Where Do We Go From Here?

Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 20, 2016:

“There’s a rule that I have, which is if you’re in conflict with someone the only email you send is ‘When can we get together?’ Or at the very least ‘When can we Facetime or Skype together?’ where we can look at each other face to face… I’ve got to say, wherever you go from there it starts with sitting with someone and looking them in the eyes. Because that’s where God enters in.”

Sermon from Sunday, November 20

Mike Kinman on Sunday, November 20, 2016:

“We must not let systems whose only desire is to perpetuate injustice and violence against the powerless, for the benefit of the powerful, use our theology against us. The mandate of forgiveness without repentance, and reconciliation without justice, is one of the biggest ways that our theology has been weaponized for use against the most vulnerable among us — and it must stop.”

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Following Christ Into the Post-Election World

On Sunday, November 13th Antonio Gallardo faced the challenge of preaching to our 1:00 p.m. Spanish language service in the wake of the presidential election. Here’s how he rose to the occasion — with words both pastoral and prophetic.

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Virgen de Guadalupe Celebration at All Saints Church

Sunday, December 11

Join us as we celebrate the feast day of the Virgen de Guadalupe — the patron saint of the Americas — at a festive service full of candles, roses, and joyful song steeped in the Latino religious tradition. Music by Dan Cole and El Mariachi Arcoíris de Los Angeles. Ballet Folklorico Quetzal will perform. Pan dulce and “antojitos” will be served after the service.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Additionally, during the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.

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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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Advent Evening Services 2016

The Season of Advent marks the beginning of the new church year and the time of preparation for Christmas. Liturgically it is our antidote to the cultural Christmas frenzy that can be so consuming — and one of the joys of Advent at All Saints are the weekly Sunday Evening services offering time and space for the grace of reflection and refreshment with beautiful music and words of hope, joy and encouragement.

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We Are All Touched by Gun Violence

Fourth Annual Community Vigil:  Sunday, December 11

Please join us in remembering the more than 120,000 Americans killed by gun violence since the December 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. Speakers will include Mike Kinman (All Saints Church), Francisco Garcia, Jr. (Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Inglewood), Pastor Kerwin Manning (Pasadena Church) and Erin Dunkerly (Survivor of Loss to Suicide by Firearm).

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Strength for the Journey: A Post-Election Conversation

Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13, 2016:

“We need to look at what it means to stand between the people whom God loves and people who would do them harm. And these are some of the conversations we’re going to have. We’ve got to get prayed up. We’ve got to get studied up. We’ve got to get trained up. And we’re going to do it.”

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Featured Ministry: Racial Justice Ministry (COLORS)

by Johari DeWitt-Rogers
[Racial Justice Ministry member and a primary author of the Racial Justice Resolution]

I guess you could say that fighting for racial justice is in my DNA. I was born and raised in Alabama and my father was very involved in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. In fact, he was a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even as a child, I understood that problems of racism and bigotry do not just solve themselves, people have to act.

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“Shed a Little Light”

The Mastersingers, Troubadours and Trouveres children and youth choirs sing James Taylor’s “Shed a Little Light” on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Sermon from Sunday, November 13

Posting — by popular demand — the video and text from Mike Kinman’s November 13th sermon:

“We will create and guard the spaces where we will feel and where Christ will heal. We will testify to the Gospel of Christ the liberator knowing we have nothing to lose but our chains.”

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