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Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 2

by James Walker

As I write this short reflection on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, I find myself in a place of deep gratitude for this season of expectant waiting and hopeful contemplation. Even at this very moment, as I returned from my favorite lunch place where the restaurant staff was removing pumpkins and replacing them with baby Christmas trees and reindeer, I have once again made the conscious decision to not surrender. Advent, yes!

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The Fight for Reproductive Justice

Amy Brenneman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 27, 2016, sharing the story of how her faith has informed her commitment to stand for women’s reproductive freedom.

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: November 30

by Susan Russell

God of light and shadow, mystery and miracle: prepare our hearts to receive your precious gift of love. Reawaken us to the wonder of this holy season. Keep watch with us as we await the new advent of justice and compassion.

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“Cast Away the Works of Darkness”

Susan Russell on Sunday, November 27, 2016:

“Advent is time for hope — not a necessarily a time for patience. It is a time to use our collective righteous indignation as fuel for the holy work of resistance.”

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Thanksgiving Eve 2016: On Grace and Gratitude

Homily preached by Susan Russell on Thanksgiving Eve [November 23, 2016] at All Saints Church in Pasadena.

I know your service leaflet says “Homily” … but I’m going to start with a Confession. For the first Thanksgiving in as long as I can remember I have been struggling to be thankful.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 20, 2016:

“There’s a rule that I have, which is if you’re in conflict with someone the only email you send is ‘When can we get together?’ Or at the very least ‘When can we Facetime or Skype together?’ where we can look at each other face to face… I’ve got to say, wherever you go from there it starts with sitting with someone and looking them in the eyes. Because that’s where God enters in.”

Sermon from Sunday, November 20

Mike Kinman on Sunday, November 20, 2016:

“We must not let systems whose only desire is to perpetuate injustice and violence against the powerless, for the benefit of the powerful, use our theology against us. The mandate of forgiveness without repentance, and reconciliation without justice, is one of the biggest ways that our theology has been weaponized for use against the most vulnerable among us — and it must stop.”

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Following Christ Into the Post-Election World

On Sunday, November 13th Antonio Gallardo faced the challenge of preaching to our 1:00 p.m. Spanish language service in the wake of the presidential election. Here’s how he rose to the occasion — with words both pastoral and prophetic.

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Strength for the Journey: A Post-Election Conversation

Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13, 2016:

“We need to look at what it means to stand between the people whom God loves and people who would do them harm. And these are some of the conversations we’re going to have. We’ve got to get prayed up. We’ve got to get studied up. We’ve got to get trained up. And we’re going to do it.”

Sermon from Sunday, November 13

Posting — by popular demand — the video and text from Mike Kinman’s November 13th sermon:

“We will create and guard the spaces where we will feel and where Christ will heal. We will testify to the Gospel of Christ the liberator knowing we have nothing to lose but our chains.”

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“A Time to Choose Love”

Susan Russell on Wednesday, November 9, 2016:

“Tonight is time to bring all of who we are – our fears and our hopes, our grief and our gratitude, our dreams and our disappointments – to this altar. Tonight is a time to choose love.”

Chapter Fifteen — Listen to a New Idea

“Becca’s wisdom in this chapter is so simple that it is almost child’s play. If you want your life to be changed, you actually have to be open to being changed.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Fifteen.