News for the week of April 16, 2019
Save the date for the ordination and consecration of Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair
Saturday, June 29, 2019
11:00 AM
Mondavi Center
Davis, CA

 The Reverend Canon Megan Traquair 
will be ordained and consecrated 
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

The liturgical color for the day is red. 

Official invitations and links to tickets will be sent in May.  
Please check our website here for information 
as it becomes available.
For diocesan and other related events, please see the diocesan website.
We are pleased to share that we have received notification from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, that Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process detailed in Canon III.11.3.

Read the full Episcopal News Service announcement here.
Celebrate Bishop Barry
Join the diocese as we gather in three different events to honor Bishop Barry Beisner. These events are free. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

Saturday, May 11, 5:30 - 8 p.m.   

Friday, June 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 15, 1:30 - 4 p.m.  

The diocese is giving Bishop Barry and Rev. Ann a trip to begin their life in retirement together. You may donate to their gift here
Memorandum of understanding after consecration of new bishop
Bishop Barry has signed a memorandum of understanding which outlines the change of his relationship to the diocese after the consecration of the new bishop, June 29, 2019.

"It is the result of several months of discussion with the Standing Committee and the Board of Trustees. I initiated this project, basing it on what our rectors do when they step down, both to affirm that practice, and to begin the conversation about how you and I can establish and maintain healthy boundaries in the new landscape so rapidly approaching. This diocese, unlike many others, has never before had a bishop resign and remain in place. We will all need to work at doing this new thing in a healthy way. At the very least, it means that I will disappear for a decent interval. My absence, even my silence, ought not to be construed as not caring; rather, given what we hope to accomplish, quite the opposite. I simply cannot be available to you in the usual way. Over time, appropriate, authentic new ways of relating will emerge. This won’t be cut-off. But we must all work at making space for new relationships to be established, new voices to be heard, new ideas and visions to come forth. Canon Megan will be a great bishop. More to the point, she will be our bishop. I trust that you will join me in working to make it so. It starts with clear expectations, and good boundaries, I believe. Let’s do that work carefully and well, with God’s help," Bishop Barry said.

This memorandum is available on our website here .
Office of the Bishop closed on Good Friday
Please note that the Office of the Bishop will be closed for the Good Friday holiday on Friday, April 19. We will resume our normal business hours the following Monday.
Phishing scam alert
The Office of the Bishop has received notice of several emails which claim to be from Bishop Barry Beisner asking for donations. Please do not reply to these emails or click any links, and block the sender. Bishop Barry does not send emails that ask for donations. Learn more about how to recognize phishing attempts here .

Please note that we take email security seriously and will never release your email to a third party. 
Bishop Beisner hires new Director of Communications
We are pleased to announce that Jay Elmquist has joined the Office of the Bishop staff as Director of Communications as of April 15.

You may contact Jay at or at 916-442-6918, ext 226.

Jay Elmquist has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for about four years. He found a home in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California when he moved to Sacramento in 2015. In that time he has worked on the Adult Spiritual Formation Committee and served in worship as a choir member, a Verger and a Eucharistic Minister. He is excited about the church and the paving the way to the future. Jay is serving as a member of the Bishop Transition Committee, taking the lead in planning and implementing the Walkabout process. He is very excited to have a part in the future of our diocese in the role of Director of Communications. Read more about Jay here.
Bishop's visitation schedule 
  • April 21 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento (Easter) 
  • May 19 - St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta
  • June 2 - St. Mary's, Ferndale
  • June 9 - Emmanuel, Grass Valley

Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is  available here .
Update on Camp Noel Porter
After a lengthy process of discernment stretching back years, in December 2018 the Board of Trustees authorized the listing of Camp Noel Porter property for sale. We have accepted an offer from a Christian organization whose stated purpose is to use the property for long term ministry/camps and God’s purpose. The Outdoor Chapel will remain in use and well cared for by this faithful organization.

Read the full update here .
Trinity Cathedral women’s retreat
Join women of the diocese for a women's retreat, facilitated by Libby Vincent and entitled "Fill Your Cup: Self Care as a Means of Loving God and Loving your Neighbor." Libby has been a Presbyterian pastor, conference speaker, spiritual director and taught for Fuller Seminary in the area of Systematic Theology and Theology and Film. Currently she is in the process of pursuing ordination in the Episcopal Church.

When: Friday, May 3, 6:30 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95816
Registration: $50 (Includes workshops, art supplies and a catered lunch. Childcare is available for an additional fee.) Register here.
Contact: Susan Hotchkiss at
ECS application period is open until May 1
The 2019-20 Request for Proposals (RFP) and applications for the Ministry Development Fund Grants, the Bishop Jerry & Jane Lamb Grant, and the three-year Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant can be downloaded from the ECS website .

If you did not submit a Letter of Interest, please contact Betty Harrison-Smith at , so that a mentor may be assigned to assist you through the application process.

Applications are due May 1 and should be emailed, with the appropriate attachments, to Betty Harrison-Smith.
Rooted in faith: Immigration advocacy, the Church and you
Alexia Salvatierra and Paula Nesbitt will be leading a two-day presentation and training on faith-rooted immigration advocacy. Racial reconciliation will also be part of this important workshop. We will also prepare ourselves for Immigration Day, which will be held at the state capitol on May 20. If you want to complete Racial Reconciliation Training certification, you must attend both days of the event.

When : Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where : St. Martin's, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis, CA 95616
Registration : The cost is $10; lunch will be provided. Please register here by April 28.
Sign up for the Province VIII newsletter
As many of you are aware, the Diocese of Northern California is part of Province VIII of the Episcopal Church, a region that consists of nine hundred congregations within seventeen dioceses and Navajoland Area Mission. The province’s aim is to encourage collaboration to strengthen ministry throughout the region in the form of training workshops, online video conferences, retreats, and personal connections.
The Province VIII board has asked our diocese to help them develop a list of email addresses of clergy, lay leadership, and congregants who would benefit by receiving their monthly newsletter. If you are interested in receiving the Province VIII newsletter, please fill out this form no later than April 19. Your information will not be shared.
From the wider Church
Join the Episcopal Bishops of Province VIII as they take the Episcopal Church's Creation Care Pledge! Hear the reasons they're taking the pledge and some of the changes they're making in their own lives by watching this video .

You can take the pledge here.

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