GALAS presents “Diagnosing Difference,” July 20, 12:30PM

Come enjoy a meal with GALAS as we screen the award-winning documentary “Diagnosing Difference.”

This film provides not only a real portrayal of the diversity of gender identities within transgender communities, it also takes the medical and mental health professions head on with compelling historical facts, contemporary debates and personal narratives. “Diagnosing Difference” features interviews with 13 diverse scholars, activists and artists who identify on the trans spectrum (transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender variant) about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on their lives and communities.

H. Adam Ackley will facilitate a discussion after the viewing.

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NATIONAL ASK DAY at ASC, Sunday, June 22nd

The ASK Campaign, Asking Saves Kids, encourages parents and others with children in their care to ask whether there is an unloaded gun in a home where children go to play or visit.

Each day in this country, 9 children are injured or killed in unintentional shootings. Some of this occur when a child has access to a loaded gun. Every gun that ends up in the hands of a child first goes through the hands of an adult.

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Taste-In at Ración Restaurant, Sunday, June 29

5 PM – 6:30 PM

Support this Spanish-inspired, economically-sustainable restaurant in Old Town Pasadena. Dine well and justly with this restaurant that is choosing to take the high-road with both its food choices and employment practices.

Hear from co-owners/chefs Loretta Peng and Teresa Montaño as they share their story and passion for this work. Learn about the work of Restaurant Opportunities Center-Los Angeles (ROC-LA) from restaurant employees and ROC-LA staff, as they seek to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant employees, and transform the industry.

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ASC at L.A. Pride

All LA PrideSaints Church was front-and-center at L.A. Pride on Sunday June 7.

Carlos Gonzalez carried the ASCpas banner in the Parade and Jim White led the prayers at the pre-parade Eucharist where our seminary intern, Guy Leemhuis led the music. ASC member Rick Davis was there with his Lambda Legal hat — and shirt — on and sisters Lori and Lida Kizzia were part of the parade contingent.

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Film: “Martin Luther King in Palestine”

Join us for the screening of the film following an African American Gospel choir who travel to Israel/Palestine to be the chorus for a play written by Dr. Clay Carson of the MLK, Jr. Institute at Stanford University.

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Take Action! Stand Up for a Living Wage

The Economic Justice Working Group and Nonviolence invites you to a half-day topical training on the issue of challenging wage and income inequality in support of a living wage. This issue emerged as the top area of initial interest among participants in our March plenary session.

Come to this participatory training and get grounded, versed, and equipped for action, in community. This will be the first of a series of trainings on this issue, as we build our commitment and capacity to create a more just economy for all!

Saturday, June 14, 9 AM – 1 PM in the Learning Center

All the details can be found in this flyer, which you can download.

Go here to register online.

Please spread the word!

ASC Master Plan Approved by Pasadena Design Commission

From Rector Ed Bacon:

tid197_capcamlogoblast_42556622_f760_99bb_u1On Tuesday, May 13, we received final approval for the design of our Master Plan from Pasadena’s Design Commission. A vote of 6-0, with one abstention, gave a green light to proceed to the implementation phase of our building project. It is a moment to rejoice and be glad in!

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Youth Sunday coming up, June 1st!

How All Saints Rector Ed Bacon spent this afternoon: Doing Bible study with seniors preparing for their Youth Sunday sermons on June 1st. Mark your calendars now!

GALAS Thursday Book Group: “Lectio Divina”

Starts Thursday, May 8, 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Location: Deb & Judy’s in Duarte

In place of a book, we have chosen Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina (divine reading) is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer. Traditionally, Lectio Divina has 4 separate steps: readmeditatepray and contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read and then its meaning is reflected upon; this is followed by prayer and contemplation.

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GALAS Discussion Group: “Embracing All of Me”

“Embracing All of Me: Affirming and Integrating My Spirituality and Sexuality”

Starts Thursday, May 15th (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Runs through July 17 (10 weeks)

This GALAS discussion group deals with issues surrounding acceptance and the life-long process of coming out. Each week, topics which lend themselves to the sharing of personal stories, struggles, and successes in living out your life as LGBTQ man or woman will be discussed. These discussion groups will have something to offer regardless of where you find yourself on the road to acceptance and integration of your spirituality with your sexuality. This 10-week group will be a closed group, with no new admittances beyond the start date and only a limited number of spaces available.

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