Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Additionally, during the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.
Sister Joan Chittister famously said: “We are each called to go through life reclaiming the planet an inch at a time until the Garden of Eden grows green again.” This week we celebrate one of those inches as we mark the first anniversary of the arrival of the Syrian refugee family All Saints was privileged to participate in sponsoring.
The Season of Advent marks the beginning of the new church year and the time of preparation for Christmas. Liturgically it is our antidote to the cultural Christmas frenzy that can be so consuming — and one of the joys of Advent at All Saints are the weekly Sunday Evening services offering time and space for the grace of reflection and refreshment with beautiful music and words of hope, joy and encouragement.
Fourth Annual Community Vigil: Sunday, December 11
Please join us in remembering the more than 120,000 Americans killed by gun violence since the December 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. Speakers will include Mike Kinman (All Saints Church), Francisco Garcia, Jr. (Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Inglewood), Pastor Kerwin Manning (Pasadena Church) and Erin Dunkerly (Survivor of Loss to Suicide by Firearm).
Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13, 2016:
“We need to look at what it means to stand between the people whom God loves and people who would do them harm. And these are some of the conversations we’re going to have. We’ve got to get prayed up. We’ve got to get studied up. We’ve got to get trained up. And we’re going to do it.”
by Johari DeWitt-Rogers
[Racial Justice Ministry member and a primary author of the Racial Justice Resolution]
I guess you could say that fighting for racial justice is in my DNA. I was born and raised in Alabama and my father was very involved in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. In fact, he was a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even as a child, I understood that problems of racism and bigotry do not just solve themselves, people have to act.
The Mastersingers, Troubadours and Trouveres children and youth choirs sing James Taylor’s “Shed a Little Light” on Sunday, November 13, 2016.
Posting — by popular demand — the video and text from Mike Kinman’s November 13th sermon:
“We will create and guard the spaces where we will feel and where Christ will heal. We will testify to the Gospel of Christ the liberator knowing we have nothing to lose but our chains.”
Susan Russell on Wednesday, November 9, 2016:
“Tonight is time to bring all of who we are – our fears and our hopes, our grief and our gratitude, our dreams and our disappointments – to this altar. Tonight is a time to choose love.”
“Becca’s wisdom in this chapter is so simple that it is almost child’s play. If you want your life to be changed, you actually have to be open to being changed.”
“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Fifteen.
“A thistle farmer knows there is no such thing as a disposable person, that there is great beauty and strength in every person.”
“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Fourteen.
Sunday, November 13
Join us on Sunday, November 13 for a special Rector’s Forum as our rector leads us in a conversation about life after the election and how we find strength for the journey ahead.