Lessons & Carols Meditation

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“This is a season that ends with God, the divine self, being so consumed with passion that She cannot help but let go of the very privilege of being God, so that instead She can become God with us, Emmanuel.”

All in the Family: Navigating the Post-Election Holidays

Sally Howard & Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“To be able to say ‘I’m sorry, I’m really uncomfortable with this. And this is why,’ is to set yourself up to be vulnerable — to set yourself up to be ridiculed — but that’s actually the model of Christ — when someone is being put in that situation to say ‘You know what, I am going to reinforce that targeted person’s authority, and I’m going to do it using mine.’ Those situations are scary. But kind of scary is where the church lives.”

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 5

by Mike Kinman

O come, O come, Emmanuel. Advent is about longing. And we know longing. We know it well. From the moment we are born, we long to be touched, we long to be held. From our first cry, we long to be understood.

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Report from Diocesan Convention 2016

The 121st Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles was held December 2/3 at the Ontario Convention Center. In addition to the usual business of convention — budgets, reports, resolutions and elections of diocesan officers — this year we also elected Deputies to the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church AND a Bishop Coadjutor to succeed Diocesan Bishop Jon Bruno who will retire at the end of 2017. It was — to say the least — a full agenda.

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“Turn and Receive New Life”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“John isn’t saying ‘be ashamed: the end is near.’ John is saying ‘change your life: the beginning is near. Turn and receive new life!'”

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 4

by Jenny Tisi

During the summer, I get to do my second most favorite part of my job: I get to sit for hours and choose music for the next choir season. One of the anthems that I  picked for January is called “Angels Unaware.” Although the title has its roots in my most favorite Bible verse, Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares,” the words to the song clearly state who these strangers are. The strangers are identified as our homeless brothers and sisters.

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Advent Meditation: December 3

by Mike Kinman

“But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.” (Luke 1:20) Probably my favorite minor character of Advent is Zechariah.

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Advent Meditation: December 2

by James Walker

As I write this short reflection on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, I find myself in a place of deep gratitude for this season of expectant waiting and hopeful contemplation. Even at this very moment, as I returned from my favorite lunch place where the restaurant staff was removing pumpkins and replacing them with baby Christmas trees and reindeer, I have once again made the conscious decision to not surrender. Advent, yes!

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The Fight for Reproductive Justice

Amy Brenneman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 27, 2016, sharing the story of how her faith has informed her commitment to stand for women’s reproductive freedom.

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Advent Meditation: December 1

by Antonio Gallardo

Every time that the Advent season starts I can’t avoid thinking about this time of the year while I was growing up in Venezuela. On a day like today –December 1st — all the traditions to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s started.  Every house got a new coat of paint, decorations were all over the city on houses, streets, and buildings. 

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