Diocese of Northern California


You don’t always get … what you expect.

That’s true so often (in my experience) in our relationship with God.

But this morning I’m really only thinking about the service I attended at Trinity Cathedral (in Sacramento). (more…)

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Our diocese is trying to do something new with what we used to call stewardship.  We’re trying to focus on what we have to be grateful for — all of which comes, of course, from G0d.

I have to admit that I have a real tendency to notice what I do not have, particularly if I used to have it, and often do not pay nearly so much attention to what I do have.  Which is a lot.  And I find this to be true whether I’m looking at money or youth or health or things.  I know I have a lot (a whole lot compared to the rest of the world as a whole).  And I still often notice more what I do not have.  I suspect there are some other people like me out there.  I think our culture trains us this way. (more…)

Mary Layman from St. James in Lincoln wrote the following (to Deacon Cindy Long).  They have a relationship with a school in Haiti (and a number of people in the diocese — as Brother Adam noted, the largest in the Episcopal Church).  Here’s her update on what they know from their sources:

Thank you for you prayers and support.  We are all heart sick especially by the silence.

 We have very little news since the forwarded email from Pere Ajax sent on Wednesday.   The Bishop and his wife are well.   She suffered some injuries as their home collapsed.   We have not heard a word from Fr. Walin and I pray he was in Hinche at the time.    Our project/school is near Hinche in the high plateau and was not hit by the earthquake. (more…)

At our clericus today Dean Baker talked about how changes being proposed in our budget and the the apportionment structure reflect new directions for our diocese.  The realities of the world around us have changed.  Kent McNair noted that in a diocese of some 70 congregations, since the 80’s, more than 20 congregations that had full time clergy then no longer have full time clergy today.  And I noted that some of our congregations who have been in clusters can no longer support those clusters today.  A number of churches which used to have more than 1 full time paid clergy can no longer support more than 1 full time paid clergy.  This, in spite of being larger than they were when they had more than one clergy. (more…)