Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
April 17, 2022
Easter 2022 message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

“Easter is the celebration of the victory of God,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2022 message. “The earth, like an egg, has been cracked open, and Jesus has been raised alive and new, and love is victorious.”

A full transcript in English and Spanish of the presiding bishop's message is here.
Children take part in a guitar class during the 2019 summer program for at-risk youngsters at the Dorris Dann Kids Campus, an Episcopal Church-related facility in El Monte. A withdrawn government grant is endangering this year's program. Courtesy photo
Withdrawn grant endangers summer program for at-risk kids at Dorris Dann Kids Campus

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News – April 13, 2022] A lack of funding could prevent the Dorris Dann Kids Campus in El Monte from offering its much-needed summer enrichment program to at-risk children this year.

“People keep calling and asking if we’re going to have a program this year, and I keep saying, just call back. Call back in a month or so,” said Marguerite Ponce, director. The Dorris Dann Kids Campus, part of Our Saviour Center, a community outreach of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, has offered both summer and afterschool enrichment programs for children for at least three decades.

Pre-pandemic, the six- to eight-week summer program typically offered meals, along with art, music, dance, physical activities, and field trips as well as science and other enrichment classes to at least 150 children in El Monte and neighboring communities, said Jose Vega, operations manager.

Daisy Cardona, 38, recalls joining center visits to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, the beach, and skating, as well as afterschool enrichment programs. “My mom was a single parent, and we needed the help,” she said. “It was a great experience. I spent the summer there rather than being on the streets.”

Her five children have also attended the center. “Before the pandemic, there was a bike club, and Soccer for Success, and all kinds of activities,” she said. “It makes a big difference. They provide somewhere for kids to go after school, rather than being out on the streets. And it saves me money for daycare. I’m a single mom. My kids look forward to it, and so do I.”

It takes about $120,000 to fund the summer program, Vega said.

Because of a pandemic-related drop in attendance the past two years, the Community Service Block Grants administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services have not been made available for 2022, he said.

Read more here.
Renewal of Vows

Bishop John Harvey Taylor led clergy in the renewal of their ordination vows April 12 at St. John's Cathedral. The annual service, suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic drew clergy from throughout the diocese. Taylor delivered the sermon (left) and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy celebrated the Eucharist.

At the annual Renewal of Vows service members of each order of ordained ministry – deacons, priests and bishops – are called on to stand and renew the vows they made at their ordinations (below). The bishop also blessed oils to be used in healing and annointing rites. Bishop Taylor and Bishop Ed Little, who assists him with visitations to congregations and other episcopal duties, invited clergy to join them after the service in the cathedral's Lady Chapel for a blessing of their hands.

A gallery of images from the service is here. The full service may be viewed on the cathedral's Facebook page or YouTube channel.
Share the wealth of Episcopal Church Holy Week services on social media

"How about some easy digital evangelism?" Bishop John Harvey Taylor posted on Facebook April 6. "Just in time for Easter, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles communications office has organized our 133 missions and parishes by region, including service times and web sites. Please share this webpage and link with all your Facebook friends!"
Good Friday observance

Diocesan staff at St. Paul's Commons, as well as those working remotely, will take Friday, April 15 off work in observance of Good Friday.
Jennifer Hughes to begin new role as editor of The Anglican Review

The Rev. Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D., a professor of Latino/a spirituality at Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School Los Angeles) is the new editor of the Anglican Theological Review, a quarterly journal of theological reflection serving 19 seminaries of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. The Review has been published for more than 100 years.

According to its website, the Review is "committed to creative intellectual engagement with Christian tradition, and to interdisciplinary inquiry that includes literature and the arts, philosophy, and science. In the spirit of sound learning that marks Anglican divinity, we aim to foster scholarly excellence and thoughtful conversation in and for the church. ... Authors belong to many traditions and communities. Essays published in the “Articles” section of the journal have been peer-reviewed." The Review based at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

In announcing her appointment, Hughes remarked, "I am interested to help the journal deepen its connections to living communities of faith and to broader intellectual and theological conversations."

Hughes holds a Ph.D from Graduate Theological Union, a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also has done graduate study at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is an assistant priest at Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana.
Events & Announcements
Bloy House will hold 2022 graduation on campus in Glendale

For the first time since 2019, Bloy House will host its annual graduation ceremony in person. The May 14 service will be the first to be held at the school’s new campus at the ELCA Southwest California Synod headquarters in Glendale. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Room upstairs and will follow with luncheon in the courtyard.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor will preach and preside at the Eucharist, which will use the proper honoring Frances Perkins, a ground-breaking Episcopalian who served in the cabinet of President Franklin Roosevelt.

Bloy House welcomes family, friends, and alumni who would like to join the festivities. For reservations, contact Tim Reed at [email protected].
To register for the "Calling All Servant Leaders" workshop, click here.
Celebrate Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month on May 7 at St. Paul's Commons

The Gathering – a Space for Asian Pacific Spirituality – invites all to an afternoon celebration of Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month with fellowship, food, and music on Saturday, May 7, 3 – 5 p.m. on the rooftop at St. Paul's Commons, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026.

The event will feature conversations with contributors to "AAPI Alive!," an Eastertide devotional guide celebrating AAPI voices and perspectives on Easter.

All are invited to attend and free secure parking is available. For information or reservations, email to [email protected]. More about AAPI Alive is coming here.
End-of-life vigil companion training programs to begin in May, June

By Your Side Vigil Companions, which trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those nearing the end of life, will begin new courses in May and June.

Graduates of the program, which is offered by Episcopal Communities and Services, serve in many ways, according to program coordinator Susan Brown. "The mission of By Your Side since 2011 has been to be supportive of people in palliative care and to be at their bedside at the end of their lives as needed," she said. "The pandemic brought all of us to an acute awareness of life’s fragility, and of the immense value of being companioned. In adapting to the reality of COVID, we redefined being “present” to include presence at the bedside and presence without proximity, realizing that what is most important is connection."

The first new five-week online and hybrid training program will begin on May 19 and continue on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., until June 16. The second class, on Tuesday afternoons, 2 - 4 p.m. will begin on Tuesday, June 21 and conclude on July 19.

There is no obligation to volunteer at the completion of the training.

To enroll, contact Susan Brown at [email protected], or phone 818.822.6044 for more information. Enrollment is limited to 30 people in each class. A fee of $70 (which includes all materials) is due by the second class. Scholarships are available. CE (12 hrs.) for nurses is available for an added $30 under California Board of Registered Nursing Provider Number CEP 16239.
Juneteenth Celebration planned in Laguna Woods

The African American Heritage Club of Laguna Woods will hold its second annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 25 at the Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 5, 242 Punta Alta, Laguna Woods, beginning at 4 p.m.

The celebration is sponsored by the African American Heritage Club. Allan Williams, a bishop's committee member and lay leader at St. George's Church, Laguna Hills, is among the organizers of the celebration, which will begin with a meet-and-greet at 4 p.m., and continue with a show, live entertainment, finger food and dancing until 10 p.m. Formal attire is requested. Tickets are $30. For more information and tickets, contact Williams at 845.499.0279 or [email protected].

Juneteenth commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on Jan. 1, 1863 by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, freeing more than three million slaves living in Confederate states. Many enslaved people in Texas didn't get the news until Confederate armies surrendered near the end of May 1865 and Union soldiers, led by General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.

The day on which the slaves learned of their freedom has become an annual celebration throughout the United States. Through the perseverance of Opal Lee, "grandmother" of the movement, President Joe Biden signed a bill in 2021 making Juneteenth a federal holiday. The Diocese of Los Angeles, at its 2021 convention, established the holiday as a diocesan observance.
Episcopal Enterprises issues beginner's guide to sharing church space

Many Diocese of Los Angeles congregations are sharing their buildings and land with other organizations as a way to increase their community impact and generate more income.

To assist church leaders who are considering such arrangements, Episcopal Enterprises has developed a beginners' guide for sharing spaces. The manual offers essential information about ways churches can profit from sharing their spaces, whether for long term or for various kinds of events. It provides information on important issues such as tax implications, contracts, marketing and pricing. The guide also includes examples and templates from churches that already make land, buildings and rooms available on a short term or long-term basis.

A team including Jan Cohen, Betsy Densmore, the Rev. Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton, Amanda Leigh, the Rev. Susan Stanton, and Tania Vasquez drafted and refined the document, which is available here. The team invites feedback and suggestions for further improvements; email to [email protected] or [email protected].

Following its mission of promoting social enterprise in the churches of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Episcopal Enterprise is always trying to inspire our community, sharing successful initiatives that have a positive impact. For our first social enterprise feature, Episcopal Enterprise interviewed Kathy Wilder, executive director of Camp Stevens, to learn more about the camp's mission and work, their current challenges, and much more. A sneak peek of the interview is available in Episcopal Enterprise's March newsletter; the full interview will be available soon on Episcopal Enterprise's social media and website. For more updates subscribe to the newsletter here.
The Gathering invites diocesan community to Eastertide journey of art, poetry, music and more

The Gathering - a space for Asian Pacific American spirituality - invites the diocesan community to an Easter journey celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices. "AAPI Alive!" is a 50-day devotional guide beginning on Easter Sunday and ending on the Feast of Pentecost, celebrating the Resurrection and this season of new life through the beauty and strength of AAPI voices. The Gathering, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, hopes that these offerings of prose and poetry, photographs, spoken word, visual art, vocals, and musical performance will connect readers to a celebration of the risen Christ and one another.

"During this pandemic, the AAPI community has suffered a surge of hate and violence because of what we look like each day in the mirror," said the Rev. Peter Huang of The Gathering. "Fear and anxiety have risen and for many of us, historical and personal trauma have brought us to tears and to our knees. Through this devotional guide, we desire to enter into the Resurrection that brings us healing and celebrates who God created us to be – a diverse, vibrant, thriving community.

"We invite you to make space in your day to receive these offerings of insight, joy, and beauty. May they bring healing and hope to you."

The devotional guide is funded by a grant from Becoming Beloved Community – whose mission is to bring racial reconciliation to The Episcopal Church and its community – and from generous supporting churches and individuals.

AAPI Alive! will be available here beginning Easter Sunday. More information is available here. For ideas on how to use AAPI Alive! in church groups, send an email to [email protected].
NYA Scholarship Benefit reception set for May 14 in Pacific Palisades

Launching of the new Fred and Barbara Borsch Writing Workshop will be among highlights of NYA’s 39th annual Scholarship Benefit, a reception set for 5 – 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades.

All are welcome to share in this gathering that will recognize some 25 NYA students who have applied for more than $90,000 in scholarships to be awarded in the coming academic year. Under the theme “Opening Doors to a Bright Future,” the benefit also will salute NYA’s Class of 2022. Its members have so far received multiple acceptances to some 35 universities including UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, USC, Fordham, Loyola Marymount, the University of Connecticut, Williams College, and the Cal-State campuses. Most NYA high school seniors are the first in their families to attend college.

Tickets, priced at $125 each, may be purchased through the NYA website or by check (address above). Benefit guests are asked to note that this year’s event has been planned in the format of a catered reception and abbreviated program recognizing health considerations as the pandemic slows. The program also will be livestreamed via NYA’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.

Read more about the Borsch Writing Workshop here.
Priest, rabbi to lead discussions of women clergy in Episcopal, Jewish traditions

Join the Rev. Canon Susan Russell (Diocese of Los Angeles canon for Engagement Across Difference and clergy staff, All Saints Church, Pasadena) and Rabbi Heather Miller (Keeping It Sacred) to discuss women clergy in their respective religious traditions, Jewish and Episcopalian, at 5 p.m. on Mondays, April 18 and 25. (The first session was held on April 11.) The sessions, held in honor of the 50th ordination anniversary of Rabbi Sally J. Priesand (June 3) will cover where women clergy have been, where they are and where they are going. This program will be held via Zoom and is free, though donations to Keeping It Sacred or All Saints Church are welcome. Register here.
A word on masks and continuing safety

Now that public health officers in each of the six counties within the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles have lifted mask mandates for fully vaccinated persons in indoor public spaces, diocesan congregations may adjust protocols accordingly while still requiring that unvaccinated persons continue to wear masks indoors.

Concurrently, congregations are strongly encouraged to keep in place safety protocols that assure maximum protection for all, especially safeguarding parishioners and clergy age 65 and older. These steps may include continuing to require, on church sites, proof of vaccination, to encourage mask-wearing widely among all who wish to do so, and to maintain careful cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

Current diocesan policy is updated regularly with guidance from Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor together with the Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, diocesan canon to the ordinary, and the bishop’s council of advice comprising deans active in ministry across the diocese.

Please note the following links to public health information in the counties across the diocese, and to California state safety measures here.

Supporting humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine 

[Episcopal Relief & Development – February 28, 2022] Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners in order to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. 

Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance.

“Ecumenical and orthodox faith networks are on the ground in the border areas of Poland and Hungary,” said Abagail Nelson, executive vice president, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We will continue to coordinate with these networks, in order to meet the needs of people who have been displaced.”

Please pray for all those affected.

Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s International Disaster Response Fund will provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Ukraine.

For more information, contact Linda Allport, Diocese of Los Angeles ministry partner for Episcopal Relief & Development, at [email protected].
Follow, share new diocesan content on social media

Twitter account
Features blog posts, commentary from Bishop John Harvey Taylor: @edlabishop. The blog may also be read here

#Weekly Query
A new series on Twitter (@ladiocese) and Instagram (#episcopaldioceseoflosangeles) – invites audience responses to questions related to Episcopal Church parish life.

Gospel Justice and Community Care Lenten series 
Providing insights into issues of policing in local and national contexts, the Bishop’s Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care invites all in the diocese to follow its Facebook page and engage in daily posts on topics including countering racism and providing mental health-care options for intervention rather than arrest.

More social media
Additional diocesan social media feeds to follow and share include the diocesan Facebook page and YouTube channel and The Episcopal News's Facebook page and Twitter (@EpiscoNews_LA).
Looking toward General Convention
The 80th meeting of The Episcopal Church's General Convention will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 7 – 14, 2022. The stories below explore issues of church-wide interest to come before the meeting.

At the convention, the Diocese of Los Angeles will be represented by its bishop and by four clergy and four lay deputies. In coming months The Episcopal News will include stories about the bishop and deputies' specific interests and committee assignments and more. During the convention, The News will report daily from Baltimore. Learn more about General Convention here.
Episcopal Church announces members of General Convention Official Youth Presence

Sixteen young people, drawn from every province in the Episcopal Church, have been selected as the Official Youth Presence for the 80th General Convention. The convention is scheduled for July 7-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland (Episcopal Diocese of Maryland). The group gathered in Baltimore from March 31-April 3 for orientation and training.

The Official Youth Presence was established by Resolution B045 of the 1982 General Convention and has had seat and voice in the House of Deputies since 1997.

Jonah Mackenzie, a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Laguna Beach, in the Diocese of Los Angeles, will represent Province VIII.

Read more here.
Churches consider alternate Good Friday liturgies, Bible translations over concerns of anti-Jewish interpretations

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – April 12, 2022] Bishops and deputies are grappling anew with longstanding concerns that the Good Friday lectionary risks fueling anti-Jewish sentiment. Despite the renewed attention – as well as the development of new liturgies and a new Bible translation – scholars and church leaders suggest a durable solution to John 18-19 could remain elusive.

The dilemma before the 80th General Convention is one that vexes Good Friday preachers every year. The terms “Ioudaios” and “Ioudaioi,” often translated into English as “the Jews,” appear 71 times in the Gospel of John – nowhere more problematically than in the Passion narrative. Those chapters are read in Protestant churches everywhere on Good Friday, which falls on April 15 this year.

The context for John’s use of “the Jews” is undeniably confrontational, in verses that depict the religious leaders and crowds in Jerusalem condemning Jesus to death.

“This issue of how to translate this term is one of the most contentious issues in Biblical studies,” John Kutsko, executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature, told Episcopal News Service. The use of “hoi Ioudaioi” in John 18-19 “really does stand out for its apparent hostility.”

Read more here.
General Convention to consider endorsing 5-part plan to eliminate threat of nuclear war

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – April 7, 2022] The 80th General Convention will consider a resolution at its meeting in July that seeks to strengthen The Episcopal Church’s opposition to nuclear weapons, an issue that the resolution’s proponents say has gained urgency with Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Resolution C027 was proposed by the Diocese of Central New York. If passed by General Convention, it would put the church on record endorsing a grassroots campaign known as “Back from the Brink,” which has proposed a five-part plan for abolishing nuclear weapons.

The bishops’ and deputies’ committees on Social Justice and United States Policy held an online hearing on the resolution on March 8 in which about 10 people testified in favor, some from Central New York and others representing the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. They spoke of the unprecedented global catastrophe that would be unleashed by even a small-scale nuclear war.

Read more here. Photo: Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial.
From the wider church
‘Concert for the Human Family’ honored for best event and livestream video in Webby Awards

[The Episcopal Church – April 11, 2022] The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has named “In These Uncertain Times—A Concert for the Human Family” as Best Event and Live Stream Video in the 26th Annual Webby Awards. The May 2021 concert was an artistic collaboration created by The Episcopal Church Office of Communication and Racial Reconciliation and Justice Team.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the digital arts and sciences academy, is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the internet.

The inaugural event in the Concert for the Human Family series — filmed under strict COVID-19 protocols at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral — paired pianist, composer, and musical director Kory Caudill of Nashville, Tennessee, and Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Wordsmith, for an uplifting journey through the human experience of love, grief, loss, and hope for beloved community. The event presented a musical commentary on social reckoning in the United States and a pandemic that has touched every corner of the world.

Read more here.
After pandemic drop in giving, rebound eyed for Good Friday Offering in its centennial year

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – April 11, 2022] This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering, which raises money to support Anglican ministries in the Middle East, and church officials are hopeful for a rebound in gifts after annual totals dipped during the pandemic.

“The Good Friday Offering offers us the opportunity to celebrate and rejoice in the hope and opportunity for the very young and the very old, for needy families, students, and many others in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a Lenten letter about the centennial.

The church also released a video of Curry speaking about the Good Friday Offering as part of a video series featuring all three living presiding bishops, to encourage Episcopalians to give. In the weeks leading up to Good Friday on April 15, the church has been looking back on the history of the offering.

Read more here.
RIP: David Beers, chancellor to four presiding bishops

[Episcopal News Service – April 7, 2022] David Beers, who served as chancellor to the presiding bishop from 1991 through 2018, died on April 3 at the age of 86 after a short illness. As a senior legal adviser in The Episcopal Church, Beers implemented a churchwide legal strategy to protect church assets during the period after the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson’s consecration, when some congregations and dioceses sought to leave the church and take property with them.

Beers, a lifelong Episcopalian, was raised in Connecticut and educated at Trinity College and the University of California, Berkeley, before entering private law practice in Washington, D.C., in 1961. After serving as chancellor of the Diocese of Washington from 1977 until 1991, he was appointed chancellor to the presiding bishop by then Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning, serving four presiding bishops.

Read more here.
More reporting from Episcopal News Service is here.
Coming up
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7:30 p.m.
Missa Mystica on Maundy Thursday
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.01, ext.112 or
Choral Eucharist with All Saints’ Choir performing Missa Brevis by G. P. Palestrina; "Peace is my last gift" by Craig Phillips; Ubi caritas, Tantum ergo by Maurice Duruflé.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service with Foot Washing
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Spanish/English service (Church); Trouvères offer music.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 12 – 3 p.m.
Good Friday Service: The Great Three Hours
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
The Rev. Mike Kinman and members of clergy staff will offer meditations; Canterbury and Coventry Choirs offer music.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 12:10 p.m.
Good Friday Service
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.01, ext.112 or
All Saints’ Choir will sing Passion According to St. John by Craig Phillips and Reproaches by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 6 p.m.
Stations of the Cross – A Journey Through Pasadena
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
On the Quad Lawn. A bilingual Spanish/English service.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 7:30 p.m.
Tenebrae: Service of Shadows
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Coventry Renaissance Singers offer music.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 4 p.m.
Children’s Easter Vigil & Baptisms
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Infant and child baptisms. Troubadours will offer music.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
A journey of faith through story, adult baptisms, welcoming of new members and the first Eucharist of Easter. Canterbury Chamber Singers will offer music.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 8 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.01, ext.112 or
All Saints’ Choir and All Saints’ Brass Quintet perform "Sing ye to the Lord" by Edward Bairstow and "Magdalen, cease from sobs and sighs" by Peter Hurford.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 6 p.m.
Classical Sundays at Six: Petronel Malan, piano
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
Pianist Petronel Malan will perform music to be announced. Ticket required to attend.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 4 - 6 p.m.
Inspiring Stories: Moving Towards Anti-Racism
The Guibord Center
Online: Register here
What would the world look like without racist systems and policies at every level that holds back some people while benefiting others? A world where instead of thwarting diversity, we celebrate its richness and possibilities? What will it take for us to get there?
This month, our storytellers will describe their experiences of working to take down systemic racism and helping to create an anti-racist, just world. Join us as we hear personal reflections from our compelling speakers that invite deeper exploration and transformative engagement. The Rev. Jen Bailey will be guest moderator. Storytellers are Harmeet Kamboj (Sikh); Gail Kennard (Muslim); and the Rev. Margaret Ernst (Christian). More about the event is here.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 4 p.m.
Solemn Choral Evensong
St. Mary's Church in Palms
3647 Watseka Avenue, Los Angeles
St. Mary's Schola Marialis, under the direction of Sean Smith, will sing the Responses by Bernard Rose (1916-1996), Anglican chant psalms, the Evening Service in G by Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995), and the glorious "Surrexit pastor bonus" by Jean Lheritier (c. 1480 - after 1551). Evensong is held on the fourth Sunday of each month at St. Mary's. The church is well ventilated, and no reservations are required.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 8 p.m.
Chamber Music Concert
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades
Information and tickets here or 310.573.7422
The Chamber Orchestra of St. Matthew's, under the direction of Dwayne S. Milburn, will present music of Haydn, Aaron Copland, William Grant Still, and Ethan Helm, who with Owen Broder will be a featured soloist in his own composition, Dream Walk Through Istanbul. Also on the program are Quiet City by Aaron Copeland; Out of the Silence by William Grant; and Symphony No. 88 by Franz Joseph Haydn. Masks are encouraged for all audience members. All audience members must show proof of having been fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccine booster is not required at this time.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 3 p.m.
The Orange County Women’s Chorus: Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church
18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach
Information here
Tickets here
Haydn composed his Lord Nelson Mass during a time of storms and stress, when the world was scary, the future was murky, and music served both to reflect and to relieve the anxieties of the day. In this work, we find some of Haydn's most tempestuous music, and some of his sunniest. The Lord Nelson is considered one of Haydn's greatest achievements, and the Orange County Women’s Chorus is excited to partner with Men in Blaque to present it with full orchestra and some of our favorites soloists. Tickets ($35 general admission; $30 senior (65+); $15 student) must be purchased in advance online.
Proof of vaccination required for entrance.

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 6 p.m.
Classical Sundays at Six: Ensembles from the Colburn School
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 8 p.m.
Spring Concert: Mozart Masterworks
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.01, ext.112 or
All Saints’ Choir and Orchestra perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Solemn Vespers, K. 339 and Coronation Mass, K. 317. The Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor) was written in 1780, and intended originally for liturgical use at Salzburg Cathedral — it was also his final work for the cathedral, and written just before his opera Idomeneo. Comprised of six movements with alternating sections for chorus and soloists, it is especially well known for its beautiful "Laudate Dominum" for solo soprano. The Mass in C Major was completed in 1779 in Salzburg, and was first performed in liturgical context. The mass appears to have acquired the nickname "Krönungsmesse" ("Coronation Mass") at the Imperial Court in Vienna in the early 19th century, after becoming the preferred music for royal and imperial coronations as well as services of thanksgiving. Tickets: $25 adults / $15 students & seniors. Admission free with Music Guild donor season pass.

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 4:30 p.m.
Solemn Evensong
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
Choir of Saint James offers the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m.. Freewill offering. Ticket required to attend.

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 6 p.m.
International Laureates Organ Series: Jeremy Filsell
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
Jeremy Filsell is the newly-appointed organist and director of music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, where in April 2019 he assumed leadership of the world-renowned music program and its deeply-admired Choir of Men and Boys, following in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors Gerre Hancock, John Scott, and Daniel Hyde. Read more about this artist here. Ticket required to attend.

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 6 p.m.
Classical Sundays at Six: The Pacific Trio
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
Roger Wilkie, violin; John Walz, cello and Edith Orloff, piano, perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost" and Smetana's Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15. Ticket required to attend.
Additional events are listed on the diocesan calendar here. For more about Holy Week and Easter services in the Diocese of Los Angeles, click here.
Blood Drives
Churches continue blood drives

Blood supplies are critically low in California, and congregations in the Diocese of Los Angeles have stepped up to help replenish them by hosting blood drives. Currently scheduled events are listed below.

Additional helpful resources from the American Red Cross:

Donors may save up to 15 minutes by completing pre-donation reading and answering health history questions here, rather than filling out forms on the day of donation.

Reservations are required. All donors and staff will be screened before entering the facilities.

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church
Vicenti Hall
4745 Wheeler Avenue, La Verne 91750
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: STJOHNS
Additional date at this location is Sunday, July 24.

Will your church host blood drives in coming months? Send the information to [email protected] for inclusion in the calendar. Please include the date, times, location and sponsor code.

Listings may be sent to [email protected]. There is no charge.

BEVERLY HILLS: Controller, All Saints Episcopal Church. The controller is responsible for all facets of financial management and operations, including accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, cash flow management, insurance, and human resources. The controller is a key member of the senior management staff and reports to the priest-in-charge. The controller also works collaboratively with the vestry, treasurer, volunteer groups, committees, and program staff. A full job description is here.

COVINA: Organist/Choirmaster, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Part time (6-12 hours per week). Holy Trinity Church in Covina seeks an organist/director of Music responsible for providing music in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition (music ancient, classical, contemporary, and multicultural). Send resume to the parish administrator via email at [email protected]. For a full job description, click here.

FILLMORE/VENTURA: Community Engagement and Development Coordinator, The Abundant Table, a non-profit, organic certified farm and BIPOC- and women-led worker collective in Ventura County, California that seeks to transform our food system towards justice, liberation, and increased health for all people, while caring for the land and all who tend the land. Community Engagement and Development Coordinator will be responsible to oversee and coordinate the TAT community engagement and development processes, including management; fundraising; community engagement, coordination and development. 30 hours/week; salary and benefits $32,864.Full job description here.

LOS ANGELES (ECHO PARK): Credit Union CEO/Manager, Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union. To provide strategic, vision, leadership, and management in all functional areas. Plan, direct and control credit union activities in accordance with credit union plans, policies, directives and activities as established by the Board of Directors. Responsible for ensuring financial stability and member satisfaction commensurate with the best interest of members, staff and credit union. A full job description is here. For more information and to apply, click here.

LOS ANGELES: Coordinator for Capacity Building, Outreach and Volunteers, Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service. IRIS is a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the Southern California based affiliate office of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). IRIS offers refugee resettlement assistance, intensive case management and immigration legal services to the low-income refugee and immigrant community of the greater Los Angeles region. The Coordinator for Capacity Building, Outreach and Volunteers will work across IRIS’ departments to build comprehensive community capacity and engagement to support IRIS’ efforts to support refugee and immigrant integration throughout the greater Los Angeles region. This position is responsible for: recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and co-sponsors; tracking and maintaining data; working with IRIS staff, donors and partners to coordinate donations of household goods; coordinating IRIS community engagement efforts including education and outreach to program partners, faith groups, educational institutions, and other community partners; and develop and distribute materials to engage local stakeholders around resettlement service activities that positively impact refugee and immigrant communities in the region. Full job description here.

LOS ANGELES: Preferred Communities Afghan Intensive Refugee Case Manager, IRIS (Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service). Responsible for coordinating medical and/or mental health services and provide case management to individuals with refugee and asylum status who have significant physical and/or mental health conditions. The PC Afghan Intensive Case Manager will be part of a specialized team within IRIS that focuses on intensive case manager for the agency’s most vulnerable clients. The position will work to promote self-sufficiency and goal attainment for clients, through connections to ongoing programming and mainstream supports, in compliance with IRIS programs and contract guidelines. This position reports to the Refugee Program Supervisor and IRIS executive director. Full job description and application instructions here.

LOS ANGELES: Executive Director, Commission on Schools. The Diocese of Los Angeles and the Commission on Schools are seeking a lay or ordained person with school, preschool, and/or parish leadership experience to be a part of the diocesan staff beginning Summer 2022. Being an Episcopalian is not required but is preferable, and a non-Episcopalian must be willing to fully understand, articulate, and support the ministries of Episcopal schools and preschools. The position is 1000 hours per year, benefits eligible, with the work schedule to be determined by the needs of the position with respect to the school year and diocesan considerations. Please send a cover letter, resume, and a reference list to Canon Anilin Collado via email at [email protected] or by postal mail at 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026 no later than March 31. A job description is here.

LOS ANGELES: Seminary Dean and President, Bloy House. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is recruiting an individual to serve as dean and president of Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School of Los Angeles. Over its 50-year history, Bloy House has trained generations of lay leaders, priests, and deacons, moving flexibly with the needs of the diocese and the changing realities of academic seminaries. Our vision is that Bloy House will now put greater emphasis on lay formation and will provide an integrating hub for the many excellent existing, but disparate, formation programs in the diocese, as well as visioning new initiatives and expanded constituencies. A full job description is here.

LOS ANGELES: Preschool Director, St. James' Episcopal School. The preschool director oversees the Grammercy Place Preschool and is the supervisor for the St. Andrew’s Place preschool site director. The preschool director is responsible for curriculum, evaluation, professional development and parent and family engagement and communications for both preschool campuses. Website is here. Full job description here.

PACIFIC PALISADES: Live Stream Manager. St. Matthew's Parish is an inspiring house of worship situated in beautiful Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The Director of Program Ministry seeks a part-time Live Stream Manager who is an experienced audio/visual consultant to partner with our ministry team to broadcast our live Sunday morning worship service and special services. A full job description is here. Please email your resume to [email protected]. Learn more about St. Matthew's here.

PACIFIC PALISADES: General Maintenance Worker, St. Matthew's Church and School. St. Matthew's is a vibrant community that includes both a Church and a School situated in beautiful Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The Director of Facilities and Operations seeks a full time maintenance staff member with maintenance experience. This is a "hands-on" position and the ideal candidate will have repair maintenance and event setup experience, great people skills and a history of providing the highest level of customer service. A full job description is here. Please email resume to [email protected].

THOUSAND OAKS: Assistant Principal, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. Duties include helping with admissions, development, parent relations, student supervision, and program development. Candidate must have a college degree, a teaching credential, and a minimum of five years working in a school. Administrative experience is desirable. If interested, please send resume to [email protected].

WOODLAND HILLS: Receiving Supervisor, West Valley Food Pantry. The Receiving Supervisor is responsible for coordinating the daily staging and oversight of a drive-through food delivery operation. Empathy and kindness to the clients should be part of this individual’s makeup. The Receiving Supervisor is the Food Pantry’s liaison with donating markets, and should cultivate excellent communication with the market's managers. Relationships with our volunteers is paramount, and a positive demeanor is a necessity. The Receiving Supervisor is responsible for accepting, tracking and inventory of all incoming deliveries and donations, in cooperation with the Warehouse Assistant. Full job description here.
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