Speakers

“Singing God’s Freedom Song”

Mike Kinman on Homecoming Sunday, September 18, 2016:

“God’s freedom song is never a solo. God’s freedom song is a song we sing together freeing us to remember that none of us are free until all of us are free.”

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Loving, Liberating, Life-Giving

“The Jesus Movement is about being witnesses to a way that is loving, liberating and life-giving. And that, my friends, will change the world.” As we prepare for Homecoming Sunday and a new program year of making God’s love tangible in our beautiful and broken world, these words of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry challenge us to align our spiritual GPS with the loving, liberating, life-giving teachings of Jesus every time we hear the Gospel.

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Edina Lekovic: Women In Islam

Sunday, October 2

We could not be more thrilled to be launching the 2016/2017 Season of Rector’s Forums with our friend, colleague and interfaith ally — the amazing Edina Lekovic. Serving as the Public Affairs Consultant to MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) Edina is a gifted communicator, frequently called to speak to the wide variety of issues confronting Muslim Americans. Among other honors and tributes she was recently named one of L.A.’s 10 Most Influential Women by Los Angeles Magazine.

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“How Do We Rejoice in the Midst of Strife?

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, September 11, 2016:

“Nothing that happens in this world is in vain if we will entrust it to God and then do our part…God doesn’t expect us to sit back and wait for something to happen to us. God wants us to be actively involved.”

“Choose Life, Hope and Resistance”

Susan Russell on Sunday, September 4, 2016:

“‘In the face of fear, resistance is hope.’ In choosing life, we resist the fear that would waste our hearts and become instead the change we want to see.”

Making Art in this Time of War

Seema Sueko in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, August 28, 2016:

“To me, theater, and its opportunity to represent voices on stage and validate them, gives us the opportunity to ensure that all peoples can see themselves, can feel they are the protagonist of their own life.”

“Jostling for Position with God”

Gary Hall on Sunday, August 28, 2016:

“We deny and neglect the poor because we deny the possibility of being poor ourselves. Accepting one’s vulnerability is a hard but vital spiritual task. And it’s the basic first step of what it means to follow Jesus.”

“Sabbath for Truth”

Eric Law on Sunday, August 21, 2016:

“Sabbath is a time when we interrupt those things that give us tunnel vision; that make us only look at what’s in front of us and prevent us from seeing the big picture.”

“We Are Seekers of Truth, Keepers of Faith”

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, August 14, 2016:

“As we become God’s presence in the lives of each other, we learn that life is about compassion, love, generosity, intimacy and sharing.”

“Hope Is a Verb”

Sally Howard on Sunday, August 7, 2016:

“We never know the rippling effects of the smallest act of kindness or generosity, but we can trust that no act, awake to compassion that cares for the vulnerability of others, is ever wasted.”

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Gene Robinson at All Saints on Sunday, October 30

Sunday, October 30

We are delighted to welcome back to All Saints Church one of our favorite people on the planet: Bishop Gene Robinson. A long-time friend of All Saints, the retired Bishop of New Hampshire broke new ground as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and has continued his prophetic leadership in retirement as a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress (CAP) — dedicated to “improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.”

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Shakespeare on the Problems and Promises of Succession

Gary Hall in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, July 31, 2016:

“Shakespeare and succession… Right now in our culture we’re going through a major thing about succession in our national government. We’re going to have a different President in January 2017. This parish is going through a succession. We’re in the transition between rectors. And remember ‘Rector’ is from the Latin ‘Rex,’ which means ‘king’…”