Bishop’s Address, Awards Highlight 2016 Convention
“Being a learning organization, or community, is very Biblical,” said Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves in her annual address, which examined the need for such communities and provided an update on the diocesan Strategic Plan Remix. “It is also a concept found in the corporate world … spreading the Kingdom of God would suggest we learn to be partners together so that justice and well-being for all can be a reality. People of faith are the link between the two.”
Another highlight of the convention was the Friday Evening Prayer service. The special guest preacher was Bishop Richard Garcia of the Catholic Diocese of Monterey (seen above). Bishop Garcia’s homily focused on learning together and examined ideas for extending and expanding our shared ministries. “Look out and reach for new possibilities as God offers them,” he said, urging the audience to continue to collaborate with other church communities. He also shared his idea of setting up a shared satellite center at the Salinas Mall, to have a spiritual presence in an established community destination.
Awards were also given out: The annual Bishop’s Cross Award was given to both Archdeacon Jo Weber (below left) and The Rev. Mary Morrison (right), who could not attend but received the awards in advance. Bishop Mary snapped her annual convention selfie to send them. Scroll down to view the Simple Servant awardees.
The Simple Servant Awards were an epic affair, with nearly 30 recipients brought on stage for their life-changing volunteer work with prison and jail ministries such as Kairos Inside and other programs. In all, more than 50 volunteers from the Diocese of El Camino Real and other faiths received the award and a few shared powerful stories with the banquet crowd. Scroll down for a list of the awardees and more pictures.
Joan Anderson, Chaplain MTY CO Jail
Irma Mejia, St. Paul’s/San Pablo
Lloyd Lowery, St. Paul’s/San Pablo, Salinas
Brian Nordwick, ECR Staff, Kairos
Jeannie & Paul Aschenbrenner, First Methodist, Salinas
Haati Nai, First Methodist, Salinas
Steve Lundin, First Methodist, Salinas
Cynthia Montague, Chaplain MTY CO Jail
Nancy Duldulao, Holy Family, Milpitas
Mindi Wojdylak, Holy Family Milpitas
Jane & Robert Pomery, Holy Family Milpitas
Anne Pomeroy, Holy Family Milpitas
Rosie Limos, Holy Family Milpitas
Marina Laroya, Holy Family Milpitas
Corazon Gallego, Holy Family Milpitas
Margaret Smith, Holy Family Milpitas
Angeles Dela Cruz, Holy Family Milpitas
Shonna Close, Holy Family Milpitas
Ruth Casipit-Paguio, Holy Family Milpitas
George Lew, Holy Family Milpitas
Jean Wyatt, Holy Family Milpitas
Armin Busse, Holy Family Milpitas
Ernest Boyer, Holy Family Milpitas
Paul Horn, Holy Family Milpitas
Katy Dickinson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Barbara Anderson, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Julie Averill, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Peggy Bryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Ann-Marie Burger, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Joel Martinez, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Thierry Doyen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Bruce Friesen, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Barbara Harriman, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Cathy Holley, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Betsy James, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Denise Khalid, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Diane Lovelace, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Barbara Silverstein, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Gerry Chartrand, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Dwight Buzick, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Patrick Accristo, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used
Renee Lopez, Inmate-EFM Participant, Co-designer of logo used
Jack Fanning, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Patrick Ryan, St. Andrew’s, Saratoga
Phil West, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Phyllis Porter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Marcia Bell, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Chris Finch, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Sharon Williams, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Jane Martin, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Stephanie Brazil, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Shirley Holgate, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Tony Garay, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Dan Hooper, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Carl Hunter, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Alicia Nowicki, St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande
Craig Young, All Saints’/Cristo Rey, Watsonville
Angel Rivera, San Carlos l Cathedral, Monterey, Kairos
Gail & Gabe Paul, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy
Jesse Farias, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy
Terry Burley, St. Stephen’s, Gilroy
Did Symington, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay
Jim Arnold, St. Peter’s, Morro Bay
Robert Seifert, St. Luke’s, Jolon/Chaplain
Carolyn Bowker, St.Jude’s, Cupertino
Merritt Greenwood, St. John the Baptist, Aptos
Charles Greenleaf, St. John the Baptist, Aptos
Bill Kell, St. John the Baptist, Aptos
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Bishop’s Address Examines Values, Announces a Strategic Plan “Remix”
Unveiling the simple but powerful theme of “Values,” Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves’ annual address at the 35th Convention of El Camino Real set a new direction for the diocese and challenged congregations to consider their own values and how they embody them in their communities.
Her 30-minute address began with a story about digestive biscuits at the real St. Swithin’s church (located in our partner diocese in Gloucester) and examined the danger of treasuring traditional behavior over values, stressing the need for El Camino Real to become a values-driven organization.
“Examining our values can inspire us to change,” Gray-Reeves explained. “Such an examination can call us to deeper integrity, intention and spiritual practice. Such reflection keeps us close to the foundation of who God calls us to be as members of the Body of Christ. As we seek to live more deeply into the values we understand as Christian, we take on the likeness of Christ. We take on the mind of Christ. We embody the values of our faith in the world.”
“Our values are Christ-centeredness, Reconciliation, Passion, Innovation and Creativity, and Integrity,” she continued. “As I invite you to consider your congregational values, please know that we will continue to do the same on our diocesan boards, committees and commissions. We want to strengthen our understanding of what it means to live as a values-driven organization.”
The “remix” comes sooner than expected, she acknowledged, and was spurred on by the results of the diocesan feasibility study last June. She and diocesan staff will work with the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committee to complete further work on the revised plan before rolling out a new iteration at deanery meetings in 2016.
“The days of five- or ten-year plans have ended,” she pointed out. “We always knew that in our plan there were things that could be accomplished and finished, such as moving to Sargent House. There would be others that would be ongoing, such as multi-cultural and inter-generational growth. We have done very well accomplishing many of the goals of the plan, letting go of things that were not a good fit, and creatively thinking forward.”
The 2016 deanery meetings will provide an opportunity for the entire diocese to join the process once the plan has been prepared for consideration, with voting to come at next year’s convention. Diocesan leaders, including the Council of Advice who supports fundraising efforts such as the Bishop’s Appeal, will keep moving forward. She promised news of an ongoing Bishop’s Appeal, and a three-year narrative budget that can incorporate the future vision.
“This is a responsible way to create a sustainable, vibrant, values-driven future,” she concluded, “which we pray will glorify God in all we do.”
The complete address can be read and downloaded here.
Bishop’s Awards Presented
Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves presented several awards during the Nov. 6-7 convention, including the Bishop’s Cross to The Rev. Kathey Crowe (above) and to Joe Chouinard (below) for their leadership and contributions to the diocese.
Below, the “Walking Together Ministry” at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove was honored with the Simple Servant Award for its faithful commitment for community organizing.
Certificates of Appreciation
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following:
Above: Members of the Relocation Team for their work on relocating the diocesan offices from Mission House in Seaside to the Sargent House in Salinas. Steve Pearson at podium, Chair of the Relocation Committee. Left to right in front of table: Dave Mora, Diana Trapani, The Rev. David Breuer.
Lower Right: Ann Wright for her work with the Conference Education Resource Committee (CERC).
Lower Left: Kim & Julie Fudge and Becky Mikkelsen for their work with the Scholarship Fund for the Diocese of Western Tanganyika (pictured with Bishop Sadock Makaya).
Watch for more convention coverage coming soon.
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Diocesan Convention 2014 – November 14 & 15, 2014
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