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Coming Up in 2014: Save the Dates

February 16:

Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and author of TRAUMA AND GRACE.

Dr. Cornel West, well-known professor and author of RACE MATTERS, DEMOCRACY MATTERS and BROTHER WEST: LIVING AND LOVING OUT LOUD.

February 23:

Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition, and director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

March 4:

Mark Nepo, writer, poet & philosopher.

March 16:

Bryan Stevenson, public-interest lawyer and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

March 23/24:

Marcus Borg, Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he is the author of nineteen books.

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Ed Bacon: “The Deep Journey to Joy”


Ed Bacon on Sunday, Dec. 15, the third Sunday of Advent:

“We must never tire of the really hard word demanded to transform the pervasive culture of violence and pervasive presence of guns in America. We must love our country enough to ensure the safety of our children and all of us.”

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Call-In Day to End Gun Violence

It has been one year since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and we still do not have a federal law that requires any background check before most gun purchases.

We can and must do better. On Friday, December 13, join moral activists from coast to coast and urge your Senators to pass laws to prevent gun violence.

Find out more here.

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Watch: Ruth Messinger, “From Discrimination to Dignity”


Ruth Messinger talks about “Standing with Women, Girls and LGBT People Worldwide” in the ASC Rector’s Forum on Sunday, Dec. 8.

More information:

http://ascideas.org/2013/11/25/ruth-messinger-rectors-forum-dec-8/

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Remember & Recommit: Los Angeles Honors Newtown, Sat. Dec. 14

Join ASC Rector Ed Bacon, Women Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, The Brady Campaign, Organizing for Action, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Ikar plus other gun violence prevention organizations and faith communities in remembering and honoring the lives lost to gun violence in the United States.

In honor of the Newtown Action Alliance’s 26 Acts of Kindness there will be a collection of new children shoes and socks to donate to the needy.

Saturday, December 14, 3:30 pm-6:30 pm
Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Prayer for Nelson Mandela & “Nkosi Sikelel”

Christina Honchell and the Canterbury Choir offer a prayer for Nelson Mandela, and the South African National Anthem (“Nkosi Sikelel”), Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

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One Year after Sandy Hook, Saturday Dec. 14

The Gun Violence Task Force at All Saints Church presents “One Year after Sandy Hook: Remember and Recommit to End Violence,” a program featuring speakers, family friendly activities, and resources for education and action.

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Repairing Christianity’s Damaged Brand

From the Center for American Progress and ThinkProgress.org:

A more inclusive and generous brand of Christianity is increasingly making itself known — a Christianity that goes back to Jesus and threads its way through history. This prophetic, justice-minded Christianity has a proud tradition of standing up for abolition, civil rights, the poor and vulnerable, peace, and equality. It is invitational rather than exclusive, communal rather than individualistic, and compassionate rather than harsh.

The inward nature of this Christianity is fueled by spiritual discipline. It is embodied in community and in striving to live out gospel messages of love and reconciliation so that God’s beloved community can become a reality on this earth.

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Faith in Values: Repairing Christianity’s Damaged Brand

Alternative Christmas Market, Dec. 8

Reclaim the Christmas story on December 8th, 8:00-1:30pm, by participating in an alternative to the consumer frenzy that has overtaken the Christmas season. While enjoying Mama’s Hot Tamales, you can warm your heart by purchasing gifts for your loved ones that also help someone less fortunate.

You can view the catalog here. For our seasoned ACM shoppers, we have posted an English and Spanish shopping list online that you can print, fill out ahead of time, and bring to the market on the 8th.