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An Inch At A Time: Syrian Refugee Family Update

Sister Joan Chittister famously said:  “We are each called to go through life reclaiming the planet an inch at a time until the Garden of Eden grows green again.” This week we celebrate one of those inches as we mark the first anniversary of the arrival of the Syrian refugee family All Saints was privileged to participate in sponsoring.

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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.

Chapter Fourteen — Consider the Thistle

“A thistle farmer knows there is no such thing as a disposable person, that there is great beauty and strength in every person.”

“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 Fourteen.

Chapter Thirteen — Laugh at Yourself

“Laughter — humor — it’s not just a nice add-on, it is absolutely necessary for survival. That’s because our laughter reminds us that the heart of God is joy. That God’s dream for each and for all of us is joy.”

“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 Thirteen.

Chapter Twelve — Show Hospitality to All

“I had known that the church doors were open during the week, but it had somehow escaped me that the custom of All Saints was to keep these doors open seven days a week. I imagine you know that about All Saints Church, but I wonder, do you know how rare that is?”

“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 Twelve.

Chapter Eleven — Unite Your Sexuality and Spirituality

“Uniting our spirituality and our sexuality is an integral part of being the church, being the Body of Christ, with integrity.”

“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 Eleven.

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Meet Laura Aguilar

“All Saints has made me want to live. While much of my life I never felt like I fit in, something about this community feels right – I feel comfortable being me at All Saints.”

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Chapter Ten — Forgive and Feel Freedom

“The call to forgiveness has consistently been used as a hammer against black and brown people, against people living in poverty, against anyone who comes up on the short side of a power analysis of our society.”

“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 Ten.

Chapter Nine — Stand on New Ground and Believe You Are Not Lost

“God continually calls us out of the old familiar ground to stand on new ground. As we come together at All Saints Church, we will be standing on new ground together.”

 “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 Nine.

Chapter Eight — Make a Small Change and See the Big Difference

“When I hear the word ‘radical,’ I tend to think of ‘extreme,’ and ‘wild.’ But what ‘radical’ really means is ‘root.’ It means getting down to the very essence, the most important thing.”

“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 Eight.

Chapter Seven — Make a Small Change and See the Big Difference

“The most profound and life-changing relationships in our lives all began with a simple meeting. They all began in some way with a small ‘yes,’ a small opening up, a small change.”

“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 Seven.

Chapter Six: Take the Longer Path

“The beloved community that proclaims original grace recognizes that the path to health and wholeness, the path into the very heart of the divine, is not a straight line… Any addict knows that relapse is a part of recovery.”

“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 Six.