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November 12, 2019 | by Susan Brown Snook

The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, preached this sermon during the convention eucharist at the 46th Annual Diocesan Convention that took place at St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert. You will be my witnesses, says Jesus. You are witnesses. A witness is someone who saw or experienced something […]

July 12, 2019 | by Hannah Wilder

Taken from the Healthy Churches Handbook, by Robert Warren, this list identifies common characteristics of healthy churches. 1. Energized by faith rather than just keeping things going or trying to survive worship and sacramental life: moves people to experience God’s love motivation: energy comes from a desire to serve God and one another engaging with Scripture: […]

June 20, 2019 | by Hannah Wilder
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“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”  ~ II Corinthians 5:18 This workshop will help you understand . . . That conflict need not be bad, but is an opportunity for growth. The Biblical basis for conflict transformation. Your own style of responding […]

May 4, 2019 | by Hannah Wilder
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Small churches, those with an average Sunday attendance of 30 or fewer people, are welcome to attend this casual get-together. We will share best practices, and compare notes as we brainstorm ways to work together to build God’s kingdom. The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Ms. Jan Romerdahl and possibly the Rev. Canon Susan Brown […]

March 30, 2019 | by Hannah Wilder
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Engage with the author at this special event! The Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund, author of Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence on Mental Health, Family and the Church The day will include a panel discussion, story telling and workshops. Clergy, this event is eligible for .5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Cost for this […]

August 2, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

In June I wrote about revitalizing congregations and the normal process of birth, growth, and death in faith communities. In this piece, I’d like to offer some perspective about the role of leadership as a congregation begins to grapple with change and transformation. This diocese has a healthy mix of congregational size and context, from […]

June 16, 2018 | by Keren Mondaca
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Module III: Building Holy Rituals & Spaces: Liturgical Action & Creating Sacred Environments This is part of a series of 3 commuter core training modules. Modules may be attended in any order or location. Participation in each of the 3 modules constitutes Core Training Certification. You must register separately for each module. Lunch is included […]

May 19, 2018 | by Keren Mondaca
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Module II: Engaging God’s Playful Word: Parables & Honoring the Spirituality of the Child This is part of a series of three commuter core training modules. Modules may be attended in any order or location. Participation in each of the three modules constitutes Core Training Certification. You must register separately for each module. Lunch is […]

March 1, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

I had a fascinating and provocative meeting with representatives of the Church Pension Fund last week.  The purpose was to keep dioceses updated about current realities across The Episcopal Church.  They had some very important information about trends in congregational life, ordination, clergy compensation, and medical insurance. This diocese has a significantly higher average congregational […]

December 1, 2017 | by Hannah Wilder

The good news of Advent is that if we wait, while we wait, in the waiting, God comes. The word Advent means “coming.” It is a time to slow down, be quiet and meditate about the real meaning of Christmas. These four weeks before Christmas are a time to prepare our hearts and our lives as we […]