Grant us O Lord, to trust in you, with all our hearts...  Amen.
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Remain Episcopal:
Living into our Baptismal Covenant
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Attention San Joaquin Episcopalians

Support Funds - Remain Episcopal can provide monetary assistance to faith communities to assist with establishing and growing your community - more infomation & application here

Liturgical Supplies - if your faith community needs worship supplies, there are items available that were donated from
friends throughout the nation - please contact the Diocese

"When 2 or 3 are gathered"...if you need assistance in forming
a faith community, or advice with an existing group,
please contact us - we're here to help.

If you are looking for a place to worship - check the list of San Joaquin churches, missions and  faith communities that have affirmed their  commitment to the Episcopal Church.

Visit the new Diocesan website for official information
Our Mission Continues

On May 31, Remain Episcopal sponsored a “Day of Discernment,” in cooperation with the Diocese of San Joaquin. The purpose of the day was to discern whether Remain Episcopal is called to continue its ministry, and if so, with what direction. Approximately 100 people participated in the day of small group discussions, and reporting out, skillfully facilitated by Holly McAlpen of the Church Pension Group. Participants included many who are members of Remain Episcopal, but many more who have not been involved with Remain Episcopal.

The consensus was that Remain Episcopal’s role should be one of providing opportunities for education about the Episcopal ethos to members of our diocese, and sharing our stories with those beyond the borders of our diocese. In addition, it was noted that Remain Episcopal needs to write its history and “lessons learned.”  Many of the groups also discussed  whether the name  “Remain Episcopal”  should be changed  because  the name

Following the Day of Discernment, the Executive Committee of Remain Episcopal met to consider input and develop plans. Conscious of its responsibility for “truth telling,” it was decided to build on what has been written already of the history, but to add details and analysis. This history is important, not only internally but also for those beyond our borders that they might learn from our experience, and be heartened by the rebirth of the Diocese.

Regarding its name, the Remain Episcopal Executive Committee considered the various perspectives. The Committee decided to retain the name since it continued to accurately describe its function, and was widely respected throughout the Episcopal Church and by most in the continuing diocese. The Executive Committee did decide to add to it the words “Living into our Baptismal Covenant.” This, we realized, is the essence of what Remain Episcopal has stood for: supporting the ministry and gifts of all members of the body of Christ to proclaim and celebrate the love of Jesus Christ through the Episcopal Church.

To begin educating ourselves, in fall 2008 Remain Episcopal began its Episcopal Ethos Education series - a one-day diocesan event each quarter in which we learn more about how we live out our vows. The format will often be similar to that of the Day of Discernment: we may ask a keynote speaker to stimulate our thinking, but our work will be in groups together. As a diocese we need to talk. We need to share our ideas, our vision, our questions, our disagreements, all to reach a greater understanding. The ongoing mission of Remain Episcopal has the full and enthusiastic support of our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jerry Lamb.

We will vary the location of our events to ensure all can participate. (Ridgecrest, after all, is two hours from Bakersfield and six hours from Stockton!) And so, the first event was held in September 2008 in Bakersfield, with the theme “Living into our Baptismal Covenant: Respecting the dignity of every human being.” The third event is on November 7th, 2009,  in Hanford, focusing on "Seeking and serving Christ in all persons, and loving your neighbor as yourself." Join us!!

For a sneak preview of future topics, please see pages 304 and 305 of the
Book of Common Prayer or the sidebar to your right.
I will,

Our Baptismal Covenant 

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and  fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the  prayers?

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever  you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving  your neighbor as yourself?

Will you strive for justice and peace  among all  people, and respect the dignity of every human  being?

BCP p.304-305

with God’s help
All participated, and all voices were heard. At the end of the day, eight groups reported to the whole, and seven of the eight reported that Remain Episcopal was a valuable resource to the Diocese of San Joaquin and still had a valuable mission to be served in the Diocese.
continues to be widely disparaged by the
former diocesan leadership. While a name change was recommended by some of the groups, many discussed the issue and decided that the name should be retained.