D. Rebecca Dinovo

The Rev’d D. Rebecca Dinovo serves as the Minister for Congregational Life at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California, and is the Missioner for Justice & Peace for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. She has served parishes in Oregon, Missouri, and Ohio, and as a chaplain at the University of Michigan. She discovered her call to ministry while serving as a missionary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as a young adult.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Peace, Pentecost 4 (C) – July 3, 2022

July 03, 2022

[RCL] 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 In the movie, “Miss Congeniality,” there is a scene during the beauty pageant in which contestants are asked what society needs most, and each contestant responds predictably, “World peace.” And then Sandra Bullock’s character is asked the same question, but she responds, “That would […]

St. Peter’s Story, The Great Vigil of Easter – April 16, 2022

April 16, 2022

[RCL] Exodus 14:10-31, 15:20-21; Psalm 114; Romans 6:3-11; Luke 24:1-12 A “dramatic” Easter sermon, as told from the perspective of St. Peter. Inspired by Luke 24:1-12. I want to tell you about how Jesus changed my life. Long before I was called “saint” anything, I was rash, overly zealous, and enthusiastic (and not always in […]

Distractions, Proper 17 (B) – 2021

August 29, 2021

RCL: Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Author Anthony DeMello tells a story about an ashram cat. He writes, “When the guru sat down to worship each evening, the ashram cat would get in the way and distract the worshipers. So he ordered that the cat be tied […]

New Narratives, Proper 10 (B) – 2021

July 11, 2021

RCL: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 Fairytales and happy endings play a significant role in shaping us and our expectations about life. We are inundated from birth by themes and images of the way life “should” play out by the storylines provided us in fictional accounts – in books and […]

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