Every three years the Episcopal Church meets for its General Convention — a ten day gathering of legislation and liturgy bringing thousands of Episcopalians together from around the church. The next General Convention is schedule for July 2018 in Austin, Texas … but that could change. In response to a transgender discriminatory “bathroom bill” (Senate Bill 6) filed last month in the Texas Legislature, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings are kicking up some dust with their letter to the Speaker of the House … written January 30th and released today.
Sunday, December 18
All Saints Church is proud to be a co-sponsor of the December 18th California: Fearless, United Rally & March. Standing together as immigrant, environmental, faith, labor, LGBT, and women’s rights groups in the heart of Los Angeles — one of the most diverse cities in the world — we will put our faith into action as we continue in the work of turning the human race into the human family.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Additionally, during the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.
Along with millions of others around the nation, All Saints Church “went purple” on today for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Today, September 12, 2016, clergy and justice leaders will gather in thirty states and at our nation’s capital for the National Higher Ground Moral Day of Action. Led by William Barber, James Forbes, Traci Blackmon and Sister Simone Campbell today’s actions launch a moral revival in support of the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration.”
Sunday, October 30
We are delighted to welcome back to All Saints Church one of our favorite people on the planet: Bishop Gene Robinson. A long-time friend of All Saints, the retired Bishop of New Hampshire broke new ground as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and has continued his prophetic leadership in retirement as a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress (CAP) — dedicated to “improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.”
Sunday, July 3
“We are your shield. The Muslim community stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBTQ community. We are one, we are all part of one humanity, and we will defend each other — we will work together.” Salam Al-Marayati — President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council — spoke these words at the Interfaith Vigil on the steps of the Islamic Center of Southern California on June 13th — the day after he tragic shootings in Orlando.
What Religious Liberty Is and Isn’t
Sunday, May 22
with Jennifer Pizer, Lambda Legal Law & Policy Director
The surge of anti-LGBT legislation across the country has dominated the news cycle putting homophobia and transphobia front-and-center in our civic discourse. A source of concern for all fair-minded Americans, this latest surge strikes a deep chord with people of faith who once again see their religion being hijacked as a weapon of mass discrimination.
by Susan Russell
June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means “all.” Everywhere.
by Susan Russell
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
All Saints Church has long been in the forefront of bending that arc toward justice in general and for LGBT people in specific. In 1992 when the blessing of the union of Mark Benson and Philip Straw was celebrated we were way out on the leading edge in a church that had no official provisions for such blessings and no protections against LGBT discrimination.
A Rector’s Forum with Bradley Whitford and Zackary Drucker
On Sunday, February 15th we will embrace the decades-long commitment of All Saints Church to “turning the human race into the human family” with a very special Rector’s Forum focused on the experience of transgender members of our human family. It will be our honor to welcome actor (and All Saints member) Bradley Whitford and artist Zackary Drucker to discuss their work with the award winning television show Transparent — chronicling the impact on one family as the father comes out as transgender.
Susan Russell in the Huffington Post:
The announcement that the Dallas Cowboys had signed defensive end Michael Sam onto their practice squad meant it was party time for everyone hoping to see the first “out” player in the NFL get his shot — and protest time for wing-nut Christians.