Welcome to the Episcopal Diocese of California
Since 1849, we have been a diocese filled with passionate, talented, committed people — seekers, innovators, and people who serve. In our past 160 years, Diocese of California Episcopalians have founded a hospital, hosted the first Head Start program in the country, provided more supportive housing for the homeless in San Francisco than any others, birthed Interfaith Power and Light, pioneered the return of the Peace in the Eucharistic service, re-introduced the Great Vigil of Easter into central liturgies of the Episcopal worship, and more recently brought forth the modern Labyrinth Movement, and the practices of the Open Table and Ashes to Go.
A Christian community of some 27,000 Episcopalians covering most of the San Francisco Bay Area and a large part of Silicon Valley, our diocese is focused on becoming and being the Beloved Community, an evocative and mystery-filled phrase popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. For over five years we have put a strong focus on revitalizing the Church, and living into the values we associate with the Beloved Community, such as embodied justice and rooted spirituality. To learn more about the Beloved Community vision and Area Ministry, click here.
— The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus