Highlights inside

  • Diocesan Leadership Retreat This Saturday
  • Applications to WCC Due Tomorrow
  • FEMA Aid Available
  • Clergy News
  • And so much more!

January 19, 2023

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The Diocesan Leadership Retreat is this Saturday, January 21!

Our Diocesan Leadership Retreat for members of the Board of Trustees, Standing Committee, and Commission on Ministry is this Saturday, January 21st at St. Paul's/San Pablo (1071 Pajaro St., Salinas, CA 93901), from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

If you are a current or newly elected member of any of those governing bodies, please plan on attending. If you haven't already registered, please contact the Diocesan Coordinator, Kirstin Nielsen at

If you have questions about the Leadership Retreat, please contact the diocesan office at the email listed at the bottom of this newsletter.

Applications for the 2023 Lay Preaching Course are due by Friday, January 20th

The final day to submit an application for our course opening in the winter of 2023 is tomorrow, January 20th.

How do I apply?
  1. Click the link for more infomation and to fill out the online application in English or Español
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from your Rector/Vicar/Priest in Charge

Questions? Contact The Rev. Katherine B. Doar, School for Ministry Dean, Diocese of El Camino Real at

FEMA Aid available to the Central Coast

FEMA aid is available for those affected by the recent storms. If anyone in your congregation needs help, this link will connect them with organizations and resources available:

Save the Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
HR BootCamp - St. Paul's/San Pablo, Salinas

Are you curious about the change in California law that impacts our Safe Church policies and practices (AB506)?  Want to know more about how our diocese and parishes will adapt to keep up with the law?  Church West and the Diocese of El Camino Real invite you to "HR BootCamp" to learn about the future of Safe Church in our diocese.

Please note: this is not Safe Church training, it is for leaders to be informed of the new legal requirements. Attendance is required for Clergy and Senior Wardens.

We will meet at St. Paul's/San Pablo (1071 Pajaro St., Salinas, CA 93901), 9am to 2:30pm.  Lunch will be provided.

To register, please CLICK HERE.
If the cost is a deterrent, please use code WALTER2023 to receive a free ticket.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Canon Martha Korienek at 

Clergy News!

The Diocese of El Camino Real is pleased to announce the following calls to service:
  • The Rev. Ajung Solwaj has been called to serve as the Priest-in-Charge at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.
  • The Rev. Maly Hughes has been called to serve as the Rector of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga.
  • The Rev. Robert Sommer has been called to serve as the Deacon-in-Charge of All Saints/Cristo Rey in Watsonville. 
Blessings on these clergy, and on their congregations, for the ministry that is ahead of them. 

In sadder news, the Rev. Jani Wild has been called to serve as the Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, WA. Thank you, Rev. Jani, for your faithful service as the Interim Rector at Saint Andrew's in Saratoga.  We will miss having you in this diocese, and are eternally grateful for all that you've done.

The 2023 session of Storied Pilgrimage with Race begins next week

This is our diocesan anti-racism curriculum, which you can find on the diocesan website, HERE

We will gather once each month in 2023 over Zoom and journey through the curriculum together.  There are two sessions, a morning session (9:30am to 11am) and an evening session (7pm to 8:30pm); you can indicate which session you're signing up for when you register. 

We will be meeting on: Jan. 25, Feb. 23, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 6.

To register, please click HERE.

The Canon to the Ordinary, Canon Martha Korienek, will be leading the sessions.  If you have any questions, you can email her at
St Thomas', Sunnyvale is funding a scholarship to aid seminarians and active clergy to study in the Holy Land – to experience the “fifth gospel”.

Click HERE for the details of the scholarship and how to apply.
The vision of the El Camino Real Social Justice Committee is to foster and encourage ministry striving for justice and peace among all people.  We strive to facilitate communications between social justice teams around the diocese and increase effective activism through ministry networks.  Watch for highlights of some of the highlights of social justice ministries from around the diocese in this newsletter. For more information on the El Camino Real Social Justice Committee, check out our Facebook Page.

All Saints’ Palo Alto Accompaniment Team - All Saints’ Palo Alto is participating in a Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Team (NEAT) sponsored by Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI). The Teams support individual immigrants and asylum seekers as they adjust to life in the U.S. Our NEAT is a joint effort with members of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto and other individuals. This is the fourth accompaniment that members of All Saints’ have participated in.

The Team is accompanying Jose Maria, an immigrant who fled the oppressive Ortega regime in Nicaragua and is seeking asylum in the U.S. All Saints’ provided a grant through IM4HI to support Jose Maria until he is able to obtain permission to work. The Accompaniment Team is also helping Jose Maria to register for English classes, buy groceries and obtain medical insurance. Jose Maria has also attended services at All Saints’ and been introduced to the congregation.
Action Alerts from the Episcopal Office of Government Relations (OGR)

Reflecting on the 117th Congress Take a look back at some of the successes of our advocacy from the previous session of Congress.
What Happened at the U.S.-Africa Summit?  The summit sent a signal to the world that the U.S. wants to strengthen its partnership with African countries, its people, and its institutions. Learn more!
Episcopal Church Statement on the Asylum and Border Policy Announcement

Bishop Lucinda's Schedule


21   Diocesan Leadership Retreat, St. Paul/San Pablo
22   Good Samaritan, San Jose
27   HR Bootcamp
28   Missional Grants Committee Training, St George’s
29   St. John the Divine, Morgan Hill


Job Opportunities

The Episcopal Church in Almaden seeks a Music Director/Organist. Please click here for the job description and instructions on how to apply.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church seeks a Director of Music/Organist to establish and maintain a robust and inspiring music program that incorporates corporate worship and invites broad participation by the choir and congregation. Click here to see the job description.

St. Luke’s, Atascadero, is calling a part-time Priest-in-Charge.  This position will be 10 hours/week, and so, would be a great fit for a bivocational priest, or a priest who only wants to work quarter-time.  There is very strong lay leadership, which was especially helpful throughout the pandemic, and which sets the parish up nicely to work with a part-time priest.  For more information, please see their parish profile by clicking HERE.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and OTM profile to Canon Martha Korienek at  Applications are being received through Feb. 15, 2023.

St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove, is seeking a Children, Youth, and Family Minister. Read the job description via the link for the position.
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