Top Ten FAQs about God, Jesus, the Bible and LGBT People

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.

Continue reading

Benders of the Arc


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.

Continue reading

BWhitford150209Flyer_small (2)

“Exploring Transgender Experience Through a ‘Transparent’ Lens”

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.

Continue reading

Susan Russell

Susan Russell: “Who Would Jesus Picket?”

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.

Read the whole article here.

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.

Continue reading

Susan Russell

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.”

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Susan Russell

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:

“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.

Continue reading