Rector’s Forum

Norman Lear Portrait

Norman Lear in the Rector’s Forum

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.

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Milton Viorst on Zionism

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.

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Matthew Fox: Creation Spirituality and the Cosmic Christ

October 15/16

It is a great honor to welcome Matthew Fox — one of the truly prophetic voices of our time — to All Saints Church on the weekend of October 15/16. An internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist Fox was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He has devoted 45 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions; welcoming of the arts and artists; wisdom centered, prophetic, and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice.

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Edina Lekovic: Women In Islam

Sunday, October 2

We could not be more thrilled to be launching the 2016/2017 Season of Rector’s Forums with our friend, colleague and interfaith ally — the amazing Edina Lekovic. Serving as the Public Affairs Consultant to MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) Edina is a gifted communicator, frequently called to speak to the wide variety of issues confronting Muslim Americans. Among other honors and tributes she was recently named one of L.A.’s 10 Most Influential Women by Los Angeles Magazine.

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Fall Rector’s Forums: Mark Your Calendars NOW!

We continue the All Saints tradition of great speakers, teachers and thought leaders in our weekly Rector’s Forum. Here are some of the guests already booked — with more to come! Mark you calendars now — you’re not going to want to miss a thing!

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Making Art in this Time of War

Seema Sueko in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, August 28, 2016:

“To me, theater, and its opportunity to represent voices on stage and validate them, gives us the opportunity to ensure that all peoples can see themselves, can feel they are the protagonist of their own life.”

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Milton Viorst on “Zionism”

Sunday, November 13

We welcome Milton Viorst to the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13 to speak on his newest book “Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal.” 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. Now, in this new book, Viorst examines the evolution of Zionism, from its roots by serving as a cultural refuge for Europe’s Jews, to the cover it provides today for Israel’s exercise of control over millions of Arabs in occupied territories.

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Gene Robinson at All Saints on Sunday, October 30

Sunday, October 30

We are delighted to welcome back to All Saints Church one of our favorite people on the planet: Bishop Gene Robinson. A long-time friend of All Saints, the retired Bishop of New Hampshire broke new ground as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and has continued his prophetic leadership in retirement as a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress (CAP) — dedicated to “improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.”

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Shakespeare on the Problems and Promises of Succession

Gary Hall in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, July 31, 2016:

“Shakespeare and succession… Right now in our culture we’re going through a major thing about succession in our national government. We’re going to have a different President in January 2017. This parish is going through a succession. We’re in the transition between rectors. And remember ‘Rector’ is from the Latin ‘Rex,’ which means ‘king’…”

Human Dignity

Bridging Muslim & LGBT Communities

Salam Al-Marayati in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday July 3, 2016:

“If we’re going to talk about Radical Islam then we also have to talk about Humane Islam. We have to work together to preserve human dignity.”

The Supreme Court and Immigration Relief Programs

The Future of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.

Thomas Saenz in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, June 26, 2016:

“This is an odd way of commemorating our upcoming Independence Day — to not do your job. This is an epidemic that does not begin or end with the Supreme Court, it is an epidemic that threatens to bring all of our government to a grinding halt.”