Transparent Leadership

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.

Transparent leadership is clear about how decisions are made and seeks to make processes more opened than closed. Accountable leadership values the discernment that happens in community and is open to hearing and acting on feedback.

Through their volunteer service on the four financial oversight committees of the diocese, lay and clergy members of the Audit, Finance, Investment, and Program and Budget Committees provide the diocese with invaluable leadership in transparency and accountability, as do their counterparts on the finance committees of the vestries and bishop’s committees of our eighty congregations and the boards of our diocesan institutions. Their time and commitment helps ensure that the work of the Diocese can be carried out with efficiently and effectively.


“Members of Epiphany, San Carlos are feeling great gratitude and excitement about our future as a result our successful Capital Campaign — Expanding Horizons: Epiphany 2020. We are already addressing projects and programs on our campus — including improvements to our library, parish hall, and kitchen…improving landscaping to be even more welcoming and respectful of creation…and establishing an endowment for our associate rector position that especially serves our children and youth. Because we were blessed by an extraordinarily large gift from one parishioner, we exceeded our initial goal. The vestry immediately decided that we should allocate even more funds towards outreach and is establishing a second endowment for those ministries. We are delighted that we could support the diocesan Expanding Horizons Campaign and look forward to praying for the success of other congregations in this beloved community called DioCal.”

 — The Rev. Melanie S. Donahoe, Rector


Year-Round Stewardship: Living Generously

This year, DioCal was able to offer two fully-paid spots to members of Holy Innocents’, San Francisco to attend the TENS Conference in Pasadena. Along with DioCal Development Director, Davey Gerhard, two members of the Holy Innocents Stewardship Committee travelled to Southern California for an inspirational weekend of stewardship best practices, rousing keynote speeches, and networking. Said Seth Brenzel, stewardship co-chair, “I was able to attend the TENS conference in Pasadena this year to get new ideas and new energy for our stewardship campaign. After attending the motivational conference and with the support of the diocese, we feel ready to take on and grow this year’s stewardship at Holy Innocents!”

A team of the bishop’s staff from discipleship and development are available to all congregations throughout the year to consult on stewardship best practices, to help committees form, and to host events for fundraising and outreach for all kinds of activities and congregations. We’re here for you!


Every year in October the Diocese of California holds its Convention, a gathering of the diocesan family for worship, learning, decision-making, networking, and celebration. More than just a business meeting, this annual assembly is important in the life of the Church, rooted in our particularly American democracy, and a chance to engage the broad tent of our diocese in fun, work, and wisdom.

When the framers of the United States Constitution gathered in Independence Hall to organize American government by day, many of them gathered by evening at Christ Church down the street to organize the governance of the newly-formed Episcopal Church along the same principles of representative democracy, bi-cameral decision-making bodies, and an open process of resolutions and vote-taking. This plays out every three years at the General Convention, and on a local level in every diocese at Diocesan Convention.

Every congregation selects delegates (two for the first hundred of a congregation, and one for each hundred members thereafter) to represent the laity of that congregation. In addition, clergy serving in congregations or otherwise authorized, are invited. Each delegate to convention has a voice and a vote in their respective orders: laity and clergy. Delegates are asked to consider several resolutions ranging from how we invest, spend, and gather our resources and how we partner with other entities, to how we mobilize our action and make positive change in the Bay Area and beyond. Centered around prayer, song, celebration, and networking, our diocese conducts its business openly, with joy, and with passion.


The Bishop’s Society: United for the Future

“Thank you so much, just for saying thank you. It really means a lot to me,” said a gentleman with tear-filled eyes as he left the Bishop’s Society East Bay Regional Social, recently hosted by St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek. As he joyously shook our hands, the Development and Planned Giving Team were again reminded why saying thank you to our legacy members is such an important act! The Regional Socials happen quarterly across our diocese in the East Bay, Peninsula, and Marin, along with an annual reception at Grace Cathedral, where legacy members throughout the diocese share stories of inspiration and success about legacy planning within their churches. At the end of the event, consultations on endowment policies and will-writing workshops were scheduled, people laughed and swapped contact information, and most importantly, were united by their common goal to provide for the future of ministry in the Bay Area. Members of the Bishop’s Society include anyone who has made a legacy or estate gift to diocesan ministries, institutions, or congregations, and numbers over 500.


Standing Committee


Executive Council