At the Church of the Good Shepherd we believe in the inclusive love and goodness of God, whose good news we hear in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through the Holy Spirit at work in all of creation, and in the gifts each of us brings to our life together as a community.
The community of the Good Shepherd creates and nurtures a place where God’s goodness can flourish and where each of us can grow in compassion, love, and understanding.
GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS AND EVENTS AND NEWS FROM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015, 11:00 A.M.
FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS COMMEMORATION AND BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Join us on Sunday, October 4, 2015 to celebrate the life and ministry of the beloved St. Francis of Assisi.
Bring your animal friends and companions to be blessed during the service in the church!
Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have issued a letter calling on Episcopal congregations to participate in “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday” on September 6. We will be participating by using special Prayers of the People. The letter was sent to the congregation in an e-mail earlier this week, and it is available here at the Episcopal News Service:
Good Shepherd’s Red Stevens is Profiled by Utah Local Media
Episcopal Cafe.com highlights a story about the St. Christopher Mission in the Navajo Nation
read it here: http://www.episcopalcafe.com/episcopal-mission-continues-to-serve-navajo-nation/
Good Shepherd Berkeley Celebrates 137 Years in the Community!
The official anniversary for Good Shepherd was Wednesday, August 12th, but the parish will celebrate our 137 years in West Berkeley on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with a Choral Eucharist and a festive potluck coffee hour. If you live in the neighborhood, you’ve probably heard the bell calling the faithful to worship on Sunday mornings. That’s a real bell and it survived the fire of 2012. The bell was used as a fire alarm in the early days of the community. This Sunday it will ring to celebrate Good Shepherd’s birthday. Please join us!
Bill Countryman’s First Sunday Bible Study Class is on hiatus until October 4, 2015. In the meantime, you can discover Bill’s blog at billcountryman.com.
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry elected as the Church’s Next Presiding Bishop
On June 27, 2015, the Houses of Deputies and Bishops for the Episcopal Church elected The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry as the Church’s next presiding bishop. Bishop Curry was elected by 121 votes on the first ballot in the House of Bishops and in the House of Deputies the vote was 800 in favor of Bishop Curry and 12 against. Michael Bruce Curry was born March 13, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. North Carolina’s 11th diocesan bishop, Curry was the rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland, when he was elected in 2000. He is also the current chair of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors.
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S._____ (2015)
Today the Supreme Court rendered its decision in the matter of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case for marriage equality. The ruling was 5-4 in favor of marriage equality. If you would like to read the full opinion of the court and the dissenting arguments, cut-and-paste this link in your browser: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf.