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.”
Sunday, June 19
In the wake of yet-another horrific act of gun violence in our nation we turn to two experts to inform and inspire us in the work of making #EnoughIsEnough not just hashtag but a reality.
It shouldn’t be so hard. I mean, I know her after all. We are friends. Our kids are friends … she feels like family. Yet, I struggle to muster up the courage to ask a simple question. I wonder if the question will damage our relationship. Will it seem as though I don’t trust her? Will I deeply offend her? Will it change things? What if the answer isn’t something I’m prepared to hear … then what will I do? Can we stay friends?
Sharing with permission this litany written by the Reverend Michael Hopkins — long-time friend of All Saints Church — that these words might give shape to our prayers that call us into action to end the scourge of gun violence and heal the disease of homophobia that infects our nation and our world.
Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, June 12, 2016:
“Faith calls us both to take action and to take risks as we step out in faith to be God’s presence in the world.”
Monday, June 13
Our hearts are breaking once again at tragic news of a mass shooting in our nation — this time targeting the LGBT community in Orlando, FL. Join us on Monday, June 13th at 12:10 p.m. in the chapel at All Saints Church for a Eucharist and Prayer Vigil to end the scourge of gun violence in our country and heal the disease of homophobia that infects our human family.
Susan Russell will preside. 12:10 p.m.
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Sunday, June 12
All Saints Church announced today that the Reverend Mike Kinman will be the Tenth Rector of the 133-year-old Pasadena congregation. The official announcement was made at a special Forum on Sunday, June 12, following a unanimous vote by the Vestry on Tuesday, June 7, to confirm Kinman’s nomination by the Rector Search Committee.