Congratulations to The Rev. Lucretia Mann, who was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Mary on Saturday, October 11. Here they pose for a portrait at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Aptos, where the ordination took place. (Thanks to The Rev. Eliza Linley and David Richardson for providing the image.)
Registration Available for 34th Annual Convention in Salinas
Online registration is now available for the 34th Annual Diocesan Convention, to be held November 14 & 15 at Sherwood Hall in Salinas. The theme is “Be The Church” – below is a first look at our new convention logo. Click here to reach our convention page with links to resolutions, reports, a draft agenda, the proposed 2015 budget, candidates for diocesan offices and committees, hotel information and more.
Please note – at this time, attendees must register individually. See you in November! Watch for more details in future issues and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Last Chance to Sign Up for Tomorrow's Youth Leader Summit
Enjoy a day of sharing and brainstorming with diocesan youth leaders at the Bishop’s Children & Youth Leader Summit on Saturday, October 18, at St. Paul’s in Salinas. Bishop Mary will kick off this creative workshop for all who work with children and youth in churches across El Camino Real. Networking and practical “how-to” tips for engaging young people will highlight the summit; we’ll gather at 9:30 a.m. and the summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
Whether you're a volunteer or staff member, clergy or lay person, the summit is a rare opportunity to connect with others who are doing this important work, share ideas and gain practical how-to tips. Join Bishop Mary on October 18 at St. Paul’s; online registration can be found by clicking here. For more information, e-mail Jennifer Suttie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Mary to Preach at "Women in Ministry" Celebration
Church Divinity School of the Pacific is celebrating the establishment of the St. Margaret's Visiting Professorship on Women on Ministry with speakers, a book talk, Eucharist and a festive dinner on November 6, 2:30 to 9 p.m. at the seminary in Berkeley.
Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves will preach at the Eucharist and Jenny Te Paa Daniel, one of the editors of "Anglican Women on Church and Mission" will lead a discussion of the book with co-editors Kwok Pui-lan and Judith Berling.
Te Paa Daniel, the New Zealand-born educator and advocate who was the first indigenous laywoman to be appointed to lead an Anglican theological college, is the inaugural St. Margaret's visiting professor.
Admission to the event is $50 and dinner is included. The program will begin with presentations on the progress made and obstacles faced by women who minister in the Episcopal Church by the Rev. Paula Nesbitt, a sociologist and visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union and Matthew Price, vice president for research and data for Church Pension Group.
The Rev. Fran Toy, the first Asian American woman priest in the Episcopal Church, will preside at an evening Eucharist and Bishop Gray-Reeves will preach. Following a dinner, Te Paa Daniel and her co-editors will discuss their 12-essay collection on the role and status of women in the Anglican Communion with special attention to the colonial legacy of Anglicanism and the shift of Christian demographics to the Global South.
Reminder: Join the Elkhorn Slough Pilgrimage on November 1
Join Bishop Mary and fellow pilgrims from across the diocese for a scenic Elkhorn Slough Pilgrimage on All Saints Day -- Saturday, November 1. We'll gather at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve by 9:30 a.m. and finish around 12:15 p.m. Children are very welcome! The reserve is located at 1700 Elkhorn Road in Watsonville.
This is a fun opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to an El Camino Real event. We are taking reservations because the Elkhorn staff needs us to limit our group to around 50 people. To RSVP, please email Mary Beth Powell at email@example.com or call her at (831) 394-4465. Please provide the number of people attending, individual names and children’s ages. A few notes about the reserve:
- For ecological reasons, please take only water on the trail.
- Food is only allowed at the Nature Center picnic tables.
- Elkhorn’s modest fee will be covered for all joining the pilgrimage.
- You're welcome to stay through the afternoon. Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the picnic tables and take another loop or two around the reserve.
Thanks from your pilgrimage team: The Rev. Eliza Linley, Celeste Ventura and Jackie Pierce. Questions can be directed to Celeste at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights
Below are highlights from the Diocesan Board of Trustees' meeting on October 16:
Bishop Mary reported on her recent travels. Her first trip was to Taiwan for the House of Bishops meeting, which gave her a glimpse of Christianity in Asia. She then traveled to Washington for a meeting on restructuring The Episcopal Church. Next, at the invitation of the Presiding Bishop, she flew to New York to join in a conference on how The Episcopal Church and African churches can work together more constructively. Here in El Camino Real, Bishop Mary reported on the Youth Summit this Saturday, which looks very exciting. She also said that the upcoming pilgrimage walks are generating much interest, and the Kaleidoscope Institute is starting its second year of workshops. Assisting in that workshop with regard to intercultural issues will be the Rev. Jenny Te Paa Daniels from New Zealand, a friend and former seminary professor of Bishop Mary.
Chancellor Nancy Cohen and The Rev. Jim Ezell reported on their meeting with Jon Perez to assist him in submitting an application for Epiphany, Marina, to be a diocesan mission. They also reviewed the Board of Trustees' continuing efforts to determine what is needed for a Lutheran and Episcopal Church to merge as a joint congregation in a manner that is recognized by both denominations.
Canon Brian Nordwick reported on Sargent House, the new location for the diocesan offices. It has reached the stage in its renovation where work is focused on final stages such as painting and flooring. The current hope is that the building will be ready for move-in by late November or early December.
The board heard about the status on four proposals for the Mission Opportunity Grant from five churches: St. George’s, Salinas; St. Joseph and Holy Child, Milpitas; St. James’, Paso Robles; and Good Samaritan, San Jose.
The board resolved that any and all employees of every institution in the diocese shall be required to have a background check. They also re-affirmed the requirement for “Safeguarding God’s Children” and “Safeguarding God’s People” workshops.
The minutes for this meeting will be available online following the Board of Trustees’ December meeting.
Learn the Ins and Outs of Planned Giving at November Workshop
Take the mystery out of planned giving and endowments for your congregation at the Planned Giving Workshop on Saturday, November 1, at St. Paul’s in Salinas. Learn in easy terms how planned giving differs from annual stewardship and capital campaigns, and how your congregation can build endowments through wills, life income and other planned gifts. The Nov. 1 workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning with registration and coffee at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for lunch and materials (pay at the door). To RSVP, e-mail email@example.com. For complete details and a list of guest speakers, click here.