Evangelism Academy: JUNE 17, 2021 FROM 6PM-7:30PM
Register Today for the forth Transformation Academy class:
The Evangelism Academy! June 17 from 6-7:30pm
FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER, THE REV. DWIGHT ZSCHEILE PHD, VICE PRESIDENT OF INNOVATION AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT LUTHER SEMINARY IN ST. PAUL.
Evangelism Begins with Listening: Following God into the Neighborhood
In this time when so much has been disrupted in our lives and society, Christians are called to deepen their listening: to God, to each other, and particularly to the longings and losses of their neighbors. This session will explore simple practices of listening to stories, discerning the Spirit's leading, and investing presence and relationship with neighbors for the sake of love and witness in Christ.
The Rev. Dwight Zscheile Ph.D is Vice President of Innovation and Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. An Episcopal priest, he is author of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the U.S. (with Craig Van Gelder, Eerdmans 2018), The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he previously served congregations in Virginia and Connecticut. Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world. 
Breakout 1: Ten Easy Steps to Starting a Military Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Frank Munoz, Missioner for Military Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Breakout 2: Seed Corn is for planting, not eating: Why Jesus knew young adults are the way to sustain and transform faith, community, and the world
The Rev. Darin Johnson, Agape House Campus Pastor
Immigration & Asylum Webinar for Faith Leaders
The Faith Leaders of San Diego for Justice and Peace invite all local faith leaders on June 17 at 3:30 PM to a webinar/conversation on the complexities related to immigration and asylum in the San Diego Region.  Members of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium will present and lead our time together and include:   
 
Tania Garcia from Espacio Migrante 
Maria Chavez from San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association 
Aleena Jun Nawabi from CAIR San Diego 
Dulce Garcia from Border Angels 
Lilian Serrano from Universidad Popular 
Pedro Rios from AFSC San Diego  
 
Our faith traditions call us to act for justice, welcome the stranger, and offer compassion and solidarity to the oppressed. We want to respond to the needs of immigrants and asylum seekers and to do so effectively. In the face of too little or conflicting information, we’ve gathered experts and activists who can provide insights and information on the conditions and realities of immigration and asylum in the San Diego Region.  
Campership Sunday: Camp Stevens
It's been a long year for all of us! A week at Camp Stevens is a chance for campers to connect with new friends and old, experience God's creation, and build back confidence, belonging, and the spirit of adventure while supported by a safe and loving community. 30% of our summer campers receive support to come to camp each year. This summer we need our church family more than ever.

Contact Kathy Wilder, Executive Director of Camp Stevens, for more information about supporting campers or visiting Camp Stevens.
2021 Baccalaureate Service: June 27th
On June 27, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego will honor the High School Seniors in our diocese with a live-streamed baccalaureate service. The service will be led by Bishop Susan and feature youth readers, musicians, and a virtual procession of the graduates. In a time where so many of the rites of passage have been lost for these young adults, it is our goal to give them a vibrant celebration of both their achievements and their faith. There are four ways that youth are invited to participate in the baccalaureate service.
 
Procession of Graduates: Please submit a photo of your graduate with their name, where they attended high school, congregation name, and what they will be doing next (Please omit the last item, if this decision has yet to be made). These should be submitted to Charlette Preslar, cpreslar@edsd.org no later than June 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
 
Commissioning Video: Part of the service will include the commissioning of the graduates. There are two responses from the graduates in that video segment. Youth should submit one horizontal (landscape) video of them saying the following two responses. "I am ready." "I do so pledge. And I promise to work, pray, and give of my resources for the spread of the kingdom of God." Our goal is to have as many youth as possible submit a video for this segment. They may be taken on a cell phone or a laptop and emailed to Charlette Preslar, cpreslar@edsd.org no later than June 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
 
Readers and Music: Youth who would like to participate as a reader for the service should contact Charlette Preslar, cpreslar@edsd.org right away. Multicultural Readers are encouraged! Readers will be assigned no later than June 10, 2021. 

Musicians should submit emails to Chris Tumilty, ctumilty@edsd.org with the name of their proposed piece and whether they would like to submit a vocal or instrumental piece. We will work to incorporate a diverse assortment of musical offerings. 
Vacation Bible School 2021 - Sign Up Today!
Vacation Bible School is a time to grow in Jesus’ love, over five weeks, beginning July 11. Each Sunday at 3 pm, a new 20-30 minute episode will premiere on YouTube to watch as a family or with your church family. Featuring leaders from across our diocesan family we’ll use Treasured from Group Publishing as a springboard to explore Jesus’ love through stories, songs, scripture, and more.

The VBS team is excited to continue to unwrap God’s future together and look forward to an exciting summer of learning about Jesus’ love for us. Learn More
School for Ministry: Summer Registration Now Available
The School for Ministry is offering Hermeneutics this summer. Register today and don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.
School for Ministry's summer students will be exploring the basic principles used by scholars to read and interpret the Scriptures. Texts are never self-explanatory and reading Biblical texts, in particular, is an exercise that is fraught with potential pitfalls that requires patience and nuance on the part of the student who seeks to hear the “Word” of God in the words of these ancient manuscripts.

Through a series of multimedia exercises that are intended to be provocative and engaging, SfM students will be exposed to many of our explicit and implicit preferences and prejudices that impact and shape acts of interpretation, and the instability and fluidity of the idea of an objective “meaning” of a text.
Education For Ministry
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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.

The EfM program develops an informed and knowledgeable laity through a series of four, one-year seminars. A small group seminar is the nucleus of the EfM program (maximum of 12 participants plus one or two mentors). Read More
The Rev. Ted Oertel Atwood Funeral Information
The Rev. Ted Atwood, a well-known and widely loved priest in our diocese, died on Pentecost morning, May 23, 2021.

The Rev. Ted Atwood's funeral will be held on Monday, June 21 at 10 am at St. Dunstan’s.
 
Theodore Oertel Atwood, Jr. was born August 3, 1936, in Augusta, Georgia to Theodore and Francis Atwood. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 25, 1964, at Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia by The Right Reverend Albert R. Stuart, Bishop of Georgia. Read More
Congregational Audit Workbook Available
Each year all churches are required by The Episcopal Church to conduct a financial audit. Each diocese is allowed to determine the types of audits congregations are required to have. 

San Diego’s Audit Guidelines for CPA (external) audits are as follows: 

  • Churches with revenues greater than $2 million: Every other year with audit review in the intervening year 

  • Churches with revenue between $1.5 and $2 million: Every third year with audit reviews in intervening years 

  • Churches with revenue between $1 and $1.5 million: Every fourth year with an audit review in one of the intervening years 

  • Churches with revenue between $500,000 and $1,000,000: Audit or Audit review every fourth year with diocesan review in one of the intervening years

  • All other congregations may conduct an internal (committee) audit. 

  • Congregations that are due for a diocesan review in 2021 for 2020 may also conduct an internal audit.

The workbook for conducting an internal audit can be downloaded here (Do not fill out the workbook online. Please download the form for your use). If your church is conducting an external audit, or audit review, please submit the auditor’s report to the diocese. If you have not done so, please email Julie Young jyoung@edsd.org to inform her of what type of audit will be conducted.  
Join the Christ Church Team: Job Listings
Christ Church has open positions. Please read the descriptions below for the Director of Finance and Human Resources and the Director of Communications positions. Learn More
Join St. Andrew's Preschool: Job Listing
St. Andrews, Pacific Beach is seeking a positive, enthusiastic, creative person to fill our teaching position--someone who loves to work with children 2-5 years old.

Applicants must have at least 12 ECE units including the core classes (Child, Growth & Development and Child, Family & Community), a minimum of 2 years working with children 2-5 years old, be currently CPR/First Aid certified, up-to-date on the state-required immunizations, and are Fingerprinted & Background Cleared (LiveScan).

If you would like to learn more or apply, please email Heather for more information.
New TENS Resources and Log-in for 2021
The diocese is a member of TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship), an association of church leaders, both lay and ordained, “who are committed to living generously and helping others live lives of generosity.”

All churches in the diocese can access member resources, which include creative materials for the annual pledge campaign. To access TENS membership materials please contact Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty for the new TENS password.
Diocesan Staff Returns to the Office
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The Diocesan Staff has now returned to the office! While visitation to the office is still limited to scheduled appointments, feel free to reach out to any of the staff for help. You can find contact information for each of the staff members here.

And feel free--as always--to call Bishop Susan, Canon Gwynn, Canon Christian, or Chris for any reason.
Beware of Phishing Attempts
If you receive a suspicious email from an address that seems to be Bishop Susan, but it is not from an @edsd.org email account, it is a phishing attempt. Bishop Susan will never email you asking for funds or financial support by way of gift cards. Nor will the bishop's emails be filled with grammatical errors. Every official email from the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego comes from an @edsd.org email address.
Phishing is a cyber attack that uses disguised email as a weapon. The goal is to trick the email recipient into believing that the message is something they want or need — a request from their bank, for instance, or a note from someone in their company — and to click a link or download an attachment.
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 weekMore Here
EDSD.org Under Construction
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EDSD.org is going through some changes. You may find that your bookmarked or saved links are now broken, or that information you're used to finding has been moved.

Please be patient as we work to update EDSD.org to better serve you into the future. If you have questions or come across a broken link, please email Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty. Thank you for your help while we work to better our digital presence.
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!

Sleep and Health



Find resources to connect with real people that can help, here.