A Prayer for Labor Day
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
— Collect for Labor Day, the Book of Common Prayer , p. 261

45th Annual Diocesan Convention
Friday - Saturday, November 9 - 10
Register today for the annual diocesan convention, which takes place at St. Dunstan's, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego. Regular registration is $75 until October 15. Late registration is $85 until November 2.

Submit Resolutions by October 1
All resolutions for the 45th Annual Diocesan Convention are due by October 1. Submit your resolution online. Proposed canonical changes are due by August 15.

Our diocese has not reserved a block of rooms for this convention, however, you may view a list of hotels we have compiled, including distance from St. Dunstan's, the location of convention, the regular room rate, and a link to their website.

Stewardship for the Heart and Soul Video
If you missed Stewardship for the Heart and Soul last month at St. Michael's, you can still watch the recording. If you need stewardship support, please contact Hannah Wilder in the bishop's office for resources and troubleshooting.
Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to California Wildfires
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) has partnered with Episcopal dioceses throughout California to help the most vulnerable people impacted by recent wildfires. This summer fast-moving and aggressive wildfires scorched more than 500,000 acres, destroying over 1,000 homes and businesses and killing at least nine people. In our diocese, St. Hugh's, Idyllwild was the most impacted with every member of the congregation evacuated. ERD works with existing church ministries to connect them to the most vulnerable -- those who come for a hot meal, food pantry, shower or clothing ministry. Donations to the US Disaster Fund will help those affected by the devastating wildfires and help us prepare for future incidents as the fire season grows longer and hotter.
John Dominic Crossan
St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
Saturday, September 15, 7 - 9 p.m.

Bestselling author and acclaimed Bible scholar, John Dominic Crossan, PhD, will lecture about his new book, Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter . Learn why the East, not the West, has a more holistic understanding of Easter. Why are all major events in the life of Christ directly described in the Gospels except for his resurrection? Why does Western Christianity depict an individual resurrection but Eastern Christianity a universal resurrection? Which of the two traditions is in fuller continuity with the New Testament itself? What is the meaning and challenge of universal resurrection? Come learn about Western Christianity's perspective on morality and forgiveness, and how to move toward a more inclusive, community-based ideal, a balm for the soul of our fractured society. Other opportunities to hear Crossan available.

Family Harvest Weekend
Friday - Sunday, October 12 - 14
October is a beautiful time of year at Camp Stevens. The air is crisp, and the days are still long. Past Harvest Weekends have featured everything from pretzel baking in our wood-burning cob oven to scarecrow building. And we’ll always have some camp classics, like the climbing wall and evening campfires.  Bring family and friends to celebrate the bounty and beauty of this season’s gifts! Register at campstevens.org
St. Hugh's Labyrinth Walk
Sunday, September 2, 4 p.m.
In honor of Labor Day and the tenth anniversary of its labyrinth installation, St. Hugh's invites you to an introduction to walking the labyrinth, meditation about work and working, and the opportunity to walk the labyrinth and experience its meditative wonder. Childcare available. St. Hugh's, 25525 Tahquitz Drive, Idyllwild.

Rise for Climate March
Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m.

This global day of action on climate change sends a message to the Global Action Climate Summit and the world that we demand climate-sustaining policies. As the fossil fuel industry threatens the future of our planet, now is the time to make concrete change. Meet at 202 C Street, San Diego.

Latino/Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Saturday, September 15, 11am-7pm
St. Philip's, Lemon Grove invites you to the annual Latino/Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Enjoy cuisine, games, La Loteria, a bounce house for the kids, Aztec dancers, Mariachi, art, carousels, a DJ, and more. St. Philip's, 2660 Hardy Drive, Lemon Grove.

Willan West Concert
Saturday, September 22, 7pm

Come enjoy one of Willan West's final masses, Missa Brevis no. 13 'Holy Cross.' Also in the program is the motet, Fair in Face, and the motet, O sacrum convivium by Thomas Tallis. All Saints', 625 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Diego.

Ending Family Violence
Friday-Saturday, September 28-29

A two-day training designed to help clergy, lay leaders and advocates understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications for individuals, the church and beyond. It highlights protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm and respond effectively and sensitively to victims, survivors, their families, and abusers. First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego.

Pie and Coffee for Refugees
Saturday, November 3, 1:30 - 3 pm

Join RefugeeNet for a delicious cup of coffee and a piece of homemade pie at Cafe Calabria, 3933 Thirtieth Street, San Diego. Customers are encouraged to donate $10 to support RefugeeNet which assists legal immigrants in our diocese with housing, employment and medical, educational and social services.

"American Denial" Film & Discussion
Tuesday, September 11, 6 - 8:30 pm
St. Bartholomew's invites you to this film screening and discussion. Explore unconscious biases in post-racial America. Light refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Samaritan Weekend
September 20 - 23
Join Trinity, Escondido for a Samaritan weekend of prayer, inspiration, discovery and insight for action on social justice challenges of our time. Weekend activities include prayer vigils, fasting, advocacy work, gospel concert, hunger banquet, special liturgy, guest speaker and the kickoff of Trinity's season of service.

Daughters of the King Fall Assembly
Saturday, September 22, 9 am - 1 pm

All women of the diocese are welcome to attend this presentation by the Rev. Laurel Mathewson about St. Teresa of Avila's concept of the interior castle. Continental breakfast at 9 a.m. The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will celebrate the Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. followed by the program at 10:45 a.m. and lunch at 12 p.m. St. Dunstan's, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego.

Sheepdog Seminar
Saturday, October 6, 8:30am-3:30pm

Learn how violence escalates in a church setting, and what you can do to protect people. You will hear from heroes and survivors of church shootings, and the basic ingredients of a sheepdog. Mission Church, 4750 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego. $49 per person. Registration required.

Save the Date: Cathedral Alternative Gifts Expo on Sunday, December 2
Join St. Paul's Cathedral on Sunday, December 2 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Discover holiday gifts from across the globe that bring a world of good. Enjoy a good time with family and friends purchasing holiday gifts that make a difference. Live music along with hot soup and bread will be available for a pleasant shopping experience.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: February 11 - 21, 2019
The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet, rector of St. Bartholomew's, Poway, will be our travel chaplain on this transformative trip to the Holy Land. The trip includes five nights in Jerusalem and three nights on the Sea of Galilee. $3,199 for the whole trip including airfare from San Diego. Brochures available.

Bishop Katharine's Library
Borne on Ego's Wings:
A Secular Apocrypha
In Borne on Ego’s Wings , Joshua Joseph Burkett’s creates his second non-fiction memoir in which he focuses on his tumultuous twenties. His writing is sharp, earnest, and makes for a memoir that is hard to put down. 

Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism
If talking about racism makes you anxious, afraid, or even angry, you're not alone. In this book, Carolyn Helsel draws on her success with white congregations to offer insight and tools to embrace, explore and work through the anxious feelings that often arise in these hard conversations. 

Presiding Bishop's Statement on the Death of John McCain
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry released this statement on Sunday, August 26 about the death of Senator John McCain. Religious News Service also published this article about Senator McCain and his quiet faith.
Episcopal Church Parochial Report Data
The Episcopal Church
The 2017 parochial report data for the whole Episcopal Church is now available here along with this helpful Fast Facts page . While our active baptized membership has decreased, people are pledging and tithing more. There are over 1.7 million Episcopalians. Can you imagine all of them in one worship service? The largest active parish is St. Martin's, Houston . Jesus is still risen. That is something to smile about and share with a friend.