In and Around Our Diocese

  • She Believed She Could Fly

    By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator "But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not fear, only believe.'" - Mark 5:36Each church has a story, but even more so, each person in a congregation has something to share.Naomi "Penny" Howard is one such person. She's a 30-year-plus member of St. Francis, Fair Oaks, who at age 94 (she'll be 95 in May), did something most middle-aged adults are afraid of doing.Dur...

  • St. Martin's Stands to Support Refugees

    By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator With immigration presenting a major debate in today's politics, St. Martin's, Davis, decided to support and spread awareness about Episcopal Migration Ministry for their 2017 Lenten project."We had already selected EMM, and then a couple of [presidential] executive orders came out [regarding immigration] so it increased our determination," Judith Stanley, chair of the Social Justice and Outreach Commission, for St. Martin's sa...

  • Church Members Reflect on Lent

    By Paula Schaap, Communications Director A couple of years ago, the Wingfield Deanery prepared a meditation booklet for Lent with contributions from members of different churches. But, as often happens in too-busy lives, there hadn’t been an effort to prepare a new booklet for a time.Until Archdeacon Cookie Clark decided that this year – a year when many people felt a need for words of reconciliation and healing – was the right time to revive the Lenten booklet tradition i...

  • Church Leaders Heed Call at Conferences to Lead and Serve

    By Paula Schaap, Communications Director “And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:26.On a sunny, brisk February morning, more than 90 church members, both lay and ordained, gathered at St. Luke’s, Woodland, to discover ways to be better leaders for their congregations and communities. Bishop Barry Beisner opened the Congregational Leadership Conference Saturday with a meditation on St.

  • Churches Go to Aid of Oroville Dam Evacuees

    By Paula Schaap, Communications Director More 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 northwar...

  • Churches Strive for Disaster 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.For those who plan for disaster preparedness, t...

  • 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 Director Big 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...

  • 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 Director  As 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 pu...

  • 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 ...

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