Every three years the Episcopal Church meets for its General Convention — nine days of liturgy, legislation and shopping all under one big roof. This year we met in Salt Lake City — June 25-July 3 — and actions included electing the first ever African-American Presiding Bishop, a massive march to end gun violence and legislation ranging from approving marriage equality to divesting from fossil fuels to revising the prayer book.
Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, June 21:
“I could rant about the evils of racism and hate, but I am not. Rather, I want to talk about hope and the fiercely transforming power of grace.”
Prayers for the victims of gun violence at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina, and the singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at All Saints Church, Pasadena, Sunday, June 21, 2015
by Ed Bacon, Rector of All Saints Church
Our hearts are broken by the unimaginable tragedy that took the lives of nine members of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina — including Senior Minister, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Leading Gun Violence Prevention to Protect Children and Our Neighborhoods
Following our prophetic call, we seek to embody the inclusive love of God in Christ through Spirituality, Community, and Peace & Justice.
The Vision Statement of All Saints Church clearly calls us to faithful action on peace and justice issues in community. Within this vision, one of our core values is a commitment to be world-focused: Our personal journeys of faith are informed by and made accountable to the world’s deep needs when we are dispersed throughout this multicultural region for courageous and risk-filled work of peace and justice. [From All Saints Church Vision Statement: Foundational Values]
by Francisco Garcia, Director of Peace & Justice; All Saints Church, Pasadena
Our hearts are breaking as we deeply lament the killing of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha — three young students and bright lives of promise ended abruptly and brutally this week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We stand with the Arab and Muslim community in Chapel Hill and across the country as they mourn and pray for peace, healing, and compassion. And we join those calling for justice, accountability and the investigation of this hateful crime as a possible hate crime.
2nd Annual Community Vigil
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 5:30-6:30 PM
Pasadena City Hall, West Steps
100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena
Sponsored By: The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force at All Saints Church
To remember those whose lives were lost in Newtown, CT, the 32,000 lives lost each year in this country from gun violence, and all whose lives have been impacted by gun violence.
To recommit to preventing the epidemic of gun violence and its devastating impact on individuals, families, and the community.
The ASK Campaign, Asking Saves Kids, encourages parents and others with children in their care to ask whether there is an unloaded gun in a home where children go to play or visit.
Each day in this country, 9 children are injured or killed in unintentional shootings. Some of this occur when a child has access to a loaded gun. Every gun that ends up in the hands of a child first goes through the hands of an adult.
In the Sunday, Feb. 2 Rector’s Forum, Father Greg Boyle discusses gangs, violence, incarceration and economic justice.
It has been one year since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and we still do not have a federal law that requires any background check before most gun purchases.
We can and must do better. On Friday, December 13, join moral activists from coast to coast and urge your Senators to pass laws to prevent gun violence.