Diocesan Convention Recap
Bishop Susan Brown Snook and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Watch this inspiring conversation between Bishop Susan Brown Snook and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the power of sharing Jesus Christ with our neighbors and the world.
Bishop Susan Brown Snook's Address to Convention
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 

"The congregations are where the ongoing work of the gospel happens. And you have done so much to follow Jesus and empower mission this year. You are truly the light of the world. You are doing God’s work. And I believe that God will grow our church and transform many lives with the courageous love of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen." -Bishop Susan Brown Snook
Elected to Diocesan Leadership
Those elected are available for your review here. Every year the Diocesan Convention fills numerous leadership positions through the election.
Review the Diocesan Budget Passed by Convention
The Diocesan Budget passed at this year's Diocesan Convention. The budget is available for your review here.
Review the Resolutions Passed by Convention
The resolutions passed by this year's Diocesan Convention are available for your review here.
This is My Light
By: Canon Jason Evans, EDSD Canon for Mission
In the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world.” That “you” means you … and me.

Can you imagine what this would have sounded like to those that originally heard Jesus say this in first-century Palestine? Before modern electrification, before light bulbs, Jesus tells those that follow him that they were a source of light amidst darkness. You see, Jesus believes you and I have light to offer the world around us. Read More
Newly Licensed Lay Evangelists in EDSD
Congratulations to Samantha Hirsch, James Duke, Susan Jester, and Jennifer Jow, the newly licensed Lay Evangelists in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. You will be seeing these newly licensed Lay Evangelists in your congregation soon! They will share wonderful stories of personal faith, formation, and more. If you would like to learn more about Lay Evangelist Traning and Licensing, don't hesitate to contact Canon Jason Evans at jevans@edsd.org.
Bishop's Cross & Servant Ministry Awards
Every year, Bishop Susan Brown Snook is happy to honor individuals throughout the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego for their diligent, faithful work in their church communities. Thank you for your faithfulness and ministry throughout the church.

Bishop's Cross
Costa Dillon, St. Bartholomew's in Poway
Frank Rojas, St. Thomas in Temecula

Servant Ministry Awards
Jeff Bates – St. John’s, Chula Vista  
Walter DuMelle – St. James by the Sea, La Jolla  
Joe Gamboa – St. Philip’s, Lemon Grove 
Susan Johnston – All Saints’, San Diego 
Debbie Kistler – St. Mark’s, San Diego   
Stephen Muffatti – All Saints’, San Diego 
Charlie Peterson – St. Andrew’s, La Mesa 
David Priest – St. David’s, San Diego 
Loral Priest – St. David’s, San Diego 
David Reese – All Saints’, Vista  
Tom and Georgia Schulz – Grace Church, San Marcos 
David Shine – Good Shepherd, Bonita  
John Charles Westaway – St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs 
Clarence and Nina Woods – St. Timothy’s, San Diego 
RenewalWorks Cohort Starting Soon
RenewalWorks helps churches (and the individuals in them) refocus on spiritual growth and identify ways that God is calling them to grow. Their methodology includes an anonymous online evaluation of each parishioner, and a series of guided workshop discussions that are tailored to the Episcopal tradition, adapting over 10 years of research that has uncovered key characteristics of flourishing congregations. Registration for your whole congregations costs only $500. Registration for the next training cohort closes on December 20 and begins on January 23. Program details are available here.
Grant Awarded to St. Andrew's Pacific Beach
Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) announced St. Andrew’s Pacific Beach as a participating congregation for “Trauma-Responsive Congregations: Equipping Thriving Urban Congregations to Respond to Collective Trauma.” The four-year project is now entering its second year and is designed to help urban congregations respond to trauma from theologically-informed and spiritually-integrative perspectives. St. Andrew’s partnered with Christ Lutheran in Pacific Beach to focus on helping those who experience homelessness in their neighborhood. Contact the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson for more information about this program.
Faith to Go Needs Your Thoughts!
Over the next few months, Faith to Go will be reimagining its various offerings, and we want that reimagining to be informed by you! Help us understand how you use the Faith to Go offerings and what you may want us to consider offering in the future. We welcome all feedback; whether you use Faith To Go every week or you've never heard about it before--check us out by clicking this link. Thank you again for this valuable feedback!
Adopt-A-Family of ECS Clients for Christmas Gifts
Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? Christmas is such a special time of the year, and as we all know, it can also be extremely stressful. We are looking for compassionate donors like you who are interested in sponsoring low-income and struggling families who receive critical services from Episcopal Community Services. ECS will provide family information and wish lists, and you buy and deliver the gifts! This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a family or parish ministry group to make a huge difference and keep the spirit of Christmas alive. Please check out our website for more information and to sign up! https://www.ecscalifornia.org/volunteer
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.
Open Enrollment is ENDING SOON!
All Employees of Congregations in the Diocese. Health and Dental insurance plans will remain unchanged in 2022. If you are an employee of the diocese and work more than 1,000 hours, you will be offered the chance to enroll in the Denominational Health Plan from October 27 to November 17. Be on the lookout for a green envelope from the Church Pension Group with your enrollment package, and a letter from your employer in the next few weeks with more information. The Rev. Jeff Martinhauk, Chief Financial Officer, is happy to help answer any questions.