And the winner is …

Pasadena has named All Saints Church as “The Best Place of Worship” in the just released “Best of Pasadena 2016” issue of Pasadena Weekly.

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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.”


We Are All Saints: Spotlight on Bob Shull

by Matt Mueller-Curson

An ongoing series spotlighting the amazing individuals who make up the “we” in We Are All Saints.

Parishioners at All Saints love to read. They love words and enjoy savoring them in search of a little extra meaning and contemplative kick — and Bob Shull loves to be the purveyor of words to many in the church. If you’ve been around All Saints for a while you know him by sight.

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Featured Ministry: Accessibility Ministry

For many years I have mainly stayed in my home except to go to doctor’s appointments. So when I was finally able to get out more, one of the first places I wanted to go was to All Saints. I had seen Ed Bacon on Oprah many years ago and it sounded like it might be the place for me. I was very anxious about a lot of things that could go wrong, but I gathered my courage and decided to try anyway.

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Jazz Vespers: Dwight Trible

Sunday, October 16

Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples’ Arkestra.

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Deacons: The Best Kept Secret (in the Church!)

Sunday, October 23

What is a Deacon in the Episcopal Church? Who is a Deacon, and what do they do? And, what is an Archdeacon? Join the Women’s Community for a simple lunch of rice and beans as the Venerable Dr. Joanne Leslie — Archdeacon of the Diocese of Los Angeles — clears up the mystery and answers all of your questions.

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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.”

Procession of the Animals

The Procession of the Animals at All Saints Church on St. Francis Sunday, October 2, 2016.

“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.”