Take Action! Stand Up for a Living Wage

The Economic Justice Working Group and Nonviolence invites you to a half-day topical training on the issue of challenging wage and income inequality in support of a living wage. This issue emerged as the top area of initial interest among participants in our March plenary session.

Come to this participatory training and get grounded, versed, and equipped for action, in community. This will be the first of a series of trainings on this issue, as we build our commitment and capacity to create a more just economy for all!

Saturday, June 14, 9 AM – 1 PM in the Learning Center

All the details can be found in this flyer, which you can download.

Go here to register online.

Please spread the word!

Dwight Trible

Jazz Vespers: Dwight Trible

Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples’ Arkestra.

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ASC Master Plan Approved by Pasadena Design Commission

From Rector Ed Bacon:

tid197_capcamlogoblast_42556622_f760_99bb_u1On Tuesday, May 13, we received final approval for the design of our Master Plan from Pasadena’s Design Commission. A vote of 6-0, with one abstention, gave a green light to proceed to the implementation phase of our building project. It is a moment to rejoice and be glad in!

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Ed Bacon

Ed Bacon: “Life Really Can Get Better and Better!”

Ed Bacon preaching on Sunday, May 11:

“The call of life and the key to abundant life is to let this Love, this Belovedness, this grace-filled resonance be our home base, our emotional and spiritual headquarters as a way of keeping us receptive not reactive. This resonance with God, with our self, and with others is our center. This is what is meant for us.”

Richard Rohr

Conspire@ASC: Richard Rohr’s “A Conspiracy for God”

A conspiracy of hope and transformation for God’s glory.

All Saints Church is honored to partner with the Center for Action and Contemplation in a pioneering event on June 8 & 9 to launch the Conspire Community — using video teachings by renowned spiritual teacher Richard Rohr, exclusively available at All Saints Church, followed by dialogue with Rector Ed Bacon.

Sign up for the event here.

Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview.

Richard Rohr offers this principle as a foundation for authentic knowing. He teaches that each leg of the stool — sacred text, individual experience, and faith tradition is vital to holistic and reality-based thinking about God and our world; if imbalanced, the stool collapses and our worldview is necessarily biased and partial. Fr. Richard calls this knowledge base the force field of the Holy Spirit — an ever-evolving yet eternally true understanding of God, timeless yet relevant to our specific place and moment in the universe, always bringing us to union with Love.

Take a look at the video previews here.

Calendar for the entire Conspire weekend:

Sunday, June 8:

Richard Rohr video presentation in the Rector’s Forum at 10:15 a.m.: “A Conspiracy for God” (Sunday AM Rector’s Forum is free.)
Richard Rohr’s video presentation: “Rediscovering the Contemplative Mind,” 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Monday, June 9:

Richard Rohr’s Video Presentation: “The Force Field of the Holy Spirit,” 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

$10 for any and all of the Conspire Event (Sunday AM is free).  You can sign up and pay online or register on the church lawn any Sunday morning.

Childcare will be provided for the Conspire weekend. Please call 626.583.2781 before Friday, June 6, to reserve a space for your child.


Youth Sunday coming up, June 1st!

How All Saints Rector Ed Bacon spent this afternoon: Doing Bible study with seniors preparing for their Youth Sunday sermons on June 1st. Mark your calendars now!


Healing of Memories Workshop at ASC, May 30 – June 1

We are all in need of healing, because of what we have done, what we have failed to do, and what has been done to us.

You are warmly invited to participate in an experiential process of deep listening, reflecting, creativity and sharing led by Father Michael Lapsley and other facilitators from the Institute for the Healing of Memories.  In sharing our unique stories, participants will be enabled to move towards emotional healing and grace.

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Susan Russell

What Gene Robinson’s Divorce Teaches Us About Marriage

Susan Russell recently addressed the impending divorce of Bishop Gene Robinson and his husband Mark Andrew.

Does Gene and Mark’s divorce “undermine the case for marriage equality?”

No. On the contrary, I think it strengthens it. I think it helps make the point those of us advocating for marriage equality for same-sex couples have been making for many years. And that is simply that our marriages are equal. They are equally blessed and equally challenging. They are equally full of joy and equally full of disappointment. We equally love and cherish each other and we equally hurt and misunderstand each other. And, when a marriage fails, we are equally sad, scared and heartbroken. Just as the values that make up a marriage transcend the gender of the couple in the marriage, so do the challenges. And because all of our marriages are — for better or for worse — equal, they deserve equal protection under the law.

Read the whole article on the Huffington Post.

“Faith into Action”

ASC’s Peace and Justice Ministries, along with the Office of Creative Connections, have just published the new edition of the newsletter “Faith into Action,” with stories about Homeboy’s Father Greg Boyle, transformational journeys to El Salvador and China, among others.

You can download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

Ed Bacon

Ed Bacon: “When Your Heart Beats Fast”

Ed Bacon on Sunday, May 4:

“The God that fails is the God who hates, who punishes, who creates more violence. The God who prevails, the Easter God is the God who transforms. Damaged people damage people. Transformed people transform people. All pain that is not transformed is transmitted. That is what God knows to be true.”

Charlie Rahilly

Wealth and Inequality in America, Sunday, May 4, 10:15 AM

“Connecting the Economic Justice Dots”

Ed Bacon and Charlie Rahilly discuss the influential work of economist Thomas Piketty in a multi-media Rector’s Forum focused on the intersection between cutting edge economic theory and the social justice imperative. Piketty, a French economist has written a new book “Capital in the 21st Century” — a runaway, off the charts, sold-out-at-Amazon best seller which Paul Krugman believes “has transformed our economic discourse; we’ll never talk about wealth and inequality the same way we used to.”

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