“This wonderful event marks a new chapter in the life of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin,” noted Bishop David Rice of the Diocese of San Joaquin.
“Now on the other side of litigation that has lasted almost a decade, and with the election of the Rt. Rev. David C. Rice as our first diocesan bishop in as many years, the diocese is moving into a place of new life and relationships,” commented Cindy Smith, President of the Diocesan Standing Committee, an elected board.
The weekend features a variety of public events and preaching by the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, whose office is teaming up with local leaders to organize Episcopal Revivals across America and beyond.
Called to be … A Safe Place for All of God’s People
Presiding Bishop Curry has stirred the whole church to take its place in The Jesus Movement: the community of people who follow Jesus and form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God, their neighbors and the environment. Episcopalians in San Joaquin are following that call and opening their hearts, minds, and doors to the concerns of the Central Valley, especially people who feel vulnerable and unwelcome in today’s cultural climate.
All San Joaquin Revival events are free, open to the public and will be live-streamed. Registration is here.
On Friday, November 17, beginning at 4 pm at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, hundreds of Episcopalians, faith partners, and civic leaders will join for a rousing time of prayer, singing and testimony focused on immigration and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The event is free and open to the public; voluntary contributions will go to Faith in the Valley, a regional non-profit that brings faith groups together around social justice issues.
On Saturday, November 18, beginning at 1 pm at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Fresno, ministry leaders and partners will take a Neighborhood Prayer Walk through the surrounding urban community. The walk concludes at the church doors, and morphs into the service formally installing Rice as Bishop in San Joaquin’s Cathedral. Presiding Bishop Curry will preach and preside.
After the service comes the “Cathedral Block Party.” Local food truck vendors will serve up treats while conversation and celebration continue. The event is free and open to the public; voluntary contributions will support food ministries in local churches.
On Sunday, November 19, beginning at 10 am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bakersfield, Presiding Bishop Curry will preach and commission members and guests to love God and love their neighbors. The offering will support Episcopal Relief & Development’s work with victims of hurricanes, floods, and fires. Following worship and brunch, participants will take up the “1000 Yellow Bags Challenge”: stuffing 1,000 yellow bags with toiletries, socks, and other necessities for the homeless and then sharing them with homeless people. Click here for list of suggested items and stores to purchase items for the yellow bags. Click here for list of suggested items and stores to purchase items for the yellow bags.
The San Joaquin Revival is one of a series of Episcopal Revivals launched in early 2017. Each revival includes advance training in evangelism and reconciliation, a major public revival event, and follow-up strategies to keep living the Jesus Movement.
For more information about the San Joaquin Revival, contact Anna Carmichael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-439-5011 or check here. For more information about the Episcopal Revivals, check here.