Convention Week: Indaba, Curitiba, and the Welcoming and Seating of a Bishop

Posted on October 17, 2008

The Rt. Rev. Naudal Alves GomesConvention week this year will be marked by a series of celebrations. We will celebrate with one another a new sense of being in communion and in relationship with the Diocese of Curitiba in Brazil as we welcome visitors from our companion diocese; we will have the opportunity to study the scriptures together in an intentional way; and we will seat our new Assistant Bishop in a Convention Eucharist and Dance Party at Grace Cathedral.


During convention week there will be an opportunity to share Bible study with three bishops — our own bishops Steven and Marc and the Rt. Rev. Naudal Alves Gomes, the bishop of our companion diocese Curitiba, Brazil, and his wife Carmen Regina.


Flyer for convention week: Click to download While at the Lambeth Conference, these bishops shared a wonderful form of study, open sharing, and conversation. The groups of bishops that came together to communicate in this way were called indaba Groups. Indaba is a Zulu word meaning “business,” and it was a new style of meeting to many of the bishops in attendance. The bishops of California and Curitiba would like to share with the diocese what they learned about communion and about our companion diocese in two meetings during the week before convention:


Monday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. at St. George’s, Antioch



On Friday, October 17, at 7 p.m., the Convention Eucharist will also be an opportunity to welcome and seat our new Assistant Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston. Following the service there will be a party to celebrate our newest bishop, our guests from our companion diocese, and our connectedness to one another. DJ dancing and food will be provided on the cathedral’s plaza.