On Wednesday, June 29th All Saints was honored to serve as the venue for Congresswoman Judy Chu’s National Day of Action on Gun Violence Event. It was an evening of both education and inspiration with presentations from community and faith leaders — including All Saintsers Jack Scott, Julianne Hines, Sandy Padgett and Susan Russell.
“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” The answer to this question from our Baptismal Covenant is “We will with God’s help.” One way we live out that commitment as a congregation is for the Vestry (the governing Board) to take official stands on issues of justice and peace and in support of the dignity of every human being. We do that through the process of adopting a resolution. One of those resolutions — adopted in 2013 — concerns Gun Violence Prevention.
The Future of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.
Thomas Saenz in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, June 26, 2016:
“This is an odd way of commemorating our upcoming Independence Day — to not do your job. This is an epidemic that does not begin or end with the Supreme Court, it is an epidemic that threatens to bring all of our government to a grinding halt.”
Sally Howard on Sunday, June 16, 2016:
“Jesus was determined to dismantle all that stands against love. Nothing can contain this unbridled spirit of love — and the empire powers feel its threat.”
Wednesday, June 29
Last week, All Saints applauded the witness of those who staged a sit-in on the House Floor and demanded that Speaker Paul Ryan allow for common sense gun control legislation to get a vote. Wednesday, June 29 has now been declared a National Day of Action on Gun Violence — and All Saints is honored to be the venue for SPEAK OUT: Enough is Enough — hosted by Congresswoman Judy Chu.
Summer is a time to take a break from our usual routine; a time for renewal of body, mind and spirit. Summer is also a great time to try new ways of being in community with each other! With that in mind, here’s a list of Summer Fun events to add to your calendar. Friends from All Saints will be on the lookout to welcome you to any and all of these events.
The Supreme Court and Immigration Relief Programs: The Future of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.
Sunday, June 26
The June 23rd split decision by the Supreme Court — failing to act on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and leaving in place a lower court ruling pending further litigation — once again highlights the desperate need for comprehensive immigration reform in our nation. And there is no one better to unpack the implications of today’s ruling – along with the wider issues of immigration reform – than our Forum speaker this Sunday: MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund) President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz.
All Saints Church in Pasadena applauds the actions of those sitting in on the floor of Congress today to protest the lack of congressional action on sensible legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our nation. We salute Representative John Lewis for refusing to let the critical work of sensible gun legislation be hijacked by partisan politics and leading his colleagues into the “good trouble” of sitting down in order to stand up for congressional action. And we recommit the energy of All Saints Church and the work of our Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to both pray and act to end gun violence in our nation.
Sunday, July 3
“We are your shield. The Muslim community stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBTQ community. We are one, we are all part of one humanity, and we will defend each other — we will work together.” Salam Al-Marayati — President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council — spoke these words at the Interfaith Vigil on the steps of the Islamic Center of Southern California on June 13th — the day after he tragic shootings in Orlando.
Understanding the Plague of Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
Huey Merchant and Jack Scott in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, June 19, 2016:
“This is a public health problem. Can you imagine if over 30,000 deaths were occurring every year for some other cause that we wouldn’t do something about it? Suppose there were an airplane crash every day that took 88 lives. Would we simply shrug our shoulders and say that we can’t do anything about it?
Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, June 19, 2016:
“Surround us with your love as we face not only the ongoing challenge and tragedy of gun violence, but the fresh grief of the tragic shooting in Orlando.”
Susan Russell on Sunday, June 19, 2016:
“Casting out the demons of gunphilia and homophobia from the Body of Christ and the Body Politic.”