Highlights inside

  • The Winter Real Episcopal Magazine
  • Last Diocesan Advent Retreat is this Saturday
  • Diocesan Leadership Retreat January 21, 2023
  • HR Boot Camp
  • Storied Pilgrimage with Race Classes for 2023
  • And much more!

December 15, 2022

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The Winter issue of Real Episcopal Magazine has been mailed out across the diocese and is available to view on our website on the publications page or by clicking here. Additional copies will be delivered to congregations if you're not on our mailing list and would like a copy. This issue features the expansion of our School For Ministry as part of the West Coast Collaborative; an update from our Community Trailblazer, the Rev. Jen Crompton; and introductions to several programs happening around the diocese bringing church outside the walls and into the community. Of special note is the Real Legacy Program featured on page 7. Do you want to make a difference in advancing the Jesus Movement and help develop the emerging church in our diocese? How many times have you said, “I wish I could do more” to support work you believe in?"  Consider making a Real Legacy commitment to the Diocese.

Links for more information related to the stories in this issue:

1. The West Coast Collaborative: The School For Ministry Expands!
2. You can follow our Community Trailblazer, the Rev. Jen Crompton on Instagram
3. The Church Has Left The Building - Episcopal Church in Almaden
4. Leave a Real Legacy: Help build the emerging church
5. The Path Through the Garden to Faith: 6. Dinner (and more) at Saint George's, Salinas
Diocese of El Camino Real Advent Retreat – You are invited to a diocese-wide Advent Retreat and we hope you will join us!  The retreat is this Saturday, December 17th, at St. Paul’s/San Pablo in Salinas.  We will gather at 9:30am for worship, Bible study, and reflection.  You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal or computer, if you are someone who enjoys writing while reflecting. Lunch will be provided, and there is a $10 suggested donation to help with the cost of lunch, but this is not a required contribution.  The retreat will end by 3pm.  The theme of the day is “Courage in the Wilderness” and the retreat will be led by Canon Martha Korienek; on December 17th the retreat will be co-led with the Rev. Ale Trillos, and will be bilingual in English and Spanish.  Questions?  Please email Canon Martha at  To register, please click the image above.

La Diócesis del El Camino Real ofrecerá un retiro de Adviento (en español y en inglés)- Estas invitado(a) el sábado 17 de diciembre a St. Paul's/San Pablo en Salinas (1071 Pajaro Street). Esperamos que te unas a nosotros. Nos reuniremos a las 9:30am para adoración, estudio bíblico y reflexión. Se te pide que te vistas con ropa cómoda y traigas un cudernillo o tu computadora, si tu eres una persona que medita a traves de la escritura. Se proveera el almuerzo y se pide una contribucion de $10 dolares, no es requerido, tambien puedes traer tu propio emparedado. El retiro terminara a las 3 de la tarde. El tema del dia sera "Coraje en el desierto". Este restiro sera dirigido por la Rev. Canóniga Martha Korienek [inglés] y la Reverenda Alejandra "Ale" Trillos [español]. Si tienes preguntas, puedes escribirle a la Canon Martha a Para registrarte haga clic en la imagen de arriba.
Bishop Lucinda and the diocesan staff spent last week decorating Sargent House for the holidays - though the rain kept us from getting the outside lights up. The historic house in downtown Salinas, home to the diocesan offices has joined several neighborhood homes in lighting up to celebrate Jesus' birth. Additional photos are on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Bishop Lucinda's Christmas message will come out next week.

Mark your Calendars for the Diocesan Leadership Retreat on January 21!

There will be a Leadership Retreat for members of the Board of Trustees, Standing Committee, and Commission on Ministry on 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. Registration opens next week.

If you have questions about the Leadership Retreat, please contact the diocesan office at the email listed at the bottom of this newsletter.
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 a Safe Church training, it is a chance for leaders to be informed.  

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 

Storied Pilgrimage with Race in 2023 

Storied Pilgrimage with Race is our diocesan anti-racism curriculum, which you can find on the diocesan website, HERE.  The completion of this program is required for all those in diocesan leadership, all clergy, and all Lay Eucharistic Visitors; it is strongly encouraged for those in parish leadership, such as staff and vestry.  All are welcome.

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

Lay Preaching Course Applications Open for 2023 Cohorts in Spanish & English

The Diocese of El Camino Real School for ministry is now in partnership with the dioceses of Northern California and San Diego as The West Coast Collaborative. There are big plans for 2023 including the development and launch of a program for individuals preparing for ordination as Deacons. We are currently accepting applications for our course opening in the winter of 2023 to prepare individuals to apply for a Lay Preaching license. Similar to 2022, we are forming cohorts of students in Spanish and English and seeking adult learners of all ages and educational backgrounds who are actively involved in ministry in their congregations and demonstrate gifts in lay leadership. Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español.

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
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Episcopal Relief & Development Partners with The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, the European presence of The Episcopal Church, has a long history of ministry to refugees dating back to before World War I. Since the late 1980s, the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) – based at Saint Paul’s Within the Walls in Rome – has provided direct service to refugees from countless countries, helping them rebuild shattered lives. 

Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners continue to provide assistance to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine.
For more information about The Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Relief and Development programs to help aid Ukraine please click the name of the organization above or go to

Bishop Lucinda's Schedule


18   All Saints, Carmel
24   All Saints/Cristo Rey, Watsonville
24-Jan 2
  Office Closed for Christmas and New Year’s


8   Epiphany Episcopal & Lutheran Church, Marina
10-12   Provence 8 House of Bishops in Tucson, AZ
Diocesan Preaching Retreat
Good Samaritan, San Jose

Job Opportunities

The Diocese of El Camino Real is looking for a Human Resources, Finance, and Insurance Administrator at the Sargent House office in Salinas. Please click to read the job description in English and Español. For more information or to submit a resume and cover letter, please contact Kirstin Nielsen, Bishop’s Assistant at:

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. 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.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Mountain View seeks a temporary parish bookkeeper to cover a period of parental leave for three months starting in December. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two references to Click here to see the job description.
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