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September 5, 2018 | by Jim Stiven

Once all petitions, if any, have been received, and are found to be in complete and proper form, a full and complete background check and reference checks, will be conducted for these new candidates. If the checks are fully satisfactory, and approved by the standing committee, these persons, if any, will be added to the names of persons qualifying as candidates for election at the electing convention on February 2 at St. Bartholomew’s, Poway.

August 8, 2018 | by Jim Stiven

Different regulations are in place for different groups of people who seek to come to this country to escape danger. Judges with training in the evaluation of the evidence presented by each prospective newcomer are needed, to determine which regulations should apply. This becomes a problem when unusually large numbers need to be processed. There […]

June 12, 2018 | by Jim Stiven

In October 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54, the so-called California Values Act which declared that we are a sanctuary state. In November 2017, this Diocese, through its annual convention passed Resolution 17-05 declaring that this diocese is a sanctuary diocese.  Much debate has ensued at the local, state and national levels about […]

March 29, 2018 | by Jim Stiven

It has been three months since the diocesan convention, and your standing committee continues to be very busy, both managing the transition process and serving as the ecclesiastical authority for the diocese. Working closely with our assisting bishop, the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, and the diocesan staff, we continue to monitor the progress of […]

December 1, 2017 | by Jim Stiven

Following the publication of Resolution 17-05, and the dissemination of the standing committee president’s commentary on the subject, questions emerged. We offer these frequently asked questions and responses in hopes of providing further guidance on these topics. These responses are not intended as legal advice.   Does Resolution 17-05 require congregations in the diocese to declare […]

November 15, 2017 | by Jim Stiven

After lengthy debate, the convention voted to adopt Resolution 17-05.  That resolution, among other things, declared that the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is a Sanctuary Diocese, and that congregations in the diocese consider becoming sanctuary congregations. Questions were raised during the debate, and questions have been asked by clergy members and laity as to […]