PATHWAYS Access & Disability Ministry — a ministry of All Saints Church — strives to ensure a barrier free campus that makes access and full participation in all aspects of church life and worship easier for everyone.
One of the great blessings of being the rector of All Saints Church has been the opportunity to participate in the raising up of inspiring new religious leaders. Likewise, one of the great challenges of being the rector of All Saints Church continues to be the moment we are called to send them off into ministries elsewhere as beacons of God’s love, justice and compassion.
I first learned about the Foster Care Project at a Christmas party in 2013 from a friend in our Covenant One class. Since then whether shopping for school clothes for foster children, giving birthday and Christmas gifts, packing sack lunches or flipping pancakes at a breakfast for homeless youth, coordinating volunteers and mentors at a group home — no matter what the project, program, or idea — I have been able to provide the perspective of a former foster youth.
Rebekah Garcia and Kristen Harman
“I was reluctantly willing to try it, I was not confident that the group really had anything to offer me. Plus, it would require actually leaving my house. With my twins. And possibly showering. At the time those were monumental challenges, indeed!
I have been privileged over my lifetime to do a lot of traveling. I love exploring other sights but when it comes to my very favorite places that bring me comfort, joy, and peace, there are two that top the list by far. Of course, one is my Burbank home and garden, the second is All Saints Church.
My Lay Counseling experience began at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church in 1973. I had moved from New York to Los Angeles just when there was a downturn in the economy. I left a good job in New York City and could not find comparable employment in LA. I was lonely and depressed when someone invited me to try counseling at their church. Unlike well meaning friends, my counselor Thea did not give advice — and the counselor/client relationship was strictly confidential.
Taizé services have meant so much to many of us here at All Saints Pasadena. It amazes me that we get to worship together weekly instead of just periodically like at other places.
I first came across Taizé and found that the music was engaging and easy to learn. At first, I found the silent meditation in a group setting to be difficult (I get antsy) but I’ve learned to enjoy the community prayer.
Over the past 10 years, as a care giver at All Saints I have had the joy and honor of experiencing moments of the power of love; the power of God – that feeling of profound soulfulness.
And there are those moments when the time and place and circumstance come together in a perfect storm of soulfulness that stand out and have become a part of my DNA. As I listen to my heart they are the moments that spark my passion for this work. I know the same is true for each and every one of my colleagues in the All Saints Lay Visitation Ministry.
Member, Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, Current Chair, Interfaith Study Group Planning Committee
Life drew me into interfaith friendships early on. I was three when my mother left London with me and my baby sister to escape the bombing as World War II began in 1939. My physician father had left with the British 8th Army. No other Jewish families lived in Kettering, and our new world was secular yet interfaith.
“There’s a reason that Jesus talked about money more than almost anything. We are economic beings! Economics is integral!”
In the Active Hope reading groups, sponsored by the Economic Justice Nonviolence Working Group here at All Saints Pasadena, we are learning to talk about challenging subjects …
… and systematic conditions that put justice and “fair play” out of reach for millions in our society.
Each Tuesday not far from Pasadena where I’ve dropped off my three children to see the day at green and glowing school campuses, I pull off the 110 freeway and roll up to a set of low concrete buildings in the shadows of the county hospital. People brush past, check phones, feed parking meters.
EDEN, the environmental ministry of All Saints, sponsors a wide variety of environmentally-oriented events each year.
For 2014/15, our Earth Day celebration will be on the lawn on Sunday, April 19, and our family-friendly car camps will be at Anza Borrego Desert State Park March 20-22 and at Yosemite National Park July 17-20.
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