Christmas

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…”

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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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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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Alternative Christmas Market, Dec. 8

Reclaim the Christmas story on December 8th, 8:00-1:30pm, by participating in an alternative to the consumer frenzy that has overtaken the Christmas season. While enjoying Mama’s Hot Tamales, you can warm your heart by purchasing gifts for your loved ones that also help someone less fortunate.

You can view the catalog here. For our seasoned ACM shoppers, we have posted an English and Spanish shopping list online that you can print, fill out ahead of time, and bring to the market on the 8th.

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Film: “XMAS WITHOUT CHINA,” Thurs. Nov. 14

As Thanksgiving draws near along with the Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season, Conscientious Projector offers a new documentary by local filmmakers who ask us to reconsider our gift-giving choices and their impact on our economy, both local and global.  XMAS WITHOUT CHINA will screen on Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts.  Director and All Saints member Alicia Dwyer’s captivating film follows young Chinese immigrant Tom Xia, who challenges his Arcadia, CA neighbors to refrain from purchasing gifts or products made in China.  The result is an examination of the American Dream and international relations that is both serious-minded and light-hearted.

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