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GALAS presents “Diagnosing Difference,” July 20, 12:30PM

Come enjoy a meal with GALAS as we screen the award-winning documentary “Diagnosing Difference.”

This film provides not only a real portrayal of the diversity of gender identities within transgender communities, it also takes the medical and mental health professions head on with compelling historical facts, contemporary debates and personal narratives. “Diagnosing Difference” features interviews with 13 diverse scholars, activists and artists who identify on the trans spectrum (transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender variant) about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on their lives and communities.

H. Adam Ackley will facilitate a discussion after the viewing.

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Susan Russell: “But the Bible Says…”

“Liberating Ourselves from the Bible as a Weapon of Exclusion”

Susan Russell on Sunday, May 25:

“We owe the precious gift of the scriptures that are our heritage as Christian people too much to allow them to be hijacked and used as weapons of oppression rather than as means of grace. And it has perhaps never been more important for us to know our story in order to both claim it and to proclaim it.”

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ASC at L.A. Pride

All LA PrideSaints Church was front-and-center at L.A. Pride on Sunday June 7.

Carlos Gonzalez carried the ASCpas banner in the Parade and Jim White led the prayers at the pre-parade Eucharist where our seminary intern, Guy Leemhuis led the music. ASC member Rick Davis was there with his Lambda Legal hat — and shirt — on and sisters Lori and Lida Kizzia were part of the parade contingent.

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What Gene Robinson’s Divorce Teaches Us About Marriage

Susan Russell recently addressed the impending divorce of Bishop Gene Robinson and his husband Mark Andrew.

Does Gene and Mark’s divorce “undermine the case for marriage equality?”

No. On the contrary, I think it strengthens it. I think it helps make the point those of us advocating for marriage equality for same-sex couples have been making for many years. And that is simply that our marriages are equal. They are equally blessed and equally challenging. They are equally full of joy and equally full of disappointment. We equally love and cherish each other and we equally hurt and misunderstand each other. And, when a marriage fails, we are equally sad, scared and heartbroken. Just as the values that make up a marriage transcend the gender of the couple in the marriage, so do the challenges. And because all of our marriages are — for better or for worse — equal, they deserve equal protection under the law.

Read the whole article on the Huffington Post.

GALAS Thursday Book Group: “Lectio Divina”

Starts Thursday, May 8, 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Location: Deb & Judy’s in Duarte

In place of a book, we have chosen Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina (divine reading) is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer. Traditionally, Lectio Divina has 4 separate steps: readmeditatepray and contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read and then its meaning is reflected upon; this is followed by prayer and contemplation.

For directions and additional information:

debogden16@gmail.com
626-303-3509

“But the Bible Says…” : Liberating Ourselves from the Bible as a Weapon of Exclusion

leviticusSunday, May 25, 2014
2:30pm to 4pm @ All Saints Pasadena, Guild Room

We owe the precious gift of the scriptures that are our heritage as Christian people too much to allow them to be hijacked and used as weapons of oppression rather than as means of grace.  And it has perhaps never been more important for us to know our story in order to both claim it and to proclaim it.

Susan Russell leads a presentation and discussion of the Bible in general — and the “clobber passages” in specific — designed to equip you to respond to the “But the Bible Says …” folks with love, compassion and information.

GALAS Discussion Group: “Embracing All of Me”

“Embracing All of Me: Affirming and Integrating My Spirituality and Sexuality”

Starts Thursday, May 15th (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Runs through July 17 (10 weeks)

This GALAS discussion group deals with issues surrounding acceptance and the life-long process of coming out. Each week, topics which lend themselves to the sharing of personal stories, struggles, and successes in living out your life as LGBTQ man or woman will be discussed. These discussion groups will have something to offer regardless of where you find yourself on the road to acceptance and integration of your spirituality with your sexuality. This 10-week group will be a closed group, with no new admittances beyond the start date and only a limited number of spaces available.

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Coming up: Level Ground Film Festival, Feb. 20 – March 2

Level Ground fills an important niche in both the film-festival circuit and the wider national dialogue around faith, sexuality, and gender. By focusing on small-venue programming, offering intimate discussions and provocative panels featuring prominent leaders, writers, artists, scientists, and theologians, and hosting events around the films, the festival will become a national innovator in film-festival programming, art curation, and the LGBT dialogue.

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Watch: Ruth Messinger, “From Discrimination to Dignity”


Ruth Messinger talks about “Standing with Women, Girls and LGBT People Worldwide” in the ASC Rector’s Forum on Sunday, Dec. 8.

More information:

http://ascideas.org/2013/11/25/ruth-messinger-rectors-forum-dec-8/

Brave New Voices

Poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.