Every week we celebrate one of the many ministries that make up the work and witness of All Saints Church. This week our featured ministry is Parish Celebrations … and our featured blogger is ministry member Shannon Bankhead.
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.
by Rosemary Sova
A few years ago I had a life-threatening medical crisis. Afterward, I was healed in body, but sick in spirit. I had previously put my life as a lawyer behind me in disillusionment. Although I had never forgotten my cradle faith in God, I wondered whether God had forgotten me. Now I was weak and lost, wondering why I was even alive.
This week our Featured Ministry is Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Direction is the sharing of the journey of our lives with a trained person who can assist in developing a closer union of love with God. A spiritual director is sensitive to the subtle movements of the spirit in the unique circumstances of another person’s life.
Last summer at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church one of the resolutions adopted called for the creation of a “churchwide Network of Partners on Latino/Hispanic Congregational Ministry Development to provide coaches and mentors who will work with congregations, lay leaders, clergy, and diocesan staff.” And this week — in Baltimore, Maryland — the first meeting of the Task Force for Latino-Hispanic Congregational Development & Sustainability is taking place — chaired by our own Antonio Gallardo.
At All Saints Church, the Confirmation program is a series of presentations, discussions and small group meetings designed for anyone wanting to go deeper into the history, theology and core values of the Episcopal Church. Here’s what one parish leader — Scott Lardizabal — writes about his experience with the Confirmation program: