Major issues facing the 79th meeting of General Convention in Austin
Episcopalians are starting to arrive in Austin, TX, ahead of the official July 5 start of the 79th General Convention at the Austin Convention Center. Last week's issue highlighted the El Camino Real team of deputies, now available on our General Convention web page.
As usual, the agenda facing the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies is so packed that legislative committee meetings are set for the evening of July 3 and the morning of July 4. The complete draft convention schedule is here. Convention concludes on July 13. Some of the major work facing General Convention includes the following:
Revising the Book of Common Prayer
The Episcopal Church and the #MeToo movement
A salary for the president of the House of Deputies
Following up on the church’s three priorities: evangelism, racial reconciliation and justice and care of creation
Follow the work of General Convention via the new Media Hub
A media hub, operated by the Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication, offers people everywhere the opportunity to follow the convention’s proceedings. It will include live streams of sessions from the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, a calendar, daily worship and daily media briefings. Episcopal News Service’s headlines will feed into the site. You can find the hub here.
Several members of the El Camino Real deputation prior to leaving for Austin. (Photo courtesy Katy Dickinson)
Farewell voyage for Rev. Blaine Hammond
Congratulations to the Rev. Blaine Hammond, who retired as rector of St. Andrew's Ben Lomond at the end of June. As part of his farewell the congregation built him a boat, the Madida, which they christened and launched at the Santa Cruz Harbor on June 16. Above and below are photos from the joyful event as Fr. Hammond and wife Elizabeth launched the Madida.
“Almighty God, who guided Noah in the building of an Ark, and calmed the raging sea, we call upon you to bless those who have prepared this ship for service, and to protect and preserve those who sail in her, and surround them with your loving care. Amen.”
(photos courtesy Michael Freeman)
The Gifts that Keep on Giving:
San Jose graduates share stories of campus ministries
With thousands of students graduating from high schools and universities in June, it’s a time of celebrating the contributions that these young people will make to our world. They will “go forth to love and serve,” and the campus ministries at San Jose State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay and others have contributed to the success of many graduates.
The Rev. Kathey Crowe, Chaplain at SJSU, followed an inspiration to create a student residence for students who are the most vulnerable and who struggle to pay for books, fees and tuition while not being able to pay the high cost of housing in the Bay Area. The following graduate recently shared a moving testimony about their student residence experience:
“My experience at the Episcopal Student Residence was one of the best opportunities I could have received while I was a student at SJSU. For the year I was at the residence, I was provided snacks, and most importantly a place to rest and sleep in the days I had back-to-back classes, both morning and night sessions. Because of the time of my classes, commuting back and forth to Modesto was during the heaviest part of the commute traffic, about five hours from my home to SJSU and return. Staying at the residence greatly reduced my stress, not to mention the increased risk of a car accident because I was often so tired.
My college experience went so much more smoothly than it did before Student Affairs told me about the Episcopal Chaplain and her ministry outreach. I really thank and appreciate all Chaplain Crowe did for me and everyone who was involved. I was also impressed that the chaplain lived her faith doing what she believed in and not forcing it on us – powerful. Again, thank you Chaplain for making a place for me so that I could achieve my dream of graduating from college. I wish you and the program success and growth! You can’t imagine what good you are doing for students like me.”
The above student asked to remain anonymous but gave Kathey a card and small stuffed beagle with a mortar board (left) that will remind her of why she loves this ministry. The spiritual rewards of the weekly chapel that Kathey offers at Spartan Memorial are shared in another testimony from a graduate student, Gianna Bibb, affectionately known as Clemy (right):
“I met Chaplain Kathey during a very difficult time in my life, while I was a student at San Jose State University. I had to cope with the feeling of guilt that I could not travel back to Europe to help my parents in the last year of my father’s life. I guess it was God who led me to the Spartan Memorial Chapel, and to Rev. Crowe. She not only helped me deal with the grief but also helped me get closer to God, and better understand that grief is a natural feeling, and that death is part of our Earthly journey. For the next three years, I met with Kathey almost every week and we prayed together. She became my guide and encouragement, and taught me more about what it means to live a Christian life.
Furthermore, this encounter led to my involvement in the Canterbury Bridge ministry, in which I assisted Kathey in reaching out to more students and giving them support and encouragement during their college years. I am especially happy that I could help during the final exams sessions, when Canterbury Bridge reached the students studying in the library, and in the Student Union with small personal care and treats packages. Just the smallest amount of encouraging words can make a huge difference for the students dealing with the stress of finals. Now that I have received my graduate degree and have my first job, I intend to keep in contact with Kathey and help the ministry flourish in any way I can.”
Both the basic and spiritual needs of students are met through our campus ministries. Investing in them, we invest in our future. “All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.”
Offices closed for July 4th holiday
The diocesan offices in Salinas will be closed tomorrow -- Wednesday, July 4 -- in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Next week's Along the King's Highway will return to its Wednesday publication schedule and Sunday night deadline.
Save the date: Anti-racism training in August
Talking about race in our culture, in our Church, in America, is one of the most difficult (and feared) conversations in our times and necessary to heal our world. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said: "[The] Episcopal Church made a commitment to what I call the Jesus Movement and a commitment to following in the way of Jesus of Nazareth... which is the way of God’s love in this world. And doing it by a way of evangelism and a way that leads to racial reconciliation in our society and in our world."
To create the skills for evangelism and conversation on race the Diocese of California offers Healing Racism Training. This course is open to all and successful completion fulfill the anti-racism requirements for lay leaders and postulants to Holy Orders. Instructors are the Rev. Jay Watan and the Rev. Eric Metoyer.
For more information contact Rev Eric Metoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org When: Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 18, 9 am to 6 pm each day Where: St Jude’s Episcopal Church, Saint Jude's Episcopal Church, 20920 McClellan Road, Cupertino Cost: $50, includes materials, lunch (two days) & snacks
EfM seeking students for 2018-2019 seminar
"If you want a sustained experience of spiritual and educational formation, EfM is the program for you. It is worth every moment of your time!"
- Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves
Join the Education for Ministry (EfM) group that meets Monday evenings, September through June at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga. EfM is a unique program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. It’s designed to prepare lay persons to live out by word and deed the promises made at baptism. If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 class, please contact Katy Dickinson (EfM Mentor and Diocesan Coordinator). More about EfM here.
Cristosal, a Central American human rights organization with strong connections to the Episcopal Church, is looking for a US-based Resource Coordinator to work with our North American board and volunteers to help raise support for the organization. This is a remote, half-time position, and a great opportunity for someone passionate about social justice and human rights, looking to help make history in our hemisphere! Full position description and application details are here.
St. George's Episcopal Church in north Salinas is seeking a guitarist/musician to begin in June. The ideal person can read music, convert piano sheet music to guitar music, and play the guitar (and/or keyboard/organ) for Sunday services. Music is a mix of traditional and contemporary. Must dependably play each Sunday service at 10:00 am. Other services may be included such as Christmas, Easter, Holy Days, etc. Practice songs with the choir prior to the service. Locate new songs to suggest to choir leader, priest, etc. Pay range is $100 per Sunday/practice. Download the PDF description here. Visit www.stgeorgessalinas.org to learn about the church. To apply, contact Joan Dresser at 831-663-3070 or email@example.com.
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