The Episcopal Diocese
of El Camino Real
B.V. Sargent House
154 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

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Salinas, CA 93902

Phone: (831) 394-4465
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Bishop Lucinda Ashby released the following statement this week regarding COVID-19 protocols. For more information, visit the COVID resources page. Dear People of El Camino Real, As we progress along the path to recovery from the pandemic, there are predictable setbacks. Of late, counties in our state are re-mandating masks indoors and evaluating protocols. Our COVID protocols set on June 15 remain in place, as they are within current guidelines…
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Bishop Lucinda standing near fire in fire pit at Good Shepherd church
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8) Dear…
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We, the Episcopal Bishops of California, have watched the events of January 6th and following days with deep concern. As Christians we follow Jesus, who is the Way of Love. This weekend, when we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we call upon the leaders of our cities, states and country to stand firmly in the place of non-violence, truth-telling and mutual respect. To lead from the place of…
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Dear people of El Camino Real, As we go toward this late stage on our Advent pilgrimage, I am reminded that this has been a year of Advent. Despite our tendency to solve or fix, we have been called to walk the way of Mary and Joseph through uncertainty; and, during these nine months, each of us has made new discoveries about our relationship with God and our neighbor. During…
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Who knew? Last year, when you and I met for the first time at convention, who knew of the year that was to come? Last year, I stood before you, pretending not to be nervous, as we discussed “A Call to Pilgrimage.” We did a lectio and had some round table discussions about the theme. I outlined a prescriptive way of approaching our journey as pilgrims: Travel Light Stay in…
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November 6, 2020 Dear people of El Camino Real, This past Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of All Saints. The Feast commemorates the saints, both official and unofficial, who have been faithful followers of Jesus—humble servants and pilgrims along the way. How fitting that it came right before our country’s Election Day. Saints have emerged and lived throughout times of war and famine, peace and prosperity, fire, earthquake, and storm.…
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Salinas Valley Workers in the Smoke of 2020 Fires
August 26, 2020 Dear People of El Camino Real, In this time of wildfire atop COVID, it may feel as though we are in the middle of the perfect chaotic storm—a place of upheaval, where we may cling to the side of our boat, wondering what will toss us about next … or what wind will blow that may send us into the depths. Fire rages and people are evacuated…
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Dear People of El Camino Real, As we approach this July 4th weekend, I marvel at our current place in the ongoing history of our country. We are in a time of contrasts, shaped by COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. Some say we have been here before; others believe this is a new path toward the future. The issues raised are scriptural, theological, and have deep implications for how our…
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“… and respect the dignity of Every Human Being?”   “I will, with God’s help. (BCP p. 305)” Dear people of El Camino Real, The unrest, anger, and violence in our country these past few days have left people anxious and uncertain as to the safety of family members and friends in different cities and towns. Certainly, in our diocese, it is the same, as we stare into the brokenness of our…
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Read Bishop Lucinda Ashby’s May 23 statement on the status of in-person worship, and a Pastoral Letter from the Episcopal Bishops of California (English & Spanish): Statement: “From the beginning of the pandemic, our Episcopal congregations have never “closed” or ceased in teaching, fellowship, prayer and service to our communities; we have simply continued our gatherings online and in homes. Our diocese is carefully monitoring directives from local governments and especially…
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Bishop Lucinda at her Consecration
The following Pastoral Letter was issued by Bishop Lucinda Ashby on April 30, 2020 (scroll down for Spanish): Dear people of the Diocese of El Camino Real, I write to express to you my amazement at your leadership during COVID-19. As “Easter People,” you are walking with faith during uncertain times, seeking new opportunities, and “being church” in your homes and through use of technology. Thank you for sitting in this uncomfortable…
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Bishop Lucinda Ashby wrote the following message in the April 22 edition of Real Episcopal: Dear people of the diocese, First, thank you for your responses to our Virtual Easter Sunday Service. It was good to see people in many, varied contexts, with different languages and a variety of uses of technology. The latter made it challenging for our Communications Director, Elrond Lawrence, to piece together, which he did masterfully. Thank you for a…
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Bishop Lucinda preaching a sermon.
Dear Beloved People of God, Recently I’ve been receiving questions about our witness in this time of COVID-19, our shelter-at-home orders, and the ways in which we tend to spiritual and emotional needs of God’s people. I am grateful for these questions; they are both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Some of the questions articulated are ones I’ve been carrying with me as well. So, please read on. I appreciate the opportunity…
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Bishop Lucinda during her Thanksgiving message
Bishop Lucinda Ashby delivers the latest message (below) from her home office between Zoom meetings. She continues a virtual visitation schedule with congregations, sharing online worship and coffee hours. “This is not business as usual, and we cannot carry on the way that we are accustomed,” she explains. “On the other hand, I am so grateful for the fact that we have technology that allows us to communicate in this…
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March 19, 2020: Speaking from her home via Zoom, Bishop Lucinda Ashby discusses how to carry on our pilgrimage during a pandemic, meeting virtually with clergy, and plans for an online Easter service. “It is a time of gift and a time of challenge … we weren’t trained for this, but we are equipped for it. Because we have this single thought: we love our neighbor and we love God.”  
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Dear friends, This time of pandemic calls for us to make unexpected changes in our personal lives, parish lives, and in the way we work as a diocese. Although much of our work will be conducted virtually, we will continue to connect with each other, transmit accurate information as we have it, and accept personal responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe from harm. I have been in constant…
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Bishop Lucinda Ashby released the following message to the diocese on March 5, with thoughts, resources, and practices regarding the Coronavirus. Dear Friends in Christ, This past Wednesday, I held an emergency meeting via Zoom with the Clergy of the Santa Clara Deanery. This meeting was to update each other, share insights and resources, and to seek opportunities for ways to “be church” during the Coronavirus crisis. Those who gathered have wisdom and experience…
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Christmas tree in the Sargent House, Salinas, CA
“The Hopes and Fears of all the Years are met in thee tonight.”  This lyric from “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” is one that brings into focus the depth of what lies inside the ancient Bible story, the manger scene at Bethlehem – and an invitation to reflect anew on the amazing, mysterious gift of Emmanuel, God with us. I’ve listened, as you probably have, to the versions of this…
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