesan Staff as their cell phone numbers are not listed.