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Multicultural ministries in the Diocese of California St. Marks, Palo Alto, combats drug problem Carnivale: star-studded night at Grace Cathedral Andrus, Pelosi, DioCal youth honor Dr. King

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Diocesan Calendar Fri, Mar 18 — Youth Confirmation Retreat, St. Dorothy’s Rest Mon, Mar 21 — EC Alameda Action Network

Tues, Mar 22 — EC Contra Costa Action Network Wed, Mar 23 — North Peninsula Extended Area Ministry

Thurs, Mar 24 — Peace, Justice, and Hunger Commission Forum on Israel/Palestine, St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek Sat, Mar 26 — Worship in the Wilderness, Joaquin Miller Park

Wed, Apr 6 — EC Marin Action Network

Thurs, Apr 7 — Fresh Start, Grace Cathedral Wed, Apr 13 — EC San Francisco Action Network Tues, Apr 19 — Chrism Mass, Clergy Renewal of Vows, Grace Cathedral

Thurs, Apr 21 — Maundy Thurs

Fri, Apr 22 — Good Fri/Earth Day Sat, Apr 23 — Worship in the Wilderness, Indian Rock Park Sun, Apr 24 — Easter

Wed, Apr 27 — Marin, Extended Area Ministry Thurs, Apr 28 — EC Alameda Action Network

Wed, May 11 — Southern Alameda Extended Area Ministry Fri, May 20 — CDSP Commencement

Sat, May 28 — Worship in the Wilderness with Bishop Marc, Crissy Field Cover design and illustration: Francesca Pera Concept: The drawing represents the desire to reach across and touch one another in spite of barriers; the feature article puzzle pieces represent the work involved in repenting the sin of racism.

Table of Contents From the Bishop  4 Healing of Memories in the life of the church

Editorial  5 Privilege or supremacist thinking

Around the Diocese  6–7 Bishop Marc, diocesan youth, young adults honor MLK Episcopal Community Services honors four community leaders Medicine Disposal Day at Saint Mark’s, Palo Alto

Carnivale 2011  8 Archibishop Tutu visits Grace Cathedral for fundraiser

News Feature  9 DioCal Episcopalians host vigil for DREAM Act

Feature  10–12 Multicultural ministries in the Diocese of California: pieces of our whole

Telling Our Stories  13 Striving for justice: the ministries of Nina Olmedo

DioCal Spotlight  14 $3.3 million received in 2010 planned and current gifts Worship in the Wilderness: right relationship with Creation

The Episcopal Church News  15 Japan archbishop urges ongoing prayers, commits to providing relief and restoration

InFormation  17 The Latino Theological Academy: Dandole la Bienvenida

Cultivate DioCal  18 Standing with Kivalina

News in Photos  19 M A R – M AY 2011 VO L . 148 N O. 1 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

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From the Bishop


Healing of Memories in the life of the church


he Diocese of California has entered into a relationship with the Rev. Michael Lapsley, SSM, who is the founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories, based in South Africa. It is increasingly plain that many, many people, individuals, and communities carry unhealed traumas. Unhealed traumas can paralyze a person, a community, or even a country, stopping the flow of creativity and compassion that God intends to flow from each of us for the overall health of the world. Fr. Michael came to the diocese this past fall and led a series of introductory sessions offering people the opportunity to know him and gain an understanding of his work. He presented a video that encapsulated a Healing of Memories three-day workshop. What was startling about the video, for me, was how profoundly moving and how simple the workshop exercises were in drawing forth the memories of unhealed traumas and putting participants in touch with God’s healing grace. Since Fr. Lapsley was with us, I have been thinking about the healing of memories and the ongoing life of the church. Healing has always been a central ministry of the church as taken from the Gospel stories of Jesus’ own ministry. Many of our congregations have healing services, either contained within a Eucharistic celebration, or as services for healing per se. It is also true that we engage in a ministry of healing when we are in any Eucharistic celebration. How is this so? First, we believe we are not simply remembering Christ and the meal of his body and the cup of the New Testament in his blood, but rather we are meeting Christ and his followers in a place of faith, neither in the past nor the present, but in a place of eternal now — in God. In this moment of sacred time and space — meeting Christ and sharing this eternal sacred meal — a mysterious healing takes place. I think that only in that time of meeting does the following verse from Colossians begin to make sense: Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the assembly… Colossians 1:24 (World English Bible) In the Eucharistic meeting we bring our consolations to Christ, and Christ brings his healing power and compassion to us. Thus, I think it fair to say that each time we enter the Eucharistic celebration, we are healing and being healed. Perhaps a consciousness about this will be helpful to us in entering fully into the Healing of Memories work, and opening ourselves to the greatest possible healing we might receive from Christ. Healed, we will be empowered to be agents of healing. t


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Privilege or supremacist thinking


have sometimes been accused of overstating the obvious, so please bear with me as I do it once again. I’m a white, middleclass male. I’m married to a woman. I’m a Christian. I have an advanced degree. I work in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in one of the most expensive cities in the country. That country is the United States, in the northern and western hemispheres. I don’t have to worry about driving through a wealthy neighborhood. I don’t think that sales clerks keep an eye on me when I walk through a store. My neighbor gets pulled over frequently when driving through Kensington, Calif. I drive through there even more frequently than he does (and probably faster), and I’ve never been pulled over. The difference, he’s African American, I’m white. The fact that I don’t think about these things is something that I used to call “privilege.” Then I had the opportunity to interview Ruby Sales. Ruby Sales is known in The Episcopal Church as the young African American woman that the Rev. Jonathan Myrick Daniels took the shotgun blast for. I asked her: “What would it take to get white people to recognize their privilege?” And she looked me straight in the eye and said, “Privilege? That’s not privilege! That’s white supremacism!” I was, of course hurt that she would think that I would have white supremacist thinking. And then I thought back to my anti-racism training and started to remember that some of the words that I was

using might have an entirely different context for her. We are all heirs of the systems of the past. Many systems that were established to keep social orders in place were never really dismantled — they live on and support the comforts and conveniences of some of us. They continue to exist at every level of our society and in every institution — including the church. In this issue, a white man who sometimes has no clue about how he participates in systems and institutions that were built to protect privilege and supremacist thinking has written a feature on the multicultural state of the diocese. I know that I have my own blind spots and it is my desire simply to open the curtain on a conversation that has been taking place ever since this institution — the Diocese of California — was established, and will continue long into the future. Please continue this conversation. We welcome your input. Please send any ideas or comments to t

An Exultation in Stained Glass

The Windows of the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew is a beautiful book that was privately published by St. Matthew’s member Ross F. Mainor, Jr. The book features the exceptional architectural photography of Steve Whittaker, and expands on a guided tour originally produced by Irene Miura. This is a perfect gift for anyone who loves the artistry of stained glass, and it will sit beautifully on a coffee table and add distinction to a personal library. The cost is $55, and all proceeds go to a fund for maintenance of the windows of St. Matthew’s. If you would like to purchase An Exultation in Stained Glass, contact Bob Caughey at 650.344.9117. Pacific Church News  t  Spring  2011


Around the Diocese Bishop Marc, diocesan youth, young adults

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On Monday, January 17, the nation remembered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To mark that remembrance, young people from around the diocese gathered at Grace Cathedral to worship together; and to remember and be inspired by the witness of those saints who “dreamed,” especially Dr. King. As an overnight event, Nightwatch gives young people an experience of Grace Cathedral in shadow

and lights, and through prayer and play, to connect more deeply with each other and the mission of The Episcopal Church. Several DioCal congregations brought their youth groups, and other young people who were the sole representatives from smaller congregations found an enriching group experience. After a night in the cathedral, the young people connected with the Bay Area interfaith community in a reenactment of the march to Selma, Alabama, over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The march ended at San Francisco’s Martin Luther King

Episcopal Community Services honors four community leaders Episcopal Community Services (ECS), the largest provider of shelter, supportive housing, and related services in San Francisco, held its first Annual Awards Luncheon last month to honor four San Francisco Bay Area leaders for their work to end homelessness. Two hundred people packed the City Club of San Francisco to applaud the honorees. Event Chairs, The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and Sheila Andrus, Ph.D., welcomed the crowd and introduced a short video on ECS’s work. Pam Moore, Anchor for KRON 4 News, emceed the remainder of the program and introduced each of the awardees. The San Francisco Foundation was honored for investing in supportive housing as a dignified and cost-effective solution to homelessness. Bobby Bogan, a formerly homeless senior, was recognized for his charismatic leadership promoting the rights of homeless and low-income seniors by founding Seniors Organizing Seniors. Sherri Hayes Sawyer, a former ECS board member and advocate for equity in education, was similarly honored for her volunteer tutoring, which has enabled homeless adults to transform their lives through literacy and GED classes. Rita Semel, executive vicechair of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, brought a standing ovation. Ms. Semel was recognized for her decades-long leadership on the council and her role in the council’s partnership with ECS to run the Interfaith Winter Shelter. ECS Executive Director Ken Reggio thanked everyone, saying, “Ending homelessness is a task often accomplished one person at a time. This year’s honorees are outstanding examples of how relationships can truly make a difference.” Mr. Reggio’s closing words paid tribute to the awardees and reminded those present that everyone can contribute to the collective effort to make homelessness obsolete. t — Lana Dalberg


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Around the Diocese

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honor Martin Luther King Memorial at Yerba Buena Plaza, for an interfaith service and program called “Sustaining the Dream: Through Community and Service.” The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus joined Representative Nancy Pelosi, Roman Catholic Archbishop George Niederauer, the Rev. Cecil Williams, and other dignitaries in the program to remember Dr. King and to honor the Rev. Amos Brown of San Francisco’s

Third Baptist Church. Also attending the march and interfaith service were nine young adult members of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC, Americorps, Team Gold 3), who were working at St. Dorothy’s Rest to build new gardens and a compost systems. Following the program at Yerba Buena, the AmeriCorps group distributed 120 sack lunches to hungry people in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood and Golden Gate Park. t — Julia McCray-Goldsmith and Sean T. McConnell

Medicine Disposal Day at Saint Mark’s, Palo Alto According to recent research conducted by the Associated Press, detectable traces of antibiotics, hormones, and other pharmaceuticals have entered the drinking water supply of at least 46 million people in two dozen major American metropolitan areas. As concern about pharmaceutical pollution grows, hospitals, medical centers, and pharmacies have started providing secure “drop boxes” for safe disposal of unwanted or expired medications. These drugs are then incinerated which is preferable to flushing them down the toilet or disposal in landfills. One such disposal facility is the Palo Alto Medical Foundation at 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. After consultation with the Palo Alto Police department’s Office of Professional Services, St Mark’s, Palo Alto’s Commission on the Environment held its second Medicine Disposal Day on February 20. Parishioners were invited to drop off unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals into a sealed drop box for safe disposal after both the 8 and 10 a.m. services. Parishioner and medical doctor Dave Clark offered his services, which helped St. Mark’s comply with federal regulations for the possession and handling of controlled substances. Together with organizer Simon Binns, they collected a significant quantity of unwanted medications for safe disposal. After the collection, the medications were immediately taken to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and deposited in their secure medication drop box to await incineration. From comments received during the event it became clear people wanted to dispose of unwanted medications in a safe manner but weren’t sure how. Both Medicine Disposal Days were highly successful for St. Mark’s and provided important education for parishioners and an easy way for them to dispose of unwanted and expired medications. If you would like further information about how to conduct a Medicine Disposal Day in your community, contact Simon Binns at t — Simon Binns Pacific Church News  t  Spring  2011


Carnivale 2011

Archibishop Tutu visits Grace Cathedral for fundraiser


photo: Bill Youngblood

photo: Bill Youngblood

race Cathedral’s annual fundraiser saw the Alabama Supreme Court. cathedral transformed for Carnivale, a sold-out Archbishop Tutu then met with Grace Cathedral’s event, held on the evening of Thursday, March dean, the Very Rev. Jane Shaw, Ph.D., to be inter3, and festivities viewed for an upcoming issue continued through Sunday’s of Grace magazine. With Choral Eucharist. pews removed; tables, stage, Recently retired from and lighting in place; that public life, Nobel Laureate evening the cathedral space Desmond Tutu, former was transformed and guests Archbishop of Cape Town, were inspired by Bishop Marc’s South Africa, graciously opening prayer and welcoming accepted an invitation remarks by Dr. Shaw. Special to join the cathedral for guest comments followed by Carnivale. He kicked off actor and humanitarian Ashley the weekend with a visit to Judd and the uplifting words Grace Cathedral’s Community The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Ashley Judd, and Grace of Archbishop Tutu. Cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Jane Shaw, Ph. D. Preschool (a beneficiary of Archbishop Tutu’s chalCarnivale). The preschoolers prepared for his visit by lenged Carnivale attendees to be God’s partners in learning about South Africa and Archbishop Tutu was making a difference in the San Francisco Bay Area delighted and energized by the young students, espeand the world. The crowd responded with a standing cially one youngovation and with generosity in the auction that ster’s bold comment followed. Part of the auction included a “Fund a Need” regarding his age. opportunity in support of the Community Preschool. Following Guests pledged just over $137,000 to support the Archbishop scholarship program and to fund the purchase of playTutu’s visit at ground equipment, which will be used on the cathedral the Community grounds. Carnivale provided much needed funding for Preschool, he the ministry and mission of Grace Cathedral. The event attended lunch with raised approximately $250,000. the Rt. Rev. Marc Archbishop Tutu’s visit continued on Friday, with Andrus, Sheila a visit to St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, where Andrus, PhD, and he had the opportunity to view his life-size dancing daughter, Chloé icon in St. Gregory’s sanctuary. In addition, he met and Andrus. Tutu’s prayed with the volunteers of The Food Pantry, founded friendship with the and directed by Sara Miles. Andrus family goes On Sunday morning, Archbishop Tutu preached back several years to a rousing sermon at the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist. He an invitation from encouraged willingness to say, “I’m sorry,” and commisBishop Marc to preach at the Cathedral Church of the sioned the standing room only crowd to be “agents of Advent in Birmingham, Ala., in response anti-gay and transfiguration.” To hear the sermon, go to www.gracelesbian remarks made by the former chief justice of the t


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Feature News DioCal Episcopalians host vigil for DREAM Act By Leah Forbes and the Rev. Richard Smith, Ph.D.

facility in Arizona where he remained for two months awaiting deportation to Peru. At the last minute, Senator n Tuesday, December Diane Feinstein introduced 7th, seventy-five people a private bill delaying the gathered at the Church deportation until Congress of Saint John the could come to a decision on Evangelist in San Francisco as the DREAM Act. As of part of a national day of action this writing, Steven’s fate is in support of the Dream Act. uncertain. That legislation, if adopted, Toward the end of the would grant undocumented vigil, Lauren Dietrich, St. immigrants a path to citizenship John’s Senior Warden, thanked if they entered the United States the immigrants for their before age 15, have no criminal contributions to the Julian record, and meet certain other Madre Ana Lange-Soto of El Buen Pastor blesses food donated to the Julian Pantry by immigrants at DREAM Pantry – symbols of their conditions. Act vigil. (Photo: Jon Rodney, courtesy of the Interfaith innumerable other contribuThose keeping vigil were tions to our society. “It is an prayerful and hopeful, but also Coalition for Immigrant Rights) honor to have you here and anxious about the possible fate of several young student immigrants helped my family over the years. All to stand with you at this critical I ever wanted to do is to be able to moment,” she told them. gathered with them that day. give back,” he said tearfully. As the vigil drew to a close, The Rev. Deborah Lee of the A second student, 20-year-old the justice seekers, holding lighted Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Steven Li, is ethnically Chinese, candles and offering spontaneous Rights opened the vigil, and she and was born in Peru. His parents prayers and songs, renewed each was joined by the Rev. Ana Langebrought him to the United States other’s faith and determination. Soto of El Buen Pastor in Redwood when he was age 11. “I always Postscript: That faith and City, the Rev. Richard Smith of viewed myself as an American,” determination will be tested in St. John’s, and Mr. Eric Quezada he said, and went on to describe the coming year. A few days after of Dolores Street Community himself as “a huge Giants’ fan” who the gathering, Congress failed to Services. The many Bay Area grew up reciting the pledge of allepass the DREAM Act and, as a students, teachers, and community giance alongside his classmates. result, many of the young people leaders also brought food for the On September 15th of this year, who gathered that day at St. John’s Julian Pantry, a food bank ministry in a raid by immigration officers on are now at risk of being deported of St. John’s, Holy Innocents, and his family’s home, he learned of his to countries they know little or other San Francisco communities. undocumented status for the first nothing about, where they have no When two of the students time. family and acquaintances. facing possible deportation told He and his parents were held President Obama later referred their stories, the vigil’s urgency in the Sacramento County jail for to that Congressional failure as became clear. three weeks before his parents were “maybe my biggest disappointment”. The first student, Angel from sent back to San Francisco with (Leah Forbes is a parishioner, San Francisco State University, electronic monitoring anklets. At and the Rev. Richard Smith, Ph.D. spoke sadly not only of his risk of that point, Steven was involuntarily is a priest-associate, at St. John the being deported, but also of not transferred to a federal detention Evangelist, San Francisco.) t being able to contribute to the


American society that he has lived in most of his life and where he has been educated. “So many people

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Multicultural ministries in the Diocese of California: pieces of our by Sean T. McConnell


t almost always catches me by surprise. A reporter calls on the phone and asks for information on background: “How many African American Episcopalians are there?” “How many are Latinos?” “How many clergy in the Diocese of California are gay or lesbian?” I always feel as if I should know the answers, but the fact is that we don’t ask these questions. Because of our fair employment practices, we don’t keep records on race, or sexual identity. We don’t have ethnic demographic information about Episcopalians in our diocese. All we have are our relationships with each other. According to 2010 Census data, the state of California is seeing dramatic changes in its cultural diversity. In fact, what many have long known to be the case is now supported by the numbers: the Latino population is on a pace to become the largest ethnic grouping in the Bay Area (Latinos currently make up 27.8% of the state’s population); while Asian Americans make up the state’s fastest growing ethnic group, increasing by 31.5% in the last ten years. Data that surprised many experts was the decline to Oakland’s African American population. In 1980, African Americans made up 46% of the city’s population, as of 2010 that number is 27.3%. Simultaneous to this urban decline is an increase of African Americans living in the suburbs. Even though these numbers are from the most recent census data, none of this is news. Those of us who live in the metropolitan area that makes up the Diocese of California have been aware for a long time that the face of our Episcopal Church does not match the faces of our neighbors. Many of us are still mostly white, with a remarkably English/European mystique. According to the Rev. David Ota, Rector of St. Ambrose, Foster City, who is of Japanese ancestry, part of the problem is a blind spot endemic to Episcopalians in general. “I think the blind spot is embodied in the model of The Episcopal Church: “The Episcopal Church welcomes you,” is code for assimilation.” Episcopalians, he says, are happy to welcome people into their communities, but they don’t typically leave


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the comfort of their own churches and meet the other where they are. “The blind spot is a result of white privilege and racism,” Ota says. “It’s not overt racism. It’s like if you’re right handed and you break your right hand, then you all of a sudden have to write with your left hand. People don’t choose to write with the left hand; people don’t choose to get out of their comfort zone and be with those unlike themselves. It’s hard and people generally avoid the hard stuff.” That said, our diversity is nurtured by some nondominant cultural expressions of The Episcopal Church with very deep roots in our diocesan soil. These expressions of ministry are bolstered by organizations like the Afro-Anglican Commission and the Vivian Traylor Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians; the Latino Commission and the Academia Teologica Latina; The Good Samaritan Family Resource Center that serves new immigrants; the Asian Commission that offers retreats and an upcoming two-day consultation (June 10-11); the Women’s Clericus for women clergy; and Oasis California, a diocesan ministry to the LGBT communities. Then there are our many culturally distinct congregations. In these congregations, you will find expressions of faith that have some cultural distinctions, but these congregations also tend to be more homogenous. Why is this so? “Birds of a feather…” replies Ota. People find a sense of community in a familiar cultural setting. Most of the people interviewed for this feature pointed to a lack of resources as both a cause and a symptom of the lack of diversity in our congregations, organizations, and ministries. The Rev. Tom Jackson, President of Oasis California, told me that “Currently, $2,500 a year is budgeted for LGBT ministries in this diocese. This does not suggest that this is an important ministry. If it’s important, you’re going to pay for it. If it’s not, you won’t.” Others mentioned intentionality. Mr. Eric Metoyer, chair of the diocesan Afro-Anglican Commission talked about a diocese that actually ‘walks it’s talk.’ He said that a truly multicultural diocese would have “diocesan organizations, committees,


f our whole commissions and staff that reflect the diversity of our community. The commitment to ethnic ministry is evident in the office of Social Justice ministry and leadership in anti-discrimination practices.” Those interviewed also asserted the need for a strategy to break some of the historic systems that are inherently racist. A strategic roadmap has been presented by the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus to move the diocese into a new multicultural reality. The first step is one of healing the wounds of the past. The diocesan initiative Area Ministry is a piece of this work. A product of the Beloved Community Visioning process that included over 1,000 voices from around the diocese, Area Ministry calls us to become deeply engaged in the communities where we find ourselves. To achieve this level of engagement, we need to collaborate with our neighbors to meet the needs of our communities; and in this collaborative work we are called to be intentional about beginning our work with as much diversity as possible. Because of the difficulty getting out of our comfort zones, this “diversity from the onset,” might be the most difficult for us. It is this intentionality of working across our cultural boundaries that helps us break down the systemic barriers established by racism. Another tactical piece of this strategy is healing past hurts. “In my visitations to different congregations,” Andrus recently told the Executive Council, “it’s interesting that sometimes I hear praise of past diocesan leadership – especially in the culturally dominant congregations. But when I visit a Chinese congregation, the stories and memories are very different. Some of them actually remember that they were told their church had been sold and the congregation would have to relocate. They were not consulted and this is a painful memory.” There are plenty of painful memories to go around: The struggles women went through (and continue to experience) to achieve equal status in the church; the HIV/AIDS crisis in the gay community’s past and the present struggle for marriage equality; the legacy of African slavery, civil rights, and continued lack of access for African Americans; the insufficient language

resources for many communities; and continuing societal, educational and workplace racism, sexism, and heterosexism. All of these represent struggles for some, while in the dominant communities they remain under-recognized. Because of this painful legacy, Andrus has invited the Rev. Michael Lapsley of the Institute for the Healing of Memories in South Africa to come work within the Diocese of California. Lapsley came to the diocese in the fall of 2010 to introduce the process of healing memories, and he was warmly received. Beginning in the summer of 2011, Lapsley will return to conduct his “Healing of Memories” workshops for groups in the diocese. Following this work, the multicultural leadership of the diocese will come together with Bishop Andrus and other diocesan leaders to develop a strategy for twentyfirst century multicultural ministry in the Diocese of California. On another front is the continuing work of antiracism training. This training was established when the General Convention of The Episcopal Church named racism a sin in 1991, then issued Resolution D113, which said in part: “That The Episcopal Church spend the next three triennia addressing institutional racism inside our church and in society, in order to become a church of and for all races and a church without racism committed to end racism in the world.” Along with two pastoral letters from the House of Bishops (1994, 2006) that continued the bishops’ commitment to the work of anti-racism, the General Convention of 2000 passed Resolution A047, recognizing “...that the work of anti-racism must continue with a specific focus on the abandonment of privilege and the sharing of power...” Institutional racism still exists, and anti-racism training helps break down the corporate structures that maintain the legacy of racism. To that end, anti-racism training has been mandated for everyone in leadership positions in The Episcopal Church, and the Diocese of California offers this training to those who are mandated and to anyone else who wishes to take it. In the end, we are all called to transformation. For the Christian conversion is an ongoing process, and Pacific Church News  t  Spring  2011


Feature our hearts cannot move into this new country without being changed. If we were to actually do what we called for in the profile of the diocese written in 2005 and reflect the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, we would be forever changed. We would begin to reflect the growth and vibrancy foretold in the U.S. Census of 2010. If that change is too uncomfortable, if it’s not worth the trouble, then our church must prepare to become simply another anachronism. But if the Body of Christ is to be healed and to live on into the twentyfirst century, then we must repent of the sin of racism and allow our hearts to be transformed and shaped anew — our collective face will be changed as well. So what will be your next steps to help The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California better reflect the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area? It is our hope at Pacific Church News that this will be the beginning of a conversation. We want to hear from you. Please send your responses to

David Crosson, executive director of the California Historical Society made a presentation to the Racial Reconciliation Taskforce of the Diocese of California on January 15, 2011, at St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco. His talk, “A History of Slavery in California,” gave the taskforce helpful information in their work fulfilling a resolution passed by diocesan convention in 2008. The resolution, “Study on the Complicity of The Diocese of California in the Institution of Slavery,” is a response to 2009 General Convention resolution A143 that asked each diocese to “gather information in its community on (1) the complicity of The Episcopal Church in the institution of slavery and in the subsequent history of segregation and discrimination, (2) examples of resistance to slavery and discrimination and (3) the economic benefits derived by the Episcopal Church from the transatlantic slave trade and the institution of slavery.” (Photo: Sean T. McConnell)

Anti-racism training in the Diocese of California The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of people. — Martin Luther King, from “Facing the Challenge of a New Age”

Spirit, understanding, transformation… Dr. Martin Luther King’s invitation to beloved community is what undergirds our commitment to overcoming racism in the Diocese of California. Anti-racism training is required or encouraged for all leaders, lay and ordained, in the Episcopal Church. In an effort to make this transformative learning opportunity available for the varied schedules of diocesan leaders, the diocese has pioneered efforts to offer training in new formats. Thanks to the commitment and labors of the anti-racism trainers group — especially the Revs. David Lui and Susan Allison-Hatch — the traditional two-day training was offered at St. Paul’s Burlingame in February. In addition, a small group of innovators —including the Revs. Peter Champion and Jay Watan — designed a version of the training that was delivered on two Saturdays as part of the “Equipping the Beloved Community” training events. And in perhaps the most distinctive contribution to anti-racism, The Revs Merry Chan and Susan Champion adapted the “LifeCycles” adult education curriculum to serve antiracism training goals in a small-group study setting. This is being offered in multiple setting in the diocese during Lent 2011. Diocesan staff, including Canon Michael Barlowe, Julia McCray-Goldsmith, and Denise Obando, continue to work with the anti-racism training group to evaluate and implement training efforts. For more information, contact Canon Michael Barlowe,


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Telling Our Stories Striving for justice: the ministries of Nina Olmedo Jaquenod by Sean T. McConnell


n a clear, crisp, Alameda winter day, I had the opportunity to go to lunch with the Rev. Nina Olmedo Jaquenod. I had hoped to record some stories of her life as the first Latina woman priest anywhere in

the Anglican Communion, which I did, but I also got much, much more. Perhaps another interview will be forthcoming, especially because Olmedo has a quick wit and her favorite topic for the day was her son, the actor Carlos Alazraqui, who started out as a stand-up comic in Sacramento before he became the voice of the Taco Bell Chihuahua. After that, Alazraqui became a voice actor who, among his many roles, worked with Robin Williams in the movie Happy Feet and then a TV actor in the cop comedy Reno 911. When Olemedo and I met for lunch, she had just returned from a trip to Argentina where a comedic biopic of her son was being filmed. After a lot of laughing, and hearing the stories of her travels, we began

talking about her life. PCN: I understand you were the first Latina ordained in The Episcopal Church. NOJ: Actually, I was the first in the Anglican Communion. I was ordained a priest in 1979, deacon in ’78. Kilmer Myers was my bishop. To me he was the closest to a saint that I had ever met. He was a prophet. He was 20 years ahead of the church. Which was the cause of his pain because he thought that far ahead. He was deeply spiritual and an excellent spiritual director. So when I was in the process he could not be my spiritual director, but he became my spiritual director from the time he retired until his death. He was an extraordinary man who was always for the right causes. When I became a deacon he asked me what I wanted to do, and I said “to work with the farmworkers.” So I was co-vicar of the church in Brentwood, and I started Centro Consejero Christiano, which was a center that would help the farmworkers. We had lawyers, we had doctors, we had services, and all kinds of things for the farmworkers. On every Cinco de Mayo in the Latino population of Brentwood, Bishop Myers would come to the fiesta dressed

in all his bishop’s regalia, and all the farmworkers would kneel down and ask his blessings. And he would sit down on the dilapidated sofa in the house of one of the farmworkers, he would sit there, and he would council them, and be their friend… He was a magnificent supporter of what I was doing there. That is when Kilmer Myers was in his element. Not in Grace Cathedral, but when he went out among the farmworkers. The ministry of the center lasted eight years. That center was supported by private contributions. The diocese paid me a salary as a half-time vicar. The center first operated out of the sacristy of St. Alban’s in Brentwood. Then we moved to 2nd Street and opened a storefront. We received a grant from the San Francisco Foundation. In those

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DioCal Spotlight $3.3 million received in 2010 planned and current gifts


arishes and Episcopal Charities were primary beneficiaries of planned gifts in 2010. The gift of a house for Epiphany, San Carlos, and major financial bequests for St. Matthew’s, St. James’, Fremont, and Episcopal Charities were major contributions to endowments that will continue supporting ministry in perpetuity. The Bishop’s Ranch received two gifts of $100,000 each to

Shiela Sims joined The Bishop’s Society when she bought a gift annuity that will benefit St. Paul’s School.

help replace the swimming pool. The Diocese distributed $812,000 from matured trusts and annuities to endowments for St. Augustine’s, Oakland; Good Shepherd, Belmont; St. Stephen’s, Belvedere; Christ Church, Sausalito; St. Francis, San Francisco; Church Divinity School of the Pacific; and Christ Church, Los Altos; as well as Episcopal Charities. A similar amount was added in new gifts to trusts and annuities, keeping the pipeline filled for future distributions. Each year the diocese distributes over $1 million in income to individuals who are lifetime beneficiaries of charitable trusts and annuities. These instruments also generate over $80,000 annually in fees to support the gift planning program. How to obtain income from a gift to the church is explained on our web site. Here you may also create your own gift scenario and sign up for regular informative emails. The phone number to call is 415.869.7812. Or you may email your gift planning officer, the Rev. Richard Schaper, CFP at t

Worship in the Wilderness: right relationship with Creation Justin R. Cannon


Photo: Wesley Capps

o often in the church, our call to be keepers of the Earth is simply reduced to ecological issues — energy efficiency, recycling, and climate change. These are, indeed, important issues to which we must pay attention, but we are also called much deeper in our relationship to the rest of Creation. Many of the saints such as St. Francis of Assisi and even St. Paul testify to our interconnectedness with all Creation. For them, nature is more than an object for which we care, but a subject with which we are

intimately connected. Worship in the Wilderness is a ministry in the Diocese of California that was established to honor that connection, and to bring together our experience of the outdoors with that of the Holy Eucharist. We meet the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. for a liturgical hike, which is basically a stational Eucharist placed within the context of a hike. Launched in the summer of 2010, we have held five hikes in different parts of the Bay Area: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Marin Headlands, Montara State Beach, Alvarado Park, and Muir Woods. Information can be found online at t


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The Episcopal Church News Japan archbishop urges ongoing prayers, commits to providing relief and restoration By Matthew Davies [Episcopal News Service] As Japanese officials estimate that the death toll could far exceed 10,000 after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated parts of the country’s northeast coast on March 11, Anglican Archbishop Nathaniel Uematsu underscored the importance of prayer and said that he is working to establish a structure to respond to the disaster. Meanwhile, two Episcopalians serving as Young Adult Service Corps volunteers in Japan are safe and currently assessing ways that their ministries can be most helpful to the local community. Uematsu said on March 14 that the Nippon Sei Ko Kei, the Anglican Church in Japan, is committed to “providing relief and sourcing volunteers and funding to help with the restoration of the affected areas.” The archbishop also is “trying to find more accurate information about our church family and the relief efforts, and to communicate that information as quickly as possible.” One of the YASC volunteers, Steven Hart from Kentucky, was working at the Asian Rural Institute -- an ecumenical training center for sustainable agriculture, community development, and leadership about 62 miles south of the Fukushima prefecture in northern Japan

-- when the earthquake struck at 2:46 p.m. local time (12:46 a.m. EST) on March 11. The epicenter was 80 miles offshore of Sendai. In a March 12 e-mail to church partners, Hart explained that the earthquake caused much damage at ARI, but that no one had been injured. “Saturday morning, we spent the day beginning to put ARI back into order. We are having all the buildings checked for their safety and we still don’t know what their situation is,” Hart said. But as news emerged of an explosion and increased risks from nearby nuclear power plants, Hart and others evacuated the ARI premises late afternoon on March 12. Hart, along with five colleagues, drove to Shiki City, in Saitama prefecture, and stayed with a friend of ARI more than 124 miles from the nuclear plants, and away from the coast and any severely affected area. “I am safe and feel I am in a good place. I am mentally OK right now, if a bit shaken up,” Hart said in the e-mail. (A second explosion has since hit the Fukushima plant.) By March 13, Hart made it to Nagoya, some 200 miles west of Tokyo, where Christen Mills, another YASC volunteer from Massachusetts, has served for seven months as a nursery teacher and program trainee at the Nagoya Youth Center. In a March 14 e-mail to Episcopal News Service, Mills said that the region where she is living and working had not been

impacted by the earthquake. “We felt the earthquake slightly here but there was no damage as far as I know,” she said. “As for me, I am continuing my ministry here and I plan to help with however the church

here calls on its members to help.” Mills said that many people are concerned about friends and family members who live in the affected areas, still largely without communication more than three days after the earthquake. “The disaster is on everyone’s hearts and minds and we are keeping everyone in the areas that were hit by the earthquake and tsunami in prayer,” she said. A daughter of Utah Bishop Scott Hayashi who was in Japan at the time of the earthquake also is reported to be safe. The death toll currently stands at more than 3,500 people, but Japanese officials are estimating it could far exceed 10,000. t To read the entire article, go to Pacific Church News  t  Spring  2011


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times the economy was okay, and so it was very much supported by St. Timothy’s, Danville. We had a board that was chaired by the Rev. Ted Ridgeway, the rector of St. Timothy’s, and there were other Episcopalians, too. The head of the high school and the head of the intermediate school in Brentwood were on the board; we had a volunteer lawyer and a doctor, and all of them helped me to run the center. At diocesan conventions, the women farmworkers would come and sell fantastic meals and that helped to support us. But after eight years, and because of my divorce, I could no longer keep a house in Concord where my children were in school. After eight years and without strong support from the diocese, I had to accept the offer to serve as the main pastor of three different bilingual (Spanish and English) Methodist churches in the San Joaquin Valley. PCN: What drew you to the work at the center? NOJ: When I was growing up in Argentina, my father was a Social Democrat who died poor. We grew up poor because all of his life he was for the poor, for the underdog, for social justice. I had a strong sense of Roman Catholic social justice. When I came to this country I realized that the most neglected members of society were the farmworkers. I saw the injustice, the slavery conditions. As a matter of fact, when I became the director of the Centro Consejero Christiano, I asked one of the farmworkers if I could go with him to pick tomatoes


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because I wanted to know first-hand what it was like. I lasted one hour in the hot sun. I was very much taken by the philosophy of Cesar Chavez. PCN: Tell me about Cesar Chavez. NOJ: When I met him, he was fleeing the FBI and the CIA that wanted to kill him, that’s no secret. And next door to Brentwood, in the city of Oakley, it was the Melgoza family who had dug, in their living room, a basement for Cesar’s protection. It was covered with a carpet. So I went to the Melgoza family and I said, “I want to meet Cesar, and I know he’s in your house.” And they said, “Come on in.” I followed them, and there he was with two big German shepherds and two bodyguards. I was dumbfounded. I’m never at a loss for words, but I was impressed by the quality of the man, by the spirituality of the man, by the sincerity of the man, and by his humility. He apologized for the dogs and then he told me why he was hiding. Then, later on he would go to Christian houses all over the Bay Area, and we prepared lunches for him and it was more in the open. We worked closely with the [United] Farmworkers Unions and the people of St. Timothy’s were really supportive, and I also had the support of my bishop. Some of the clergy in the diocese would invite me to preach about the work of the center and they would help me raise funds and people’s conscience as much as I could. PCN: What does it mean for

you to be the first ordained Latina? NOJ: It was a beginning, because after that we had a lot of Hispanic women priests, and women bishops, and maybe someday we will have a Hispanic

Nina Olmedo with Cesar Chavez

presiding bishop. PCN: But weren’t you really among the first women ordained? NOJ: Yes, and soon after I was ordained [in 1984], I was one of the co-celebrants at the National Cathedral in Washington at a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the ordination of the Philadelphia 11 [the first women that were ordained in The Episcopal Church in 1974]. Ten of them were there [Jeannette Piccard had died in 1981], Barbara Jordan was the crucifer and Carter Heyward preached. The Rev. Nina Olmedo continues to strive for justice, and she does so with a smile and a sense that working with the poor and the oppressed is the true work of the Gospel. t



The Latino Theological Academy: Dandole la Bienvenida


laughter louder than the steady beat of the February rain emanates from a basement classroom in Berkeley. It’s a sound that would be understood in any language, even though the words that punctuate it are not in English. It’s the bi-monthly meeting of the Latino Theological Academy, or Academia Teologica Latina (ATL), a gathering of Episcopalians whose primary language is Spanish. The 16 students in the 2010-2011 class are studying scripture; in other academic years they will study theology, history, pastoral care, and other ministry skills. ATL students walk and take BART and busses—many of them forgoing needed income—to CDSP to spend five hours in class together every other Saturday. Why do they do it? Marta Alvarez describes it as “a hunger to learn. I had been looking for years—years—for an opportunity to really reflect upon, and understand the Bible.” Juany Uriarte had a similar experience: “since making my Cursillo, a hunger has been burning in me to learn more. I never read the Bible before, I just didn’t give it time. I work very late at night so sometimes I’m tired, but my priorities have changed and now I make time.” Ericka Uriarte confesses “I had thought theological studies were only for priests. Here I get to study even though I do not have a college degree.” The ATL helped her to find a home in her faith: “Before this I had no idea what the Episcopal Church could offer me. I knew that

it was an open church, but the fact that I can study theology tells me that all are really welcome.” Others echo her sense of gratitude for the opportunity. “As an Episcopalian, I love being able to discuss ideas without fear or having to be passive in my learning,” says Sylvia Ramirez. Ericka agrees wholeheartedly: “I love the conversations, especially the ones in which we don’t agree, because that’s how we grow as a church. We learn about different ways to serve our particular congregations better.” Anna Lange-Soto, Vicar of El Buen Pastor, sees the fruits of the ATL in her Redwood City congregation. “Those who are part of the Academia carry everything they learn back to their congregations. Its like they create a ripple effect.” John Rawlinson, Rector of St. James/Santiago in Oakland—who also teaches in the ATL—gets a much more immediate satisfaction. “I do it for the excitement that the students bring to me.” That excitement—alongside the fellowship and animated theological conversation frequently punctuated by laughter—is certainly what impresses the visitor who is writing this article. Before my eyes, ministries are being discerned, the Gospel is shared, and The Episcopal Church assumes a powerful new accent. Encouraged by her classmates, Juany confesses, “I want to be a deacon; I see the role of deacon as being very beautiful. Of course I have to learn more, though.” With the help of her friends and her diocese, she will. “I have a lot of questions,” says Marta, “but the Academia eventually helps me to find an answer for everything. Because of it, I have I a greater understanding of my own responsibility to bear the good news.” Practicing Faith: The Discovery Series/Serie de Discubrimiento

Developed by the Diocese of Texas, The Discovery Series is a fully bilingual audiovisual educational resource designed to help Episcopalians discover their own path to a life in Christ. Five courses provide comprehensive training for Baptism, confirmation, spiritual gifts assessment, discipleship, and worship (with instructed Eucharist). Designed for flexibility, it can be delivered as hour-long programs, several morning-long classes, or a weekend retreat to complete the confirmation class. Selected segments may be used to enhance your current education programs. A facilitator’s video and workbook pages with small group lessons are also included with the series, so no particular training is needed except preparation for each class. The Discovery Series in English or Spanish can be borrowed from the Episcopal Resource Center, or ordered from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Office of Communications, 1225 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002-3504. t Pacific Church News  t  Spring  2011



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Standing with Kivalina


n December 2010, the Diocese of California, with our companion Diocese of Curitiba, Brazil, convened a gathering for climate justice in the Dominican Republic. Over 40 participants were assembled from the Dioceses of California, Central Ecuador, Colombia, Connecticut, Cuba, Cuernavaca, Curitiba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, New Hampshire, New York, Olympia, and Panama. This included seven bishops, and official representatives from the Anglican Province of Brazil, the Anglican Province of Central America, and The Episcopal Church (TEC). After three days of worship, storytelling, and theological reflection, we produced a final statement and made several concrete commitments to one another. Here is an excerpt: “Climate change affects the whole planet. Every system of human culture: economics, politics, education — all are inextricably related to climate change. Representatives of our various dioceses described rising water levels displacing entire island populations, deforestation on a vast scale, the decimation of indigenous peoples… We named the truths about the causes of these devastations: we have lost a sense of connection with the world, and have become dominators rather than ‘good gardeners;’ overdeveloped countries have given themselves over to the sin of consumerism. This sin, as sin always does, has clouded and distorted all our relationships: between people, with the Earth, and with our creator God.

“In some places we recognize that the scale and depth of destruction can no longer be reversed. Such irreversibility awaits the whole planet, in a timeframe much shorter than we imagined even a few years ago. We are consuming at such a frantic rate that we are stealing from the future generations of the Earth. It is essential, urgent that we act now…

“Although each instance of climate injustice we heard of during our meeting is terrible in itself, and together they present a nearly overwhelming reality, we as Christians are people of hope. Our hope is in God, ‘whose memory is eternal,’ who does not forget the covenants made with the Earth, and our hope is in our capacity to love, planted in our very being, the Image of God among us. Further, we have hope in a God who not only goes beyond the Earth, even the universe, but is also intimately with us and all the creation. As a result, we are deeply interconnected. This hope, we recognize, places a great responsibility on us. “As Anglican Episcopals we have received the hope that springs from the love of God through the Baptismal Covenant. This Covenant has shaped our lives to recognize Christ in every person, and to work untiringly for justice and peace in creation…”


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Participants pledged to pursue five commitments around education, direct assistance to vulnerable communities, supporting global climate justice campaigns, and building an Episcopal-Anglican network of solidarity for climate justice. In a few months you will also have the opportunity to affirm these commitments by lending your support to an Episcopal community that is especially climate-vulnerable. In late summer or early fall 2011, the 9th Circuit of the US Court of Appeals, located in San Francisco, will hear oral argument in the case of Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobile Corporation, et al. A village in arctic Alaska, with a largely Episcopalian population, Kivalina is being washed away as the landfast sea ice becomes less and less reliable each year. In this landmark effort to hold climate polluters accountable, our Alaskan brothers and sisters are boldly suing the 20 largest US greenhouse gas emitters for damages, in part, to cover the cost of their relocation. Ready your finest hospitality and shows of solidarity, as we prepare to welcome leaders from the Kivalina church to our diocese. You can also support their lawsuit directly by making a contribution to the Center for Race, Poverty, and the Environment, or the Native American Rights Fund. The complete statement from December’s climate justice meeting, as well as updates about Kivalina will be available on the web site: t

News in Photos

On Monday, January 17th, Martin Luther King Day was observed across the United States. On that day, people came from around Northern California and gathered at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens to remember King’s life and legacy. The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus joined Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (seated); the Rev. Cecil Williams; executive vice chair of the San Francisco Interfaith Council Rita Semel; and other civic and religious dignitaries as they remembered King and honored the civil rights work of the Rev. Amos Brown of San Francisco’s 3rd Baptist Church. Also in attendance were youth and young adults from the Diocese of California (see article in Around the Diocese). (Photo: Sarah Jones)

In early February, the Executive Council of the Diocese of California gathered in retreat with Bishop Marc Andrus and some members of the diocesan staff at The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. The council members were given an overview of diocesan finances by Canon Jim Forsyth; training in their roles as directors of a corporation by council member Jay Luther; and discussion on how they might help facilitate diocesan, deanery, and council initiatives rounded out the retreat. (Photo: Sean T. McConnell)

On Saturday, February 12, vestry and bishop’s committee members attended Vestry Day at Grace Cathedral, a day of fellowship and leadership training. The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe gave an introduction to the work of vestries and bishop’s committees while providing some best practices for congregational leadership. The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus gave an historical overview of vestries while providing a spiritual foundation for their work. Other senior staff of the diocese also made presentations. (Photo: Sean T. McConnell) On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians from the Diocese of California took to the street offering prayers and ashes to everyone they met. Among the sites visited this year was the Harvey Milk Plaza / Castro Muni station. In this photo, the Rev. David Stickley stops to pray with a man on the street. (Photo: Kazu Kaga) Pacific Church News  t  Spring  2011




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Pacific Church News — Spring 2011  

Spring 2011 • Vol. 148 No. 1 The quarterly magazine of the Diocese of California, The Episcopal Church

Pacific Church News — Spring 2011  

Spring 2011 • Vol. 148 No. 1 The quarterly magazine of the Diocese of California, The Episcopal Church