Bill Cunliffe

Jazz Vespers: Bill Cunliffe’s Big Band, Sunday, Jan. 18.

Bill Cunliffe

Jazz pianist, Grammy Award-winning arranger and our composer-in-residence Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Benny Golson and James Moody.

On Sunday, Jan. 18 Bill will feature his take on J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations and a special new version of “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ed Bacon presides.  Performance held at All Saints in the Church. Childcare provided.

Information = Melissa Hayes, 626.583.2725 or

Rabbi Leonard Beerman: Giant of Justice


All Saints Church joins all who grieve the loss of our rabbi-in-residence Rabbi Leonard Beerman — beloved friend, mentor, and inspiration to so many — who passed away early on December 24th. Beerman was 93 years old and, until his final days, full of the extraordinary energy that left such a deep imprint on those privileged to be in his presence. The funeral celebrating his life was held at Leo Baeck Temple on Sunday, December 28th — and is available online here.

Other tributes included:
The Los Angeles Daily News
The Jewish Journal by David Myers
The Nation
and The Los Angeles Times

May Leonard Beerman’s memory be a blessing to all who knew this giant of justice, love and compassion.

Janine Schenone

Janine Schenone: “Girl, Interrupted (by God)”

Janine Schenone on Sunday, December 21:

“The idea is not for us to become great, but for us to become like Mary: To sing the song ‘My soul magnifies the greatness of God.'”

Ed Bacon

Ed Bacon: “Choose Joy”

Ed Bacon on Sunday, December 14:

“Joy, properly understood is a choice. We choose joy in order to be transformed — in order to transform the world… If we as a people — as a church — can breathe in pain and breathe out relief we WILL change the world.”

Ed Bacon

Ed Bacon: “Hope In Your Heart”

Ed Bacon on Sunday, December 7:

“We have gathered to be reminded of the story of how God deals with sin, injustice, violence and division — and to be given touchstones for how to live in the house of love.”

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 23

by Jenny Tisi

According to the Celtic Advent Calendar, the last 7 days of Advent are a time to reflect on the great “O Antiphons.” “O Come, O Come Emanuel”, the 7th of the “O Antiphons”, is today’s reflection. This being the last day of Advent, a season I didn’t recognize for most of my life, I have thought about how much the season has meant to me since I have come to All Saints. The calendar asks, “How is God with you?”

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Advent Meditation: December 22

Joy As Art and Discipline
by Ed Bacon

I’ve never thought that Joy was a responsibility – a discipline, in fact – that is until this December.

You see, joy has always come easily to me. I love being happy, upbeat, and optimistic; my mother majored in optimism and infected me with in utero. Looking on the sunny side of life gives me pep. Finding hope no matter the conditions of life has the power to change the energy in the room, in a relationship, and in a work or family system. Responding with positivity to bleak circumstances helps one to function more creatively. My great mentor, Rabbi Edwin Friedman, that the opposite of fear, which he understood as living into our uniqueness in leadership and maturity actually improves brain functioning. I must admit, however, that all of this – both by virtue of my personality and the way my parents and mentors shaped me (nature and nurture) has been pretty easy for me.

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Advent Meditation: December 21

Mary’s Song is Our Song
by James Walker

Several colleagues suggested that I share the process of composing Magnificat, recently offered at our Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. While I’m not usually drawn to writing about music (preferring to make music), this seems appropriate as we focus on Mary on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

I have long been attracted to the theology and poetry of “Mary’s Song”, with the rich imagery of Mary’s mystical experience and her profound response to God’s call. In composing this Magnificat in 2008, I set out to create not only a piece which evokes the historical vision of Mary, but to make that call tangible for us today.

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Advent Meditation: December 20

by Francisco Garcia

(Excerpts from Luke 1:26-38)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.

And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.

The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

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Advent Meditation: December 19

by Susan Russell

The daily meditations that arrive in my email inbox from Richard Rohr are always worth reading and usually worth sharing. We are honored as a parish to be the venue for the video presentations of his “Conspiracy for God” conference series (“Season One” available for “Re-Viewing” on January 10th at All Saints) – and his recent reflection on The Incarnation struck me as a great addition to our Advent Meditation Calendar.

“Incarnation” by Richard Rohr

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