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“The Adaptive Challenge of Love”

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

I’m noticing that the whole conversation about praying for our president-elect (including our little piece of it at All Saints Church) has attracted considerable energy. While a passionate conversation about prayer could be a wonderful thing – it feels like something more is going on.

Maybe it’s just because we are in one of the eyes of this particular hurricane, but it feels like there is a special intensity to this conversation on all sides – and that always makes me wonder what that’s about. Makes me wonder if something else is going on here that isn’t about prayer or pastoral care – two topics that I would hope people of faith could disagree about in good faith.

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Dreams Deferred: The Movement for Black Lives Today

Delonte Gholston, Jasmine Abdullah, Andre Henry and Jeanelle Austin in the Rector’s Forum on MLK, Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2017:

“Leadership looks different in this movement. We have a lot of decentralized movements and that is a strength of ours, I believe. And so if you’re waiting for a Dr. King or a Malcolm X that you can jump behind, you’re waiting too long. You’re letting the moment pass you. We don’t have Dr. Kings and Malcolm Xs.”

“For Just Such a Time as This”

Delonte Gholston On MLK Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2017:

“Esther was a sister who knew what time it was: not a time for apathy or complacency, but a time to stand.”

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A Word From the Rector

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

There has been a lot of conversation about praying for the president-elect. That’s good. Conversation is good. Conversation about the purpose of prayer is fantastic. I hope it draws us into a deeper consideration of the role of prayer in our lives and common life.

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A Weekend of Prayer & Sacred Resistance

January 20-22, 2017

At All Saints Church we will enter this new era in our nation’s history with prayers for our country and a recommitment to sacred resistance. We will stand in resistance to the systemic evils that oppress and marginalize any member of our human family – including but not limited to racism, sexism, nativism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Grounded in our baptismal promises, our resistance to public policies that perpetuate those evils is how we put our faith into action in the world.

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Women’s March/LA: Calling All Episcopalians

On Saturday, January 21st women and men committed to the shared values of love, justice and compassion will take to the streets in a nationwide demonstration of solidarity and sacred resistance — and All Saints is proud that The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is organizing to be part of that witness. From the Facebook Event:

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Stories from the Undocumented in Our Community

Pablo Alvarado and the National Day Laborer Network in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 8, 2017:

“The uncertainties you face as a day worker are so many. First of all you don’t know if you’re going to get a day of work. You don’t know if you’re going to get paid for the work you’re going to do. You don’t know if you’re going to have an injury at the workplace and if you’re going to receive the proper medical care. You don’t know if white supremacist individuals and organizations are going to come and harass you…”

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We Are All Saints: Spotlight on Lorenzo Bacani

by Matt Mueller-Curson

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the youth of All Saints Church embody the spirit of this parish with enthusiasm and dedication. And it would be hard to get any more involved at All Saints than high school junior Lorenzo Bacani. Acolyte, chorister, Vestry member – Lorenzo has done it all.

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We Pray For Our Leaders

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

As Episcopalians, we pray for our leaders. It’s one of those things we do.

We pray for our leaders because they are human beings, made in God’s image, and beloved by God. We pray for our leaders because leadership is important – because it is a sacred trust, power to be exercised for the common good despite all temptation to the otherwise.We pray for our leaders regardless of whether or not we like or agree with them. Our prayers are neither endorsement nor censure. Our prayers ask God to guard and guide, to bring out in our leaders what we hope God brings out in us all – the image of God that dwells in each one of us.

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Stories from the Undocumented in Our Community

Sunday, January 8 | 10:15 a.m.

“You are my Own, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” Words that sweep us off our feet. Words our hearts long to hear. Words of adoration and joy. This Sunday, we hear God saying these words to Jesus in his baptism and we realize these words from God are for us, too. Each of us. All of us. The voice of God’s Spirit reminds us that no matter how unworthy we might consider ourselves, God delights in us. The voice of God’s Spirit reminds us that no matter how rejected or persecuted a person is, God delights in them.

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Revisiting Manzanar

Sunday, January 8 | 5-7:30 p.m.

Please join the Interfaith Study Group for a very special evening with guest speakers Shizuko Akasaki and Bill Shishima who will share their family’s stories of sudden removal from business and homes to detention camps 75 years ago at the beginning of World War II. Come learn from their history as we prepare to enter an uncertain future for our neighbors who are immigrants in this nation.

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