Every three years, DioCal youth and chaperones attend the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), a large, joyful, and high-energy international gathering of youth ages 15-19. This year’s EYE took place in July at the University of Maryland. Learn about the experience of those who attended this year’s EYE!
Bonus points if you knew that our very own Caren Miles is a part of the organizing committee for EYE
Eligibility to vote in the Electing Convention is determined by the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of California, which are publicly available from both the DioCal and Diocesan Convention websites: diocal.org and diocalconvention.org; and the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.
Lay Delegates for the Electing Convention
Congregational leadership (Vicars, Rectors, and Wardens) should be prepared to report their elected delegates and alternates as soon as possible following their congregational annual meetings for 2023. An online form is available for this purpose.
All clergy who are canonically resident are eligible to participate and vote at the Electing Convention scheduled in December:
All canonically resident clergy are eligible and expected to participate at Convention, including:
- All canonically resident clergy who are elected or appointed to offices of ministry within congregations or institutions of the Diocese up to 30 days prior to the Convention; DioCal Article VI – 6.2(a)(i)&(ii)
All canonically resident clergy who have the Bishop’s consent to work outside of the Church, provided they have filed their 2023 annual report on their ministry prior to the Convention; DioCal Article VI – 6.2(a)(iii) and TEC Canon I.6.2
All canonically resident clergy not included in a parochial report of a church in the Diocese of California must complete the Report of Non-Parochial Ministry. Click here for more information about clergy whose ministries are not in parochial reports.
A list of all clerics eligible to vote will be prepared by the Bishop’s office well ahead of the Electing Convention. Any dispute regarding a cleric’s eligibility to vote will be resolved by the Convention after reviewing the recommend
All canonically resident retired clergy who, according to the Church Pension Fund, have retired or are on permanent disability leave from ministry within the Diocese. DioCal Article VI – 6.2(b)
All retired clergy are asked to complete a Retired Clergy Report.
A list of all clerics eligible to vote will be prepared by the Bishop’s office well ahead of the Electing Convention. Any dispute regarding a cleric’s eligibility to vote will be resolved by the Convention after reviewing the recommendations of the Committee on Credentials. DioCal Canons 2.01-2.03
If you have questions about your eligibility to participate in Convention, please contact Denise Obando, the Diocesan Canon for Transition Ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Tiende la Mano a Vecino Molesto: Basura de Materiales Plásticos de Un Solo Uso
Artículo de Pamela Stevens
[1 de septiembre de 2023] El Buen Pastor de Belmont, una pequeña pero creciente misión especializada de la Diócesis de California, los miembros de la congregación reflejan en el Tiempo de la Creación en 2023 comprometiéndose a conocer a uno de sus vecinos más molestos: los desechos plásticos.
Manuel Morales, músico y miembro de la congregación señala que “en mi comunidad hay basura por todas partes y mucha de ella es plástico. El plástico es para siempre. No es un buen vecino”.
Marta Álvarez, activista residente de la comunidad, señala que “los latinos necesitan ejercer su voz para recuperar el poder de sistemas opresivos de todo tipo”. Sugirió centrarse en los sistemas que han creado el desperdicio que les recuerda todos los días su marginación.
La congregación se comprometió a ver juntos la película “Plastic Wars” de NPR Frontline, a participar en debates sobre su propio papel en el daño al planeta y a explorar cómo pueden tomar medidas personales y comunitarias para luchar contra la contaminación. También participarán en una práctica reflexiva de recoger. Compartirán fotografías y escribirán reflexiones para compartir en una presentación de diapositivas sobre la experiencia.
En la Estación de la Creación en 2022, la congregación hizo su primer pacto de cuidado de la creación: limitar todas sus compras de suministros a materiales reutilizables o totalmente compostables a base de plantas. Desplegó el compromiso del Tiempo de la Creación en un servicio de Confirmación para diez de sus miembros.
Paty Herrick, miembro de la congregación de muchos años, afirma que “Somos muy afortunados de ser parte de una diócesis donde el Obispo Marc es un líder en el área del Cuidado de la Creación. Él modela ese activismo.”
Según la Agencia de Protección Ambiental, las comunidades hispanas/latinas tienen más del 40% más de probabilidades de vivir en lugares donde con frecuencia hace demasiado calor para trabajar un día completo al aire libre y de experimentar los efectos de los contaminantes en el flujo de desechos.
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Spanish-speaking mission congregation enters the Season of Creation
Reaches out to annoying neighbor: Single-use plastic trash
Article by Pamela Stevens
[September 1, 2023] At El Buen Pastor de Belmont, a small but growing specialized ministry congregation of the Diocese of California, congregation members greeted the start of the 2023 Season of Creation by committing to get to know one of their most annoying neighbors: plastic waste.
Manuel Morales, musician and member of the congregation noted that “trash is everywhere in my community and much of it is plastic. Plastic is forever. It is not a good neighbor.”
Marta Álvarez, the community’s resident activist, said that “Latinos need to exercise their voice to take back power from oppressive systems of all kinds.” She suggested a focus on the systems that have created the waste that reminds them every day of their marginalization.
The congregation committed to watching “Plastic Wars,” the NPR Frontline film, to engage in discussions about their own roles in buying plastic products that harm the planet and to explore how they can take personal and community action to fight pollution. They will also engage in a practice of picking up that is reflective. They will share photos and write reflections to create a slideshow about the experience.
In 2022, the congregation made its first-ever creation care covenant: to limit all of its purchases of supplies to reusable or fully plant-based compostable materials. It deployed the Season of Creation commitment at a confirmation service for ten of its members.
Paty Herrick, a long-time member of the congregation, affirms that “we are fortunate to be part of a diocese where Bishop Marc is a leader in the area of Creation Care. He models that activism for us.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Hispanic/Latiné communities are more than 40% more likely to experience the effects of pollutants in the waste stream and to live in places where it will frequently be too hot to work a full day outside.
Welcome to the Social Justice Timeline of The Episcopal Church in the San Francisco Bay Area!
Discover our proud history of involvement in Social Justice movements:
At the forefront of social justice for decades, The Episcopal Church in the San Francisco Bay Area has a rich history of advocating for equality, compassion, and inclusivity in our communities. Our historical timeline, spanning from pre-colonial times to modernity and postmodernity, showcases our commitment to making a positive impact.
Key Moments from Our Timeline:
- In 1579, the San Francisco Bay Area witnessed the first Christian service and the use of the Book of Common Prayer in North America.
- During 1963-4, the Ad Hoc Committee to End Discrimination was formed, paving the way for civil rights activism.
- In 2003, The Episcopal Church consecrated its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, a significant step towards inclusivity.
- In 2008, Bishop Marc Handley Andrus was the first to allow open blessings of same-gender unions in The Episcopal Church after the passing of Proposition 8, which prohibited marriage equality.
- In 2015, the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Facebook Group was established by Canon Stefani Schatz, providing a safe space for women in The Episcopal Church to share their experiences and advocate for change.
- In 2020, the global pandemic of COVID-19 arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area, disproportionately affecting communities of color, especially Hispanic/Latinx communities.
- In 2022, Bishop Marc Handley Andrus played a key role in moving multiple resolutions on the environment to the House of Bishops’ Consent Calendar during the General Convention of The Episcopal Church.
- In 2023, Bishop Marc Handley Andrus participated in an interfaith Black Lives Matter die-in and rally held at Berkeley’s All Souls Episcopal Church, demonstrating our continued commitment to fighting racial injustice.
Explore our legacy of positive change
Our timeline is a testament to our dedication to creating a more just and compassionate society. Dive deeper into our inspiring journey by exploring the complete Social Justice Timeline.
Join Us in Celebrating Our Legacy
We invite you to celebrate our legacy and join us in working towards a brighter future. Together, we can continue making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Explore the Social Justice Historical Timeline now!
Did you know? One of our diocesan institutions, Ohlhoff House, has been helping people recover from addiction for 60 years! Not only that, it was recognized and ranked in the Top 20 in Newsweek’s list of Best Addiction Treatment Centers in California in 2021.
A special ministry of The Episcopal Church, Ohlhoff House receives funds that are for its women’s program thanks to the Episcopal Impact Fund (EIF), DioCal’s outreach arm.
You can learn more about Ohlhoff House on their website. You can also donate to support their continued work.