MAY 29, 2018
Our Diocesan Profile Is Here!

The Bishop Search Committee published the profile of our diocese on Friday, May 25. They will be accepting applications and nominations for the eighth bishop of Northern California until July 7, 2018.

In a statement to the diocese, the Search Committee said it  has lived up to their  charge  by:
  • Creating Holy Space for the diocese to discern its identity in Christ and to understand better its hopes and dreams for the future in conversation with the Holy Spirit
  • Encouraging the involvement of both clergy and laity in the process
  • Collecting feedback from this involvement to assist the committee's work
The committee interviewed many members of diocesan leadership, hosted four listening events around the diocese, and gathered feedback from individuals and parishes. 

More information on the Bishop Search is available here.

A Slideshow of CDSP Commencement, Featuring Our Bishop

2018 CDSP Commencement

Bishop Barry Beisner, a 1978 graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, was honored for his work in the church and community with D.Div. 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.

Because of a technical error, the link to the slideshow was corrupted in last week's e-News. Click on the image above to see the slideshow.
Save the Date: 2018 Diocesan Convention Nov. 9-10

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.

Deanery Convocations will be Oct. 20. More information coming soon.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule  
  • June 3 - Holy Trinity, Ukiah
  • June 10 - St. Michael's, Carmichael
  • July 22 - Holy Trinity, Willows
  • August 26 - Sts. Martha & Mary, Trinidad
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here
How to Talk With Friends and Family Who Disagree on Politics

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Better Angels  ask you to join them for an interactive workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.  No RSVP required; bring a friend!
The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, from 9-11 a.m. at  Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento.
In addition, Better Angels will host a Red/Blue Workshop at Trinity Cathedral June 30. The Red/Blue Workshop brings together seven conservative-leaning participants and seven progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground. Space is limited so please email

Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen's movement to unify our divided nation. More information is here.
Davis Belfry Invites Students to Interfaith BBQ on June 5

Celebrate the end of the year at a BBQ with our interfaith friends! We'll be in Central Park on Tuesday, June 5. Dinner will be vegan-friendly, and all are welcome!

Interested in learning more about LEVN? Young adults (age 21-30) with Bachelor's degrees can volunteer for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2018 to the end of July 2019, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health insurance, transportation, spiritual direction, and a $400/month food stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program. Visit or contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530-756-1550 or for more information.
Free One-Day Retreat for Fire-Affected at Bishop's Ranch

Come to a free one-day retreat being offered by Rising Up at The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg on Tuesday, June 5. It's designed for those who have been impacted by the fires, including but not limited to those who have lost homes. One must be 60 or older to attend.
Click here for more info and to register online. Space is limited to 100 people, so register now! 
Incarnation 100 Bike Ride Coming Up on June 9

Riders line the sidewalk outside Incarnation, Santa Rosa, for the Blessing of the Bicycles.

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.
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."

Rev. Sonya noted: "Although dogs have a great deal to teach us about remaining joyfully in the present, they are not allowed at Cameron Park Lake. There will be plenty of feathered friends and squirrels to accompany us!"
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.
August EfM Mentor Training in Auburn: Register Soon

The 2018 EfM Mentor Training Session will be at Mercy Center in Auburn, Aug. 1-3.
 The diocese offe rs  both F ormation and Foundation classes.

Registration forms are available for download here, and must be mailed by July 13. Please register soon as space fills up quickly.

If you are training elsewhere this year, ple ase let  Sally Rooneydiocesan EfM coordinator, know of any changes in email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, etc. And please share any of this information with people who might be interested in mentoring.  

Education for Ministry is a four-year extension program that meets during the academic year in groups o f six to 12 students led by one or two mentors trained in small-group facilitat ion and theological refection. The course also requires about five hours a week of outside reading. More information on the program is available here.
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

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.

Camp Living Waters is seeking a volunteer Crafts Director.  The Craft Director plans craft projects and works with campers to create the projects. Camp runs from July 22-27 at Cookson Ranch, approximately a 40 minute drive from Arcata.  Ideally, the director would stay for the entire camp but someone interested in coming for just one or more days of the camp can apply as well. For more information contact the Rev. Sara Potter at (707) 822-4102 or or contact Emily Armstrong Buck at (541) 337-7749 or

Open clergy positions are available here.
Archbishop of Canterbury Thankful for Pentecost Prayers

Dear friends,

For 11 days (around the world) we came together in prayer.

We asked God to pour out his Holy Spirit on His united people - to empower us share the revolutionary love of Jesus Christ with our friends, our families, our communities and our nations.

You are a vital part of this movement we call Thy Kingdom Come. Thank you so much.

And of course, what an incredible blessing it was to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry share the good news of Jesus with a global audience of millions in his Royal wedding sermon - before joining us for a Thy Kingdom Come event at St. Alban's Cathedral.

I'm more excited by Thy Kingdom Come than anything I can remember for many, many years. Praise be to God!

With every blessing, 

Archbishop Justin Welby

Click on the photo above to see a video wrap-up of this year's events.
June 18 Webinar: Our Legacy of Welcoming Refugees

Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Office of Government Relations is hosting a one-hour free webinar,  Our 1939 Moment: Continuing the Legacy of Welcome, on Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m. Pacific. Register here.

Presented as part of the World Refugee Day observance on June 20, the webinar will be a conversation about the history and present of the Episcopal Church's legacy of refugee welcome.
Living Compass Offers Teen Health Book, Leader's Guide

For a limited time, Living Compass, a nonprofit that provides training and preventative wellness materials  to individuals, nonprofits and schools, is offering a free digital download of its book "The Teen Compass  Wellness Notebook," and accompanying leader's guide written by marriage and family therapists Scott and Holly
Stoner. Download the 114-page interactive workbook here.

Their hope is that this tool can help those that work with teens to foster important conversations about the  challenges they face and the decisions they are making.
From The Episcopal Church 

General Convention is just five weeks away! The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held July 5 - July 13, 2018 in Austin, TX. And, it needs your help! They still have about 300 volunteer shifts left to fill. To sign up, please come to the General Convention 2018 Volunteers Facebook page and click the "Sign Up" button. Hotel information is there as well. 

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