In this issue:

  • Election coverage and thank you
  • Photos from the Electing Convention
  • New podcast from Presiding Bishop Curry
  • News, events, and more

June 5, 2019

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Walking the way to our next bishop ...

Electing Convention:
A historic day for El Camino Real

As reported in our special Saturday issue, the Rev. Canon Lucinda Ashby was elected June 1 to be the fourth bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real. She was elected on the third ballot of voting, receiving 53 votes from 97 clergy and 84 votes out of 146 lay delegates. The Rev. Channing Smith received the second largest number of votes with 38 from clergy and 44 from lay delegates. One candidate, the Rev. Janet Waggoner, withdrew from consideration following the second ballot.
The entire Electing Convention was streamed live, including a message from Bishop-Elect Lucinda Ashby. The video can be viewed here. Please note: the actual convention begins at the one-hour, 18-minute mark. There are times when a single graphic is pictured and the audio is silent while voting was counted. The convention was also covered on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Please read the letter of thanks below from Transition Committee co-chairs Timothy Gee and Laura Learned, and enjoy a series of photos from El Camino Real's historic day.
For a brief moment on June 1, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves and Bishop-elect Lucinda Ashby shared the altar at St. Andrew's Saratoga following the bishop-elect's greeting to the diocese.

Thank you from the Transition Committee

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of the Diocese of El Camino Real,
On behalf of the Bishop Transition Committee, we thank all of you for the hospitality and welcoming spirit that you extended to our bishop candidates during the Walkabouts in May. We especially want to thank the host parishes:
  • St. Timothy’s Mountain View and the Rev. Lisa McIndoo;
  • St. Barnabas’ Arroyo Grande and St. Stephen’s San Luis Obispo and the Revs. Ian Delinger and Rob Keim;
  • All Saints’ Day School (Sandy Schuller) and Rev. Bob Ott and his team;
  • Episcopal Church in Almaden and the Rev. Shelley Denney and her team.
Your hard work and welcoming spirit reflected the radical hospitality of our diocese. This remains the constant theme that was repeated by all our candidates in their notes to us.

We appreciate and thank the special ministries and rest stop parishes that we visited, including: St. George’s Salinas, St. Matthew’s San Ardo, St. Stephen’s San Luis Obispo, St. Benedict’s Los Osos, San Pablo Seaside, St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Pacific Grove, Santa Maria Urban Ministry and Holy Family San Jose.
We also thank the countless number of teams and volunteers who served this past weekend at the Electing Convention. Thank you for volunteering and taking part in this momentous event in our diocesan journey. A special thank you to our chairs of the various Committees’ Matt Cameron (registration); John Plocher and the technology wizards; Dale Seamons and his ushers, Tia Baker and Kathy Lucas and the hospitality team, and the Revs. Terry Gleeson and Maly Hughes for our convention Eucharist and organization of Convention. Bruce Friesen and the staff of St. Andrew’s Saratoga. Mary Beth Powell and Elrond Lawrence and the staff at Sargent House for their hard work in organizing and supporting the convention. Last but not least, our Transition Committee members who have organized and supported all of the events and processes during this transition period.
A special word of thanks and deep-felt appreciation for our Shepherds, Cristine Mincheff, Janette Sofranko, Betsey Pearson, the Rev. Matt Conrad and the Rev. Richard Leslie who have walked the journey with our candidates and have provided them support and service since the day they were announced on the slate. A special thanks and appreciation to Jeff Diehl who served as Transition Committee Chaplain, who provided us and our candidates spiritual support throughout this process.

We could not have made this such a dignified, faith-filled and successful event without your dedication and unselfish sharing of your time and talents. You made it run smoothly and successfully. May God bless all of you.
In God’s love,
Laura Learned and Timothy Gee
Transition Committee Co-chairs          

Photos from the Electing Convention

Photos by Elrond Lawrence / diocesan communications; click to enlarge

The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry

New podcast coming June 2019

“The way of Jesus is the Way of Love. And the Way of Love can change the world,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says in his new podcast, The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry, which launches on Pentecost (June 9). These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry along with podcast hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien, explore living a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love. New episodes will air Tuesdays through July 30. Read the full announcement here.

Save the Date: August Recovery Retreat

This year's diocesan Recovery Retreat carries the theme "Teach us to Pray – Recovery Step 11."  The day of reflection will be on Saturday, August 3 at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The retreat is open to anyone in 12-step recovery or those who wish to learn about 12-step recovery. Cost for the day is $45, including meals. Scholarships are available if requested via either the Rev. Kathey Crowe or Canon Brian Nordwick -- email them at or for more information. Download the flyer here.


Sponsored by the Commission on Ministry (COM), Discovery Day on June 15 offers the opportunity for those already engaged in active ministry to renew their call to a particular ministry -- or to explore new ways to respond to God’s call. Although this is a required first step to anyone discerning a call to ordained ministry, it is not limited to such individuals. We explore and celebrate the ministry of all baptized, and look at ministry development in each of the four orders – laity, deacons, priests, and bishops. Read last week's issue for more details on Discovery Day.

WHERE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1071 Pajaro St., Salinas 93901
WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 10 am to 3 pm (9:30 coffee and gathering)
Email Mary Ann Gee at by June 12 (please put ‘Discovery Day’ in subject line). $10 donation at door for lunch and materials.

Calvary Santa Cruz hosts forum on immigration policies and community safety

In the next installment of its Community Forum series, Calvary Episcopal Church in Santa Cruz is hosting an event to increase understanding current immigration policies. "Immigration Policies and Community Action for Safety and Healing: Santa Cruz and Beyond" will be held at Calvary Parish Hall at the corner of Lincoln and Cedar Streets on Saturday, June 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and will feature guest speakers Regina Langhout, Provost of Oakes College and a professor in the Psychology Department at UCSC, and Leslie Lopez, director of the Oakes College CARA Program (Community-based Action Research and Advocacy) and instructor in Community Studies at UCSC. Read last week's issue for more details.

You're invited ...

By the grace of God and with the consent of the people,
the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves will ordain James Hupbard Moore Arnold
to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Morro Bay (545 Shasta Ave.).
Reception to follow. Clergy: red stoles.

Luncheon speakers to address transportation needs for seniors

Erin Binghalib of Monterey-Salinas Transit and Jessica McKillip, Executive Director of Independent Transportation Network, will speak at the Double Nickels Luncheon for those 55 & Up! on June 12. The luncheon begins at noon at Church of the Good Shepherd, off Hwy 68 between Monterey and Salinas. Both speakers will share how their organizations support older adults to remain independent. Read last week's issue for more details. For more information, call 831-484-2153 or visit

Buddhist and Christian meditation: Living and breathing on a common path

For over 25 years, the Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation has been offering this unique opportunity to experience both Buddhist and Christian contemplative practices, through brief instruction, extended periods of silent meditation practice, and generous time for unstructured quiet and solitude. It will be held July 21-26 at St. Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista. Scholarships are available. Full details available here.


St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church in Salinas is now receiving applications for their next rector, a bilingual position. Interested candidates can view their Parish Profile and OTM Portfolio below, in both English and Spanish.
Parish Profile in English
OTM Portfolio in English

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume and OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian Nordwick in both English and Spanish at Feel free to contact Canon Brian via email or at 831-394-4465 with any questions or additional information.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Gilroy is receiving applications for their half-time Priest-in-Charge. You can view their Profile and Community Ministry OTM Profile. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and Personal Ministry OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian at For questions or additional information, please email Canon Brian or call 831-394-4465.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Carmel is seeking an independent contractor to provide Full-Charge Bookkeeping services for the church. This part-time position is 8-10 hours a week, and requires ability to operate Quickbooks bookkeeping and payroll systems. Read the full description here.  Pay is commensurate with experience. Submit letter and resume to  

Trinity Cathedral in San Jose is receiving applications for their part-time Interim Rector. You can view their profile here. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and Personal Ministry OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian at  For questions or additional information, please email Canon Brian or call him at 831-394-4465.

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