DECEMBER 4,  2018
The Rev. Amy Zuniga's work with Cristosal and how it
matters today


Having spent 3 years living in El Salvador after attending seminary, working for human rights organization Cristosal, and then serving for nine years on the Board of Directors, the Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga feels that the organization's work has been especially prevalent, in light of the  recent caravans migrating to the United States and the issues around child separation.

Cristosal was founded in 2000 by two Episcopal priests and receives much of its support from Episcopal congregations, dioceses, and individuals. Much of their work consisted of getting people to realize that the violence and poverty in the Northern Triangle of Central America -- Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala -- was a human rights issue. Since forced displacement is so common, Cristosal has expanded their offices in the past few years to include all three countries of the Northern Triangle. 

"By God's grace we [Cristosal] were in the right place, at the right time, on the right issue, which is forced displacement by violence. We've been thinking about it and working on it for longer than most people," Rev. Amy said.

Besides creating awareness, not only does Cristosal work on individual cases of those experiencing violence and displacement but part of their work focuses on research and education, including the The Global School

"The idea of the Global School came about because we wanted have an alternative to the work trip, where you dig ditches and aren't really exposed to the culture there, but with The Global School, the idea is that Salvadorans and North Americans learn together," Rev. Amy said.

Rev. Amy is wrapping up her nine-year-term on the Cristosal Board of Directors by co-leading a trip to El Salvador on Feb. 17-23, 2019, which will focus on applying a human rights approach to social justice.
 
After attending seminars through The Global School, Rev. Amy shares that "people find they understand the larger context of Latin America and the Western Hemisphere and our connection to of all that, but they also find they bring back skills around human rights that they can apply to their work here."

If you'd like to join Rev. Amy, there are a few spaces available for the Feb. trip! To learn more, please email globalschool@cristosal.org.
THE SEARCH FOR OUR NEXT BISHOP
Bishop Search Petition Process information posted

The Petition Process has been published on the Bishop Search website.
 
The purpose of a Petition Process is to allow the addition of a candidate after the Search Process is concluded and a slate of candidates is presented to the diocese. A Petition Candidate will undergo the same degree of background and reference screening as the announced slate of candidates, and by agreeing to be a petition candidate, a candidate consents to the Standing Committee conducting a thorough background review. The Petition process for each such candidate shall remain confidential until the Standing Committee certifies a petition candidate has fulfilled these procedures and has approved the candidate to be added to the final slate of candidates. Any Episcopal priest or bishop in good standing may become a petition candidate provided that the criteria listed by the Standing Committee are met.   
 
The opening of the Petition Process begins when the slate candidates are announced. Petitions will not be accepted until then.  Learn more on the Bishop Search website
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Convention donations for the clergy of Cuba

We are pleased to share that a total of $6,500 was raised for clergy pension funds in the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba during this year's Diocesan Convention. 
 
Cuba had been a diocese of the Episcopal Church but was kicked out under communist rule. During their time separated from the larger church, the Diocese of Cuba didn't have access to the Church Pension Fund. This year, the Diocese of Cuba was welcomed back to The Episcopal Church.  To right this inequity, Bishop Barry asked that the Convention Eucharist offering be given to clergy pension funds for the clergy in the Diocese of Cuba. Thank you to all who donated!
2019 Annual Enrollment

2019 Annual Enrollment for eligible Active and Pre-65 Retiree has officially closed as of Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your annual enrollment, please contact our Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist, Elizabeth Vang, via email at benefits@norcalepiscopal.org .
 
For eligible retirees in our diocese, the annual enrollment period is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2018.
 
This year, the Church Pension Group has provided a Member Education webinar . We encourage all Medical Trust Members to watch this webinar to learn about the 2019 Annual Enrollment. Learn more about 2019 Annual Enrollment. 
 
More information on the 2019 medical plans and rates is available here.
2019 College for Congregational Development 


Registration is now open for the 2019 CCD sessions! The weekend dates are  March 15-17, 2019 AND  Sept. 27-29, 2019. The week-long intensive is June 2-7, 2019.

Learn more and register here. For questions, please contact CCD Director Canon Andrea McMillin at andrea@norcalepiscopal.org.
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • Dec. 9 - St. James, Lincoln 
  • Dec. 16 - Our Saviour, Placerville
  • Jan. 6 - Epiphany, Vacaville 
  • Feb. 3 - St. Paul's, Sacramento 
  • Feb. 17 - St. Stephen's, Sebastopol
Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is available here.
NEWS AND EVENTS IN OUR DIOCESE
Christmas offerings for disaster relief



Although the holidays are a joy for many, others in our diocese mourn the loss of their homes, jobs, and sense of normalcy. 

St. Augustine's, Rocklin, will donate all of their Christmas offering, and Faith, Cameron Park, will donate part of their Christmas offering to the diocesan Disaster Relief fund. Would your congregation consider joining in this generous offering?
 
Thank you for your support for fire recovery this holiday season.


Anita Weaver Grant proposal request

Episcopal Community Services and the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California are now accepting requests for proposal for the Anita Weaver Grant, which is designated to help senior adults experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. For complete information, please see the Request for Proposal.
 
This is a two year grant of $15,000 in the first year, and if successfully completed, $7,500 for the second year. This grant provides an opportunity to develop a longer term program in collaboration with other congregations and/or city or county resources.  Currently the Arcata House Partnership Collaboration with St. Alban's, Arcata, is the grant recipient. They provide a safe warm alternative housing program, designed to help people get off the streets. Most of their clients are seniors.
 
Grant applications will be due by Jan. 15, 2019, and the grant award will be announced by Feb. 1.
Lessons and Carols in Davis - Sunday, Dec. 9

Please join St. Martin's, Davis, on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m., when the St. Martin's adult and children's choirs will present an Advent Lessons and Carols service. The focus and flow of the Advent service is contemplative and expectant; the songs and music speak of hope, anticipation, trepidation, and expectation. 

In other words, instead of jumping into joy, we will be preparing ourselves for joy, with all of the excitement and anxiety of awaiting a childbirth-or the coming of a King. The will be followed by a reception in the narthex. 
Stained glass window dedication - Thursday, Dec. 13 

Bishop Barry Beisner will dedicate four new stained glass windows at St. Andrew's, Antelope, on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. There will be a Eucharist, and a reception will follow.  The windows were designed and built by Mel Rose, Junior Warden at St. George's, Carmichael
Celebration of New Ministry - Thursday, Dec. 13

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Paul Colbert, Priest-in-Charge at Trinity, Sutter Creek , will be Thursday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. Reception to follow. Clergy - red stoles.
2019 Diocesan Choir Festival - Saturday, Jan. 26


Your choir is invited to join Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, for the 32nd Diocesan Choir Festival on Saturday, Jan. 26. This is the final choir festival in its current format, and Dr. David Flood, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral will be returning to conduct. David recently celebrated his 30th year as Canterbury Cathedral Director of Music and is a good friend of Trinity Cathedral.
 
Here is a PDF with all of the details for the day, as well as a registration form. Be sure to order the music in advance from Lois Fyfe Music. If you mention that you are participating in our choir festival, you will receive a 10% discount on your order.
 
Please email Canon for Music David Link at sierracanon@gmail.com for questions.
Discuss The Book of Joy with author Douglas Abrams, Feb. 4

The UC Davis Campus Community Book Project's 2018-2019 book is  The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, also the Fall Bishop's Book for 2018. 

UC Davis is hosting several events in the coming year to discuss various topics in the book, one of which includes an author's visit with one of three writers of the book, Douglas Abrams. There are two chances to see Abrams,  Monday, Feb. 4, from 4-5 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. at the Modavi Center at UC Davis. B oth events are free and open to the public.

More information on this event and others is available here.
Silent Days in Advent at the Bishop's Ranch - Dec. 7-14

Join The Bishop's Ranch in setting aside days of silence in which to observe Advent in an individual yet collective, self-directed retreat, from Dec. 7-14.  Our intention is to provide a place for silence and solitude to help open a way for the Spirit, create time to listen, and embrace the mystery in your life. The Society of St. Francis and friends provide a meditative framework in which you can experience the mystical, prepare for the coming of the Christ child, and refresh and renew yourself through the Holy Spirit. 

You may spend any number of nights from Dec. 7-14. Learn more and register here .
The Good Book Club Initiative for Epiphany 2019


The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans during Epiphany 2019. Episcopalians will start reading Romans on Jan. 7, 2019 and read a section every day (except Sundays) through the Epiphany season. In surveys taken before and after the first Good Book Club project in 2018 (reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts), participants reported growth in their understanding of scripture and a deepening of their prayer life. Perhaps most significantly, the percentage of people who reported reading the Bible on a daily basis increased to 73 percent at the end of the first Good Book Club reading, from 45 percent when it began.  Learn more here .


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