Good News Festival Rescheduled to Dec. 2022
As you know, our diocese has been looking forward to welcoming Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for a Revival here in the Diocese of San Diego this year. We have also been keeping a close eye on the COVID situation, as we want to make sure that our festival gathering is safe for all involved. After prayer and careful consultation, we have decided to reschedule the Good News Festival for Dec. 9-11, 2022. Presiding Bishop Curry is still coming, and the Town & Country has graciously agreed to honor our commitment, one year later. While it’s disappointing to reschedule, we want to make sure that our event is held as safely as possible, with the opportunity for a large group to gather in person and celebrate. We thank co-chairs Susan Jester and Martin Hall, and the committee they are leading, for all the great work that has gone into planning so far!
The extra year will offer us an opportunity to reboot the Year of Evangelism. Originally scheduled for 2021, our ability to do some of the things we had hoped for in the Year of Evangelism has been limited by COVID restrictions. Stay tuned for more information about a Year of Evangelism in 2022 that will include revival opportunities in congregations, training and support in doing evangelism in your communities, and other ways to grow in faith and discipleship! We are praying for a true spirit of renewal to come into our diocese as we emerge from this COVID time. In 2022, more than ever, our communities will need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ!

If you have questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty, who is always happy to help.
Ordination to the Diaconate September 18

God willing
and the people consenting
The Right Reverend Doctor Susan Brown Snook
Bishop Diocesan of San Diego
will ordain
Nancy Jo Burnett
Katherine Logan Gordon
Daniel James McMillan
to the Sacred Order of Deacons
Saturday, September 18, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
2728 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, California 
Your prayers and presence are requested
Clergy – red stoles
Reception to follow

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region, proof of vaccination, masking, and preregistration is required for participants and visitors. Please register for the ordination here. Seating is limited and registration will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Or you can join the ordination virtually through St. Paul's Cathedral media channel. If you have questions or concerns please contact the Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch.
Diocesan Convention Changed to Virtual Meeting
Diocesan Convention 2022 will be held virtually November 5-6. The virtual environment allows EDSD to provide live workshops and presentations from across the Episcopal Church. With expanded offerings, new workshops, and guest speakers, you can enjoy a safe, educational, and energizing convention from the comfort of home--or as a delegation at church.

While we were all looking forward to an in-person convention this year, the continued uncertainty around the prevalence of COVID variants, partial vaccinations, and concern for public health, the decision was made to host Convention virtually. This change reduced the cost of Convention. EDSD will issue a partial refund to those who have already registered.  

Registered delegates will be provided with a zoom link and voting code via email the week of Convention. Visitors can enjoy the live broadcast through the Diocesan YouTube channel.
Visit for regular updates and registration information.

Listed are important upcoming dates and deadlines for convention and delegate participation.

September 15 - Committee Reports Due
October 1- Resolutions Due
October 15 - Delegate Registration Due

November 5 & 6 - 48th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego Opening Worship, Business of Convention, Bishop’s Address, and more.

Please email the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty, with any questions regarding convention deadlines.
Diocesan Vaccination Policies for Staff and Events
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has been committed to loving God and our neighbors through public health policies that help ensure healthy practices within our diocese. Now that the Pfizer vaccination has been fully approved by the FDA, EDSD’s Executive Council met on Saturday, August 28, 2021, and approved a new COVID-19 policy. This policy applies to employees of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and to diocesan events such as Clergy Conference, Diocesan Convention, and Ordinations until further notice. The diocese is not issuing directives for employees of congregations or for congregational events, but we recommend these policies for your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee to consider adopting or adapting for your congregation. These policies do not apply to events that are organized and managed by outside (though affiliated) groups, such as Cursillo, Episcopal Community Services, or RefugeeNet. Read More
Transformation Academy Extra!!! Sept. 16
Thank you for joining us for Transformation Academy: the virtual learning and enrichment series where we were able to dive deeper into four diocesan priority areas: Peace & Justice, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Leadership. We hope that you were able to experience transformation “by the renewing of your minds” during the presentations and conversations that we had!

Due to the great success of this series we wanted to offer one additional chance to come together to learn about a ministry that is particularly important to us in San Diego. EDSD is pleased to present a Transformation Academy Extra:

Troy, EDSD Border Missioner, is an attorney, community- and faith-based activist, and former law professor with nearly 25 years of experience representing refugees and immigrants. Speaking Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole, Troy has worked on various aspects of immigrant advocacy at numerous organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He spent a decade teaching immigration law, poverty law, international human rights, and ethics at U.S. and foreign law schools, most recently at Yale. He also studied liberation theology and colonization as a Henri Nouwen Scholar at Yale Divinity School, receiving a master’s degree in Religious Ethics in 2013.
Creation Care Film Screening: Kiss the Ground
You are invited to watch and discuss Kiss the Ground on Thursday, September 16 from 6-8pm. This documentary addresses the problems and solutions to climate change. The screening will be hosted by St. Margaret's Church, Palm Desert via Zoom. Learn more about Kiss the Ground here.

"Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle."
Community Conversations: Climate Change
St. Dunstan's in San Diego invites you to a Fall Wednesday night series entitled: "COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS." The talks will cover concerns and issues facing our neighborhoods.
7 PM, In-person: Church Sanctuary or Livestream:
Sept. 15: "What's Wrong With Single-Use Plastics?"
Speaker: Jennifer Ott-Roi, Recycling Specialist, SD Environmental Services
Sept. 22: "Why Plant Native Gardens?"
Speaker: Prof. Lisa Chaddock, S.D. City Collee Dept. Geography, Geology & GIS
Sept. 29: "Pollution in South Bay Estuaries, Imperial & Coronado Beaches, & Tijuana" 
Speaker: Jules Jackson, Community Engagement Coordinator, WILDCOAST
Joint Statement on Climate Change
[Sept. 7, 2021] For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.

Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby urge everyone to play their part in “choosing life” for the future of the planet.  
In a joint statement, the Christian leaders have called on people to pray, in this Christian season of creation, for world leaders ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November. The statement reads: “We call on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to endeavour to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behaviour and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us.” Read More
'Chef's Dinner' Returns on September 26
St. Luke's is sending twenty of its leaders on a delegation to Uganda and an East African refugee camp next summer 2022, and you can help to make this exciting dream a reality! 

St. Luke's is offering a monthly series of three-course dinners designed by local chefs and home cooks and prepared by our congregants to fundraise for this trip. Dinners will be held in person in the garden at St. Luke's in North Park.

Purchase your tickets at:
Trauma Response Program for Congregations
Boston University School of Theology’s Trauma Response Program for Congregations brings together a team of theological mentors, subject matter experts, and community leaders to create a network of support to accompany nine congregations. The program is supported by a diverse and committed leadership team. As part of Lilly Endowment’s “Thriving Congregations Initiative,” our team affirms that congregational thriving depends on attention to multiple layers of harm (individual/institutional/societal; social/economic/political) and longstanding effects of generational trauma and systemic inequalities. Faith matters in relation to all of these! Learn More
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 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 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.
Clergy Conference: September 27-29
We are happy to announce that the clergy of the diocese of San Diego will gather once again at Vina de Lestonnac for our annual clergy conference. It promises to be a time of renewal and refreshment in the midst of the rigors of the ongoing pandemic. The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, Executive Director of Forward Movement and preacher at Bishop Susan’s consecration, will be with us to lead us in prayer and contemplation of vocation, sabbath, and belovedness. At this conference, we will also renew our ordination vows. For more information please contact Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty.

St. Luke's and RefugeeNet Seek Development Associate
St. Luke's and RefugeeNet are partnering to share a full-time Development Associate who will manage our annual fundraising efforts. Click here for the position description and please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to the Rev. Colin Mathewson at by September 18.
All Saints, San Diego Seeks a Sexton
All Saints’ is a metropolitan church, attracting members from throughout the San Diego area. Its congregation is diverse in age, sex, ethnicity, and occupation. The church sponsors a popular preschool and provides facilities for a variety of social service organizations. It continues the traditional Anglican worship service known to Episcopalians as Rite I. The church is currently in need of a sexton to provide custodial and light maintenance services for the church and preschool. We anticipate that the position will be approximately 25-30 hours per week. Hours are flexible, but afternoon availability is required as the preschool must be cleaned after school hours. The ideal candidate will be available on Saturday mornings to clean the church and parish hall in preparation for Sunday services and activities. If you are interested in joining our community, please send your resume or qualifications to the Business Administrator at
St. Andrew's, Pacific Beach Seeks Music Director
St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea is seeking a church musician whose primary responsibility is to sing and provide music for a weekly Episcopal church service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The church musician would have wide latitude in selecting music for worship in collaboration with our rector.

We are a dynamic, growing church community with a wide range of ages, passions, and interests. We seek a musician who will enjoy working collaboratively. Our core values are radical inclusion, joyful authenticity, grounded curiosity, and loving justice. Please send a resume and cover letter to our rector, The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson:
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, or Chris for any reason.
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
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.