2014 Convention Dinner and Eucharist

The 165th Convention of the Diocese of California Dinner and Eucharist

Friday, October 17, 5:45 p.m. (dinner); 7 p.m. (Eucharist)

Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

All members of the Diocese of California are welcome to attend the dinner and Eucharist.
Clergy and lay delegates may register for Diocesan Convention beginning at 4 p.m.

Convention Eucharist

—  From Tears to Joy  —

Our Asian Experience in the Episcopal Diocese of California

From Tears to Joy is the theme of this year’s Convention Eucharist. This will be a celebration of a somewhat different flavor with music and hymns that reflect the various cultures of the Asian Commission of the Diocese of California, the sponsoring organization. In addition, the Diocese of California welcomes Dr. Jenny Te Paa Daniel of New Zealand as the guest homilist. Te Paa Daniel’s biography follows. And during Convention be sure to view and read the panels telling the story of the historically Asian churches in the diocese.

painting: © Soichi Watanabe

Dr. Jenny Te Paa Daniel (Te Rarawa) is a public theologian and professional consultant in higher education. This fall, she is the St. Margaret’s Visiting Professor of Women in Ministry at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Until 2013 she was Ahorangi or Dean of Te Rau Kahikatea, at The College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland, New Zealand. She taught at the college from 1992 and was appointed Ahorangi in 1995, becoming the first lay indigenous woman to head an Anglican Theological College anywhere in the Anglican Communion. 

Te Paa Daniel holds an undergraduate degree in theology and a masters degree with honors. Both degrees were awarded by the University of Auckland in 1991 and 1993 respectively. Writing on Race Politics and Theological Education, she was awarded a Ph.D. in 2001 by the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has since been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. (2003), Virginia Theological Seminary (2008), and Church Divinity School of the Pacific (2014) in recognition of her commitment to global peace and justice through theological education and for distinguished service to the Anglican Communion.

Te Paa Daniel has served the Church internationally as; convener of the International Anglican Peace and Justice Network; a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s International Anglican Theological Education Commission (TEAC); a member of the Anglican Indigenous Network and as Provincial link-person to the Inter-Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN). She was a member of the 2003 Lambeth Commission and for six years from 2001 was a member of the Inter-Anglican Theological Doctrinal Commission (IATDC); she assisted in the St. Augustine’s seminar responsible for preparing the detailed content for the Lambeth Conference 2008 and she contributed to the Lambeth Conference 2008 as a member of the Bible Studies Resource Group and as a speaker and facilitator of numerous other sessions. She served as moderator of the World Council of Churches Working Group on Ecumenical Theological Education from 2000 – 2006 and was a member of the executive committee for the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools from 2009 – 2012.

Writing extensively on gender justice, theological education, and race politics, Te Paa Daniel has taught theological students in New Zealand, Australia, throughout the South Pacific, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, the United States, and in various parts of Asia. She is popularly sought after (nationally and internationally) as guest speaker, lecturer, facilitator, media commentator, preacher, and panelist, on a wide range of political and theological issues particularly those concerning social justice, indigenous rights, race politics, feminist politics, and theological education.

The achievement of which Te Paa Daniel is most proud however is that of being an incurably devoted grandparent to eight granddaughters and three grandsons. Together with her beloved husband Roro, she is determined each one of her grandchildren will know the world of opportunity arising for those who are taught at a very young age to always give with faith filled generosity and to always receive with grace. Such she believes is the educational birthright of every child in the world.