News for the week of Sept. 24, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • The nomination period for convention has closed, and all five elections are contested! View the names of the 31 nominees here:

  • Episcopal Relief & Development needs your help as they respond to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Donate to their Hurricane Relief Fund here:
Bishop Megan at House of Bishops
The number women in the House of Bishops continues to increase. Each of these women are serving or have been elected to serve as bishops in the Church.
Bishop Megan poses with bishops connected to the Diocese of Arizona. L-R: Bishop Kirk, Bishop Megan, Bishop Jennifer, and Bishop Susan
Bishop Megan visited Minneapolis last week to participate in the fall meeting of the House of Bishops. The house meets about two times a year and will meet next in Texas in March. While at the meeting, Bishop Megan posted the picture above of "(almost) all the women in the House of Bishops." They represent the changing face of that body. She mentioned that some of the bishops who have been in post for a few years noticed "that the house was singing in four-part harmony during Holy Eucharist. Usually it has been a bass tone that dominates the singing, but there was a noticeable treble presence."

Not only has the house had an influx of women, but they are also seeing many more members who are people of color. "Shannon MacVean-Brown mentioned to me that she was the fifth African-American woman to be elected bishop diocesan," Bishop Megan said. Four of those have been elected in the last 18 months. The Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown will be consecrated the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, God willing, on Sept. 28, 2019.

Time spent in the meetings and away from the meetings also let our bishop and others renew and create friendships and collegial relationships that will fuel and foster their time in the episcopate. Bishop Megan was able to renew friendship with the Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith and the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall, pictured above, both with whom she served in Arizona. Bishop Kirk was her bishop when she served as the Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, and Bishop Jennifer was elected to succeed him just last year. They all shared the office for a time in the spring, just before Bishop Kirk retired. Also pictured is the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, who had been the rector at Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale. "Notably missing from this picture," said Bishop Megan, "is Bishop Nicholas Knisely, who was the dean of Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, and is part of our cohort." The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
New friendships and renewed relationships were fostered when Bishop Megan and Philip had dinner with colleagues and spouses from their College for Bishops Class of 2020 cohort.
An opportunity for building new relationship was realized when Bishop Megan and her husband, Dr. Philip Traquair, had dinner with the College for Bishops Class of 2020 and their spouses. As mentioned in last week's Diocesan e-News article about Bishop Meyers' visit, the College for Bishops creates opportunities for success by pairing bishop-elects and newly consecrated bishops with coaches, as well as programs to help them learn together with their newly elected and consecrated colleagues.

Reflecting on her time in Minnesota, Bishop Megan said, "It was a rich time in which we learned much from each other. We learned the value of the differences and the harmonies that we hold together."
"Bishop Prior, our host bishop, challenged us in his sermon during the closing Eucharist from Mark 3:34-38. He asked us to look at the issues we face in the House of Bishops and in The Episcopal Church and set them down, so that we can collectively pick up our cross and follow Jesus." The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota.
Nominees for diocesan office, General Convention deputies, announced
From John Miller, Chair of the Nominations Committee

It is my great honor to announce to you that the diocese has received 31 nominations for our Nov. 7-9 Diocesan Convention, and that all five elections scheduled have enough candidates to be contested. Because of this, we will not need a second period of reopened nominations this year. This level of participation in diocesan leadership is truly a blessing, and I want to extend thanks, both personally and on behalf of the diocese to all those who have put their names forward for election.

This is a great slate of candidates. I cannot express how pleased I am to see the growth in the number and diversity of people willing to stand for election to the Standing Committee, the Board of Trustees, and Deputies to General Convention. Read more and view the nominee names here.
Early registration for Convention closes Friday, Sept. 27
Early registration for Diocesan Convention in Sacramento closes Friday, Sept. 27! Please register by then to avoid the late fee.

For questions please email
Reminder: Convocations are Saturday, Oct. 19
Deanery convocations are Saturday, Oct. 19. It is important that all clergy, delegates and alternates attend a Convocation to become familiar with the resolutions and nominees.

Find where your deanery is meeting by clicking on the image or by clicking here. For a written list of the Deanery Convocations, click here. Not sure which deanery you belong to? Find out here.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Sept. 29: St. John's, Petaluma
  • Oct. 6: St. James, Lincoln
  • Oct. 13: St. Patrick's, Kenwood
  • Oct. 20: St. Luke's, Galt

See more visitation dates here.
Pathways 2019: A visit to Humboldt county changes lives
Ted Hernandez, Chairman of the Wiyot Tribe shared the stories of his people.
The pilgrims take time for a photo with Betty Chinn, who shared her life story with them
Kevin and Melanie Cunningham, farmers at the Shakefork Farm, instructed on sustainable farming practices
“Our Pathways Youth Pilgrimage this summer took us to Humboldt County where we felt the presence of God in the land and in the lives of all the people we met. From speaking to the Chairman of the Wiyot Tribe, Ted Hernandez, meeting Betty Chinn, founder of the Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation, visiting St. Alban’s, Arcata; Christ Church, Eureka; and Shakefork Community Farm, the land and the people we met taught us about the amazing ability of both people and creation to persevere and be renewed.”

“We worshipped together and with our new friends, we were welcomed as pilgrims to sacred spaces and sacred lives and we experienced the transforming love Christ as we grew in community.” These are the words of The Rev. Sarah Quinney, Missioner for Youth Discipleship, who led this year’s trip. There were 30 youth participants and 12 young adult leaders who made the trek to the northwest corner of the diocese. Read more here.
Students lead their own worship at Christ Church, Eureka and at Humbolt State University
Diocesan Recovery Ministry celebrates Recovery Month
From the Rev. Anne Dryden McKeever, diocesan representative for Recovery Ministries

Happy Recovery Month! In almost every pew in our congregations sit people struggling with some kind of addiction of their own or of people they love.

As your diocesan representative to the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, I invite you avail yourself of our resources for this valuable ministry.
Clergy in Charge of Congregations received last month a packet of information from our Partners in Health Ministries including information about Recovery Month, a list of recovery books in our diocesan library, Prayers for the People for a 12-Step Eucharist, and assorted RMEC pamphlets. Read more here.
Gourmet fundraising dinner to honor immigrants: Sept. 27 in Healdsburg
Come enjoy "Cocina Mexicana," an elegant three course feast of Mexican regional dishes paired with fine Sonoma County wine. All the proceeds from this support St. Paul's Spanish language congregation and honor Mexicans and all immigrants in this troubled time of anti-immigrant sentiment.

When: Friday, Sept. 27, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Iglesia San Pablo Episcopal, 209 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Cost: $60, can be purchased at St. Paul's, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: Bo Simons,, 707-508-6202 
Book of Joy author Doug Abrams at Trinity Cathedral: Oct. 11
Doug Abrams, who co-authored "The Book of Joy" with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will give a talk in conjunction with Tibet House of Sacramento.

Abrams also is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a former editor at the University of California Press and HarperCollins and his books have been credited with convincing then-President Bill Clinton to stop genocide and for launching the modern anti-slavery movement. He is currently the co-founder with Desmond Tutu and Pam Omidyar of Human Journey, which is using multimedia to spread visionary ideas that can improve our lives and our world.

When: Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95816
Presentation in Sonoma on the untold stories of WWI: Oct. 29
Luc Ferier, chairman and founder of the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation, will be sharing the unknown story of the Muslim contribution to the Allied cause in the First World War. In his new book, "The Unknown Fallen (2019)," Luc presents this compelling story as an “alternative narrative” to the notion that Muslims, Christians and Jews have forever been in conflict.  

When: Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 275 East Spain St., Sonoma, CA 95476
Contact: Dr. James Rawls at
Volunteer at the River City Food Bank
There is a high need for volunteers to pack and distribute food the second and fourth Fridays of each month at The Center at St. Matthew's. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Rev. Cindy Long at
Join The Belfry Board
The Belfry is seeking new Board Members to serve a three (3) year term beginning immediately. Board members are each stewards of the organization, bringing their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Representing and advocating for The Belfry are critical roles. There are no specific professional, educational, or experiential requirements, but a passion for The Belfry’s ministries is a must! 

If you believe that Belfry Board service is right for you, please email our Executive Director, Emily Hyberg, at She will arrange a meeting to discuss the Board Responsibilities in more detail and to discuss how your particular abilities may suit this call.
Job opportunities
Acting Operations Director at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento

Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena

Faculty/Field Placement Program Administrator at Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Join Episcopal Relief & Development for ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE
ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE is a $3 million grassroots Church-wide fundraising campaign dedicated to expanding the organization’s global programs, improving the lives of children up to age six. Episcopal Relief & Development invites individuals, congregations, and dioceses to join ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE by engaging in acts of love of their own. Learn more here.
United Thank Offering’s Young Adult and Seminarian grants:  
Informational webinars offered Oct. 15 & Jan. 14
Applications are now being accepted for the United Thank Offering (UTO) 2020 Young Adult and Seminarian (YAS!) grants. The focus for these grants is Holy Gifts: Bringing together our blessings and gifts to breathe love, liberation, and life into our communities.

UTO Young Adult and Seminarian grants offer start-up money for new projects. Each year, the UTO makes available up to five grants of $5,000 each to young adults age 19-30 and up to five grants of $5,000 each to Episcopal students enrolled in an ordination-track program at an Episcopal seminary or diocesan/regional training school.

The application deadline is Feb. 7, 2020. Learn more here.
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