Hope With South Sudan Awards 12th Year of Youth Scholarships
September marks the twelfth year that Trinity Cathedral through Hope With South Sudan has awarded scholarships to young South Sudanese in Kenya and Uganda. Many of the 55 students are orphans ranging from third grade into college. The continuing conflict in South Sudan has brought more orphans into the care of the network of foster families who are a part of the Hope with South Sudan in East Africa.
Hope With South Sudan has identified 10 orphans that we hope to award with scholarships, and urges you to join in this effort. Tuitions range from $52 per month for primary school to $107 per month for high school, including boarding. To help sustain this ministry, visit www.hopewithsouthsudan.org to see how you can participate in the matching fund of the Merrill Hancock Foundation through the Silicon Valley Foundation.
South Sudanese Sports for Peace and Reconciliation members pose on August 15, 2014, at the conclusion of a week-long training.
South Sudanese Sports for Peace Gets UN Endorsement
Hope With South Sudan has become a key partner in an effort to establish a peace center in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, where nearly 130,000 South Sudanese have fled the conflict in their country.
In March we invited El Camino Real's Bishop Mary, along with the Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia (Washington), Trinity Church, Seattle and the American Friends of the Episcopal Church in Sudan/South Sudan to support the efforts of Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial of the Aweil Diocese. One outcome of the first training in peace and reconciliations was the idea of Michael Rambang, the brother of our own Angelina Rambang, to develop soccer tournaments for boys and volleyball tournaments for girls with youth teams from the various tribes in conflict back home. The UN and the Kenya police have endorsed this effort and will provide space and security for the matches.
St. John’s, Aptos provided a generous gift that was matched by a donation from the Merrill Hancock Foundation and the estate of Mary Koppel. The combined donations provided for a week-long training in peace and reconciliation of 17 South Sudanese university students from seven tribes studying in Nairobi. Joined by Bishop Abraham and Bishop John Gakket of the Diocese of Bentiu, the participants prepared themselves to go as teams to Kakuma, to select and train mix teams. Not only would they prepare youth to play the games together, but more importantly to help them become peacemakers and ambassadors in their communities. Funds are needed to underwrite the formation of the organizing committee in the refugee camp and then the actual tournaments later this year.
Members of the El Camino Real Diocese gathered together on Saturday, August 23, at Coyote Ranch near Morgan Hill for the first annual "Bishop's Ministry Appreciation Picnic." The picnic was held to thank members of volunteer diocesan committees such as the Board of Trustees, Commission on Ministry, and others. Activities, games and a BBQ lunch rounded out the fun event. To see a photo album from the picnic, visit our Facebook page by clicking here.
Trinity to Mark Feast Days in September for San Jose Pioneers
September marks two feast days of three San Jose pioneers, abolitionists, educators and members of Trinity Church. On September 3, Trinity will remember Anna Bessant Cassey, who died in 1875 and is buried at Oakhill Cemetery. She came to San Jose in 1860 with her husband, Peter Williams Cassey, and her mother Henrietta Lockwood, a nurse. They were a part of a small band of free African Americans who chose to make their way in the raucous first capital of the State of California. Mother and daughter are buried together at Oakhill Cemetery where a service of thanksgiving will be offered on Wednesday, September 3 at 12:30 pm.
On September 16, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco will celebrate the Eucharist at 12:10 p.m. in honor of the Rev. Peter Williams Cassey and Anna Bessant Cassey. The Diocese of California will join our Diocese and the Dioceses of Los Angeles and Florida in placing their names in the calendar of saints.
Peter was the first person of color ordained west of the Mississippi at Trinity Church on September 13, 1866. He arrived in San Francisco in 1853 and worked as a barber; he quickly became a part of the Underground Railroad and a leader of the Congress of Colored Citizens of California. When Peter, Anna and Henrietta arrived in San Jose they continued their work of freeing slaves in Santa Clara County. Peter was a founding member of Trinity Church in 1861. In 1862 they opened St. Philip’s Academy and Mission for Colored Children and Trinity served as a sister congregation until 1875.
Donations are being received to purchase and place a headstone on Anna and Henrietta’s grave at Oakhill. Brochures on their lives are at the back of the church or at the history display cabinet in the Great Hall. For more information, contact Fr. Jerry Drino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeguarding Children Online Courses Now Available
As the new school and program year begins, it is important for church leaders to focus again on safeguarding our most precious assets: the children of our congregations. The Church Pension Fund has partnered with consultant Praesidium to offer excellent online training modules that supplement and broaden the child abuse awareness and prevention education provided by Safeguarding God's Children.
This is a reminder to review diocesan policy and ensure that your teachers, clergy and lay ministry who have contact with children in your schools and parishes are certified or re-certified (required every three years). Rectors, Vicars and Priests-in-Charge are also reminded that our diocesan trainer, The Rev. Deacon Kathey Crowe, can give access to a local administrator providing the capability to sign people for these required trainings. Below is a summary of the courses that are now available on-line:
For new teachers and staff who have missed deanery training but need to certify (should be proctored by the rector or pastoral assistant):
“Hello, I’m Sam” – How child molesters get access to children
“It Happened to Me” – the effects of abuse on a child
“Keeping Your School Safe” – practices and policies that need to be incorporated
“Duty to Report” – understanding mandated and non-mandated reporting laws and practices
For those who have taken the training and are recertifying:
“Abuse Prevention Refresher”
“Duty to Report” – a new module
For those who volunteer infrequently or occasionally (e.g., rotational teacher’s assistants):
“Abuse Risk Management for Occasional Volunteers” – a new module
For summer camp leadership and Vacation Bible School leadership and volunteers:
“A Day at Camp” “Keeping Your Camp Safe”
Since 2007, 978 people have been trained on Safeguarding God's Children and God's People in our Diocese since 2007. This is a large number of the members of our Diocesan parishes and schools who have received this training and now create a powerful vanguard for Christ in their commitment to protect the church's most treasured asset -- its children and its people. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Irish Concert at St. Paul’s in Cambria
You’re invited to a wonderful night of music in Cambria, celebrating the ministry of The Rev. Fred Heard, who will retire in September. An Irish Vocal Concert will be held Saturday, September 13, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church. The church is located at 2700 Eton Road in Cambria.
Music selections will include Irish folk music from several eras. A reception showcasing Oregon wine and cheese from Father Fred’s home state will follow the performance. Admission is free! For more information about St. Paul’s visit www.stpaulscambria.org.