From the Rector

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For Everything There Is A Season

from Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

It is with a heavy and grateful heart that today I accepted the letter of resignation of All Saints Church Director of Music James Walker, effective the end of July, 2017. Heavy because for 34 years, James has been more than a music director but a spiritual and pastoral leader in this congregation, and his loss to us will be keenly felt. Grateful because, during his time here, James has shaped All Saints as a creative community and enriched the tapestry of our worship in countless ways, the benefits of which will be felt for generations to come.

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Celebrating “New Things”

I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)

These words came to the people of Israel as words of deliverance from exile … but the truth is, God is always about to do a new thing. And it’s never about just one person. It’s always about God’s dreams for all the people.

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“You are salt. You are light. Jesus said so.”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, February 5, 2017:

What if we are salt and light not just for ourselves but for the world. For the whole world? What if the same salt that was Cesar and Dolores is in us? What if the same light that burned in Rosa and Martin burns in us? After all, Jesus says so. What if the world is waiting for us? What if it all depends on us?” 

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Of Gifts & Givers: Mike Kinman Reflects on the Johnson Amendment

The Reverend Starsky Wilson reminded me once that institutions will give you gifts and awards when they want you to sit down and shut up. The hope is we will care more about the adulation and respect than about preaching the subversive, revolutionary Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The point is not to refuse the gift, but to not grant it power over you. The point is to know which God you worship. Whose God you serve.

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How We Pray for the President

Mike Kinman, Zelda Kennedy and Sally Howard in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 29, 2017:

“I love that this community cares about prayer so much that we packed this room for this conversation… Let’s keep the conversation going, not just with me but with each other.”

“God Always Shows Up”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, January 29, 2017:

“The good news is no matter how bad it gets we know that we have been there before — and that God always shows up.”

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We Stand Together

In response to the onslaught of “Breaking News” from Washington during the first five days of the new presidential administration, All Saints Rector Mike Kinman issued the following statement:

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This week feels like night. And God is a night owl.

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

There is an element of the first days of the Trump administration that is like “Shock and Awe.” It is not just the depth of the threat and the damage being done to vulnerable individuals (ACA rollback, global gag rule), peoples (DAPL), the planet itself (Keystone pipeline, and silencing of the EPA and NPS), and the trust which is the foundation of the contract between a government and its people (the Orwellian normalization of lying in the face of clearly contradictory facts) … it is the rapid pace with which these actions are being unleashed.

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“The Adaptive Challenge of Love”

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

I’m noticing that the whole conversation about praying for our president-elect (including our little piece of it at All Saints Church) has attracted considerable energy. While a passionate conversation about prayer could be a wonderful thing – it feels like something more is going on.

Maybe it’s just because we are in one of the eyes of this particular hurricane, but it feels like there is a special intensity to this conversation on all sides – and that always makes me wonder what that’s about. Makes me wonder if something else is going on here that isn’t about prayer or pastoral care – two topics that I would hope people of faith could disagree about in good faith.

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A Word From the Rector

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

There has been a lot of conversation about praying for the president-elect. That’s good. Conversation is good. Conversation about the purpose of prayer is fantastic. I hope it draws us into a deeper consideration of the role of prayer in our lives and common life.

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We Pray For Our Leaders

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

As Episcopalians, we pray for our leaders. It’s one of those things we do.

We pray for our leaders because they are human beings, made in God’s image, and beloved by God. We pray for our leaders because leadership is important – because it is a sacred trust, power to be exercised for the common good despite all temptation to the otherwise.We pray for our leaders regardless of whether or not we like or agree with them. Our prayers are neither endorsement nor censure. Our prayers ask God to guard and guide, to bring out in our leaders what we hope God brings out in us all – the image of God that dwells in each one of us.

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