The Celtic Cross Mission Society serves as the missionary "hands" of the seminary, raising both funds and awareness, while engaging in direct community outreach.
Charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay area and across the country received 2016 Celtic Cross Mission grants. In the last three years over $40,000 had gone to strengthening work on behalf of refugees and new immigrants, literacy programs, supplemental nutrition, environmental advocacy, and disaster preparedness.
A team of students reviews the grant applications, researches needs, and presents recommendations to the seminary community. In addition, during the last year, two emergency grants were provided in response to immediate need. After the Presiding Bishop called for all Episcopalians to stand with the Water Protectors a grant was made to the Diocese of North Dakota as a fiduciary for NoDAPL. Locally, funds were provided to assist families following the tragic Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland where 36 people lost their lives.
Much of the focus of Celtic Cross in the fall is on raising funds, primarily through parking cars on Cal football game days – turning the parking lot into musical instruments, clean water, teaching supplies, food for hungry bellies, and more. Parking cars becomes mission evangelism, as students share stories of the projects with those who use the lot, connecting them with the Good News they are helping to support. Celtic Cross also is the recipient of community night offerings to support the annual grant process.
All members of the CDSP community, including faculty, staff, students, spouses, and partners, are members of the Celtic Cross Mission Society.
Peter Homeyer serves as the Celtic Cross Missioner for 2016-17.