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Gnaw On This: The Third Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday — the Third Sunday in Lent — with some notes and more “food for thought.”

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Lenten Meditation: Day Ten

Jesus was a revolutionary zealot. This truth might have been nearly lost to history, but it is re-emerging with greater frequency and deep ferocity. As intersectional revolutionary movements of liberation spring up throughout our nation and around the world, we are meeting once again the historical Jesus who was convicted of sedition and executed by the state. And we are realizing he has a claim on our life that is deeply entwined with liberation and justice for all.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Nine

As we prepare to celebrate Easter on April 16 this year, it is very probable that we are already starting to think about how to celebrate that special day. For sure that a big part of the celebration includes a meal, and getting together with friends and family. Some people even go all the way to wear that special Easter outfit, decorate their homes, etc.

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Promoting Gun Safety while Protecting Gun Rights

Rector’s Forum, Sunday March 19

Join us in the Forum at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 19 to learn more about the Firearms Accountability Counsel Task Force (FACT), a major new national coalition of law firms & gun control advocates aimed at using legal strategies to both prevent and reduce gun violence in America — a bright and welcome ray of hope at any time and especially now, when our nation is on the brink of a future with cause for real concern in many important areas.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Eight

My Lenten book group is reading the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality.” In Latin, the Official title is: Laudoto Si, mi’ Signore – a quote from his chosen namesake that translates to “Praise be to you my Lord.” I must confess that if I were writing a book on this topic, its title would be more along the lines of “Oh my God! What now?!” or “Dear Lord, we’re all doomed!”

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Faith in Action: Sunday, March 12

At All Saints Church each week we put our faith into action. This week we write to our Senators and Representatives to express our opposition to the President’s recent, revised executive order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” — also referred to as the “Muslim Ban 2.0.”

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Featured Ministry: Healing Partners

“What’s your name for the Divine Presence?” It’s one of the first questions we ask as we embark on a Healing Partners session with our clients. Even though we are rooted in the Anglican tradition and model the healing ministry of Jesus, the women who created The Pilgrimage Process — which is the basis for Healing Partners here at All Saints — wanted to make sure that anyone who came for a healing felt comfortable. Because words can have power over people.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Seven

This Lent we have chosen to offer our daily reflections through the lens of a Lenten discipline of sacred resistance. Today — International Women’s Day — we are putting our reflection into a day of action in support of A Day Without A Woman — a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Six

“Remember that you are stardust and to stardust you shall return” was the quote over this picture when it appeared on my Facebook feed …

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All Saints Stands With Planned Parenthood

In response to the House bill blocking patients from receiving care at Planned Parenthood — a direct assault on the health and rights of millions – the Reverend Mike Kinman issued the following statement:

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Conscientious Projector: Not Business As Usual

Thursday, March 9  |  7:00 p.m.

When most people hear the term “bottom line,” they usually–and understandably given how capitalism has been defined over time–think strictly in terms of profit and loss. Benefit (or harm) to society has rarely been seen as part of the equation. But as inequality of wealth and ecological devastation have grown at unprecedented levels in recent decades, a movement has emerged to promote what has become known as the “triple bottom line,” or “People, Planet, Profit,” including the social and environmental components of economy in addition to monetary gain.

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Healing for Action: Impact

Immigration advocate Marshall Fitz recently termed the recent onslaught of executive orders a “shock-and-awe campaign of repressing human rights.” The intersectionality of racist, misogynist, and xenophobic trauma of the current political surround has left many in our community and in our nation, angry, afraid, and overwhelmed. Here are just a few examples of the impact on members of our wider community.

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