Rector’s Forum

A Conversation with Norman Lear

Norman Lear on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“You know how we thought of Edith (Bunker)? Whenever there was a problem, what would Christ do? That was Edith.”

All in the Family: Navigating the Post-Election Holidays

Sally Howard & Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“To be able to say ‘I’m sorry, I’m really uncomfortable with this. And this is why,’ is to set yourself up to be vulnerable — to set yourself up to be ridiculed — but that’s actually the model of Christ — when someone is being put in that situation to say ‘You know what, I am going to reinforce that targeted person’s authority, and I’m going to do it using mine.’ Those situations are scary. But kind of scary is where the church lives.”

The Fight for Reproductive Justice

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.

Where Do We Go From Here?

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.”

Strength for the Journey: A Post-Election Conversation

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.”

Is There Life After November 8th?

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.”

Ending the Death Penalty in California

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.”

Creation Spirituality

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.”

The Tears of St. Peter

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.”

Women in Islam

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.”

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Amy Brenneman and the Fight for Reproductive Justice

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.

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Franky Carrillo on Ending the Death Penalty in California

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.

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