This Week at St. John’s

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Row for your life

By now, if you haven’t given up on reading these weekly emails, you know I’m a Mary Oliver addict. Just when I think I’ve run the gamut of all she has to offer, another one of her poems grabs me by the crown of my head and carries me away like an eagle.

So here’s this one about–of course!–love. But for me it’s about the shape love takes in a person’s life, in what we sometimes call a vocation.

West Wind #2
You are young. So you know everything. You leap
into the boat and begin rowing. But listen to me.
Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without
any doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Listen to me.
Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and
your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to
me. There is life without love. It is not worth a bent
penny, or a scuffed shoe. It is not worth the body of a
dead dog nine days unburied. When you hear, a mile
away and still out of sight, the churn of the water
as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the
sharp rocks – when you hear that unmistakable
pounding – when you feel the mist on your mouth
and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls
plunging and steaming – then row, row for your life
toward it.
~ Mary Oliver ~

Much of the time we bumble along, worrying about things that will never happen or over which we have no control. Which distracts us from “that unmistakable pounding – when you feel the mist on your mouth and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls plunging and steaming.” Like a powerful waterfall, the kind of love we call a vocation can be overwhelming and frightening. But also fascinating. You want to run away, but it somehow lures you in, almost irresistibly.

Have you ever experienced love, or your own calling, in this way? Do you agree with the strategy she recommends in the poem’s last lines?

Discuss.

See you in the church on Julian Avenue.

Peace,
Richard

This Thursday, 11/16, 5pm: Special Mission Nightwalk with Jobs with Justice

We are honored that Jobs with Justice, representing over 30 labor unions and community organizations, will join this week’s Mission Nightwalk. Wonderful to join our voices (and feet!) as people of faith with this great organization in delivering our simple, clear message: We care! Stop the violence!.

When: Thursday, November 16, 5:00-6:15pm (Note the change from our usual weekday and time!)
Where: Starting from St. John’s, 110 Julian Avenue at 15th Street

Walking in style with our new Mission Nightwalk jackets!
Our friends at HOMEY-SF and Native Graphix have just finished our new Mission Nightwalk jackets, and they look amazing!

The jackets are nylon with a soft cotton lining, perfect for our walks the whole year around! You can either borrow one for a a particular Nightwalk, or have your very own for $15.


This Sunday, 11/19/17: Guest preacher Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin

This Sunday we welcome the leader of the San Francisco Muslim Center, Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin.

Imam Al-Amin received his first appointment as Imam in 1981, from the extraordinary leader of the Muslim American community, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, who was later referred to as America’s Imam after his passing. Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin, studied extensively as a student of Imam W. Deen Mohammed for 33 years. In the tradition of Islamic teaching, the learned bestowed the authorization to teach on others who show promise in their Akhlaq (Character), their knowledge (Ilm), of the Qur’an and the life of Prophet Mohammed.

Imam Al-Amin has served as Muslim Chaplain, Convener of Western Regional Imams’ (1995/2010). He has officiated approximately 300 weddings. In addition, he worked as Program Director & Associate Director of the Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice from 1992/2013. Imam Al-Amin is apart of the SF Interfaith Council and is actively involved with faith based community organizing.He currently serves as Resident Imam of the SF Muslim Community Center in the Excelsior District of San Francisco and considers it a honor and a privilege to humbly serve the San Francisco Community.

Imam Al-Amin is married to D. Hafsah Al-Amin they have four offspring, Qadir, Saidah, Bilal and Darisah, they have 5 grand children.


This Sunday, 11/19/17: Planning our El Porvenir work trip to Nicaragua


From expedition organizer Timm Dobbins:

We are only three months out from our work trip to Nicaragua!  For those going, we will have a meeting after church on November 19 to talk about logistics, forms, plane tickets, etc. If you have been thinking about joining the group, this would be a good time to meet with us, and make your decision. A $100 deposit needs to get to the El Porvenir offices before the end of November to secure your space in our brigade February 17-25, 2018.


CANCELED: This Sunday’s Compline


This Sunday, our amazing Daniel Pickens-Jones heads to his sister’s wedding, and his Endersnight colleagues take a well-deserved break before the holiday season. Our monthly Compline resumes next month.


12/3/17: St. John’s to host openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson

On Sunday, December 3, Bishop Robinson helps us begin the Advent season. He will preach at our usual 10:15am Liturgy. His sermon topic: “Jesus Doesn’t Need Any More Admirers!”

After the Liturgy, he’ll lead us in an “Everything you’ve wanted to ask Bishop Robinson but never had the chance” forum.

Spread the word. Bring your friends.


RESCHEDULING: St. John’s celebrates 160 years!

Our 160th Anniversary Celebration will be rescheduled to coincide with the Grand Opening of our new garden, sometime this Spring, date TBD.

A truly festive evening with each other and our extended family to mark an amazing 160-year journey! Put it on your calendar. Spread the word!

Thankful reminiscences of an amazing retreat

This past weekend, many of us headed north to the Bishop’s Ranch for an unforgettable retreat filled with laughter, hiking through some of California’s most beautiful trails, great food, poetry writing, movie watching, art work, powerful conversation, lots of free time, naps, and, of course, much prayer.

Setting the pace for the rest of us mortals

We weren’t the only ones praying out there!

Tree-hugging!

Rob Tan photo

The Ranch has many treasures this time of year.

Rob Tan photo

Tuesday, November 14
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
7:00pm – 9:00pm Mission Dharma (Nave)
Wednesday, November 15
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
1:00pm – 3:30pm Custodial Service, Entire Building
Thursday, November 16
3:00pm – 10:00pm Jobs with Justice Gala
5pm – Mission Nightwalk from St. John’s
Friday, November 17
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
2:00pm – 3:00pm Daniel Gonzalez/Organ
Saturday, November 18
5-11am Julian Pantry (food distribution at 10am)
10:00am – 1:00pm Custodial Service Entire Building
4:30pm – 10:00pm Loriel Starr Soundbath Meditation
Sunday, November 19
10:15am Choral Eucharist
12:30-6pm Indivisible
Monday, November 20
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
6:00pm – 9:00pm Danzantes Xitlali (Nave)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Lone Rangers meeting (Library)

See our entire calendar here.


Readings for next Sunday (Reading them in advance can make the Liturgy more powerful for you!)

Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin preaching
The Rev’d Richard Smith, Ph.D., presiding

The fourth-quarter rota is here.

This Week at St. John’s

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The right road

It’s one of my go-to prayers. When I’m hella confused or fearful or lacking confidence, I go to this old favorite by Thomas Merton–which also works for transitions, the kind you and I are now embracing as we prepare our goodbyes over the coming weeks.

This prayer keeps my eye on the ball, focuses my heart on what is most important, and gives me hope. I hope it does the same for you and our beloved community.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

See you in the church on Julian Avenue.

Peace,
Richard

This weekend: St. John’s retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch!

From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, many of us will bask in the autumn beauty of the Bishops’ Ranch for a time of reflection, prayer, refreshment, and relaxation.

Timeframe: Friday, November 10 by dinner at 6pm to Sunday November 12 after lunch at 12:30. We’re welcome to arrive Friday afternoon anytime to take a hike. We will try to arrange carpools for those who’d like a ride. Click here to RSVP if you have not already done so.

For those not going on the retreat, we’ll have the Sunday Liturgy at the usual time, with Jack Eastwood at the helm.


11/19/17: Planning our El Porvenir work trip to Nicaragua


From expedition organizer Timm Dobbins:

We are only three months out from our work trip to Nicaragua!  For those going, we will have a meeting after church on November 19 to talk about logistics, forms, plane tickets, etc. If you have been thinking about joining the group, this would be a good time to meet with us, and make your decision. A $100 deposit needs to get to the El Porvenir offices before the end of November to secure your space in our brigade February 17-25, 2018.


12/3/17: Bishop Gene Robinson visits St. John’s

On Sunday, December 3, Bishop Robinson helps us begin the Advent season. He will preach at our usual 10:15am Liturgy. His sermon topic: “Jesus Doesn’t Need Any More Admirers!”

After the Liturgy, he’ll lead us in an “Everything you’ve wanted to ask Bishop Robinson but never had the chance” forum.

Spread the word. Bring your friends.


RESCHEDULING: St. John’s celebrates 160 years!

Our 160th Anniversary Celebration will be rescheduled to coincide with the Grand Opening of our new garden, sometime this Spring, date TBD.

A truly festive evening with each other and our extended family to mark an amazing 160-year journey! Put it on your calendar. Spread the word!


Help Allan find a job


Allan, front left, and fellow parishioners

Our beloved Allan Manzanares hails from Honduras and is applying for political asylum. He is very smart and a hard worker with a work permit and a wide range of experience and credentials including advanced degrees in Business Management.

Know anyone who needs a good worker like Allan?

Here is Allan’s resume.

And here are some of Allan’s own words:

Most of my experience has been in management / administrative positions as you will see, in real estate and the representation of companies that had operations in Honduras as a freelance consultant; social media marketing and value-added services for Honduran mobile phone companies. I have experience teaching, from elementary school kids to college students, as well as simultaneous interpretation and translation of documents in English – Spanish and vice-versa.

I’m open to all possibilities, not looking for anything in particular, as long as I have the opportunity to grow I can start anywhere. I offer hard work, discipline, work ethics and absolute loyalty and honesty in return.

.Any leads? See either Allan or The Beloved Vicar.

Remembering our dead with help from the Danzantes Xitlali

This Sunday, as we commemorated the Feast of All Souls, we remembered our loved ones who have died. Our friends from the Danzantes Xitlali, fresh from their own celebrations of el Dia de los Muertos, joined us with their beautifully rich and powerful prayer dances.


Photo by Sarah Lawton


Allan’s baptism

This past Sunday we also celebrated the Feast of All Saints. To make the moment all the more special, we baptized Allan Manzanares. Michael Haines and Timm Dobbins sponsored him.

Allan’s baptism marks yet another milestone in this brave man’s adventure into a new life in this country. Proud and grateful to welcome Allan into our cloud of witnesses.


Photo by Sarah Lawton


Tasers

This past Friday, some familiar faces from St. John’s and Mission Nightwalks attended a lively but ultimately disappointing meeting of the Police Commission. The commissioners considered, and then adopted, the use of Tasers, electronic weapons that, while less lethal than regular guns, have killed thousands of black and brown people over the last several years. Many in neighborhoods like ours fear that, given the history of police brutality in our City, SFPD is not yet sufficiently reformed for us to now equip officers with another lethal weapon.

Tuesday, November 7
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
7:00pm – 9:00pm Mission Dharma (Nave)
Wednesday, November 8
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
1:00pm – 3:30pm Custodial Service, Entire Building
4:00pm – 11:59pm Danzantes Xitali Annual Event
Thursday, November 9
12am-8am – Danzantes Xitali Annual Event
6pm-8pm – Bishop’s Committee
Friday, November 10
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
2:00pm – 3:00pm Daniel Gonzalez/Organ
Saturday, November 11
5-11am Julian Pantry (food distribution at 10am)
10:00am – 1:00pm Custodial Service Entire Building
4:30pm – 10:00pm Loriel Starr Soundbath Meditation
Sunday, November 12
10:15am Choral Eucharist
12:30-6pm Indivisible
Monday, November 13
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
6:00pm – 9:00pm Danzantes Xitlali (Nave)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Lone Rangers meeting (Library)

See our entire calendar here.


Readings for next Sunday (Reading them in advance can make the Liturgy more powerful for you!)

The Rev’d Dr. Jack Eastwood preaching and presiding

The fourth-quarter rota is here.

This Week at St. John’s

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Friends in high places

In honor of this week’s feasts of All Souls and All Saints, this poem by John Shea:

We liked them,
up there,
as they shone in stained-glass glory

a candle of a nun with flame dancing on her head, a young man with steeple fingers holding a lily,
a knight ramming a lance down a dragon’s throat,
a queen doling out bread to a beggar,
a monk with a pen poised like a dagger

with the sun, having no other choice,
pouring through their technicolor mosaic bodies
into the dark, Gothic silence of God.

They lived between us and God
and had certain, shall we say, discretionary powers:

Saint Anne could get you a man
Saint Anthony could find your car keys
Saint Joseph, buried upside down, could sell your house.

More importantly,
they pleaded our shaky cases
before the bench of Christ
and whispered favorable words in his ears
until his cold eyes wept
and the perfect scales of justice
were tipped in our favor.
We had friends in high places.

When did we notice–

the feet of the candle-like nun danced on the earth while the flame danced on her head,
there was a vein bulging in the neck of the young man and his steeple fingers choked the stem of the lily,
the fear-bitten lip of the knight who realized the dragon was devouring his lance,
the queen was as angry to give as the beggar was to receive,
the monk’s eyes were wide with wonder and the pen trembled in his hand?

When did their faces,
too long made pretty by piety,
begin to wrinkle and twitch?
When did their voices,
too long psalm-toned,
begin to laugh and rant?

When did we know
they were brothers to our burdens
and sisters to our strivings
and could no longer parade
as patrons of our fears,
intercessors for our interests?

When did they climb down from their stained-glass glory,
scramble through the pews,
lift the processional cross from its stand,
and make for the door–
pausing only long enough
to smile
and wave at us
to join them?

See you in the church on Julian Avenue.

Peace,
Richard

Remembering our dead

This Sunday, as we remember all our loved ones who have died, we’ll be joined by our friends in Danzantes Xitlali, an indigenous Aztec faith community that meets regularly at St. John’s. They will arrive fresh from their own celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos and will offer a prayer dance to remember all our loved ones who have died.

If you would like the names of loved ones read aloud at our liturgy, please fill out this form.


Sign up for St. John’s retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch!

There’s still room! Sign up now! First come, first served.

The Bishop’s Ranch has offered St John’s a weekend respite in the beautiful Sonoma countryside. This is a great opportunity to refresh ourselves individually and as an active, involved congregation.  We’ve been invited to stay at the Kay Qvale Ranch House – which provides beds for 30 and a big meeting room with fireplace, and will be gifted delicious nourishing meals, a chapel, art room, and great hiking trails.

A small committee has developed a plan of optional activities that will be offered. The general theme is Gratitude. (You can see where that comes from.) We’ll have a movie, a chance to write a poem with our poet laureate, Ann Cromey and join a sense-activating walk with Lauren Chavez, plus Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline and the Eucharist on Sunday morning.

Timeframe: Friday, November 10 by dinner at 6pm to Sunday November 12 after lunch at 12:30. We’re welcome to arrive Friday afternoon anytime to take a hike. We will try to arrange carpools for those who’d like a ride. Click here to RSVP if you have not already done so.

This gift has a lot to do with St John’s ongoing warm relationship with the Ranch and its director, Sean Swift, and the magic of Liz Specht! To show our commitment to receiving this gift, The Ranch has asked us to give a token amount toward the expense of our visit, sliding scale $30-$60 each. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.) We have also offered to help with some manual labor while we are there.

Take a look at the Bishop’s Ranch website to learn more about the Ranch.

Reserve and secure your spot(s):

  1. By filling out the registration form
  2. By making a $30-60 donation to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund with memo designation: Bishop’s Ranch Retreat. (No one turned away for lack of money.)

Monday, 11/6: St. John’s book club reads Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley

The book is reputed to be very funny.  Please join us!

Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 6, at 7:30 at Leah and Cecil’s home.


Save the date: 12/3/17, Bishop Gene Robinson visits St. John’s


On Sunday, December 3, Bishop Robinson helps us begin the Advent season. He will preach at our usual 10:15am Liturgy. His sermon topic: “Jesus Doesn’t Need Any More Admirers!”

After the Liturgy, he’ll lead us in an “Everything you’ve wanted to ask Bishop Robinson but never had the chance” forum.

Spread the word. Bring your friends.


Save the date: 2/11/18, St. John’s celebrates 160 years!

A truly festive evening with each other and our extended family to mark an amazing 160-year journey! Put it on your calendar. Spread the word!


Help Allan find a job


Allan, front left, and fellow parishioners

Our beloved Allan Manzanares hails from Honduras and is applying for political asylum. He is very smart and a hard worker with a work permit and a wide range of experience and credentials including advanced degrees in Business Management.

Know anyone who needs a good worker like Allan?

Here is Allan’s resume.

And here are some of Allan’s own words:

Most of my experience has been in management / administrative positions as you will see, in real estate and the representation of companies that had operations in Honduras as a freelance consultant; social media marketing and value-added services for Honduran mobile phone companies. I have experience teaching, from elementary school kids to college students, as well as simultaneous interpretation and translation of documents in English – Spanish and vice-versa.

I’m open to all possibilities, not looking for anything in particular, as long as I have the opportunity to grow I can start anywhere. I offer hard work, discipline, work ethics and absolute loyalty and honesty in return.

.Any leads? See either Allan or The Beloved Vicar.

St. John’s at the Diocesan Convention

At this year’s diocesan convention, Birgit and Sarah represented St. John’s with gusto.

Sarah helped author two prophetic resolutions, one making ours a Sanctuary Diocese that welcomes and protects immigrants, the other encouraging the next General Convention to declare the entire Episcopal Church a Sanctuary. Proud of Sarah’s amazing work on these critical resolutions.

Tuesday, October 31
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
7:00pm – 9:00pm Mission Dharma (Nave)
Wednesday, November 1
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
1:00pm – 3:30pm Custodial Service, Entire Building
4:00pm – 11:59pm Danzantes Xitali Annual Event
Thursday, November 2
12am-8am – Danzantes Xitali Annual Event
6pm-8pm – Bishop’s Committee
Friday, November 3
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
2:00pm – 3:00pm Daniel Gonzalez/Organ
Saturday, November 4
5-11am Julian Pantry (food distribution at 10am)
10:00am – 1:00pm Custodial Service Entire Building
4:30pm – 10:00pm Loriel Starr Soundbath Meditation
Sunday, November 5
10:15am Choral Eucharist
12:30-6pm Indivisible
Monday, November 6
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
6:00pm – 9:00pm Danzantes Xitlali (Nave)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Lone Rangers meeting (Library)

See our entire calendar here.


Readings for next Sunday (Reading them in advance can make the Liturgy more powerful for you!)

The Rev’d Deacon Jackie Cherry, preaching
The Rev’d Richard Smith, Ph.D., presiding

The fourth-quarter rota is here.

This Week at St. John’s

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Flying trapeze! Whitewater rafting!

With last Sunday’s announcement of my departure, our new adventure begins. Like most transitions, this one is likely to involve:

  • An ending–a letting go, a farewell to what these last five years have given us;
  • A new beginning with new goals and challenges, surprises and delights;
  • And, if we are like other mortals, a breath-taking in-between when we are like the trapeze artist who has just let go of one rope but has not yet fully grabbed the second.

This adventure requires more than marking out the next action steps. This one requires soul work.

As with the beginning of any transition, we simply can’t know exactly where this path will lead. But this much is clear: We begin from where we are, and this includes honoring the complex and conflicting emotions we may feel: fear, denial, anger, sadness, gratitude, disorientation, relief, frustration, uncertainty, a sense of loss. Can we, both individually and collectively, honor these and our many other feelings? We can’t short-circuit these many feelings if we are to fully embrace the new future God is inviting us to.

Foundational to the entire transition are gratitude and trust.

  • Gratitude for all the ways God has been present in our crazy and wonderful history, not only in these past five years but throughout our parish history–from it’s founding through the destructive 1906 earthquake; from exciting new ventures–the founding of St. Luke’s Hospital and Mission Graduates–to the sheltering of gay men with AIDS, of immigrants and refugees and unhoused people.
  • And trust that Someone has stretched out a net beneath this high-wire act of ours. The same God who has accompanied us on each step of our journey will continue to carry us forward.

For me as I look to a retirement that is far from clear, Isaiah’s words mean a lot:

But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you. (Isaiah 43:1-28)

As mentioned last week, this coming Sunday we’ll have a chance after Mass to sit together, sort through some of our feelings, and share what we know about next steps and the resources available to us. This will be an important time. I hope you can join us.

Meanwhile, we keep each other and our beloved community close to our hearts. Please pray for me, too.

See you in the church on Julian Avenue.

Peace,
Richard



As the Bishop’s Committee plans the budget for 2018, thanks for prayerfully considering your financial contribution to St. John’s. Your pledge enables us to maintain our sacred space; pay our Musician, Administrator and Vicar; and continue the many ministries God has asked us to do.

You can pledge your contribution either by placing a hard copy in the collection basket or online.

To fill out your pledge form online, click here.


Remembering our dead on All Souls Day

This year on All Souls’ Day, as we remember all our loved ones who have died, we’ll be joined by our friends in Danzantes Xitlali, an indigenous Aztec faith community that meets regularly at St. John’s. They will arrive fresh from their own celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos and will offer a prayer dance to remember all our loved ones who have died.

If you would like the names of loved ones read aloud at our liturgy, please fill out this form.


Sign up for St. John’s retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch!

There’s still room! Sign up now! First come, first served.

The Bishop’s Ranch has offered St John’s a weekend respite in the beautiful Sonoma countryside. This is a great opportunity to refresh ourselves individually and as an active, involved congregation.  We’ve been invited to stay at the Kay Qvale Ranch House – which provides beds for 30 and a big meeting room with fireplace, and will be gifted delicious nourishing meals, a chapel, art room, and great hiking trails.

A small committee has developed a plan of optional activities that will be offered. The general theme is Gratitude. (You can see where that comes from.) We’ll have a movie, a chance to write a poem with our poet laureate, Ann Cromey and join a sense-activating walk with Lauren Chavez, plus Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline and the Eucharist on Sunday morning.

Timeframe: Friday, November 10 by dinner at 6pm to Sunday November 12 after lunch at 12:30. We’re welcome to arrive Friday afternoon anytime to take a hike. We will try to arrange carpools for those who’d like a ride. Click here to RSVP if you have not already done so.

This gift has a lot to do with St John’s ongoing warm relationship with the Ranch and its director, Sean Swift, and the magic of Liz Specht! To show our commitment to receiving this gift, The Ranch has asked us to give a token amount toward the expense of our visit, sliding scale $30-$60 each. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.) We have also offered to help with some manual labor while we are there.

Take a look at the Bishop’s Ranch website to learn more about the Ranch.

Reserve and secure your spot(s):

  1. By filling out the registration form
  2. By making a $30-60 donation to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund with memo designation: Bishop’s Ranch Retreat. (No one turned away for lack of money.)

Monday, 11/6: St. John’s book club reads Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley

The book is reputed to be very funny.  Please join us!

Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 6, at 7:30 at Leah and Cecil’s home.


Save the date: 12/3/17, Bishop Gene Robinson visits St. John’s


On Sunday, December 3, Bishop Robinson helps us begin the Advent season. He will preach at our usual 10:15am Liturgy. His sermon topic: “Jesus Doesn’t Need Any More Admirers!”

After the Liturgy, he’ll lead us in an “Everything you’ve wanted to ask Bishop Robinson but never had the chance” forum.

Spread the word. Bring your friends.


Save the date: 2/11/18, St. John’s celebrates 160 years!

A truly festive evening with each other and our extended family to mark an amazing 160-year journey! Put it on your calendar. Spread the word!


Help Allan find a job


Allan, front left, and fellow parishioners

Our beloved Allan Manzanares hails from Honduras and is applying for political asylum. He is very smart and a hard worker with a work permit and a wide range of experience and credentials including advanced degrees in Business Management.

Know anyone who needs a good worker like Allan?

Here is Allan’s resume.

And here are some of Allan’s own words:

Most of my experience has been in management / administrative positions as you will see, in real estate and the representation of companies that had operations in Honduras as a freelance consultant; social media marketing and value-added services for Honduran mobile phone companies. I have experience teaching, from elementary school kids to college students, as well as simultaneous interpretation and translation of documents in English – Spanish and vice-versa.

I’m open to all possibilities, not looking for anything in particular, as long as I have the opportunity to grow I can start anywhere. I offer hard work, discipline, work ethics and absolute loyalty and honesty in return.

.Any leads? See either Allan or The Beloved Vicar.


Update on Marie Fowler

Last Saturday evening, while crossing the street on her way home from the grocery store, Marie’s wheelchair got caught in a sewer grid. She fell out of the chair and landed in the street, the chair crashing on top of her and breaking her ankle. Now, after a few days in SF General, she hopes to return home as she continues physical therapy. She’s grateful for St. John’s and for our prayers for her healing.


News from Cristosal


As we accompany and offer Sanctuary to refugees from Central America, we’re honored to partner with this amazing organization working for justice in that troubled corner of the world.

Kathy Veit, a former member of St. John’s and now a Cristosal board member writes:

Dear friends,
I have a couple updates from Cristosal, as well an announcement of the Global School trip that my diocesan Partnership Commission is organizing. We welcome Cristosal friends from DioCal as well. I hope you will consider joining us!
Kathy Veit

Protecting a Vulnerable Family: Groundbreaking Decision in Amparo (Protection) Case
Cristosal is accompanying a family in need of protection by filing a suit against several government agencies that have failed to respond to the family’s need. This past Friday, a court made a critical ruling to protect the family that may lead to a national precedent:
An extended family with about 30 members began to receive attacks from the Barrio 18 gang in April 2017. Various family members endured injuries, rape, murder, and displacement from their homes. They knocked on the doors of several state institutions, but didn’t receive help from any of them until last Friday. Read the full article here.

The Future of Salvadoran Justice Depends on El Mozote
This article conveys the importance of the El Mozote Massacre trial in which Cristosal attorney David Morales is taking the lead along with attorneys from the Roman Catholic organization Tutela Legal. “What is at stake here is the kind of justice that will be handed down in the country. It would be excellent to have judges who are not afraid, because here there are judges who have no morals.”

Global School Trip
The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice
Dates: April 22-29, 2018
Cost: $995*
Registration deadline: Jan. 2018
Sponsor: Partnership Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real
Questions or for more info on how to sign up: Kathy Veit kveit61@gmail.com

Description: Cristosal has evolved tremendously since its inception in the early 2000s, from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador to a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming spanning three countries. Throughout this transition, we have been committed to a faithful vision to accompany and learn with the Salvadoran people. Study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts, developing tools to support human rights in El Salvador and worldwide. (The first offering of this seminar will take place during Cristosal’s February board meeting. The second is designed specifically for Christian groups.
What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice
  • Apply a human rights approach to promoting social justice in our local context
  • Develop tools to help empower vulnerable populations and build capacities of state actors
  • Learn to advocate for human rights locally and globally
  • Visit some Salvadoran communities and sights of historic and spiritual importance (e.g., those associated with Monseñor Romero)

A more detailed itinerary will be available soon. All seminars include pre-seminar information and communication to prepare participants for the best possible learning experience while in El Salvador. Interpretation is provided in all seminars, ensuring both English and Spanish speakers may participate. The course will include North Americans as well as Salvadorans.
*Tuition does not include air fare. Tuition does include: lodging, transportation during the seminar, three meals a day, coordination and logistics, interpretation and trip guide, workshop leaders and speakers, activities in communities, and a contribution to the Salvadoran participant scholarship fund.

Tuesday, October 17
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
7:00pm – 9:00pm Mission Dharma (Nave)
Wednesday, October 18
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
1:00pm – 3:30pm Custodial Service, Entire Building
5:30pm – 9:30pm Faith in Action board meeting
Thursday, October 19
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
9-9:30am Meditation and prayer with guests of the Gubbio Project
Friday, October 20
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
2:00pm – 3:00pm Daniel Gonzalez/Organ
Saturday, October 21
5-11am Julian Pantry (food distribution at 10am)
10:00am – 1:00pm Custodial Service Entire Building
Sunday, October 22
10:15am Choral Eucharist
12:30-6pm Indivisible
6:30pm – 10:00pm Compline with Endersnight
Monday, October 23
5:45am – 1:00pm Sacred Rest
6:00pm – 9:00pm Danzantes Xitlali (Nave)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Lone Rangers meeting (Library)See our entire calendar here.
Readings for next Sunday (Reading them in advance can make the Liturgy more powerful for you!)The Rev’d Canon David Forbes, preaching
The Rev’d Richard Smith, Ph.D., presidingThe fourth-quarter rota is here.