Diocese of San
Joaquin
The Episcopal Church
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June 22, 2018

  From The Rev. Heather Mueller, St. Andrew’s, Taft
The Diocese has a Labyrinth
Several years ago St Andrew’s in Taft borrowed the Diocesan Labyrinth. We used it several times and now the canvas labyrinth has been returned to the diocese and it is at ECCO.  This is a good place for it. The chapel is a large enough space for it to be laid out and I would imagine that some of the groups which use that beautiful place would be interested in using the labyrinth in their programs.
A Bit of History-
Labyrinths are not mazes!
A labyrinth is a path which leads to the center and the same path which leads a person out from the center. There are no blocks or barriers in a labyrinth. Labyrinths have been found on ancient gravestones in several countries and they were used in cathedrals in the middle ages. The process of pilgrimage is part of the Christian experience and  since it was too dangerous to make a pilgrimage to a place far away, the pilgrimages were instead taking place in the safety of the cathedral.
 
Some Recent History-
In the early 90′s The Rev. Lauren Artress, (an Episcopal Priest)  did a spiritual retreat and at that time experienced walking a labyrinth. She became very inspired and searched out the one on the floor in Chartres Cathedral, in France.
Lauren was serving at Grace Cathedral, in San Francisco, and with the support of the dean she arranged for a canvas labyrinth to be placed in the cathedral. From there, many people experienced it and churches throughout the United States created labyrinths. There is even one painted on the floor of the Methodist Church, here in Taft!!!!! Labyrinths are designed with rocks, bricks, and some are painted on floors or driveways.
There are many styles of Labyrinths but the most common one is the 11 circuit one like the one in Chartres Cathedral.
My Labyrinth Experience-
The church I served on Maui created a labyrinth in 1996. We painted it on our driveway. For many years we held walks on the evenings of the full moon. We surrounded the labyrinth with candles. We welcomed a lot of people from the category of, “I am spiritual but not religious”! It really put St John’s on the map for a number of people. We were the first to have a labyrinth on Maui and now there are many throughout the island. The Rev. Lauren Artress came to Maui and blessed our labyrinth and us with her presence and knowledge.
 
What the Labyrinth Can Be-
I call the experience of walking the labyrinth as a “massage of the soul”!  Many people consider it a healing experience. People from the senior programs would often come to walk the labyrinth. One day a woman said she was healed  from vertigo when she walked the labyrinth. Another day a woman came to me with a heavy question on her heart. She needed to decide whether to sue or not to sue a doctor who had made some destructive decisions about her health. I suggested that she ask the question, walk the labyrinth and see if she could get an answer. She did and did!!!
 
A St. John’s, on Maui, Story-
It was a summer night in August and there was a, full moon candlelight labyrinth walk, scheduled for that evening. I went to the church and in the park, across the street, there was a reggae band doing their jamming at full volume!
I wondered for a bit about how to handle this situation.  I decided to go to the park and explain the situation!!!!
As I approached the group, one of the guys said, “Hey, you da pastor who married my sista!” Another one of the group said, “I rememba you….”you buried my Grandmudda!”
I went on to explain the program for the labyrinth walk and I said that after about 45 minutes in the church we would go out to the labyrinth for the walk.  All was quiet for the lecture and when we went out to walk, the strains of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” came wafting across the airwaves!!!!
The labyrinth is a gift and my hope is that people will take the time to lay it out and make the pilgrimage on the labyrinth. The Diocese of San Joaquin is blessed to have it.
The name of the organization which has been created by The Rev. Lauren Artress and others, is “Verititas” and it is based in Petaluma, California. If you check it out you will see that there are opportunities to make pilgrimages all over the world. They organize trips to Chartres, and there is even a labyrinth in Israel.
If I can help anyone find more information about the labyrinth please feel free to call me.
May you pilgrimage on the labyrinth be a meaningful adventure!!!!!

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE 79TH GENERAL CONVENTION
What is the General Convention?
* The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies, with more than 800 members (up to four clergy and four lay persons from each diocese), and the House of Bishops, with over 300 active and resigned bishops.
* General Convention gathers every three years. The 2018 meeting will convene in Austin, Texas for a nine- day legislative session (July 5 -July 13, 2018), and will be the 79th General Convention of the Church.
* The work of General Convention includes adopting legislation of concern to the Church; amending the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution, and the Canons of the Church; adopting a triennial budget for The Episcopal Church; and electing candidates to offices, boards and other committees. This work is undertaken in support of the mission and ministry of the Church, and with prayerful gratitude and spiritual discernment.
Now, that’s an Introduction to General Convention which can be found on the Episcopal Church Website.  It is certainly accurate and concise, consistent with good “Anglican Order;” however, it doesn’t go great lengths in capturing what I believe to be the most significant aspect of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  In other words, it doesn’t occupy an abundance of space regarding what the heart of our General Convention can and must be.  This GC provides the opportunity, as did previous conventions, to show one another and the world the way we gather as church in a context which is both worshipful and legislating.  This is a context where we frame dreams and aspirations, responsibilities and tasks.  This is the forum in which we show how we can work and play together and how that working and playing translates into the ways we are
Called to be…Church, in the days following convention.  This is our opportunity through conversations, through speaking and hearing one another, through debate and resolutions, to provide a roadmap and description concerning how we are growing into the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.
It will be my responsibility and honor to Chair the Legislative Committee:
Care of Creation and Environmental Stewardship.  Your Deputies from the EDSJ will also be serving on their own respective Legislative Committees.  In this prayerful and faithful work to which we have been called, we will constantly be aware of how we represent you, our Sisters and Brothers in the Diocese, moreover, how we represent the ways in which we are emerging as theJesus Movement in San Joaquin.
Our EDSJ Deputation includes:
Clergy
Kathie Galicia
Suzy Ward
Anna Carmichael
Robert Woods
Nancy Key
Carolyn Woodall
Lay
Cindy Smith
Barbara Inderbitzen
Jan Dunlap
Cathy Henry
Alexis Woods
Nedra Voorhees
And our Chancellor, Michael Glass will be serving as:
Chair of the House of Deputies Resolution Review Committee
We ask for your prayers.  Actually, these aren’t simply nice closing words to finish this article.  I am asking, nay, I am calling you to pray for the 79th General Convention.  Pray for everyone gathered.  Pray for your Deputation.  Pray that everything we do reflects the heart of God.  Please set aside intentional time for prayer leading up to and during the convention.
Blessings,
+David
 Warranting Your
Attendance and Prayers

Upcoming Deanery Meetings:
June 23, 2018
Northern Deanery Meeting
10am
The Episcopal Church of St. Anne’s, Stockton
 Agenda click here.
June 23, 2018
Southern Deanery Meeting
10:30am
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Ridgecrest
Agenda click here.
All are welcome to attend!

In case you missed Thursday email!
#Freedom4OurChildren
Statewide Action to End Family Separation & Incarceration of Our Children
Friday, June 22nd + Saturday, June 23rd + Sunday, June 24th
 US / Mexico International Border in San Diego, CA
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In case you missed the Bishop’s email this week!
A Call To Prayer and Action for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
I constantly return to the words our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, preached at Saint Paul’s, Bakersfield during our Revival last year. The theme of our Revival was
Called to be.. A Safe Place for All of God’s People where we gave particular attention to how these words apply to Dreamers (DACA Recipients). Bishop Michael proclaimed with great vigor as he is known to do these words:
“It’s not political, it’s biblical.” X 3.
Click here to read more of special email

ABOLITION
St. James’ Episcopal Church, Sonora will be the setting for a new dramatic play. The highly respected local playwright, Rick Foster, will premiere his latest work “Abolition” with 9 performances in July and August.
The play dramatizes the sometimes stormy friendship between John Brown and Frederick Douglass, two lions of the abolition movement. They first met in the Free Church of Springfield Mass, in the fall of 1847. Playwright Foster says he’s delighted that in this premiere the two will now meet in another socially conscious church, the historic Red Church of Sonora, which incidentally was built the same year that John Brown was martyred while trying to free the slaves of Virginia.
Like many of the plays by Rick Foster the subject is based on social conflict or problems. “Abolition” explores the greatest social problem this country ever faced and indeed many of the residual effects from the conflict are with us still.
This play brings into focus the differing perspectives of these two important men and a refreshing view of a pivotal period in our nation’s history.
A CULTURAL EVENT
SOLID ENTERTAINMENT
AN OPEN BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING
9 PERFORMANCES :
JULY 26 – 28, AUGUST 2 – 4, AUGUST 9 – 11
 CURTAIN TIME:
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 7PM
SATURDAY 2PM
More details coming in future Friday Reflections!

Diocesan Labor Day Service
Weekend at ECCO
August 31 – September 2, 2018
ECCO is our Diocesan Retreat and Conference Center located just outside Yosemite National Park. The center, located on a beautiful 163-acre property of forest, ponds, and meadows, features comfortable hotel-style lodging and delicious meals prepared under the guidance of our very own Executive Chef.
There will be a variety of service projects to choose between – really something for everyone – from painting to planting, and from organizing to window-washing. Come, relax, help, visit, worship, and explore. Click here for more details.

Need some? Get some! Contact

emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org

EDSJ

Emergency Relief Fund
Your donations have been helping the victims of recent fires and donating will build our fund to help when disasters strike again.
Donations can also be made by check. Please send  your check donation to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Memo: ERF

Diocesan Events
Northern Deanery Meeting

June 23, 10am
St. Anne’s, StocktonSouthern Deanery Meeting
June 23, 10:30am
St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest

The Episcopal Church
General Convention
July 3-14, 2018
Austin, Texas

Deacon Retreat
July 31-August 2, 2018
ECCO
Immigration Task Force Retreat
October 12-13, 2018
ECCO
59th Annual Diocesan Convention
October 19-20, 2018
ECCO
Advent Clergy Retreat
December

www.eccoyosemite.org

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LIFT Power Faith & Community Forum

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

11:00am – 2:00pm

Fresno Convention Center, 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721 

Click here to register today! 

Join over 1,500 Central Valley families, elected officials, candidates, faith leaders, and community partners as together we proclaim a NEW vision for life in the Valley rooted inracial, economic, and environmental dignity for all people during this critically important election year. 

Together we will launch Faith in the Valley, a new faith-rooted grassroots community organization in California’s Central Valley of 120 congregations representing over 100,000 families from Kern, Fresno, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties.

We believe a different, better future is possible for the Central Valley if we work together. A future in which everyone is included, treated as sacred, has a chance to thrive and live a decent life. A future in which no one is seen as “less than” or lives in fear because of the color of their skin, their legal status, or the amount of money they earn. A future where everyone has access to good jobs, clean air and water, and alternatives to incarceration

Today, too many people cannot find work that pays enough to support their families. Too many young people feel they have to leave the Valley to make a life. The reason is clear – we’ve allowed our Valley economy to be dominated by extraction rather than investment, extraction from our people through poverty-wage jobs, extraction from our land and our air through uncontrolled water and air pollution, extraction from our communities through mass incarceration.

We’re coming together to create a different, a better future and take control of the Central Valley for its families and communities.  Bus transportation from Stockton to Fresno and return is provided.

 This can only happen if we unite together across region, race and religion.

Join us on September 10th!

 Click here to register today! 

 For more information: 

info@faithinthevalley.org

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The Rev. Heather Mueller

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Taft

 

_______________________Sorting through the words!

We are in the midst of a season of a multitude of words, phrases and speeches! Words are flying past us and into our ears from every direction! These many verbal presentations are coming to us in a variety of ways…. From the radio waves, the television, the mouths of friends, and family and especially from the people who want to be elected to serve as leaders in our governmental systems.

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15. December 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

El Toyon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution,

welcomed 14 new members Dec. 5 at their annual Christmas Luncheon.

 

Copied From Post: Dec. 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM In The Record 

El Toyon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, welcomed 14 new members Dec. 5 at their annual Christmas Luncheon. Each new member was presented with flowers.

The Stockton-based chapter serves San Joaquin County and is the third oldest chapter in California. If you are interested in learning if you are eligible to join the El Toyon Chapter DAR please contact Carol Edgren at edgrenc@yahoo.com

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. Information:DAR.org.

Information and photo submitted by Dorothy Pace

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17. August 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

Every August we have an almost endless celebration of Birthdays Thanks to Sylvia we have some documentation in the way of cake and icing. It didn’t take long for the documentation to disappear but it so delicious.

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17. August 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

  

 

It was a pleasure for Jeff Ryan and Bill Schoenleber to meet with Adam Cheshire at The Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and learn more about all the ways in which they are helping Stockton’s Homeless Community. They are working tirelessly to make the lives of so many a little easier.

It was also our pleasure to give the shelter the proceeds from the Pub Night Raffle. Thanks so much to all who contributed to making the event happen as well as those who attended the event. Together it was a great success.

We’re looking forward to another great Pub Night next February. We will be announcing the date shortly, so start making plans to attend and don’t forget to bring a friend. It’s always more fun when we share it with people we know.Until then make plans to attend our South Pacific Festival on Sept. 12th 2015. For ticket info call the church at 209.473.2313. See you there

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01. May 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized
The Friday Reflection Title

 

Stories of the Bag…from St. Anne’s, Stockton 

I took one of the yellow bags that were designed to hand out to the needy people on the streets of Stockton. I had it for a couple of weeks, and while I saw some needy people, it was either unsafe to stop, or to be honest, it may have been an inconvenience to me.

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It’s Not About the Bag

Holy Family has become a sanctuary for numerous homeless persons who spend the night in what they perceive to be a safe place.

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