March 14, 2023

In this edition of ENews:

  • Bishop Barry Beisner Elected Provisional Bishop of Navajoland
  • Belfry Campus Ministry Hosts lunch for students at Sac City College
  • Informational Zoom Meeting about Vitality Improvement Program is Tomorrow
  • Tips For Staying Safe When A Flood Happens
  • Fundraiser for Cathedral choir residency in England is this Saturday

Around the Diocese

Bishop Barry Beisner Elected Provisional Bishop of Navajoland.

At its March 12 business meeting, the House of Bishops confirmed the recommendation of the people of the Navajoland area mission to appoint the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner as their bishop provisional. Beisner served previously as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, and, since 2019, has served as assisting bishop in Navajoland with a focus on the formation of new clergy—in collaboration with his wife, the Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey.

Congratulations Bishop Barry!

– Office of Public Affairs

Belfry Campus Ministry Hosts lunch for students at Sac City College

As part of our launching of a Belfry campus ministry to Sacramento City College, we hosted a BBQ on Wednesday, March 8 for students at All Saints Church. It went very well, and we would love to let the diocese know about it in the enews. 

We had no idea what the weather would be or whether any students would come--I had been telling people that there might be anywhere between 5 and 50 students, which made food planning difficult. Fortunately, I bought twice as much food as I thought I would need for 50 students. I lost track of how many people we served, but it must have been nearer to 80! There were students streaming across the street in groups to get a hot home-cooked meal. 

In the end, we served more than 80 burgers and more than 30 polish sausages, along with almost 20 pounds of potato salad and more than a gallon of bbq beans. We collected many expressions of gratitude from the students, some of whom told us that this would be the only meal they were likely to have that day, or that they hadn't eaten since the day before. When we asked what we could do to walk with them, many expressed a desire for community, including the chance to share meals, conversation and worship. 

The Belfry and All Saints will be following up with more food, fellowship, and worship. And we are very grateful to the Diocese of Northern California for supporting this wonderful sacred work. 

– The Rev. Dr. Portia Hopkins | Chaplain, The Belfry

Sonoma County NOW in collaboration with Blacks United of Sonoma County to welcome Catherine Meeks

Time to have a real discussion about Racism in Sonoma County.

Catherine Meeks, PhD,  a 2022 recipient of the President Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service, is the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing.

She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD. Her latest book is The Night Is Long, But Light Comes in The Morning: Meditations on Racial Healing; she is the editor of the bestselling book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, and co-author of Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times.

We are proud to be the Sonoma County Chapter of the National Organization of Women and working with Blacks United of Sonoma County. We hope to see all of you at this special ZOOM meeting.

For questions, please contact Amy Nykamp, President of Sonoma County NOW, at

Monday, March 20, 2023 | on Zoom

6:00 pm — 7:30 pm PST

Zoom Link: pwd=WlA0cE5CaFczUUtqa1Nkc2tYQXkydz09

Meeting ID: 828 4637 4496 Passcode: 035853

Office of the Bishop

Vestry Essentials: Tools for New and Seasoned Members

Saturday, March 25 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Grace, St. Helena | In-person Only

Join Bishop Megan and key members of the Office of the Bishop staff to network with vestry members from around the diocese. Participants will learn crucial information about the basics and nuances of vestry service, including running effective meetings, personnel best practices, and more.

$25 per person includes lunch | Four or more persons for $100

Scholarships available to congregations from Range A and B.

View Congregation Range Sheets Here

Register here:

Questions? Contact Michelle Karimi at

Canon to the Ordinary

Informational Zoom Meeting about Vitality Improvement Program is Tomorrow

Thank you to those who have applied for the FaithX program. Below is an information sheet for those who are still thinking about applying. 

Below the flyer (which you can click to see larger), please note there is a new information session with the FaithX staff Wednesday, March 16

In order to allow more churches to participate in this great program, we are extending the application deadline by a week. Please contact me at with any questions.

Informational meeting on

Thursday, March 16 at 9:00 am (PT)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 827 8833 3518 – Passcode: 496081

Missioner for Church Life

Episcopal Youth Event Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Episcopal Youth Event has been extended to March 29. If you know any youth ages 15-19, and who are enrolled in high school for the 2022-2023 school year, encourage them to apply here. Adults 21 and over who are interested in serving as chaperones are also encouraged to apply

Missioner for Disaster Resilience

Tips For Staying Safe When A Flood Happens

  • Evacuate immediately, if told to evacuate. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you are sick and need medical attention. Wait for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • Stay inside your car if it is trapped in rapidly moving water. Get on the roof if water is rising inside the car.
  • Get to the highest level if trapped in a building. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped by rising floodwater.
  • When safe, check on loved ones, friends, neighbors, and fellow congregants to reconnect and support each other.

– Mark Dibelka | Missioner for Disaster Resilience

Trinity Cathedral

Fundraiser for July choir residency in Exeter Cathedral in South West England is this Saturday

Join us for Fun!

Saturday, March 18 at 6:00 pm in the Great Hall

Come enjoy great entertainment and try delicious wines from some of Northern California's best wineries, including Julietta Winery in Clarksburg and Via Romano Vineyards in Camino.

You have a chance to win great prizes like:

  • Gift baskets from Revolution Wines, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters
  • Tickets to the Crocker Art Museum, the Capital Dance Project, the Sacramento Ballet
  • A week-long stay at a charming cabin in Truckee
  • Dinner with Dean Matthew

… and so much more!

This fundraiser supports our cathedral choir’s residency at Exeter Cathedral in South West England in July. Please bring your wallets, credit cards, and checkbooks to help us on our journey!

Click here to buy your tickets !!!

Please note: if you bought tickets to our 2020 event that was canceled 

due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they are still valid and we hope that you'll join us! You should receive a confirmation call this week

Check our social media for updates and teasers!

Episcopal Community Services

ECS Announces beginning of 2023-2024 Annual Grant Cycle

Episcopal congregations throughout the Diocese of Northern California can apply for a number of grants, including:

  • The Ministry Development Fund (1 year)
  • The Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant (3 years)
  • The Barry L. Beisner Multi-Year Grant (up to 5 years)
  • The Bishop Jerry and Jane Lamb Grant (youth/young adults)
  • The Healing and Health Ministries Mini-Grants
  • The Rev. David & Catherine Cavanaugh Memorial Grant (1 year, with option for 2 renewals)

Information about each of these grant opportunities can be found on the ECS website,

Letters of interest for these grants are recommended, but are not mandatory. Information about Letters of Interest are also found on the ECS website.  Letters of Interest are due to Betty Harrison-Smith, Grants Chair, by March 15, 2023 (

The actual request for funding (Request for Proposals, or RFP) is due to the Grants Chair by May 1, 2023.  The Request for Proposals document can also be found on the ECS website.

Commission for Intercultural Ministries

Diocese Carbon Reduction Program Launches This Saturday

This Saturday, Interfaith Power and Light will provide the first of two webinars for members of the congregation Green Teams. 

  • This first webinar (March 18, 1 pm) will provide practical advice about how to be an effective Green Team.
  • The second webinar (April 29, 1 pm) will instruct the Green Teams how to begin the process of determining the church's carbon footprint.

If you are interested in learning more about how to be involved with this effort, please contact Miriam Casey at

I Will, With God's Help: Journey Toward Racial Healing and Justice Upcoming Workshop

These one-day in-person workshops were specially developed for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California by the Commission for Intercultural Ministries. Renew your Baptismal Covenant as we learn about forms of historic and contemporary racism and how to engage in ministry with sensitivity and respect for all.

Please note that due to the nature of the program, attendance is limited to 30 participants.

Saturday, April 29 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

St. Luke's | Auburn


Registration fee of $15 (cash or check) on day of workshop.

Contact Diane Williamson for questions.

From the Wider Church

Episcopal bishops describe ‘powerful, challenging’ racial justice pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama

Hanging columns memorialize the thousands of lynching victims at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo: John Harvey Taylor, via Facebook

By David Paulsen [Episcopal News Service] Posted Mar 10, 2023

The House of Bishops took a break from its weeklong retreat at the Diocese of Alabama’s Camp McDowell on March 9 and made a pilgrimage to racial justice sites in the city of Montgomery, the state’s capital and a key battleground in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

The bishops’ trip focused on two sites developed by the Equal Justice Initiative, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The museum examines the full 400-year scope of American systems of racist oppression, from the colonial era’s chattel slavery through Jim Crow segregation and today’s problem of mass incarceration. The memorial draws attention to thousands of lynching victims during the post-Civil War period.

The bishops’ pilgrimage followed in the footsteps of the church’s Executive Council, which visited some of the same sites during its October 2019 meeting in Montgomery. During both trips, Episcopal leaders heard from Bryan Stevenson, the civil rights attorney who founded the Equal Justice Initiative and spearheaded the creation of the museum and memorial, which opened in 2018. On March 9, Stevenson spoke to the bishops during a stop at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Montgomery.

“We went to Montgomery not as tourists to consume, but as pilgrims to pray,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a written statement to Episcopal News Service. “We went on pilgrimage to holy places to remember those enslaved and abused in the institution of chattel slavery – and the martyrs and witnesses who labored for a society in which there is ‘liberty and justice for all.’ … We went as pilgrims following Jesus and his way of love.”

Read the complete article

House of Bishops elects Armed Forces and Federal Ministries bishop suffragan and Navajoland provisional bishop, reaffirms trans rights

March 13, 2023 | Office of Public Affairs

At The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops spring gathering, 122 bishops gathered March 8-13 at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama, for a time of retreat.

In his opening sermon, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry challenged the group by asking how they live into the fact that they are bishops of a church that is both “Good Friday and Easter,” where there is death and new life all at the same time.

“Not one of us has ever been a bishop in this moment of the church’s life before; there are no experts; there’s nobody who knows how to do it,” Curry said, “but last time I checked my Bible, Jesus said, ‘Wherever two or three gather in my name, I’m going to show up.’”

He added: “You and I have been called to be bishops, as Mordecai said to Esther, ‘for such a time as this,’ when Good Friday and Easter are indistinguishable. And this Jesus has the truth of eternal life.”

Read full transcript of Curry’s sermon.

Scheduled events included a day pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama, with visits to the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and conversation with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Read full article here

Spiritual Formation

Job Opportunities in The Diocese

Saint Luke’s | Auburn is seeking a part-time Parish Mission Coordinator to assist the Clergy, Vestry and parishioners in the mission and management of the church. Read the Position Description Here.

Grace Church | Fairfield is seeking a part-time bilingual Children's Outreach Worker to assist the Rector in planning and implementing outreach activities for children in the community. Read the position description here. 

Clergy Openings in The Diocese

We have a brand-new new page on our website, listing pending clergy openings in the diocese:

For job descriptions or questions, please contact or call Cn. Julie at 916.442.6918 x 214

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