News for the week of Aug. 27, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Diocesan Convention registration is now open! Learn more about this year's theme and register here:

  • Resolutions for consideration at Diocesan Convention are due Aug. 30. Please go here to to find information about submitting a resolution:

  • Calling all men in the diocese! The 2019 Episcopal Men's Conference is Sept. 21 at Trinity Cathedral. Learn more here:
Bishop Megan at St. Peter's, Red Bluff
captions by the Rev. Aidan Rontani
Answering Presiding Bishop Curry’s call to ring our bell for the 400th anniversary of the slavery on our shores, remembering the long struggle of the African American community for freedom, and renewing our commitment to true liberty and justice for all.
Last winter I had reflected at length on the symbolism of the bishop’s chair, and wondered who would next be called to sit in it. So delighted that God has called Bishop Megan to be our pastor, teacher, and connection to the wider church.
Gathering before the service at historic St. Peter’s with our new bishop, the Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair.

These captions were written by the Rev. Aidan Rontani. To see his Facebook post about the bishop's chair last winter, go to our Facebook page.
Bishop Megan spent time with the people of St. Peter's, Red Bluff this past Sunday. While she was there, she also helped them ring the bell commemorating the 400 anniversary of the 1st enslaved Africans arriving in the British colonies.
Follow Bishop Megan on Facebook!
Bishop Megan now has an official page on Facebook! You can follow her for important messages and to see where Bishop Megan is travelling around the diocese.

Let's see how many "Likes" we can get this week.
Resolutions for Diocesan Convention due Aug. 30
Resolutions may be proposed by any person with seat, voice, and vote (i.e. lay delegates or clergy that are canonically and physically resident); the Board of Trustees; Standing Committee; Commission on Ministry; Diocesan Institutions; Vestries; Mission Committees; or Committees of Convention. 

There are two resolution forms, available for download here. Both forms must be sent to Leta Parks, Chair of Resolutions via email at by Aug. 30. Any questions can also be directed to Ms. Parks.
Nominations are open: Why should I stand for election?
Nominations for members of the Board of Trustees, Standing Committee and General Convention Deputies are open until Sept. 13. There are openings for both clergy and lay people on each of these teams. The diocese has expressed a keen interest in increasing the number of lay leaders involved in our governance. As stated in Canon regarding the Board of Trustees, “Of the elected and appointed members it is a goal that five shall be members of the clergy and that ten shall be members of the laity.” At the present time there are ten members of the Board of Trustees who are clergy and five who are laity.

Take a few minutes consider this: could I do the work desired as a member of one of the teams listed above? 

  • Do I have a gift when it comes to understanding finance, policy and program? - We need your expertise to help the Board of Trustees work on the management and program of the diocese.  
  • Am I known to function well in making decisions in a team? - The Standing Committee could use your help advising the bishop on ecclesial matters. 
  • Do people recognize a prophetic vision in me for understanding the direction the Church should take? - General Convention is where the policy of our Church is debated and set and as a deputy, you can be our voice in the discussion.  

Your talent and your time are needed to move our diocese into the future. 
We encourage you to fill out a   nomination form. You may need to seek help from your church, your clergy, or your colleagues to fill out the form and gather the materials you need to forward your candidacy. We need you to stand for election. Do it for the good of the diocese; for the good of the Church. Remember, the deadline is Sept. 13.

Learn more on the Diocesan Convention nominations page.
Why attend Diocesan Convention?
You get to see the Church in action!

One of the things that makes The Episcopal Church so unique is our governance structure, which allows both clergy and laity to vote for changes that are made in the diocese and allows non-delegates to listen in on the decision making.

Second, it is Bishop Megan's wish that as many people from the diocese that can would attend as we live into the New Beginnings a new episcopate brings. The guest speaker for Diocesan Convention was chosen by Bishop Megan and will help us connect and learn together. Mary Parmer is the Director of Invite, Welcome, Connect at The Beecken Center, School of Theology, University of the South. Learn more about Mary at

If you cannot attend the entirety of convention, there are others ways to be involved:

  • All are invited to a free opening Eucharist on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
  • All are also invited to a banquet on Friday night, which is $30 to attend. Bishop Megan will be the keynote speaker for the night. If you do not plan to attend convention, you may register for just the banquet here:

Diocesan Convention is Nov. 7-9 in Sacramento; We would love to see you there! Early registration is now open until Sept. 27; you may register via this link:
Request for consecration pictures
Do you have pictures from Bishop Megan's consecration? If you weren't able to attend in person, did you get photos from a watch party at your church or with friends? Are there a couple that are really special and bring you joy? We are looking for some different perspectives in our images from this momentous event in our diocese. Would you be willing to share them with us?

Please send the photos to

Who knows, you might see your photos in a slide show at Diocesan Convention or another diocesan event!
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Sept. 8: St. Francis, Willits
  • Sept. 29: St. John's, Petaluma
  • Oct. 6: St. James, Lincoln
Churches ring their bells in honor of the 400th anniversary of African American history and culture
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopal churches to join the National Park Service and other institutions in remembering and honoring the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells for one minute on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. Pacific time.

Several congregations in the diocese participated by ringing their bells at noon, but for Grace, St. Helena, the day was particularly special as they also celebrated the installation of a new window entitled "Justice." The window was created by parishioner and artist Whitney LeBlanc who made several of the windows at Grace, and "draws on themes of freedom from slavery," said Rev. Anne Clarke, assistant rector at Grace. Read more about the window here and about the ringing of the bell on Sunday here.

At St. Peter's, Red Bluff, the commemoration was introduced by the Rev. Aiden Rontani, Priest-in-Charge, who rang the bell first. Bishop Megan then rang the bell a few times, followed by the Rev. Anne Powell, Deacon. Finishing up the ringing was Penny Metherd-Johnson. Father Aidan wanted to have representation from each order present in the ringing of the bell.
B ishop Megan, the Rev. Aidan Rontani, the Rev. Anne Powell, and members of St. Peter's, Red Bluff look on as the bell is rung by Penny Metherd-Johnson on Sunday morning.
Grace, St. Helena, parishioner and artist Whitney LeBlanc, with the window he created entitled "Justice"
Episcopal Men's Conference: Sept. 21 at Trinity Cathedral
Join the National Brotherhood of St. Andrew for an Episcopal Men's Conference, where topics will include:

  • Serving our veterans: How can we assist those who have served our country?
  • Social action panel - Combating human trafficking; Helping the homeless; Kairos: Serving those in Priso
  • Camp Fire update: What is going on there, and how can we help?
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew: Who we are, and what we do?

The guest speaker is Tom Welch, executive director of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, who will speak on men's ministry in the digital age. Parking is $5 at the garage across the street from the cathedral.

When: Saturday, Sept. 21st, 8am-4pm
Where: Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capital Ave., Sacramento, CA 95816 
Registration: $20, includes lunch and continental breakfast. Register here or at the door.
Contact: Robert Shonk at 916-599-1218
Center for Bible Study course on Paul's prison letters: begins Oct. 1 in Antelope
The Center for Bible Study in Antelope is offering a course this fall on Paul's prison letters
(Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon). The course will be taught by Professor Brian Lucas, who taught this course several times at William Jessup University. It will run for eight sessions.

Recommended reading before taking the course: Tom Wright: Paul for Everyone, The Prison Epistles, Louisville,Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

When:Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7850 Watt Ave. Antelope, CA, 95843
Cost: Suggested donation of $50
Safe Church training opportunity: Oct. 12 in Rocklin
Sunday School teachers, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, church staff, vestry members, and clergy are invited to participate in a workshop on Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People. This workshop satisfies the denominational requirements for those who work with children or vulnerable adults.

When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95765
Registration: The cost to attend is $15; refreshments are provided. Register here.
Contact: The Rev. Tom Gartin at
Job opportunities
Faculty/Field Placement Program Administrator at Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena
Becoming Beloved Community grants available 
The Presiding Officers' Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation is pleased to announce the availability of grants to catalyze the church's work of racial healing, reconciliation and justice. Allocated by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church (GC 2018 Resolution D002 ), the intent for this funding is to build capacity and increase Episcopal engagement in four primary fields: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation, and repairing the breach in institutions and society. Applications are now open; deadline for submitting a grant application is Friday, Sept. 13. Read the full announcement here
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