On Saturday, November 7, about 230 delegates, alternates, clergy, and guests attended the 40th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real. The "digital convention" began with morning worship and continued with the bishop's annual address, followed by the business of the church and special presentations, concluding before 1 pm. In honor of the diocese's founding in 1980, many attendees wore their favorite Eighties fashion (including Bishop Lucinda Ashby, who broke out a Madonna wig from time to time).
"Who knew?" asked Bishop Lucinda, beginning her first annual address as bishop. "Last year, when you and I met for the first time at convention, who knew of the year that was to come?" Referencing her 2019 convention theme of "A Call to Pilgrimage," she described how El Camino Real has adapted to pilgrimage in a year of COVID, wildfires, and racial unrest -- traveling light, staying in balance, and having the courage to be lost -- and approaching discomfort from a place of creativity.
"I know this has not been an easy year for any of us," she continued. "I am a person who loves to be among you, to learn and teach, to engage and to love. I love being mobile. Instead, I have, too often, found myself staring at a screen giving guidelines about a virus I don’t understand to a people I do not yet know very well.
"I say this because I need to be honest about the fact that you and I are getting to know each other through the lens of COVID, in a time of distress, and with much uncertainty ... this time will shape us, but I believe in ways that will emerge as good and hopeful in our shared episcopate."
Top photo: Sargent House in Salinas was transformed into a virtual studio for the 40th convention, with COVID safety precautions. Right: Bishop Lucinda displays her Madonna look as part of the Eighties fashion theme. Below photos: A sampling of colorful convention-goers. (Bonus points if you can spot Baby Yoda. Bishop Barbie also joined the fun).
Real Episcopal E-news goes bi-monthly
Beginning with this issue, Real Episcopal will be released twice every month. The E-news will be sent on the following dates for the remainder of 2020:
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Thursday, December 3
Thursday, December 17
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Post-election and COVID-19 news
The US election is winding down, with the action focused in a few swing states and the courts, but the COVID pandemic is quickly trending up as we move into the winter months and the annual flu season. You can keep up with what is happening in Washington for both the election and COVID relief at the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations website. Businesses, transportation agencies, and individual Americans are in dire need of COVID relief. Take action: add your support for immediate relief by writing your representatives in Washington at this link.
Episcopal Resource Center unveils new catalog
The Episcopal Resource Center at St. Thomas, Sunnyvale has released its new online catalog. Here you will find all the latest books on the New Book tab, along with daily devotionals, lots of online resources, a section just for young people, curriculum overviews, and many other items to peruse. If you are already a user or are new, you will need to contact us at ResourceCenter@stthomas-svale.us for a login and password, as well as for any questions. Thank you!
Episcopal Relief & Development works with global partners on COVID-19 response
Episcopal Relief & Development is collaborating with partners on new emergency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan, Angola, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Pakistan. The organizations are providing food, personal protective equipment and pastoral and emotional support to refugees, indigenous communities, the elderly, women and other marginalized groups. Partners are also educating communities about the coronavirus and how to reduce its potential spread through radio campaigns and workshops. Episcopal Relief staff continue to provide technical and financial support to partners in the US and worldwide. Read the full Episcopal News Service story.
Bishop Lucinda's Sunday visitation schedule
November 15: St. Peter's, Morro Bay November 22: St. Mark's, King City November 29: Thanksgiving December 6: St. Luke's, Hollister
Salvation Army headlines Good Shepherd's next forum
The Church of the Good Shepherd & Preschool will host Major John and Major Judy Bennett of the Monterey Peninsula Salvation Army online on Wednesday, November 18, from 12 noon to 12:45 pm. They will discuss the work of the Salvation Army during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent wildfires, and the needs of families they are seeing. For more details and to join, visit the forum web page.
Weekly diocesan conversations about race
The Revs. Karen Cuffie and Jani Wild are leading weekly pastoral conversations on racism every Thursday at 4:30 pm., with discussion and prayers. Learn, process, and share together in a faith community. Join the Zoom Meeting here Meeting ID: 835 7594 8022; Password: 748467
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St. Andrew’s in Saratoga is receiving applications for an Interim Rector. You may view their OTM Portfolio here and their Parish Profile here. For questions, or to submit your resume, cover letter, and OTM Portfolio for consideration via email to Canon Jesus Reyes at email@example.com or call him at 831-394-4465.
Please stay informed about COVID-19 news by visiting your local county public health website. The five county sites in our diocese are listed at right.
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