Called to Be: Revival in San Joaquin

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church sponsored a three-day Episcopal Revival on Friday to Sunday, November 17 – 19, with an emphasis on sharing a bold, inclusive vision of faith and love in action.

On Friday, November 17, beginning at 4 pm at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, hundreds of Episcopalians, faith partners, and civic leaders joined for a rousing time of prayer, singing and testimony focused on immigration and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The event was free and open to the public; voluntary contributions went 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 took a Neighborhood Prayer Walk through the surrounding urban community. The walk concluded at the church doors, and morphed into the service formally installing David Rice as Bishop in San Joaquin’s Cathedral. Presiding Bishop Curry preached and presided. After the service was the “Cathedral Block Party.” Local food truck vendors served up treats while conversation and celebration continued. The event was free and open to the public; voluntary contributions supported food ministries in local churches.

On Sunday, November 19, beginning at 10 am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bakersfield, Presiding Bishop Curry preached and commissioned members and guests to love God and love their neighbors. The offering supported Episcopal Relief & Development’s work with victims of hurricanes, floods, and fires. Following worship and brunch, participants took up the “1,000 Yellow Bags Challenge”: stuffing 1,000 yellow bags with toiletries, socks, and other necessities for the homeless and then sharing them with homeless people.

"This is scrappy ministry, pulling everything we can together because our people know firsthand what it's like to be isolated, alienated, to live on the margins as the Church."

"I am more convinced than ever that God brings these holy moments and these saints to us whether we’re asking for them or not."

Hear Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry's Sunday sermon from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bakersfield.