In a culture where accessibility to food is so easy and the options are so delicious, how many people would choose to fast for 30 hours? With homework, sports, music, friends and family, who has the time and energy to participate in the hard practice of fasting? Over the past 10 years the youth of All Saints have participated in an annual 30 Hour Fast, which happens every February in solidarity with different causes around food justice.
The All Saints New Member Class is for folks from other faith traditions, from no faith tradition, and for lifelong Episcopalians. Offered three times a year, the eight week class includes staff presentations and the opportunity to meet in small groups with other newcomers. You’ll learn more about yourself and All Saints Church to help you decide if membership is a good fit for you.
February 13-15. 2015
We return to the beautiful hills of Angelus Mountain Center for a weekend filled renewal, learning and galactic fun! Our theme comes on the verge of Lent: “Remember You Are Stardust.” Ponder the mystery that we all began from the death of a star billions of years ago and experience the awe that is inspired by looking at the world through the lenses of both science and spirituality.
All Saints Church is honored to be part of the growing coalition of community partners leading the push for economic justice for Pasadena workers.
According to Francisco Garcia, All Saints’ Director of Peace & Justice, “A recent report in the Pasadena Weekly indicates that Pasadena is one of the most unequal cities in the state of California when it comes to the income gap between the rich and the poor — with over 22,000 of the nearly 70,000 employed Pasadena residents earning less than $15 per hour.”
Don’t miss this chance to see SELMA — the Oscar nominated film telling the story of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march and the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King (along with many others) to secure the right to vote. The unique opportunity to watch the film in community — followed by a panel discussion — is being sponsored by All Saints in collaboration with FAME (First African Methodist Episcopal) and other community partners.
ArcLight Pasadena | Saturday, January 31 | 10:00 a.m.
We received with deep sadness the news of the loss of Marcus Borg, who died January 21st after a long illness.
Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a leading biblical and Jesus scholar, Dr. Borg was in the forefront of the movement calling the church to reclaim the Christianity of Jesus by putting its faith in action in the world. He wrote: “Jesus was (and is) not about endorsing the rule of domination systems that privilege the wealthy and powerful. Jesus was (and is) about God’s passion for a very different kind of world.”
A long-time friend of All Saints Church, his 2013 presentation at our Lent Event: “Why Jesus Matters” [posted below] — included:
“Jesus matters for Christians because he was for us the decisive disclosure of God.”
“The notion of Jesus’ death as a substitute for our sins was not found in the first 1000 years of Christianity.”
May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
We are delighted to welcome back our long time friend and “film critic in residence” Kenneth Turan for his annual pre-Oscar visit to the Rector’s Forum at All Saints Church. Join us for an energetic and entertaining conversation on film in general and the Oscars in specific. Sunday, February 1st at 10:15 a.m. in the Forum.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Sunday, January 18, 2015, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, All Saints Episcopal Church Pasadena, and the Peace & Justice Academy, will host a Candlelight Vigil for Peace & Justice. The vigil is open to all who wish to participate and will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside All Saints Church, at 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101.
As we continue to grapple as a nation with racial injustice, poverty, and violence in our communities, we remember that Dr. King stood against injustice in all its forms and sought to build the beloved community through nonviolent resistance. Remembering Martin Luther King’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” All Saints and the Peace & Justice Academy hope to send a message of justice and reconciliation through loving action.
Join us for an extraordinary set of offerings celebrating the prophetic work and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. No matter who you are or where you find yourself on the journey, there is something for you here at All Saints Church on MLK weekend — as we host a community art festival, welcome powerful preacher and activist Bishop Rob Wright from Atlanta, stage an exhibit of historic photographs from the Civil Rights Era, screen a “must see” documentary on the life of Dr. King and conclude with Jazz Vespers and the debut of Bill Cunliffe’s arrangement of “We Shall Overcome.”
“God does not belong to any religion. All religions belong to God.” — Dr. Maher Hathout
Sad news from our friends at MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council): “Last night, the world lost a pioneer, visionary and a leader of the American Muslim community. Dr. Maher Hathout (1936-2015) was a leader for Islam and for humanity, a voice for the voiceless, a patriot, a poet, a physician, a friend and a family man. He made an indelible impression on everyone he met.”
All Saints Church joins all those across our interfaith family mourning the passing of this true giant of peace, justice and interfaith solidarity.
For more information on the work and witness of Dr. Hathout visit the MPAC blogsite. And as we pray for comfort for his family and community in their grief, may we continue to be inspired by his commitment to “the God who belongs to no religion” to live our lives in alignment with God’s values of love, justice and compassion.
View Dr. Hathout’s 2011 sermon at All Saints Church here.
View a video of the memorial service held on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Saturday, January 10 for Dr. Hathout here.