Diocesan Communications

Diocesan Communications (May)
Linda Morris                                                                                                             
  • Easter messages. See a video of/read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Easter message at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2017/04/03/presiding-bishop-michael-currys-easter-message-2017/. Read Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves’ Easter Message “One Day at a Time” at http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=99ebbaf4cee8d012c9edafe60&id=e8d77325b5.
  • Discovery Day May 13, hosted by our diocesan Commission on Ministry (COM) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas. This one-day Saturday workshop from 10 am to 3 pm helps individuals explore and respond to their particular calls to ministry and it offers the opportunity for those already engaged in active ministry to renew their call to a particular ministry, or to explore new ways to respond to God’s call. Information about Lay Ministry Licenses (in such areas as Worship Leader, Preacher, and Evangelist), Spiritual Gifts, Discernment, and Spiritual Direction are all part of this program.   Previous participants in Discovery Day have described a process of discernment that has been rejuvenating, validating, and transformative. Coffee and gathering at 9:30 am. A $10 donation at the door is requested to cover lunch and materials. Register by emailing jrshreve@aol.com by May 9.
  • ECR Spring Conference is May 20. 9:30 am- 3:00 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas. The featured speaker will be The Rev. Tom Brackett, Staff Officer for New Church Starts & Missional Initiatives. Watch for more details soon.
  • Change Lives with Kairos Prison Ministry at Salinas Valley State Prison. You're invited to participate in a Kairos prison ministry weekend at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad starting Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4.  Kairos is a successful prison ministry program that transforms the lives of inmates and the institution in which they reside. It is based strongly on the Cursillo model of ministry. For more information or to sign up to be a part of the team, please contact Gabe Paul at (408) 842-3344 or email him at gabepauljr@gmail.com.
  • Next Day of Enrichment is June 3, which will focus on Spiritual Pathways. A spiritual pathway has to do with the way we most naturally sense God’s presence and experience spiritual growth.  We will explore seven spiritual pathways, identify our own preferred spiritual pathway, and plan for ways to honor that pathway and get closer to God.  Our individual uniqueness means we will all experience God’s presence and learn to relate to Him in different ways. For more information, contact Diocesan ECW President Diane Lovelace at 408-263-8945 or DiLovelace@aol.com.
  • Silent Buddhist-Christian Retreat in July.  Registration is now open for the annual Five-Day Silent Buddhist-Christian Retreat, a popular event for members of El Camino Real. Offered by the Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation, it will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista from the afternoon of Sunday, July 23 through lunchtime on Friday July 28. Both Christian-Sourced and Buddhist practices are offered. The retreat provides an opportunity to integrate the practices from each tradition, perhaps recognizing the common path that Thomas Merton experienced when he explored Eastern meditation. Don’t hesitate to request a scholarship if cost is a barrier. Get more information and download a registration form at http://www.pacificcentersf.org/retreats-and-events#buddhist-and-christian-meditation.
  • Summer SSP Weekends Announced for High School & Middle School Students.  The high school dates are July 1 – July 9, while middle school dates are August 5 – August 13. For full details and deposit/registration see here http://www.realepiscopal.org/event/sierra-service-project-2017-smith-river-california/
  • 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 Friday email at the bottom of the home page at http://realepiscopal.org/.  Please send news/photos about parish events to our new Communication Specialist, Elrond Lawrence, at elrond@realepiscopal.org.  The deadline is Wednesdays at 6 pm before the Friday issue date.

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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