In and Around Our Diocese

  • Churches Go to Aid of Oroville Dam Evacuees

    By Paula Schaap, Communications DirectorMore than 180,000 Northern California residents were ordered to evacuate Sunday afternoon, after officials said the emergency spillway from the Oroville Dam might fail.The first tweet from the California Department of Water Resources came in at 4:24 p.m. Sunday and sketched the situation in the darkest of tones: “EMERGENCY EVACUATION: Auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam predicted to fail within the next hour. Oroville residents evacuate northward.&rdq...

  • Churches Strive for Disaster Preparedness and Service to Others

    By Paula Schaap, Communications DirectorThe Northern California region is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the U.S. But those same landscapes can turn deadly when nature takes a less kindly turn.That’s what happened in January when record rain brought much-needed relief from drought – and also flooding that forced some from their homes, made transportation difficult or impossible and caused widespread power outages.For those who plan for disaster preparedness, that po...

  • Church Members Turn Out for Women’s March on Sacramento

    By Paula Schaap, Communications Director After days of stormy weather in Northern California, the Women’s March on Sacramento started out under bright skies on Saturday morning.The Sacramento march was one of more than 600 around the world that drew millions the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the U.S. President.Church members – both clergy and laity – were there to bear witness to the power of those numbers.“It’s about the power of community,” s...

  • Churches Strive for Preparedness and Service to Others

    By Paula Schaap, Communications Director The Northern California region is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the U.S. But those same landscapes can turn deadly when nature takes a less kindly turn. That’s what happened in January when record rain brought much-needed relief from drought - and also flooding that forced some from their homes, made transportation difficult or impossible and caused widespread power outages. It was particularly hard on homeless people who are...

  • St. Paul’s Gives Shelter From Floods

    By Paula Schaap, Communications DirectorIt may signal the end of a long, hard drought for California, but the storm that blew in the weekend after New Year’s also brought flooding and misery, especially for those with no shelter.With the Russian River near Healdsburg cresting at close to 20 feet in one day on Sunday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – 23 feet is considered flood stage – people who call the bank of the river home had to be moved q...

  • Californian Episcopal Bishops Send Letter of Concern to Trump

    December 29, 2016Donald J. TrumpPresident-elect of the United States of AmericaTrump Tower735 5th AvenueNew York, NY 10022Dear President-elect Trump,Recently (December 12, 2016) our brother and sister bishops in the Episcopal Church in the State of Massachusetts wrote you to strongly question and oppose your nomination of a climate-change denier to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Like the bishops in Massachusetts, we, the Episcopal bishops in the State of California oversee a...

  • Welcoming Special-Needs Families to Church

    By Paula Schaap, Communications DirectorBig stuffed monkeys scattered on the floor in front of the altar and beanbag chairs weren’t what you’d expect to see at St. James’, Lincoln, Lincoln, which usually holds services in its simple white-washed church building in traditional prayer book fashion.But on December 17, the parish had prepared its worship space for a different kind of service – a Christmas service for special-needs children and their families.Just as the Chris...

  • Witnessing at Standing Rock Prayer Gathering

    There have been confrontations – some violent – between police and those protesting the building of an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. On November 3, those who gathered for an interfaith service to witness to the concerns of indigenous people could still see burnt-out vehicles from prior clashes.But Miriam Casey, a parishioner at St. Patrick’s, Kenwood, who traveled to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, with fellow parishioner Kendall Brown, said ...

  • St. Matthew's Seeks to be a Center for All People

    By Paula Schaap, Communications DirectorAs a park ranger for Sacramento County for 15 years, Cynthia “CeeCee” Coleman often interacts with homeless people who travel through and camp out in the area’s extensive park system.Coleman’s work with the homeless in her official capacity also fuels her passion for St. Matthew’s, Sacramento, where she serves as the senior warden, and its plans to transform itself into an outreach center for its community.As Coleman puts it: ...

  • California Episcopal Bishops Issue Statement Supporting Prop 62, Repeal of Death Penalty

    Grace and peace to you, in the Name of Jesus Christ. We are the bishops of the six dioceses of the Episcopal Church in California. We believe that the citizens of our state face a profound moral choice this November in the form of Proposition 62.

  • Rev. Lewis Powell Reflects on His Visit to Standing Rock Reservation

    The Rev. Lewis “Sitting Panther” Powell has traveled all over the world. Recently, as the Native American missioner for the Diocese of Northern California, he journeyed to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in their peaceful protest over the Dakota Access pipeline, which has been scheduled to be constructed on sacred lands protected by treaties, as well as under the Missouri River just upstream of the reservation.Even after all his travels, the deacon was awed by the sight of the flags of more ...

  • Summer 2017 - Youth Discipleship in the Diocese of Northern California

    Summer - A Time for Fun and DiscipleshipA number of wonderful opportunities are available for youth to join - and to lead - in the life of our diocese this summer. This is the time to encourage the young people in your congregations to participate. Your congregation can also offer to sponsor a young person or offer prayers for these opportunities for young people to grow in their life of faith.If you want to learn more or get involved, please contact the Rev.

  • Bishop Beisner's Letter to the People of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

    September 15, 2016To the People of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation:May God’s grace and peace be with you always, dear Sisters and Brothers, and especially now in this time of great challenge. I am grateful that Deacon Lewis Sitting Panther Powell is able to be with you, representing the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, and conveying this message of solidarity.  We stand with you because Scripture teaches us that the Creator has entrusted all humanity with the care of the ...

  • A Garden Grows at St. James, Lincoln

    by Paula SchaapIf you drive north to Lincoln on State Route 99 from Sacramento, you quickly pass from housing developments and shopping malls to fields and irrigation canals. Especially if you come up on a quiet Sunday late-summer morning, snowy egrets fly over your car, their necks crooked as they seek out more of the tender rice paddies for feeding, and great blue herons stand as sentinels to welcome the dawn.It fits that parishioners at St. James, Lincoln, when the church was able to buy a de...

  • St. Stephen’s Celebrates Peace Week

    by Deacon Kate SeftonTo celebrate International Peace and Nonviolence Week, parishioners at St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol, lovingly crafted and decorated their own Peace Pole.With offerings of prayer and music, more than 60 people, including congregation and community members, gathered on the evening of September 20 to plant the pole alongside the church.Prayers and hopes for peace between people, communities and nations were read aloud.One of the musical offerings was an original song, "...

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