Love Free or Die

Love Free or Die

To prepare for Bishop Gene Robinson‘s visit to ASC on Sunday 9/22, you might want to watch the 2011 documentary LOVE FREE OR DIE, which details his history-making work to help LGBT people receive full acceptance in the Episcopal Church.

You can rent or purchase the film from a number of digital services, including iTunes, Amazon and Vudu.  More details here.

You can watch an excerpt from the film at Groundswell-Movement.org.

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St. Francis Day at All Saints, 9/29

Bring your pets to church for a blessing!

9:00 AM, Sunday, Sept. 29.  Bring your pets, photos of your pets, or even stuffed animals. All pets are invited to walk through the Church and then adjourn to the outdoor worship service on the quad lawn for our annual celebration of St. Francis Day, which, of course, includes a blessing of the animals.

Please arrive no later than 8:45 AM if you would like to participate in the procession.

Ministry Celebration

Celebration of Ministries, 9/22

Traditionally observed on the week after Homecoming Sunday, Celebration of Ministries Sunday is a festive celebration of the various ministries and programs that make up the work and witness of All Saints Church. The centerpiece of the day is a lively assortment of tables on the church lawn, where each ministry offers colorful displays publicizing their work while recruiting new members.

The various ministry banners are also part of the opening processions at the 9 AM and 11:15 AM services.

ENDA

Call-in-day for passage of the ENDA

Now that Congress is back in session, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is poised to move to the Senate floor this fall. I hope you’ll join us in mobilizing an outpouring of support for this common-sense, national workplace protection law for our LGBT community.

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Homecoming

Homecoming Sunday, 9/15, with Ed Bacon

Sunday, September 15, marks Homecoming at All Saints Church, the kickoff of the 2013/2014 program year and the return of Ed Bacon to the pulpit.  He will speak on “We Can Find Our Way” at the 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 services.

There will be friends, food trucks, games, a dunking booth, and, perhaps, squirt guns.

Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson at ASC 9/22/13

Known for being the first openly gay priest to be elected as a Bishop in 2003, Gene Robinson is also known as an impassioned spiritual leader and effective community builder. The Bishop is a longtime friend of All Saints Pasadena — he last visited almost a year ago to discuss his latest book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk on Gay Marriage.

Gene Robinson retired this year from his ten-year tenure as Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, although a Bishop is designated for life. Since then, he’s been active as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

We’re delighted to welcome him back on Sept. 22 to preach, both at the 9 AM and 11:15 AM services, and as the speaker in the Rector’s Forum at 10:15.