Office of the Bishop Announcements

  • A Guide to Reading the Bishop's Book for Lent

    By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator"Toxic Charity," by Robert Lupton, is an important book for a time when, while the need in our communities is often great, the best way to go about serving others isn't always clear.Questions posed by Lupton's book can be challenging for all of us. Despite good intentions, there are sometimes unintended consequences of dependency and conflict that arise out of one-way charity or service work.I wrote an accompanyin...

  • A Letter of Thanks From Bishop Michael Smith, Diocese of North Dakota

    Bishop Michael Smith writes to Bishop Barry Beisner to acknowledge the gift of $4,260 that was an offering from Diocesan Convention and was brought to the Standing Rock Nation by the Rev. Lewis Powell.Click here to read the full letter.

  • Bishop Barry Beisner's Lenten Message

    Dear Friends in Christ,Grace and peace to you.Epiphany ends as usual: with the story of the Transfiguration and the Gospel invitation both to learn to see and know Jesus as he really is, and also ourselves, as we are in him. And what we really are is a creation made in God's image, beloved of God, possessing worth and dignity beyond our ability to imagine. All of us.

  • Bishop's Book for Lent - Toxic Charity

    Dear friends in Christ,Grace and peace to you.When Bishop Lloyd Allen spoke to us last November at Diocesan Convention, many people were impressed, not only with his ideas about a strategy for self-sufficiency for the Diocese of Honduras, but also with how much of what he shared was relevant to their own congregations. One of the books he recommended then promises helpful wisdom as a way to be more effective in our outreach, and also to address some of our own internal challenges as a Church. Th...

  • Continued Prayers Requested for Those Affected by Oroville Dam Emergency

    Bishop Barry sent the following prayer request to the diocese on Monday:Dear Friends in Christ,Grace and peace to you.As I write this Monday morning, at least one of the towns evacuated Sunday night has had the order lifted, and some of the nearly 200,000 displaced will soon be home. But major disruption is still an issue in many lives right now, and uncertainty still looms, as assessing/repairing damage to the dam continues. So please continue your prayers: for those seeking to manage upheaval ...

  • Pilgrimage - How to Have an 'Encounter with God'

    Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. Psalm 84:5Bishops Barry Beisner and Greg Rickel celebrate mass at Christ Church, Nazareth.By Paula Schaap, Communications DirectorReflections from some of the travelers recently returned from the 2017 Holy Land pilgrimage:Donna Arellano, parishioner, St. Michael’s, Carmichael, on her first experience being on pilgrimage in the Holy Land: “In Capernaum, I sat on a wall of the ancient synagogue, where Je...

  • Bishop's Partnership Appeal Has Record Year

    By Paula Schaap, Communications DirectorThe Bishop’s Partnership Appeal hit a record in 2016 with more than $25,000 donated by the end of the year.With the addition of $1,000 each that was pledged from the partners in the appeal if it reached $15,000 in donations – the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California and the Office of the Bishop – the 2016 total is almost double the amount raised the year before.The Appeal is a way for the diocese to support congregations, ministrie...

  • Bishop Barry Beisner Responds to President Trump's Executive Order Banning Refugees and Muslim Travelers

    Dear Friends in Christ:Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, recently said that this executive order "will be remembered by history together with the Dred Scott decision and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II as governmental actions most antithetical to American values. We will resist its implementation by any means available to us."To which I say, Amen. And in my judgment it is antithetical to Christian values also.

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage is a 'Ministry-Multiplier'

    Bishop Barry Beisner recently returned from this year's Holy Land pilgrimage, traveling with 38 pilgrims, including four from our diocese -- the Rev. Maryly Adair, Fred Reynolds, and Hector and Donna Arellano. Joining them were four bishops and two cathedral deans, from five Episcopal Church dioceses, plus a few from England and Wales.  The purpose of this year's trip was to have lay and ordained church leaders learn how to lead pilgrimages themselves, "an exciting ministry-mul...

  • Office of the Bishop Closure - New Year's

    The office will be closed in observance of the New Year's holiday on Monday, January 2, 2017, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3. We wish everyone a peaceful and and Happy New Year!

  • Office of the Bishop Closure - Christmas

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday beginning at noon on Friday, December 23, and will reopen on Tuesday, December 27.We wish you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season!Please join us in prayer:From the Book of Common Prayer, page 212: The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day, December 25O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confi...

  • Thanksgiving Office Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Monday, November 28.Please join us in prayer:From the Book of Common Prayer, page 840We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray th...

  • Special Advent Message From the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ,Grace and peace to you, as again we come to Advent.This year our Church, like the society where it finds itself, carries with it a tense mixture of fear and hope, apprehension and eagerness. It is fitting that we came to this threshold between the Seasons reciting the Psalmist's reminder that God is with us always, even in uncertain times. We must not ignore what God says to us in that same Psalm: "Be still, and know that I am God."This busy time, with all its uncertainty,...

  • Veterans Day Office Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Monday, November 14, 2016. Please join us in prayer:Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and gr...

  • Labor Day Office Closure

    The Office of the Bishop will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5, 2016. The office will reopen, and staff will return to the office on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.Please join us in prayer: Almighty God, who hast so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of ...

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