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SUMMER 2018

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CAMP STEVENS INSPIRING TRANSFORMATION


SUMMER CONTENTS

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camp stevens Going to Camp by Bishop Katharine Embracing Your Wilderness by Kathy Wilder Securing Roots by Emma Simons-Araya Camp Sessions: Register Today The Camp Stevens Food Philosophy Summer Recipe: Kale Salad

summertime Summer Calendar Vacation Bible School

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ORANGE YOU GLAD YOU CAME? Campers enjoy the outdoors and healthy snacks at our diocesan camp in Julian.

Baptist Couple Visits St. Luke’s by Richard Anderson

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General Convention Diocesan Convention

FREEDOM! Surrounded by compassionate Camp Stevens staff, campers learn to show their goofy side and let go of inhibitions.


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TIME SPENT OUTDOORS

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hen I was a kid, I spent a lot of time outdoors with my brother. We would play in what we affectionately called the mudhole in our backyard. We would invite all the neighborhood kids over for games involving lots of leaves, mud and bugs. We came away from those glorious afternoons thoroughly dirty and supremely happy. Now compelling research suggests that time spent in nature reduces stress, inspires collaborative play, creates feelings of empathy for the non-human world, and facilitates better physical and social development. Christians have sometimes opined that this world is not our home, but close reading of scripture argues otherwise. Jesus connected intimately with natural elements, turning water into wine, multiplying food, and embracing the healing power of mud. Our Israelite forebears experienced God as primal elements: burning flame and a pillar of cloud. One might say that nature is the preeminent way we experience God, and begin to understand what it means to be human. Camp Stevens, our diocesan camp in Julian, knows well the restorative properties of God’s creation. The staff also know that youth seem especially sensitive and open to God in nature. For over 60 years, Camp Stevens has offered safe and open-ended learning activities for children in the natural world, providing them with

opportunities to experience God and to feel their own worth, to know deeply at their core that they are unconditionally loved. Not only that, but campers learn skills that serve them throughout their whole lives: leadership, independence, service to others, swimming, crafting, and sports of all kinds. They grow in self-confidence through talent shows and lip-sync battles. In the context of a safe, loving community, they might allow themselves to be goofy and uninhibited. As they experience this support and sense of belonging, they grow into whole-hearted adults who carry that unconditional love into their jobs, homes and communities. If you haven’t yet been to Camp, call today to make an appointment for a tour: 760-765-0028. + Hannah Wilder is the Messenger editor: hwilder@edsd.org. This issue is the second of six to highlight diocesan ministries as part of Ministry Together!

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GOING TO CAMP:

A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE

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first went to overnight camp with my Girl Scout troop and several others when I was 6. During that week we practiced building campfires, wandered in the woods, hiked down streambeds, and learned songs that still resonate, like “Make new friends, but keep the old – one is silver and the other gold.” I have lasting memories of peanut butter and honey sandwiches that had been made so far ahead that the honey-soaked bread was crunchy. I also recall crying when it was time to go home – this was wonderful, and I wanted to stay! Going to camp is a profound opportunity to make new friends and try new things, challenge yourself and experience vulnerability, and learn to appreciate the wonder of the world around us. Kids learn that not all families function the same way and that there’s more than one way to deal with conflict and difference, and they learn about sharing chores and living space. Imagine what the world would be like if every adult had that kind of experience! The quintessential reality of camp is about going apart for a time, to enter into a new and surprising reality, filled with revelatory and unexpected truths. Like a retreat, summer camp offers a liminal experience, what the Celts call a “thin place,” where the usual boundaries of normal life fade away and a deeper sense of the holy and sacred enters our awareness. We can go on retreat, or take long hikes alone to experience the wonder of creation or confront our own smallness in the midst of vastness, yet something even more surprising happens when we’re surrounded by others who are negotiating the unfamiliar and engaging what might seem overwhelming. Camp means setting aside the familiar, whether it’s turning off the electronics or eating new foods. Everybody gets

BISHOP BLESSING: With help from young friends, our assisting bishop, the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, blessed Camp Stevens in December at the Bergstrom Lodge dedication. The new lodge features linen service, private rooms and reliable wifi. opportunities to move outside comfort zones, try new things, confront fears, and discover abilities that expand a sense of what is possible. Educators call that “building resilience,” but it’s really about forming more truly human and creative people. It’s about building character and spiritual depth, learning to love yourself AND your neighbor, and discovering that it’s all intrinsic to a good life. Camp Stevens offers kids and adults a peaceful place apart, a kind of creative sabbath where growth can happen. When was the last time you went apart, turned off all the beeps and chirps demanding your attention, and simply listened to the wind in the trees, the burbling of a brook, or the symphony of frogs and bees and crickets? It doesn’t just lower your blood pressure, it expands your heart and excites whispers of thanks and awe and yearning. Some among us can find that peace-filled re-creation with dirt-stained hands in a garden; some of us take off down the trail with a loaded backpack; and some sit on the beach or surf its pounding waves. The time and space apart comes in many guises, yet the sabbath task is only to choose one and enter in as fully as we are able: to rest, to get offline, to remember that we are not slaves or automatons controlled by another. God’s people camped in the desert for 40 years to learn that they were free, that they were made in the divine image, and that the response is always to be thankful and creative. There’s an ancient rabbinical story about a man who asks what happens at the last judgment. The rabbi says that Moses will ask a person, “Did you enjoy everything God gave you to enjoy?” May you find Camp this year and experience and enjoy what you discover! + Contributed by Bishop Katharine, our assisting bishop.


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EMBRACING YOUR

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report that camp helped them get to know ilderness represents to many kids who were different from them and an untamed world beyond our their families. 74% of campers reported doreach. To others, it is a mysteing things they were initially afraid to do. rious and scary state of being. Dr. Brené Brown, author and vulnerability researcher, Campers and their families are embracing their wilderness! found that while people describe their Upon my return to Camp Stevens, own wilderness as being uncontrolled I have committed to sharing this gateway and vast they also find it to be “a place of to wilderness and personal growth with as true belonging, and the bravest and most many kids and families sacred place you will as possible, regardless ever stand.” When asked of life circumstances or about wilderness experi“74% of campers perceived barriers. Last ence at Camp Stevens, a reported doing summer, along with our summer camper stated, things they were general scholarship cam“At camp, I lose myself and find myself all at initially afraid to do.” paign, we joined with our partner, RefugeeNet, to once.” Wilderness holds send almost 40 refugee a balance of wonder and kids to camp, fully loaded with camping struggle, gratitude and challenge, opengear, transportation, and great enthusiness and fear, isolation and connection. asm. We have committed to doing the Entering the wilderness is a core part of same this year, raising resources for this the human experience. partnership at the Campership Ingathering Camp Stevens serves as an Sunday on either June 17 or 24, whichever entry point to wilderness, through peace your congregation chooses. and beauty as well as opportunities for Beyond generosity for others, we challenge and personal discovery. Famhope you will join us for a family camp, ilies, kids, teens and adults have come send a child in your life to summer camp to our sacred space for both respite and or come for a group or individual retreat. renewal. While campfires and climbing Together we can all embrace our wilderwalls are meaningful activities, it’s the ness. + Contributed by Kathy Wilder, transferable skills and experiences gained at camp that change lives. The American executive director: kathy@campstevens. Camp Association (ACA) reports that 70% org. Visit campstevens.org to learn about of camp parents report their child gaining programs and opportunities to visit. self-confidence at camp. 93% of campers


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SECURING ROOTS:

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n March I had the awesome opportunity to work with the 10th grade class of San Diego’s Waldorf School, and I helped facilitate their SEEDS program. We worked on several garden projects, including planting fruit trees on a hillside (by the cob chicken coop) to help prevent soil erosion. Shortly after the class planted them, they started to bloom! I remember a conversation I had with my coworker Lia while we were observing their buds. She told me she was sad to prune them because they were so pretty, but that we had to do it because they were putting all their energy into flowering and not rooting. In order for them to have a long life they need to secure their roots in the ground early on, and then they can direct their energy on blooming. That resonated with me.

As a camper at Camp Stevens I was eager to show others I was blooming. During team building activities, my eagerness to lead often prevented me from listening to others – I was focusing my energy on showing others that I knew what to do. Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned came from times when camp counselors challenged my adventure groups to focus our energy on listening to everyone’s ideas and sharing leadership. Communication was our roots. Camp Stevens continues to show me that tending and pruning can sometimes feel challenging, but it can result in something beautiful and sustainable. + Contributed by Emma Simons-Araya, Camp Stevens staff member.

LEFT: Sunset singing sessions await at Camp Stevens. BELOW LEFT: International campers enjoy Southern California’s natural beauty. BELOW: The ropes course can build trust and courage.


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COME TO CAMP THIS SUMMER! There’s still time to register

COUNSELOR TRAINING

ADVENTURE SESSIONS

An empowering leadership course for young counselors. Through group sessions, hands-on practice and feedback, attendees learn about communication, conflict resolution, effective listening and group development. Age requirement: 16 and completed tenth grade.

Dive into the pool. Sleep under the stars. Take a shot at archery. Every moment gives campers fun and eye-opening experiences with new friends, kind staff and delicious food. Ages: 8 - 15

PRICE: A. $370 B. $300 C. $270 SESSIONS DATES: June 17 - 26

PRICE: A. $730 B. $680 C. $630 SESSION DATES: July 1-7; July 8-14; July 22-28; and July 29 Aug 4

MINI CAMP This four-day version of our adventure session is perfect for first-time campers or experienced adventurers with tight summer schedules. The mini camp session packs the fun of Camp Stevens into one shorter week. Ages 7-12. PRICE: A. $370 B. $320 C. $270 SESSION DATES: July 15 - 18

INTERNATION- SAND TO SEA REGISTER AL ODYSSEY Join us as we explore the county ONLINE from the desert sands to the TODAY Combine the magic of an adventure session with the unique addition of cultural exchange. Students from Tokyo, Japan join American campers and staff for a horizon-expanding week exploring together and building connections. Ages 11 - 16. PRICE: A. $730 B. $680 C. $630 SESSION DATES: August 5 - 11

sea with backpacking, rock climbing, and ocean sports! All experience levels welcome. Ages 13 - 18.

PRICE: A. $770 B. $720 C. $670 SESSION DATES: July 29 August 4

Sessions are filling up! To give your child a lifechanging experience at camp this summer, register today: campstevens.org


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SPRING CALENDAR SUNDAY, JUNE 10

ECS’ ANNUAL MEETING

Help Episcopal Community Services (ECS) celebrate another year of service to the San Diego community. Learn more about their work. Evensong and annual meeting followed by a light reception. TIME & PLACE: 4 p.m. St. Dunstan’s, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego. RSVP: evite.me/YebxTTJ2ue

JUNE 17 or 24

CAMPERSHIP INGATHERING SUNDAY

Gather in donations for the annual refugee campership drive to provide refugee children with the experience of summer camp. A joint effort of RefugeeNet and Camp Stevens. LOCATION: All churches in the diocese INFO: Kathy, kathy@campstevens.org

JUNE 20 - 27

GUATEMALA HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIP

High school youth will complete several construction projects in Guatemala this summer. Their goal is to come home sweaty, dirty and tired with hearts full of love for the people they have served. Ages 15 - 18. INFO:Charlette Preslar, cpreslar@edsd.org

SATURDAY, JULY 28

VITAL TEAMS Sandra Montes and Kjerstin Besser will teach us how to transform a group of individual parishioners into a vital team. The training will focus on four aspects of teamwork: clarity around purpose, strong relationships, improved meeting processes and a focus on results. Lunch included. TIME: PLACE: COST: INFO:

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. John’s, 460 First Ave, Chula Vista $20/person; scholarships available edsd.org/event/vitalteams

THURSDAY - FRIDAY, JULY 5 - 13

GENERAL CONVENTION

Our deputies and two alternates will travel to Austin, Texas this summer to participate in the Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention. This body meets once every three years to pass resolutions, elect new leaders and give voice to the Church as a whole. Follow our deputies via the Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/edsdgc or check out their posts on the diocesan blog: edsd.org/blog. See article on page 15 for more information. LOCATION: Austin Convention Center INFO: generalconvention.org


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WALKING WITH ANGELS Diocesan middle schoolers will live firsthand among the signs, sounds, smells and textures of urban life in Los Angeles as we prepare and serve food, sort clothes, and more. During these hands-on ministry opportunities, we hope to encounter the angels among us, whom we so often overlook. Youth entering grade 7 - exiting grade 9. INFO: Alex, ahoward@stbartschurch.org

JULY 13 - 14

HEALING CONFERENCE

Learn how to bring healing to yourself and others. The Rev. Mike Flynn, Episcopal priest and author, will teach participants about modeling responsiveness to the Holy Spirit in life and ministry. COST: $10 before July 2; $15 after July 2 TIME: Friday, 5:30 p.m. - Saturday, 5 p.m. LOCATION: Good Shepherd, 3990 Bonita Rd., Bonita INFO: Ted Parsons, 619-267-4760 or goodshepherdbonita@gmail.com

SATURDAY, JULY 14

PRIDE PARADE

Bear witness to God’s fearless love by marching in San Diego’s Gay Pride Parade. We hope to have a joyful diocesan presence again this year. Come early to participate in a street Eucharist during the staging time, walk the parade route and enjoy a barbeque at the Cathedral. TIME: 12 p.m. parade start time, but our group will gather at 10 a.m. INFO: Jeff Martinhauk, martinhaukj@stpaulcathedral.org

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

STEWARDSHIP FOR THE HEART & SOUL Learn from reputed stewardship expert, the Rev. Lance Ousley, about a theological and spiritual understanding of stewardship, how to construct a meaningful and effective annual pledge drive, and how to deepen your congregation’s year-round stewardship awareness. Lunch included. TIME: PLACE: COST: INFO:

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. St. Michael’s, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd. $20/person; scholarships available edsd.org/event/stewardship18

FRIDAY - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - 10

DIOCESAN CONVENTION Like a mustard seed . . . Growing in Christ

Come to our annual convention. Delegates vote on the budget and resolutions and elect people to diocesan positions. The Rev. Deb Seles and the Rev. Mark Hargreaves will lead us in an exploration of authentic Episcopal evangelism, watering the seeds that have already been planted. LOCATION: St. Dunstan’s, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego INFO: edsd.org/diocon

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

ELECTING CONVENTION

FRIDAY, JULY 27

Delegates will elect our fifth diocesan bishop on this historic day. LOCATION: St. Bartholomew’s, Poway INFO: edsd.org

PADRES NIGHT

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Cheer the Padres as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks! Come early to enjoy a diocesan-wide choir singing the national anthem, the party in the park featuring live music, drink specials and a country theme, and time with fellow Episcopalians! TIME & PLACE: 5 p.m. Party in the Park. 7:10 p.m. Game starts. Petco Park. INFO: Sean Nickelsen, 619-795-5134 or snickelsen@padres.com

CONSECRATION & ORDINATION OF OUR FIFTH BISHOP

Our fifth diocesan bishop will be consecrated and ordained. LOCATION: St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego INFO: edsd.org


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THE CAMP STEVENS FOOD PHILOSOPHY

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t Camp Stevens we take great care to prepare delicious and nutritious meals for our guests and resident staff, carrying our respect for our Earth from the garden into the kitchen and onto the table. We prefer to sit down together, family style in order to celebrate the bounty and to promote a community atmosphere. A significant part of our environmental stewardship revolves around the camp kitchen. The types of food we serve, how they are prepared, stored and the reuse of waste products all affect the health of our bodies and our planet. Our aim is to provide excellent alternatives to the typical processed camp style meals and to continue to satisfy all appetites, from the summer camper to the sophisticated palate. • We seek to support the most sustainable food production methods by using organic products whenever possible (free from harmful pesticides, fertilizers, preservatives and additives and non-genetically modified). • We do our best to prepare meals using healthy cooking methods to preserve the nutritive value of the food. The majority of our meals are prepared from scratch, using quality products. We keep the fat, sugar and sodium content low and use organic whole grains, milled flours, herbs and spices. • There will always be a plant-based protein option available to every meal. • Our dairy products are mostly organic, and the eggs are from free-

range or camp-raised hens. • We choose not to serve beef and pork due to the tremendous resources required to produce a relatively small amount of protein, plus the effect raising such livestock has on our environment. • Our own gardens produce fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and herbs, and we purchase locally grown produce when available. • The coffees and teas we offer are roasted locally, and shade grown, organic, and fair trade contracted whenever possible. • We purchase products in bulk to minimize excessive packaging. We avoid non-recyclable materials, and we vigilantly recycle all cardboard, glass, metal, plastics, aluminum and tin containers. • A great deal of thought goes into planning meals to minimize waste by preparing the correct amounts and using excess food safely and creatively. • We compost plate scrapings and kitchen scraps, which in turn becomes our garden’s nutrient rich soil, which grows our wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs. We invite you, the member of our diocese, to Camp Stevens to enjoy the food during a seasonal supper. These free, community meals celebrate each season, and give you an opportunity to come to camp and share a meal with friends, new and old. To learn more, email info@campstevens.org +


SUMMER RECIPE: KALE SALAD

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his kale salad is a hearty, nutritent dense crowd-pleaser. The lemon juice softens the kale leaves into delectable morsels, and the toasted seeds give a fun little pop. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients: 1/3 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, sliced into very thin half moons 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1 pound baby kale 1 avocado

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Combine the Braggs, lemon juice, and oil together in a bowl with a whisk. Place the onions in the bowl with the dressing. Allow the onions to marinate while you prepare the rest of the salad. Toast each of the seeds separately in a skillet. It is important to toast them separately because they are different sizes and have different roasting times. Toast each seed until just golden and fragrant. Cool to room temperature. Toss the seeds and kale together with the marinated onions and as much dressing as necessary to lightly but not completely dress the kale. Massage the dressing into the kale with your hands, adding more dressing if necessary. Cut the avocado into cubes and place on top of the salad. Enjoy! Note: If you can’t find baby kale, you can use full leaves of kale. Destem the kale by either using a knife to slice the leaves off the stem, or use one hand to hold the edge of the stem and use your other hand to run along the stem, pulling off the leaf as your hand runs down the stem. Stack the kale leaves and slice into a 1/4-inch ribbon. This is the most important step, so take your time. The success of this recipe lies in cutting the kale into small ribbons and in completely massaging the kale with the dressing. + If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask Food Service Director Laurie Wesp, laurie@ campstevens.org.

LOVELY LOAF: Every week, kitchen staff make the famous camp bread, an economical decision, and a delicious dimension of Camp Stevens.


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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 18 - 22

JULY 9 - 13

TimeLab TIME: 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: Good Shepherd, 3990 Bonita Rd., Bonita, CA 91902 COST: $25 per camper, $25 per parent, dinner included REGISTER: Call the church office, 619-479-0943

Let Your Light Shine AGES: 3 - 11 LOCATION: St. James, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037 COST: $35, multi-child discount available INFO: gabrielle@sjbts.org, 858-459-3421 extension 108

GOOD SHEPHERD

JUNE 18 - 22

ST. PETER’S

Renew AGES: K-4th grade TIME: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. LOCATION: St. Peter’s, 334 14th St., Del Mar, CA COST: $75, Scholarships available INFO: stpetersdelmar.net/vbs2018 or lscottjones@stpetersdelmar.net

JUNE 25 - 29

ST. MICHAEL’S

Shipwrecked TIME: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. LOCATION: St. Michael’s 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008 COST: $65 per camper, $35 per sibling REGISTER: stmichaelsbythesea.org/vbs

JUNE 25 - 29

ST. DUNSTAN’S

Shipwrecked AGES: K - 5th grade TIME: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. LOCATION: St. Dunstan’s, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego, CA 92120 COST: $35, includes snacks and materials REGISTER: stdunstans.org

JUNE 25 - 29

ST. ANDREW’S

Rolling River Rampage TIME: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. LOCATION: St. Andrew’s, 890 Balour Dr., Encinitas, 92024 COST: $95 per camper, $30 per sibling INFO: contact@standrewsepiscopal.org

ST. JAMES

JULY 18 - 22

ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S Renew AGES: 3 years old - 5th Grade in Fall TIME: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. LOCATION: St. Bartholomew’s, 16275 Pomerado Rd., Poway, CA 92064 COST: $50 per child $5 discount for each additional sibling INFO: stbartschurch.org/vbs

AUGUST 6 - 10

ALL SOULS’

Rolling River Rampage AGES: 3 years - 5th grade TIME: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. LOCATION: All Souls’, 1475 Catalina Blvd., San Diego, 92107 COST: $70 per camper, $120 for two, $150 for three, includes Tshirt, CD, supplies, snacks, scholarships available INFO: youth@allsoulspointloma.org

AUGUST 6 - 10

ST. DAVID’S

Joyful Noise Music Camp for Kids AGES: 6 - 12 TIME: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. LOCATION: St. David’s, 5050 Milton St., San Diego, CA 92110 COST: $200 per camper, before and after care available for $25 each REGISTER: saintdavidschurch.com


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A BAPTIST COUPLE VISITS

ST LUKE’S, NORTH PARK

BLESSED IN BAPTISM: The Rev. Laurel Mathewson, co-vicar of St. Luke’s, baptizes a new member of the congregation. St. Luke’s is one of the primary cultural centers for South Sudanese Americans in San Diego.

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ean and Dona Fitzgerald usually worship at a Baptist Church. But one Sunday not long ago they were among those celebrat-

among people who had experienced daning the Lord’s Day at St. Luke’s, San Diego ger, forced migration and other unsettling - North Park. Some of those in the pews forces in their lives. They spent 11 years in were South Sudanese Americans who Jordan, followed by 29 years in Gaza. over the years or even recently had moved The Rev. Colin Mathewson and to southern California, seeking new life his wife, the Rev. Laurel Mathewson, and refuge from war-torn countries. The congregation also included Congolese ref- provide pastoral care and leadership at St. ugees, as well as some who have attended Luke’s. Colin spoke of “helping one of our immigrant families find housing. They are the parish for a long time. a family of eight now living in two rooms Dona described the welcome at in University Heights. St. Luke’s as “warm and The father is a janitor at a friendly. It was wonder“The Sudanese hotel. After the service last ful to worship with such now welcome the Sunday several parishiona varied congregation. ers and I gathered with the The church was crowded Congolese into family in the church. We with children who really the congregation.” hoped to help them find a seemed to feel at home in place to live, but we also the place.” Her words echo felt it was important just to an invitation on the parish website: “We dream to be a place where all be with them during this hard time.” The first immigrants from South people can enter into uncomfortable and Sudan arrived in San Diego decades ago. brave spaces with others different from The children of that group are now in high themselves – different races, ethnicities, school and college. They chose St. Luke’s classes, creeds, sexual orientations and because their church background was gender identities – and find their perspecAnglican. Other Sudanese continue to tives and hearts transformed.” Sponsored arrive. A more recent refugee group is the as missionaries by the Southern Baptist Congolese. There are many cultural differConvention, Dean, a surgeon, and Dona, a ences as well as a difference in language registered nurse, had served many years ST LUKES, CONTINUED ON PAGE 15


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DUTIFUL DEPUTIES: (Front L-R) Hanh Tran, Brenda Sol, Pauline Getz, Colin Mathewson. (Middle L-R) Craig Noble, Judy Brown, Penny Bridges, Gwynn Lynch. (Back L-R) Katharine Jefferts Schori, Andrew Green, Butch Glosson, Mark McKone-Sweet

GENERAL CONVENTION This year’s convention will consider requiring that all dioceses distribute a wedding liturgy for same-sex couples and allowing such ceremonies, over the strong opposition of about a dozen bishops. The 2015 General Convention approved the liturgy for trial use with the permission of the local bishop diocesan,

and such marriages are permitted in 93 dioceses across the United States. Other important issues at convention will include a proposal for a comprehensive revision of the Book of Common Prayer (1979); examination of the church’s disciplinary process for bishops, priests, and deacons; and a dispute between the two governing bodies — the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies — on whether the president of the deputies should be compensated for what has always been a volunteer position. The 2018 convention will be held in Austin July 5 to 13; some meetings will begin on July 3. + Learn more: generalconvention.org.

DIOCESAN CONVENTION

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ur 45th Annual Diocesan Convention will take place Friday - Saturday, November 9 - 10 at St. Dunstan’s, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego, 92120. Our theme: Like a Mustard Seed . . . Growing in Christ. All are welcome to this annual gathering of Episcopal churches in our diocese, which spans San Diego and Imperial Counties, parts of Riverside County and Yuma, Arizona. Delegates will elect leaders to diocesan positions and vote on the budget and resolutions to guide our common life in the coming year. Our keynote presenters hail from St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert (the Rev. Deb Seles, associate) and from St James, La Jolla (the Rev. Dr. Mark Hargreaves, rector).

They will speak about authentic Episcopal evangelism. Worship as one body. Share meals. Enjoy a festive cocktail hour on Friday evening surrounded by dioesan ministry displays. Come to diocesan convention. + Register for convention on the diocesan website: edsd.org/diocon.


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to be seen than the building. Offices and between these two groups. The Sudanese activity rooms adjacent to the church now welcome the Congolese into the are places of meeting for community parish, just as they experienced years groups as well as a shelter for those who ago. About 20% of the congregation live are homeless. Neighbors are also aware in the neighborhood. A great deal of effort of the large open area just north of the is put forth at St. Luke’s to be inclusive of church building. It is an urban farm run by all. While Sunday services are primarily in City Heights high school students. Youth English from the Book of Common Prayer, FarmWorks is a paid internship program the announcements and the gospel reading are in Swahili and Arabic as well. While sponsored by the International Rescue the prayer book liturgy is of the land where Committee (IRC). The students learn how to plant, grow, harvest and sell vegetables. the immigrant parishioners now live, the They sell produce at the North Park farmhymns are native to the lands where they er’s market on Thursday afternoons or in once lived. The music is joyous. English front of the farm on Saturday mornings. translations of the words are printed in a Another IRC program will move leaflet for worshipers and some talented to St. Luke’s as soon as funds are raised parishioners demonstrate that they know to upgrade its commercial how to make native drums kitchen. This will provide a do what those drums were “...Announcements paid hands-on work readintended to do. iness program for low-lit The North Park and the gospel eracy refugee women to neighborhood developed reading are in gain English communias part of a post-World cation skills and formal War I expansion. In 1923 Swahili and Arabic work experience. There several members of All as well.” are only a few other such Saints’, San Diego organprograms in San Diego ized an Episcopal Sunday County. These programs school. It met for the first are two of the results of an ongoing parttime on St. Luke’s Day in 1923. The 1925 nership between the IRC, St. Luke’s and journal of the Diocese of Los Angeles lists St. Luke’s as a mission congregation of All the North Park community. Contributions Saints’. St. Luke’s became a parish in 1939. to support the ministry are welcome – be in touch with Colin Mathewson: colin@ The inclusive ministry now celebrated stlukesnorthpark.org . there is the result of a cooperative effort The laughter and happy voices by St. Luke’s, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the of children at St. Luke’s call attention to Diocese of San Diego. The Mathewsons a new play area dedicated last April. Accame to St. Luke’s after serving as curates cording to Laurel Mathewson it is a project at the Cathedral. A representative of the begun by a Christian group known as the North Park parish is a member of the Cathedral chapter (vestry, or governing body). Genesis Church that shares worship space Cathedral parishioners participate on Sundays. Episcopal services take place at 7:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The Genesis at St. Luke’s in various ways. Bob Carney, Church worships at 9:30 a.m. The Episcofor example, assists in the children’s minpal congregation’s joining in supporting istry on the third Sunday of each month. “Since I was a public school teacher for 30 the new play area is a symbol of the common concern both congregations have for years, creating and presenting my lesthe people living east of Balboa Park. sons is left for me to decide. I have been a Those members of All Saints’ volunteer for more than a year. I know the parish who attended that Sunday School children and their parents. Language is class in 1923 had no idea, of course, often a challenge because some children that they were taking the initial steps arrive never having been exposed to that would lead to today’s ministry at St. English. This challenge does not linger, Luke’s. And those in ministry at St. Luke’s however, as the students learn English very quickly.” Bob describes three levels of now have no idea of what might result in future years because of their current activlearning for the children: pre-school, lower ities. As Dean Fitzgerald put it, “Ministry primary, and upper primary groups. Dawn is a way of offering thanksgiving for the Stary is the children and family minister present as well as an expression of hope for the parish. for days to come.” + Contributed by the The St. Luke’s church building is easy to locate on Thirtieth Street just Rev. Richard Anderson of St. Paul’s Cathesouth of University Avenue. But those dral: churchtrain@aol.com. living near the parish know there is more


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