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IN THIS ISSUE:
Ministry with elders Senior Center Without Walls; Eric Hubert, making community at St. Paul’s Towers; St. Luke’s, Walnut Creek
161st Convention roundup The Very Rev. Jane Shaw, Ph.D., eighth dean of Grace Cathedral A call for climate justice The Rev. “Griff” Griffin on December 2010 climate gathering in the Dominican Republic
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Irwin and Dorothy Mayers, joined St. Paulâ€™s Towers in 2005
Our Spirit Of
COMMUNITY Expands Beyond An Address.
The Diocese service to seniors can be traced back to 1869 with the establishment of the Protestant Episcopal Old Ladies Home, now known as Presidio Gate Apartments. We grew with a generous gift of land in Pacific Grove that would become Canterbury Woods. Today, Episcopal Senior Communities continues to enrich lives and carry the principles of our not-for-profit mission through senior living communities, along with a variety of programs and services for seniors living in their homes. To learn more about our programs or communities, visit jtm-esc.org or call 925.956.7400.
2185 N. California Blvd., Suite 575, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Episcopal Senior Comunities is a not for profit, public benefit organization. Episcopal Senior Communities is currently an Institution of the Episcopal Diocese of California. The Diocese does not actually own, control, manage or otherwise operate any continuing care retirement community owned or operated by Episcopal Senior Communities. EP594 111910
Diocesan Calendar Sat, Dec 4 DioCal Youth Consultation and General Ordinations Grace Cathedral
Tue, Dec 7 through Fri, Dec 10 Climate Justice Gathering Dominican Republic Sat, Jan 8 Quite Day at Bishop’s Ranch
Sat, Jan 15 Celebration of New Ministry The Rev. Lori Walton St. James’, Fremont Sat, Jan 22 Celebration of New Ministry The Rev. Stina Pope Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco
Thurs, Feb 3 through Fri, Feb 4 Executive Council Retreat Bishop’s Ranch Sat, Feb 5 Celebration of New Ministry The Rev. John Kirkley St. James’, San Francisco
Fri, Feb 11 through Sat, Feb 12 Clergy Spouse/Partner Retreat Bishop’s Ranch Sat, Feb 12 AEMCH 30th Anniversary All Soul’s, Berkeley
Sat, Feb 19 Absalom Jones Commemoration St. Augustine’s, Oakland
Fri, Feb 25 through Sun, Feb 27 Happening 28 St. Stephen’s, Belvedere
Table of Contents From the Bishop 4 Lifelong wisdom and creativity
Guest Editors 5 Canon Jan Parkin and Julia McCray-Goldsmith
Around the Diocese 6–7 Christ Church, Alameda, climbs on board; Installation of Grace Cathedral’s new dean
News Feature 8–9 Senior Center Without Walls
Feature 10–12 Ministry with elders enriches the Diocese of California; Resource Compendium; ECS aids seniors
Telling Our Stories 13 Eric Hubert, making community at St. Paul’s Towers
DioCal Spotlight 14 St. Luke’s, Walnut Creek
The Episcopal Church News in Brief 15 USAID awards Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance
InFormation 16 When was it that we saw you?
Diocesan Convention 17 Summary of the 161st Convention
Cultivate DioCal 18
A call for climate justice
News in Photos 19
D E C E M B E R 2010 – F E B R UA RY 2011 VO L . 147 N O. 4 Pacific Church News is published by the Diocese of California, The Episcopal Church. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to 1055 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94108. The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, publisher; Canon Sean T. McConnell, editor; Ms. Francesca Pera, managing editor. The Diocese of California seeks to enter a new era of the Church’s life emphasizing diversity, embeddedness, and collaboration. We believe The Episcopal Church has a charism, a gift, to be a generous form of Christianity. The Diocese of California has embraced the vision put forth a hundred years ago by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, later espoused by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that we should manifest “the beloved community” — the living out of our essential interrelatedness in Christ. If you would like to submit an article to Pacific Church News, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last April, retired diocesan clergy joined Bishop Marc Andrus for a celebratory Eucharist and luncheon at Grace Cathedral. As we honor diocesan ministry with elders, we felt it fitting to recognize the continuing ministries of our retired deacons, priests, and bishops. Photo by Sean T. McConnell ✥ Winter 2010 / 2011
THE RT. REV. MARC HANDLEY ANDRUS
From the Bishop
Lifelong wisdom and creativity
n his early 80s, the great spiritual leader Fr. Bede Griffiths suffered a massive stroke. In the midst of this crisis he had a profound spiritual experience that transformed his understanding of himself and of God. He lived the remaining years of his life on what he regarded as an entirely deeper level of existence by means of a grace whose power and qualities had been entirely unforeseen previously. My own late spiritual director, Sr. Maurus Allen, OSB, who had lived at Fr. Bede’s ashram in India many years before, was widely recognized as a person of great spiritual maturity and wisdom. As she was dying in her 82nd year from undiagnosed pneumonia, she said she was not ready to go — she was still learning so much, finding so much newness in the world. And Rusty Archibald, a dear friend and parishioner in Virginia who had led the most remarkable life: daughter of a famous race horse trainer in England, shuttling in her girlhood with her father between the racing season in England (where he trained for the Queen) and India (where he trained for a Maharajah); first woman to ride race horses for track training in Middleburg; ambulance driver in London during World War II; a person who had lived in recovery for nearly 40 years. At age 80 Rusty (in honor of her red hair) threw herself into Education for Ministry, another Bible study, teaching in an English as a Second Language program in the parish, and other activities. In the midst of all her new parish-based activities, Rusty said to me, “I didn’t know that life could be new at age 80! I feel like I’m starting over, and am so happy.” Our society is famously dismissive of its elders. If we acknowledge the value of elders, it is as the holders of wisdom they have learned over a lifetime, and what our culture values, really, is the future, not the past. Such devaluation of wisdom is a mistake, but there is a further mistake: the discounting of the capacity of our elders for creativity, discovery, leadership in the new. And is it true that elders tend to get stuck in their ways? Any of us who have worked with young people know that while there is great daring zest for the new among the young, there are also (in my experience) equal proportions of young people who are set in their ways and risk averse. Some elders are able to sustain a creative stance throughout life. Some other elders, like the ones I mentioned above find themselves surprised by new possibilities, becoming newly creative in their later years. When we consider that the creativity of our elders rests on experience and wisdom, we might even imagine that their creativity is greatly to be desired in this time of extreme challenge. ✥
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hristian faith formation in the Episcopal Church is a lifelong journey with Christ, in Christ, and to Christ,” witnesses the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation, passed as resolution A082 at General Convention 2009. Yes, of course, but… what does the “lifelong” part mean for those of us who have aged out of Sunday school, or who have perhaps even aged out of our grandchildren’s Sunday school? The Gospel of Luke introduces us to a pair of unlikely elders — Simeon and Anna — who offer some surprisingly contemporary answers. You know the type: stalwarts of the temple who have been there forever, who know all the prayers by heart (and who notice if you don’t). Prior to the appearance of the infant Jesus, nothing in their stories suggests that they had particular prophetic insight. But the years they spent nurtured by the Torah and fed by their faith traditions created in them an expectation of God’s salvation that enabled them to recognize and bear witness to the Good News when it was their time to do so. And at their best, that is what our learning and faith practices equip us for: to recognize and proclaim Christ at every age and stage. In this issue of Pacific Church News, we explore elder ministry. Not
Ministry with DioCal elders just ministry to elders, or for elders, but also ministry with and by the faithful whose devotion has inspired generations, and who steadfastly remind the rest of us to be a community in Christian service to each other. Towards this end, the Diocese of California is gathering the wisdom of elders. In September we convened an elder ministry consultation to discover the resources that are available to support this ministry. We discovered resources for elders who are at risk, and for those who are isolated, such as Episcopal Senior Communities’ “Senior Center Without Walls” (see p. 8). We learned of elderspecific congregational programs, and also intergenerational efforts. One DioCal congregation, St. Luke’s, Rossmoor, is composed, entirely, of elders (see p. 14). We learned, first hand, from elders who live out their faith in congregations throughout the diocese (see p. 10). What these leaders told us is that there are more resources than any of us realized, but communication and coordination are vital. As our Christian formation cannot exist in a vacuum, neither can our elder ministry. Are there elders involved in your congregation who can help foster ministry in a neighboring church? Would an elder ministry be more vital if two congregations joined programs? What if they reached out beyond their church walls? How can we make information about elder ministry easy to find, and easy to use (see p. 12)? This issue of the PCN provides answers to some of these questions, and invites you to offer even more. How can we best live in, serve, and be nurtured by a Beloved Community that embraces all ages in a journey of lifelong formation and Christian service? Listening to stories told in voices young and old is a first step. Just like patient Simeon and Anna, we may be surprised to recognize just what or who we’ve been looking for. And, learning from fellow Episcopalians of all ages, we are certain to be humbled, and inspired on the way. ✥ Canon Jan Parkin is the Executive Director of Episcopal Charities Julia McCray-Goldsmith is Working Group Head for Discipleship Ministries Pacific Church News ✥ Winter 2010 / 2011
Around the Diocese
Christ Church, Alameda, climbs on board by Adrienne Yee
ince the Spanish American War (1898), volunteers of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) have knitted, collected, packed, and distributed gifts to mariners who are miles away from home during the holidays. The gift consists of a hand-knit garment, a personal letter, and information on SCI’s services. In addition to this, SCI also includes several useful items like hand lotion, lip balm, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and a bar of soap — things difficult to come by when working long stretches at sea. Knitting groups around the country connect with SCI in weekly knitting meetings at churches and at knitting-sponsored events. Through online sites like www.ravelry.com and the CAS blog (blogs.seamenschurch.org), the institute works with hundreds to make the program effective. The historic name of this volunteer program, Christmas at Sea, only partially describes the work of the people who make holidays a little warmer for mariners.
While gift distribution happens during winter months, collection and creation of items happens year round, and while many gifts go to international mariners working “at sea,” thousands of gifts also go to mariners working on inland waterways here in the United States. In February, the Outreach Commission at Christ Church, Alameda, asked parishioners to join SCI’s Christmas at Sea (CAS) program by providing ‘ditty’ bags full of necessities. Soon after announcements were made, CAS exploded within the congregation. Parishioners knitted hats and scarves, sewed ditty bags, and donated items. In June, children from Christ Church and three neighboring churches made holiday cards for the bags. Additionally, one parish family assembled mending kits, using recycled RX bottles, buttons, thimbles, pins and needles, and thread. On a recent Saturday, Christ Church families visited SCI’s Oakland facility, The International Maritime Center. During the visit they assembled 60 ditty bags with everything made and donated by parishioners.
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The bags were brought back to Christ Church, and with SCI-Bay Area members present, they were blessed by Interim Rector, the Rev. Anne Jensen, during a Sunday morning worship service. The blessed bags will be delivered to the Paris Express and APL Sweden, two ships being adopted by the church’s youth group. They will learn about the ships and the 60 crew on board the ships — their homeland and nationality, their jobs on board, and about families back home. They will also follow and chart the course of the two ships as they make their way across the ocean, loading and unloading cargo in foreign lands. The time, talent, and generosity extended by Christ Church parishioners will warm the hearts of mariners when they find a special gift waiting for them on Christmas morning. (SCI, now 176 years old, is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. For more information about SCI and their outreach to mariners from around the world, visit their website at www.seamenschurch.org) ✥
Around the Diocese
Shaw installed as eighth dean of Grace Cathedral
n the darkness of an autumn evening, a special Evensong service was held at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. The inky dark cathedral was filled with clergy, Episcopalian and otherwise; religious leaders from near and far; civic leaders; international guests; and members of the cathedral and diocesan family; all gathered to welcome the eighth dean of Grace Cathedral, the Very Rev. Jane Allison Shaw, Ph.D., and to witness her installation. The Evensong service on Saturday, November 6, began a two-day celebration that included a celebratory reception, an educational
forum on the role of cathedrals in the 21st century, and a Sunday morning festal choral Eucharist in which the new dean preached and the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, presided. The Evensong featured traditional Anglican music by the likes of Thomas Tallis, Herbert Howells,
and Bernard Rose, and chant settings by John Fenstermaker, the cathedral’s Canon Director of Music from 1971 – 2000, and by the current Canon Director of Music Benjamin Bachman. Under direction of Bachman, the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys joined the mixed voices of the Cathedral Camerata with accompaniment by Assistant Director of Music Thomas Joyce as organist, and the renowned Quartet San Francisco. After the institution and installation of the new dean, the sermon was offered by the Rev. Canon Dr. Vincent Strudwick, friend, mentor, and Oxford colleague of Dean Shaw. The next morning, a reprise of The Forum at Grace Cathedral, which Shaw says will return weekly in the new year, was hosted by Shaw entitled “From Medieval to Modern: Cathedrals in the 21st Century.” Guests for the forum were the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of California; the Rev. Professor Marilyn McCord Adams, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, UNC, Chapel Hill; Professor Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Mary Wolfe Professor of Historical Theology Emerita, Episcopal Divinity School; and the Very Rev. Rowan Smith, Emeritus Dean of Cape Town Cathedral. Sunday’s Choral Eucharist featured beautiful and dissonant Ordinary music by French
organist Jean Langlais. Bishop Andrus presided and Dean Shaw preached in her second sermon at Grace Cathedral — the first was the opening Eucharist of the 2010 diocesan convention. (Listen to Dean Shaw’s All Saints’ sermon online at www.GraceCathedral.org) Following the homily, the dean and bishop processed to the font where the President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church Bonnie Anderson, and diocesan chancellor Christopher Hayes gave the canons of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of California to the new dean. Then, the dean led the congregation in the Renewal of Baptismal Vows after which she was presented with a candle representing the light of baptism from the cathedral’s Sunday school children. The children, each carrying a candle, led the procession back to the sanctuary where they placed their votives on the steps to the altar. A multitude of people attended each of the services and the new dean made time to greet every person who presented themselves to her. As Dr. Strudwick reminded the gathering at the Evensong service, this is a new chapter in the life of Grace Cathedral, one that inspires new opportunity for the cathedral, the city of San Francisco, and the Diocese of California. ✥
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News Feature Reaching out to touch seniors
Senior Center Without Walls
lives up to its name
by Hailey McKeefry Delmas
ore than thirty years ago, AT&T got people to pick up the phone and let each other know that they cared with its “Reach Out and Touch Someone” advertising campaign. A quarter of a century later, the Senior Center Without Walls (SCWW) brought that same attitude to bear with even more heart and soul when it began reaching out over the telephone lines to touch the lives of homebound seniors. “In 2004, having worked for a couple of years as an information referral gerontologist for elders, I knew there were a lot of isolated seniors and not enough services for them,” said director Terry Englehart, who had been working with a senior resource program offered as a service to the community by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakland.
Inspired by a New York-based program that offered classes over the telephone, Englehart used a $2,500 donation that she received to underunderwrite a conference calling system and invited a handful of seniors to
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join her on the phone to share jokes and funny stories. The Funny Bones Humor group was born. Soon, other groups and topics followed and the program started changing lives. “I can think of at least a dozen people who have told us that they were at the end of their rope and that this program has saved their life,” said Amy Schaible, associate director of SCWW. “The Senior Center Without Walls is a stewardship to create and hold space where these types of connections can happen and develop.” Today, 70 plus weekly programs, which last from thirty to sixty minutes, are presented free of charge. Offerings are as varied as the people who call in, ranging from the fun and games of Bingo (in which participants receive their bingo cards in the mail) and “Armchair Traveler” (where tour guides lead virtual tours) to practical help classes that create support groups for those dealing with grief, mobility issues, and more. The SCWW has figured out a way to translate just about any activity into a conference call format, including play reading, book groups, bird watching, spirituality,
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sing-alongs, parties, spelling bees, spirituality, yoga breathing, and brain aerobics. Every Tuesday, SCWW offers special presentations on various health and safety issues. Nuts and Bolts
SCWW offers three twelveweek sessions each year, but session participants can also call in to groups in between sessions. When people register, they are given a tollfree call-in number and a code to connect to their conference. Most groups have between five and twelve people on the call and a volunteer facilitator keeps things running smoothly. Medical experts, social workers and other specialists who can provide up-to-date, rich content lead specialized groups. Often, volunteer facilitators start as members. Barbara Britton, for example, is both a regular facilitator and participant. “I tried a few of the groups and was impressed by the level of people involved,” she said, adding that she leads a play reading group and, since she has a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has also done a class on the difference between the right and left brain. Currently, the SCWW serves
people throughout California, with the concentration calling in from around the San Francisco Bay Area. This fiscal year, 600 people will benefit from the many groups offered by the program. Helping Growth Happen
Perhaps the greatest challenge to the Senior Center Without Walls is inviting these isolated seniors into the warm community that the groups provide. “Outreach is tricky,” said Englehart. “We find that most of the people need a lot of encouragement to make that first call. Often, handholding and nurturing from family members or social workers is incredibly helpful.” Englehart is working creatively to achieve that goal by partnering with Meals on Wheels to put inviting placements with the meals, by advertising in local papers, and by getting the word out to Friendly Visitor programs and caregivers. In addition, those who have found a place in the groups often invite others to take advantage of the offerings. “Once they connect, folks tell us that they feel that this is something they’ve needed and that it fills a big
gap in their lives,” said Englehart. “We know that there are thousands of homebound seniors in our area, and we don’t have thousands call in. We definitely have space for more, even though we are growing.” Ninety-one-year-old Glonlese Boswell was drawn by one of the newspaper ads about the program a number of years ago. Now the retired teacher who lives in East Palo Alto participates in the daily gratitude group as well as many classes. “The phone has been a lifeline for me,” said Boswell. “Even if I don’t participate, I learn so much. The person who thought of this deserves some kind of medal.” In 2006, SCWW became an outreach ministry of Episcopal Senior Communities, based in Walnut Creek. Today, the organization sponsors the program and handles grant writing and donation solicitation, leaving Englehart and her team to focus on the people. “My hope is that we can serve more folks and still continue to feel like we are maintaining a sense of community,” said Englehart. “We want to know our people.” Beatrice Hollander, an 81-yearold widow living in Antioch,
appreciates that personal connection even more than she likes her support group for those losing their eyesight. “They don’t look down at us seniors,” said Hollander. “They treat us like humans. Often, people treat an old person like they don’t have a brain in their head, but these ladies are here to help us.” A Growing Need
Clearly, the potential need for SCWW is huge. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, California is home to more than one million seniors over the age of 60 who live alone. The potential benefit is also notable. One 2007 study by researchers from Western Oregon University found, for example, that helping older adults increase or maintain their social networks can lead to enhanced cognitive functioning, decreased depression, and improved quality of life. The SCWW is proving that all it takes to achieve these gains is a phone call. ✥
Senior Center Without Walls Oakland, CA 877-797-7299 www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org
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Ministry with elders enriches the Diocese by Canon Jan Parkin Executive Director, Episcopal Charities
priest I know spent time serving in the geriatric ward of a county hospital in the Midwest. One day she encountered a patient in the hall. “I have something to show you,” she said. Dropping her bath robe, wearing nothing underneath, she turned 360 degrees, very slowly, and said, “This is what happens when gravity wins.” Ah yes, gravity gets us all in the end, if we’re lucky. In the Diocese of California we are fortunate to know many such lucky people, who have lived full, remarkable lives, and have had unique and valuable experiences. Are we as a diocese sharing our ministry with them as effectively as we can? A group of interested lay people, clergy, and service providers met in early September to take the first step in examining the diocese’s ministry with and for elders. As expected, we raised many more issues than we solved. First, we listed our assets. Looking around the room at the 15 people present, we expected to come up with about 30 items. But when we thought seriously about the physical, institutional, and personal resources that we could offer, there turned out to be hundreds of items. These assets included access to funding sources; rides for seniors; physicians who make house calls; volunteers to make home visits; meals on wheels; and available space in parish buildings. Plus, when we realized that our passion for ministering with seniors is, in itself, an asset, the list grew to hundreds more. Next, we listed a number of projects such as food pantries, visiting programs, and medical screenings, and then distributed our assets among them appropriately. Our assets blanketed the space provided, and then some. If we as a community possess the abundance of resources that our exercise indicates then why are so
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many seniors isolated? In 2008, about 30.5% of all non-institutionalized older persons lived alone. And why do so many live in or near poverty? Almost 3.7 million elderly persons (9.7%) were below the poverty level in 2008. Another 2.4 million, or 6.3%, of the elderly were classified as “near-poor” (income between the poverty level and 125% of this level)?* Aside from basic living needs there are also the intangibles. Are we respecting the integrity of our elder members? Are we addressing their social and spiritual needs? The good news is that there are many, many resources available to seniors all over the San Francisco Bay Area. The challenge is to connect those programs with seniors who need them, and also to connect the programs with each other. We found that programs for seniors in crisis are thriving. Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC) serves at-risk seniors in Alameda, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties, providing emergency funds for rent, food, and purchasing medication. ESC served more than 5,000 seniors in 2010 through its ElderWISE health and wellness programs, affordable housing communities, continuing care retirement communities, produce markets, Senior Center Without Walls (pp. 8 and 9), and community partnerships. In San Francisco, Episcopal Community Services’ (ECS) Canon Kip Senior Center provides a hot lunch and fellowship 365 days a year to low-income elders 60 years and older. Approximately one quarter of program participants is currently homeless. In addition to a meal, the Center offers exercise classes, support groups, nutrition workshops, occasional field trips, and the opportunity to read the paper or play cards. Case management services are also available to help elderly people access in-home care when needed. Some congregations in the diocese also seek to address elders’ specific needs. Seniors of Grace meets twice monthly, dividing its meetings between a focus
on senior health and wellness, and building community. St. John’s, Oakland, sponsors Elderberries, a program that has offered Elder Artists programs and Armchair Travelers presentations, occasionally taking field trips of their own. Elderberries also developed a parish-wide ministry to Tanzania. Other congregations focus on individual visits from a pastoral care team, and one congregation, St. Luke’s, Rossmoor, maintains a congregation that is made up entirely of seniors (p. 14). Other parish programs have become independent. Eldergivers, which began at St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco, is an active arts program for Bay Area residents in long-term care facilities. Eldergivers’ Art with Elders program offers seniors the opportunity to explore their own artistic talents. Professional artists work with seniors to create works in various media. Eldergivers also sponsors gallery showings of senior art. These showings encourage elder artists to take their art seriously, to develop their skills, and to continue to grow as artists. The gallery exhibits enable the public to view art it may not normally see, and challenges the public’s often negative perceptions of aging and of long-term care facilities. Another program that grew out of a congregational effort is San Francisco Village, which took root at St. James’. Focused on helping seniors stay in their own homes as they age, this membership organization offers a network of services, programs, and activities centered on members’ daily living needs. The program also addresses social, cultural, and educational desires with movie and book clubs; wine tasting and classes; and even salsa, swing, and tango classes. One distinctive element of San Francisco Village is its concept of member-to-member volunteer support. Members are encouraged to offer their time and skills in service of other members, and of the greater community. These volunteer skills include plant care and gardening, yoga,
Pilates, Tai Chi, dog walking, and financial services. Other Village organizations are in the process of forming in counties outside San Francisco. It is clear that there are many resources for seniors in the diocese, yet our ministry is not simply for seniors. Our ministry is very much with the elders in our midst. A thriving community is one of diversity of every kind, and age is one changing element of diversity that all people experience. Seniors are not ‘them,’ it is ‘us’ who receive the benefits of care and compassion within our community. Along with this care and compassion must come an increased awareness of the integrity of each individual. As one senior who was present at the September consultation commented, it is incorrect to assume that all seniors need financial advice, or to assume, in this age of instant messaging and video chatting, that seniors must be out of touch. A senior without a smart phone is not a senior without ‘smarts,’ but rather is a person whose preferred communications method is not the most popular one. The conversation around ministry with elders here in the Diocese of California has only just begun. It is crucial that the diocese compile a simple, easily available list of programs and resources that focus on ministry with elders. I am pleased to say that the list is in process (see p. 12). Another crucial step is to find ways for programs to work together to avoid duplicating efforts and to capitalize on each others’ strengths. Living into the Beloved Community enables us not only to share what we already know, but also to have the courage to ask for help when we do not know what to do. As we embrace, honor, and explore the talent and ministry of elders in our community more fully, there are sure to be surprises along the way. We will learn not only about our own struggles with gravity, but also about the insurmountable strength of the human spirit. And we will truly serve Christ in our own day. ✥
Photo credits: Canon Kip Senior Center of Episcopal Community Services; Eldergivers; Guy Poole; and Sean T. McConnell
* Source: US Department of Human Services Administration on Aging
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Feature Episcopal Elder Ministry Resource Compendium
ay Area city and county offices have online directories that offer referrals for seniors in crisis, and for seniors who need less critical information such as transportation information and information about respite services for caregivers. Each department lists as its mission helping seniors maximize self-sufficiency, safety and independence. It is especially useful to know that multilingual resources are also available. The range of services is broad, including: ◗ Adult Day Care ◗ Adult Protective Services ◗ Assisted Transportation ◗ Case Management ◗ Elder Abuse ◗ Friendly Visitors ◗ In-Home Supportive Services ◗ Medi-Cal Long Term Care ◗ Public Guardian ◗ Veterans Services For expert referrals and advice, recognized civic agencies and departments provide the most up-to-date and expert information. Within the Diocese of California there are elder ministries that provide pastoral care and fellowship outside official agencies. This issue of PCN examines a few such ministries, but we know that there are many more. In an effort to create a list of diocesan ministries and programs that benefit seniors, the diocese is compiling an Episcopal Elder Ministry Resource Compendium. This online resource will provide information about congregations and agencies that serve under the Episcopal Church “umbrella.” This compendium is a major undertaking, and in order for it to be successful we need everyone involved in elder ministry to contribute information.
If you know about an elder ministry program of any size, please visit: diocal.org/elderministryresource and enter your information in the online form.
ECS aids over 6,000 seniors yearly by Lana Dalberg
piscopal Community Services annually assists 5,600 lowincome seniors and disabled adults in accessing Medicare and other public benefits and services through its Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC). This new city-wide program is based at ECS’s Canon Kip Senior Center. The Center also provides daily lunches and activities for 1,300 annual participants, many of whom are homeless.
Canon Kip Senior Center welcomes seniors’ active involvement. Participant Bobby Bogan and his group Seniors Organizing Seniors successfully defended senior programs from major city budget cuts and kept the meal program at Canon Kip funded for another year. “Advocacy is so important,” declares Bobby, who was once homeless himself. “If there’s a solution, let’s try to find it together. If not, then let’s create one.” With that positive attitude, Bobby and other Canon Kip
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participants are working with ECS volunteers to make this holiday season one of the best despite the poor economy. Many Episcopal parishioners are volunteering to prepare and serve food. Others lead recreational activities. Always, they are showered with gratitude from the “Canon Kippers” for sharing their time and talents. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mallory Hasick, at 415.487.3348 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telling Our Stories
Eric Hubert, making community at St. Paul’s Towers By Sean T. McConnell
hen Eric Hubert arrived at Oakland’s St. Paul’s Towers as a resident in 2004, he already knew the facility inside and out. In fact, he probably knew the place better than most residents already living there. When the Towers opened their doors for senior living on November 5, 1966, Hubert was employed as the facility’s assistant administrator. The Ven. Darby Wood Betts, then rector of St. Paul’s Church, needed a go-to person to handle business affairs for church and towers and called on Hubert from Tulsa, Oklahoma. An Army infantry veteran of the invasion of Normandy who received a Purple Heart for injuries suffered outside Paris, Hubert moved back to his home state of Texas after graduating from Virginia’s Washington and Lee University in 1951. While working in banking he served as a cantor for the men’s choir at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Dallas, and organist
at SMU’s St. Alban’s Chapel and the Church of the Holy Cross. At the same time, Hubert was very active in supporting cultural and community programs, serving on committees of the Dallas Fine Arts Museum and the Dallas Symphony. After taking the job at St. Paul’s, Oakland in May 1966, Hubert became an usher at Grace Cathedral where he has served five deans and five bishops. His love for Anglican music and the arts made the cathedral a perfect spiritual home for Hubert. During the bicentennial celebrations of 1976, the Very Rev. Stanley F. Rodgers asked Hubert to curate four major art exhibitions throughout the year. The widely acclaimed exhibitions included a presentation of Japanese scrolls that opened on February 6, the Feast of the Martyrs of Japan; an exhibition of American music included vintage sheet music dating from the 18th century; memorabilia from maestro conductor Arturo Toscanini (it
moved on to Teatro alla Scala in Milan); and a group showing by Grace Cathedral staff artists. Hubert served St. Paul’s Towers as assistant administrator for 23 years, and in that time he was Director of Social Services; Director of Fire Safety and Disaster Preparedness; Director of Programs and Events; and Director of Community and Diocesan Relations. He also helped to establish educational curricula on aging at Vista College and Holy Names College. Needless to say, Hubert is passionate about building community and enriching the lives of those around him, while he champions the needs of the underserved. Returning to St. Paul’s Towers as a resident, his heart sank somewhat when he found no enrichment programs scheduled. Prior to his retirement, there were movies and concerts, social events and trips. Hubert quickly set out to restore these programs, and today serves as chair of the St. Paul’s Towers Events Committee. In December alone there will be lectures on iconography and remembering Pearl Harbor; films about St. Nicholas of Myra and Our Lady of Guadalupe; outings to parades and to the Mozart Festival at the new Cathedral of Christ the Light just one block from the towers; there will be holiday parties and musical offerings, all of these offered in part because of the tireless work and commitment Hubert provides to the community at St. Paul’s Towers. ✥
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St. Luke’s, Walnut Creek by the Rev. Anne Cox Bailey
’m trying to find your church, but all that’s here is a shopping center,” the caller laments. “You’ve found the church office — we don’t have a conventional church building,” explains Administrative Assistant, Laura Rasmussen. So
at 10 a.m. every Sunday in the Diablo Room — a happy irony. Altar guild members come early to arrange the altar, the choir rehearses, and refreshments are prepared. Following the service, a coffee hour is held on one side of the large room. Then the altar guild puts everything away in lockers, and the room returns to its unadorned
begins another conversation about St. Luke’s, Walnut Creek. Many Episcopalians live in Rossmoor, a retirement community of almost 10,000. Those who have particular preferences go to one of a dozen churches in the vicinity, but when they no longer attend those congregations, the Episcopal Church is still present for them here in their own community. What they find is a vibrant and engaged group of elders who are experienced, intelligent, and wise, demonstrating that church is people not a building. “Our stained glass windows are our faces,” one parishioner explained. Founded in 1966, the parish is one of the original Rossmoor “clubs.” The main service meets
status, ready for the next group who has reserved the room. If experience and time equals wisdom, then St. Luke’s is a vast spiritual treasure. After lifetimes pursuing vocations and raising families, the people of St. Luke’s enter the stage of life devoted to weaving these strands into a coherent whole, discovering a comprehensive meaning in life. St. Luke’s community includes both a “youth group” (those in their 60s and 70s) and a more mature group that is not necessarily less active. Pastoral and social visits from clergy, lay Eucharistic visitors, and the “Friendly Visitors Society” take place each week. Our “Buddy System” reaches as far as Hong
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Kong. St. Luke’s acts on the belief, “If you can’t come to church, church should come to you.” A second Sunday service is held in one of four assisted living and skilled nursing residences in the afternoon. St. Luke’s “makes church” in these houses of healing, transforming common rooms into sanctuaries: bringing the bread and wine, crisp linens, crystal vessels, candles (electric, as permitted), and bulletins complete with music. The purpose is to nourish and empower a praying community of the faithful who are the Face of Christ. This ministry assists people in discerning the Holy wherever they may find themselves. It confirms that both spiritual and physical wellbeing are essential to healing. Family and friends often attend worship with their loved ones, and shared experience inspires robust faith and encourages deep bonds of affection extending beyond the worshipping community. Making church in the midst of these healing environments tangibly transforms lives with the potential to foster greater understanding and compassion among residents, family, friends, and employees, regardless of denominational background. These activities and many other thriving ministries, along with the gifts of each member — lay and cleric alike — together create an experience of living faith grounded in Episcopal liturgical and theological tradition. These warm and very human gifts of wisdom and support are the essence of St. Luke’s mission statement: “Caring and sharing through inspirational worship and fellowship.” Standing on the shoulders of the faithful who preceded us, St. Luke’s will soon enter its 45th year of ministry among our Creator’s shining examples of enduring faith. ✥
The Episcopal Church News in Brief
USAID awards Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance
he Very Rev. William Rankin, former President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School and current President and CEO of Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) recently announced a $1.7 million, 5-year grant from USAID to train 40 new nurses and to bolster Malawi health care. The USAID-GAIA Malawi Nurse Education Project is targeted at combating HIV/AIDS, maternal mortality, and improving emergency care. Forty nurses will be trained at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) in Malawi and will join 168 others currently supported with GAIA funds. In collaboration with the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, KCN, and Jphiego (an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University), the award will also provide training to 400 Malawi nurses to boost skills in antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS, basic emergency obstetrical care, and triage. Malawi struggles with enormous health challenges. Some 930,000 of its 14-million population are HIV-positive, and the epidemic has created over 500,000 orphans. Malawi’s maternal mortality ratio is one of the highest in the world and almost half of all births take place outside of health care facilities. Health care workers are undertrained and function with limited resources. The GAIA Nursing Program started in 2005 and the first GAIA Scholar to graduate was Ms. Kaboni Gondwe. She distinguished herself as a student, served on the pediatrics ward of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, and was subsequently hired in a faculty position at the Kamuzu College of Nursing. She recently won a Fulbright scholarscholar ship to pursue her master’s degree at Ohio University, and will return to the Kamuzu College faculty after completion. For more information about GAIA’s mission to deliver HIV related basic health services to rural villages and health facilities in Africa, go to www.thegaia.org. ✥ Pacific Church News
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JULIA M C CR AY-GOLDSMITH
When was it that we saw you?
n the early church it was sometimes difficult — just as it is today — for all members of the community to gather together in order to celebrate the Eucharist. The reasons might include ones familiar to us — for example, sickness or infirmity — but in a context where Christianity was profoundly countercultural, reasons for absence from corporate worship might have been the prohibition by an employer, a slave owner, or a father or husband. From its earliest days the church did not allow the absence of its members to render them isolated or invisible. If people could not come to church, the church would go to them. Communing was considered so important — so vital to both the spiritual health of the person and the unity of the community — that delegates were given responsibility (sometimes at great personal risk) for taking the consecrated bread and wine to those members of the community who could not join the Eucharistic gathering. Some two millennia hence, Randy Street — a trainer for the diocese — echoes this regard for the ministry of Eucharistic Visiting. “It has been a life-changing privilege for me to share the experience of Eucharistic Ministry and Visiting with many people throughout the diocese.” In the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, the righteous argue that they should not be judged because they did not see the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, or the prisoner they were called to minister to. We must ask ourselves anew, in every generation, whether we have actually seen our Lord when he was vulnerable or isolated. What does he look like, and where in our community must we go to find her? Might she look like an elderly widow living alone? Might he be the young person who is suffering? Do we know what his name is; what fellowship she hungers for? “We may visit a home where all is peaceful and ordered, or to a hospital where messages constantly blare over a loudspeaker. We may see someone once or twice, or the same person for years. We may visit with an otherwise healthy young man with a broken leg, or with an elderly woman suffering from dementia. And always there is grace, and the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is there with us,” observes Margaret Deeths, clergy liaison to Eucharistic Visitors at Grace Cathedral. Sylvia Sweeney, author of the DioCal Eucharistic Ministry and Visitor training workbooks, summarized the understanding of the early church,“What community members received in the Eucharistic elements was a deep, full, healing, embodied experience of inclusion.”
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It is no less so in our time. In the Eucharistic visit, the lonely are included, the weak are strengthstrength ened, and the invisible are seen. But they are not the only ones healed by this ministry. Speaking for himself as a visitor, Street testifies to the transformatransforma tive experience of serving, “Freeing your mind of thoughts and concerns of self to fully be open to the needs and fears of someone else is taking a step closer to who we are called to be.” Practicing Faith: “Introduction to Pastoral Care”
“When we who have the privilege of bearing the holy sacraments enter a home, a hospital room, or any other setting,” writes Sylvia Sweeney in the diocesan work workbook for Eucharistic Visitors, “we come bearing holy bread and wine as representatives of the entire faith community.” No simple marching orders, these, which is why the Diocese of California offers a rigorous training program for those called to this ministry and seeking licensure according to the Canons of our church. Licensure requires completion of the eight-session, selfpaced workbooks that can be downloaded at www.diocal.org (under Resources click on Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors). The process includes a supervised visit, four hours of face-to-face training time, and permission from your rector or vicar. But skills needed for caregiving, prayer, and holy listening are not just needed for the Eucharistic visit. Consider immersing yourself in this free resource for spiritual formation and development of pastoral ministries for all settings whether or not you are called to the training requirements of Eucharistic Ministry and Visiting. ✥
Summary of the 161st Convention
Courtesy resolutions were passed by convention that celebrated a new dean of Grace Cathedral, a new dean and president of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the 40th anniversary of the Society of St. Francis in the diocese. A resolution on the assessment formula made very little change from last year, and increased the base amount by 1.1% in accordance with the Consumer Price Index. This means that in 2010, the assessment was 5% of a congregations first $61,232 of operating income and 20% on income above that amount; in 2011 it will be 5% of $62,000, and 20% of income above that amount. The 2011 salary resolution raised the clergy minimum salaries by 1.1%. Social issues governed three
resolutions, and those were: Addressing the Needs of the Poor, wherein it was “Resolved, That the congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of California complete a minimum of two projects or events per year to address the needs of the poor, with a new emphasis on advocacy: One (1) congregational letter-writing event to support legislation which benefits the poor, and One (1) project of charitable aid to raise awareness and involve parishioners in action on behalf of the poor, locally or globally. We ask that existing programs be added to our Facebook page and that the Holy Spirit inspire new projects in this time of great need.” Reducing Gun Violence “Resolved, That the Convention urges passage of Assembly Bill 1934 or similar legislation in the California Legislature that would repeal California’s “Open Carry” law; and “Resolved, That the Convention directs all congregations, schools, and diocesan institutions to ensure that no firearms, whether concealed or openly carried, other than weapons carried by law enforcement officers in the conduct of their official duties, be allowed on their premises.”
Lastly, Strategies for Peace in Israel/Palestine “Resolved, That the Convention directs the Peace, Justice and Hunger Commission to conduct a series of forums around the diocese to inform and educate clergy and laity about conditions in Israel/Palestine and to discuss possible strategies to bring about a non-violent end to the occupation, an end to attacks of violence upon both Palestinians and Israelis, and the establishment of a just and lasting peace between the two peoples; and “Resolved, That the Convention directs the Peace, Justice and Hunger Commission, on the basis of those discussions, to recommend to the 162nd Convention whether or not a modification of the Episcopal Church Guidelines on Responsible
Investments to accommodate a policy of divestment, boycott and economic sanctions would be helpful to those ends.” The multiple canon changes and elected officers — including deputies to the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church — are available at www. diocal.org/convention. ✥
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Photo credit: Pat Smith, Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill
he 161st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of California came to a close shortly after 5 p.m. on October 16, and the day’s business included six canon changes, passage of eight resolutions, approval of the diocesan budget, the election of 28 offices, and a lunchtime discussion on the context of local ministries and their resources. A brief survey of the actions of this 161st convention follows.
THE REV. P. JOSHUA “GRIFF” GRIFFIN
inaccurate. Powerful governments like the United States remain loathe to address catastrophic climate change in any way that challenges the exceptional dominance they currently enjoy. This What do justice and reconciliation look like for a global church in the may be the self-preserving logic context of catastrophic climate change? When the “exterof the modern nalities” of fossil fuel production and consumption cause nation-state, but suffering for our neighbor, can we still live ethically in a a Christian analfossil fuel economy? What is the ecological debt owed by ysis can find only those overdeveloped segments of human society to those one word: sin. who live in material want? As baptized These are some of the questions that will be considChristians, we ered at a landmark gathering this have pledged December. No, I’m not speaking of before God to the UN Framework Convention on “strive for justice Climate Change (UNFCC), 16th and peace among Chapel of Jesus Christ the Liberator, Conference of the Parties (COP 16) serving the landless indigenous population all people.” This outside Cascevel, Brazil. The Rev. Carlos means, that taking place in Cancún, Mexico. Gabos, Rector of the Chapel, will be part I wish I were. Rather, I’m referour ecological of the delegation from Curitiba gathering actions and ring to a simultaneous gathering of in the Dominican Republic. Photo credit: environmental Episcopalians and Anglicans being Diocese Anglicana de Curitiba convened by our own Bishop Marc advocacy must Andrus and the Rt. Rev. Naudal Gomes, bishop of privilege the life-experience of California’s companion diocese, the Episcopal Anglican ecologically vulnerable communiDiocese of Curitiba, Brazil. ties. We needn’t look past our own From December 7–10, 2010, at the Bishop Kellogg Conference Center, global communion: Anglicans in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, Bishop Marc and Bishop Brazil struggle for food sovereignty, Naudal will be joined by bishops from Guatemala, Central Ecuador, surrounded by the abundance of Panama, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, as well as lay and ordained privately owned monocultures representatives from mission offices of the Episcopal Church, the Province and multinational plantations. We of Brasilia, and six other Episcopal dioceses. The companion bishops see needn’t look past our own church: this as an opportunity to raise the banner of climate justice to the Church Episcopalians of Kivalina, in arctic and the world, as well as to discern ways in which the relationship between Alaska, are relocating their homes, California and Curitiba might model reconciliation given the harsh their church, their very lives as the ecological realities we currently face. You can follow live updates from the permafrost melts out from under December meeting at: episcopalclimatejustice.org. their village. No, we needn’t look As one year ago in Copenhagen, when the UN gathers in Cancún past our own diocese: Episcopalian grassroots NGOs and activists will be on hand calling for a just, binding, Californians living and worshiping and ambitious treaty, based on scientific data. The most vulnerable nations in Rodeo, Crockett, and Richmond of the world will support such a treaty (small island nations, much of the breathe and suffer the ill effects Global South, and indigenous groups), but the United States and other of oil production from Conocooverdeveloped countries (or countries with aspirations to overdevelop in a Phillips’ and Chevron’s oil refinparticular way) will likely dominate the discourse. eries. If we find ourselves, our The media may also air a rerun of Copenhagen. Here’s a familiar narraparishes, our dioceses, or our tive: ‘UN climate talks are deadlocked in disagreements between rich and communions, coming up with poor countries, and northern and southern hemisphere.’ While the global “solutions” for climate change, and South has its share of wealthy elites, and the economically oppressed these folks aren’t at the table, then increasingly populate the affluent North, this narrative won’t be entirely we are at the wrong table. ✥
A call for climate justice
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News in Photos An Episcopal Ministry to Convalescent Hospitals (AEMCH) held its annual fundraising dinner at All Saints, San Leandro, on Saturday, October 23. Many intrepid souls braved stormy weather to dine together, to bid on gift baskets prepared by AEMCH volunteers, and to share stories of this important ministry. Diocesan Canon for Communications Sean McConnell gave a short reminiscence about how important volunteering in convalescent hospitals was to him in his youth.
The courtyard of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) was filled to capacity on October 13 as students, faculty, alumni, family, and friends participated in the installation of the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D., as dean and president of the Berkeley seminary. Most recently from General Theological Seminary in New York, Richardson completed his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union (which includes CDSP), and has served as Director of Program at GTU’s Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.
With the recent installation of a solar energy system that will more than cover their energy use, Christ Church, Portola Valley, was presented a Green Energy Oscar in the category of “green building” by California Interfaith Power and Light on November 9. The ceremony, emceed by actor Ed Begley Jr. and held at Grace Cathedral, honored outstanding California congregations for their efforts to be good stewards of energy and to respond to climate change.
The Rev. Michael Lapsley, SSM, came to the Diocese of California in November for an introduction to the work of the Institute for Healing of Memories. After visiting Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos; and the Our Saviour parishes in Oakland and Mill Valley, Lapsley sat down with representatives from the diocesan multicultural commissions for a discussion of how the healing of memories process might enrich the diocese. Lapsley was sent into exile by the South African government, and in 1990 he received a bomb in a parcel of magazines. He later became an integral part of the truth and reconciliation process in post-Apartheid South Africa. Lapsley is now director of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town. Pacific Church News
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