News for the week of Feb 25, 2020
Three things from the Office of the Bishop
  • Racial Reconciliation Training is happening at All Saints', Redding on March 21. This training fulfills the requirements for ministry leaders in our diocese. Register here:

  • The Order of St. Luke has scheduled a healing ministry training at Trinity Cathedral on March 21. More information is here:

  • A workshop entitled, Inviting People to Church, will be offered on March 21 at St. John's, Chico. This is an Invite*Welcome*Connect track workshop. Learn more here:
A visit to Faith, Cameron Park
Bishop Megan went on a tour with the Rev. Liz Armstrong, Pat Ekelund, and Lynne Thomas
The youth are studying the 'S'aints who are included in
Lent Madness in preparation for the season
Of particular note, was this definition of a 'S'aint.
Bishop Megan visited the clergy and the staff of Faith, Cameron Park on Feb. 13. She had a tour of the facility and met with the Rev. Liz Armstrong, Interim Rector. This is Bishop Megan's first visit to Faith. Although she remembers being there virtually when she greeted the electing convention after her election as bishop.

While she was touring, she ran across the Lent Madness board that the youth are using as they prepare to observe Lent. Bishop Megan has spoken before about big 'S' Saints (like St. John and St. Peter) and small 's' saints (those who sit with us in the pew) in her sermon on All Saints' Day. As the youth learn about 'S'aints, they also learn about how they, and other everyday people are 's'aints, as well. Thank you to Faith, Cameron Park for a wonderful visit and such great learning from your youth.

To learn more about Lent Madness, click here.
Clergy reminder: Lenten Quiet Day
The theme for this Lenten Quiet Day is “Mystical Voices of our Christian Tradition”. Four gifted teachers from among our own clergy will be interviewed concerning a Christian mystical voice of their choice:
  • The Rt. Rev. Megan M. Traquair on Brother Lawrence
  • The Very Rev. Richard Yale on Jean-Pierre de Caussade
  • The Rev. Pamela Dolan on Julian of Norwich
  • The Rev. Anne McKeever on Teresa of Avila.
These interviews will be followed by a contemplative practice. The day will offer several moments of learning, interwoven with times to be still.

The quiet day facilitator will be The Rev. Rodney Davis who is an associate priest at St. Michael’s in Carmichael.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Mercy Center

This clergy event is free and registration is required. Please register here.
College for Congregational Development dates announced
The College for Congregational Development (CCD) is a program designed to build skills and increase capacity for participants to develop congregations of all sizes, locations and conditions into more vital, faithful, healthy and effective communities of faith. CCD equips participants with tools to assess the needs of their congregations, develop strategies for growth, prioritize their needs and focus energy on those areas.

CCD also gives participants the skills to lead change processes, manage conflict and articulate the identity and purpose of their congregation. This training helps participants refine their facilitation skills, so they can lead effective meetings, small groups, and teaching sessions.

  • Weeklong:
  • Sun, May 31, 2020, 1:30 PM – Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 4:00 pm PT
  • Click here to register for the weeklong session.

  • Weekends:
  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 9:00 am - Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 4:00 pm PT -AND-
  • Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 9:00 am - Sun, Mar 21, 2020, 4:00 pm PT
  • Click here to register for the weekend sessions.

Where: The Bishop's Ranch
Applications are open for Pathways 2020
More information is available here.

Dates: June 14-19, 2020
Location: Butte County
Participants: Those finishing grades 7-12
Young adult leaders: Ages 18-30
Cost: $600 per participant

You may download a Pathways flyer  here. Please post in your parish and/or relay this information in your parish bulletin.

Camperships are available. Click here to apply:
Employment opportunities highlighted on the website
There are several open clergy postitions in our diocese. There are also lay positions available at the Office of the Bishop. You can access information about these openings on our homepage, where you can click the banner above or the Employment Opportunities button. The banner and the button are clickable here, as well.
Changes in the eNews schedule
In order to increase our communications as a diocese, we will be publishing our eNews every week. Please watch for that, and for additional adjustments and improvements on direct communication from Bishop Megan to the clergy of the diocese.
Bishop Megan's visitation and travel schedule
  • Feb. 26 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento (Ash Wednesday, 12:15 pm)
  • Mar. 1 - St. Timothy's, Gridley
  • Mar. 8 - House of Bishops, Texas
  • Mar. 22 - Shepherd-by-the-Sea, Gualala
  • Mar. 29 - St John's, Marysville

See more visitation dates here.
The Rev. Ann Sullivan
The Rev. Ann Sullivan and St. Nicholas', Paradise have announced that Pastor Ann has resigned from her call as rector. In her letter to the congregation, she said, " has become clear to me that this is the time for me to step away from my role as your priest, and embrace a new path that God has put before me."

Please pray for Pastor Ann and her family as they make this adjustment and continue to discern their future. Pray also for St. Nicholas' in their discernment as a congregation.
The Rev. Jana Branson
The Rev. Jana Branson, associate priest at St. Luke’s, has been called to be rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Gayles Ferry, Connecticut. She and her husband will move there in May. Rev. Jana will take up her call on June 1st. She will miss St. Luke’s and the Diocese of Northern California but has been moved by the Spirit to seek leadership in a parish as Rector.

We wish her Godspeed and great success at St. David’s!
Grace Flint
Grace Flint, a candidate for the priesthood in the Diocese of Northern California, has accepted a call as assistant rector at St. John's, Chico. She will start this summer after her graduation from seminary and her subsequent ordination. Grace will share in a full range of ministerial responsibilities with the rector, The Very Rev. Richard Yale, including liturgy, preaching, pastoral care, and Christian formation, as well as engaging in our mission of supporting the recovery of our Butte County communities. 
The Rev. Lewis Powell
The Rev. Lew Powell is a deacon at St. John's,Chico and the Indigenous Ministry Missioner in our diocese. He will be featured as the keynote speaker at the Beloved Community Training Day in the Episcopal Diocese of California. His expertise in indigenous ministry will be tapped to move forward a conversation started at DioCal's Convention in October. Rev. Lew will also be presenting at a workshop during the training day entitled, Interacting with My Neighbor: Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery. Read more...
Evangelism 101 at St. Patrick's, Kenwood
"Jerusalem Greer and Rev. Nancy Frausto transformed our understanding of
evangelism and inspired us to be
messengers of God’s amazing love!"
- Miriam Casey; St. Patrick's, Kenwood
  " It was excellent! I am better equipped to share my faith."
- Eileen Harvey-Qualset; Trinity, Sacramento
People from 18 churches across the diocese met at St. Patrick's, Kenwood on Feb. 21 and 22 to study Episcopal evangelism. Jerusalem Greer, Staff Officer for Evangelism in the Office of the Presiding Bishop, and the Rev. Nancy Fausto, Assistant Rector at St. Luke's, Long Beach, were the featured speakers. Their warm and careful handling of the topic made for some wonderful relationship building and examples of how to invite people into our lives and hopefully to join us at church. It was a rich and full two days and we are excited to tell you more about it in the coming weeks. Look for video and features in the next few weeks' editions.
We seek, name and celebrate Jesus'
loving presence in the stories of all people
- then invite everyone to MORE.
A Lenten opportunity to learn about icons
Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley is hosting an exhibit of icons painted in the Russian style. The exhibit, called The Art and Spirit of Icons, will be open to the public on February 29 at Buck Hall, adjacent to the church.

Viewers can learn how icons have evolved as both an art form and a means of worship starting in the 3rd century, and especially in the Byzantine era, through the present. Icons are the original tradition of Christian sacred art and are still used to inspire us today.
Several iconographers have contributed to make this beautiful display available to us. Icons painted in both egg tempera & pigments and acrylic paint are shown. Iconographers will be present to answer questions and explain the icons.

Please, no food or drinks allowed. 

Where: Emmanuel Church
235 Church Street
Grass Valley, CA
When: February 29, 2020 11:00 am - 4:00 pm PT
Contact: Carolyn Feuille at
Healing ministry training
The Order of St. Luke and Christian Healing Ministries, will hold a day long healing training event at Trinity Cathedral on March 21. Participants will worship together, learn about the principles of healing prayer, and attend practicums that allow them to use their learning practically. Lunch will be served and is included in registration. Read more...

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020; 8:30 am - 3:45 PM
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Cost: $15 (includes a box lunch)
Registration: Contact Elba Rivas de White at to RSVP.
Racial reconciliation training announced
The Commission for Intercultural Ministries has scheduled a Racial Reconciliation Training day. This training will provide an opportunity for congregational leaders to learn how to help our worshiping communities:

  • appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us
  • to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world
  • to be communities of healing and reconciliation.

In our diocese, this training is required for all clergy, for all lay people who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees), along with licensed lay ministers.  

When: Sat, March 21, 2020
Where: All Saints' Episcopal Church
2150 Benton Drive
Redding CA 96003
Registration: Please click here to register. Registration is required. Please register by March 14, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Jensen at
Workshop on inviting people to church
St John's, Chico and St Nicholas', Paradise are hosting a how-to workshop called Inviting People to Church. Bishop Megan started a project here in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California based on the Invite*Welcome*Connect ministry that was presented at Diocesan Convention. The first word of that program is "Invite". How are we supposed to do that?

Anne Fay is an expert in inviting people to church (and most other things as well). She will present her biblically-based, tried, and true method for inviting people to come to church with her. She understands what to do when the invitation seems to fall flat.

Come and learn how to invite and evangelize. It's not hard. It's not scary. It can even be fun. Read more...

When: Sat, Mar. 21, 2020 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: St. John's Episcopal Church, Parish Life Center
Cost: $10 for a catered lunch (deadline for lunch is Mar. 16)
Registration: Contact Sherry Wallmark at (530)894-1971 or Delia Fay+ at (530)228-0494
Episcopal Community Services solicits letters of intent
In order to help your congregation make your grant application as successful as possible, we are requesting that anyone considering asking for a grant this year submit an informal Letter of Interest. This process will help us to plan for the year, and may enable us to be able to offer ways to assist you.

The ECS Board of Directors intends these grants to reflect:
  • Ministry programs among poor and oppressed people wherever they are located.
  • Social justice ministry in the best tradition of the church. The target populations should be individuals and communities not ordinarily included in the congregation.

The deadline to submit you letter is Mar 15. Read more...
The Grace of Les Miserables
The Rev. Anne Dryden McKeever will present The Grace of Les Miserables, a six-week Lenten series, at Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the upstairs Assembly Area, from February 27 through April 2, 2020.

The series is free and open to everyone. Participants may attend one, several, or all six sessions. An optional Participants Booklet is available for sale in the Trinity Bookshop and online. More here...
Theological debate camp for youth
Join us this summer at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee for SUMMA Theological Debate Camp. There's no better place to enjoy the great outdoors, make new friends, and explore life's biggest questions!

SUMMA welcomes campers from all backgrounds and faith traditions. Camp is open to high school students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2020 who are interested in:
  • Developing critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills for college and career
  • Engaging with their personal faith in a meaningful way
  • Meeting new people and forming lasting friendships
  • Worshiping and praying in the Episcopal tradition

More information is available here:
Franciscan Spirituality program offered
Companions in Franciscan Spirituality for 2020: Ten-Day Residential Immersion Programs in Franciscan Spirituality is offered three times a year for free by The Community of St. Francis at St. Francis House in San Francisco for women over 18. 

The program includes studying Franciscan spirituality and living out of that spirituality by sharing in our community life, worship and ministry in the church and wider community.

Click here for more information.

When: April 3-13, 2020; July 3-13, 2020; Oct. 2-12, 2020
Registration: Contact Sr. Pamela Clare at
Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants open
The application process is now open for the 2020 Constable Fund Grants. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the areas of religious education. In 2019, Constable Grant awards ranged from $20,000 to $60,000 with $209,000 distributed among five grant recipients. Read more...

Applications must be submitted to Province VIII Grant Work Group by Mar. 16. Submit your applications to with Constable Fund Grant in the subject line. We will make sure they are forwarded to Province VIII.
To submit news/events, please email The submission deadline is the Wednesday before the Tuesday publication.