Interfaith Study Group

Cecilia Fox

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.

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Active Hope Reading Group

“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 …

Money, Inequality

… and systematic conditions that put justice and “fair play” out of reach for millions in our society.

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The Beat Within

Amanda Edwards

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.

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EDEN Environmental Ministry

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.

Click here to see other highlights of this program year.


‘Active Hope’ Small Groups

Fall Small Groups to Envision a Justice-Based Economy for All

All Saints Church’s Economic Justice & Nonviolence Working Group invites you to explore the connection between economy, creation and the future of life on Earth in Active Hope: An Economy for the Common Good, a parish-wide, four-week series of small group study, sharing and reflection. Our plan for the groups will be to examine how long-accepted economic theories, assumptions and practices have led to devastating inequality and ecological crisis requiring deep systemic change.

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Susan Brown

“The Call to Ministry”

Susan Brown

When I first arrived at All Saints, I remember feeling a bit confused at the use of the word “ministries” to describe what I might have thought of as “programs” or “services.” I understood ministry to be something one was “called” to be in or to have; I knew that I had been called to the healing ministry, and that others were called to preaching or teaching, but…

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Brenda Kobernusz

Parent Culture

Brenda Kobernusz

Every human deserves a support group! I found mine because of the most important things in my life: my children and my faith. The God, My Parents, and Me and Parent Culture groups at All Saints consist of parents who come from all walks of life. They are my most trusted and valued friends. Hi, my name is Brenda, and I am a struggling single-parent.

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Cathy Clement: The Joy of Ushering

Cathy Clement

At the north door recently I met a couple from Santa Monica who hadn’t been at All Saints since Christmas. They had just taken advantage of their home state of Minnesota’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage and knew we’d share their joy. In the midst of meeting them a former colleague of mine from Five Acres greeted me saying she’d moved back to the area and was living in Santa Monica. Unfortunately, it had taken her more than two hours by the metro line to join us.

Coincidence? I don’t think so. I introduced her to the couple, she gave them her card, and hopefully, they’ll carpool and we’ll see them again soon.

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Inside the Altar Guild

Gerti Reagan GarnerGerti Reagan Garner

I love setting the table for dinner parties and holiday meals. It’s satisfying to make the table inviting and attractive. As a member of the Altar Guild I have the privilege of doing that for the most significant meal we share, the Eucharist.

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Economic Justice and Nonviolence

Betsy PerryBetsy Perry

What Betsy Perry loves about working on the Economic Justice Nonviolence Working Group:

1. Amazingly interesting political opportunities to learn how to arrange meetings with California Assemblyman Christopher Holden and State Senator Carol Liu for the All Saints Legislative Action Group; and to learn from two parishioners who have extensive experience working with legislators and coached us in the best way to establish a working relationship with these legislators that can directly affect measures passed by our state legislature.

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Inclusive Families; Inclusive Sunday School

Derek WanDerek Wan

When my husband and I looked for a church community to participate in, it was important to us that fostered inclusive families and engaging activities for children and youth. While we are not yet parents (we have been in the adoption process for two years), we found that the Children, Youth & Families initiative is a strong ministry made up of recurring volunteers. When Laura Thornton shared her story and needs at our New Member Class, I knew immediately that I was going to work with her. I sought her out at the next Sunday service and began shadowing volunteers at Children’s Chapel. From there, I spent more than a year observing and leading in that ministry.

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My Journey at All Saints

Jim AlbaranoJim Albarano

When my husband and I first found All Saints, we immediately wanted to take the New Members Class. But then life got busy! We had to miss our first chance, but thankfully it’s offered a few times throughout the year and were able to sign up in the fall. I loved the first part of the class, where the clergy members introduce themselves and tell their story, but I was a little nervous about the small group hour afterward. Meeting new people can intimate me, but luckily I had an amazing group leader. Edna helped guide our group and made everyone feel comfortable. It felt amazing to chat with a group of people on similar (and not so similar) journeys and find connections and common ground. Over the eight weeks our group really bonded and we became friends — and we continue to get together to this day!

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