DioCal Interns

Diocal InternsOne of several Episcopal Service Corp programs nationwide, DioCal Interns live in shared housing with a commitment to a common life of prayer, simplicity, and service lasting for one year. The DioCal Interns blog offers the opportunity for each intern to share with the Diocese of California, and the wider community, their unique experiences.


June 27, 2017
Saying goodbye to people, places, and things that have become home over the last ten months is hard. Let’s not beat around the bush here: I am going to... Read More
March 14, 2017
Stepping off a plane always feels abrupt and dislocating. More so when nearly all my possessions were stuffed into a few suitcases, making their way... Read More
March 7, 2017
Everyone knows that the two things you should “never talk about” are religion and politics. Living in a religious intentional community working on social... Read More
February 22, 2017
It was a few weeks ago that I had a panic attack while making my way back to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific campus — my home in Berkeley.... Read More
December 13, 2016
Dear reader,I wish I had a clear and succinct paragraph that captures the details of my experience so far as a DioCal intern. Truth is, I don’t have the... Read More
December 6, 2016
If you came to me a year ago — amid the conclusion of the first semester of my senior year of college — and asked me where I would be six months after... Read More
November 29, 2016
I love the season of Advent — well, really it’s the giddy expectation of Christmas I love — the only time of year where I gladly disavow cynicism and dive... Read More
November 7, 2016
Recently, my supervisor asked me to “just write about your experiences here so far.” To really respond to that, I have to tell you about why I’m here... Read More
June 8, 2015
 (This ecumenical mosaic makes my heart swell. Image: Forum for Theological Exploration)“…all legitimate religious study must lead to unlearning... Read More
July 20, 2014
The church and I have a tenuous relationship. Like a parent, the church has been walking alongside me my whole life. I was baptized and confirmed in a... Read More
March 30, 2014
Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., the Episcopal-Lutheran campus ministry team at Cal reflects together on the week’s gospel text in the beautiful... Read More
March 17, 2014
Though I’ve been on Christian pilgrimages before, I have found it difficult to describe to others, especially those of a non-Christian background, what... Read More
February 10, 2014
This is the second blog post in the series, “Community Practices as Spiritual Discipline.”“What is your prayer life like?”This is a question that, in my... Read More
February 2, 2014
This is the first blog post in the series, “Community practices as spiritual discipline.”I had never heard the word “rota” before I came to this program.... Read More
January 27, 2014
Hey hey, DioCal, Ethan Lowery here. I’m a 22 year-old Richmond, VA native and a recent graduate of William and Mary with a physics degree and the... Read More