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Ideas to Explore

Here are some ideas you might want to explore, related to discussions at All Saints Church:

In his September 29th sermon, “Be Different, Not Indifferent,” Ed Bacon made reference to a TED Talk by Jeremy Rifkin. Here is the streaming video link to that talk.

H. Adam Ackley will be visiting the ASC Rector’s Forum in November. You will find this recent column by this transgendered professor of theology good preparation.

A Vatican cardinal recently noted that Jesus, who tended to be brief, was… well… tweeting. Sort of. Here is the story from The Atlantic.

Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya, 10/19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

An Afghan woman speaks out on her war-torn nation.

Join us for an evening of conversation at All Saints Church with one of Afghanistan’s most famous and bravest women: Malalai Joya, former member of Afghanistan’s Parliament and author of A Woman Among Warlords.

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Margot Bennett

Community Strategies for Gun Violence Prevention, 9/29 Rector’s Forum

Last Sunday, President Barack Obama made this impassioned plea for Americans to overcome their “creeping resignation” about gun violence and demand tougher gun laws. “Our words and our prayers are not enough. If we really want to be a country where we can go to work, and go to school, and walk our streets free from senseless violence, without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change.”

This Sunday, 9/29, the All Saints Church Rector’s Forum will focus on the ways in which the Church can participate in this change over the coming year. We will hear from three passionate leaders in the grassroots movement to end gun violence: Virginia Classick — Vestry member and President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Brady Campaign; Margot Bennett — Executive Director of Women Against Gun Violence and Loren Leib — noted epidemiologist and violence prevention activist.

Gene Robinson

Gene Robinson: “God Loves Chutzpah”

During his visit to ASC, Gene Robinson offered a sermon that was both funny and profound. “Jesus doesn’t need any more admirers,” the Bishop said. “He needs disciples willing to get into some Gospel trouble on God’s behalf.”


Ed Bacon’s “Help Desk” Sept. 22 on OWN

What happens when you invite one of today’s most celebrated spiritual teachers to offer free advice at a “help desk” in a busy public place?  Find out in a new special hosted by Gotham Chopra, Deepak Chopra’s son, as he introduces his world-renowned father and sets up an outdoor help desk in Madison Square Park in New York City.  Chopra brings his spiritual wisdom to the streets, offering life-changing wisdom to hard-hitting questions about relationships, health, spirituality, and personal transformation.  Then, 8 Habits of Love author  Reverend Ed Bacon sets up shop in Venice Beach, California, offering spiritual wisdom and inspiring answers to questions about parenting, loss, faith, and sexuality.

“Help Desk” can be seen on Sunday September 22 from noon – 1PM on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, as part of her series “Super Soul Sunday.”

Not sure how to find OWN on your TV?  Use this link.

Ed Bacon

Ed Bacon: “We Can Find Our Way”

Sept. 15, 2013: Ed Bacon speaking on the topic of “We Can Find Our Way.”

“Everything and everyone belongs as we call the world to a place beyond revenge — a place where hope and history rhyme.”

Love Free or Die

Love Free or Die

To prepare for Bishop Gene Robinson‘s visit to ASC on Sunday 9/22, you might want to watch the 2011 documentary LOVE FREE OR DIE, which details his history-making work to help LGBT people receive full acceptance in the Episcopal Church.

You can rent or purchase the film from a number of digital services, including iTunes, Amazon and Vudu.  More details here.

You can watch an excerpt from the film at Groundswell-Movement.org.


Homecoming Sunday, 9/15, with Ed Bacon

Sunday, September 15, marks Homecoming at All Saints Church, the kickoff of the 2013/2014 program year and the return of Ed Bacon to the pulpit.  He will speak on “We Can Find Our Way” at the 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 services.

There will be friends, food trucks, games, a dunking booth, and, perhaps, squirt guns.