The Tears of St. Peter

Peter Sellars in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 9, 2016:

“You’re not allowed to have a transformation until you’ve gone all the way. My Chinese sign is the Phoenix, and I thought… you just have to burn half-way. But actually, no, you don’t get to burn half-way and say ‘that’s enough, can I come back now?’ The resurrection only happens when you burn all the way down to ash. And then come back. Full, and new, and complete.”

“Send Us Anywhere You Would Have Us Go”

Susan Russell on Sunday, October 9, 2016:

“The point of the church is not what happens in the church. The point of the church is what happens in the world because of the church.”

Women in Islam

Edina Lekovic in the Rector’s Forum on October 2, 2016:

“Muhammad taught us that heaven lies at the feet of your mother. Against the backdrop of what we’re taught as Muslims, it provides a strong foundation that gives me a lot of support as a Muslim feminist. I don’t have to go away from Islam to find my ideas of feminism. I find them rooted there.”

“Francis, We Hardly Knew Ye”

Gary Hall on Sunday, October 2, 2016:

“Both Jesus and Francis call us to get out of our heads and into our hearts – a lifetime journey for some of us.”

“Living with an Open Heart”

Sally Howard on Sunday, September 25, 2016:

“We need to hear the voices from the margins, because some truths can’t be told from the top. Only then, can you develop compassion for the suffering we have been isolated from.”


Amy Brenneman and the Fight for Reproductive Justice

Sunday, November 27

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic decision striking down a Texas law designed to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics with medically unnecessary restrictions. The decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt reaffirmed a woman’s constitutional right to access legal abortion, and was called “one of the most significant abortion-related ruling from the Court in more than two decades.”  And All Saints’ own Amy Brenneman was right in the middle of that historic decision.

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Franky Carrillo on Ending the Death Penalty in California

Sunday, October 23

Falsely convicted of murder in 1991, Franky Carrillo spent twenty years in prison before being exonerated and released in 2011. After his release, Carrillo returned to school, obtained a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and earlier this year received a $10 million settlement from the County of Los Angeles. An Anti-Death Penalty activist, Carrillo will be with us in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 23 to share his story and his support for Proposition 62 on the November ballot.

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“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.”


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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Norman Lear Portrait

Norman Lear in the Rector’s Forum

Sunday, December 11

We are thrilled to welcome Norman Lear — producer of groundbreaking television shows such as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Good Times” (among many others) — to the Rector’s Forum. In 1981 Lear decided to leave the world of television for political activism founding “People for the American Way,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting First Amendment rights, strengthening public education, and promoting electoral and immigration reform. Lear is also a founder of “Declare Yourself” — a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign created to empower and encourage eligible young adults to register and vote.

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Milton Viorst on Zionism

Sunday, November 13

We welcome Milton Viorst to the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13 at 10:15 a.m. From serving as the Middle East correspondent for The New Yorker to penning articles for the New York Times, Milton Viorst has dedicated his career to studying the Middle East. His latest book — Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal — is grounded in the expertise and knowledge garnered from decades of studying this contentious region.

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