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  • Bishop Lucinda at "Living our Vows"
  • Episcopal women honored
  • Central coast clergy retirements
  • Episcopal Church news and more

May 6, 2021

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Bishop Lucinda attends "Living Our Vows"

This week Bishop Lucinda Ashby is virtually attending “Living Our Vows,” an annual gathering that’s part of a three-year program hosted by the College for Bishops. The program spans 41 bishops, three languages, eight nationalities, six provinces of the Anglican Communion, two Zoom platforms, several translators, and faculty and staff. It’s designed for new bishops to learn together and support each other in their ministry. Pray for Bishop Lucinda and her fellow bishops as they deepen their common life as a learning community, serving Christ and the Church!

Episcopal women honored at ECW event

A great crowd recently gathered online to honor a special group of women across the diocese. “Honored Woman’s Day” was held Saturday, April 24 to honor women who proclaim their faith through their lives and actions for their congregation, the diocese, and the community. The morning event was held by The Episcopal Church Women, and award nominations were submitted by clergy. The listing of honored women is above, with the addition of Sabra Dupree of St. Stephen’s, Gilroy.

“Congratulations to each of you for being role models and congratulations to your congregations for their recognition and the honoring of your leadership,” said Bishop Lucinda Ashby as she greeted the honorees. “We all stand on the shoulders of giants—women who have gone before. And you know as I do that we and our ancestors pave the way for those who are to follow."

Calling out women who personally influenced her life, Bishop Lucinda asked the crowd to remember family members, saints, and friends who served as role models for them. She also cited the “exemplars” in history — people referenced by the apostle Paul who used their gifts to answer the call to different ministries – especially Teresa of Avila, a sixteenth century reformer. 

“I am reminded of the quote: 'Well-behaved women rarely make history,'” she continued. “Teresa was a scholar and a mystic … sought after by priests and eventually the Pope himself for counsel and advice. Unheard of for a woman, Teresa was named a Doctor of the Church.” She added that Teresa was "true to her calling, with a strong sense of self, in the face of everything that worked to resist her.”

One unique story that exemplified all of El Camino Real’s honored women centered on Rochelle Kelly (below), who served as senior warden for St. Andrew’s Ben Lomond the past three years. Her home was destroyed in last year’s CZU wildfire, yet she worked tirelessly to help others in her congregation during a time of disaster, pandemic and other struggles. The event was filled with such inspiring stories.

For more information or to see a video of the virtual event, contact Donna Seelbach, president of the diocesan Episcopal Church Women, at

Congregations honor retiring clergy

Two longtime clergy in the Diocese of El Camino Real were honored as they celebrated their retirements. The Rev. Jeff Kohn, rector of St. James', Monterey, was joined by Bishop Lucinda for his farewell service on Sunday, April 18. His ordination to the priesthood was 45 years ago in December of 1975; he was appointed priest in charge at St. James in March of 2001 and instituted as rector on June 18, 2002.
On Sunday, May 2, Bishop Lucinda joined the congregation of St. Dunstan's, Carmel Valley for the final service of The Rev. Marcia Lockwood. She had served as associate rector since 2008, and was ordained to the priesthood in June of 1988.

Thanks to both for their dedication and loving ministries!

Photos by Kim Evert (top) and Louis Powell (lower)

St. Mark’s, Santa Clara offers its treasures to diocese

St. Mark’s, Santa Clara has furnishings, computers, equipment, and preschool supplies to donate or sell for use in parishes or schools throughout the diocese. If interested, parish priests and administrators may contact Sharon Martin at for a viewing either in-person or via Zoom. Thank you.

Pentecost season opens with "Way of Love" Revival Weekend

The Episcopal Church greets Pentecost with One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love. The weekend of events includes the following:
  • Saturday, May 22, 6-7:30 p.m.: Concert for the Human Family and “From Many, One” Community Conversations 
  • Sunday, May 23, 4-5:30 p.m.: Churchwide Pentecost Revival Worship from Philadelphia, Navajoland, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.
Read more (in English and Spanish).

The Episcopal Church’s Tell Me Something Good web series available now 

Tell Me Something Good highlights positive stories from around the church through conversations with a variety of guests.
Episode 2 is now available: The Rev. Isaac Everett talks about the Charles River Episcopal Co-Housing Endeavor (CRECHE) Community in Boston, which creates and supports a network of mixed-income, intergenerational, co-housing communities in partnership with The Episcopal Church. This episode digs into what it means to equip all the baptized and to root our faith in home practices. It also highlights how following Jesus’ lead by asking “what do you need?” can revolutionize the Eucharistic experience.
New episodes of Tell Me Something Good will be released every two weeks and will be available for viewing, along with Season 1, on The Episcopal Church website here, and on the Church’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Browse the diocesan Resource Center

Congregations always have access to the Episcopal Resource Center and its Online Catalog. Here you will find all the latest books, along with daily devotionals, lots of online resources, a section for young people, curriculum overviews and many other items to peruse. You can view everything without a login and password; to reserve or request a book, contact us for a login and password. Remember, we mail free to you. For questions, contact Carol Campbell at

Bach Festival director talk at Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd & Preschool will host Steve Friedlander, Carmel Bach Festival Executive Director, on Wednesday, May 19 at 12 noon. Friedlander will speak about his “Insider’s View – Presenting and Preserving an Iconic Summer Music Festival in Normal and Not-Normal Times.” The in-person 2021 festival will run October 23-November 5. For full details and how to join, visit the monthly forum page here. This will be the last monthly forum until fall.


Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Jose is receiving applications for a part-time Priest-in-Charge. You may view their OTM Portfolio here and their Parish Profile here. For questions or to submit your resume and application for consideration, email or call the office at 831-394-4465.

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