Highlights inside

  • Asian American support statement
  • Bishop Lucinda gets her portrait taken
  • Real Episcopal magazine in production
  • Peace Posts at All Saints' and more news

June 17, 2021

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Bishop and diocesan leaders condemn violence against Asian Americans

In case you missed it, Bishop Lucinda Ashby and the leadership bodies of the diocese issued a statement of solidarity with the AAPI community condemning all violent acts and discrimination and calling for justice. The statement notes that God loves all people equally and that Jesus had a special ministry with those who were marginalized. The full story and link to the statement are on the diocesan website's news page, here.

Bishop poses for official portrait

Bishop Lucinda and diocesan staff roamed downtown Monterey and Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove last week in the quest for her official portrait, delayed for more than a year by the pandemic. The weather was spectacular and photographer Larry Nordwick (brother of Brian Nordwick) snapped dozens of amazing pictures to consider. Please watch for updates and a revealing of the official portrait soon.

Real Episcopal magazine now in production

The summer issue of the diocesan magazine, Real Episcopal, is now in production and is expected to reach mailboxes in the first week of July. The cover story explores how the congregations of El Camino Real have changed and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they are preparing for the future. Another feature covers the creation of the diocese's groundbreaking "Pilgrimage with Race" video interview series, plus news photos and a thank you to Bishop's Annual Appeal donors.

Latest "Pilgrimage with Race" video is available

The seventh stage of “A Storied Pilgrimage with Race” is available to view at the Pilgrimage with Race page on the diocesan website. Elrond Lawrence interviews Aldo Jarvio, parishioner and youth director at St. Paul's, Salinas, about his life, his family's history, and his experiences with race. The Pilgrimage uses personal video interviews supported by education materials, action items, and reflections to engage conversation; completion will fulfill the requirement for anti-racism training.

Peace Post installation in Carmel

All Saints' Church in Carmel and All Saints Day School celebrated and installed three peace posts in the church gardens on June 2. The peace posts have been a year-long project between the church and the school, designed as a sacred space that is easily accessible in the church’s gardens that bring comfort, compassion, and commemorate the more than 600,000 people who have died in the US from the COVID-19 pandemic. The full story and pictures are at the All Saints’ website.

BBQ chicken dinner event at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd, Salinas, is hosting its annual Brusa BBQ chicken dinner Saturday, July 10 in response to popular demand. The BBQ dinner includes 1/2 chicken, homemade beans, salad and garlic bread. Pick-up will be available between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at 301 Corral De Tierra Road, off Hwy 68 between Monterey & Salinas. Tickets are $20 and available in advance at the Good Shepherd website.

India’s COVID-19 crisis, US Healthcare, and more

Ask Congress to Help Fight COVID-19 in India The U.S. government has begun providing emergency aid to India to help the country deal with the outbreak, but the scale of needs is so much greater.
Health Care: the Perennial American Problem We are kicking off a multi-week educational series on healthcare in the U.S. What is the state of U.S. healthcare? How can we make it better? Begin learning with us with this first installment.
Tell Congress to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 Join our call to address the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis by reaching out to your Senators to urge them to pass the bipartisan CARA 3.0.
Video testimony from EPPN member and ambassador Lynette, from the Washington D.C. area, on her family’s own experience and loss related to the opioid epidemic.
- Episcopal Public Policy Network of California
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