Sunday, June 25th we bid a fond and bittersweet farewell to three beloved colleagues and ministry leaders: Zelda Kennedy, Cathy Maginn and James Walker. As they move forward into new chapters of their lives, here at All Saints Church the work and witness goes on apace — with some staffing changes and additions!
Yes, the clock is ticking down to the end of an era at All Saints Church as we prepare to bid a bittersweet farewell to beloved colleagues, mentors, teachers, pastors and friends: Director of Music James Walker and Senior Associate for Pastoral Care Zelda Kennedy. On Sunday, June 25th — their final Sunday with us — James and Zelda will preach a joint sermon at 7:30, 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. services.
The Vestry of All Saints Church met on Tuesday, May 30th for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting began with a reflection led by rector Mike Kinman which included a reading of the Pentecost story from the Book of Acts … and a focusing exercise on “Pentecost Jesus” with examples of seeing Jesus from many cultures as another way we proclaim the Good News in many “languages” so all can hear, understand and follow.
For years, All Saints has utilized video streaming technology to share church services, sermons and Rector’s Forums with the wide world — and made audio recordings of sermons available on iTunes. Now, we are kicking our media outreach up a notch with Studio ASC: a brand new podcast exploring the many faces of justice, compassion, activism and love in the world today.
All Saints Church applauds the April 25 ruling by district court Judge William H. Orrick blocking implementation of the January executive order on immigration, which ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department to block cities who do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement from receiving federal funds.
“As Christians, we believe the Gospel is what Howard Thurman called ‘a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised among us,’” said the Reverend Mike Kinman, rector of All Saints Church. “That is the heart of any movement of Sanctuary – provision of all that is necessary for equity and justice and protection from all that would wish to keep God’s children in chains.”
On March 16th friends, supporters and community leaders gathered for the Family Connect Grand Opening Celebration at the Barrio Action Visitation Room in El Sereno … a cheery in a safe space designed specifically to help separated families reconnect and heal. All Saints Church Foster Care Project made this possible through a partnership with LA County DCFS.
The canons of the Episcopal Church require that every parish hold an Annual Meeting — and All Saints, Pasadena held ours this year in two parts: on February 19 and March 5. We elected new vestry members and delegates to Diocesan Convention, received financial reports and heard from our Senior Warden and Rector. And we received the 2016 Annual Report of the work of the church … for the first time ever in a video … rather than print … format.
The Reverend Mike Kinman has been with us since November 1, 2016 when he arrived from St. Louis to begin his tenure as the 10th Rector of All Saints Church. And on Monday, February 27th we threw the liturgical party celebrating that new chapter in our history.
A week from today is Ash Wednesday: the first day of the 40 day journey to Easter we call Lent. It has been our custom over the last few years to offer daily Lenten Meditations on this blog … written by staff members and reflecting on the Lenten themes of prayer, study, self-examination and repentance. This year, we will offer those reflections through the lens of a Lenten discipline of sacred resistance.
from Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church
It is with a heavy and grateful heart that today I accepted the letter of resignation of All Saints Church Director of Music James Walker, effective the end of July, 2017. Heavy because for 34 years, James has been more than a music director but a spiritual and pastoral leader in this congregation, and his loss to us will be keenly felt. Grateful because, during his time here, James has shaped All Saints as a creative community and enriched the tapestry of our worship in countless ways, the benefits of which will be felt for generations to come.