EcoConfirmation at Redondo Beach, Halfmoon Bay

The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of California, confirmed seven people, received one person, and reaffirmed baptismal vows for two people at Redondo Beach, Half Moon Bay, at EcoConfirmation on April 25. The beauty of the cliffs above the crashing sea framed the red and orange banners, the spiral of cosmic dance, and the sharing of the Eucharist. One of the reaffirmands, the Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz, canon to the ordinary, writes of the experience,

“As it began to rain on Friday evening I thought how ironic that it would rain on the one day we were planning to pray outdoors. By the time I reached Redondo Beach at Half Moon Bay it wasn’t raining but the sky was still gray and the wind was blowing a lot — the wind was blowing a lot!! Slowly we began to gather on the bluff. There were people of all ages: children and youth with their parents, young adults, and elders too. I met a woman from St. Alban’s, Albany, who recognized me from visiting there the previous Sunday. She wanted to reaffirm her confirmation vows in the beauty of God’s creation and on the day before her birthday. There were other adults being confirmed and received together with about 8 youth and their parents from Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos, with the Rev. Alan Gates. The Rev. Trish Cunningham of Trinity-St. Peters, San Francisco, brought her two dogs. Holy Hikes and St. Giles, Moraga, was represented by the Rev. Justin Cannon and a couple of members. The local people from Holy Family, Half Moon Bay, and Good Shepherd, Belmont, provided excellent hospitality together with their vicar the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham.” 

Many of the people who participated will especially remember the grace of liturgical dancer Jenny Bawer Young, performing the cosmic dance with tribal traditional gestures from the Kalinga tribe in the Philippines, and the hawk that hovered overhead during the Confirmations. 

Canon Stefani writes again, ”Sharing Holy Eucharist in the midst of the cold wind, the mist, with the turbulent sea on one side and the green rolling hills on the other was spectacular. While we sang ‘Whoever Eats this Bread’ in a round, the crashing waves provided a rhythmic accompaniment. By the time everyone was served Holy Bread and Wine it was still windy but the sun had come out and there were smiles on the faces of God’s people — we had just become a community.” 

All embedded photos courtesy Ken Myers