Commissions

Afro-Anglican Commission

The Afro-Anglican Commission acts as advisory to the office of the bishop to increase communication and address concerns of Episcopalians of African descent.
Chair, the Rev. Dr. Kwasi Thornell, ktimani@yahoo.com

Asian Commission

The Asian Commission seeks to be instrumental in strengthening the ministries of the Asian congregations, as well as in educating and enriching the diocesan family about both the various Asian cultures and the ministries of the Asian congregations. To provide mutual support for leaders involved in Asian Ministry; the development of new leaders for this ministry; and the exchange of information among Asian and Asian-American clergy, congregations, and communities.
Chair, the Rev. Merry Chan Ong, RevMerry@oursaviouroakland.org

Commission on the Environment

The Commission on the Environment (COE) responds to the urgency of the environmental crisis and acknowledges the importance of the church in addressing the global problem of environmental degradation. We strive for a deeper understanding of the spiritual dimensions of ecological problems and work to formulate those responses that will enable Episcopal churches to become centers of ecological understanding, action, and healing. By supporting environmental committees within all the parishes of our diocese, we seek to help others to live their faith.
Co-chairs, the Rev. Scott Denman, scott@stjohnsoakland.org; Barbara Bisel BSmithBisel@cs.com; the Rev. Cn. Sally Bingham, sally@theregenerationproject.org; and Nancy Grove, ngrove@sbcglobal.net

Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

The Rev. Sumner Walters, sumnerwalters@comcast.net

Peace, Justice, and Hunger Commission

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Chair, Sheila Sims, sheila.sims3575@att.net