2019 Nominee Biographies

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STANDING COMMITTEE

Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member, four year terms, term begins at end of Convention

LAY

Andrew Han

 

CLERGY

Matthew Dutton-Gillett

 

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least 1 must be lay. Three year terms, term begins January 1, 2020

LAY

No nominations for lay order

 

CLERGY

Ginger Strickland

 

SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.

Richard Edward Helmer

 

TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.

Brad Barber

 

DEPUTIES TO THE GENERAL CONVENTION

Elect: 16 (Four Deputies and Four Alternates will be elected in each Order)

LAY

Laura Curlin
Diane FitzGibbon
Christopher Hayes
Ron Hermanson
Emily Hopkins
Sarah Lawton
Michelle Mayfield-Baske
Karma Quick-Panwala
Jim Wiant
Warren Wong

 

CLERGY

Ellen Clark-King
Melanie Donahoe
Richard Edward Helmer
Hailey McKeefry Delmas
Debra Low-Skinner
Eric Metoyer
Ruth Meyers
Cameron Partridge
Chris Rankin-Williams
Mauricio Wilson
Matthew Woodward
Note: It is not the practice of the Nominations Committee to edit or correct submitted nominee biographies.

STANDING COMMITTEE

Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member, four year terms, term begins at end of Convention

LAY NOMINEES

Andrew Han

Christ Church, Alameda
Alameda Deanery

Interests
My interests include reading, yoga, martial arts, cooking, and leading small groups in discussions.  I'm passionate about traveling, especially abroad.

Professional associations
Member of the Chamber of Commerce in Berkeley and Lafayette.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Current: EfM Mentor for 12 years at Christ Church, Chair of Parish Life, Co-chair of Faithful Giving, Co-chair of Men's Group, Member of Adult Spiritual Formation, Stephen Leader for CEC's Stephen Ministry

Past: Sr. Warden, Vestry member (2005-2007) (2011-2013), Chair of Welcoming Commission, Mentor for Adult Confirmation Class, Member of Rector Search Committee

Major activities beyond diocese
I'm a trainer for EfM mentors which requires traveling all over the country (including Hawaii) for 6-7 months out of the year.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Inviting, encouraging, and going outside the church doors to build relationships with folks from different background of all kinds and staying relevant in a fast-changing cultural climate.

Why are you running for this position?
I'm running for this position because I believe it is of utmost importance to have representation from people of color in an important committee such as the Standing Committee.

Nominated by Babs Kenney 
Christ Church, Alameda

CLERGY NOMINEES

 Matthew Dutton-Gillett

Trinity, Menlo Park
Peninsula Deanery

Interests
In addition to many personal interests, I have long been interested in governance practices in the life of the church, and of ways in which we can insure that governance at every level of the church’s life can enable the ministry and mission of the church. The Standing Committee is a key part of our governance and our diocesan life.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
I have served in this diocese as member, vice chair, and chair of the Executive Council; as member of Budget and Finance; as member and chair of the Governance Committee, in addition to serving as rector of Trinity, Menlo Park. I have also been active ecumenically, focusing particularly on interfaith work, especially in relation to the Muslim and Jewish communities.

Major activities beyond diocese
Before coming to this diocese 10 years ago, I have served in other diocese as diocesan liturgist; member of Bishop and Council; member of the Commission on Ministry; member of Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Theology; chair of Diocesan Convention Planning Committee; member of Standing Committee; and was twice elected as First Alternate Clergy Deputy to General Convention.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
We continue as church to be challenged to demonstrate our relevancy in the midst of an increasingly skeptical culture, and to model in the midst of a world what it means to be a community of reconciliation, capable of fostering meaningful conversation across increasingly polarized boundaries. We are challenged to articulate the gospel within our current context in ways that serve the dignity of all people and to promote justice. We are challenged to fully include women, LGBT+ people, African American, Asian, Native and other non-white people into all the levels of the life of our church in ways that truly reflect the diversity of God’s people. We are challenged by issues of equal pay for clergy and lay employees, and we are challenged to find ways to care for small congregations with increasingly limited resources — congregations that represent more and more the majority of churches in our diocese.

Why are you running for this position?
I was invited to run, and I am honored to do so. I believe that my extensive experience in parish and diocesan governance in four different dioceses gives me a unique perspective and set of experiences that would contribute positively to the Standing Committee’s work. I also believe this experience would help me to insure that the Standing Committee continues to function as a healthy part of our governance structure.

Nominated by the Rev. Jill Honodel
Saint Anna's, Antioch


EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least 1 must be lay. Three year terms, term begins January 1, 2020

CLERGY NOMINEES

Ginger Strickland

St. John's, Ross
Marin Deanery

Interests
When I'm not at church, I love hiking, yoga, Motown, Johnny Cash, Tex-Mex, and getting to know out-of-the-way corners of the Bay Area. I speak fluent French and am desperately trying and failing to learn Spanish.

Professional associations
I did my undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my M.Div. at Yale Divinity School while also taking courses at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. I was ordained by the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe after five years of work with multicultural youth and young adults in Paris.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
At St. John's, my primary responsibilities are program and pastoral care. I also supervise our youth and children's programs and a CDSP Seminarian. Over my 4 years at St. John's, I have gathered a team of leaders to move our parish from a hands-off outreach program focused on giving money to local organizations, to a program that has involved over 100 parishioners in meaningful work alongside the poor in our community. I've also, with the support of the rector, created and implemented a staff-wide long range planning practice. Within the diocese, I am chair of the Dispatch of Business Committee.

Major activities beyond diocese
I serve as chaplain and lead a weekly spirituality group for women dealing with trauma at a transitional housing facility. I also am part of a committee of the board charged with restructuring the facility's program to be grounded in faith but also evidence-based and trauma-informed. I am a leader in the Marin Organizing Committee (IAF) and have received funding toward 4 days of intensive study on Latino Ministry from the Episcopal Office of Ethnic Ministries.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
I think that at times we struggle to understand our identity as a resurrection people. Many parts of the church are in the midst of a painful process of letting go of the cultural and social role we once had. All of us are struggling with the end of an old and valued way of being church: an older generation is ready to hand off the baton, and many parishes are finding that there is no younger generation there to pick it up, or that younger members want to run an altogether different race. Attendance patterns, volunteering practices, expectations of the church, all of these are changing.

And I think that the major issue facing the church is discernment about how to respond to the death of an old way of being church. What should we allow to fall away so that resurrection can happen? And what practices are so core to who we are that we must fight to save them?

These might sound like vague and abstract questions, but in an era of hard choices, shrinking congregations and budgets, they rapidly become very concrete. We need to become serious and discerning about where resurrection might happen.

Why are you running for this position?
I believe deeply that God is present in the details of governance, and that this work can be done in a way that is clear-eyed and yet hopeful. I also believe strongly that at its best, administration can be a source of joy and spiritual growth for those who participate and I would be honored to be a part of a team working toward this goal.

Nominated by the Rev. Liz Tichenor
All Souls, Berkeley


SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.

Richard Edward Helmer

Our Saviour, Mill Valley
Marin Deanery

Interests
family, classical piano, religious life, web programming.

Professional associations
Professed member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Rector, Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley (2006-present); Assistant Secretary to Diocesan Convention (2018-present); Appointed to the Diocesan Committee on Governance (2018-present); Standing Committee President (2012-2013); Standing Committee Secretary (2010-2012); President of the Marin Deanery (2009); Vicar, Christ Church – Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco (2002-2006); Secretary to Marin Deanery and Asian Ministries Commission in DioCal (2003-2008)

Major activities beyond diocese
Secretary, House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee (2015-present); Appointed to the Standing Commission on Governance and Structure, Constitution and Canons (2018-present) Deputy to General Convention (2015) Alternate Deputy to General Convention (2009, 2012, 2018) Minister Provincial (Province 8) of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory (2015-present) Secretary to Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Council (2003-2006)

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
- Sharing the Gospel in a world struggling with deep division, socioeconomic inequity, and ecological crisis. 
- Raising up and equipping a new generation of lay and ordained leadership to carry our traditions in the Way of Jesus.
- Providing sanctuary for our members and the marginalized in the wider world – a community where all are fed and find healing, dignity, and empowerment for their ministry and witness.
- Re-building a common language of faith that speaks in an increasingly diverse Church.
- Continuing to cultivate our democratic approach to discerning the Spirit’s will in an age of resurgent authoritarianism.
- Building resilient, flexible congregations, dioceses, and organizations that serve the needs of their communities and speak boldly of Christ’s love in the public square.

Why are you running for this position?
I have served as secretary in numerous governance bodies of the Diocese and the wider Church over the last seventeen years. I enjoy the work of engaging both the detail and the strategic planning necessary to keep our democratic bodies functioning, cultivating healthy, honest debate, and discerning the leading of the Spirit prayerfully together as people of God. I was honored to be approached in 2018 by several colleagues in church governance to consider standing for Secretary of Diocesan Convention this year, and have enjoyed working with our Bishop and Diocesan Officers over many years, and our gifted Convention leadership, including our current Secretary, David Frangquist, over the past several months as Assisting Secretary. It would be a privilege to serve in this new capacity.

Nominated by Sarah Lawton
St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco


TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.
 

Brad Barber

St. Stephen's, Orinda
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests
Having retired, I thought I would be able to devote my time to travel, walking in the Bay Area and reading California, American and British history. Instead, I have become involved on several church, university and other non-profit, educational and community boards. That must mean those are my interests! I also find time to travel, read, walk and spend time with my family.

Professional associations
California Bar Association (inactive).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
I have served on the Vestry on three occasions and currently serve on the Investment and Capital Campaign Steering Committees of the parish. Previously, I served on the Finance and chaired the Planned Giving Committee and Rector Search Committees. I am a Eucharistic Visitor, Lay Reader and started the ministry of Morning Prayer at St Stephen's. I have been a delegate from St Stephen's to the Deanery and to the Convention. I currently serve on the Executive Council and the Finance and Investment Committees of the Diocese. 

Major activities beyond diocese
At the University of California at Berkeley I am currently the Chair of the Bancroft Library and serve on the boards of the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Center for Civility and Democratic Engagement, the Anglo-American Studies Program, the Canadian Studies Program and the University Library. I am a Regent of Samuel Merritt University and serve on an advisory board to the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC. I am finishing my term as President of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District. I belong to the Order of St John of Jerusalem and other service organizations.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Stretched operating budgets at the Diocesan level and among congregations. Deferred maintenance. Inadequate endowments. Clergy compensation and housing. Declining attendance is a concern in many congregations.

Why are you running for this position?
It is an opportunity for me to serve the church in an area in which I have experience and to pay it back for all it has given me and my family over the years.

Nominated by Diane FitzGibbon
St. Elizabeth's, South San Francisco


DEPUTIES TO THE GENERAL CONVENTION

Elect: 16 (Four Deputies and Four Alternates will be elected in each Order)
 

LAY NOMINEES

Laura Curlin

St. Cyprian's, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
Reading, singing new choral music with the International Orange Chorale, playing board games with friends, listening to podcasts while commuting on BART, cooking, volunteering with my alumni association.

Professional associations
I am the data director at MapLight, a nonprofit based in Berkeley that advocates for good government reforms. My job is to use data to show the influence of money on the political system.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
I’m currently senior warden at St. Cyprian’s. I’ve been on the Bishop’s Committee and in the deanery since 2014. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2013 I’ve done a little of everything at St. Cyprian’s: singing in the choir, serving on the altar guild, leading Sunday school, chaperoning youth events, hosting coffee hour, and more. I am currently the president of the San Francisco deanery, and was lay vice president 2016-2017. I’m currently chair of the deanery coordinating committee and regularly participate in the Berkeley campus ministry program during the school year.

Major activities beyond diocese
Before moving to DioCal, I was involved in the Episcopal Ministry at Brown-RISD. While in high school in Illinois, I served on two youth minister search committees, coordinated an annual youth service, and participated in diocesan youth events and Episcopal youth conferences. Outside of the church, I served as treasurer to the measure X1 campaign in Berkeley in 2016, learning the ins and outs of a municipal ballot measure campaign. This year I spoke at the Unrig Summit in Nashville, TN about my work with good government reform campaigns across the country.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Our challenge is always to live the kingdom of God into our particular time and place. In 2019, the primary challenge I see is the fragmented attention of society. The hustle of the internet age does not lend itself to taking time to build relationships and for contemplative prayer. Each individual has so many different things competing for their attention that we lose our focus. To put it in the terms of the parable of the sower, there are more thorns competing with the good seed than ever before. This is especially a challenge when reaching out to our friends and neighbors without any experience in a church.

In addition, the church is still reckoning with the privilege we have, both individually and institutionally. We need to find joy in the strengths we have while understanding that some of our opportunities are the result of inequity in the world. Our challenge is to use our gifts and talents to increase justice, even when doing so is uncomfortable.

Why are you running for this position?
I am running to be a delegate to General Convention because I have been falling in love with church governance over the past five years! I love the work that we do as a church in the world, but think that we can always challenge ourselves to do more. I want to keep looking for unexpected opportunities to grow our impact and develop our relationships with each other and our broader communities. I want to use the skills and energy that I have to improve our church, wherever I can. I would apply my professional skills (tracking legislation, working on ballot measure campaigns, and communicating niche policies to a general audience) while learning and supporting the work of more experienced General Convention delegates. I highly value transparency and accountability, and would particularly focus on listening to, learning from, and communicating with all the people of the diocese before, during, and after General Convention.

Nominated by the Rev. Eric Metoyer
St. Cyprian's, San Francisco

Diane FitzGibbon

St. Elizabeth's, South San Francisco
Peninsula Deanery

Interests
Spending time with friends and family, music of all genres from classical to The Beatles (of which I'm a fan), theatre, movies, current events, bible study, animal lover, reading, walking. I also enjoy being a tourist in my own town, especially Sutro Baths, walking along the sea wall at Ocean Beach, Lands End and riding the historic streetcars during the summer, especially the boat tram.

Professional associations
Society for Technical Communications, Society of Professional Journalists.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
DIOCESAN ACTIVITIES: 
- General Convention - 2018 Alternate Lay Deputy, attended meetings of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM), which discussed revisions to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)
- Chair of the Diocesan Nominating Committee
CHURCH:
- I sing in the choir, Altar Guild, lector and Lay Eucharistic Minister, Facebook Administrator, newsletter editor, deanery representative, diocesan convention delegate.

- Previous activities: Deanery President, Deanery Vice President; Congregational Development Committee; Sr. Warden, Jr. Warden, Clerk of Bishop's Committee

Major activities beyond diocese
- I sing with Masterworks Chorale, perform in a Christmas popup chorus for outreach during the holidays 
- I'm involved with Cursillo, I've been on several teams - Rectora (leader) of a Cursillo team 2018
- Previous activities: board member of my credit union (2003-2008), board chair of my credit union (1998-2000), President of Homeowners Association (HOA) (2003-2007), retired from U.S. Coast Guard Reserves after 21 years of service (1978-1999)

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The ongoing increase of those who are "spiritual but not religious", and are of the mind that they don't need to go to church for their spiritual health, or going to church infringes on their schedule (social, sports, etc). How can we convey to them that it will enhance the spiritual part of their lives? Additionally, we need to encourage youth to get involved in church and its activities. The youth are our future, they're the future of the church.

Why are you running for this position?
I served as an Alternate Deputy in 2018 and I realized how much I enjoyed church governance. I attended meetings of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SLCM) daily. I appreciated the open and honest discussions in a variety of venues, as well as the knowledge held by so many who deeply care about this church. I hope to be elected as a full Deputy where I can devote my time to the preparation as well as during convention. If elected, I will proudly represent the Diocese of California.

Nominated by the Rev. Deborah Hawkins
St. Elizabeth's, So. San Francisco

Christopher Hayes

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
Law: nonprofits, small businesses, employment, insurance, civil litigation, and appeals. Also, classical music, history, and photography.

Professional associations
Admitted to the Bar in California, New York, District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and all U.S. District Courts in California; American Bar Association; California Lawyers Association; New York State Bar Association; American Constitution Society; American Institute of Parliamentarians.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Chancellor of the Diocese (2009–); Bishop Search Committee (2005–2006); Grace Cathedral: Dean Search Committee (2009–2010); Education for Ministry (2001–2004); currently: eucharistic minister and lector; previously: catechist, stewardship commission, and deanery delegate.

Major activities beyond diocese
• Deputy to 79th General Convention (2018); Vice Chair, legislative committee on Safeguarding and Title IV • Standing Commission on Governance, Structure, Constitution & Canons (2016–) • Task Force on Women, Truth & Reconciliation (representative of President of House of Deputies, 2018–) • Task Force on Study of Marriage (nonvoting liaison, 2016–2018) • Episcopal Chancellors Network (2009–; board member 2014–) • American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (trustee 2015–) • Disciplinary Board for Bishops (2011–2012) • Assisting Bishop Marc Andrus, more than 50 other bishops, and the President of the House of Deputies in filing amicus briefs supporting marriage equality (2013–2016)

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Engaging a public that has lost trust in the church along with most other major societal institutions. Fostering racial reconciliation and combating racism and anti-immigrant attitudes in church and society. Continuing work for equality of women clergy. Welcoming LGBTQ+ Christians, who often experience the church as a place of harm and rejection. Maintaining a clear identity as Christians while still welcoming all who wish to belong before believing—a generous orthodoxy. Maintaining our relationship with other provinces of the Anglican Communion while still doing what we believe we are called to do.

Why are you running for this position?
In my first term as Deputy, I vice-chaired the legislative committee on Safeguarding & Title IV, which processed more resolutions than any other committee; a particular focus was responding positively to the #MeToo movement. Working with Prof. Ruth Meyers and other deputies and bishops, I sponsored a successful floor amendment to the marriage equality legislation (B012), which ensures equal access to marriage liturgies for same-sex couples throughout all dioceses in the Episcopal Church. I have continued the work of the General Convention as a member of two interim bodies, one responsible for Title IV and other canon amendments, and the other for achieving an equal place for women in the church through "truth-telling, confession, and reconciliation regarding gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence against women and girls in all their forms by those in power int he Church" (D016). It would be a joy and a privilege to represent this Diocese a second time and continue this important work on behalf of the whole Church.

Nominated by the Rev. Ruth Meyers
All Souls, Berkeley

Ron Hermanson

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
Global travel, family, walking, swimming, sacred music, lay liturgist, stewardship, planned giving, church governance, lay leadership development, congregation vitality/health, re-imagining the church for a 21st century and building/strengthening relationships between the Diocese, the Cathedral, Parishes/Missions and our Episcopal Institutions.

Professional associations
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau - Board of Directors
Walnut Creek Convention/Visitor's Bureau - Advisory Board Member
WC Chamber of Commerce - Ambassador
WC Chamber of Commerce - Chair, Civic Affairs Initiative
TENS - The Episcopal Network for Stewardship - DioCal Member

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Congregation - Board of Trustees, Congregation Council, Community Fund-raising (Development), Stewardship, Planned Giving, Education for Ministry (EfM) Graduate, Certified Lay Pastor, Stephen Ministry Leader, Eucharistic Minister/Visitor, Healing Prayer Ministry and Lay Worship Assistant/Sub-deacon. Diocese - Social Outreach Ministries, Congregation Vitality Initiative, World Missions (Diocese of Curitiba, Brazil), Standing Committee (Secretary, VP and President), SC Liaison to the Committee on Governance. Episcopal Institutions - Board of Trustees, School for Deacons.

Major activities beyond diocese
International Ecumenical Advocacy Delegate to the US Congress (2003-2005), on-going support for the SF Interfaith Winter Homeless Feeding and fund-raising, just starting a new Province VIII educational cluster group for stewardship, planned giving and endowments.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Re-imagining the church to be more relevant to 21st century issues, attracting a younger generation (especially Millennials) not raised within the traditional framework of church practice and doctrine (i.e. Yoga on the Labyrinth and new worship form 'The Vine' at Grace Cathedral). Also, congregation health/vitality and lay leadership development.

Why are you running for this position?
Running for re-election to the DioCal Deputation. Served with the 2018 Deputation as an Alternate Deputy and already have the experience of functioning as a member of this team. My long-standing practice has been to be intentional about visiting our parish/mission congregations and our deaneries on a regular basis. During my years on Standing Committee, I pushed for a renewal and strengthening of relationships between DioCal and our Episcopal Institutions. Although my deanery is San Francisco, I live in Contra Costa. As a member of the 2021 Deputation, I want to represent colleagues in ministry throughout all of DioCal and our Episcopal Institutions at this national level of church governance.

Nominated by the Rev. Lori Walton
St. James', Fremont

Emily Hopkins

St. Paul's, Walnut Creek
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests
Civic-minded, late-blooming activist, I invest my time, talent and treasure where I believe it makes a difference. I enjoy car-free days on my bicycle; leading ESL conversation at the library; crafting projects with unhoused families and ladies; wildlife research, education and habitat restoration projects; designing and creating in glass and textiles; yoga, reading and travel. I value fairness and believe in democracy; I am extremely blessed and thankful for my life, family and friends. Main strengths are organization, planning, research, writing and speaking out for causes I believe in. Major focus is Care of Creation and stopping the climate crisis.

Professional associations
• Citizens Climate Lobby and Citizens Climate Education, volunteer team leader and non-partisan advocate for climate policy
• Friendship Force and Servas traveler and host, fostering peace and international goodwill through individual friendships and travel
• Public Affairs Specialist with SBA, doing outreach to hurricane survivors for long-term recovery
• Meals on Wheels, former Board officer and volunteer driver
• Retired Navy public affairs officer, member of USN Public Affairs Alumni Association

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
• St. Paul’s Walnut Creek lay reader, flower arranger and occasional soloist; Vestry 2016-present 
• Leader web site development team 
• Delegate (and alternate) to Diocal Convention 2009 to present; author and shepherd of resolutions on Carbon Tax (2017) and Care of Clergy (2019) 
• College for Congregational Development 2019-2020 
• Green Spirit Contra Costa

Major activities beyond diocese
I have worked collaboratively in teams within and outside the Church, with clergy and lay leaders, professionals and volunteers, to create, develop and deliver various projects, including web sites, senior services programs, resolutions and ordinances. Full history and resume at https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily1hopkins/
• Leader of CCL Episcopal Action Team who got Resolution C020 Carbon Tax passed at General Convention in July 2018.
• Volunteer with East Bay Naturalization Collaborative, helping people become citizens
• Doubled locally adopted wood smoke ordinances in the Bay Area 2004-2006
• Revised bylaws, policies and web site at Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, 2011-2016

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

Climate crisis
Gun violence
Increasingly divisive public discourse
Treatment of immigrants 

How can our Church join with others as a voice for love and compassion in an increasingly violent world? And then take action that heals our hurting world. That is, persevere in resisting evil, proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourself, strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

Why are you running for this position?
I seek to live my life on purpose, that is to make this world a better place using my knowledge, abilities and experience. When I retired in 2014 from a career as a Public Affairs Officer, I searched for ways to have a meaningful “third age.” My career in public service spanned regional parks, fire protection, air quality districts; the California judicial system; a public transit agency; a major metropolitan zoo; and the U.S. Navy. At this time when the climate is crashing, and our society has grown to accept a level of gun violence unequalled in other nations, with a decline in civil discourse, and inhumane treatment of families and children at the border and among us, it is tempting to despair. But I believe action is the antidote to despair, fear and anxiety. After reflecting on my life and experience, abilities and passions, and what I might give to the world today, I have tried to listen to the Holy spirit. As a member of the General Convention Delegation from our Diocese, I will be a team member and leader, and work to offer creative, loving solutions to major issues facing our world today.

Nominated by the Rev. Jeffrey Dodge
St. Anne's, Fremont

Sarah Lawton

St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
Volunteering in social justice movements, including: racial justice, immigration reform, refugee rights, economic and worker justice, public education, housing accessibility, LGBT equality, international peace and development. Also: church governance.

I enjoy spending time with my family in our three-generation household: my husband, Dominic Chan, a labor organizer; father-in-law, Stan; grown daughter Hannah, who just returned from Scotland with her partner Alex; son Isaac when he's home from college; plus our dog. I try to hike a few miles most weekends, read books on my BART commute, and follow baseball (Giants, of course, and my hometown Red Sox).

Professional associations
Associations: Board member, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice; TransEpiscopal representative to The Consultation; member, Episcopal Peace Fellowship. At work: UPTE/CWA (union).

Employment: 2005-present: development director, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education 1987-2005: fundraising, advocacy for human rights, economic development in Central America, most recently with SHARE Foundation, an interfaith organization.

Volunteer:
-- immigrant / voter initiatives, 1991-present, including No on 187 Campaign (1994), Faith in Action, Movement for Human Integrity (current).
--Board member, Aptos Middle School (SF) PTA; Communications Chair, 2010-2013.
--Co-founded Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network, an Oregon community-labor organization, 1990.
--Co-founded Northern Berkshire Food Project in college, 1986.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
St. John’s (1994-present): 
-- Currently Senior Warden 
-- multiple terms on Bishop's Committee and as warden; 
-- multiple years as deanery/convention delegate; 
-- capital campaign co-chair, stewardship chair, choir member, lay reader, vocations committee. 

San Francisco Deanery: president, 2015-2017

Diocese of California:
--co-chair of DioCal deputation to General Convention, 2015-present; member of deputation since 2000
-- DioCal representative to Episcopal Public Policy Network-California since its inception, 2015-present
--Migration & Immigration Task Force, 2006-present
--Committee on Governance, 2013-2015
--Millennium Development Goals Task Force, 2006-2007
--Diocesan (now called Executive) Council, 2000-2001; council liaison to Department of Missions
--Standing Committee 1995-1999; President 1998-99

Major activities beyond diocese
Appointments between Conventions:
--Theology of Social Justice Advocacy Task Force, current (Chair);
--House of Deputies Special Committee, Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, 2018;
--State of the Church Committee, 2015-2018 (Secretary); --Standing Commission, Social Justice and Public Policy (Chair, 2012-2015, Vice-Chair, 2009-2012);
--Standing Commission, Domestic Mission and Evangelism, 2003-2006 (Chair); 2000-2003 (Vice-Chair);
--20/20 Steering Committee, 2001-2003 (Chair) Committee appointments, General Convention:
-- Social Justice & International Policy, 2018 (Chair)
-- Social Justice & U.S. Policy, 2015 (Secretary)
-- National & International Concerns, 2009, 2012 (Secretary)
-- Evangelism, 2006
-- Official media briefer, 2009, 2012, 2018

Awarded House of Deputies medal, 2013

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
To engage the world beyond our church walls — so they will know we are Christians by our love. 

Strategic necessities:
• Function in a postmodern society: Shift our sense of who “we” are, with racial & ethnic diversity at the center of the church; move beyond 20th century institutional formations and modes of communication.
• Focus on building relationships with people we don’t yet know; bring together evangelism — telling the good news — and peace and justice work for local community and world.
• Ongoing faith formation to pray and live the Gospel “seven whole days, not one in seven.”

Why are you running for this position?
Most of my peers (GenX) don’t go to church, and don’t know why they would want to. I want us to be a community known for following the way of Jesus, for our loving concern for our neighbors, for living and breathing the good news of God’s love for the whole world. As an experienced deputy and deputation co-chair, I understand how to bring our diocese’s concerns to General Convention, from writing resolutions, shepherding them through committee hearings, and speaking on the floor of the House of Deputies. Some of the issues for which I have authored legislation and testified include: immigration (Dreamers, supporting binational LGBT couples, treatment of border asylees); transgender civil rights; and criminal justice issues (mental health, opposing solitary confinement). I collaborate well with my fellow deputies: our DioCal deputation has worked hard to create teamwork and mentor newer members on our deputation, and to work on contentious issues with deputies and bishops of varying viewpoints from across the church. I believe in staying in conversation while representing honest and heartfelt views in the debate. I bring both leadership experience and a passion for addressing strategic issues of change in our Church and care for our world.

Nominated by the Rev. Jeremy Clark-King
St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco

Michelle Mayfield-Baske

St. Stephen’s, Belvedere
Marin Deanery

Professional associations
I am professionally associated with the Society for Human Resources.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
I am a member of the St. Stephen's Vestry through 2020 and and will end my tenure as Senior Warden this year. In addition to the Vestry, I am a Eucharistic Minister and became a part of the Healing Ministry last year.

Major activities beyond diocese
I have been active with the Cursillo movement for many years, firstly in Illinois in 2000. I am involved with both the San Francisco and Marin Secretariats and have served on five teams to date.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Guiding members to navigate a divisive and increasingly secular national life within a Christian framework, strongly representing to those outside the church the social teachings of the church, offering to members and non-members alike worship which resonates with diverse communities.

Why are you running for this position?
I am interested in this position as a way to learn more about the church which I love, to represent people striving for good, to bring my perspective as a minority woman and to assist the church in the work of serving the people.

Nominated by the Rev. Eric Metoyer
St. Cyprian’s, San Francisco

Karma Quick-Panwala

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
My interests are in raising up new leadership that reflects the diversity of our beloved Church and in making our Church accessible for all of God's children. Disability rights has been my passion, both personally as a person with a disability and professionally as a disability rights and special education advocate. As a member of a minority community, I strongly empathize with and am an ally for other communities that have been historically excluded and/or unrecognized in society, and strongly believe that all of our institutions are better and stronger when they reflect the diversity within.

Professional associations
I am a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, a nation-wide organization for special education attorneys and advocates, and its California subpart, the California Association of Parent-Child Advocates. Additionally, I am on the Bylaws Committee of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association and a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
I've previously served on DioCal’s Executive Council and Executive Compensation Committee, the DioCal Deputation for the 79th General Convention (where I drafted the resolution establishing a Church-wide task force on disability and Deaf access), and on The Episcopal Church’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in 2017, where I contributed to the final draft of the Agreed Conclusions through conversations with the Permanent Mission of India. At Grace Cathedral, I currently serve on the Deanery Delegation (including as Convener for the last four years), the Cathedral’s Social Justice Committee, and a local discernment committee.

Major activities beyond diocese
Outside of Grace Cathedral and DioCal, I belong to P.E.O., a women's philanthropic organization. We own a women's college (Cottey College) which is my alma mater and on whose alumnae association executive board I served for six years. At the California State Chapter of P.E.O., I serve on the Dorothy L. Weller Scholarship Committee, which selects young women studying law or related fields as recipients of the scholarship. Another major activity is parenthood. My three-year-old daughter has attended three DioCal Conventions, General Conventions, and UNCSW, and gallops the labyrinth at Grace on Sunday mornings.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
I believe our Presiding Bishop hit the nail on the head with his three pillars of The Jesus Movement: evangelism, racial reconciliation, and the stewardship of creation. Of these, I believe evangelism is first, especially with regards to the communities we have historically left out of the Church and continue to leave out of the Church, and that involves a great need for reconciliation. Church-wide, we are still struggling to include people with disabilities and who are (culturally) Deaf, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, women and especially women of color, in leadership positions, exclusion of siblings in Christ in Cuba, families with young children, and those who have been harmed by the Church through lack of safe-church policies and protections. We are taking steps in the right direction: The creations of Church-wide task forces and committees, the election of women and women of color to the episcopate, even welcoming the Diocese of Cuba into the fold, but we need to recognize the need for deep, ongoing work of reconciliation through local ministry as well.

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for the General Convention Deputation as an answer to a Call to develop leadership in our diocese and in our Church, and to expand our Church’s response to our Baptismal Covenant to recognize the dignity in every human being who desires welcome at the table but has not been able to access the table for a variety of reasons. At the 79th General Convention, those of us with disabilities who had been denied access in some way--from effective communication and being able to understand deliberation in the House of Deputies and committee hearings to being unable to physically access the Secretariat's room or the hotel--came together to advocate for representation in our beloved Church. I drafted and then testified on the resolution creating a Church-wide task force on disability and Deaf access (2018-D097), which overwhelmingly passed both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, guaranteeing the resolution's passage into reality. It is imperative that this work be continued at General Convention and for us to continue representation of all who have been excluded from participating in our Church's most important democratic process, and continue to fight for our representation at, and access to, the table.

Nominated by the Rev. Merry Chan Ong
Our Saviour, Oakland

Jim Wiant

Saint Anna's, Antioch
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests
Bluegrass and Americana music, travel, films, reading (fiction, history, biblical and theological studies) family genealogy.

Professional associations
• Worked with California Nurses Association as an organizer
• Member California Bluegrass Association.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
• Member of the Bishop’s Committee, St. Anna’s
• Leader of Adult Bible Study, St. Anna’s
• Musician and Lector
• Current President Contra Costa Deanery
• Current Deanery representative to Executive Council
• Past Chair and current member Committee on Governance.
• Served on committee which developed the framework for the Holy Spirit Church (shared ministry in Contra Costa County)
• Received degree from CDSP in 1991
• Attended sessions of General Convention as a visitor in Anaheim.
• Became a confirmed Episcopalian at Trinity, SF and served on the vestry as Junior Warden.

Major activities beyond diocese
• Retired Registered Nurse, with specialty in psychiatry and nursing informatics.
• Participate in music programs at retirement homes and VA events at the inpatient facilities and Stand Downs, for homeless veterans.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
• Remaining relevant in today’s world, actively engaging the issues of poverty, the environment, peace in the world and justice for all people.
• The Episcopal Church must distinguish itself and make it known that we are not a church of hate and bigotry, but an instrument of God’s love, embracing our role as part of the Jesus Movement.
• We must actively engage the issue of declining church attendance. While it is a national trend, we must find ways to demonstrate that we are a denomination that has something “real” to offer. A Community that is attractive and welcoming to all, particularly the young and those that have been disillusioned by Church (the “spiritual but not religious”)
• I believe the Episcopal Church must actively engage with those of other faiths. Particularly, as a witness to the world that Muslims, Jews and Christians are one family, “people of the Book”

Why are you running for this position?
• The issues I have concerns about must be addressed by the whole church and not just locally. I would like to be involved in that work.
• Having served the church at the local and diocesan level I feel called to be engaged with the larger church.
• I feel that I would be a strong contributor to the delegation, I have worked in group situations for many years and I’m seen as a collaborator and an influence for reasoned discussion and compromise when needed.

Nominated by the Rev. Jill Honodell
Saint Anna's, Antioch

Warren Wong

St. James, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
Baseball, classical music, clergy/congregational wellness, film festivals, grant writing, Hawai’i artists, hiking, and travel

Professional associations
Current Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: Climate Justice WorkGroup (2016-); The Consultation (2002-); Trinity Institute: Global Theological Conferences (2016-); Former California Probate Referees Association - past president (1998-2018); Constable Grant Recipient: (2X) Ethnic Ministries Leadership Development (2015-18); Episcopal Asiamerican Ministries Advocacy Network - chair (2007-15);

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Congregation: St. James, SF (1985-): Current Lay Eucharistic Minister/Visitor; Diocesan Convention Delegate; Faith in Action; Kiva Micro-Lending; Former Endowment; Finance; Healing Ministry; Rector Search; Stewardship; Vocations;

Our Saviour, Oakland (1959-1984): Junior Warden, Vestry; Co-Chair, Building Capital Campaign; Lay Reader; EAM Youth Representative;

Deanery: President, San Francisco (2010-11);

Diocese: Current GC Lay Deputy; Former Co-Chair, GC Deputation (2007-16); Chair, Gift Planning (2001-12); Nominations (2007-08); Co-Chair, Bishop Transition (2005-06);

Province VIII: Current President (2018-21), Executive Board (2013-21); Former Convener, Peace & Justice WorkGroup (2013-17) for Asian/Pacific Islanders, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Anti-Racism & Reconciliation, and Creation Care Networks for 18 dioceses

Major activities beyond diocese
National Church: Current Executive Council (2015-21); Mission Beyond (2018-21); Observer, Anglican Church of Canada General Synod (2019); Former Committees: Council’s Executive Group (2015-18), Governance & Administration (2015-18); Chair, Economic Justice Loan (2013-18); Chair, Joint Nominations (2007-12); Corporate Social Responsibility (2001-09); Claiming the Blessing (2004-06);

General Convention: Current Lay Deputy (5X), House of Deputies (GC2003-18) —Stewardship & Socially Responsible Investing: Climate Change chair; Convener (3X), Deputies of Color Caucus (GC2012-18); California Deputations Gathering (GC2012-18); Former Co-Chair (3X), DioCal Deputation (GC2009-15); 1st Lay Alternate (1X); Chair, Asian Caucus (GC2003-09); Legislative Committees: Governance & Structure subcommittee chair (GC2015); Bishops Consecration (GC2009-12), Evangelism (GC2003);

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
• Diocesan Liturgical Commission will be critical and ongoing for the next 2-3 General Convention cycles. Resolution #3 lays the groundwork for our congregations to be involved;
• Truth and Reconciliation: We need to open to listen/hear to the pains from our communities as we honor their truths and storytelling so we can work towards reconciliation;
• Empowering Diverse Leadership: We’re seeing the benefits from our diverse communities and are calling more Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ2S+ clergy. At the same time the church must become more transparent on the issues of gender and racial bias, sexual harassment, and pay equity in our practices;
• Recommitment to Safe Church and Dismantling Racism training, while also embracing the creation of Anti-Sexism practices;
• Funding programs/partnerships for mission and evangelism;
• Creating emerging ministry teams/networks;
• Building safe, diverse, inclusive, loving communities for youth, young adults, LGBTQ2S+, & multi-cultural;
• Being mindful of clergy/congregational wellness needs;
• Taking the church beyond our walls; and
• Becoming instruments of reconciliation for racial justice, economic justice, and climate justice globally.

The California deputation shall continue facilitating conversations in the six deaneries. A diocesan-wide conversation and listening process will allow us to hear the concerns from our clergy and the “people in the pews”.

Why are you running for this position?
As a humble man, I’m a disciple sharing his faith story, reconciler, and steward of God’s Creation. I’ll offer these ministry gifts:
• Community & Collaboration: Our GC daily worship grounds us to listen, share, pray, and hear God’s call. I’ve developed relationships with deputies/alternates, clergy, and bishops churchwide and work towards collaboration.
• Emerging Ministries: I’m called to identify/learn of new mission initiatives around the church and nurture emerging ministries with funding/partnerships; and
• Broad Representation & Transparency: I strive for representation from all six deaneries and remain committed that “all the voices of the church” have a seat the table. Legislation that impacts the diocese, congregations, clergy, and church members call for transparency.

Finally, we’ll be electing a new President of the House of Deputies (PHoD) who shall: preside over the HoD, be Vice-Chair of Executive Council, and make ALL clergy and lay appointments to interim bodies. In selecting the PHoD, we must call the “Next Generational” leader with a vision, voice, and face for “What the Church needs to be” and shares Presiding Bishop Curry’s passion for Evangelism, Racial Reconciliation, and Creation Care.

I would be honored to continue representing the Diocese of California in Baltimore 2021.

Nominated by the Rev. Claire Ranna
Christ Church Los Altos

CLERGY NOMINEES

Ellen Clark-King

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery


Interests
Social Justice issues - women's rights, immigration, race, homelessness, gun control, eco-justice 
Practical Theology - learning about God through the experience of God's people
Liturgy and Spirituality
Writing - theology, hymns, prayers
Walking, wondering at the beauty of the world, sharing good food, reading fiction, attending to the demands of two Birman cats

Professional associations
Board member of San Francisco Interfaith Council
Board member of Episcopal Community Services
Member of the Association of Practical Theology

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
As Executive Pastor I am responsible for overseeing and encouraging congregational life at Grace Cathedral and manage the 15 person staff of the Office of the Congregation. I am also a member of the Dean's Council which offers executive leadership to the cathedral as a whole. In my role as Canon for Social Justice it has been my duty and joy to extend the social justice work of the cathedral, creating alliances across institutions and across faiths to help build God's commonwealth of love.

Major activities beyond diocese
I taught on the Doctor of Ministry program at Virginia Theological Seminary for six years in the fields of Ministry Development, Christian Spirituality and Educational Leadership. In 2013 I was a delegate to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada - the Canadian equivalent to General Convention - and subsequently sat on the ACC Liturgy Committee. Currently I sit on the boards of the San Francisco Interfaith Council and Episcopal Community Services. I have written two books (Theology by Heart in 2004 and The Path to Your Door in 2011) and a number of published hymns and prayers.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
I believe the Church is faced by the same overarching issue that faces the whole world: the destruction of our planet through climate change and the increasing inequality this creates between rich and poor communities and countries. Confronting this challenge is not something that the church can leave to secular activists or elected officials. In order to be effective in this, as well as in our core mission of bringing God's love to life in the world, the church needs to address the continuing seepage of its membership and find new ways of engaging a constantly changing social landscape. Not by abandoning traditions that still speak with beauty and authority but by communicating who we are more effectively - letting those outside the church see the values we share with them, sometimes through using radically innovative forms of worship. The church needs to continue to address issues of racial inequality and division - within as well as outside its walls - and be open to the insights of those on society's fringes. Our spiritual life deepens as we open ourselves to God's Spirit in unexpected places and it is this that can keep us truly attentive to God's calling now.

Why are you running for this position?
The experience that I bring from three different Provinces of the Anglian Communion – the Church of England, the Anglican Church of Canada and now the Episcopal Church – has given me a deep awareness of the challenges, joys and complexities of being church in a changing world. I am not afraid of these challenges and feel I can bring skills of intelligent analysis, of passionate determination, and of broad vision to the wider work of the Episcopal Church. I bring a theology that is rooted in our communal experience of the Triune God, and a commitment to seeing the Episcopal Church live into its calling to be an open and inclusive beacon of God’s love, knowing that involves sound legislative and administrative decisions as well as theological ones. I would be at Convention as a delegate who values spiritual practice alongside social action, who is not afraid to have a voice in conflictual issues, and who truly listens to diverse voices.

Nominated by Christopher Hayes
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Melanie Donahoe

Epiphany, San Carlos
Peninsula Deanery

Interests
Evangelism - I love discovering the backgrounds and interests of the people in our pews. Who are they and what inner urges have them gracing our doors? Why do others walk past our churches? Other interests: I have been blessed to travel widely, often on spiritual pilgrimages. Journeys to Ireland and Scotland have deepened my intrigue with Celtic spirituality. My current passion is designing an inter-generational parish pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine next summer, using “Godly Play” as the sacred vessel in which to enter the stories of the bible while we are actually ‘in the land.’

Professional associations
I currently serve as a member of the Board of “SAFE” (Scrubs Against the Firearms Epidemic), a national organization based at medical centers across the U.S. that advocates for gun violence research and prevention. As a former television producer, my volunteer work with SAFE is primarily helping with communications strategies. I have also served as a Board member of “Refugee Voices,” a ministry producing radio segments that advocate for refugees worldwide. My involvement with local public schools includes leadership of School Site Councils and PTAs. I have also served as a Board Member of Stanford University’s Alumni Association.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
As Rector of Epiphany in San Carlos, I thrive when we (parishioners, staff and clergy) work together as teams in ministry. I also enjoy collaborating with teams in the diocese, currently serving as a member of DioCal’s Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Team and as a Board Member of the Canterbury Campus Ministry at Stanford. In the past I’ve served on the diocese’s Title IV Commission, on search committees for DioHouse staff members, as a presenter about Stewardship at Equipping the Beloved Community and Fresher Start gatherings, on teams developing clergy retreats and have assisted with a variety of DioCal’s Faith Formation programs.

Major activities beyond diocese
After volunteering with victims of Hurricane Katrina, I sought training to become a certified chaplain in Disaster situations and am now listed to serve with ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development). I am also CERT-trained to assist local fire departments. Like many Episcopalians, mine is an Inter-faith marriage and I have long been involved with Inter-Faith dialogues at churches, synagogues and mosques and in Israel/Palestine. The work of SAFE (see above) includes lobbying Congress to fund research of the horrific gun violence epidemic and developing curriculum to teach doctors how to talk about guns and gun safety with their patients.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Claiming our Relevance and improved Marketing. Two years ago, a woman stepped into my office in crisis. She’d come here from overseas and had no experience with Christianity. In fact, when she left my office and I said that I’d hold her in prayer, she asked: “What does that mean?” She bravely started coming to church, joined in Episcopal 101, baptismal preparation and other gatherings and is now deeply involved in parish life, gracing us with her presence. She says that her new-found faith anchors her life. It makes ‘my heart burn within’ (remember Luke’s Road to Emmaus?) when people have their lives transformed by coming to know Jesus in our congregations. Christ’s message is as relevant today as it has ever been, especially here in the pressure cooker of the Bay Area, but I believe we can do better “marketing” of our wonderful Church. We strive to be inclusive. We do awesome outreach and justice ministry. We have beautiful worship. We must creatively, boldly share ‘Who we Are’ with the world, especially with young adults, with those who long for spiritual nourishment but have become disaffected with “religion” and with those who just haven’t yet heard the “Good News.”

Why are you running for this position?
I was asked to put my name forward as a female rector. I’m excited about the possibility of serving as a Delegate, but not because I’m a woman and a rector of 10+ years. I began ministry as a chaplain at Georgetown University so ministry to and with young adults, the future of the Church, is a special area of interest to me. As a former television producer, I humbly offer skills in communication. I am so grateful to be part of what our Presiding Bishop calls the “Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in this World.” We are a Church with a dynamic future! It would be an honor to serve with other members of this diocese as we bring our understanding of Christ’s Light to the many issues confronting the church and wider society. Under the leadership of Bishop Marc, DioCal is at the forefront of care of Creation. We are known for our support of multi-cultural congregations…of the diaconate…and of LGBTQ+ people. Under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Meyers at CDSP, we led the pathway to same-sex marriages and now lead careful study of possible Prayer Book revisions. It would be a blessing to represent you!

Nominated by Warren Wong
St. James, San Francisco

Richard Edward Helmer

Our Saviour, Mill Valley
Marin Deanery

Interests
family, classical piano, religious life, web programming

Professional associations
Professed member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Rector, Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley (2006-present)
Assistant Secretary to Diocesan Convention (2018-present)
Appointed to the Diocesan Committee on Governance (2018-present)
Standing Committee President (2012-2013)
Standing Committee Secretary (2010-2012)
President of the Marin Deanery (2009)
Vicar, Christ Church – Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco (2002-2006)
Secretary to Marin Deanery and Asian Ministries Commission in DioCal (2003-2008)

Major activities beyond diocese
Deputy to General Convention (2015)
Alternate Deputy to General Convention (2009, 2012, 2018)
Coordinator - Joint Deputations Meeting for all California dioceses (2011, 2014, 2017)
Secretary, House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee (2015-present)
Appointed to the Standing Commission on Governance and Structure, Constitution and Canons (2018-present)
Minister Provincial (Province 8) of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory (2015-present)
Secretary to Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Council (2003-2006)

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
- Sharing the Gospel in a world struggling with deep division, socioeconomic inequity, and ecological crisis.
- Raising up and equipping a new generation of lay and ordained leadership to carry our traditions in the Way of Jesus.
- Providing sanctuary for our members and the marginalized in the wider world – a community where all are fed and find healing, dignity, and empowerment for their ministry and witness.
- Re-building a common language of faith that speaks in an increasingly diverse Church.
- Continuing to cultivate our democratic approach to discerning the Spirit’s will in an age of resurgent authoritarianism.
- Building resilient, flexible congregations, dioceses, and church organizations that serve the needs of their communities and speak boldly of Christ’s love in the public square.

Why are you running for this position?
Serving this Diocese at General Convention for the past 10 years alongside our highly engaged deputation has been a great privilege and a joy. In 2015, I was appointed to serve a new body in the House of Deputies, the Resolutions Review Committee, which smooths the path of legislation to maximize the time for both the House of Deputies and House of Bishops to discuss substance, mission, and ministry of the whole Church. Recently, I was appointed to fill out a term on the Standing Commission for Governance, Structure, Constitution, and Canons. Helping discern the course of The Episcopal Church’s future while remaining rooted deeply in the Way of Jesus and the richness of our Anglican tradition is challenging, stimulating work. It would be an honor to serve again with our deputation for General Convention 2021 in Baltimore.

Nominated by Sarah Lawton
St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco

Hailey McKeefry Delmas

Epiphany, San Carlos & Transfiguration, San Mateo
Peninsula Deanery

Interests
Mental health awareness, social justice, LGBT rights, writing/blogging.

Professional associations
Board Member, The California Clubhouse 

Episcopal Chaplaincy at Stanford, Chaplain Emerita

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Permanent Deacon, Episcopal Church, 20 years. I split my service between two congregations: Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos, and Church of the Transfiguration, San Mateo. Within the congregation, I participate in preaching, worship planning, faith formation, healing prayer ministry, and outreach.

Major activities beyond diocese
Mental health awareness, social justice, LGBT rights, writing/blogging. I assist with marketing and social media activities for the California Clubhouse, a social and vocational rehabilitation program in San Mateo County for individuals living with a mental illness.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
We are in a time of fear and transition in our country. As a church, we must create opportunities to help people feel empowered to make a difference, to invite change in the world. We must build safe spaces for people to worship God and strengthen faith. We must be the face of Christianity in a largely unchurched world--and one that hears too often from hate-filled and fear-forward faith leaders. From care of creation to social justice to gun violence, we must create opportunity for new conversation, more creative thinking and more opportunities to understand each other.

Why are you running for this position?
For the 78th General Convention in 2015, I was elected as an alternate deputy and, three years later, I served as a deputy to the 29th General Convention in 2018. These experiences have put me in a position to hit the ground running as both times expanded my understanding of the church and its structure. I have followed a number of issues, but most specifically those related to social justice and mental health. In my spare time, I blogged daily to report back the Diocese of California about the happenings of convention. I hope to be elected as a deputy again to bring these experiences to bear in serving as a representative of our diocese at the upcoming convention. As a permanent deacon and a member of the Peninsula Deanery, I believe that I can also contribute to expanding the breadth of diversity of our deputation. I would also want to continue to act as a correspondent of the convention.

Nominated by the Rev. Melanie Donahoe
Epiphany, San Carlos

Debra Low-Skinner

Christ Church Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
Liturgy, Church History, Classical Music, Organ and Choral Music, Ragtime/Traditional Jazz Music, Singing in Community Chorales, British History, Celtic Spirituality, Mind/Body Connections, Progressive Politics, Current Events/Journalism, Historical Fiction, Cats

Professional associations
San Francisco Interfaith Council
Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco
Interim Ministry Network
Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Priest-in-Charge/Vicar (Feb 2016-Present)
SF Deanery Representative to Executive Council (2018-2020)
Chair, Assessment Appeals Committee (2017-present)
Chair, Asian/Pacific Islander Commission of DioCal

Major activities beyond diocese
Secretary, Cluster II (Ethnic Ministries/Racial Reconciliation/Peace & Justice/Care of Creation) of Province VIII
Co-Coordinator, Asian Ministry Network, Cluster II, Province VIII
President, Japanese American Religious Federation
Member, Commonwealth Club

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Remaining faithful, relevant, and spiritually-centered in the midst of the fast-paced changes, moral/ethical challenges, and political divisiveness of the 21st century. Reaching out to those hungry for community, those seeking meaning and life's purpose, and those who need to hear the Good News of God's love/acceptance and God's healing/salvation through Jesus Christ. This outreach may be through face-to-face contact, social media, and/or participating in the ministry of presence in places outside of church (such as charitable outreach activities, civic engagement, interfaith gatherings, hospice or chaplaincy work, etc.). Also addressing the decline in church attendance/membership; the need for more ethnic diversity in our congregations and clergy; the compensation and vocational disparity between male and female clergy; and the best allocation of church assets to further the mission of the Church and Kingdom of God.

Why are you running for this position?
I have been encouraged to run by fellow SF Deanery members and by current/former DioCal Deputies to General Convention. I have been an active participant in the Diocese since 2010. At the 2017 Diocesan Convention, I testified about being an Asian American and a descendant of immigrants, as I spoke in favor of the resolution making DioCal a Sanctuary Diocese. Previous to my current position at Christ Church, I was a member of the Southern Alameda and Peninsula Deaneries. Previous to being in DioCal, I was a Diocesan Council member in the Dioceses of Long Island, Massachusetts, and El Camino Real. In 2009-2010, I was the Chair of the Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee of the Diocese of Long Island. During my 23 years of parish ministry, I have gained a good understanding of congregational development/growth; the workings and administrative/missional challenges facing dioceses; and the potential of working together as Beloved Community at the diocesan and provincial levels. Anyone who has worked with me can attest that I am a hard-worker, a self-starter, quick-learner, analytical thinker, and team player. I believe I would be an asset and would be honored to serve DioCal as a member of its GC Deputation.

Nominated by Sarah Lawton
St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco

Eric Metoyer

St Cyprian's, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
Metoyer enjoys spending time with his family and friends, collecting and losing fountain pens, and riding passenger trains wherever he goes. He also reads histories, especially church history, and is an aficionado of UC Football (Ave Ursi!)

Professional associations
Union of Black Episcopalians
Cathedral School for Boys, Board Member (California)
Corporator, Lyndon Institue (Vermont)
The Living Stones Partnership

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Afro Anglican Commission
Church Divinity School - Alumni Council
San Francisco Interfaith Council

Major activities beyond diocese
House of Deputies Task Force on Church Vitality (member)
House of Deputies State of the Church Committee (past member, 2015 - 2018)
Province VIII Cluster 2 (social justice) Network Co-ordinator
Episcopal Public Policy Network - California

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
We are an exciting time in the church, a time of change and renewal. The three issues I focus on are Faith Formation, Evangelism and Church Vitality
- Faith Formation: We are called to follow Jesus, however, we need to have a relationship with him. Through faith formation we can build the habits of prayer, reading scripture, and learning we can have the Christian Life and fully become followers of Jesus
- Evangelism: We have this gift of Jesus in our lives, and we can share the gift with others. Becoming comfortable talking about our faith is the goal of evangelism in the Church.
- Church Vitality: this is a way for a church community to be relevant inside their congregations as well as the secular world around us.

This is an exciting time to be in The Episcopal Church in California and I am blessed to be part of it.

Why are you running for this position?
I am excited at the opportunity to be part of the changing church in the great deliberative body, the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church (HoD). In this body, in prayerful deliberation, we discuss and create legislation which become the policy of The Episcopal Church. These policies form how we connect our church life with the secular life around us. In the House of Deputies we work together, from different backgrounds and experiences, to be this Godly incarnation of the Church.

I was honored to represent DioCal in 2018 as a deputy in the House of Deputies and on the committee for racial reconciliation. To me, it was important to tell the story, the experience, of DioCal to the wider church.

I believe that is true now; that as Deputy, I will continues to tell the Church about the life and faith of the Body of Christ who live here in DioCal.

Nominated by the Rev. Debra Low-Skinner
Christ Church Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco

Ruth Meyers

All Souls, Berkeley
Alameda Deanery

Interests
Swimming: I'm on the Master’s swim team at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, and I occasionally swim in open-water competitions.
Ballet: I take ballet classes, and my spouse and I have season tickets to the San Francisco Ballet.
Camping: Summer vacation usually includes time at a National Forest or National Park campground with my spouse, and often with children and grandchildren. I love to hike and explore new places.
Reading: I’ve been a mystery buff since childhood, when I gobbled up the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.

Professional associations
Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
North American Academy of Liturgy
Societas Liturgica (international, ecumenical association of liturgical scholars)

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
ALL SOULS PARISH, BERKELEY:
Assisting Priest
Adult Formation Committee member
teach at least one series of classes each year
immigration ministry, participating in monthly interfaith vigils

DIOCESE:
Alternate Deputy, 2015 and 2018 General Convention

Major activities beyond diocese
Professor of Liturgics and Dean of Academic Affairs, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Member, Episcopal Church Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, 2018-2021
Member, Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage 2015-2018
Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music: chair, 2010-2015; member 2008-2009; subcommittees since 1990
General Convention: Deputy 1994 (Western Michigan); 2006, 2009, 2012 (Chicago); Alternate Deputy 1997 (Western Michigan) and 2003 (Chicago)
Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Music Committee of General Convention: member, 1994; Secretary 2006, 2009; Chair of Blessings Subcommittee 2012; consultant 2015
Chicago Consultation, co-founder and co-convener, 2007-2009

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Our world is hungry for the good news that we know in Jesus Christ, a message of abundant life and transformation. Following Christ means listening to the hungers and dreams of those around us, and responding by caring for those who are poor, or sick, or otherwise in need; working for justice and peace; dismantling racism; welcoming the stranger; and caring for creation. To serve God faithfully, we need to grow as disciples steeped in Scripture and the stories of our faith. Our challenges as a church include: gathering vibrant communities of faith that are rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ; forming disciples of Jesus who are growing in the knowledge, love, and service of God and so responding to the changing needs of our world; building a more diverse church that welcomes people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; developing ministries and structures that support our participation in God’s mission in the world.

Why are you running for this position?
I care deeply about the church and its ministry and mission. I’ve been a deputy or alternate deputy to eight General Conventions and bring my understanding of the governance of the Episcopal Church and the legislative process, as well as my expertise as a scholar and teacher of liturgy. I’ve been able to build effective coalitions at General Convention, particularly through my work as founder and co-convener of the Chicago Consultation, which came together to advance the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the church. My work as a seminary professor calls for me to be well informed about issues facing the Episcopal Church and enables me to hear a variety of perspectives. I value the opportunity at General Convention to listen for the Spirit at work in the midst of many voices and to discern with others how the Episcopal Church can best serve the world.

Nominated by the Rev. Phil Brochard
All Souls, Berkeley

Cameron Partridge

St. Aidan's, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests
I love hiking (especially San Bruno Mountain, especially in the Spring), photography (especially outdoors), reading (sci fi/fantasy, other fiction, memoirs, and YA fiction with my kids-- or on my own!), cooking and baking, listening to music, and exploring the Bay Area with my family. Even as someone who grew up in the Bay Area, I always feel like there is so much more to explore.

Professional associations
American Academy of Religion, the Gathering (GenX and Millenial Episcopal clergy).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
At St. Aidan's I've been supporting the lay leadership of our weekly food pantry and monthly neighborhood senior luncheon as well as ongoing sanctuary and antiracist work. We've participated in Faith in Action (PICO) Bay Area and organized several Christian Formation series and speakers. I've supervised CDSP seminarians and a diaconal intern and taught a course in CDSP's summer intensive in June, 2019. St. Aidan's is currently building a pastoral care team with emphases on Eucharistic visiting, soup-making, and ELM (end-of-life ministries). And it wouldn't be St. Aidan's if we didn't have significant fun and laughter along the way!

Major activities beyond diocese
Episcopal Church: Task Force on Marriage (2012-2015); Task Force on Liturgy and Prayer Book Revision (2018-)

The Consultation (coalition of peace and justice groups in the Episcopal Church) & TransEpiscopal (transgender and allied Episcopalians)

I'm an academic/scholar as well as a priest, trained in early and contemporary Christian theologies and studies of gender and sexuality. I continue to attend conferences and write in these areas.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The need to fully embrace God's mission of restoration in the wider world and within the Church, working for racial, gender, and economic justice, and caring for God's creation. 

Evangelism and Christian Formation, particularly among younger generations who may not know of the Episcopal Church.

Pastoral sensitivity and (when requested) care for those who may have had painful experiences in church contexts and/or who are close to someone who has.

Theological Education for the whole church, not only for those with vocations to ordained ministry and/or doctoral study and teaching.

A spirit of open, creative collaboration within and among congregations, driven by a desire to lift each other up, truly viewing our communities and one another through the lens of Christ's expansive, collective body, as opposed to individual congregations competing for scarce resources.

Greater support for church planting and revitalization projects (e.g. through Mission Enterprise Zones), remaining true to who we are as Anglicans yet not being afraid to try new approaches or collaborations, and being willing sometimes to fail.

Why are you running for this position?
I love the collaborative work of General Convention. I have attended the General Conventions of 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018, volunteering with TransEpiscopal and the Consultation, participating in Campus/Young Adult Ministry events, and additionally interfacing with the DioCal deputation in 2018. I've written or helped write several resolutions over the years and have testified at multiple hearings but have never served as a Deputy. I would love the opportunity to work on a broad range of issues (such as those shared in answer to the previous question), a more comprehensive palette than I’ve been able to take up previously as volunteer. Our deputation’s strong, historic emphasis on social justice initiatives inspires me and I would be honored to participate on the DioCal team, contributing to our wider church, in this way.

Nominated by Warren Wong
St. James, San Francisco

Chris Rankin-Williams

St. John's, Ross
Marin Deanery

Interests
As rector of St. John’s my primary interests are congregational vitality, leadership and stewardship. I love to empower people in their ministry. Being with my family is my primary interest. I’m an avid cyclist. I love road and mountain biking and value the relationships I’ve made with people I’ve met through cycling. I’m also a life-long foodie, and love exploring local cuisine wherever I travel. The last book I read was probably Scandinavian crime fiction. I have a love-hate relationship with social media.

Professional associations
Order of St. John (Runs the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and clinics in the West Bank and Gaza)
Awareness Foundation (Focused on equipping and empowering children and young people in Syria and Iraq to be agents of reconciliation)
Co-founder, Mutual Housing of Marin (a partnership with St. John’s, St. Pauls and Mutual Housing of California to build mutual housing for poor families in Marin)
Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
I’ve been rector of St. John’s for 16 years. In 2017-18 I helped lead a large capital campaign in collaboration with the diocesan Expanding Horizons campaign. I served on the diocesan Campaign Steering Committee. This year I oversaw a complete renovation of our chancel. I’m a past alternate deputy to General Convention for the diocese, and past chair of the Assessment Appeals Committee. I served on an assessment formula task force, the clergy retreat planning team, and the search committee for our previous Canon to the Ordinary.

Major activities beyond diocese
I am Chair of the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee. This committee is charged with identifying, studying and reporting to General Convention on the Episcopal Church’s most significant opportunities to innovate, experiment so that we are equipped for 21st century mission and ministry in our congregations, communities, and countries. 

I am Chair of the State of the Church subcommittee overseeing the revision of the Parochial Report that all parishes submit every year. In this role I serve as the interface with the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, the General Convention Office and Church Pension Group.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
A major issue facing the church is proclaiming the good news and being agents of reconciliation in a divided country and world. This means focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us, while maintaining a clear voice on issues of social justice, gun violence and the care of creation. As our Presiding Bishop often says, we are called to transform the world into the dream that God intends, rather than the nightmare it often is. Another issue is facing the realities and opportunities of being church in a secular, post-denominational context with declining membership and resources. This work must be based in hope, not fear. This is the core work of the State of the Church committee I chair. We need to examine the hierarchy and structure of the church while maintaining the best of our tradition. We need to ask what it means to be an Episcopalian or a “member” of a church in the 21st century? We are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, but sometimes we become too on our branch we forget the tree. Like Jesus and the disciples, the church needs to go out and engage our communities.

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for clergy deputy to General Convention because I believe church governance is critical to how we empower (and not hinder) Episcopalians for mission. The work of church governance should always be conducted with an eye towards the person in the pew, and how decisions will impact local faith communities. The General Convention is also an important part of our voice in this country and the wider church, and I care passionately about how we use that voice. As chair of the State of the Church Committee I will help bring several important resolutions and canon changes to General Convention. Serving as a deputy would allow me to help with the legislative process and speak to those resolutions. I am a life-long Episcopalian and have spent 22 years in parish ministry in California. I still joke that I’m waiting for the institutional structures of the Episcopal Church to discover the West Coast. I would love to join the diverse team of strong leaders as we represent you and our diocese at General Convention.

Nominated by the Rev. Eric Metoyer
Episcopal Diocese of California

Mauricio Wilson

St. Paul's, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests
Liturgy, Church Governance, Youth Ministry, Faith Formation, Leadership Training, Clergy Wellness, Sustainability, International and Ecumenical Relations

Professional associations
Gathering of Leaders
Union of Black Episcopalians

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
Priest Associate, St. James/Santiago Episcopal Church (2017)
Past member, Executive Council (Program and Budget Committee)
Past Co-Chair of Committee on Nominations Past Chair Assessment Appeals Committee
General Convention Alternate Deputy (2015)

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL, OAKLAND, CA
Board Member (2009-Present), Executive Committee

CLAUSEN HOUSE COMMUNITY SERVICES
Board Member (2009- Present), Audit Committee

Major activities beyond diocese
UNION OF BLACK EPISCOPALIANS:
Western Regional Director
Co-Dean of the 2019 Annual Business Meeting and Conference (Los Angeles 2019)
Co-Chair of the Northern California/Vivian Traylor Chapter (2017-2019)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EPISCOPAL SCHOOLS:
Governing Board (Class of 2020)

CITY OF OAKLAND
Citizen’s Police Review Board (2016-2017)

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
• Humans continuing to wage war and violence among each other, whether it be the ways in which we see it taking form in the United States through gun violence, or in other countries that have oppressive governing regimes.
• Not only church but the world is facing a food and hunger crisis to which we are called to respond in a Christ like manner.
• We continue as a church body to struggle with an imbalanced representation of all our members in the decision making processes. There needs to be more diversity and equity in the Episcopal Church.
• We must grapple with the fact that the number of people in our A.S.A. is going down, while the faces of those who are present are gaining wrinkles. We have to continue working to share the Good News of salvation in ways that acknowledge that God’s people have changed, and though thirsty for the message we offer, there are new ways of receiving and living the Gospel in the 21st century.
• The role of money in the life of the Church. We must engaging the conversation about what we believe to be the role of money in how we serve the Gospel.

Why are you running for this position?
I am offering myself to serve as a Deputy to General Convention for the Diocese of California because I am convinced that the governance structures of the Episcopal Church are a gift to the wider Anglican Communion ad the body of Christ as a whole. Though not perfect, our polity affords all members of our church a voice in how we live and worship together, as well as how we serve the world in God’s name. This polity is dependent on individuals offering their service and life experiences to the church. I believe my life experiences working with many languages, cultures, nationalities, races, genders, sexual orientations, political views and ways of being church offers me the opportunity to bring a different, but extremely necessary to the Episcopal Church’s conversations on the large and small issues that be are called as Christians to address and live into.

Nominated by Brenda Paulin
St. Augustine's, Oakland

Matthew Woodward

Transfiguration, San Mateo
Peninsula Deanery

Interests
- Cooking (from recipes and also just making things up),
- running (including a half marathon I am proud of),
- figure drawing/painting (at an art class in SoMa),
- science fiction and poetry (reading and some writing).

Professional associations
Associations in the UK
- Board Member for Inclusive Church and first webmaster, London (2003 – 2005)
- Board member, SouthWest Fest – (Arts Festival in Pimlico, Central London) (2007 – 2009)

Associations in the USA
- Peninsula Deanery (2011-present)
- Interfaith Dialog group for Peninsula Christian and Jewish Clergy (2015 - 2016)
- HOA board member and secretary, San Francisco (2019-present)

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese
- Rector, Transfiguration, San Mateo (2011-Present)
- Clergy Retreat planning team (2012)
- Member of Nominating Committee, Diocese of California (2012 – 2014)
- Board Member, Home and Hope, San Mateo County (working with unhoused community) (2013 – 2014)
- Peninsula Deanery President, Diocese of California (2013 – 2015)
- Member of the Executive Council, Diocese of California (2015 - 2018), Secretary (2017-2018)
- St Dorothy's Camp Chaplain (2017-present)
- Successful engagement in the Diocesan Capital Campaign, raising $1.75m in parish campaign alongside our volunteer team (2017)

Major activities beyond diocese
Activities in the Church of England
- Chaplain, Fortune Theatre, West End, London (2003 – 2005)
- School Governor, Emmanuel Church of England Primary School, West Hampstead, London (2003 – 2005)

Activities in the Episcopal Church
- Provincial Synod Deputy to Province 8, Diocese of California (2014 - 2016)
- Pneuma (West Coast Christian Education Professionals Conference), former board member and past co-chair (2015 – 2017)

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Liturgy, advocacy for marginalized groups, and the theology of creation:

Liturgy may seem like language inside the church, but our world needs to hear about the beauty of creation, reconciliation, gratitude, the image of God in all people, and engagement in service. We must find ways to use prayer language in public and make our liturgical language accessible so it may speak to as wide an audience as possible.

We have begun a good work in advocating for same sex marriage; our church could have a role in continuing to discuss relationship ethics in generous ways as well as creating space for genderexpansive members of our community in liturgy and practice.

My experience as a queer christian sensetized me to the experience of the marginalized. Working alongside People of Color, I have seen the continued impact of racism in our culture. We must continue to work towards racial reconciliation, as Presiding Bishop Curry has advocated.

Theologies of creation that have focused on the idea of our ‘dominion’ over the world have proved toxic to humanity's stewardship of our planet. We need to see all of creation as a gift, and our place in it as caretakers, not exploiters.

Why are you running for this position?
Recently Bishop Budde of Virginia advocated for civility on CBS following the President’s use of racist tropes to criticise four congresswomen. It helped me see how Episcopal voices can be present in public conversation. I want our church to participate as a conversation partner in wider culture: We have good news we must share. I believe I can represent you in developing policies that will deepen engagement in the following ways:

Resolution 3 reminds us of our church's pattern of experimentation and feedback to aid liturgical development. At Transfiguration we engage in experimentation with all of the liturgies available in our church, and process feedback from parishioners regularly. I will take this experience, along with feedback from our diocese, and advocate for developments in liturgy that are responsive to the needs of the whole church.

Ostracised as a queer christian, I have grown because of the grace I found in Diocal. I want to represent your inclusive views to help all people thrive.

Bishop Marc’s work on the environment makes our Diocese a leader in this area. The dynamic conversations we have about theology in Diocal (particularly the theology of creation) should be a foundation for engagement nationally.

Nominated by Noreen Huey
St. James, San Francisco