The deadline for submitting resolutions has passed, but we will be accepting nominations until September 30th! It takes a variety of skills and gifts to do the work of the diocese. Are you called to participate? We encourage you to share your time and talent through the governing bodies. There are several positions open. You can nominate yourself or someone else in the diocese.
Click the links for the online nomination forms in English and Spanish.
COVID Guidelines from Bishop Lucinda
With the CDC and State issuing confusing recommendations, Bishop Lucinda would like to remind you of the current diocesan COVID protocols:
With the fluctuation of COVID variant rates, and increased travel around the country and throughout the globe, please take very good care of yourselves and your flock. I see no reason to alter the protocols that we have been using since Spring, although I want to highlight the following:
When inside, it is a good idea to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Make your approach to non-masking measured; refrain from a sudden declaration of non-masking and a “free-for-all” approach, as it creates anxiety and some will cross others’ personal boundaries. The guidelines are clear that the elderly and the young remain vulnerable. Additionally, be mindful of parents and grandparents who are trying to protect the health of babies and toddlers.
When you have the opportunity, gather outside as much as possible. Introduce small, non-masked indoor meetings where everyone is known and vaccinated—and only if all in the small group agree to being non-masked. For example: if you have a knitting group that meets regularly and its membership is consistent, they may all agree to meet unmasked. However be mindful of the issues mentioned in the first point.
Be respectful of those who are anxious about being in groups of people, and most especially those who express hesitancy about coming to in-person worship. Being in a room full of unmasked people can be overwhelming. Be mindful of those whose medical conditions you may know nothing about. Don’t assume that everyone who has been in attendance is healthy or not at-risk. There is need for pastoral care to learn about why some may be hesitant or anxious.
Be careful of group singing unmasked indoors. Singing generates the aerosol effect that does spread COVID. You will need to talk very carefully with your musicians about how to handle choral singing.
My observations reveal that we are mostly doing well with our protocols. Let’s keep at it, keep testing, keep encouraging good practices.
Missional Grants Committee Accepting Applications for 2023
The Missional Grants Committee is accepting applications for 2023 missional ministry grants. The Missional Grants Application form is available here. Two additional forms are provided for information and reference. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2022. Please submit all application to Joanna Shreve (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as any questions you may have.
El Comité de Suministros Misionales está aceptando solicitudes para las suministros del ministerio misional de 2023. El formulario de Solicitud de Suministros Misionales está disponible aquí. Se proporcionan dos formularios adicionales para información y referencia. La fecha límite para la presentación es el 1 de noviembre de 2022. Envíe todas las solicitudes a Joanna Shreve (email@example.com), así como cualquier pregunta que pueda tener.
The Annual Conference is an opportunity for Forma to encourage and develop Christian educators, inside and outside the Episcopal tradition, to grow in how they educate and minister. This year, our theme is "Called to Covenant." Our four plenaries will be focusing on how we are called, through Micah 6:8, to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God."
Registration is Open!
Registration is now open to Forma members through this link. There are a limited number of “early bird” tickets available.
"Early Bird" registration ends on September 15th and regular registration begins on September 16th. The cost of onsite registration will increase from $350 to $375 while online registration will stay at $150.
The 2023 Forma Annual Conference will be held January 17-19, 2023 onsite in Alexandria, VA with an online option available.
Find out more on our website.
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Saint Stephen's Day Festival
Father Ian Delinger sent us a wonderful description of the Saint Stephen's Day Festivities in San Luis Obispo on September 10th
"St Stephen’s in San Luis Obispo (SLO) enjoys their patronal festival closer to its foundation date of September 4. This year, the third oldest parish in the Diocese began the festivities with a Fusion Recital of the Broadway tunes whose lyrics fit with the Sunday lectionary and had been sung as anthems. On Sunday, the Baptism and Reception candidates were joined by supporters in their lives in Christ and by a dozen community agencies. These agencies were invited to help St Stephen’s celebrate who they are both, as a congregation, and among the wider SLO community. The custom for feast days is to use local artisan bread and sparkling wine as the elements for the Eucharist, honoring God’s local bounty. The celebration continued with a 155th Birthday Party, including a BBQ, local rocker Louie Ortega and Flamenco dancing by Talia, Louie’s daughter and one of the Choral Scholars. The community partners were not just onlookers. The Food Bank brought an allocation of the food bags handed out to those in need from the parish office. Staff from 40 Prado, the local homeless shelter and resource center, and the Mayor and board member, received Welcome Home Boxes assembled by the congregation. These boxes are given to clients as they transition into more stable housing. St Stephen’s contribution of boxes far exceeded expectations, requiring a truck to come later in the week to collect. The parish’s Mission Statement tagline is: Welcoming – Worshiping – Working. This St Stephen’s Day Celebration and Visitation proved that the congregation can and does live up to that mission!"
Tell Congress to Reform the Electoral Count Act While there are a number of voting rights reforms that we are pushing for, reforming the Electoral Count Act is a critical aspect of ensuring the U.S. has processes in place for a clear transfer of power. Please reach out to your Senators and tell them to pass this legislation!
From EPPN-CA: Tell federal officials: No new offshore oil and gas development The U.S. government is seeking public input on a plan to sell more leases for offshore oil and gas drilling. Submitting a comment is an important way to help protect our coasts and communities from the risks of offshore drilling, including oil spills.
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.
Training Opportunity: Join Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Industrial Areas Foundation for 'Developing Faithful Leaders for Public Life'
Friday, September 30, 9am - 4:30pm
Hosted by Church Divinity School of the Pacific as part of the seminary's community organizing curriculum, this session is open to all faith leaders. It will be taught by senior organizers with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest organizing network dedicated to strengthening institutions, non-partisan political action, and making democracy work.
On Wednesday, October 5th, at 7:00 pm, All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Dolores and 9th in Carmel) presents An Evening with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist. Joshi’s debut novel, a New York Times bestseller, is being developed into a Netflix series. It’s a compelling portrait of an independent woman struggling for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern.
Joshi will discuss her writing process, publication experiences, and journey from India to Monterey. After a Q&A, stay for Afterglow: light refreshments, book signing, and henna applications. Tickets are available for $20 or $10 for students at allsaintscarmel.eventbrite.com.
Calvary Episcopal Church Hosts Community Forum: All About Labyrinths
The event will take place at Calvary Parish Hall at the corner of Lincoln and Cedar Streets on Saturday, October 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and will feature Lars Howlett, a leading expert in the design and creation of labyrinths.
Explore the definition of labyrinth and the history of labyrinth designs
Discover how to create sacred space
Discuss ways labyrinths transform communities
Participate in creating a temporary labyrinth on the Calvary Grounds
Join in a facilitated walk of the labyrinth
Illustrated with many examples of labyrinths from around the world
Calvary Episcopal Church 532 Center Street, Santa Cruz
831-423-8787 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation to First Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser
St Stephen's in-the-Field Episcopal Church would like to invite you to our first annual Harvest Festival Dinner, October 9th Harvest Festival Dinner, 5-8:30pm. We'll have BBQ, fruits and preserves from our community garden, live music, a silent auction and a pie auction. Tickets are $5/child and $25/adult and can be purchased on our website or at the door. St Stephen's in-the-Field is located at 7269 Santa Teresa Blvd, San José, CA
Free Pew Frontals and Kneelers
St. Jude's has five pew frontals and kneelers looking for a home. The frontals (photo below) are in the following lengths: 15' (2), 8' (2), 9'8" (1). If you can put them to use at your church, please contact St. Jude's at email@example.com.
Bishop Lucinda's Schedule
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St, Benedict’s, Los Osos
San Pablo Apostol, Seaside
St. Thomas’, Sunnyvale
St. Philip’s, Scotts Valley
Saint Timothy’s, Mountain View is calling a Priest-in-Charge. For further discernment, please review their parish profile, which is available HERE. To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and OTM profile to the Rev. Canon Martha Korienek, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are being receiving through September 30, 2022.
All Saints’, Palo Alto is calling a Priest-in-Charge. For further discernment, please review their parish profile, which is available here. To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and OTM profile to the Rev. Canon Martha Korienek, at email@example.com, as well as your answer to this question: One of the key characteristics in a Priest-in-Charge that All Saints’ is looking for is an embrace of partnered ministry, with the congregation becoming a true partner alongside the priest. Please describe your experience with sharing decision-making and implementation authority with members of a congregation, or equivalent experience working with another organization. What approaches have worked well, and which have not? Please provide specific details. Are there any areas where you feel it is not appropriate for the Priest-in-Charge to consult/partner with parishioners? Applications are being received through September 30, 2022.
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