Gene Robinson and Susan Russell interviewed on the General Convention floor, discussing the marriage equality victory and the future.
Today’s historic ruling means same sex couples will soon have both the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across the country. “This is a momentous win for freedom, for equality, for inclusion and most of all for love,” said All Saints rector Ed Bacon. “All Saints Church has been in the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality and so we celebrate today with deep joy that our country is one step closer to keeping the promise of the pursuit of liberty and justice for all.”
So General Convention is the every-three-year meeting of the Episcopal Church’s national church governance bodies: the House of Deputies (made up of eight deputies — four clergy and four lay — from each of our 110 dioceses) and the House of Bishops (made up — self-explanatorily — of bishops.)
The Charleston Massacre on Wednesday night June 17th took place during “Prayer Meeting.” For me that made a racist, hate-filled, terroristic act even more unthinkable and heinous. It also helps me connect some dots about the radical words of Jesus, the forgiveness that is flowing in Charleston, and our national agenda to uproot white supremacist racism.
by Ed Bacon, Rector of All Saints Church
Our hearts are broken by the unimaginable tragedy that took the lives of nine members of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina — including Senior Minister, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Little Heart — a new play by acclaimed playwright Irene O’Garden — is based on the life of artist Corita Kent and explores her ongoing battle with arch-conservative Cardinal MacIntyre, as well as her private struggles with fellow sisters, students and her own spiritual doubt. The reading stars Amanda Plummer, is directed by John Pielmeier and will be presented on Saturday, July 18th at 2pm in the Forum at All Saints Church.
We are delighted to announce that Diana Butler Bass will be with us on Sunday, December 6th for the Rector’s Forum. In the follow-up to her acclaimed Christianity After Religion, Diana’s new book Grounded examines how people are undergoing a new spiritual awakening—discovering God in new ways as well as shifting the way they understand and practice their faith.
Sunday, July 5th marks the beginning of the exciting annual adventure that is Summer Choir. Continuing through September 6th all tuneful voices are welcome to sing any or all of the Sundays. Simply come to the Choir Room (downstairs in Regas House) promptly at 10:00 a.m. to prepare for the 11:15 a.m. service. Information = Debbie Daniels 626.583.2750 or email@example.com.
It is once again time for what has come to be known as “SCOTUS Watch” – as we await the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling on four pending marriage equality cases. While we do not yet know when their ruling will be announced, we do know it will happen before the end of the month of June. And while we certainly don’t know what that ruling will be, we do know that it will have a direct impact on the lives of same-sex couples in our nation.
One of the stellar sermons preached on Youth Sunday 2015 at All Saints Church: Cameron Henderson on Sunday, June 7.
One of the stellar sermons preached on Youth Sunday 2015 at All Saints Church: Claire Danna on Sunday, June 7.
Rais Bhuiyan in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, June 7.