MAY 22, 2018
CDSP Confers D.Div. on Bishop Barry Beisner

Bishop Barry, a 1978 graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, was honored for his work in the church and community with an honorary degree on Friday, May 18, at commencement in Berkeley. Among the graduates were the Rev. Stephen Shaver, called to be rector at Incarnation, Santa Rosa, who received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union; and the Rev. Jana Branson, St. Luke's, Auburn, who received her Master of Divinity degree.

View more photos of the commencement .

The Rt. Rev. Beisner, center, is flanked by the Rev. Don White, president of the CDSP board of trustees, and the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California.

Diocesan Profile Nearly Complete; Publication Soon

Our Diocesan Profile has been drafted and is undergoing revisions.  Only after the Standing Committee approves the profile will it be available for the public to view on our  Bishop Search websiteWe'll be sure to let the community of the diocese know as soon as that happens. 

The Diocesan Profile is on track be published in spring 2018, at which point the nominations process officially begins.

More information on the Bishop Search is available here.
Memorial Day, May 28: Office of the Bishop Closed

The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 29. 
Bishop's England Pilgrimage for 2019

The holy sites of southern England will come alive for the group of pilgrims that can join Bishop Barrry Beisner and the Rev. Ann Hallisey for two weeks next spring.

"Ann and I will be leading a final, farewell, diocesan pilgrimage in 2019, this time to that other (for Anglicans) holy land, England. We will explore southern England, and focus on the English roots our Church's spirituality, worship, and belief. The itinerary includes Canterbury, Bury St. Edmunds, Norwich, Cambridge, Oxford, London, Salisbury, and Winchester. The dates are April 25 - May 7; approximate cost will be $4,000 (including air fare). A complete brochure will be available in June."

Please let  Jacqi Seppi, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, know as soon as possible if you are interested.
Save the Date: 2018 Diocesan Convention

Please save the date for the annual Diocesan Convention to be held in Redding, CA, on November 9-10, 2018. In addition, keep an eye out for the Pre-Diocesan Convention packet to be released early June, which will contain forms, information on registration, and more.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule  
  • May 27 - St. Brigid's, Rio Vista
  • June 3 - Holy Trinity, Ukiah
  • June 10 - St. Michael's, Carmichael
  • July 22 - Holy Trinity, Willows
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here
Northern California Joins Poor People's Campaign

Immigrant Day 2018
A nationwide revival of an effort inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., the Poor People's Campaign, came to the steps of the state Capitol on Monday, May 14, as people rallied in support of the immigrants among us. Another protest on May 21 that sought to talk to Gov. Jerry Brown about criminal justice reform and poverty ended in 18 arrests Monday night when they wouldn't leave the building, according to the group's Facebook page. Most of protesters were released Tuesday morning, and the police charged five with misdemeanors.

Last month, hundreds of people of all faiths and races packed Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento, as the organizers planned a series of events.  Through nonviolent protests and a variety of other mobilizing strategies, thousands across the country will be taking part in a 40-day effort of intense advocacy.

King started the idea of the Poor People's Campaign back in 1968 to help in the fight against poverty and economic injustice. He helped mobilize a 3,000 person protest on the Washington Mall for six weeks. But after his April 4, 1968 assassination , the movement lost momentum. Fifty years later, there's a new energy to push for a fairer society. The Poor People's Campaign plans a mass march in Washington, D.C., on June 23.

More infomation on the Poor People's campaign is here Click on the image above for a short slideshow of the Immigrant Day experience of three people from our diocese.

St. John's, Chico, Hosts Rise Against Hunger Food Packing

The Rev. Aidan Rontani, assistant rector at St. John's, Chico, and Alta California deanery curate, coordinated a Rise Against Hunger food packing event "with some of our neighboring congregations here in the North Valley," he said. St. James, Yuba City; St. Nicholas, Paradise; St. Michael's, Anderson; St. Paul's, Oroville; and Holy Trinity, Willows participated. 

Rotani thanked the congregations "for being a part of this worthwhile effort and to all the volunteers from St. John's who helped make this happen. Together we packed over 10,000 meals for global famine relief. A bit of fun, and a chance to make a difference in the world."
Trinity Cathedral Dean Brian Baker Farewell Party June 10

Dean Brian Baker's Farewell Party to celebrate his 12 years in Sacramento will be Sunday, June 10, at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Trinity Cathedral's Great Hall. Dinner will be served; the Cathedral is asking for donations  to offset the cost of the dinner and gifts. Please put "Dean's Farewell Dinner" in the memo line of your check or donate online.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending, either by calling the church office at  916-446-2513, or you may email Bishop Barry Beisner will be attending, as well as the Rev. Andrea Baker. 
Faith, Cameron Park, Offers Ecumenical Walks This Summer

Cameron Park Lake will be the setting for a series of  relaxing, nourishing and fun Spirit Walks with people of faith. Says the Rev. Sonya Reichel, "We will learn and experience a variety of meditative walks. These practices will help still your mind, calm your body, and refresh your spirit. Each walk will last no more than 45 minutes. Each week stands alone and does not require any previous knowledge or participation."
She adds: "Furry friends on leashes are welcome to join us - they have a lot to teach us about remaining joyfully in the present moment!"
The walks will be:
Fridays at 10 a.m. on June 1, 8, 15 and 22
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on July 5, 12, 19 and 25
For more information, contact  Rev. Sonya Reichel,  Assistant Rector of Faith Episcopal Church, via email at or via phone at  916-747-0403.
Incarnation 100 Bike Ride: June 9

The streets of Sonoma County will be filled with bicyclists on Saturday, June 9, to raise money for homeless services. Avid and casual riders are welcome; the routes range from 30-100 miles.

This is the fourth annual ride sponsored by Incarnation, Santa Rosa. Last year's ride, which raised $17,000, attracted more than 200 cyclists.  Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of capacities. Click here  for more information.
Available Positions in the Diocese

St. Michael's, Carmichael, is seeking a Communications Coordinator/ Administrative Assistant who is personable, kind, a problem solver, organized, detail-oriented, and a good communicator. A job description is available here.

St. Martin's, Davis, is seeking a part-time Music Director to enhance its commitment to excellence in worship and liturgy. For a full position description, please see the website or call the church office to request more information: (530) 756-0444.
St. Martin's is also seeking a part-time Director of Formation for Children and Families. Please direct all inquiries to the rector, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan at

The Belfry campus ministry in Davis is seeking an Executive Director. The Belfry is a 40-year-old Episcopal-Lutheran campus ministry for UC Davis undergraduates and graduates. A job description is available here.

Faith, Cameron Park, is seeking a passionate and organized Parish Administrator who loves to work hard and have fun while doing it. A job description is available here.

Trinity, Folsom, is searching for a Director of Children's Ministries. A job description is available here.

Open clergy positions are available here.
From The Episcopal Church 

The House of Bishops is inviting Episcopalians to "share reflections on sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation" ahead of a planned General Convention listening session titled "Pastoral Response to #MeToo."

A selection of the reflections, with no names attached, will be read as part of the liturgy included in the sessions, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino Real, vice-president of the House of Bishops, said in a May 4 letter to the Episcopal Church.

The House of Bishop's Pastoral Response "will focus on listening, liturgy and steps for healing," according to the  press release issued with the letter . It will take place Wednesday, July 4, 5:15 to 7 p.m. CDT. Those not attending the General Convention in Austin, Texas, will be able to participate remotely via live webcast. Read more here.
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