News for the week of July 23, 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: bit.ly/diocon2019


  • There is a contemplative vigil on the first anniversary of the Carr Fire at All Saints', Redding on Friday, July 26 at 6:00 pm. Learn more at the church website here: bit.ly/2M5Udso
Registration open for Diocesan Convention
We are pleased to share that registration for the 2019 Diocesan Convention is now open! This year's convention is Nov. 7-9, 2019 at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, located at 5411 Luce Ave, McClellan Park, CA 95652.

To view an explanation of this year's theme from Bishop Megan, go here.

This year, registration is a bit different than we've done in years past. All attendees will have separate links to register based on based on your role in diocesan convention (e.g. Lay Delegate, Alternate, Visitor, etc). Please also note that the only form of payment that will be accepted this year is a credit card. There will not be an option for invoices. 


Our registration fees remain the same as the prior year:

  • $75.00 for those who have seat, voice, and vote (delegates, clergy, seat and voice)
  • $20.00 for alternates, postulants and candidates, and visitors
  • FREE for those who volunteer (a minimum of four hours)

On Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a banquet that all in the diocese are welcome to attend. The cost for the dinner is $30.00. If you are attending convention and would like to attend the banquet, it will be added onto your convention registration fees.

Important Dates:

Aug. 30 - Resolutions due
Sept. 13 - Nominations due
Sept. 27 - Early registration closes
Sept. 28 - Late registration opens (a fee of $25 will apply)
Oct. 19 - Deanery Convocations
Oct. 23 - Second filing for Nominations (if needed) due 
Oct. 25 - Late registration closes
Nov. 7-9 - Diocesan Convention

More information on convention is available at norcalepiscopal.org/convention, including nomination forms, resolution forms, hotel information and more.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Please change bishop information on church websites
Now that we've consecrated our new bishop, we kindly ask that you update your church website to reflect who our new bishop is. Here is a short blurb on Bishop Megan you can include on your website or you can link to her full biography on the diocesan website here.

We will be releasing official portraits of Bishop Megan you can post in the next few weeks.
Two forms due to the Office of the Bishop Friday, Aug. 2
Parish administrators and clergy-in-charge, please fill out the following forms and return them by Aug. 2:


You may mail, fax or email the forms to our office:

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
350 University Avenue, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825 

Fax: 916-442-6927

Email the Certificate of Lay Delegates form to convention@norcalepiscopal.org.
Email the Congregation Information form to communications@norcalepiscopal.org.
Scam alert
You may have received an email appearing to be from Bishop Megan, asking for a favor. The email address used is a Gmail account, which is not Bishop Megan's diocesan email. Please block this email address. 
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • July 28: St. Francis, Fortuna
  • Aug. 4: St. Stephen’s, Colusa
  • Aug. 11: St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND THE DIOCESE
Voices of Faith workshops at Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral will offer presentations taught and facilitated by their members on Thursday evenings during the summer. This summer series is called Voices of Faith and is a perennial offering.

You can join them for the following schedule from July 18 - August 22:
  • 6:30 pm - Compline in the Cathedral   
  • 7:00 pm - Workshop oresentation in the Assembly Area upstairs from the office. Light refreshments served.

Topics include:

July 25
Presenter: Kengo Akiyama

Aug. 1
Presenter: Jerry Pare

For more information and a complete list of topics, go to the Cathedral website.
Bishop Megan visits Our Saviour, Placerville
From right to left: The Rev. Debra Warwick-Sabino, The Rev. Stephen Shortes, Bishop Megan.
Bishop Megan visited the good people of Our Savior, Placerville this weekend. She presided and preached during the service, and then met with the vestry following.
Bishop Megan leads the congregation during the service.
Contemplative vigil on the first anniversary of the Carr Fire in Redding: Friday, July 26
Join the community of All Saints' as they gather for sanctuary, solidarity, silence, and prayer on this first anniversary of this day of great loss, and great heroism. Together we will lament our losses; we will give thanks for our lives and for the bravery and generosity of all who have worked for rescue and relief; and we will renew our hopes as people of resurrection life. All are welcome. 

When : Friday, July 26 at 6 p.m.
Where : All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA 96003 

You may also read what some of the members of All Saints, Redding, experienced during the fire here.

A Carr Fire community remembrance will be at the Sundial Bridge, from 7 - 9:30 p.m. 
Free workshop on offering emotional and spiritual care following community-wide disasters: July 31 in Chico
This workshop is for clergy and other spiritual and emotional care providers. You will learn best practices to improve your effectiveness in providing initial emotional and spiritual care to disaster survivors. Lunch will be served.

When : Wednesday, July 31, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where : St John's Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave., Chico, CA 95926
Registration: Register here by Friday, July 26
Contact: Roger Cutler - 916-804-9095, justroger45@yahoo.com
Workshop on becoming prayer: Aug. 10 in Carmichael
The incarnation has made mystics of us all. What if we read the gospels as if that were true? In this workshop, Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D., a Professor of New Testament and Christian Mysticism at the University of San Francisco, will explore the theme of “becoming prayer” from his book: Contemplating Christ, The Gospels and the Interior Life. Through anecdotal presentations, shared reflection, centering prayer, and group exercises, Fr. Pizzuto will gradually unfold the mystery to which the whole of biblical revelation and the Christian contemplative life are ordered: that through the incarnation, we have all become ‘other Christs’ in the world.

Books will be available to purchase. Fr. Vincent will sign books after retreat. Please bring a bag lunch; coffee and snacks will be provided.

When: Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 2140 Mission Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
Cost: $25 if registered by Aug. 6; $35 after Aug. 6 ( Scholarships are available)
Registration: Contact Janice Boyd at jboydcp@gmail.com or at 916-370-8602
Racial reconciliation training in the Sierra Deanery: Aug. 10
The  Sierra Deanery racial reconciliation training will be facilitated by leaders from our diocesan Commission for Intercultural Ministries. The day will provide an opportunity to come together as congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us, and to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world, and to be communities of 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: Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 124 Orange St., Auburn, CA 95603 
Registration: Free event; lunch is included. Register here by Aug. 2.
Contact: Commission for Intercultural Ministries Co-chair Linda Jensen at lmjensen.rio@gmail.com
Week-long iconography workshop in Grass Valley: Aug. 12-16
Peter Pearson will lead an iconography workshop in Grass Valley on Aug. 12-16. No painting experience is needed; all supplies will be furnished. Space is limited, so please indicate your interest as soon as possible. The estimated cost of the workshop will be $275.

Peter Pearson, M. Div., Th. D. has studied under nearly a dozen master iconographers and has been painting icons for fifty years. He's been teaching iconography for more than half that time and has authored three books on the subject. Icons by his hand grace the walls of churches, monasteries, and retreat houses, mainly in North America but have also found their way throughout the world. 

When: Monday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m.; ends at noon on Friday, Aug. 16
Where: Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S Church St.
Contact: Rev. Paul Colbert at  pcolbert@peacenet.org
Diocesan conference & clergy retreat to focus on climate crisis
Save the date - Saturday, Sept. 14: Rectors, vicars, priests-in-charge and congregations are invited to a conference on the stewardship of creation, presented by the ECR Partnership Commission and Earthcare of St. Benedict’s, Los Osos. Please download the flyer to post and announce in your church newsletters. Online registration will be available soon. Visit the conference webpage here.

A clergy retreat will take place on Friday, Sept. 13 at Good Shepherd, Salinas, led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation care, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Download the retreat flyer here. An early bird registration discount will be available for both events.

Participants will receive information on the latest scientific understandings of the causes and effects of global warming, will explore how caring for the Earth is an integral part of living as the Jesus Movement, and will leave with practical tools to put their care into action. Together, we can do more as a body than any of us can do alone. For more information, email office@stbenslososos.org.
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