On Sunday, September 29, Virginia Classick, Loren Lieb & Margo Bennett spoke in the Rector’s Forum at ASC in personal ways about gun violence.
Here are some ideas you might want to explore, related to discussions at All Saints Church:
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.
Ed Bacon spoke on the topic of “Be Different, Not Indifferent” at ASC Sunday, September 29.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“The day after my election, my picture and story were carried in virtually every newspaper in the world, usually on the front page. Death threats started immediately after my election and continued regularly for two years.”