News for the week of Sept. 3, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Bishop Megan now has an official Facebook page! See where she's travelling in the diocese and when she shares an important message. Like and follow here:

  • Nominations for General Convention Deputies, Board of Trustees and Standing Committee are open until Sept. 13. Learn more here:

  • Calling all men in the diocese! The 2019 Episcopal Men's Conference is Sept. 21 at Trinity Cathedral. Learn more here:
Bishop Megan visits FEMA shelters in Gridley
Touring the homes in the FEMA village and listening to what's available for the future residents.
Bishop Megan visited St. Timothy's while in Gridley. Here she's pictured with the Rev. Mary Boeger and the Rev. Dan Boeger.
There are plenty of necessities available at the Gridley Distribution Center.
Bishop Megan made a mid-week visit to Gridley on Wednesday, Aug. 21. She was able to visit with the folks at St. Timothy's, Gridley, including the Rev. Mary Boeger and the Rev. Dan Boeger.

Bishop Megan and the group from St. Timothy's were also able to check out the Gridley Distribution Center. Camp Fire survivors who are in need of services and basic goods, can come and find what they need as they rebuild their lives.

While she was in town, she, along with members of the Camp Fire Long-Term Recovery Team, also visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) village that is being built for survivors of the Camp Fire. FEMA is constructing a village of temporary housing that will be able to hold approximately 400 survivors.

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom,
patience, and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Follow Bishop Megan on Facebook!
Bishop Megan now has an official page on Facebook! You can follow her for important messages and to see where Bishop Megan is travelling around the diocese.

Last week there was a challenge to see how many follows we could get for Bishop Megan's page. Your response was tremendous; we've gotten 270 follows so far!
Have you considered running for diocesan office?
Nominations for members of the Board of Trustees, Standing Committee and General Convention Deputies are open until Sept. 13. There are openings for both clergy and lay people on each of these teams. The diocese has expressed a keen interest in increasing the number of lay leaders involved in our governance. As stated in Canon regarding the Board of Trustees, “Of the elected and appointed members it is a goal that five shall be members of the clergy and that ten shall be members of the laity.” At the present time there are ten members of the Board of Trustees who are clergy and five who are laity.

Take a few minutes consider this: could I do the work desired as a member of one of the teams mentioned below? 

  • Do I have a gift when it comes to understanding mission, policy and strategic plan? - We need your expertise to help the Board of Trustees work on the management and program of the diocese as we live into our mission of Making Disciples, Raising up Saints & Transforming Communities for Christ.
  • Am I known to function well in making decisions in a team? - The Standing Committee could use your help advising the bishop on ecclesial matters. 
  • Do people recognize a prophetic vision in me for understanding the direction the Church should take? - General Convention (June 30 - July 9, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland) is where the policy of our Church is debated and set and as a deputy, you can be our voice in the discussion. Please keep in mind that General Convention deputies get their flight, rooming (ONLY when lodging at double), and meals paid for by the diocese.
We need you to stand for election. Do it for the good of the diocese; for the good of the Church. Remember, the deadline is Sept. 13. Learn more on the Diocesan Convention nominations page.
Diocesan Convention guest speaker is Mary Parmer
Bishop Megan Traquair has selected Mary Parmer as Diocesan Convention's guest speaker for her ability to teach and inspire connection.

Born and raised in the deep South, Mary Parmer is a congregational development consultant/coach, speaker, and retreat leader living in Sewanee, Tennessee. She serves as Director of INVITE WELCOME CONNECT, a transformational ministry of evangelism and hospitality now housed at the Beecken Center, School of Theology, University of the South. Mary is the past Director of the Gathering of Leaders, a national leadership gathering of young Episcopal clergy. 

Mary has served as a Lay Deputy to the the past four General Conventions of The Episcopal Church, and she currently serves on the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Churches (GC 2015-A045). Mary holds a degree in Religious Studies from St. Edwards University in Austin and formerly served as Director of Adult Ministries & Evangelism, St. Stephen’s, Beaumont. She has two grown children and six young grandchildren, builds stone labyrinths, and spends her time away from the office hiking and reading memoirs.  Learn more about Mary on her website.

Diocesan Convention is Nov. 7-9 in Sacramento. Early registration is now open until Sept. 27; you may register via this link:
Request for consecration pictures
A unique shot sent in by MC Abajian, who sang in the choir at the consecration.
Do you have pictures from Bishop Megan's consecration? If you weren't able to attend in person, did you get photos from a watch party at your church or with friends? Are there a couple that are really special and bring you joy? We are looking for some different perspectives in our images from this momentous event in our diocese. Would you be willing to share them with us?

Please send the photos to
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Sept. 8: St. Francis, Willits
  • Sept. 29: St. John's, Petaluma
  • Oct. 6: St. James, Lincoln
  • Oct. 13: St. Patrick's, Kenwood

See more visitation dates here.
Video: Snapshots from the Consecration
We are pleased to share this four minute video (click to play) of photos from the consecration. And, yes, those are the wonderful voices of our diocese singing in the background!

We'd also like to share that Bishop Megan was featured as a recently consecrated alum in the Bexley-Seabury Seminary summer magazine (scroll to page eight). Enjoy!
Bishop Megan meets with retired clergy
Bishop Megan met with retired clergy and their spouses on Friday, Aug. 30 at St. George's, Carmichael. The afternoon started off with Holy Eucharist and ended with lunch.

Reflecting upon the gathering, Bishop Megan said, " We had a wonderful time having lunch together and wish to thank our gracious hosts at St. George’s, Carmichael. What a pleasure to meet and get to know so many of our retired clergy and their spouses and it's good to know that the widowed spouses of the clergy are also included.

I was struck by how very active the retired clergy of this diocese are, in that they continually provide supply to the many pulpits throughout our diocese. We need them and are grateful for both their pulpit ministry and their ministry of presence.

I am also grateful for the chaplain of this group, The Rev. Dr. Christine Leigh-Taylor, and her organization. This meal together is a way for retired clergy to create collegial relationships and to fellowship with their bishop and each other. I am so glad to have the opportunity to spend this time with those who have served so graciously."
Diocese of Honduras bishop and youth visit our diocese
Bishop Allen gives his seal of approval at Bishop Megan's consecration.
Bishop Allen visited St. John's, Petaluma, following the consecration.
This summer, we had several visitors from the diocese of Honduras, including Bishop Lloyd Allen. Bishop Allen was a visiting bishop at the consecration and was one of the bishops who gave their seal and signature of approval on Bishop Megan's certificate of ordination. Following the consecration, Bishop Allen visited the congregation of St. John's, Petaluma, due to his special relationship with the Very Rev. Daniel Green, the companion diocese coordinator. Rev. Daniel said the visit was the highlight of his summer.

Besides Bishop Allen's visit, there were six youth and two adult companions, including longtime friend of the diocese, the Rev. Olga Barerra, who made a trip to the diocese. They attended Camp Living Waters where they met Bishop Megan and presented her with special plaque honoring her historic episcopate, the diocesan partnership and the churches who made the trip possible (listed below). Thank you to the these congregations!

  • St. Michael's, Anderson
  • St. Alban's, Arcata
  • Faith, Cameron Park
  • St. Michael's, Carmichael
  • St. Stephen's, Colusa
  • St. Andrew's, Corning
  • Christ Church, Eureka
  • St. Timothy's, Gridley
  • St. Mary's, Napa
  • Holy Trinity, Willows

In addition to attending camp, the Honduran visitors went to a River Cats game. They are pictured below with Lynne Thomas (in red and hat), treasurer at Faith, Cameron Park, and the Very Rev. Mary Hudak, rector at St. Michael's, Carmichael, far right in sunglasses.
Healing Racism training: Sept. 13 & 14 in DioCal
There will be a Healing Racism training by the Kaleidoscope Institute in the Diocese of California on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. Kaleidoscope Institute is one of the leading providers of anti-racism training in the Episcopal Church and are known for the context based work.

This training session satisfies the requirements for all persons in the ordination process as well as diocesan leadership positions. Registration closes Sept. 10.

When: Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept.14
Where: Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 19179 Center St., Castro Valley, CA 94546
Registration: $25, scholarships are available. Register here.
Contact: The Rev. Eric Metoyer at
Episcopal Men's Conference: Sept. 21 at Trinity Cathedral
Join the National Brotherhood of St. Andrew for an Episcopal Men's Conference, where topics will include:

  • Serving our veterans: How can we assist those who have served our country?
  • Social action panel: Combating human trafficking; Helping the homeless; Kairos: Serving those in Priso
  • Camp Fire update: What is going on there, and how can we help?
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew: Who we are, and what we do?

The guest speaker is Tom Welch, executive director of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, who will speak on men's ministry in the digital age. Parking is $5 at the garage across the street from the cathedral.

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capital Ave., Sacramento, CA 95816 
Registration: $20, includes lunch and continental breakfast. Register here or at the door.
Contact: Robert Shonk at 916-599-1218
International Day of Peace events in St. Helena & Sebastopol
On Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 - 8 p.m. at Grace, St. Helena , there will be a talk on the Central America refugee crisis. Learn more and register for this free event here .
On Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 - 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's, Sebastopol , there will be an interfaith service and presentation on how to take action for peace. Learn more about this free event here.
Center for Bible Study course on Paul's prison letters: Begins Oct. 1 in Antelope
The Center for Bible Study in Antelope is offering a course this fall on Paul's prison letters (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon). The course will be taught by Professor Brian Lucas, who taught this course several times at William Jessup University. It will run for eight sessions.

Recommended reading before taking the course: Tom Wright: Paul for Everyone, The Prison Epistles, Louisville,Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

When : Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1 (runs for eight weeks), 7-8:30 p.m.
Where : St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7850 Watt Ave. Antelope, CA, 95843
Cost : Suggested donation of $50
Contact : Rev. Peter Rodgers,
Study with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership
Do you love to learn? Would you like an opportunity to engage in studying online? 

Our diocese has established a partnership with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership, part of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, which will allow lay and clergy members of our diocese to enroll in online courses at a discounted rate.

For the fall term, available courses include: 
  • Anglican Bible – Scriptural Conversation and Formation
  • The Diaconate
  • The Gospels
  • The Way of Jesus
  • Social Issues and the Church’s Response: Understanding the Needs, Concerns, and Hopes of the World
  • Mentoring for the Diaconate 
  • Financial Management for Parishes

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 the Rev. Betsey Monnot at for information about receiving the discount. The fall term begins on Sept. 16. Registration is open now!
Job opportunities
Faculty/Field Placement Program Administrator at Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena
Save the Date: Episcopal Youth Event - July 7-11, 2020
Next summer Episcopal youth from across the church will gather in Washington, D.C. for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event. All youth who are in high school during the 2019-2020 school year can attend. Look for applications for youth delegates and adult chaperones in late Sept.
Becoming Beloved Community grants available 
The Presiding Officers' Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation is pleased to announce the availability of grants to catalyze the church's work of racial healing, reconciliation and justice. Allocated by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church (GC 2018 Resolution D002 ), the intent for this funding is to build capacity and increase Episcopal engagement in four primary fields: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation, and repairing the breach in institutions and society. Applications are now open; deadline for submitting a grant application is Friday, Sept. 13. Read the full announcement here
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