Amy Brenneman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 27, 2016, sharing the story of how her faith has informed her commitment to stand for women’s reproductive freedom.
Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 20, 2016:
“There’s a rule that I have, which is if you’re in conflict with someone the only email you send is ‘When can we get together?’ Or at the very least ‘When can we Facetime or Skype together?’ where we can look at each other face to face… I’ve got to say, wherever you go from there it starts with sitting with someone and looking them in the eyes. Because that’s where God enters in.”
Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13, 2016:
“We need to look at what it means to stand between the people whom God loves and people who would do them harm. And these are some of the conversations we’re going to have. We’ve got to get prayed up. We’ve got to get studied up. We’ve got to get trained up. And we’re going to do it.”
Gene Robinson in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 30, 2016:
“I just want you to know that I am not always optimistic. But I am always hopeful. Optimism depends on the goodness of people, and hope depends upon the goodness of God.”
Franky Carrillo in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 23, 2016:
“We’re saying let’s get rid of this Dark Ages form of punishing people, which is, murdering them.”
Matthew Fox with Ullrrich Javier Lemus in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 16, 2016:
“Now we’ve got Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, also Hinduism — and the Sufi tradition, too, has an analogous teaching of the sacredness of all beings… The Cosmic Christ is an Eco-Christ. To put it concretely, if we’re destroying the rainforests, we’re crucifying Christ all over again, because Christ is the rainforest. Just like it says in Matthew 25, you do it to the least, you do it to me.”
Peter Sellars in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 9, 2016:
“You’re not allowed to have a transformation until you’ve gone all the way. My Chinese sign is the Phoenix, and I thought… you just have to burn half-way. But actually, no, you don’t get to burn half-way and say ‘that’s enough, can I come back now?’ The resurrection only happens when you burn all the way down to ash. And then come back. Full, and new, and complete.”
Edina Lekovic in the Rector’s Forum on October 2, 2016:
“Muhammad taught us that heaven lies at the feet of your mother. Against the backdrop of what we’re taught as Muslims, it provides a strong foundation that gives me a lot of support as a Muslim feminist. I don’t have to go away from Islam to find my ideas of feminism. I find them rooted there.”
Sunday, November 27
On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic decision striking down a Texas law designed to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics with medically unnecessary restrictions. The decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt reaffirmed a woman’s constitutional right to access legal abortion, and was called “one of the most significant abortion-related ruling from the Court in more than two decades.” And All Saints’ own Amy Brenneman was right in the middle of that historic decision.
Sunday, October 23
Falsely convicted of murder in 1991, Franky Carrillo spent twenty years in prison before being exonerated and released in 2011. After his release, Carrillo returned to school, obtained a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and earlier this year received a $10 million settlement from the County of Los Angeles. An Anti-Death Penalty activist, Carrillo will be with us in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 23 to share his story and his support for Proposition 62 on the November ballot.
Sunday, December 11
We are thrilled to welcome Norman Lear — producer of groundbreaking television shows such as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Good Times” (among many others) — to the Rector’s Forum. In 1981 Lear decided to leave the world of television for political activism founding “People for the American Way,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting First Amendment rights, strengthening public education, and promoting electoral and immigration reform. Lear is also a founder of “Declare Yourself” — a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign created to empower and encourage eligible young adults to register and vote.
Sunday, November 13
We welcome Milton Viorst to the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13 at 10:15 a.m. From serving as the Middle East correspondent for The New Yorker to penning articles for the New York Times, Milton Viorst has dedicated his career to studying the Middle East. His latest book — Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal — is grounded in the expertise and knowledge garnered from decades of studying this contentious region.