Foster dads Stuart Rosen and Scott Lardizabal will show that love really does define family when they tie the knot just before a judge declares the adoption of their son, “O”, final. “We feel it’s the perfect time to get married. On that day, we will truly become a family,” Stuart said.
Spiritual Direction has been part of the Christian tradition for centuries in which a trained spiritual guide can assist an individual in growing as a person and in relationship with God. It is the art of listening both to the person seeking spiritual direction and to God’s Spirit. Our active Spiritual Direction ministry has been an important part of the spiritual journeys of countless All Saints members. Here are a few of their stories:
A Welcome Stop on My Journey of Faith
by Christine Hartman
My family and I started coming to All Saints in 2012 and we immediately fell in love with it. Fairly quickly, I became interested in signing up for the New Member class but the dates and times never really lined up for me. As I got more involved in All Saints, I realized that attending the class would be a helpful component of my journey. I wanted to know more about the Episcopal church in general and more about All Saints in particular. This seemed to be the way to do it.
Sunday, April 23
On Sunday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Sweetland Hall, enjoy and support the creative work of foster children and youth – paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture. All artwork is for sale and all proceeds go to the artists.
These works portray young artists’ perceptions of the world around them, “with liveliness, directness and intelligence,” according to show curator, Jay Belloli.
by Judith Fischer and Carolyn Garner-Reagan,
Co-Facilitators, Lay Visitation Ministry
“The body of Christ, the bread of heaven. The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.” These are the familiar phrases heard as people receive the bread and wine during communion in church. These sacred phrases can also be heard and the bread and wine received, even when you or someone you know cannot attend church.
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.