The Episcopal Diocese
of El Camino Real
B.V. Sargent House
154 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
PO Box 689
Salinas, CA 93902

Phone: (831) 394-4465


Finance, Administration and Legal

COVID-19 updates, PPP/loan documents, employee policies, Constitution & Canons, budget/business documents, vestry training and more resources.

Vestry & Treasurer’s Training Slides

Below are presentation slides from the workshops for vestry members, treasurers, and church leaders across the Diocese of El Camino Real, held during March 2021.

Legal & Governance

COVID-19 Protocols

Our goal is to be mindful and caring of those at risk; who that is may shift depending on research, vaccination, and individual health concerns.

Please note: Parishes’ protocols may be more restrictive than diocesan protocols to protect people in your context. Parish protocols may not be less restrictive than diocesan protocols. Read the latest message from Bishop Lucinda

Paycheck Protection Program

Updated April 29: The Paycheck Protection Program reopened January 11 for new and existing PPP borrowers. Updated PPP guidance outlining program changes was released Jan. 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Venues Act.

Please review the following documents and email Maria Navarrete, HR and Benefits Administrator, for questions.

Constitution and Canons

The Constitution and Canons are the written rules governing diocesan policy, structure and procedure. They must be in conformance with the Constitution and Canons of the national church.

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Discipline Claims

Title IV of The Episcopal Church canons details the grounds and process for ecclesiastical discipline. It encourages accountability, justice, reconciliation, restoration and pastoral responses. You can read Title IV in the most recent edition of The Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church beginning on page 131 and learn more about the disciplinary process on the Understanding Title IV website.

Concerns about inappropriate behavior by a clergy of the Diocese of El Camino Real should be directed to our Clergy Disciplinary Intake Officer, The Rev. Maly Hughes.

Sample Letters of Agreement

Cover Letter from Diocesan Deployment Officer – PDF

Letter of Agreement – Rector

Letter of Agreement – Vicar

Letter of Agreement – Interim Pastor

Letter of Agreement – Deacon

Employee Retention Credit under CARES legislation

Recent COVID relief legislation expands the tax credits available for employers, including non-profits, for relief from certain payroll taxes, including an employer’s share of Social Security taxes on wages paid in 2020 and 2021. Looking at the program’s requirements, however, it appears that it will be difficult for a parish to qualify for this relief, particularly if it received a PPP loan. We have nevertheless posted information here if your parish wishes to investigate the ERC’s benefits and requirements.

The newest guidance on PPP and Employee Retention Credit is available here.

Legislation was signed into law by President Biden on March 30 which extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period to May 31, 2021. More information is available here.

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