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The Supreme Court and Immigration Relief Programs: The Future of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.

Sunday, June 26

The June 23rd split decision by the Supreme Court — failing to act on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and leaving in place a lower court ruling pending further litigation — once again highlights the desperate need for comprehensive immigration reform in our nation. And there is no one better to unpack the implications of today’s ruling – along with the wider issues of immigration reform – than our Forum speaker this Sunday: MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund) President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz.

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Salam Al-Marayati: Bridging Muslim & LGBT Communities in the Wake of Orlando

Sunday, July 3

“We are your shield. The Muslim community stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBTQ community. We are one, we are all part of one humanity, and we will defend each other — we will work together.” Salam Al-Marayati — President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council — spoke these words at the Interfaith Vigil on the steps of the Islamic Center of Southern California on June 13th — the day after he tragic shootings in Orlando.

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“Reanimating Faith”

Roland Christ on Youth Sunday, June 5, 2016:

“I think it is our responsibility, as Christians and members of the human family, not to look away from struggle, but to keep our eyes open, so that we can help those in turmoil.”

“What Is It to Be a Christian?”

Luke Ready on Youth Sunday, June 5, 2016:

“I believe we have been called to show compassion and to fight injustice. And regardless of whether or not you believe in God, your acceptance of that call is what validates your identity as a Christian.”

“Acting Compassionately to Fulfill God’s Grace”

Sophia Meyer-Yen on Youth Sunday, June 5, 2016:

“So few places are willing to stand up for the rights of all families — the values of All Saints have helped to guide me through adolescence, and helped to make me the independent person that I am today.”

“Seeking My Own Answers on the Reality of God”

Dilan Wijesinghe on Youth Sunday, June 5, 2016:

“To me, it means being open-minded, loving all my brothers and sisters, treating them as ends rather than as means, and seeing how God works through each of us on our journeys, as we try and find our own way of love.”

Reweaving the Fabric of Our Society

Policy for the 100%

Simone Campbell in the Rector’s Forum on Youth Sunday, June 5, 2016:

“I believe that those of us who have a root in faith, where we know that God is in ALL creation, that we are challenged and called to do what I call ‘walking towards trouble.’ We need to walk towards the challenges of our time.”

Hearts & Hands

Creating Community in Violent Times

Luis J. Rodriguez in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, May 29, 2016:

“Why don’t we have a diversity in ideas? The voices are either right wing or liberal. That’s the only way we think? This country’s very diverse, we have a lot of spectrum. I know a lot of conservatives who have good ideas, and, of course, I know a lot of liberals who have good ideas, but the point is we don’t know how to speak to each other anymore.”

“When a Foreigner Comes”

Susan Russell on Sunday, May 29, 2016:

“We are called to the place where respecting the dignity of every human being is not just a promise we make but a practice we live.”

Winning the Battle Against Religion-Based Bigotry

Jenny Pizer in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, May 22, 2016:

“One vision is that religious liberty should come first and everything else should give way. To others, Church and State are supposed to be separate and it’s essential that they be separate for the good of both… These are two competing visions. Is there one that’s right and another that’s wrong? Well, actually, no — they have to live together. And they do live together if we do our work well.”

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