Janine Schenone

Janine Schenone: “Slouching Toward Bethlehem”

 
Janine Schenone on Christmas Day, 2013:

“What would it be like to gaze into the eyes of an infant Jesus, trying to get to know him better? I think that Jesus knows us in and out. I think God knows us thoroughly, but wants to be known by us. And I think what happens when we gaze into Jesus’ eyes is that we start to gain in self-knowledge… We get a sense of who we are and what we could become in Christ…”

Ed Bacon

Ed Bacon: “Radically Inclusive Joy”


Ed Bacon on Christmas Eve, 2013:

“I’ve come to this Christmas in a different place. The One who has many names, the One with a capital “O,” who created this universe, whom I believe became flesh in this humble, poor immigrant baby tonight, is much bigger than a lot of the repetitive dead language that institutional religion has used heretofore. What we need in the world are communities of faith that care more about being a movement of justice and inclusion than being an institution…”

Jon Dephouse

Jon Dephouse: “Kiss the Star”


Jon Dephouse on Christmas Eve, 2013:

“We know that this season, though beautiful and joyous in all of the festive gatherings, for many, resurrects all kinds of pain and turmoil that we would rather not experience again. If you are heavy-hearted tonight for any reason, know this Gospel word that it is into dry and dark places that the light of God has come to shine.”

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Watch: “A Christmas Story for Children”

 
Rev. Ed Bacon and the All Saints Players present “A Christmas Story for Children,” presented at All Saints Church, Pasadena, on Christmas Eve, 2013.

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Susan Russell: “In the Fullness of Time”


Susan Russell on Sunday, Dec. 22, the fourth Sunday of Advent:

“Give thanks for dreams that come true because of dreamers who will not settle for what is, but who keep dreaming of what could be.”

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Watch: Andrew Bacevich, “Breach of Trust”


In the Rector’s Forum on December 15, Andrew Bacevich discussed his book “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” which addresses the growing gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. Bacevich served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and is now a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

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A Video Christmas Card from Ed Bacon

 
All Saints Church wishes you a Peaceful and Merry Christmas.

To give to the mission and ministry of All Saints Church visit us here. And thank you so much, in advance, for your generosity.

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Christina Honchell: “There Is a Crack”

There is a crack, a crack in everything… that’s how the light gets in.      
— Leonard Cohen, Anthem

“Why do you hate the baby Jesus?”

A very nice woman from my Catholic parish raised her hand after my presentation. It wasn’t the sort of question I had hoped for after spending a couple of hours in a crowded parish hall talking about the liturgical year. I thought I had made the point that Christmas was about so much more — that the “walking / talking Jesus” needed to be part of our Christmas Eve celebration, that the passion, the death and resurrection of Jesus were with us that holy night too, as we prayed the Eucharistic prayer. But maybe she was on to something. I really did have a problem with the baby Jesus, or more to the point, with the kind of sentimental Christianity that is more comfortable with a helpless babe than with a grown man talking about how we are called to treat the poor. My favorite image for Christmas in those days was of God crashing into our world, leaving broken pieces and shards of reality, making a mess of our assumptions and comfortable habits.

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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.