The Episcopal Church community of Standing Rock, North Dakota, issued a call for Episcopalians to stand in solidarity and witness with those protecting water on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation – and in response over three hundred Episcopalians will participate in a witness of prayerful action on Thursday, November 3.
Q. Sometimes during the service the priest says “Please stand if you are able” or “Please be seated.” But there are also times – like during the Eucharistic Prayer before Communion – when the bulletin says “Kneel or Stand.” How do we decide which to do? And why do some folks choose one over the other?
As we near the end of this long, challenging election cycle let us commit to both cast our votes and to raise our prayers for hope and healing in our nation. Join us in the chapel on Tuesday, November 8th at 12:10 p.m. for a Eucharist with special intentions for our nation on Election Day. And reflect on these words from our Presiding Bishop — and these prayers written by our former All Saints colleague Shannon Kelly.
by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”
So wrote Irenaeus of Lyons, a second-century bishop and theologian.
In the 20-some years since I first read those words in a seminary Patristics class, they have captured my heart as a vision for the church … as God’s dream for us all.
How are we about helping all of God’s children come fully alive?
Gene Robinson on Sunday, October 30, 2016:
“All Saints is called to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable; and Mike Kinman is exactly the person to help you do both!”
Gene Robinson in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 30, 2016:
“I just want you to know that I am not always optimistic. But I am always hopeful. Optimism depends on the goodness of people, and hope depends upon the goodness of God.”
Sunday, November 27
As a faith community, we join in the annual observation of World AIDS Day on December 1st — a day when communities across the globe intentionally stop to remember the millions lost to AIDS and to support our neighbors living with HIV today.
Friday, November 11
Last autumn a “sold out” crowd gathered outside the rectory to enjoy fellowship, light hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and to make a commitment to support All Saints Church with a pledge during 2016. On Friday, November 11th we will gather again to enjoy an autumn evening — this year outside the original rectory on the quad lawn at All Saints with inspiring words from our new Rector Mike Kinman.
Sunday, November 13
On the Sunday after Election Day we will gather at 5:00 p.m. for a Contemplative Eucharist with special intentions for hope and healing for our nation. The meditative rhythm of choral and instrumental music combined with the silence and the beauty of the church architecture will offer balm for our polarization and polemic weary souls. The homily is an instrumental piece and the prayers are said silently — with the invitation to light a candle at the altar rail or transept as outward and visible signs of the light we are called to shine in the world.
“The call to forgiveness has consistently been used as a hammer against black and brown people, against people living in poverty, against anyone who comes up on the short side of a power analysis of our society.”
“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Ten.
“God continually calls us out of the old familiar ground to stand on new ground. As we come together at All Saints Church, we will be standing on new ground together.”
“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Nine.