Today’s Lenten Meditation comes to us from Don and Lorna Miller.
A Message from Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church
On Wednesday, March 8 – International Women’s Day – the organizers of the Women’s March are calling for “A Day Without A Woman” – to highlight how crucial women are to the US and global economies and to all of our common life. Women are being invited to refrain from paid and unpaid work, and men are being asked to lean into the experience and better appreciate the labor provided by women in the workplace (as well as to advocate for equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women).
The canons of the Episcopal Church require that every parish hold an Annual Meeting — and All Saints, Pasadena held ours this year in two parts: on February 19 and March 5. We elected new vestry members and delegates to Diocesan Convention, received financial reports and heard from our Senior Warden and Rector. And we received the 2016 Annual Report of the work of the church … for the first time ever in a video … rather than print … format.
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 Sunday with some notes and more “food for thought.”
I have a “to do” list that is filled with all sorts of things, as I am sure you do, too. And the truth is, no matter how many closets, cabinets, drawers, and sheds that I organize and clean — and no matter how many protests I attend or phone calls I make to be part of the sacred resistance … the knot that I have in my stomach is still going to be there. What knot? The one that has been growing in my stomach for the past several months, or if I really wanted to be honest with myself, it has been there for a very long time.
Giving up something for Lent is one time honored choice for a spiritual discipline during the forty day journey to Easter. So is taking something on. This year I’ve decided to take on rather than give up … and here’s a reprise of the Huffington Post piece I wrote explaining how I made that choice.
A Personal Story
by Judith Carter
If not me, then who? If not now, then when? Those were the two questions on my mind on the February 2013 evening after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School when nearly one hundred gathered at All Saints to talk about what to do about the proliferation of gun violence in our country. Jack Scott moved us all when he spoke about the accidental shooting of his son. Others around the room shared a variety of experiences with gun violence. I raised my hand half hoping that time would run out before I was recognized.
The Reverend Mike Kinman has been with us since November 1, 2016 when he arrived from St. Louis to begin his tenure as the 10th Rector of All Saints Church. And on Monday, February 27th we threw the liturgical party celebrating that new chapter in our history.
March 11 & March 18
by Christina Honchell
The first time I heard the word “Tonglen” was in an Ed Bacon sermon, and when he described it, I almost fell out of my chair. My first thought was “he must have this wrong.” My second thought was, “oh goodness, I’ve been doing this wrong all my life.”