APRIL 24, 2018
Christ Church, Eureka, Welcomes New Rector

By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director  

Father Daniel at his celebration of new ministry on April 20.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel DeForest London is steeped in Christian spirituality, having recently completed his thesis on the spiritual response to suffering in the Gospel of John.

And t he new rector of Christ Church, Eureka, was surprised and pleased that there were several small groups in the church that were devoted to spiritual disciplines. He will not be traveling the path alone. 

"Prayer, the emphasis on outreach, especially the Betty Chinn Center, and the tight interfaith fellowship group in Eureka, all of these encouraged me to apply for this position," he said.
Father Daniel, who spoke by phone from his rectory library in the former Transfiguration House, where several Episcopal nuns had lived for more than 25 years, said he loves the spirit he feels in both his new home and Christ Church.
"Christ Church is one of the most beautiful churches, if not the most beautiful church, in Humboldt County. It makes it easier to worship in such a beautiful sacred space," as long as that appreciation doesn't turn into idolatry of the space, he said.
Christ Church knew it was in for something extraordinary when Father Daniel drove into town on a rainy January night earlier this year. Even before he had a chance to celebrate his first Eucharist, he was at the bedside of a beloved former rector, Doug Thompson, who passed from this world into the next on Jan. 27.
During Lent, he adapted his recent doctoral work from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley for a Soup Supper class at Christ Church, and it was well-received. "Teaching a class isn't the same as writing a chapter," he mused - something that was brought home as he worked to complete a book based on his thesis for Fortress Press, which set a pre-Easter deadline for the manuscript.
Another issue he tackled during Lent was gun violence. He said he approached the subject cautiously in preaching about it "just a little bit" on the first Sunday in Lent. "I knew it was going to be a hot-button issue; it's obviously a very polarizing issue." Afterward, one of his more conservative vestry members came up to him and said she had read  Bishop Barry's letter on gun violence and "I want to do something about this." He invited her and another church leader to lead an open forum after church about "how we as individuals and a community and church respond to the problem of gun violence." The forum was a hit: people got to tell their stories and brainstorm about what actions could be taken, and the leaders of it plan to write an article about it for the Eureka Times-Standard. "There's something really exciting about an NRA member in the parish leading this conversation, among people who aren't all on the same page, and coming to agreement that, yes, we have to take action."
Father Daniel, who graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and was ordained in 2014 in the Diocese of Los Angeles, was on the staff at St. Paul's in San Rafael, interned at St. Clement's in Berkeley and St. Alban's in Albany, and taught classes both at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the School for Deacons in Berkeley. He is a native of Los Altos.
He and his wife, Ashley Bacchi, a noted scholar on Hellenistic Judaism, met while they both were pursuing and completing their doctorates. They were married at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco in May 2016.

Bishop Barry Beisner has canonical responsibility related to bringing clergy to this diocese to serve our congregations. To that end, Bishop Barry and Canon Andrea McMillin work with applicant review committees and vestries during the discernment process: creating a parish profile that reflects the current situation and hopes for new leadership, recruiting and screening applicants, and guiding congregations in the healthy discernment and calling of new priests to our diocese. 
Transition Committee Seeks Members; Profile Almost Ready

April was not the cruelest month, but arguably one of the most productive months yet for the Search Committee. Having read and reviewed all the information and comments that came to us from the listening events, as well as doing lots of additional research and information-gathering, we met in April to go over the first draft of the profile and work collaboratively on revisions. Many, many thanks go out to the listening events subcommittee as well as the profile subcommittee for their extraordinary work. 
Soon the Standing Committee will have a chance to review the revised profile. Only after Standing Committee approves the profile will it be available for the public to view on our Bishop Search website. We'll be sure to let the community of the diocese know as soon as that is live. Meanwhile, if you haven't checked out the new website yet, please take a look and let us know what you think!
As a reminder, the published timeline states that the Diocesan Profile will be published in spring 2018, at which point the nominations process officially begins. It is a great pleasure to confirm that we are on track with our timeline.

Last but not least, as announced earlier this month, the Standing Committee is searching for people interested in appointment to the Transition Committee. Applications are due by  May 4 . Learn more and apply here

More information about the Bishop Search is available here.
Bishop Barry to Receive  CDSP Honorary Degree May 18 

The Very Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, president and dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, announced that our bishop will receive an honorary degree from the seminary at its commencement on Friday, May 18. If enough people are interested in attending the ceremony, we'll charter a bus to take a group to Berkeley. If interested, email us at  communications@norcalepiscopal.org with "BUS" in the subject line.
Register for the CCD Week-Long Session, June 10-15

There's still time to register for the week-long intensive session at the Bishop's Ranch, June 10-15!  Check-in begins on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins at 2 p.m. The session ends on Friday at 4 p.m.  Register here .

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, rector of St. Martin's, Davis, who attended the first weekend session April 6-8, spent all three days "l earning and growing" and said she's "so grateful to  Andrea McMillin Anne Clarke Betsey Monnot , and everyone else who made (CCD) such a fantastic opportunity."
Learn More About Our Diocese - Histories Now Online!

Do you know the history of our Diocese? Have you always wanted to learn more?  Several histories of our Diocese are available on our diocesan website Bishop Barry encourages you to read through these historical documents as the Diocese undertakes the search for the next bishop.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule
  • May 20 - All Saints', Redding 
  • May 27 - St. Brigid's, Rio Vista
  • June 3 - Holy Trinity, Ukiah
  • June 10 - St. Michael's, Carmichael
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here
Pathways Deadline is This Monday: Don't Miss Out!

Pathways registration is open for all youth finishing grades 7-12; the deadline to apply is this Monday, April 30.
Besides visiting the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory, the Marine Mammal Center, the Marin Headlands and Angel Island, we'll get to spend two days with the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori as we join with her in conversation about faith and science, and talk more about ways to equip ourselves to be "climate ministers" working for environmental justice and reconciliation with our earth.  Learn more and register here.

We hope you will join us, and encourage the young people in your lives to join us. If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Sarah Quinney  or  the Rev. Anne Clarke .

Camper scholarships in the amount of $200 are available to 60 children and youth who are active in their congregation.  Congregational leadership (such as clergy, vestry members or youth ministers) can apply for these scholarships;  click here  to fill out the form. Congregations will be responsible for verifying that each child is eligible and for distributing the scholarships.
3rd Annual Diocesan Children and Youth Minister's Retreat

This year's retreat, which will be May 3-4 at The Bishop's Ranch, will be led by the Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer, who teaches Christian education at CDSP. She will lead us in learning about equipping ourselves for engaging in the communities around us, and we will also spend time developing plans for the coming year, as well as strengthening our relationships with others doing this work around the diocese. 

Space is limited; please contact Anne Clarke to RSVP soon. 
Multicultural Conversation Training in Woodland, April 28

Is your church/school/community changing so rapidly you feel you can't keep up? Is it difficult to have conversations in your community across the blue/red line or with newcomers and neighbors? 

Ana Hernandez, cultural conversationalist, will teach a workshop this Saturday on Multicultural Conversation training from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28 at St. Luke's, Woodland. The workshop will focus on active listening skills as well as how to engage in effective communications across cultural lines. This workshop is important for anyone working with congregations, communities, and schools and is essential for anyone interested in healing racism and reconciliation work. Ms. Hernandez has years of work in the Episcopal Church as a workshop facilitator on cultural issues. 

The cost is $20, which includes lunch; scholarships are available. Contact the Rev. Anne Clarke,  anne@norcalepiscopal.org, for more information, and register here. T his event is sponsored by Province VIII of the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of California, and the Diocese of Northern California.
#MeToo ... and More: Women to Gather in Placerville

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"Me Too"... are words that used to be spoken only from survivor to survivor. Now #MeToo is a movement. 

The Healing Ministry Team of the Church of Our Saviour, Placerville, invites women of the diocese to join them in  a safe space to gather together to share stories and find resources for healing. 

The gathering will be
 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at  Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St., Placerville. The event is free, but please register by sending an email to oursaviour.placerville@gmail.com
Episcopal Community Services Annual Appeal coming up!

Episcopal Community Services is pleased to announce that Bishop Beisner has designated the seventh Sunday of Easter, this year May 13, as ECS Sunday.
We are inviting all congregations to participate. To that end each congregation will receive information about the appeal, a suggested newsletter article/bulletin announcement and copy-ready bulletin inserts for May 13.  Please be on the lookout for the information in your mailbox.  The bulletin inserts and news article also are available on the ECS website.  
All funds raised are for grants used to help congregations develop, strengthen and support social justice and health ministries in their communities. Since the funds are available to all congregations in our diocese, we hope that all congregations will support this work  by participating in this appeal.
Save the Date: Incarnation 100 Bike Ride June 9

The streets of Sonoma County will be filled with bicyclists on Saturday, June 9, to raise money for homeless services. Avid and casual riders are welcome; the routes range from 30-100 miles.

This is the fourth annual ride sponsored by the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. Last year's ride, which raised $17,000, attracted more than 200 cyclists. 

As an added bonus this year, Incarnation 100 is offering a free jersey to anyone who can raise $450 towards the ride.  Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of capacities. Click here for more information.
Available Positions in the Diocese

The Belfry campus ministry in Davis California is seeking an Executive Director.  The Belfry is a 40 year old campus ministry for UC Davis undergraduates and graduates.  In addition to its ministry to students, it operates the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, an intentional Christian community of young adults engaged in a year of volunteer service in the Sacramento region. The Belfry is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church. Learn more here.

Faith, Cameron Park, is seeking a passionate and organized Parish Administrator who loves to work hard and have fun while doing it. Responsibilities include facilitating problem solving and decision-making on all operational issues, including - but not limited to - budget and financial management, human resources and staffing, programming, communications, outreach, technology, facilities and events management, and more. Learn more here.
Holy Land Pilgrimage with St. Andrew's in Taft

Join St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Taft, CA, as they embark on a 13-day trip to the Holy Land this fall, Sept. 2-14. More information is available here.

If you're interested in what is claimed not to be a "cookie-cutter commercial tour,"  please contact the Rev. Heather Mueller at heathermaymueller@yahoo.com or at (808) 430-0120.
Archbishop of Canterbury Asks Christians to Pledge2Pray

"We're asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ," Archbishop Justin Welby said in announcing this year's #Pledge2Pray.

The days between Ascension, May 10, and Pentecost, May 20, are traditionally a time when the Church focuses on prayer. The vision for Thy Kingdom Come is to see the whole family of God joining together to pray for the Holy Spirit to help them witness for Jesus Christ and to play a part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.

When people come together to pray amazing things happen. Pledge to pray for 10 days as an individual, a family or a church and sign up here. You can also find resources on the website to help you plan special events to share the joy. Let's light up Northern California on the global map!
Reclaiming Jesus: 
A Statement from the Presiding Bishop and Church Leaders

A group of church leaders, including Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, have released a statement on "Reclaiming Jesus" in our culture:

"We are living  through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches.  We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.  It is time to be followers of Jesus before anything else-nationality, political party, race, ethnicity, gender, geography-our identity in Christ precedes every other identity. We pray that our nation will see Jesus' words in us. 'By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another' (John 13:35)..."

From The Episcopal Church 

The Commission on Impairment and Leadership created a list of 13 detailed recommendations for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and others to consider when tackling the pressing issues of alcohol and substance abuse prevention and intervention within the church.  Details about the c ommission's report and information about efforts to implement some of the recommendations are available in  an Episcopal News Service story  here Some of the key points among the recommendations, edited for brevity, can be found  here .

Other news:

Task force updates the Safe Church Policies for the Episcopal Church

High schoolers: Apply for SUMMA Theological Debate Camp, July 17-25 in Sewanee

'Flyover Church' campaign invites clergy to give Middle America a closer look

Episcopal priest, 87, mourned as NY police seek attackers in home invasion

Children's Program at General Convention: Register or apply to be a counselor

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