From the Office of the Bishop

  • Camp Fire Update: Nov. 20, 2018

    St. John's Street Pastors helping move evacuees into shelters.To donate: norcalepiscopal.org/disaster-reliefWe are grateful for your prayers and concern as this disaster has unfolded. Thankfully, our church building in Paradise was not burned, and we anticipate that this will be a benefit to the larger community as the recovery phase begins.

  • Camp Fire Update: Nov. 15, 2018

    The Diocesan Disaster Response Team in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development met this morning for our daily briefing. Rev. Ann Sullivan, St.

  • From Bishop Barry: On the synagogue shooting

    On Monday, Oct. 29, several of our clergy, including Bishop Barry Beisner and Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Jim Richardson, joined with Jewish, Muslim, Christian leaders to mourn those killed by the shooting in Pittsburgh. (Photos by Jim Richardson)"We give our heartfelt prayers for the communities of Tree of Life Synagogue and Louisville, Kentucky, in this time of profound loss and grief; for all victims of the terrible ongoing, hateful gun violence that afflicts our country; and for the h...

  • Office of the Bishop expansion: making space for connections

    The Office of the Bishop is a work-in-progress, as evident by the telephone lines that have yet to be put up! Shown above is our staff in the new reception area ready to welcome you.  Bishop Barry Beisner and the Board of Trustees enthusiastically decided that this was the time to expand the current Office of the Bishop space into the adjacent suite.

  • Actions on Family Separations

    Click here for printable file "Let My People Go: A Statement on Family Separations."Haga "click" aquí "Deja ir a Mi Pueblo: Una declaración sobre la separación de familias"Vigils for Family Unity and RefugeesOn Thursday, June 21, St. Martin's, Davis, and Trinity, Sutter Creek, will hold vigils as a way to join with others around the country who are praying and advocating for those families that are being held at the border. The vigil at Trin...

  • EPPN-CA, Bishops on Family Separations

    Let My People GoA statement on Family Separations When large numbers of people cross borders to flee persecution, war, and disaster, they are considered refugees in the world's eyes, and many nations build refugee camps or absorb migrating people, helping families resettle and educate the children. In the United States, our tendency has been to treat migrants as criminals violating our international boundaries, especially at our border with Mexico. In the past two weeks, the Depart...

  • New Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist

    Elizabeth Vang, previously the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Bishop since November 2015, has transitioned into the role of Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist.Her email will remain elizabeth@norcalepiscopal.org, and her new extension is 916-442-6918, ext. 229.You may contact Elizabeth for any benefits-related questions.

  • Thinking of Vestry and Mission Committee as a Spiritual Gift

    By the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, Canon to the OrdinaryHave you ever participated in a vestry or mission committee and wondered what our common work would be like if we gathered more as a community of believers, and less like a business meeting? A part of my work this year has focused on transforming governance meetings into a place of deepening discipleship: where the group gathered has made a commitment to learn about and practice a discipline of the Christian faith, and to engage that d...

  • 2018 Clergy Conference - May 22-24

    We look forward to seeing you at the Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg. All canonically resident clergy and clergy who are serving in parochial positions in this diocese are expected to attend, so we may deepen and enrich our relationships. Please contact Bishop Beisner via email prior to the event if you are unable to attend for any reason.

  • Bishop Barry to Receive CDSP Honorary Degree May 18

    The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, will receive an honorary degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, at its commencement on Friday, May 18. The Rev.

  • April 2018 Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ:Grace and peace to you, and Easter blessings. (My Easter Vigil sermon is available here.)I have just returned from a brief time with our latest College for Congregational Development gathering. This program, the people who lead it, and the people who participate in it are a clear expression of the health and strength of this Diocese.Like you, I have found that the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King has been an occasion for some deep and difficult r...

  • On the 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. (video)

    Bishop Beisner recorded this reflection earlier this week. Here is the text of the video.On the 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr.Dear Friends in Christ:Grace and peace, and Easter blessings to you.Recent protests in Sacramento call for us to say his name: Stephon Clark. In all that that name evokes in us, I hope that we will be helped to hear that longing which Martin Luther King Jr.

  • A Call to March by Bishop Barry Beisner

    A Call to March was read by the bishop at the Service of Lamentation at Trinity Cathedral on March 14 at 7 p.m. Two students who have participated in Pathways also spoke at the service. A video of their talks is below.

  • Kenn Katona - A ‘Sparkplug’ for St. Clement’s, Rancho Cordova

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorBorn into a Roman Catholic family, the new priest-in-charge at St. Clement’s, Rancho Cordova, said he initially didn’t like attending church. “I made a deal with my parents that if I got confirmed, I could stop going to church, which I did.

  • Pamela Dolan - Northern California Feels Like Home, Again

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorHaving spent the first seven years of her childhood in Vacaville, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan is glad to be back in California, serving as the new rector of St.

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