Pope Francis on Economic Justice

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”

You can read the full article on Business Insider.

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Ed Bacon on Dan Siegel, visiting 12/1

What do the Dalai Lama, Irish poet John O’Donohue, and Sunday’s Rector’s Forum speaker Dr. Dan Siegel have in common? The answer – pioneering brain science.

Last summer in Ireland, I learned that before his death, poet John O’Donohue had been collaborating with neuroscientist Daniel Siegel on the beneficial effects of poetry on the brain. Then I learned that Siegel has been in conversations with the Dalai Lama about scientific proof of improved brain functioning through meditation. Through secular science Siegel is promoting many religious values. He makes some of the mysteries of the brain understandable – knowledge which is empowering!

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Marian Wright Edelman, Sun. Dec. 8, 11:15 AM

Founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. The first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to Washington DC in l968 as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign, organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before his death.

Visiting Los Angeles for the 2013 CDF Conference “Next Steps in Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in CA,” Mrs. Edelman will preach from the All Saints pulpit at the 11:15 service, addressing the connections between prison, poverty, children and gun violence.

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Andrew Bacevich, Rector’s Forum, Sun. Dec. 15, 10:15

In his new book, BREACH OF TRUST: HOW AMERICANS FAILED THEIR SOLDIERS AND THEIR COUNTRY,” Andrew Bacevich looks at the growing gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. Bacevich served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and is now a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. His son, Andrew, died in the Iraq War. “Now that the war in Iraq has ended,” Bacevich writes, “Americans might ponder the question of what the loss of several thousand soldiers there signifies. I have grappled with that question myself, not altogether successfully.”

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Ruth Messinger, Rector’s Forum, Dec. 8

“From Discrimination to Dignity: Standing with Women, Girls and LGBT People Worldwide”

Violence devastates the lives of millions of women and girls across every nation and culture. An estimated one out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In some countries, the numbers are even more devastating, with seven in 10 women experiencing significant forms of violence. In November 2013, members of the U.S. government introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), a crucial piece of legislation that, if signed into law, will protect the rights of women and girls worldwide. Join Ruth Messinger to learn what we can do, as members of faith-based traditions, to ensure that women and girls around the world live with safety and dignity.

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Watch: H. Adam Ackley, “Transgender and Christian”


H. Adam Ackley speaks in the Rector’s Forum at ASC on November 24, 2013.

“Transgender and Christian”: a theological understanding celebrating transgender identity woven with the personal faith testimony of Dr. H Adam Ackley, who is both an ordained minister and a theologian. Until recently a full professor of theology in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Ackley is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn from an inspiring teacher and courageous witness to God’s inclusive love.

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Poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

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Dan Siegel visits ASC, Sunday, Dec. 1, 10:15 AM

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Dan Siegel to the All Saints Rector’s Forum to discuss his upcoming book on teenage brain science: “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.” He will discuss “how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships.”

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Nov. 20

Transgender Day Of Remembrance is November 20 this year.

Events in West Hollywood / Los Angeles will take place at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.  There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. to memorialize and honor our trans brothers and sisters whose lives were taken due to transphobic hatred and prejudice.

Find out more about this event on Facebook.

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