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DioCal News & Events is a weekly email newsletter with diocesan news, events, and resources from the bishop’s office and upcoming calendar events from congregations and ministries. This newsletter is for the entire community of the Diocese of California. It is published on Tuesday afternoon.

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DioBytes banner: The 2013 clergy retreat Eucharist with the Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz presiding; Inside DioBytes: Sing with Haiti concert tomorrow evening; upcoming installation of the Rev. Cn. Stefani Schatz; time for the annual BIG GAIN for campus ministry; Berkeley Ceasefire Walk this Thursday; Fall programs at The Bishop’s Ranch; and lots more.

This week’s DioBytes: Get ready for RESPITE: a retreat for youth at St. Dot’s; St. James Food Pantry in Oakland honored; Walk and Be Well; Sing with Haiti on October 2; Block party in Redwood City to welcome the Rev. Susan Parsons; ECS Awards Luncheon; Berkeley Ceasefire Walk; SCI Sunset Cruise; St. Michael and All Angels Festival Weekend in Concord; and a whole lot more!

This week’s DioBytes: St. Luke’s, San Francisco, Welcome Back Picnic (banner) | DioHouse staff at Bayview Mission (mini-banner) | join Walk and Be Well — a four-week walking program | Sing with Haiti benefit concert October 2 | 164th Convention info — | Going Deeper: young adult retreat | updated safe church policies — | and lots more.

This week’s banner: Open Cathedral in the Tenderloin
Inside DioBytes: a prayer for Syria from Bishop Marc; DioCal’s new gift planning officer; social media guidelines now available; 164th Convention information and upcoming deanery meetings; Episcopal Charities Action Network Meetings; and lots more from ministries and congregations as DioCal gears up for fall!

This week in DioBytes: notice of convention; Asian music festival; mission trip in San Diego; resourcing ministries with young people; celebration weekend at St. Timothy’s, Danville; Dean of Westminster Abbey speaking at Grace Cathedral; and much more.

Banner: Feast of the Assumption at Advent, San Francisco
Inside DioBytes: Sacred Space — a ministry of the church; Update from Good Shepherd, Berkeley; Welcome Andy Shamel, interim chaplain to Stanford; Break bread with the new DioCal Interns; Resource Center Open House on Thursday; Register for HS Nightwatch; Commemorate the 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream” speech, and more —

This week’s DioBytes — Episcopal faith leaders help stop a deportation; the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite writes in Vestry Papers July issue; a new DioCal blog — Abundance Growing in Bayview; Bruce Bearden retiring; a DioBytes survey; Education for Ministry; last week to register for Equipping the Beloved Community at St. John’s, Ross; high school Nightwatch; and more as events are picking up for fall!

This week in DioBytes: The Patronal Feast of St. James at St. James’s/Santiago, Oakland; From the Rev. Phil Brochard — Walking in each other’s shoes; EfM informational gathering on the new curriculum this Saturday; 164th Convention vendor/exhibitor registration now open; Save the date for Sing with Haiti benefit concert on October 2; and more.

This week’s banner and lead story features Bishop Marc celebrating the Eucharist and the intermingling of the parish registries at Trinity and St. Peter’s, San Francisco; Repairs at Grace Cathedral; Nominations for Standing Committee and Executive Council extended; Save the date for a national webcast forum on racism in November; Diaper drive for Bayview Mission; Believe Out Loud workshop this Saturday; and more.

This week in DioBytes — All Souls, Berkeley, upcoming mission trip to help with Hurricane Sandy relief; Sojourn chaplains respond at SFGH; Zimmerman trial verdict responses; One year anniversary of St. Dot’s expansion; Save the date for Clergy Retreat 2013; DioCal Wellness blog; and lots more from Congregations, ministries, and organizations of the Diocese of California.

This week in DioBytes: news from England about women bishops and San Francisco about Asiana 214 crash; information about workshops on stewardship, LGBT welcome, and gun violence; celebrating St. James and Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday is DioBytes day. This week there is a lot of news about Prop 8 and DOMA, but there are tidbits about climate change, Equipping the Beloved Community, anti-racism training and more.

Banner: clergy and lion dancers at the EAM@40 Eucharist on Sunday, June 23; Inside: Bishop Marc offers a prayer for climate mindfulness; Meeting with Nancy Pelosi on immigration reform; Youth and young adults at EAM@40; Call for nominations; For rectors and vicars — update on the online database of clergy and congregations; Equipping the Beloved Community in August at St. John’s, Ross; and more.

This week’s DioBytes: An update on Good Shepherd, Berkeley, and their rebuilding efforts; Send in your nominations for DioCal offices and general convention delegates; Episcopal Charities Appreciation Luau this Saturday; Registration for the next Equipping the Beloved Community event now open; and lots more....

This week in DioBytes: Church Growth Matching Funds Program awards | St. Edmund’s, Pacifica awarded UTO grant | Committee on Nominations calls for nominations | RSVP and register to participate in Pride events | new job postings, and much more.

This week’s banner: A bear visits St. Dorothy’s Rest last weekend. Inside DioBytes: Canon to the Ordinary Stefani Schatz has joined DioHouse staff; read about the ministry of Abundance Community Homestead; Bishop Marc has a new blog post; Ordinations this Saturday at 3 p.m. after confirmations, reaffirmations, and receptions starting at 11 a.m.; and lots more from the congregations and ministries of DioCal.

This week’s DioBytes — stories about the May 11 Equipping the Beloved Community at St. Paul’s, Burlingame, the 2013 ECF Fellows, and the recent Taizé pilgrimage to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Also — the call for 164th Diocesan Convention resolutions, the upcoming TENS conference, tomorrow evening’s vigil for immigration, and more....

This week’s banner: Pentecost around the diocese; Inside DioBytes: A prayer from Bishop Marc for Oklahoma and a blog post; DioCal Intern Caitlin Hubel writes about the recent Middle School Nightwatch; Mary Louise Gotthold writes about the recent GEMN conference in Bogota; and more from congregations and ministries.

Banner — The Women’s Last Supper Project at St. Mark’s, Berkeley
Inside DioBytes — Woods to Waves 2013; In Memoriam: the Rev. Bernie Griesel; upcoming TENS conference; UTO Ingathering this Saturday; Who is Mary Magdalene? at Grace Cathedral; Celebrating Benjamin Britten at 100; and more....

This week in DioBytes: May Day March; a profile of the Episcopal Resource Center; Education for Ministry graduation; Sr. Simone Campbell at CDSP; explore a vocation with the Community of St. Francis; upcoming concerts; and more.

Banner and story: The new pool at The Bishop’s Ranch
From the Bishop’s Office: Communicators network and consultations; General Confirmation; seeking DioCal visual artists; Middle School Nightwatch registration deadline; St. Paul’s, Burlingame, EtBC on 5/11; and more from congregations, ministries, and the community.

DioBytes this week: centennial celebration at Christ Church, Los Altos; Youth Ministry Day at CDSP; upcoming Anti-Racism Training on May 3 and 4; Equipping the Beloved Community; Woods to Waves benefit to support Hospital Camps; save the date for SummerTini; and more.

Today’s DioBytes: St. Cyprian’s 90th anniversary celebration with the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori; announcement of the Canon to the Ordinary — the Rev. Stefani Schatz; St. John’s, Oakland, Mozart concert — the “little church with big music.”; Youth Ministry Celebration Day this Saturday; sign up now for the Equipping the Beloved Community event on May 11; and more.

Inside DioBytes: today’s Chrism Mass at Grace Cathedral; the March for Equality in San Francisco — story and blog post from Bishop Marc; palm sundaes for Palm Sunday at All Souls, Berkeley; youth and young adult events; the upcoming Equipping the Beloved Community at St. Paul’s, Burlingame, and more....