news for the week of March 5, 2019
Pastoral messages from Bishop Barry Beisner and Interim Dean Jim Richardson
Message from Bishop Barry:

Dear Friends in Christ:
 
Grace and peace to you. I write to you having just heard the announcement by District Attorney Schubert that the officers involved in the shooting death of Stephon Clark will not be charged. We have immediately paused our Diocesan Board of Trustees meeting for prayer: for Stephon Clark's family and friends, in their grief; for all in our local law enforcement, government, and community organizations, that we all might work together for justice and peace; and for ourselves, remembering that, regardless of the extent to which race was a factor in this particular death, racism is pervasively present in our society and its institutions, and racism is a sin, everywhere and always. In this moment, we are profoundly aware of our Baptismal promises to resist such evil, and to respect the dignity of every human being.
 
The Apostle teaches us that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to God, and that God has entrusted the on-going work of that reconciliation to us (II Corinthians 5:19). That is our mission. This is a moment for each of us, and all of us together, to recommit to that mission: to be true reconcilers; to deepen our engagement in our congregations, neighborhoods, schools, and civic organizations, and in the political processes available to us, to actively fight against the unholy trinity of racism, poverty, and violence that grips our nation. I commend to you the work and witness of  Sacramento Area Congregations Together , through which many of us in this region are seeking effective steps forward. Hopefully, there are similar friends, allies, and opportunities in all of our communities.
 
As Martin Luther King observed, "A dark, desperate, confused and sin-sick world waits for a new kind of man and a new kind of power." That new humanity and power are ours in Christ. It is for us to live it, make it known, and make it real.
 
God bless, strengthen, and sustain us in this work.
 
Faithfully,
Bishop's Signature
Message from Interim Dean Richardson:

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has issued her decision not to file any charges against the police officers involved in the shooting death of Stephon Clark, who was unarmed, almost a year ago. As you recall, this incident roiled our community and garnered national attention. For many, this decision is the absolute correct one, for others this is wrong and proves that those in power do not care about people of color or about justice.

There does not seem to be any middle ground in this, and yet in the Episcopal Church's Baptismal Covenant we are called to "strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being." 

Our faith calls us to work for justice even as we resist the call to anger and violence. Some of us may choose to march peacefully while others support the district attorney's decision. All have a right to express their opinion.

Many in the faith community, particularly through Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Sacramento ACT) of which we are a part, have been planning for the aftermath of this decision. Many clergy and people of faith plan to march, assisting those who are frightened, injured, or lost. Some will serve as legal observers bearing witness to the behavior of demonstrators and law enforcement. 

Be assured, though, that real change will not occur just because people marched. Real change will come when we change our hearts, when we look honestly at our behaviors, friendships and public practices. How do these practices reflect the values we hold, the values our faith teaches, and the values our nation claims?

From the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech:
Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood; now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of this moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

The Rev. James Richardson
Interim Dean
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Transition to a new bishop: perspective from the Bishop’s staff
Caring for the bishop’s staff is crucial to any Episcopal transition. We want to offer our reflections today to the diocese as we celebrate Bishop Barry Beisner and welcome Bishop-elect Megan Traquair. 
 
Our staff is excited about the transition, working hard, and taking time to acknowledge and process the wide range of feelings present as we shift from one leader to another. We are aware that together we live into a new vision and direction for the diocese under a new episcopate.
 
For the foreseeable future, it is not expected that there will be major staff changes. That said, the nature of life is change, and the situation can change for each of us during this time of transition. 
 
What are we planning, and what is going on? Right now, with support and advice from Bishop-elect Megan, we have posted the Communication Director position . Our Communications Committee, under the leadership of Kati Braak, Director of Operations, is reviewing applications now. 
 
This past week, our Bishop’s staff spent time with Bishop-elect Megan during a short visit. Her first visit as bishop-elect was focused exclusively on planning the consecration, meeting her new staff, and an initial look for housing. 
 
Canon Andrea McMillin and Bishop-elect Megan have worked together for the past four-and-a-half years as fellow canons to the ordinary in Province VIII, and have an established rapport that will serve the diocese well. This was affirmed and strengthened during Bishop-elect Megan’s visit this past week. Our diocese can be assured of positive, strong, collaborative leadership in the Bishop’s office now, and as bishop-elect Megan begins her episcopate. 
 
Thank you for your prayers and care during this transition. Our Bishop’s staff is eager for the arrival of our new bishop, savoring our last months with Bishop Barry, and deeply appreciative of you in the diocese who have expressed support, love, and patience over this past 18 months of transition. 
Celebrating Bishop Barry
Our journey through this episcopal transition has carried us to the place where we intentionally and joyfully celebrate the ministry and gifts of of Bishop Barry and his episcopate in this diocese.
 
We honor Bishop Barry
 
In Story : Send cards, notes, and stories about the way that Bishop Barry has blessed you during his time as a bishop ( communications@norcalepiscopal.org )
 
Photos : Send photos of your church, your church's ministries and people, and photos of Bishop Barry ( communications@norcalepiscopal.org ). Photos and notes will be included in a memory book for him. Please include your church name and city in the subject line.
 
A gift : The diocese is giving Bishop Barry and Rev. Ann a trip to begin their life in retirement together.  Donate here . (Donors will be recognized.)
 
Celebration : We will gather in three different events to honor Bishop Barry. Please save the date - more information available from the transition committee soon.
 
May 11       St. John's Episcopal Church, Petaluma
June 7       Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
June 15      All Saints Episcopal Church, Redding

For questions about these events contact the president of the Transition Committee, Ane Diester, by visiting the bishop search website .
Where are we in the transition to a new bishop?

We have successfully elected The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair to be the 8th bishop here. We are planning and preparing for her consecration on June 29, 2019, pending consents from across the wider church and subsequent approval from the Presiding Bishop's office. We turn now to honor Bishop Barry and celebrate his episcopate and ministry. This is an important step in this transition process: honoring the past sets in us a heart of gratitude for the ministry and gifts so faithfully given by God to us through Bishop Barry's time in the diocese. By engaging fully in the celebration of Bishop Barry's ministry, we prepare in a healthy way for a new time and a new episcopate in the diocese.

O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a
goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop Barry, Bishop-elect Megan,
other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word
may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments
faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your
Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your
Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to
all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Bishop's visitation schedule 
  • March 31 - St. James, Yuba City
  • April 7 - St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova 
  • April 21 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento (Easter) 
  • May 19 - St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta  

Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is  available here .
NEWS AND EVENTS IN OUR DIOCESE
ECS annual grants open to submit letters of interest
Episcopal Community Services is now accepting letters of interest for the Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant (three year grant) and for the annual ECS grants which are given to church ministries that focus on human rights advocacy, human service or health programs, and lay leadership/empowerment programs.

Learn more about the three-year Warren Dunning Grant here . Learn more about the yearly grants here .

Please email your letter of interest to bettyharrisonsmith@gmail.com by March 20 to be considered.
Happening at your Cathedral
March 9, Presentation on the Doctrine of Discovery in the Church : The Rev. Deacon Lewis "Sitting Panther" Powell (Cherokee/Saponi) is the Indigenous Ministries Missioner for our diocese. In that capacity, he travels to parishes within the diocese sharing information about the role of Indigenous Peoples (Native American) Ministries in the Church and information about the  Doctrine of Discovery  and Manifest Destiny. This talk will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A reception will follow.
April 6, A grateful Lent with author Diana Butler Bass:  Join author Diana Butler Bass for a mini-retreat from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., based on her recent book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. She writes that gratitude is often overlooked as a Lenten spiritual practice. However, it is central to both a balanced life and to understanding the New Testament. And gratitude is far more complex and challenging than either a guilt-inducing obligation or sentimental form of self-help. Come spend the morning attending to the role of gratefulness in your spiritual life -- and discover familiar stories of Jesus in new ways. 
Annual Interfaith Climate Conference in Davis 
The Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice's (YIACJ) 7th Annual Interfaith Climate Conference will be held in Davis, where the Rev. Sharon Delgado, author of Love in a Time of Climate Change, and Michael McCormick, president of  Cool Davis   will speak. This event is a great opportunity to hear inspiring speakers, learn about local efforts to address climate change, and connect with other people of faith.

When : Saturday, March 16, 1 - 4 p.m.
Where : United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Rd., Davis, CA 95616
Registration : This event is free. Please  register here .
Wingfield Deanery Racial Reconciliation training
The  Wingfield 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. March 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where : Church of the Ascension, 2420 Tuolumne St., Vallejo, CA 94589
Registration : The event is free (lunch included). Please  register here  by March 15.
Contact : Email  Linda Jensen, Commission for Inter-cultural Ministries Co-chair, at  lmjensen.rio@gmail.com .
Safe Church training opportunity
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. May 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where : St. Augustine's,1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95765
Registration : The cost is $15; refreshments will be provided. Please register here .
Contact : T he Rev. Tom Gartin at tom@staugustineepiscopal.com
Start the summer countdown and register for camp now!

Our diocese is near and home to several Episcopal summer camps where young people can explore their relationship to God through all the astonishing natural beauty our region has to offer. Swimming, hiking, boating, rock climbing, worship services, camping, and the chance to make friends for life, are just some of the activities offered by summer church camps. 

Would you like to support youth in affording these life-changing summer camp experiences? Please donate here . (Youth Camp Scholarship)
Pathways Youth Pilgrimage - Apply  by April 1!
Join youth of the diocese for Pathways in Humboldt County, from June 16-21. Pathways is a pilgrimage that aims to equip youth to be agents of truth, peace, and reconciliation. Led by the young adults who started Pathways, participants will spend a week together sharing meals, worshiping, having fun and traveling as pilgrims.  Learn more .  
Camp Living Waters - Arcata 
A week-long Episcopal summer camp in the heart of Redwood Valley, Camp Living Waters is based at St. Alban's parish in Arcata and draws staff members from the faith communities of the North Coast.  Learn more
Camp Galilee - Lake Tahoe 
Camp Galilee is the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. Camp Galilee's summer camps help youth develop deep relationships with their peers, caring counselors, the natural world, and God.  Learn more
St. Dorothy's Rest - Camp Meeker 
Beautifully located in the heart of a redwood forest on the Russian River and just miles from the Pacific Ocean, St. Dorothy's offers a summer camp experience that celebrates the natural world.  Learn more .
Bishop's Ranch - Healdsburg 
BREAD Camp is set among the forest, farms and vineyards of Sonoma County, where campers can discovery community and spirituality, and participate in summer camping activities.  Learn more .
CPG Planning for Wellness Conference
April 5-6 : The Church Pension Group Planning for Wellness Conference aims to provide financial planning and education for active clergy along with a focus on physical and psychological well-being. Learn more here .
Two Cursillos offered this year
Cursillo #114: May 16-19 & Cursillo #115: May 30-June 2 : This year, there are two Cursillo weekends, one for men and one for women. If you are interested in participating being a part of the leadership team, you can learn more here .
Open positions in the diocese
NEWS AND EVENTS BEYOND OUR DIOCESE
Trinity Church Wall Street and Church Divinity School of the Pacific announce alliance
On Monday, March 4, 2019, at All Saints Chapel, the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, CDSP's dean and president, and the Rev. Dr. Bill Lupfer, rector of Trinity Church Wall Street, announced an exciting agreement between the two institutions that will assure CDSP's future at the forefront of theological education in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. To learn more, read the media release on the CDSP website.
Calling all Licensed Preachers, Eucharistic Visitors, and all other baptized people!
Our diocese has established a partnership with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (part of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley) which will allow lay and clergy members of our diocese to enroll in online courses at a discounted rate. For the spring term, available courses include: 

  • Introduction to the Book of Common Prayer 
  • What We Believe: Theology in the Anglican Tradition 
  • Acts of the Apostles 
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care 
  • AND MORE! 

Whether you are working on a new Lay Ministry license or are looking for a continuing education opportunity, CALL may have a course that is right for you. Visit their website for more details, and if you want to register, please email Betsey Monnot at betsey@norcalepiscopal.org for information about receiving the discount. The spring term begins on March 25. Registration is open now!
San Joaquin pilgrims to walk 16 days from Fresno to Sacramento
The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin's 16-day Pilgrimage of Hope will begin on May 4 at their cathedral in Fresno and will conclude on the Day of the Immigrant in Sacramento on May 20. 

The pilgrimage is a visible witness of our standing in solidarity with and raising awareness of the plight of immigrants and refugees in the Central Valley. The hope and intention in this walk is raise awareness of the struggles our sister and brother immigrants and refugees face daily, while also raising money to support Legal Defense Funds throughout the Valley.  Learn more here .
From the wider Church
Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarships are available for educational training for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other groups, covering a wide range of eligibility. Lists of trust funds and scholarships and other important information can be found here.
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