Benders of the Arc


by Susan Russell

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

All Saints Church has long been in the forefront of bending that arc toward justice in general and for LGBT people in specific. In 1992 when the blessing of the union of Mark Benson and Philip Straw was celebrated we were way out on the leading edge in a church that had no official provisions for such blessings and no protections against LGBT discrimination.

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Denim Day at All Saints Church

DenimDay Meme

For the past 16 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

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“Sing a New Song:” Children’s & Youth Choirs Spring Concert

“Where else can you hear an awesome evening of lullabies, spirituals, Monty Python, Pharrell Williams (with choreography!), treble music with cello, a great band, the Doobie Brothers (I’m serious), gospel, gorgeous standard children’s choir literature, great quotes by amazing people all in one night? You don’t want to miss this!” — Jenny Tisi

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Foster Care Project

Mernie Migacz-Meier

I first learned about the Foster Care Project at a Christmas party in 2013 from a friend in our Covenant One class. Since then whether shopping for school clothes for foster children, giving birthday and Christmas gifts, packing sack lunches or flipping pancakes at a breakfast for homeless youth, coordinating volunteers and mentors at a group home — no matter what the project, program, or idea — I have been able to provide the perspective of a former foster youth.

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Patrisse Cullors — #BlackLivesMatter

The Movement for Human Dignity and Justice in Local and National Context

Our hearts are breaking as the tragic list of names grows: Michael Brown; Kendrec McDade; Eric Garner; Rekia Boyd and now Freddie Gray – a list we know is but the tip of the iceberg of the marginalization and criminalization of black lives in our nation. It seems that we are being called to a new place to talk about a different national narrative about race as new leaders have emerged calling us to action. Patrisse Cullors is one of those leaders.

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Merton’s Centennial Celebrated in Jazz

Join us for a special celebration of the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth, with arrangements of Merton’s poetry from “Cables to the Ace,” created and performed by stellar jazz musicians Open Gate, featuring Dwight Trible on vocals, Alex Cline on percussion, Kio Griffith video, and Will Salmon playing flute and keyboards.

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Healing of Memories Workshop

Fr. Michael Lapsley returns to All Saints Church to offer his Healing of Memories Workshop. You are invited to participate in an experiential process of deep listening, reflecting, creativity, and sharing, led by Lapsley and trained facilitators from the Institute for the Healing of Memories.

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