Diocesan Communications

Diocesan Communications (November)
Linda Morris                                                                                                             
  • 2017 Convention Coverage   Spiritual identity, hope, and relational power were key themes of Bishop Mary Gray Reeves’ annual address at the 37th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4.  Bishop Mary’s address drew inspiration from the birth of Moses and the role of several midwives – and a girl, his sister Miriam – who kept him alive. “The scene gives birth, years before, to the journey the Israelites would take in becoming a nation,” she explained. “Identity emerging out of formed character, values, courage and grit. They are all present in this story.”  “Faith is the centerpiece of our identity. It is the operating system, if you will, of being Christian,” she shared, as her address introduced the need for reconciliation. “If faith is the centerpiece of our identity, reconciliation is the centerpiece of our activity . . . it is the church’s mission.” She also introduced two practices of faith development and reconciliation that the diocese will add to its growing repertoire of tools for Christian life:  The Emergency Mediation Team – also known as EMTs – is a group of professional mediators who are also members of the diocese.  They will work with congregations who want to improve their communication skills, or, who are in deep conflict, where they need to become “friendly again.” In the first quarter of 2018, EMTs will offer training at the deanery level that will provide broad support for general communication skills, mediation of difficult subjects or challenges, or the “occasional knock-down, drag-out fight,” she added with a laugh. “And yes, nice church people have those from time to time!”  At the spring conference in May, the diocese will host a session on storytelling, inspired by Bishop Mary’s course this summer in Monterey where she heard from the Story Center in Oakland about the empowering work they do with victims of violence, post-war, in helping them tell their stories of not only trauma, but also salvation.  Read Bishop Mary’s complete convention address here.   More about convention in December.
  • “Building Bridges -- A Dialogue”, will return to All Saints' Palo Alto in January 2018. This program brings together Christians and Jewish participants from two faiths which developed from a common source, yet have endured much misunderstanding over the years. Sign up for the five sessions which will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm on Sunday nights on January 7, January 14, January 28, February 4, and February 11.  Each session will begin with a shared dinner followed by a video and facilitator-led discussions on the topic for the evening. Sessions will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, and Congregation Beth Am, located at 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.  To achieve the goal of building a community of trusted friends, participants are asked to commit to attend every session; program is limited to a maximum of 24 participants. For more information, contact Carol Emerich at songspirit@mac.com.
  • The Good News Along the King’s Highway, the weekly format for diocesan news, comes in your email as Real Episcopal.  Subscribe to get issues in your Wednesday email at the bottom of the home page at http://realepiscopal.org/News and event submissions must be received the previous Sunday at 9 pm. Limit stories to 250 words and include the "who-what-where-when-why" information in the first paragraph. For event news, please attach flyers but they must be accompanied by a basic summary of the event. All submissions will be edited for style and published as space allows. Questions? Contact editor Elrond Lawrence, diocesan communications at elrond@realepiscopal.org.

For more diocesan or deanery information, contact Linda Morris, St. Jude’s Diocesan Communications Liaison, at communications@saintjudes.org or 408-376-0593.  St. Jude’s website page for Diocesan and Episcopal news is at http://saintjudes.org/beyond-saint-judes.


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