Youth Ministry Leaders Training Weekend
Children and Youth Ministry leaders are invited to a weekend training and retreat at Camp Stevens. The training begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16th, and will conclude with Eucharist in the outdoor chapel on Sunday, October 17th. You are welcome to come on Friday night for additional sabbath time, at no additional charge. Per diocesan guidelines, all attendees must be vaccinated for Covid-19.
 
Retreat Cost: $125
Saturday only (without overnight accommodations): $50
Registration includes Your accommodations in the Wolterstorff Lodge at Camp Stevens, three incredible Camp Stevens meals, and a few special surprises. 
      
We would truly love it if a Children and Youth Ministry representative from each parish was represented at this Leadership Retreat. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to join us!

Any questions regarding this program should be directed to Charlette Preslar, cpreslar@edsd.org
Diocesan Convention
Declaration of Extraordinary Circumstances
We would like to point out specifically Resolution 20-01, the passed change to the canons that accommodates issues surrounding the pandemic. It seeks to allow certain activities that are unique to the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves. Examples include permission to hold a virtual convention, and calculation of number of delegates for convention 2021. The Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has voted to extend the declaration of extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19.
Pre-Convention Zoom Meetings
Join Diocesan leadership for the review of the budget & resolutions to be voted on at Diocesan Convention.

Budget Hearings:
Monday, October 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
Monday, October 18 at 2 p.m. 

Resolution Hearings:
Tuesday, October 12 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 22 at 10 a.m.

Contact Director of Communications, Christ Tumilty for Zoom information.
Review the Resolutions Facing Convention
The resolutions facing this year's Diocesan Convention are available for your review here.
Nominations for Servant Ministry Awards are OPEN!
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. Clergy have the option of nominating a layperson for the Servant Ministry Award to be presented by the Bishop at Diocesan Convention. Please fill out the nomination form for a volunteer from your community.
The Diocesan Convention agenda is listed below. (This agenda may change slightly as we draw closer to the event).

Friday, November 5
2:00 - 5:00pm Convention Workshops
5:15pm Opening Prayer and Conversation between Bishop Susan Brown Snook and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Saturday, November 6
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am Convention Opening Worship
10:30am Business of Convention begins
4:00pm Close of Business

Please email the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty with any questions regarding this year's virtual convention.
Youth at Convention
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a light party at the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach. After a year of separation, we are looking forward to lighting up the night together! 

As with all diocesan events, persons age 12 and up are required to bring proof of vaccination to the event. Youth who are in sixth grade, but still 11 years old, must arrive with a negative test result. All attendees are expected to wear a mask when inside. 

The event includes tacos, music, games, t-shirt, black lights, glow sticks, and time to laugh and play with friends from around the diocese.

Where: The Episcopal Church Center, 2083 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Ocean Beach
When: November 6, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Who: Youth in grades 6-12
Cost: $25 (scholarships available)

Caring for People with Dementia
October 21, 6:00PM with The Rev. Anne Cox Bailey
Did you know that there are over 100 different types of dementia? They affect people regardless of nationality, gender, race, faith, or age (yes, there is even pediatric dementia!). Nearly 100,000 people in San Diego County are experiencing the joys and trials of dealing with loved ones, parishioners, and friends who are experiencing a form of dementia. What if there were a technique that one could learn, a set of tools that make the path through dementia easier? What if it were possible to create a calmer environment, with more moments of joy and grace? Come learn about a hope-filled, effective way to experience meaning for all concerned!
Chef's Dinner: October 31
Bless St Luke's Africa Trip and Delight in a Chef-Designed Meal
Have you joined us for one of St Luke's fundraiser dinners in our patio garden yet? These evenings are a great way to support the St. Luke's African Delegation trip, connect with friends, and see first-hand the work we are doing at St. Luke's. The October 31st meal is presented by Josh Kemble, Executive Chef of Harvest Kitchen! Check out the impressive menu and buy your tickets today by clicking here.
God Loves You!
Camp Stevens: Acorns to Oaks Auction
It's time again for the Acorns to Oaks Auction. All proceeds from Acorns to Oaks 2021 will support Camp Stevens' Transformation Fund as we work to recover, rebuild, and reimagine the future. The Camp Stevens mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower personal, social, and environmental transformation. Camp Stevens is rooted in the Episcopal Church and our natural world.

Getting Past the Denial: It's Not Just the Disease
Thursday, October 14 from 9am-12pm
Anyone concerned about diseases associated with aging such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease--or just plan aging--knows that it's not just the disease or aging that you need to manage. It's all the rest of the stuff that comes with it! St. Margaret's, Palm Desert invites you to this free information-packed event with five expert speakers. Learn new ways of living that will move into a better quality of life, financial positions, and even improved health. (St. Margarets Episcopal Church 47593 CA-74, Palm Desert, CA 92260). Learn More
Creation Care Offerings
As we move through the Season of Creation this fall, the EDSD Creation Care Task Force and a number of churches in our Diocese are hosting events, services, and more to help us engage in learning and work focused on care for the earth, one of God’s most precious gifts to us. Here is the complete calendar of offerings, and below are details about two of them. To learn more about the EDSD Creation Care Task Force, contact Deann Rios at drios@edsd.org.
Wednesdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 10, 7 - 8pm: Braiding Sweetgrass Book Study will reflect on essays focused on creation care by indigenous scientist and gifted storyteller Robin Wall Kimmerer who calls us to celebrate and live in reciprocity with the rest of the living world. Sponsored by Simpler Living of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Environmental Stewardship Team of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church. Contact Parth with any questions.

Our Neighborhood and Beyond
St. Dunstan's in San Diego invites you to a Fall Wednesday night series entitled: "Our Neighborhood and Beyond." The talks will cover concerns and issues facing our neighborhoods.

7 PM, In-person: Church Sanctuary or Livestream:

Oct. 13: Climate Change/Solutions! Global & Local
Speaker: David Lipson, Professor in SDSU Biology Department
 
Oct. 20:  Homeless Challenge
Speaker: Raul Campillo 7th District San Diego City Counselman
 
Oct. 27:  Ready To Meet New Neighbors! Navajo Family Apartments
Speaker: Anna McMasters, Project Manager for The Navajo-family-apartments  
Open Enrollment is Coming
All Employees of Congregations in the Diocese (and Employees of the Diocese)--Open Enrollment is coming. 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.
Church Security and Emergency Planning
Acts of targeted violence against houses of worship are a real—and potentially growing—problem in the United States. Keeping our churches and neighborhoods safe is a key focus of The Episcopal Church, our diocese, and the Department of Homeland Security. The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego offers free, comprehensive security and emergency plan tools and templates for your use. Please contact Jeff Green for more information about church security or emergency planning.

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations recently shared these resources:
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