Transition, pilgrimage are themes of 39th Convention
“A Call to Pilgrimage” was the theme of the annual diocesan convention, held Nov. 1-2 at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, although the underlying theme was transition, as it marked the final convention for Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves.
Friday’s events featured a beautiful afternoon Eucharist with a sermon from Bishop Mary (video available here). She began her sermon with the Serenity Prayer, followed by a passage from a Rupi Kaur poem: “You must want to spend the rest of your life with yourself first.” She recalled her impressions from reading the 2006 diocesan profile of El Camino Real, especially the line, “We seek a bishop who is willing to learn to be a bishop as we learn to be a diocese.” Gray-Reeves also described the diocese’s “belovedness and openness to the possibilities of living into God’s mission in this place,” and its courage and vulnerability and “faith and hope in the unseen and what you could become.”
“We’ve put a lot work into these 12 years,” she said. “In the last several months I’ve started to watch how grace upon grace is tripping over itself, how the mind of Christ is continuing to settle into this place, in a deeper and deeper way. We have created in our structure the idea of partnerships.”
She described partnerships that are flourishing across the diocese and embedded in the infrastructure. Her excitement was contagious as she shared stories of four programs in the diocese that were awarded grants in late October – as well as outreach ministries at St. Francis’ Willow Glen, San Jose State University, St. George’s Salinas, St. Benedict’s Los Osos, and others. View her sermon online.
An evening banquet followed with tribute videos from diocesan leaders and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, plus a video greeting from our partner diocese in Gloucester, England, featuring bishops Rachel Treweek and Robert Springett. The Rev. Maly Hughes served as emcee, presenting Bishop Mary with a gift from the diocese and introducing Mary Adams, a Monterey County supervisor who presented her longtime friend with a proclamation celebrating her achievements as bishop. View the diocesan tribute video View the Gloucester video greeting
Bishop-Elect delivers convention address
Saturday’s highlights included the first address from Bishop-Elect Lucinda Ashby, the business of the church, inspiring “missio-mercials” of ministries across the diocese and more. Read Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s address here(video to be posted soon).
“It is such a privilege to be with Bishop Mary during this time of transition,” said Ashby. “I think we are all participating in and bearing witness to something seldom seen, if ever, in this way. Bishop Mary and I are doing this graceful dance of transition: meeting each other, talking and listening, taking some reflective time, and then re-engaging as we share ideas and experiences. And I would have to admit that there have been quizzical moments, followed by a lot of amusement and downright loud laughter!”
She examined the concept of pilgrimage and how it relates to the future for El Camino Real. “A way for us to think about it is to remember that the structures that we have in place in the institution we call “church” exist for the purpose of supporting God’s ministry and mission. These include our buildings, land, committees, budgets, by-laws, canons, etc … take an honest look at how they support God’s ministry and mission in your context. You may want to think about letting go, or revising the charge of some, or of repurposing them to meet changing needs. A lesson of pilgrimage is to travel light.” More coverage of day two will appear in next week’s issue.
And of course, a transition selfie happened!
(photos by Elrond Lawrence/ECR communications)
Bishop Consecration site added to RealEpiscopal.org
Information about the Consecration ceremony on January 11, 2020, is now available in a special new section of the diocesan website. The Consecration site provides information regarding this momentous event in the life of our diocese and links to sites where you can RSVP for tickets for the service and special invited events. You can also sign up to participate as a volunteer in the service or at one of the events. Information will be updated as it becomes available. The Bishop Transition Committee is organizing viewing parties in each region of the diocese and will post updates. Visit the Consecration site for more details.
Also, the committee is accepting sign-ups to participate in the choir or to be an instrumentalist. Please visit this link to sign up by Sunday, November 10.
Episcopal Relief & Development teams with NorCal diocese to support fire victims
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to provide food, water, gasoline and other emergency supplies to support vulnerable communities affected by the Kincade Fire and related power outages. Diocesan staff and church leaders swiftly put into action emergency response plans to provide shelter to those who were evacuated in Healdsburg, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, as well as respite for the firefighters combating the fire. The diocese is also distributing gift cards to help evacuees. Read the full announcement here and donate to the US Disaster Fund.
Youth explore Christian life in Communion of Saints at Día de los Muertos in Salinas
On Friday, November 1, the vestry and community of St. Paul's/San Pablo in Salinas welcomed youth, young adults, and youth leaders from parishes in Hollister, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Salinas for an overnight exploration of Christian life and human death in the Mexican tradition of el Día de los Muertos. The group created a remembrance table in the style of an "ofrenda" and painted their faces in the ancient tradition. Youth led a bilingual (Spanish/English) service of Compline with music, Psalms, and prayers. All recalled the names of beloved departed ones, proclaiming each one "presente" (present) in the Communion of Saints. Reverenda Ale Trillos participated in the service.
Santa Clara Deanery celebrates Bishop Mary this Saturday
This Saturday, November 9, from 4 to 7 pm, the Santa Clara Valley Deanery will host a celebration of the ministry of Bishop Mary at St. Andrew's in Saratoga. Everyone is invited for fellowship and dinner (no cost). The event features epic music from the combined choirs and instrumentalists from the deanery churches, plus dinner and a slide show featuring pictures of Bishop Mary's time in our parishes over the past 12 years. Please register through your parish representative. No gifts, please. There will be a basket for cards for Bishop Mary.
While celebrating its Consecration Sunday and All Saints' Day on October 27, All Saints' Church in Carmel received 11 new members into its community. Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves presided at the service and, with the laying on of hands, either received or confirmed the candidates. The Rev. Amber Sturgess, right, co-officiated. Congratulations to all!
Honor Flight Bay Area headlines Double Nickels luncheon
Captain Carl J. Stewart, USN (Retired), co-founder and President of the Board of Honor Flight Bay Area, will address the Double Nickels Luncheon for those 55 and up on Wednesday, November 13. The luncheon begins at 12 noon at the Church of the Good Shepherd, off Hwy 68 between Monterey and Salinas. Stewart will speak about establishing the Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation and developing its mission to honor veterans and their service, achievements, and sacrifices by flying them to Washington DC to see the many memorials to military service members. Nationally, more than 250,000 veterans have made this life-affirming journey. The Bay Area “hub” (Salinas to the Oregon border) has taken almost 600 veterans in 23 flights to date, along with each vet’s guardian for the trip.
Double Nickels, a monthly luncheon of homemade food, is a service of Good Shepherd to benefit the 55 and older community. A suggested donation is $5 but not required. For more details, call 831-484-2153 or email email@example.com.
Holiday Fair at All Saints’ Cristo Rey Watsonville
All Saints Cristo Rey Episcopal Church in Watsonville will hold its second annual Holiday Fair, a two-day event, on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, starting at 9:00 am and closing at 4:00 p.m. Fee for vendors is $35 for both days or only $20 for one day. Free admission to the public. We will be selling tortas from our church kitchen! Get the flyer with more details by clicking the image at right.
Please share this survey with all young adults (20s/30s) in your parishes & communities. Contact Kelsey Davis with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Young adult and campus ministry grants available
Due November 11, Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant applications are available to those with dreams of launching a ministry or program for young adults. Episcopal ministries or ecumenical ministries with an Episcopal presence are invited to apply. Eligible applicants include dioceses, congregations, or college/university ministries that are currently engaging in or seeking new relationships with young adults on and off college campuses. Grant information and applications are available in English here and in Spanish here. Read the full announcement online.
Call to prayer for Dreamers and DACA
The bishops of the six dioceses of California convened the EPPN-CA so that California’s Episcopalians could address the social justice issues impacting the state as a body. They have released A Call to Prayer for DREAMERS and the DACA program upon the occasion of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Tues, Nov 12, 2019.
English version available here.
Spanish version available here.
Centering Prayer retreat in November
May We All Be One: Centering Prayer and the Path of Oneness is a time of retreat November 15-17, at the Mercy Center in Burlingame facilitated by the Rev. Amber Sturgess. Join us for a weekend of silence, Centering Prayer, and a deepening consent to God's presence and transforming action. Our retreat will include conferences, sharing, liturgy, contemplative free time in the natural beauty of the Mercy Center grounds, rest, and opportunity for gentle yoga and body work. See flyer for registration and details.
All Saints' pilgrimage to England in 2020
All Saints’ Carmel will host a pilgrimage to England in May 2020 to visit the Great Cathedrals of Canterbury, Ely, Coventry, Gloucester, Salisbury, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s, and other holy sites. Pilgrimage is a universal spiritual practice, a journey to a sacred space to draw closer to God. Visiting holy sites from our faith tradition enkindles in us a deep connection to the roots of our spiritual lineage. I invite you to join us on a journey to the sacred sites of Southern England. Each day we will take time for prayer and reflection in churches and attend Evensong in cathedrals. We will also have opportunities for fellowship with other Anglicans, such as Gloucester where we will be greeted by Bishop Rachel. Whatever intentions you set for the journey, whether intercessions, petitions, and thanksgivings, or the simple desire to know God, we invite you to consider joining us. Download the flyer.(Maximum number of pilgrims is 35.)
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St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley is receiving applications for their next Rector. You can view their Community Ministry OTM Portfolio and their Parish Profile. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and Personal Ministry OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian at email@example.com. For questions or additional information, please email Canon Brian or call 831-394-4465.
St. John’s the Divine Episcopal Church in Morgan Hill is receiving applications for their half-time Priest-in-Charge position. You can click on the following links to view their Profile and Community Ministry OTM Portfolio. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and Personal Ministry OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or additional information, please email Canon Brian or call 831-394-4465.
The Episcopal Church in Almaden is seeking a Children’s Chime Choir Director to support the Episcopal Church in Almaden in serving our neighbors by providing children with ongoing musical instruction and an opportunity to be a part of a community. The director will lead elementary-age children as they prepare music together for our monthly intergenerational dinner church service, Let’s ROC. This is part-time: 12 hours per month, over three weeks. For full job description, please email Holly McCullough at email@example.com.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cambria is receiving applications for their half-time Priest-in-Charge. You can view their updated profile and St Paul's Cambria OTM Portfolio. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and Personal Ministry OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or additional information, please email Canon Brian or call 831-394-4465.
San Pablo Apostol, Seaside is receiving applications for a bilingual part time Tutoring Coordinator for its Tutoring Program. View the job application here. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to Father Martin Juarez at email@example.com. For questions or additional information, please call or text Father Martin Juarez at (831) 393-0396.
St. Jude’s the Apostle Episcopal Church in Cupertino is receiving applications for their next Rector. You can click on the following links to view their Profile and Community MinistryOTM Portfolio. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and Personal Ministry OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or additional information, please email Canon Brian or call 831-394-4465.
St. Jude's is also seeking a part-time Bookkeeper, estimated 10-20 hours/month. For details email Kbyates@sbcglobal.net.
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