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Going Local

January 31

“When they go low, we go local” was a rallying chant at the Pasadena Women’s Rally last Saturday. It is a good reminder that while we may sometimes feel overwhelmed in dealing with national issues, we can still make a great deal of difference at the local level. Affordable Housing is one of those issues that can have some local solutions.

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We Stand Together

In response to the onslaught of “Breaking News” from Washington during the first five days of the new presidential administration, All Saints Rector Mike Kinman issued the following statement:

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This week feels like night. And God is a night owl.

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

There is an element of the first days of the Trump administration that is like “Shock and Awe.” It is not just the depth of the threat and the damage being done to vulnerable individuals (ACA rollback, global gag rule), peoples (DAPL), the planet itself (Keystone pipeline, and silencing of the EPA and NPS), and the trust which is the foundation of the contract between a government and its people (the Orwellian normalization of lying in the face of clearly contradictory facts) … it is the rapid pace with which these actions are being unleashed.

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Muslim & Interfaith Solidarity Event

January 26 | 6:30 p.m.

All Saints is honored to join Congresswoman Judy Chu, community leaders and interfaith organizations to demonstrate our support for inclusion, diversity and solidarity with Muslim Americans. Speakers will include All Saints staffer Susan Russell. 

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Intersectional Resistance: Reproductive Justice

Sheri Bonner and Susan Russell in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 22, 2017:

“Abortion rates are lower than they’ve ever been. That’s a story we need to tell, too. The reason so many fewer woman are having abortions is because they have access to birth control… If you really want fewer abortions, then Planned Parenthood is the way we get there.”

“The Call to Sacred Resistance”

Susan Russell on Sunday, January 22, 2017:

“As we hear again the familiar story of Jesus’ call to the first disciples we hear him calling us into the good trouble of sacred resistance.”

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Intersectional Resistance: Reproductive Justice

Sunday, January 22

Reconciliation is holy work. Resistance is too. When the agendas of the president-elect and the new Congress scapegoat people of color and Muslims, deprive our fellow citizens of control over their lives, desecrate God’s creation or enrich the wealthy at the expense of the poor, we must oppose them. This is not a partisan political statement; it is a confession of faith.”
— The Reverend Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies

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“The Adaptive Challenge of Love”

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

I’m noticing that the whole conversation about praying for our president-elect (including our little piece of it at All Saints Church) has attracted considerable energy. While a passionate conversation about prayer could be a wonderful thing – it feels like something more is going on.

Maybe it’s just because we are in one of the eyes of this particular hurricane, but it feels like there is a special intensity to this conversation on all sides – and that always makes me wonder what that’s about. Makes me wonder if something else is going on here that isn’t about prayer or pastoral care – two topics that I would hope people of faith could disagree about in good faith.

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Dreams Deferred: The Movement for Black Lives Today

Delonte Gholston, Jasmine Abdullah, Andre Henry and Jeanelle Austin in the Rector’s Forum on MLK, Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2017:

“Leadership looks different in this movement. We have a lot of decentralized movements and that is a strength of ours, I believe. And so if you’re waiting for a Dr. King or a Malcolm X that you can jump behind, you’re waiting too long. You’re letting the moment pass you. We don’t have Dr. Kings and Malcolm Xs.”

“For Just Such a Time as This”

Delonte Gholston On MLK Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2017:

“Esther was a sister who knew what time it was: not a time for apathy or complacency, but a time to stand.”

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A Word From the Rector

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

There has been a lot of conversation about praying for the president-elect. That’s good. Conversation is good. Conversation about the purpose of prayer is fantastic. I hope it draws us into a deeper consideration of the role of prayer in our lives and common life.

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A Weekend of Prayer & Sacred Resistance

January 20-22, 2017

At All Saints Church we will enter this new era in our nation’s history with prayers for our country and a recommitment to sacred resistance. We will stand in resistance to the systemic evils that oppress and marginalize any member of our human family – including but not limited to racism, sexism, nativism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Grounded in our baptismal promises, our resistance to public policies that perpetuate those evils is how we put our faith into action in the world.

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