Inclusive Community

For the history behind the Beloved Community vision, how these Beloved Community principles were formed, and the vitality practices to live into these priciples, visit The Beloved Community page.

Inclusive communities have leadership composed of people from all walks of life. They incorporate all people without regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, including meaningful participation of all ages — children, youth, and elders; and being attentive to the prophetic voices among us.
 

Madre Anna Lange-Soto baptizes a young member of her flock at Nuestra Senora de Gudalupe, San Francisco
 

The Companions of Dorothy the Worker is an ecumenical Christian community devoted to ministry and spiritual companionship within the LGBTQ+ community. They host monthly Sacred Table topical conversations, vigils, and various spiritual and justice-focused offerings throughout the year. Read about their recent work with educating some of DioCal's youth on LGBTQ history and the massacre in Orlando within the framework of that history: http://diocal.org/pcn/news/companions-dorothy-worker-engage-end-violence-against-lgbtq-community.

 

Holy Family, Half Moon Bay, and Coastside Jewish Community hosted a multi-faith vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Representatives of different faiths on the coast side and neighbors from the community came together to show their support for the LGBTQ Community, the victims of the Orlando shooting and their friends and family, and to pray for peace.

 

On the Bishop’s staff, the Rev. Eric Metoyer serves as Associate for Congregational Ministries for the Diocese of California. In this role his work embodies the principle of Inclusive Communities. “We should understand our congregations as in direct relationship with the communities they live in and serve,” says Metoyer. He offers the example of the after school tutoring program at Holy Trinity / Santisima Trinidad, Richmond; mentoring at risk teens at St Paul’s, San Rafael, or community building of Sa Paula Tonga congregation at St Paul’s, Burlingame, or the many food pantry programs located around the diocese.

 

The Asian Commission — as the diocesan incarnation of the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry (EAM) — seeks to

  1. Strengthen and support the ministries of the Asian and multi-ethnic congregations, their leaders and the Asian and Asian American clergy,
  2. Mentor and support new leaders for this ministry, and
  3. Serve as a resource to educate the diocesan family about the various Asian cultures and ministries of the Asian 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.

 

On Sunday of Labor Day Weekend the congregations of Holy Trinity / La Santisima Trinidad, Richmond and Christ the Lord, Pinole came together to celebrate the Eucharist and their Area Ministry work in Fernandez Park, Pinole. Following the service the two congregations had a festive potluck picnic with hot dogs, various salads, and more desserts than a pastry shop. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful celebration of their Area Ministry work.