Rector’s Forum


“Mindfulness,” Sun. Jan 12 Rector’s Forum

In the 10:15 Rector’s Forum this Sunday, Ed Bacon will have a conversation with three professionals who are using mindfulness in healing and empowering ways. Ann D’Angelo is an educator teaching mindfulness to students and parents. Sarah Nichols is an Episcopal priest using mindfulness with hospice patients who are facing death. Charles DeLeeuw is a psychotherapist trained in using mindfulness with Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress and other war-related traumas in their lives.

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Patrice Repar in Performance: “Who Cares: Heading Home in the Other Shoes”

All Saints Church Forum, Sunday, Jan. 12

2 PM – 4 PM

How might singing and songwriting provide support and inspiration for hospice workers in South Africa?

In the South African summer (North American winter), a team of health care professionals and artists explore this question by conducting a study at South Coast Hospice in KwaZulu Natal, the northeastern province of South Africa.

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“God Is Not a Christian”

On January 5, the first Sunday of 2014, Ed Bacon will share reflections, epiphanies, and photos from his November journey to India, Nepal, and Thailand. Come learn about his visit with the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, profound moments of prayer on the Ganges with a Hindu priest, and mystical moments in a monastery temple in Bangkok.

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Watch: Andrew Bacevich, “Breach of Trust”

In the Rector’s Forum on December 15, Andrew Bacevich discussed his book “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” which addresses the growing gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. Bacevich served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and is now a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.


Coming Up in 2014: Save the Dates

February 16:

Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and author of TRAUMA AND GRACE.

Dr. Cornel West, well-known professor and author of RACE MATTERS, DEMOCRACY MATTERS and BROTHER WEST: LIVING AND LOVING OUT LOUD.

February 23:

Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition, and director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

March 4:

Mark Nepo, writer, poet & philosopher.

March 16:

Bryan Stevenson, public-interest lawyer and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

March 23/24:

Marcus Borg, Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he is the author of nineteen books.


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.

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Andrew Bacevich, Rector’s Forum, Sun. Dec. 15, 10:15

In his new book, BREACH OF TRUST: HOW AMERICANS FAILED THEIR SOLDIERS AND THEIR COUNTRY,” Andrew Bacevich looks at the growing gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. Bacevich served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and is now a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. His son, Andrew, died in the Iraq War. “Now that the war in Iraq has ended,” Bacevich writes, “Americans might ponder the question of what the loss of several thousand soldiers there signifies. I have grappled with that question myself, not altogether successfully.”

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Ruth Messinger, Rector’s Forum, Dec. 8

“From Discrimination to Dignity: Standing with Women, Girls and LGBT People Worldwide”

Violence devastates the lives of millions of women and girls across every nation and culture. An estimated one out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In some countries, the numbers are even more devastating, with seven in 10 women experiencing significant forms of violence. In November 2013, members of the U.S. government introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), a crucial piece of legislation that, if signed into law, will protect the rights of women and girls worldwide. Join Ruth Messinger to learn what we can do, as members of faith-based traditions, to ensure that women and girls around the world live with safety and dignity.

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Watch: H. Adam Ackley, “Transgender and Christian”

H. Adam Ackley speaks in the Rector’s Forum at ASC on November 24, 2013.

“Transgender and Christian”: a theological understanding celebrating transgender identity woven with the personal faith testimony of Dr. H Adam Ackley, who is both an ordained minister and a theologian. Until recently a full professor of theology in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Ackley is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn from an inspiring teacher and courageous witness to God’s inclusive love.


Dan Siegel visits ASC, Sunday, Dec. 1, 10:15 AM

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Dan Siegel to the All Saints Rector’s Forum to discuss his upcoming book on teenage brain science: “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.” He will discuss “how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships.”

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