News for the week of June 18, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • You are invited to the Seating of the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California. the Sunday after the consecration, June 30 at 11:15 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral.

  • St. John's, Chico, is requesting Safeway gift cards to give to those impacted by the Camp Fire. You can send them directly to the church or give online. Learn more here:

  • We're hiring! Read more and apply for our Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist position here:

An Invitation from Trinity Cathedral: The Welcome and Seating of our new Bishop
You are invited to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for the Seating of our new Bishop, The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair, who will be consecrated the previous day. The seating of a bishop is an ancient ceremony in which the bishop is seated in the cathedra or the bishop's chair. The word cathedral is based on cathedra and the placement of this specific chair in this building is what makes Trinity, in this case, a cathedral. Bishop Megan will also be preaching and celebrating Holy Eucharist at this service. 

The Seating of the
Eighth Bishop of Northern California
Sunday, June 30, 2019
11:15 AM

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA

Diocesan clergy are invited to sit with the congregation. No Vesting
RSVP re-opened; live-stream of Consecration will be available
We have a few tickets left for the Consecration, so we've opened RSVP back up! Please share and spread the word, and if you haven't RSVPd yet, you can do so here.

We are pleased to share that we will be live-streaming the consecration. We will share the link on the Bishop Search website as soon as we have it.
Accounting and benefits position open
We are still accepting applications for the position of Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist. Learn more and apply here.
Celebrating Bishop Barry in Redding
Just over 100 people attended the last diocesan celebration in Redding to honor the ministry of Bishop Barry.

The Very Rev. Richard Yale (above), announced that the diocese is gifting Bishop Barry and The Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey a cruise on the Rhine next summer. Thank you to all who donated to give our bishop this gift!
Bishop Barry completes last parish visitation
Bishop Barry Beisner's last parish visitation was Sunday, June 9 at Emmanuel, Grass Valley. He is pictured with Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair, Rector Seth Kellerman and Archdeacon Gary Brown
Donate bikes and bike parts to help refugees - June 22 in Folsom
If you have an old bicycle, spare parts, helmets, locks, or bike tools that you no longer need, please consider donating them to help welcome newly-arrived refugees into metro Sacramento. Opening Doors, an agency that supports human trafficking survivors and refugees, has put out a call for bicycles, machines that can represent a way to get a job, go to school, receive medical care, and access community resources.

Please bring donations to Trinity (410 Wool St., Folsom) on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The bikes will be restored by Folsom Prison’s workshop, so that they’ll be riding like new when Opening Doors distributes them to their clients. If you have any questions, call Trinity’s Church office at (916) 985-2495.

Pictured: The Rev. Charlie Knuth, Assistant Rector at Trinity, Folsom.
Camp Fire gift cards for those struggling to make ends meet
St. John's, Chico, continues to be actively involved in helping folks impacted by the Camp Fire in Paradise. As a part of this work, the church is requesting gift cards that they can hand out to those who need assistance. Specifically, they have found that Safeway cards are the best as recipients can use them for either gas or groceries. The gift cards can be mailed directly to St. John’s, Chico (address below).

St. John's Episcopal Church 
c/o The Very Rev. Richard Yale 
2341 Floral Avenue 
Chico, CA 95926 

You may also donate to the diocesan disaster fund here. Want to send a check? Make checks out to EDNC, with "Disaster Relief" in the memo line. The diocesan office address is below.

Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
Disaster Relief
350 University Ave., Suite 280 
Sacramento, CA 95825
Sharing Carr Fire stories
We are stories of those impacted by the Carr Fire in Redding, which begun late July of last year and wasn't contained until over a month later, Aug. 30, 2018. As these "megafires" have a huge impact on the lives of those affected, we believe it is important that their stories are shared.

This week's story is available on the Episcopal Church Camp Fire Recovery Team Facebook page , as well as on the diocesan website .

If you were at all impacted by the Carr fire and would like to share your story, please email
Pilgrimage of Hope 'thank you' from San Joaquin Bishop Rice
"The Pilgrimage of Hope has been completed, that is, the 17 day, 225 mile walk from Fresno to Sacramento...

"There are many to whom I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation, for without you, there would be no pilgrimage. Firstly, I thank God for prompting and inspiring us to walk the way of Jesus, the way of love, justice and hope...

...To our Sisters and Brothers in our adjoining Episcopal Dioceses, particularly Dio Northern Cal, thank you. To all those who have and continue to contribute to PoH to cover costs and to support Legal Defense Funds, thank you. And to anyone who participated in the Pilgrimage of Hope, however great or small, thank you, thank you, three times thank you."

Read Bishop Rice's full letter of thanks here.
Buddhist and Christian meditation: Living and breathing on a common path
For over 25 years, the Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation has been offering this unique opportunity to experience both Buddhist and Christian contemplative practices, through brief instruction, extended periods of silent meditation practice, and generous time for unstructured quiet and solitude.

It will be held July 21-26 at St. Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista. Scholarships are available. Full details are available here
The Episcopal Church's Sacred Ground race series - what it is and why it matters
Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story.

This Church-wide program invites members of each diocese to form a dialogue circle or circles in your congregation that would meet for 10 sessions to engage with the films, videos, written materials, and each other – a study group essentially. Learn more here.
More from the wider Church
Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair spent the weekend in San Diego celebrating the ordination and consecration of Susan Brown Snook as Bishop and familiarizing herself with the service she'll be a part of in less than two weeks!

More news from the Episcopal News Service are available here .