Beloved Community Training Day

Beloved Community Training Day + Vestry Training

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Put on your best cardigan and your Keds and join us for a day of exploring ways that churches can meet neighbors and be neighbors themselves. Churches can ask the question “Who is my neighbor?” and then explore new ways of thinking about the neighbors around us, both far and near.

There are a variety of workshops for both lay leaders and clergy to attend.  There is a track for vestry members – but this isn’t just for vestry members. This is day is great for those involved in outreach ministries, formation, communications volunteers, Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors, and anyone needing training in Whole and Healthy Church – our new safe church training. And there will be an extended presentation by CPG for anyone part of the Church Pension Group.

Our large group sessions will be a time of worship as well as drama presented by Kurt and Cathey Purucker of the Covenant Players to make us laugh, think and look at our church life from a different viewpoint.


Please note: the Chinese New Year Parade begins at 5:15 p.m. and streets will begin to close at 3 p.m. 
Please be patient with yourself, with others stuck in traffic, and try to take public transportation if you can. 


Cost: $20 a person (to cover lunch). Partial Scholarships are available.

Questions? Contact Amy Cook, Working Group Head for Faith Formation,


Online Registration has closed.
You may still register in person on Saturday morning.


Schedule for the Day:

8:30 a.m. - Registration
9 a.m. - Opening Worship
9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Workshop 1
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Workshop 2
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Presentation by the Covenant Players
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Workshop 3

Click here for the Beloved Community Workshop Tracks


Workshop Session 1 - 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wise & Faithful Leadership: Vestry 101 - the Rev. Eric Metoyer
- In this introduction to the duties of the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee we will review to understand the duties of church lay leaders as vestry/bc members. In this time together we will see vestry as more than a non profit board but lay leaders guided by Christian principles to lead the church, following best practices from the Vestry Papers of the Episcopal Church Foundation.

Church Pension Group - The Ministry of Administration - Diocesan Payroll & Benefits and CPG Products & Services
- Diocesan staff will provide an overview of best practices and administration of payroll and benefits for the Episcopal church employer in Diocese of California. A representative from CPG will provide an overview of employee benefits and services, including pension, medical, life, and disability coverage. This presentation, along with time for questions and discussion, will aim to bring attendees up to speed about the Episcopal Church’s efforts to care for its ministers – both lay and ordained.” The content of this session is tailored for paid or volunteer church leadership, administrators, treasurers, wardens.

Eucharistic Ministry Licensing Training - Randy Street
- A workshop for those who want to serve as Eucharistic Ministers, covering both administration of consecrated elements and the structure and roles of lay liturgical ministry within Episcopal worship. Requires advance preparation; click HERE to download the workbook. The workbook plus this workshop satisfies the diocesan training requirements for Eucharistic Ministry licensing

Deacons: Serving the Church, Serving the World - the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, the Rev. Jennifer Nelson, the Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Amy Cook
- Come learn about the work of the deacon in making Christ’s love known to the world and bringing the needs and hopes of the wider world into the church. The deacon’s call is rooted in service and justice and we believe God is calling others to this work of servant leadership in the diocese.

May I Walk With You?: Practicing Sacred Curiosity - the Rev. Davidson Bidwell-Waite & Faith in Action
- This interactive session will explore ways of being the Body of Christ in our neighborhoods. Through Scripture, stories and examples of parishioners who are engaging with the pain in their community, we will discuss using 'sacred curiosity' and 'listening with the heart' to develop personal and communal spiritual practices. 

Like a Good Neighbor: Tools and Tips for Connecting with Your Community - Stephanie Martin Taylor
- How does your church speak to its surrounding community? What is the message, and how can you amplify it so that more of your neighbors will hear it and engage?  Join DioCal Communications Working Group Head Stephanie Martin Taylor for this workshop on communications tools and strategies for connecting with your neighborhood.

Workshop Session 2 - 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn, Pray, Love: Vestry as a Transformative Experience - Rev. Jeremy Clark-King
- This session will explore the features that can make a Vestry / Bishop’s Committee a transformative experience. We will discuss what it takes to help these meetings to be a learning community and a place of spiritual leadership.

Church Pension Group - Employee Benefits Education
- Diocesan and CPG staff will present an in-depth review of the full employee benefits package provided to eligible Episcopal church employees, lay or ordained. As an employer it’s important to know what the full benefit program provides. As an employee it’s important to know the breadth of your employer provided benefits package: medical is more than the annual physical! Retirement savings is more than a payroll deduction! Learn about additional resources available to you, your family and, in some cases, your in-laws! What is the Employee Assistance Plan? Who is the Health Advocate? Do you have enough life insurance? Are you saving enough for retirement? CPG has resources, tools & much more.

Eucharistic Visitor Licensing Training - Randy Street
- A workshop for those who wish to serve as Eucharistic Visitors, covering both administration of consecrated elements and the pastoral requirements of visiting people at home and in institutions. Requires advance preparation; find and download workbooks HERE. Completion of the workbook and this workshop satisfy the diocesan training requirements for Eucharistic Visitor licensing.

Discernment: Not a "Yes" or a "No" - Amy Cook
- Our churches are filled with lay people who think “discernment” is only for those who want to become a priest. But the work of discernment is for everyone – as we discern our gifts, our calling, our vocations, or big decisions in our lives. Lay folks can and should help each other in figuring out and supporting the different callings within the church. Explore some different resources, methods, and frameworks for helping local churches build up their local ministry through supporting the God-given gifts of their members. 

News for the Neighborhood: Church Grants & Affordable Housing - Kathleen Piraino & the Rev. Eric Metoyer
- Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area are among the highest in the US, causing essential workers (teachers, nurses, clergy, first responders) to move far from their work, with some on 90 minute one way daily commutes.  Our diocesan response to this situation is to work with interested congregations willing to explore how they can build / co-share church property that may otherwise be underutilized.  Hear the presentation from Kathleen Piraino of Episcopal Impact Fund and Eric Metoyer of Diocesan Staff regarding potential for this work, and the progress already made on our first projects. Kathleen will also introduce Episcopal Impact Fund’s new granting program for Episcopal congregations This program will launch in late May.

Impact: Supporting Your Community When Disaster Strikes - the Rev. Melanie Donahoe, the Rev. Anna Rossi
- This workshop helps lay leaders and clergy to survey their existing spiritual care and accompaniment skills and anticipate how to apply them in the local community in the aftermath of a disaster.
Workshop Session 3 - 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Financing Parochial Ministry - Tom Ferguson & Davey Gerhard
- The workshop will have presentations by Davey Gerhard on legacy societies and planned giving resources for congregations, and Tom Ferguson on payroll and benefits administration, how to access the diocesan line of credit for parish capital projects, parochial reports, and other issues of interest to vestry members and administrators.

Whole & Healthy Church Training (Formerly Called to Right Relationship or Safe Church) - Caren Miles —*This workshop will take 90 minutes and will not be done until 3:45 pm
- This is the certification program for the Diocese that covers all of our policies for the protection of children, youth, and vulnerable adults. We will discuss safe church practices, power imbalances, #churchtoo, and everything you need to know about how to give a safe hug. 

Love First: A Radical Approach to Children's Ministry for the Whole Church - Amy Cook
- Are you looking for a radically different model of Sunday School? Do you feel like parents aren’t connecting with what the church is teaching children? This workshop explores a new approach through Colette Potts’ book “Love First: Children’s Ministry for the Whole Church.” Come and find out how the church can flip formation programs to meet some of the deepest longings in our society.

In It Together: Growing Disaster Resilient Neighborhoods - the Rev. Jane McDougle, Betsy Eddy, Dave Olson
- Something bad is almost certainly going to happen sometime, and we know it makes sense to be ready.  This workshop will offer ideas and materials with which to engage your congregation and your neighbors so that together you can grow a vital, resilient community that can bounce back from the effects of any catastrophe.

Courageous Congregations: Building Communities of Trust - the Rev. Canon Abbott Bailey
- In this workshop we’ll explore what it takes to more faithfully and courageously engage God’s mission in our ministry contexts as leaders. We’ll address elements of trust, boundaries, vulnerability, and the values that guide our ministry and how these equip us to more fully embrace the work we’ve been given to do as faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ. Canon Abbott is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, and aspects of this workshop are informed by the work of Dr. Brené Brown.