Each week we feature one ministry from the many that make up the work and witness of All Saints Church … and this week we feature the Labyrinth Ministry. An ancient spiritual tool — one found in almost all religious traditions in various forms around the world — our labyrinth is a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220. To walk the labyrinth is to follow a tradition steeped in spiritual mystery practiced all over the world. Here are some reflections from members of our Labyrinth Ministry:
“What’s your name for the Divine Presence?” It’s one of the first questions we ask as we embark on a Healing Partners session with our clients. Even though we are rooted in the Anglican tradition and model the healing ministry of Jesus, the women who created The Pilgrimage Process — which is the basis for Healing Partners here at All Saints — wanted to make sure that anyone who came for a healing felt comfortable. Because words can have power over people.
A Personal Story
by Judith Carter
If not me, then who? If not now, then when? Those were the two questions on my mind on the February 2013 evening after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School when nearly one hundred gathered at All Saints to talk about what to do about the proliferation of gun violence in our country. Jack Scott moved us all when he spoke about the accidental shooting of his son. Others around the room shared a variety of experiences with gun violence. I raised my hand half hoping that time would run out before I was recognized.
by Mark Edwards
I was in a dry spell, feeling like I wasn’t contributing very much of myself beyond my regular business as a construction manager and architect. The issues of sustainability, a significant focus in our design and construction work, nagged at me to be more active beyond that work venue. Further than that, our business sent me to Nigeria several times where I observed some of the most dramatic examples of un-sustainable systems and living. This experience finally pushed me to find a place where I might begin to participate in a useful way.
When I moved to Pasadena in 2013 for school, I knew I wanted to get involved in a church that had a heart for people and a passion for justice, as well as a strong sense of community. It wasn’t long before I found All Saints and started getting involved, even though I didn’t know anyone there. Although I loved the services and focus on justice, to be honest for the first few months I attended All Saints I still felt isolated—lost in a sea of churchgoers. I would awkwardly hang out on the front lawn in front of the church after services and hope to meet people, but it took time and I wasn’t sure how to connect.
We are — all of us –in some sense immigrants and sojourners, strangers in a strange land seeking a homeland. Some of us or members of our families have personally experienced hardships and, at times, unspeakable indignities, in coming to America. Others of us fortunate to have been born here have trekked into the desert wilderness to see for ourselves the migrant path of tears and triumph.
by Johari DeWitt-Rogers
[Racial Justice Ministry member and a primary author of the Racial Justice Resolution]
I guess you could say that fighting for racial justice is in my DNA. I was born and raised in Alabama and my father was very involved in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. In fact, he was a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even as a child, I understood that problems of racism and bigotry do not just solve themselves, people have to act.
Saturday, August 27
Join us as we tour the BAPS Hindu Temple (Mandir) and conference center. After our tour we will attend the Arti or morning prayer service. Our guide will give us an overview of basic Hindu spirituality and beliefs. We will also tour the lovely grounds, learning how this temple was built.
All Saints is a place of radical welcome for everyone in our community – and we especially want to extend that welcome to our next Rector. During the next 6 weeks, every member of the All Saints community is encouraged to participate in the We Are All Saints campaign to help make our new Rector’s transition a bit easier.