Convention

UPDATED DECEMBER 14, 2020

The 40th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real was held online Saturday, November 7. The theme for this year’s convention was 40 Years of Pilgrimage, in honor of the diocese’s 40th anniversary.

Read about the convention here.

Read Bishop Lucinda’s address here.

 

 

 

RESOURCES ARCHIVE

The Convention Order of Business is available here to download in English and in Spanish. View and download the Opening Worship Bulletin (English and Spanish). In honor of the Diocese of El Camino Real’s founding in 1980, Convention attendees were invited to dress up in their favorite style from the decade. The handy style guide is available to view and download here.

For questions about Convention resources and voting results, please contact Jeff Diehl, Secretary to Convention, at jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com, or Kirstin Nielsen, diocesan offices, at kirstin@realepiscopal.org.

Special Rule of Order for 40th Convention

Regla Especial para la Convencion Diocesana

REPORTS

Board of Trustees report 2020

College Ministries Commission report 2020

Commission on Ministry report 2020

Constitution & Canons Comm report – Fall 2020

Deacon Council report 2020

Finance Committee report 2020

Mission Commission report 2020

Partnership Commission report 2020

Personnel Committee report 2020

Santa Maria Urban Ministry report 2020

Standing Committee report to Convention 2020

Title IV report 2020

Treasurer’s annual report 2020

 

CONVENTION COVERAGE ARCHIVE

Transition, Pilgrimage are themes of 39th Convention

Nov. 14, 2019 — Thanks to everyone who made our Convention a great success! Friday featured a beautiful Eucharist with a final sermon from Bishop Mary (video to be posted next week). Saturday’s highlights were the business of the church, the first address from Bishop-Elect Lucinda Ashby, plus missio-mercials, reports, and more.

View Bishop Mary’s Friday evening convention sermon.

View the tribute video to Bishop Mary, featuring diocesan leaders and a message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

View a greeting from our partner diocese in Gloucester, England

Read full coverage of Friday’s events in our e-newsletter.

View Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s convention address.

Read about Saturday’s events and election results.

Read Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s address here.

39th Convention and Special Convention for Election of a Bishop Journal

2018 Convention Coverage

Bishop’s Address: beauty, relational courage and the “church that does not yet exist”

“You are beautiful.”

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves repeated this message again and again during her annual address during the 38th Convention of the Diocese of Camino Real on October 26th and 27th. Unveiling the newest annual theme, “Relational Courage” – a theme she borrowed from Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs, Bishop of Indianapolis – she encouraged delegates, clergy, and all in attendance to reflect on how they arrived at the Episcopal Church, how the church has enriched them, and how they have enriched the church.

Citing the recent arrival of new Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, and the launch of the diocesan Leadership Innovation Fund, she stressed that “we are the asset we most need to develop.”

“We can offer programs, make our worship as slick and performative as can be, offer the best and brightest sermons, the most moving of liturgies, and the greatest hospitality practices ever,” she told the crowd. “But ours is an incarnational faith. If we are not present, then the essence of Christianity is not present.”

Relational courage will be required, she added, as the diocese and its new bishop come into relationship – and into partnership – together.

“It has taken all of us and our courage to explore and practice new ways of exercising power,” she explained, “power held by many, discovering new connections of energy, and uploading more gifts and talents from more relationships, locations and sources. We have, in fact, practiced a ‘stewardship of episcope,’ oversight, that has been highly communal.”

Her 12th convention appearance was historic in being her final solo convention appearance; next year, she will share the stage with a bishop-elect who will succeed her in January 2020.

“In this partnership we have discovered reconciliation of the brokenness of years past, we have discerned our relevance as a diocese both locally and globally, and we know the experience of resurrection,” said Gray-Reeves. “We have learned the rhythm of dying and rising and followed it into new life. We have loved and argued, laughed and cried.”

“Each year we have grown in knowledge, courage and experience in becoming the church that does not yet exist,” she noted. “Having spent a year pondering identity . . . it is time to step out a little more boldly with our beautiful Episcopal self.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete 2018 address here. Resolutions are listed below.

Several longtime diocesan volunteers were also recognized on Friday night; see their photos in the Winter 2018/2019 Real Episcopal magazine. The following resolutions were passed:

Resolution A: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Resolution B: Honoring The Rev. Dr. Fran Y. Toy

Resolution C: Amending Biographical Information for the Feast of Peter Williams Cassey and Annie Besant Cassey

Resolution D: Being a Sanctuary Diocese

“We are the shelter that we long for”

“The Spirit of God is moving through this diocese with compassion, creativity, and courage,” said Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, who preached Friday at Evening Prayer before the convention banquet and awards.

Davis asked the assembled crowd to open their hearts and practice the courage it takes to lean into the people and places they might otherwise pass by. She recalled a favorite Irish saying, “It is the shelter of each other that the people live,” and added that “we are the shelter that we long for. The offering of our presence is offering a place of sanctuary. And as we move deeper into the world, getting outside our buildings and imagine new ways of being church, this is very Good News for us.”

Citing Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan in Luke, she said the “moment between seeing and moving towards suffering is a courageous one . . . but when we see each other through the eyes of love, and when we care more about the goodness inherit inside each of us, rather than any other narrative society gives to us . . . this is when we are capable of mustering the courage.”

Her sermon also referenced Henri Nouwen, who talks about “the movement from hostility to hospitality as one of the great movements of the spiritual life.” Davis’ entire sermon can be read here.

 

Coverage of Past Conventions

2017 Convention: Identity, faith, and reconciliation

Spiritual identity, hope, and relational power were key themes of Bishop Mary Gray Reeves’ annual address at the 37th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4. While conventions are primarily held to manage the business of the church, this year’s event served also to inspire, challenge, and celebrate the community of delegates, alternates, clergy, and friends from across the diocese who gathered at Sherwood Hall in Salinas.

Bishop Mary’s address drew inspiration from the birth of Moses and the role of several midwives – and a girl, his sister Miriam – who kept him alive. “The scene gives birth, years before, to the journey the Israelites would take in becoming a nation,” she explained. “Identity emerging out of formed character, values, courage and grit.”

She noted how some congregations struggle with articulating their identity, typically when searching for a new rector, priest-in-charge or vicar. “Articulating who you are is more challenging than articulating what you do,” she said. “To say we know we are called to something, but we don’t know what, is to name a starting place. It is to conceive of hope that God wants more for us than unknowing and an uncertain identity.”

Bishop Mary leads the 2017 Diocesan Conference in a worship hymn

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address. Coverage of convention awards can be found in the November 15 issue of Along the King’s Highway.

She also introduced two practices of faith development and reconciliation that the diocese will add to its growing repertoire of tools for Christian life:

The Emergency Mediation Team – also known as EMTs – is a group of professional mediators who are also members of the diocese. They will work with congregations who want to improve their communication skills, or, who are in deep conflict, where they need to become “friendly again.” In the first quarter of 2018, EMTs will offer training at the deanery level that will provide broad support for general communication skills, mediation of difficult subjects or challenges, and more.

At the spring conference in May, the diocese will host a session on storytelling, inspired by Bishop Mary’s course this summer in Monterey where she heard from the Story Center in Oakland about the empowering work they do with victims of violence, post-war, in helping them tell their stories of not only trauma, but also salvation.

Praising the Lord with singing and dancing at the 2017 Diocesan Convention

Convention Resolutions

The complete list of approved resolutions can be viewed and downloaded below, in their final approved language. One exception: Resolution B failed to pass.

Resolution A: Resolutions Follow-up
Resolution B: Living Room Conversations
Resolution C: Paris Pledge
Resolution D: Dream Faith Network
Resolution E: Support of immigrants and migration ministries
Resolution F: Support of Vulnerable Children
Resolution G: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Voting during the 2017 Diocesan Convention


36th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
February 4-5, 2016

Bishop’s Address, Awards Highlight 2016 Convention

Nearly 300 Episcopalians from across the diocese gathered in Salinas for the 36th Annual Meeting of Convention, which took place November 4 & 5 at Sherwood Hall to conduct the business of the church, share ideas, worship, and inspire one another.

“Being a learning organization, or community, is very Biblical,” said Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves in her annual address, which examined the need for such communities and provided an update on the diocesan Strategic Plan Remix. “It is also a concept found in the corporate world … spreading the Kingdom of God would suggest we learn to be partners together so that justice and well-being for all can be a reality. People of faith are the link between the two.”

Another highlight of the convention was the Friday Evening Prayer service. The special guest preacher was Bishop Richard Garcia of the Catholic Diocese of Monterey (seen above). Bishop Garcia’s homily focused on learning together and examined ideas for extending and expanding our shared ministries. “Look out and reach for new possibilities as God offers them,” he said, urging the audience to continue to collaborate with other church communities. He also shared his idea of setting up a shared satellite center at the Salinas Mall, to have a spiritual presence in an established community destination.

Awards were also given out: The annual Bishop’s Cross Award was given to both Archdeacon Jo Weber (below left) and The Rev. Mary Morrison (right), who could not attend but received the awards in advance. Bishop Mary snapped her annual convention selfie to send them. Scroll down to view the Simple Servant awardees.

The Simple Servant Awards were an epic affair, with nearly 30 recipients brought on stage for their life-changing volunteer work with prison and jail ministries such as Kairos Inside and other programs. In all, more than 50 volunteers from the Diocese of El Camino Real and other faiths received the award and a few shared powerful stories with the banquet crowd. Scroll down for a list of the awardees and more pictures.

Joan Anderson, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Irma Mejia, St. Paul’s/San Pablo

Lloyd Lowery, St. Paul’s/San Pablo, Salinas

Brian Nordwick, ECR Staff, Kairos

Jeannie & Paul Aschenbrenner, First Methodist, Salinas

Haati Nai, First Methodist, Salinas

Steve Lundin, First Methodist, Salinas

Cynthia Montague, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Nancy Duldulao, Holy Family, Milpitas

Mindi Wojdylak, Holy Family Milpitas

Jane & Robert Pomery, Holy Family Milpitas

Anne Pomeroy, Holy Family Milpitas

Rosie Limos, Holy Family Milpitas

Marina Laroya,  Holy Family Milpitas

Corazon Gallego, Holy Family Milpitas

Margaret Smith, Holy Family Milpitas

Angeles Dela Cruz, Holy Family Milpitas

Shonna Close, Holy Family Milpitas

Ruth Casipit-Paguio, Holy Family Milpitas

George Lew, Holy Family Milpitas

Jean Wyatt, Holy Family Milpitas

Armin Busse, Holy Family Milpitas

Ernest Boyer, Holy Family Milpitas

Paul Horn, Holy Family Milpitas

Katy Dickinson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Anderson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Julie Averill, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Peggy Bryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Ann-Marie Burger, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Joel Martinez, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Thierry Doyen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Bruce Friesen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Harriman, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Cathy Holley, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Betsy James, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Denise Khalid, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Diane Lovelace, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Silverstein, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Gerry Chartrand, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Dwight Buzick, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Accristo, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Renee Lopez, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Jack Fanning, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Phil West, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Phyllis Porter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Marcia Bell, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Chris Finch, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Sharon Williams, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Jane Martin, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Stephanie Brazil, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Shirley Holgate, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Tony Garay, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Dan Hooper, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Carl Hunter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Alicia Nowicki, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Craig Young, All Saints’/Cristo Rey, Watsonville

Angel Rivera, San Carlos l Cathedral, Monterey, Kairos

Gail & Gabe Paul, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Jesse Farias, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Terry Burley, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Did Symington, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Jim Arnold, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Robert Seifert, St. Luke’s, Jolon/Chaplain

Carolyn Bowker, St.Jude’s, Cupertino

Merritt Greenwood, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Charles Greenleaf, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Bill Kell, St. John the Baptist, Aptos


35th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
November 6-7, 2015

2015 Convention Coverage

EDECR Convention 2015

Bishop’s Address Examines Values, Announces a Strategic Plan “Remix”

Unveiling the simple but powerful theme of “Values,” Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves’ annual address at the 35th Convention of El Camino Real set a new direction for the diocese and challenged congregations to consider their own values and how they embody them in their communities.

Her 30-minute address began with a story about digestive biscuits at the real St. Swithin’s church (located in our partner diocese in Gloucester) and examined the danger of treasuring traditional behavior over values, stressing the need for El Camino Real to become a values-driven organization.

“Examining our values can inspire us to change,” Gray-Reeves explained. “Such an examination can call us to deeper integrity, intention and spiritual practice. Such reflection keeps us close to the foundation of who God calls us to be as members of the Body of Christ. As we seek to live more deeply into the values we understand as Christian, we take on the likeness of Christ. We take on the mind of Christ. We embody the values of our faith in the world.”

“Our values are Christ-centeredness, Reconciliation, Passion, Innovation and Creativity, and Integrity,” she continued. “As I invite you to consider your congregational values, please know that we will continue to do the same on our diocesan boards, committees and commissions. We want to strengthen our understanding of what it means to live as a values-driven organization.”

The “remix” comes sooner than expected, she acknowledged, and was spurred on by the results of the diocesan feasibility study last June. She and diocesan staff will work with the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committee to complete further work on the revised plan before rolling out a new iteration at deanery meetings in 2016.

“The days of five- or ten-year plans have ended,” she pointed out. “We always knew that in our plan there were things that could be accomplished and finished, such as moving to Sargent House. There would be others that would be ongoing, such as multi-cultural and inter-generational growth. We have done very well accomplishing many of the goals of the plan, letting go of things that were not a good fit, and creatively thinking forward.”

The 2016 deanery meetings will provide an opportunity for the entire diocese to join the process once the plan has been prepared for consideration, with voting to come at next year’s convention. Diocesan leaders, including the Council of Advice who supports fundraising efforts such as the Bishop’s Appeal, will keep moving forward. She promised news of an ongoing Bishop’s Appeal, and a three-year narrative budget that can incorporate the future vision.

“This is a responsible way to create a sustainable, vibrant, values-driven future,” she concluded, “which we pray will glorify God in all we do.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address from Convention 2015.

Bishop’s Awards Presented

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves presented several awards during the Nov. 6-7 convention, including the Bishop’s Cross to The Rev. Kathey Crowe (above) and to Joe Chouinard (below) for their leadership and contributions to the diocese.

Below, the “Walking Together Ministry” at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove was honored with the Simple Servant Award for its faithful commitment for community organizing.


Certificates of Appreciation

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Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following:

Above: Members of the Relocation Team for their work on relocating the diocesan offices from Mission House in Seaside to the Sargent House in Salinas. Steve Pearson at podium, Chair of the Relocation Committee. Left to right in front of table: Dave Mora, Diana Trapani, The Rev. David Breuer.
Lower Right: Ann Wright for her work with the Conference Education Resource Committee (CERC).
Lower Left: Kim & Julie Fudge and Becky Mikkelsen for their work with the Scholarship Fund for the Diocese of Western Tanganyika (pictured with Bishop Sadock Makaya).

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Watch for more convention coverage coming soon.

See a full photo gallery at the bottom of this news post.

Read About Previous Diocesan Conventions

Diocesan Convention 2014 – November 14 & 15, 2014

Journal of Convention 2014

For information about older conventions, please contact the Diocesan Office.


UPDATED OCTOBER 21, 2020

The 40th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real will be held online Saturday, November 7. The theme for this year’s convention is 40 Years of Pilgrimage, in honor of the diocese’s 40th anniversary. Scroll down for resources, including resolutions, nomination profiles, and more.

Diocesan convention delegates and alternates gathered with clergy by Zoom on Sunday, September 20, for a pre-Convention prep meeting. A video recording is available here. The Budget Advisory Committee presented details of the 2021 Draft Budget and answered questions. Clergy and delegates also elected two lay Deanery representatives to the Board of Trustees: Winfield Fernald, Monterey Deanery, Lay (read about Win in English & Spanish), and Bill McIndoo, Santa Clara Valley Deanery, Lay (read about Bill in English & Spanish).

Members of Convention should have received by email copies of the 2021 Draft Budget and the Budget Narrative; if you haven’t received a copy, please contact Kirstin Nielsen, diocesan offices, at kirstin@realepiscopal.org.

In preparation for voting at Convention, members should review the following:

Special Rule of Order for the 40th Convention of El Camino Real

Regla Especial para la Convencion Diocesana

Resolution 1 – Amending Article VI.3.7 of the Constitution (second reading)

Resolution 2 – Amending Canon 11 (same link as Resolution 1)

Resolution A – Encourage Creation Care

Resolucion A – para el cuido de la creacion

Resolution B – Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy – English

Resolution B – Minimum Compensation of Full-Time Parochials Clergy – Spanish

Resolution C – Schedule of Minimum Clergy Honoraria – English

Resolution C – Schedule of Minimum Clergy Honoraria – Spanish

Nominations for diocesan leadership have been submitted and consist of the following summary. Click links for more details about each individual in English and Spanish:

Standing Committee – Clergy (Elect 1)
The Rev. Rob Keim, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande (English / Spanish)

Standing Committee – Lay (Elect 1)
Shonna K. Close, Holy Family, San Jose (English / Spanish)
Eric Fisher, St. Stephen’s, San Luis Obispo (English / Spanish)

Board of Trustees – At Large (Elect 4)
The Rev. Ian M. Delinger, St. Stephen’s, San Luis Obispo (English / Spanish)
The Rev. Maly Hughes, St. Francis, Willow Glen (English / Spanish)
The Rev. Kristine Johnson, St. Mary’s, Pacific Grove (English / Spanish)

Commission on Ministry – Clergy (Elect 1)
The Rev. Deacon Susan L. Arnold, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande (English / Spanish)
The Rev. Deacon Kathleen Crowe, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga [*Candidate has withdrawn]

Commission on Ministry – Lay (Elect 1)
Lorienne Elisabeth Schwenk, St. Benedict’s, Los Osos (English / Spanish)

Secretary to Convention (Elect 1)
Jeff Diehl, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande (English / Spanish)

Treasurer (Elect 1)
Joanna Shreve, St. Timothy’s, Mountain View (English / Spanish)

Those contemplating nominations from the floor need to contact the co-chairs of nominations, the Rev. Martín Juárez (sanpabloseaside@gmail.com) and Liz Frost (lizwfrost@msn.com).

Deanery pre-convention meetings

The digital diocesan convention team hosted three Deanery Delegate Orientation meetings in mid-September, designed to introduce the concept of digital convention to delegates and alternates and help them become familiar with the features of a Zoom meeting. The PowerPoint presentation slides are available below:

Presentation to San Luis Obispo Deanery Sept 17 2020

A meeting recording will be posted online soon. See the September 4 E-news for general details about deadlines. Contact Jeff Diehl, Secretary to Convention, at jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com with questions.

Preparations for Digital Diocesan Convention on November 7

(Spanish below)

In these times of ongoing pandemic, Bishop Lucinda Ashby has convened a digital diocesan convention design team to help the diocese prepare for a one-day Zoom-like diocesan convention on November 7. The team consists of the Bishop, the Chancellors, the Secretary to Convention, and representatives from the Board of Trustees and diocesan staff. The Chancellors have been collaborating with their colleagues in the other northern California dioceses to prepare a special rule to govern a digital convention.

Diocesan clergy and delegates who have been meeting by Zoom over the past several months will find that the digital platform for diocesan convention looks very similar. El Camino Real, along with two of our neighboring dioceses, have contracted with the same digital meeting provider who will operate the platform. The digital convention platform will provide for registration of convention delegates by order, congregation, and deanery, as well as online voting, motions from the floor, floor debate, and budget approval. Simultaneous Spanish-language interpretation will also be provided. Details of the one-day convention are still in the planning stages, but all essential convention activities will be possible using the digital convention platform.

Each voting member of Convention must have their own, dedicated computer or digital device to connect to the digital convention platform; you may not share a computer with another voting member of Convention. More details about recommended technical specifications for connecting to the digital platform will be published in the future.

For questions about the digital diocesan convention or any of the information that follows, please email Jeff Diehl, Secretary to Convention, at jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com.

Important dates in the months leading up to convention include:

Resolutions Deadline: September 8 (passed)

The Rules of Order of Convention requires that all resolutions other than those arising from the business of Convention, the Bishop’s address or the report of any diocesan body, be filed with the Secretary of Convention at least 60 days prior to the Convention. To be in compliance with this rule, the due date for submission of resolutions is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The official Call for Resolutions and details on how to prepare and submit resolutions can be found here.

Pre-Convention Budget Presentations and Deanery Meetings: September 20 (passed)

Customarily, the Budget and Resolutions teams have traveled to each of the three deaneries in September to present the details of the budget and resolutions to deanery delegates. This year, we will take advantage of the digital convention platform to combine the deanery meetings into one comprehensive meeting on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 2:00 pm. This will also give us the opportunity to “test-drive” the digital convention platform and become comfortable with its features for voting, floor recognition and questions, and breakout rooms. We will spend part of the afternoon in deanery-specific breakout rooms for the purpose of electing deanery representatives to the Board of Trustees (required only in the Santa Clara Valley and Monterey deaneries) and other deanery-related business.

Nominations Deadline: September 30

Every year members of Diocesan Convention elect qualified persons to serve on Committees, Boards, and Commissions as specified by canon. A summary of positions to be elected and descriptions of the positions can be found here, while the application for nominations is available here. Most nominations are due on September 30; nominations for deanery-specific positions on the Board of Trustees should be submitted by September 4.

Pre-Convention Resolution Hearings, TBD between September 20 and November 7

Depending on the nature and scope of the resolutions properly submitted by September 8, the Secretary to Convention will work with resolution proponents to schedule, advertise, and conduct Zoom resolution hearings in the weeks before convention. The Call for Resolutions form is available here.

 

Preparativos para la Convención Diocesana para el 7 de noviembre del 2020

En estos tiempos con una pandemia en curso, la obispa Lucinda Ashby ha convocado a un equipo de diseño para la convención diocesana digital para ayudar a la diócesis a preparase para la convención diocesana de un día tipo Zoom el día 7 de noviembre del 2020. El equipo estará formado por la Obispa, los Cancilleres, El Secretario de la Convención, representantes de la Junta Directiva y personal diocesano. Los cancilleres han estado colaborando con sus colegas en la diócesis en el norte de California para preparar las reglas especiales que gobernaran la convención digital.

El clérigo diocesano y delegados que se han estado reuniendo por Zoom en los últimos meses verán que la plataforma digital es muy similar. El Camino Real, junto con dos de las diócesis vecinas, han contratado al mismo proveedor de reuniones digitales para que maneje la plataforma. La plataforma digital proporcionará la opción para el registro de los delegados de la convención por orden, congregación y deanato, así como votación en línea, mociones propuestas por los asistentes, debates de los asistentes y aprobación del presupuesto. También se proporciona interpretación simultanea al español. Los detalles sobre la convención de un día aún están en la etapa de planificación, pero todas las actividades esenciales de la convención serán posibles utilizando la plataforma digital.

Cada miembro votante en la convención deberá tener su propia computadora dedicada o dispositivo digital para conectarse a la plataforma digital de la convención; usted no podrá compartir su computadora con otro miembro votante de la convención. Más detalles sobre las especificaciones técnicas recomendadas para conectarse a la plataforma digital serán publicadas posteriormente.

Si tiene preguntas sobre la convención diocesana digital o cualquier información proporcionada posteriormente, por favor comuníquense con Jeff Diehl, Secretario de la Convención (jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com).

Las fechas importantes en los meses anteriores a la convención incluyen las que se detallan a continuación:

Fecha límite para las Resoluciones, 8 de septiembre del 2020

Las Reglas de la Orden de la Convención requiere que todas las resoluciones, que no sean las que surjan
de los asuntos de la Convención, el discurso del obispo o el informe de cualquier entidad diocesana, sean presentadas al secretario de la convención por lo menos 60 días antes de la fecha de la convención.
Para cumplir con esta regla, la fecha límite para la presentación de resoluciones es el martes, 8 de septiembre del 2020. El llamado oficial para las resoluciones y los detalles de cómo preparar y presentar las resoluciones podrá encontrarse aquí.

Presentaciones del Presupuesto Pre Convención y Reuniones del Deanato, 20 de septiembre del 2020

Anteriormente, el equipo de presupuesto y resoluciones ha viajado a cada uno de los tres deanatos en septiembre para presentar los detalles del presupuesto y resoluciones a los delegados del deanato. Este año, aprovecharemos la plataforma digital para la convención y combinaremos las reuniones de los deanatos en una sola reunión integral el domingo, 20 de septiembre del 2020 a las 2:00 pm. Esto nos dará la oportunidad de probar la plataforma digital de la convención y familiarizarnos con las funciones para votar, reconocimiento de asistentes y preguntas, y las salas para grupos reducidos (breakout rooms). Nosotros, pasaremos parte de la sesión de la tarde en salas reducidas, específicas a los deanatos con el propósito de elegir representantes de los deanatos para la Junta Directiva (requerido solamente en los deanatos de Santa Clara Valley y Monterey) y otros asuntos relacionados al deanato.

Fecha límite para las Nominaciones, 30 de septiembre del 2020

Cada año los miembros de la Convención Diocesana eligen personas calificadas para servir en comités, juntas y comisiones tal como se especifica en el canon. Un resumen de las posiciones a ser electas y una descripción de las posiciones puede encontrarse aquí, así como la solicitud para las nominaciones. La mayoría de las Nominaciones tienen como fecha limite el 30 de septiembre; nominaciones para posiciones específicas del deanato en el Consejo de Administración serán recibidas a más tardar el 4 de septiembre.

Audiencias de Resolución Pre Convención, a ser determinada entre el 20 de septiembre y 7 de noviembre.

Dependiendo de la naturaleza y el alcance de las resoluciones debidamente presentadas a más tardar 8 de septiembre, el secretario de la convención trabajará con los proponentes para programar, anunciar y llevar a cabo una audiencia por medio de Zoom para emitir la resolución semanas antes de la convención. El formulario para resoluciones es disponible aquí.

 

CONVENTION COVERAGE ARCHIVE

Transition, Pilgrimage are themes of 39th Convention

Nov. 14, 2019 — Thanks to everyone who made our Convention a great success! Friday featured a beautiful Eucharist with a final sermon from Bishop Mary (video to be posted next week). Saturday’s highlights were the business of the church, the first address from Bishop-Elect Lucinda Ashby, plus missio-mercials, reports, and more.

View Bishop Mary’s Friday evening convention sermon.

View the tribute video to Bishop Mary, featuring diocesan leaders and a message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

View a greeting from our partner diocese in Gloucester, England

Read full coverage of Friday’s events in our e-newsletter.

View Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s convention address.

Read about Saturday’s events and election results.

Read Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s address here.

39th Convention and Special Convention for Election of a Bishop Journal

2018 Convention Coverage

Bishop’s Address: beauty, relational courage and the “church that does not yet exist”

“You are beautiful.”

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves repeated this message again and again during her annual address during the 38th Convention of the Diocese of Camino Real on October 26th and 27th. Unveiling the newest annual theme, “Relational Courage” – a theme she borrowed from Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs, Bishop of Indianapolis – she encouraged delegates, clergy, and all in attendance to reflect on how they arrived at the Episcopal Church, how the church has enriched them, and how they have enriched the church.

Citing the recent arrival of new Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, and the launch of the diocesan Leadership Innovation Fund, she stressed that “we are the asset we most need to develop.”

“We can offer programs, make our worship as slick and performative as can be, offer the best and brightest sermons, the most moving of liturgies, and the greatest hospitality practices ever,” she told the crowd. “But ours is an incarnational faith. If we are not present, then the essence of Christianity is not present.”

Relational courage will be required, she added, as the diocese and its new bishop come into relationship – and into partnership – together.

“It has taken all of us and our courage to explore and practice new ways of exercising power,” she explained, “power held by many, discovering new connections of energy, and uploading more gifts and talents from more relationships, locations and sources. We have, in fact, practiced a ‘stewardship of episcope,’ oversight, that has been highly communal.”

Her 12th convention appearance was historic in being her final solo convention appearance; next year, she will share the stage with a bishop-elect who will succeed her in January 2020.

“In this partnership we have discovered reconciliation of the brokenness of years past, we have discerned our relevance as a diocese both locally and globally, and we know the experience of resurrection,” said Gray-Reeves. “We have learned the rhythm of dying and rising and followed it into new life. We have loved and argued, laughed and cried.”

“Each year we have grown in knowledge, courage and experience in becoming the church that does not yet exist,” she noted. “Having spent a year pondering identity . . . it is time to step out a little more boldly with our beautiful Episcopal self.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete 2018 address here. Resolutions are listed below.

Several longtime diocesan volunteers were also recognized on Friday night; see their photos in the Winter 2018/2019 Real Episcopal magazine. The following resolutions were passed:

Resolution A: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Resolution B: Honoring The Rev. Dr. Fran Y. Toy

Resolution C: Amending Biographical Information for the Feast of Peter Williams Cassey and Annie Besant Cassey

Resolution D: Being a Sanctuary Diocese

“We are the shelter that we long for”

“The Spirit of God is moving through this diocese with compassion, creativity, and courage,” said Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, who preached Friday at Evening Prayer before the convention banquet and awards.

Davis asked the assembled crowd to open their hearts and practice the courage it takes to lean into the people and places they might otherwise pass by. She recalled a favorite Irish saying, “It is the shelter of each other that the people live,” and added that “we are the shelter that we long for. The offering of our presence is offering a place of sanctuary. And as we move deeper into the world, getting outside our buildings and imagine new ways of being church, this is very Good News for us.”

Citing Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan in Luke, she said the “moment between seeing and moving towards suffering is a courageous one . . . but when we see each other through the eyes of love, and when we care more about the goodness inherit inside each of us, rather than any other narrative society gives to us . . . this is when we are capable of mustering the courage.”

Her sermon also referenced Henri Nouwen, who talks about “the movement from hostility to hospitality as one of the great movements of the spiritual life.” Davis’ entire sermon can be read here.

 

Coverage of Past Conventions

2017 Convention: Identity, faith, and reconciliation

Spiritual identity, hope, and relational power were key themes of Bishop Mary Gray Reeves’ annual address at the 37th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4. While conventions are primarily held to manage the business of the church, this year’s event served also to inspire, challenge, and celebrate the community of delegates, alternates, clergy, and friends from across the diocese who gathered at Sherwood Hall in Salinas.

Bishop Mary’s address drew inspiration from the birth of Moses and the role of several midwives – and a girl, his sister Miriam – who kept him alive. “The scene gives birth, years before, to the journey the Israelites would take in becoming a nation,” she explained. “Identity emerging out of formed character, values, courage and grit.”

She noted how some congregations struggle with articulating their identity, typically when searching for a new rector, priest-in-charge or vicar. “Articulating who you are is more challenging than articulating what you do,” she said. “To say we know we are called to something, but we don’t know what, is to name a starting place. It is to conceive of hope that God wants more for us than unknowing and an uncertain identity.”

Bishop Mary leads the 2017 Diocesan Conference in a worship hymn

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address. Coverage of convention awards can be found in the November 15 issue of Along the King’s Highway.

She also introduced two practices of faith development and reconciliation that the diocese will add to its growing repertoire of tools for Christian life:

The Emergency Mediation Team – also known as EMTs – is a group of professional mediators who are also members of the diocese. They will work with congregations who want to improve their communication skills, or, who are in deep conflict, where they need to become “friendly again.” In the first quarter of 2018, EMTs will offer training at the deanery level that will provide broad support for general communication skills, mediation of difficult subjects or challenges, and more.

At the spring conference in May, the diocese will host a session on storytelling, inspired by Bishop Mary’s course this summer in Monterey where she heard from the Story Center in Oakland about the empowering work they do with victims of violence, post-war, in helping them tell their stories of not only trauma, but also salvation.

Praising the Lord with singing and dancing at the 2017 Diocesan Convention

Convention Resolutions

The complete list of approved resolutions can be viewed and downloaded below, in their final approved language. One exception: Resolution B failed to pass.

Resolution A: Resolutions Follow-up
Resolution B: Living Room Conversations
Resolution C: Paris Pledge
Resolution D: Dream Faith Network
Resolution E: Support of immigrants and migration ministries
Resolution F: Support of Vulnerable Children
Resolution G: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Voting during the 2017 Diocesan Convention


36th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
February 4-5, 2016

Bishop’s Address, Awards Highlight 2016 Convention

Nearly 300 Episcopalians from across the diocese gathered in Salinas for the 36th Annual Meeting of Convention, which took place November 4 & 5 at Sherwood Hall to conduct the business of the church, share ideas, worship, and inspire one another.

“Being a learning organization, or community, is very Biblical,” said Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves in her annual address, which examined the need for such communities and provided an update on the diocesan Strategic Plan Remix. “It is also a concept found in the corporate world … spreading the Kingdom of God would suggest we learn to be partners together so that justice and well-being for all can be a reality. People of faith are the link between the two.”

Another highlight of the convention was the Friday Evening Prayer service. The special guest preacher was Bishop Richard Garcia of the Catholic Diocese of Monterey (seen above). Bishop Garcia’s homily focused on learning together and examined ideas for extending and expanding our shared ministries. “Look out and reach for new possibilities as God offers them,” he said, urging the audience to continue to collaborate with other church communities. He also shared his idea of setting up a shared satellite center at the Salinas Mall, to have a spiritual presence in an established community destination.

Awards were also given out: The annual Bishop’s Cross Award was given to both Archdeacon Jo Weber (below left) and The Rev. Mary Morrison (right), who could not attend but received the awards in advance. Bishop Mary snapped her annual convention selfie to send them. Scroll down to view the Simple Servant awardees.

The Simple Servant Awards were an epic affair, with nearly 30 recipients brought on stage for their life-changing volunteer work with prison and jail ministries such as Kairos Inside and other programs. In all, more than 50 volunteers from the Diocese of El Camino Real and other faiths received the award and a few shared powerful stories with the banquet crowd. Scroll down for a list of the awardees and more pictures.

Joan Anderson, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Irma Mejia, St. Paul’s/San Pablo

Lloyd Lowery, St. Paul’s/San Pablo, Salinas

Brian Nordwick, ECR Staff, Kairos

Jeannie & Paul Aschenbrenner, First Methodist, Salinas

Haati Nai, First Methodist, Salinas

Steve Lundin, First Methodist, Salinas

Cynthia Montague, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Nancy Duldulao, Holy Family, Milpitas

Mindi Wojdylak, Holy Family Milpitas

Jane & Robert Pomery, Holy Family Milpitas

Anne Pomeroy, Holy Family Milpitas

Rosie Limos, Holy Family Milpitas

Marina Laroya,  Holy Family Milpitas

Corazon Gallego, Holy Family Milpitas

Margaret Smith, Holy Family Milpitas

Angeles Dela Cruz, Holy Family Milpitas

Shonna Close, Holy Family Milpitas

Ruth Casipit-Paguio, Holy Family Milpitas

George Lew, Holy Family Milpitas

Jean Wyatt, Holy Family Milpitas

Armin Busse, Holy Family Milpitas

Ernest Boyer, Holy Family Milpitas

Paul Horn, Holy Family Milpitas

Katy Dickinson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Anderson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Julie Averill, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Peggy Bryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Ann-Marie Burger, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Joel Martinez, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Thierry Doyen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Bruce Friesen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Harriman, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Cathy Holley, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Betsy James, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Denise Khalid, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Diane Lovelace, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Silverstein, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Gerry Chartrand, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Dwight Buzick, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Accristo, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Renee Lopez, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Jack Fanning, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Phil West, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Phyllis Porter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Marcia Bell, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Chris Finch, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Sharon Williams, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Jane Martin, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Stephanie Brazil, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Shirley Holgate, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Tony Garay, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Dan Hooper, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Carl Hunter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Alicia Nowicki, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Craig Young, All Saints’/Cristo Rey, Watsonville

Angel Rivera, San Carlos l Cathedral, Monterey, Kairos

Gail & Gabe Paul, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Jesse Farias, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Terry Burley, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Did Symington, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Jim Arnold, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Robert Seifert, St. Luke’s, Jolon/Chaplain

Carolyn Bowker, St.Jude’s, Cupertino

Merritt Greenwood, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Charles Greenleaf, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Bill Kell, St. John the Baptist, Aptos


35th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
November 6-7, 2015

2015 Convention Coverage

EDECR Convention 2015

Bishop’s Address Examines Values, Announces a Strategic Plan “Remix”

Unveiling the simple but powerful theme of “Values,” Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves’ annual address at the 35th Convention of El Camino Real set a new direction for the diocese and challenged congregations to consider their own values and how they embody them in their communities.

Her 30-minute address began with a story about digestive biscuits at the real St. Swithin’s church (located in our partner diocese in Gloucester) and examined the danger of treasuring traditional behavior over values, stressing the need for El Camino Real to become a values-driven organization.

“Examining our values can inspire us to change,” Gray-Reeves explained. “Such an examination can call us to deeper integrity, intention and spiritual practice. Such reflection keeps us close to the foundation of who God calls us to be as members of the Body of Christ. As we seek to live more deeply into the values we understand as Christian, we take on the likeness of Christ. We take on the mind of Christ. We embody the values of our faith in the world.”

“Our values are Christ-centeredness, Reconciliation, Passion, Innovation and Creativity, and Integrity,” she continued. “As I invite you to consider your congregational values, please know that we will continue to do the same on our diocesan boards, committees and commissions. We want to strengthen our understanding of what it means to live as a values-driven organization.”

The “remix” comes sooner than expected, she acknowledged, and was spurred on by the results of the diocesan feasibility study last June. She and diocesan staff will work with the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committee to complete further work on the revised plan before rolling out a new iteration at deanery meetings in 2016.

“The days of five- or ten-year plans have ended,” she pointed out. “We always knew that in our plan there were things that could be accomplished and finished, such as moving to Sargent House. There would be others that would be ongoing, such as multi-cultural and inter-generational growth. We have done very well accomplishing many of the goals of the plan, letting go of things that were not a good fit, and creatively thinking forward.”

The 2016 deanery meetings will provide an opportunity for the entire diocese to join the process once the plan has been prepared for consideration, with voting to come at next year’s convention. Diocesan leaders, including the Council of Advice who supports fundraising efforts such as the Bishop’s Appeal, will keep moving forward. She promised news of an ongoing Bishop’s Appeal, and a three-year narrative budget that can incorporate the future vision.

“This is a responsible way to create a sustainable, vibrant, values-driven future,” she concluded, “which we pray will glorify God in all we do.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address from Convention 2015.

Bishop’s Awards Presented

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves presented several awards during the Nov. 6-7 convention, including the Bishop’s Cross to The Rev. Kathey Crowe (above) and to Joe Chouinard (below) for their leadership and contributions to the diocese.

Below, the “Walking Together Ministry” at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove was honored with the Simple Servant Award for its faithful commitment for community organizing.


Certificates of Appreciation

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Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following:

Above: Members of the Relocation Team for their work on relocating the diocesan offices from Mission House in Seaside to the Sargent House in Salinas. Steve Pearson at podium, Chair of the Relocation Committee. Left to right in front of table: Dave Mora, Diana Trapani, The Rev. David Breuer.
Lower Right: Ann Wright for her work with the Conference Education Resource Committee (CERC).
Lower Left: Kim & Julie Fudge and Becky Mikkelsen for their work with the Scholarship Fund for the Diocese of Western Tanganyika (pictured with Bishop Sadock Makaya).

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Watch for more convention coverage coming soon.

See a full photo gallery at the bottom of this news post.

Read About Previous Diocesan Conventions

Diocesan Convention 2014 – November 14 & 15, 2014

Journal of Convention 2014

For information about older conventions, please contact the Diocesan Office.


UPDATED OCTOBER 21, 2020

The 40th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real will be held online Saturday, November 7. The theme for this year’s convention is 40 Years of Pilgrimage, in honor of the diocese’s 40th anniversary. Scroll down for resources, including resolutions, nomination profiles, and more.

Diocesan convention delegates and alternates gathered with clergy by Zoom on Sunday, September 20, for a pre-Convention prep meeting. A video recording is available here. The Budget Advisory Committee presented details of the 2021 Draft Budget and answered questions. Clergy and delegates also elected two lay Deanery representatives to the Board of Trustees: Winfield Fernald, Monterey Deanery, Lay (read about Win in English & Spanish), and Bill McIndoo, Santa Clara Valley Deanery, Lay (read about Bill in English & Spanish).

Members of Convention should have received by email copies of the 2021 Draft Budget and the Budget Narrative; if you haven’t received a copy, please contact Kirstin Nielsen, diocesan offices, at kirstin@realepiscopal.org.

In preparation for voting at Convention, members should review the following:

Special Rule of Order for the 40th Convention of El Camino Real

Regla Especial para la Convencion Diocesana

Resolution 1 – Amending Article VI.3.7 of the Constitution (second reading)

Resolution 2 – Amending Canon 11 (same link as Resolution 1)

Resolution A – Encourage Creation Care

Resolucion A – para el cuido de la creacion

Resolution B – Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy – English

Resolution B – Minimum Compensation of Full-Time Parochials Clergy – Spanish

Resolution C – Schedule of Minimum Clergy Honoraria – English

Resolution C – Schedule of Minimum Clergy Honoraria – Spanish

Nominations for diocesan leadership have been submitted and consist of the following summary. Click links for more details about each individual in English and Spanish:

Standing Committee – Clergy (Elect 1)
The Rev. Rob Keim, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande (English / Spanish)

Standing Committee – Lay (Elect 1)
Shonna K. Close, Holy Family, San Jose (English / Spanish)
Eric Fisher, St. Stephen’s, San Luis Obispo (English / Spanish)

Board of Trustees – At Large (Elect 4)
The Rev. Ian M. Delinger, St. Stephen’s, San Luis Obispo (English / Spanish)
The Rev. Maly Hughes, St. Francis, Willow Glen (English / Spanish)
The Rev. Kristine Johnson, St. Mary’s, Pacific Grove (English / Spanish)

Commission on Ministry – Clergy (Elect 1)
The Rev. Deacon Susan L. Arnold, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande (English / Spanish)
The Rev. Deacon Kathleen Crowe, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga [*Candidate has withdrawn]

Commission on Ministry – Lay (Elect 1)
Lorienne Elisabeth Schwenk, St. Benedict’s, Los Osos (English / Spanish)

Secretary to Convention (Elect 1)
Jeff Diehl, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande (English / Spanish)

Treasurer (Elect 1)
Joanna Shreve, St. Timothy’s, Mountain View (English / Spanish)

Those contemplating nominations from the floor need to contact the co-chairs of nominations, the Rev. Martín Juárez (sanpabloseaside@gmail.com) and Liz Frost (lizwfrost@msn.com).

Deanery pre-convention meetings

The digital diocesan convention team hosted three Deanery Delegate Orientation meetings in mid-September, designed to introduce the concept of digital convention to delegates and alternates and help them become familiar with the features of a Zoom meeting. The PowerPoint presentation slides are available below:

Presentation to San Luis Obispo Deanery Sept 17 2020

A meeting recording will be posted online soon. See the September 4 E-news for general details about deadlines. Contact Jeff Diehl, Secretary to Convention, at jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com with questions.

Preparations for Digital Diocesan Convention on November 7

(Spanish below)

In these times of ongoing pandemic, Bishop Lucinda Ashby has convened a digital diocesan convention design team to help the diocese prepare for a one-day Zoom-like diocesan convention on November 7. The team consists of the Bishop, the Chancellors, the Secretary to Convention, and representatives from the Board of Trustees and diocesan staff. The Chancellors have been collaborating with their colleagues in the other northern California dioceses to prepare a special rule to govern a digital convention.

Diocesan clergy and delegates who have been meeting by Zoom over the past several months will find that the digital platform for diocesan convention looks very similar. El Camino Real, along with two of our neighboring dioceses, have contracted with the same digital meeting provider who will operate the platform. The digital convention platform will provide for registration of convention delegates by order, congregation, and deanery, as well as online voting, motions from the floor, floor debate, and budget approval. Simultaneous Spanish-language interpretation will also be provided. Details of the one-day convention are still in the planning stages, but all essential convention activities will be possible using the digital convention platform.

Each voting member of Convention must have their own, dedicated computer or digital device to connect to the digital convention platform; you may not share a computer with another voting member of Convention. More details about recommended technical specifications for connecting to the digital platform will be published in the future.

For questions about the digital diocesan convention or any of the information that follows, please email Jeff Diehl, Secretary to Convention, at jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com.

Important dates in the months leading up to convention include:

Resolutions Deadline: September 8 (passed)

The Rules of Order of Convention requires that all resolutions other than those arising from the business of Convention, the Bishop’s address or the report of any diocesan body, be filed with the Secretary of Convention at least 60 days prior to the Convention. To be in compliance with this rule, the due date for submission of resolutions is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The official Call for Resolutions and details on how to prepare and submit resolutions can be found here.

Pre-Convention Budget Presentations and Deanery Meetings: September 20 (passed)

Customarily, the Budget and Resolutions teams have traveled to each of the three deaneries in September to present the details of the budget and resolutions to deanery delegates. This year, we will take advantage of the digital convention platform to combine the deanery meetings into one comprehensive meeting on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 2:00 pm. This will also give us the opportunity to “test-drive” the digital convention platform and become comfortable with its features for voting, floor recognition and questions, and breakout rooms. We will spend part of the afternoon in deanery-specific breakout rooms for the purpose of electing deanery representatives to the Board of Trustees (required only in the Santa Clara Valley and Monterey deaneries) and other deanery-related business.

Nominations Deadline: September 30

Every year members of Diocesan Convention elect qualified persons to serve on Committees, Boards, and Commissions as specified by canon. A summary of positions to be elected and descriptions of the positions can be found here, while the application for nominations is available here. Most nominations are due on September 30; nominations for deanery-specific positions on the Board of Trustees should be submitted by September 4.

Pre-Convention Resolution Hearings, TBD between September 20 and November 7

Depending on the nature and scope of the resolutions properly submitted by September 8, the Secretary to Convention will work with resolution proponents to schedule, advertise, and conduct Zoom resolution hearings in the weeks before convention. The Call for Resolutions form is available here.

 

Preparativos para la Convención Diocesana para el 7 de noviembre del 2020

En estos tiempos con una pandemia en curso, la obispa Lucinda Ashby ha convocado a un equipo de diseño para la convención diocesana digital para ayudar a la diócesis a preparase para la convención diocesana de un día tipo Zoom el día 7 de noviembre del 2020. El equipo estará formado por la Obispa, los Cancilleres, El Secretario de la Convención, representantes de la Junta Directiva y personal diocesano. Los cancilleres han estado colaborando con sus colegas en la diócesis en el norte de California para preparar las reglas especiales que gobernaran la convención digital.

El clérigo diocesano y delegados que se han estado reuniendo por Zoom en los últimos meses verán que la plataforma digital es muy similar. El Camino Real, junto con dos de las diócesis vecinas, han contratado al mismo proveedor de reuniones digitales para que maneje la plataforma. La plataforma digital proporcionará la opción para el registro de los delegados de la convención por orden, congregación y deanato, así como votación en línea, mociones propuestas por los asistentes, debates de los asistentes y aprobación del presupuesto. También se proporciona interpretación simultanea al español. Los detalles sobre la convención de un día aún están en la etapa de planificación, pero todas las actividades esenciales de la convención serán posibles utilizando la plataforma digital.

Cada miembro votante en la convención deberá tener su propia computadora dedicada o dispositivo digital para conectarse a la plataforma digital de la convención; usted no podrá compartir su computadora con otro miembro votante de la convención. Más detalles sobre las especificaciones técnicas recomendadas para conectarse a la plataforma digital serán publicadas posteriormente.

Si tiene preguntas sobre la convención diocesana digital o cualquier información proporcionada posteriormente, por favor comuníquense con Jeff Diehl, Secretario de la Convención (jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com).

Las fechas importantes en los meses anteriores a la convención incluyen las que se detallan a continuación:

Fecha límite para las Resoluciones, 8 de septiembre del 2020

Las Reglas de la Orden de la Convención requiere que todas las resoluciones, que no sean las que surjan
de los asuntos de la Convención, el discurso del obispo o el informe de cualquier entidad diocesana, sean presentadas al secretario de la convención por lo menos 60 días antes de la fecha de la convención.
Para cumplir con esta regla, la fecha límite para la presentación de resoluciones es el martes, 8 de septiembre del 2020. El llamado oficial para las resoluciones y los detalles de cómo preparar y presentar las resoluciones podrá encontrarse aquí.

Presentaciones del Presupuesto Pre Convención y Reuniones del Deanato, 20 de septiembre del 2020

Anteriormente, el equipo de presupuesto y resoluciones ha viajado a cada uno de los tres deanatos en septiembre para presentar los detalles del presupuesto y resoluciones a los delegados del deanato. Este año, aprovecharemos la plataforma digital para la convención y combinaremos las reuniones de los deanatos en una sola reunión integral el domingo, 20 de septiembre del 2020 a las 2:00 pm. Esto nos dará la oportunidad de probar la plataforma digital de la convención y familiarizarnos con las funciones para votar, reconocimiento de asistentes y preguntas, y las salas para grupos reducidos (breakout rooms). Nosotros, pasaremos parte de la sesión de la tarde en salas reducidas, específicas a los deanatos con el propósito de elegir representantes de los deanatos para la Junta Directiva (requerido solamente en los deanatos de Santa Clara Valley y Monterey) y otros asuntos relacionados al deanato.

Fecha límite para las Nominaciones, 30 de septiembre del 2020

Cada año los miembros de la Convención Diocesana eligen personas calificadas para servir en comités, juntas y comisiones tal como se especifica en el canon. Un resumen de las posiciones a ser electas y una descripción de las posiciones puede encontrarse aquí, así como la solicitud para las nominaciones. La mayoría de las Nominaciones tienen como fecha limite el 30 de septiembre; nominaciones para posiciones específicas del deanato en el Consejo de Administración serán recibidas a más tardar el 4 de septiembre.

Audiencias de Resolución Pre Convención, a ser determinada entre el 20 de septiembre y 7 de noviembre.

Dependiendo de la naturaleza y el alcance de las resoluciones debidamente presentadas a más tardar 8 de septiembre, el secretario de la convención trabajará con los proponentes para programar, anunciar y llevar a cabo una audiencia por medio de Zoom para emitir la resolución semanas antes de la convención. El formulario para resoluciones es disponible aquí.

 

CONVENTION COVERAGE ARCHIVE

Transition, Pilgrimage are themes of 39th Convention

Nov. 14, 2019 — Thanks to everyone who made our Convention a great success! Friday featured a beautiful Eucharist with a final sermon from Bishop Mary (video to be posted next week). Saturday’s highlights were the business of the church, the first address from Bishop-Elect Lucinda Ashby, plus missio-mercials, reports, and more.

View Bishop Mary’s Friday evening convention sermon.

View the tribute video to Bishop Mary, featuring diocesan leaders and a message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

View a greeting from our partner diocese in Gloucester, England

Read full coverage of Friday’s events in our e-newsletter.

View Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s convention address.

Read about Saturday’s events and election results.

Read Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s address here.

39th Convention and Special Convention for Election of a Bishop Journal

2018 Convention Coverage

Bishop’s Address: beauty, relational courage and the “church that does not yet exist”

“You are beautiful.”

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves repeated this message again and again during her annual address during the 38th Convention of the Diocese of Camino Real on October 26th and 27th. Unveiling the newest annual theme, “Relational Courage” – a theme she borrowed from Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs, Bishop of Indianapolis – she encouraged delegates, clergy, and all in attendance to reflect on how they arrived at the Episcopal Church, how the church has enriched them, and how they have enriched the church.

Citing the recent arrival of new Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, and the launch of the diocesan Leadership Innovation Fund, she stressed that “we are the asset we most need to develop.”

“We can offer programs, make our worship as slick and performative as can be, offer the best and brightest sermons, the most moving of liturgies, and the greatest hospitality practices ever,” she told the crowd. “But ours is an incarnational faith. If we are not present, then the essence of Christianity is not present.”

Relational courage will be required, she added, as the diocese and its new bishop come into relationship – and into partnership – together.

“It has taken all of us and our courage to explore and practice new ways of exercising power,” she explained, “power held by many, discovering new connections of energy, and uploading more gifts and talents from more relationships, locations and sources. We have, in fact, practiced a ‘stewardship of episcope,’ oversight, that has been highly communal.”

Her 12th convention appearance was historic in being her final solo convention appearance; next year, she will share the stage with a bishop-elect who will succeed her in January 2020.

“In this partnership we have discovered reconciliation of the brokenness of years past, we have discerned our relevance as a diocese both locally and globally, and we know the experience of resurrection,” said Gray-Reeves. “We have learned the rhythm of dying and rising and followed it into new life. We have loved and argued, laughed and cried.”

“Each year we have grown in knowledge, courage and experience in becoming the church that does not yet exist,” she noted. “Having spent a year pondering identity . . . it is time to step out a little more boldly with our beautiful Episcopal self.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete 2018 address here. Resolutions are listed below.

Several longtime diocesan volunteers were also recognized on Friday night; see their photos in the Winter 2018/2019 Real Episcopal magazine. The following resolutions were passed:

Resolution A: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Resolution B: Honoring The Rev. Dr. Fran Y. Toy

Resolution C: Amending Biographical Information for the Feast of Peter Williams Cassey and Annie Besant Cassey

Resolution D: Being a Sanctuary Diocese

“We are the shelter that we long for”

“The Spirit of God is moving through this diocese with compassion, creativity, and courage,” said Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, who preached Friday at Evening Prayer before the convention banquet and awards.

Davis asked the assembled crowd to open their hearts and practice the courage it takes to lean into the people and places they might otherwise pass by. She recalled a favorite Irish saying, “It is the shelter of each other that the people live,” and added that “we are the shelter that we long for. The offering of our presence is offering a place of sanctuary. And as we move deeper into the world, getting outside our buildings and imagine new ways of being church, this is very Good News for us.”

Citing Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan in Luke, she said the “moment between seeing and moving towards suffering is a courageous one . . . but when we see each other through the eyes of love, and when we care more about the goodness inherit inside each of us, rather than any other narrative society gives to us . . . this is when we are capable of mustering the courage.”

Her sermon also referenced Henri Nouwen, who talks about “the movement from hostility to hospitality as one of the great movements of the spiritual life.” Davis’ entire sermon can be read here.

 

Coverage of Past Conventions

2017 Convention: Identity, faith, and reconciliation

Spiritual identity, hope, and relational power were key themes of Bishop Mary Gray Reeves’ annual address at the 37th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4. While conventions are primarily held to manage the business of the church, this year’s event served also to inspire, challenge, and celebrate the community of delegates, alternates, clergy, and friends from across the diocese who gathered at Sherwood Hall in Salinas.

Bishop Mary’s address drew inspiration from the birth of Moses and the role of several midwives – and a girl, his sister Miriam – who kept him alive. “The scene gives birth, years before, to the journey the Israelites would take in becoming a nation,” she explained. “Identity emerging out of formed character, values, courage and grit.”

She noted how some congregations struggle with articulating their identity, typically when searching for a new rector, priest-in-charge or vicar. “Articulating who you are is more challenging than articulating what you do,” she said. “To say we know we are called to something, but we don’t know what, is to name a starting place. It is to conceive of hope that God wants more for us than unknowing and an uncertain identity.”

Bishop Mary leads the 2017 Diocesan Conference in a worship hymn

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address. Coverage of convention awards can be found in the November 15 issue of Along the King’s Highway.

She also introduced two practices of faith development and reconciliation that the diocese will add to its growing repertoire of tools for Christian life:

The Emergency Mediation Team – also known as EMTs – is a group of professional mediators who are also members of the diocese. They will work with congregations who want to improve their communication skills, or, who are in deep conflict, where they need to become “friendly again.” In the first quarter of 2018, EMTs will offer training at the deanery level that will provide broad support for general communication skills, mediation of difficult subjects or challenges, and more.

At the spring conference in May, the diocese will host a session on storytelling, inspired by Bishop Mary’s course this summer in Monterey where she heard from the Story Center in Oakland about the empowering work they do with victims of violence, post-war, in helping them tell their stories of not only trauma, but also salvation.

Praising the Lord with singing and dancing at the 2017 Diocesan Convention

Convention Resolutions

The complete list of approved resolutions can be viewed and downloaded below, in their final approved language. One exception: Resolution B failed to pass.

Resolution A: Resolutions Follow-up
Resolution B: Living Room Conversations
Resolution C: Paris Pledge
Resolution D: Dream Faith Network
Resolution E: Support of immigrants and migration ministries
Resolution F: Support of Vulnerable Children
Resolution G: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Voting during the 2017 Diocesan Convention


36th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
February 4-5, 2016

Bishop’s Address, Awards Highlight 2016 Convention

Nearly 300 Episcopalians from across the diocese gathered in Salinas for the 36th Annual Meeting of Convention, which took place November 4 & 5 at Sherwood Hall to conduct the business of the church, share ideas, worship, and inspire one another.

“Being a learning organization, or community, is very Biblical,” said Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves in her annual address, which examined the need for such communities and provided an update on the diocesan Strategic Plan Remix. “It is also a concept found in the corporate world … spreading the Kingdom of God would suggest we learn to be partners together so that justice and well-being for all can be a reality. People of faith are the link between the two.”

Another highlight of the convention was the Friday Evening Prayer service. The special guest preacher was Bishop Richard Garcia of the Catholic Diocese of Monterey (seen above). Bishop Garcia’s homily focused on learning together and examined ideas for extending and expanding our shared ministries. “Look out and reach for new possibilities as God offers them,” he said, urging the audience to continue to collaborate with other church communities. He also shared his idea of setting up a shared satellite center at the Salinas Mall, to have a spiritual presence in an established community destination.

Awards were also given out: The annual Bishop’s Cross Award was given to both Archdeacon Jo Weber (below left) and The Rev. Mary Morrison (right), who could not attend but received the awards in advance. Bishop Mary snapped her annual convention selfie to send them. Scroll down to view the Simple Servant awardees.

The Simple Servant Awards were an epic affair, with nearly 30 recipients brought on stage for their life-changing volunteer work with prison and jail ministries such as Kairos Inside and other programs. In all, more than 50 volunteers from the Diocese of El Camino Real and other faiths received the award and a few shared powerful stories with the banquet crowd. Scroll down for a list of the awardees and more pictures.

Joan Anderson, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Irma Mejia, St. Paul’s/San Pablo

Lloyd Lowery, St. Paul’s/San Pablo, Salinas

Brian Nordwick, ECR Staff, Kairos

Jeannie & Paul Aschenbrenner, First Methodist, Salinas

Haati Nai, First Methodist, Salinas

Steve Lundin, First Methodist, Salinas

Cynthia Montague, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Nancy Duldulao, Holy Family, Milpitas

Mindi Wojdylak, Holy Family Milpitas

Jane & Robert Pomery, Holy Family Milpitas

Anne Pomeroy, Holy Family Milpitas

Rosie Limos, Holy Family Milpitas

Marina Laroya,  Holy Family Milpitas

Corazon Gallego, Holy Family Milpitas

Margaret Smith, Holy Family Milpitas

Angeles Dela Cruz, Holy Family Milpitas

Shonna Close, Holy Family Milpitas

Ruth Casipit-Paguio, Holy Family Milpitas

George Lew, Holy Family Milpitas

Jean Wyatt, Holy Family Milpitas

Armin Busse, Holy Family Milpitas

Ernest Boyer, Holy Family Milpitas

Paul Horn, Holy Family Milpitas

Katy Dickinson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Anderson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Julie Averill, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Peggy Bryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Ann-Marie Burger, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Joel Martinez, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Thierry Doyen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Bruce Friesen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Harriman, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Cathy Holley, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Betsy James, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Denise Khalid, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Diane Lovelace, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Silverstein, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Gerry Chartrand, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Dwight Buzick, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Accristo, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Renee Lopez, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Jack Fanning, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Phil West, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Phyllis Porter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Marcia Bell, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Chris Finch, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Sharon Williams, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Jane Martin, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Stephanie Brazil, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Shirley Holgate, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Tony Garay, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Dan Hooper, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Carl Hunter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Alicia Nowicki, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Craig Young, All Saints’/Cristo Rey, Watsonville

Angel Rivera, San Carlos l Cathedral, Monterey, Kairos

Gail & Gabe Paul, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Jesse Farias, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Terry Burley, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Did Symington, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Jim Arnold, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Robert Seifert, St. Luke’s, Jolon/Chaplain

Carolyn Bowker, St.Jude’s, Cupertino

Merritt Greenwood, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Charles Greenleaf, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Bill Kell, St. John the Baptist, Aptos


35th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
November 6-7, 2015

2015 Convention Coverage

EDECR Convention 2015

Bishop’s Address Examines Values, Announces a Strategic Plan “Remix”

Unveiling the simple but powerful theme of “Values,” Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves’ annual address at the 35th Convention of El Camino Real set a new direction for the diocese and challenged congregations to consider their own values and how they embody them in their communities.

Her 30-minute address began with a story about digestive biscuits at the real St. Swithin’s church (located in our partner diocese in Gloucester) and examined the danger of treasuring traditional behavior over values, stressing the need for El Camino Real to become a values-driven organization.

“Examining our values can inspire us to change,” Gray-Reeves explained. “Such an examination can call us to deeper integrity, intention and spiritual practice. Such reflection keeps us close to the foundation of who God calls us to be as members of the Body of Christ. As we seek to live more deeply into the values we understand as Christian, we take on the likeness of Christ. We take on the mind of Christ. We embody the values of our faith in the world.”

“Our values are Christ-centeredness, Reconciliation, Passion, Innovation and Creativity, and Integrity,” she continued. “As I invite you to consider your congregational values, please know that we will continue to do the same on our diocesan boards, committees and commissions. We want to strengthen our understanding of what it means to live as a values-driven organization.”

The “remix” comes sooner than expected, she acknowledged, and was spurred on by the results of the diocesan feasibility study last June. She and diocesan staff will work with the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committee to complete further work on the revised plan before rolling out a new iteration at deanery meetings in 2016.

“The days of five- or ten-year plans have ended,” she pointed out. “We always knew that in our plan there were things that could be accomplished and finished, such as moving to Sargent House. There would be others that would be ongoing, such as multi-cultural and inter-generational growth. We have done very well accomplishing many of the goals of the plan, letting go of things that were not a good fit, and creatively thinking forward.”

The 2016 deanery meetings will provide an opportunity for the entire diocese to join the process once the plan has been prepared for consideration, with voting to come at next year’s convention. Diocesan leaders, including the Council of Advice who supports fundraising efforts such as the Bishop’s Appeal, will keep moving forward. She promised news of an ongoing Bishop’s Appeal, and a three-year narrative budget that can incorporate the future vision.

“This is a responsible way to create a sustainable, vibrant, values-driven future,” she concluded, “which we pray will glorify God in all we do.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address from Convention 2015.

Bishop’s Awards Presented

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves presented several awards during the Nov. 6-7 convention, including the Bishop’s Cross to The Rev. Kathey Crowe (above) and to Joe Chouinard (below) for their leadership and contributions to the diocese.

Below, the “Walking Together Ministry” at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove was honored with the Simple Servant Award for its faithful commitment for community organizing.


Certificates of Appreciation

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Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following:

Above: Members of the Relocation Team for their work on relocating the diocesan offices from Mission House in Seaside to the Sargent House in Salinas. Steve Pearson at podium, Chair of the Relocation Committee. Left to right in front of table: Dave Mora, Diana Trapani, The Rev. David Breuer.
Lower Right: Ann Wright for her work with the Conference Education Resource Committee (CERC).
Lower Left: Kim & Julie Fudge and Becky Mikkelsen for their work with the Scholarship Fund for the Diocese of Western Tanganyika (pictured with Bishop Sadock Makaya).

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Watch for more convention coverage coming soon.

See a full photo gallery at the bottom of this news post.

Read About Previous Diocesan Conventions

Diocesan Convention 2014 – November 14 & 15, 2014

Journal of Convention 2014

For information about older conventions, please contact the Diocesan Office.

Transition, Pilgrimage are themes of 39th Convention

Nov. 3, 2019 — Thanks to everyone who made our Convention a great success! Friday featured a beautiful Eucharist with a final sermon from Bishop Mary (video to be posted next week). Saturday’s highlights were the business of the church, the first address from Bishop-Elect Lucinda Ashby, plus missio-mercials, reports, and more. Read Bishop-Elect Lucinda’s address here (video will be posted soon).

2018 Convention Coverage

Bishop’s Address: beauty, relational courage and the “church that does not yet exist”

“You are beautiful.”

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves repeated this message again and again during her annual address during the 38th Convention of the Diocese of Camino Real on October 26th and 27th. Unveiling the newest annual theme, “Relational Courage” – a theme she borrowed from Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs, Bishop of Indianapolis – she encouraged delegates, clergy, and all in attendance to reflect on how they arrived at the Episcopal Church, how the church has enriched them, and how they have enriched the church.

Citing the recent arrival of new Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, and the launch of the diocesan Leadership Innovation Fund, she stressed that “we are the asset we most need to develop.”

“We can offer programs, make our worship as slick and performative as can be, offer the best and brightest sermons, the most moving of liturgies, and the greatest hospitality practices ever,” she told the crowd. “But ours is an incarnational faith. If we are not present, then the essence of Christianity is not present.”

Relational courage will be required, she added, as the diocese and its new bishop come into relationship – and into partnership – together.

“It has taken all of us and our courage to explore and practice new ways of exercising power,” she explained, “power held by many, discovering new connections of energy, and uploading more gifts and talents from more relationships, locations and sources. We have, in fact, practiced a ‘stewardship of episcope,’ oversight, that has been highly communal.”

Her 12th convention appearance was historic in being her final solo convention appearance; next year, she will share the stage with a bishop-elect who will succeed her in January 2020.

“In this partnership we have discovered reconciliation of the brokenness of years past, we have discerned our relevance as a diocese both locally and globally, and we know the experience of resurrection,” said Gray-Reeves. “We have learned the rhythm of dying and rising and followed it into new life. We have loved and argued, laughed and cried.”

“Each year we have grown in knowledge, courage and experience in becoming the church that does not yet exist,” she noted. “Having spent a year pondering identity . . . it is time to step out a little more boldly with our beautiful Episcopal self.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete 2018 address here. Resolutions are listed below.

Several longtime diocesan volunteers were also recognized on Friday night; see their photos in the Winter 2018/2019 Real Episcopal magazine. The following resolutions were passed:

Resolution A: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Resolution B: Honoring The Rev. Dr. Fran Y. Toy

Resolution C: Amending Biographical Information for the Feast of Peter Williams Cassey and Annie Besant Cassey

Resolution D: Being a Sanctuary Diocese

“We are the shelter that we long for”

“The Spirit of God is moving through this diocese with compassion, creativity, and courage,” said Curator for Emerging Communities Kelsey Davis, who preached Friday at Evening Prayer before the convention banquet and awards.

Davis asked the assembled crowd to open their hearts and practice the courage it takes to lean into the people and places they might otherwise pass by. She recalled a favorite Irish saying, “It is the shelter of each other that the people live,” and added that “we are the shelter that we long for. The offering of our presence is offering a place of sanctuary. And as we move deeper into the world, getting outside our buildings and imagine new ways of being church, this is very Good News for us.”

Citing Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan in Luke, she said the “moment between seeing and moving towards suffering is a courageous one . . . but when we see each other through the eyes of love, and when we care more about the goodness inherit inside each of us, rather than any other narrative society gives to us . . . this is when we are capable of mustering the courage.”

Her sermon also referenced Henri Nouwen, who talks about “the movement from hostility to hospitality as one of the great movements of the spiritual life.” Davis’ entire sermon can be read here.

 

Coverage of Past Conventions

2017 Convention: Identity, faith, and reconciliation

Spiritual identity, hope, and relational power were key themes of Bishop Mary Gray Reeves’ annual address at the 37th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4. While conventions are primarily held to manage the business of the church, this year’s event served also to inspire, challenge, and celebrate the community of delegates, alternates, clergy, and friends from across the diocese who gathered at Sherwood Hall in Salinas.

Bishop Mary’s address drew inspiration from the birth of Moses and the role of several midwives – and a girl, his sister Miriam – who kept him alive. “The scene gives birth, years before, to the journey the Israelites would take in becoming a nation,” she explained. “Identity emerging out of formed character, values, courage and grit.”

She noted how some congregations struggle with articulating their identity, typically when searching for a new rector, priest-in-charge or vicar. “Articulating who you are is more challenging than articulating what you do,” she said. “To say we know we are called to something, but we don’t know what, is to name a starting place. It is to conceive of hope that God wants more for us than unknowing and an uncertain identity.”

Bishop Mary leads the 2017 Diocesan Conference in a worship hymn

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address. Coverage of convention awards can be found in the November 15 issue of Along the King’s Highway.

She also introduced two practices of faith development and reconciliation that the diocese will add to its growing repertoire of tools for Christian life:

The Emergency Mediation Team – also known as EMTs – is a group of professional mediators who are also members of the diocese. They will work with congregations who want to improve their communication skills, or, who are in deep conflict, where they need to become “friendly again.” In the first quarter of 2018, EMTs will offer training at the deanery level that will provide broad support for general communication skills, mediation of difficult subjects or challenges, and more.

At the spring conference in May, the diocese will host a session on storytelling, inspired by Bishop Mary’s course this summer in Monterey where she heard from the Story Center in Oakland about the empowering work they do with victims of violence, post-war, in helping them tell their stories of not only trauma, but also salvation.

Praising the Lord with singing and dancing at the 2017 Diocesan Convention

Convention Resolutions

The complete list of approved resolutions can be viewed and downloaded below, in their final approved language. One exception: Resolution B failed to pass.

Resolution A: Resolutions Follow-up
Resolution B: Living Room Conversations
Resolution C: Paris Pledge
Resolution D: Dream Faith Network
Resolution E: Support of immigrants and migration ministries
Resolution F: Support of Vulnerable Children
Resolution G: Minimum Compensation of Full Time Parochial Clergy

Voting during the 2017 Diocesan Convention


36th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
February 4-5, 2016

Bishop’s Address, Awards Highlight 2016 Convention

Nearly 300 Episcopalians from across the diocese gathered in Salinas for the 36th Annual Meeting of Convention, which took place November 4 & 5 at Sherwood Hall to conduct the business of the church, share ideas, worship, and inspire one another.

“Being a learning organization, or community, is very Biblical,” said Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves in her annual address, which examined the need for such communities and provided an update on the diocesan Strategic Plan Remix. “It is also a concept found in the corporate world … spreading the Kingdom of God would suggest we learn to be partners together so that justice and well-being for all can be a reality. People of faith are the link between the two.”

Another highlight of the convention was the Friday Evening Prayer service. The special guest preacher was Bishop Richard Garcia of the Catholic Diocese of Monterey (seen above). Bishop Garcia’s homily focused on learning together and examined ideas for extending and expanding our shared ministries. “Look out and reach for new possibilities as God offers them,” he said, urging the audience to continue to collaborate with other church communities. He also shared his idea of setting up a shared satellite center at the Salinas Mall, to have a spiritual presence in an established community destination.

Awards were also given out: The annual Bishop’s Cross Award was given to both Archdeacon Jo Weber (below left) and The Rev. Mary Morrison (right), who could not attend but received the awards in advance. Bishop Mary snapped her annual convention selfie to send them. Scroll down to view the Simple Servant awardees.

The Simple Servant Awards were an epic affair, with nearly 30 recipients brought on stage for their life-changing volunteer work with prison and jail ministries such as Kairos Inside and other programs. In all, more than 50 volunteers from the Diocese of El Camino Real and other faiths received the award and a few shared powerful stories with the banquet crowd. Scroll down for a list of the awardees and more pictures.

Joan Anderson, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Irma Mejia, St. Paul’s/San Pablo

Lloyd Lowery, St. Paul’s/San Pablo, Salinas

Brian Nordwick, ECR Staff, Kairos

Jeannie & Paul Aschenbrenner, First Methodist, Salinas

Haati Nai, First Methodist, Salinas

Steve Lundin, First Methodist, Salinas

Cynthia Montague, Chaplain MTY CO Jail

Nancy Duldulao, Holy Family, Milpitas

Mindi Wojdylak, Holy Family Milpitas

Jane & Robert Pomery, Holy Family Milpitas

Anne Pomeroy, Holy Family Milpitas

Rosie Limos, Holy Family Milpitas

Marina Laroya,  Holy Family Milpitas

Corazon Gallego, Holy Family Milpitas

Margaret Smith, Holy Family Milpitas

Angeles Dela Cruz, Holy Family Milpitas

Shonna Close, Holy Family Milpitas

Ruth Casipit-Paguio, Holy Family Milpitas

George Lew, Holy Family Milpitas

Jean Wyatt, Holy Family Milpitas

Armin Busse, Holy Family Milpitas

Ernest Boyer, Holy Family Milpitas

Paul Horn, Holy Family Milpitas

Katy Dickinson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Anderson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Julie Averill, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Peggy Bryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Ann-Marie Burger, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Joel Martinez, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Thierry Doyen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Bruce Friesen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Harriman, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Cathy Holley, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Betsy James, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Denise Khalid, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Diane Lovelace, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Barbara Silverstein, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Gerry Chartrand, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Dwight Buzick, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Accristo, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Renee Lopez, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used

Jack Fanning, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga

Phil West, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Phyllis Porter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Marcia Bell, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Chris Finch, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Sharon Williams, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Jane Martin, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Stephanie Brazil, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Shirley Holgate, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Tony Garay, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Dan Hooper, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Carl Hunter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Alicia Nowicki, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

Craig Young, All Saints’/Cristo Rey, Watsonville

Angel Rivera, San Carlos l Cathedral, Monterey, Kairos

Gail & Gabe Paul, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Jesse Farias, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Terry Burley, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy

Did Symington, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Jim Arnold, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay

Robert Seifert, St. Luke’s, Jolon/Chaplain

Carolyn Bowker, St.Jude’s, Cupertino

Merritt Greenwood, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Charles Greenleaf, St. John the Baptist, Aptos

Bill Kell, St. John the Baptist, Aptos


35th Convention of the Diocese of El Camino Real
November 6-7, 2015

2015 Convention Coverage

EDECR Convention 2015

Bishop’s Address Examines Values, Announces a Strategic Plan “Remix”

Unveiling the simple but powerful theme of “Values,” Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves’ annual address at the 35th Convention of El Camino Real set a new direction for the diocese and challenged congregations to consider their own values and how they embody them in their communities.

Her 30-minute address began with a story about digestive biscuits at the real St. Swithin’s church (located in our partner diocese in Gloucester) and examined the danger of treasuring traditional behavior over values, stressing the need for El Camino Real to become a values-driven organization.

“Examining our values can inspire us to change,” Gray-Reeves explained. “Such an examination can call us to deeper integrity, intention and spiritual practice. Such reflection keeps us close to the foundation of who God calls us to be as members of the Body of Christ. As we seek to live more deeply into the values we understand as Christian, we take on the likeness of Christ. We take on the mind of Christ. We embody the values of our faith in the world.”

“Our values are Christ-centeredness, Reconciliation, Passion, Innovation and Creativity, and Integrity,” she continued. “As I invite you to consider your congregational values, please know that we will continue to do the same on our diocesan boards, committees and commissions. We want to strengthen our understanding of what it means to live as a values-driven organization.”

The “remix” comes sooner than expected, she acknowledged, and was spurred on by the results of the diocesan feasibility study last June. She and diocesan staff will work with the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committee to complete further work on the revised plan before rolling out a new iteration at deanery meetings in 2016.

“The days of five- or ten-year plans have ended,” she pointed out. “We always knew that in our plan there were things that could be accomplished and finished, such as moving to Sargent House. There would be others that would be ongoing, such as multi-cultural and inter-generational growth. We have done very well accomplishing many of the goals of the plan, letting go of things that were not a good fit, and creatively thinking forward.”

The 2016 deanery meetings will provide an opportunity for the entire diocese to join the process once the plan has been prepared for consideration, with voting to come at next year’s convention. Diocesan leaders, including the Council of Advice who supports fundraising efforts such as the Bishop’s Appeal, will keep moving forward. She promised news of an ongoing Bishop’s Appeal, and a three-year narrative budget that can incorporate the future vision.

“This is a responsible way to create a sustainable, vibrant, values-driven future,” she concluded, “which we pray will glorify God in all we do.”

Read Bishop Mary’s complete address from Convention 2015.

Bishop’s Awards Presented

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves presented several awards during the Nov. 6-7 convention, including the Bishop’s Cross to The Rev. Kathey Crowe (above) and to Joe Chouinard (below) for their leadership and contributions to the diocese.

Below, the “Walking Together Ministry” at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove was honored with the Simple Servant Award for its faithful commitment for community organizing.


Certificates of Appreciation

certificate-appreciation-Relocation-Team-2015-diocesan-convention

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following:

Above: Members of the Relocation Team for their work on relocating the diocesan offices from Mission House in Seaside to the Sargent House in Salinas. Steve Pearson at podium, Chair of the Relocation Committee. Left to right in front of table: Dave Mora, Diana Trapani, The Rev. David Breuer.
Lower Right: Ann Wright for her work with the Conference Education Resource Committee (CERC).
Lower Left: Kim & Julie Fudge and Becky Mikkelsen for their work with the Scholarship Fund for the Diocese of Western Tanganyika (pictured with Bishop Sadock Makaya).

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Watch for more convention coverage coming soon.

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Read About Previous Diocesan Conventions

Diocesan Convention 2014 – November 14 & 15, 2014

Journal of Convention 2014

For information about older conventions, please contact the Diocesan Office.

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