Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
April 3, 2022
Services move from church to church in Deanery 6 for 'progressive' Holy Week

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News – March 30, 2022] Call it progressive or even itinerant Holy Week worship – Episcopalians in Deanery 6 (Pomona Valley-Inland Empire) are collaborating to offer Wednesday evening Tenebrae at St. John’s, La Verne; a Maundy Thursday agape meal and foot-washing ceremony at St. Ambrose in Claremont; the solemn Good Friday liturgy at St. Paul’s, Pomona; and the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil at Christ Church in Ontario.

Members of all four congregations – encouraged to attend each of the services – will worship in their home churches on Palm Sunday and Easter Day, according to the Rev. Jessie Smith, St. Ambrose’s rector.

Each congregation’s unique personality prompted its Holy Week service selection.

“St. Ambrose had first dibs on Maundy Thursday,” Smith said, laughing. “If food is involved, St. Ambrose is most invested. Christ Church is all about liturgy, so they volunteered for the Easter Vigil. We’re like, let’s talk about the food. We knew this was our service to do.”

The evening will be centered around a shared agape meal for at least 75, with the ability to accommodate more participants, she said. “We’ll have a creative way of doing Eucharist around the table that will keep everybody safe and abide by diocesan guidelines. We’ll then do a foot washing ceremony in the sanctuary and a stripping of the altar.”

While the joy of collective worship after separations spawned by the pandemic has blossomed, sharing resources is a congregational necessity because of changing lay leadership, overwhelmed clergy, and decreased attendance post-Covid, she added.

Read more here.
NYA launches college-prep writing program in memory of Barbara and Fred Borsch; 39th annual Scholarship Benefit set for May 14

[The Episcopal News – March 30, 2022] College-bound students in grades 1 – 12 will benefit from a new writing instruction program established by the Neighborhood Youth Association in memory of the late Canon Barbara S. Borsch, diocesan lay leader, and the Rt. Rev. Frederick H. Borsch, fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, both gifted educators and advocates for youth at risk.

A year-round program of after-school skill-building and summer enrichment, the new NYA Barbara and Fred Borsch Writing Workshop has been created in recognition of Barbara Borsch’s early vocation as a high school English teacher and Fred Borsch’s achievements as a theologian, seminary dean, professor, author, and poet.

Contributions to the Borsch Writing Workshop memorial fund may be made online at, or checks made payable to “Neighborhood Youth Association” may be mailed to 1016 Pleasant View Ave., Venice, CA 90291.  Gifts will be applied directly to implementation of an expanded writing curriculum, tutoring, and remediation to help students regain grade-level performance slowed by distance learning during the pandemic.

Launching of the new workshop – set to include a modest annual cash award for student excellence – 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. Theme for this year’s benefit is “Opening Doors to a Bright Future.”

Read more here.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for 100th anniversary Good Friday Offering

[The Episcopal Church – March 30, 2022] Celebrating 100 years of Episcopal Church gifts to Jerusalem and the Middle East, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites bishops, congregations, and supporters to participate in the centenary Good Friday Offering.

First gathered in 1922, the initial Good Friday Offering was an intentional response of The Episcopal Church to support Anglican ministries in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East that were impacted by the devastation of World War I, the Spanish flu pandemic, and social and political unrest affecting Armenian Christians, among others throughout that region.

A lifeline of hope in times of genuine need in years past, the Good Friday Offering continues to support churches, medical programs, and schools today.

“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,” Curry says in a Lenten letter to Episcopal parishioners. “For 10 decades we have provided an opportunity for every parish throughout our church to connect with the ministry of love and compassion carried out by our Anglican sisters and brothers” in the region.

Read more and view a video message from Presiding Bishop Curry here.
Events & Announcements
Interfaith ‘Build the World House’ online discussion will amplify LGBTQ+ voices April 7

Interfaith LGBTQ+ voices collaborating for justice will be amplified in the next "Build the World House" online panel discussion set for 5 p.m. on April 7. Registration is here.

The presentation is the second in a series co-sponsored by the United Religious Initiative, the University of La Verne, Interfaith Youth Corps, and the diocesan Program Group on Ecumenical and Interfaith Life.

The series’ first panel, held March 10, featured interfaith African American advocates working for social justice, and a subsequent presentation will feature Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices. For links and further information, contact Tahil Sharma, diocesan interfaith minister in residence, at
Information here. Tickets 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 11, 18 and 25. The three 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
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.

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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).
Camp Stevens invites all to family camps, retreats; summer camp registration continues

In addition to its summer sessions for children and teens, Camp Stevens will hold its annual series of Family Camps this year: Memorial Day, May 28 – 30; Harvest, Oct. 7 – 9; and Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 – 27.

"Family Camps are a great way to connect with your family and experience all Camp Stevens has to offer," says the announcement. "All you have to do is bring your family and we provide the rest. Cost covers your private room, food, and activities."

Weekend activities may include archery, climbing wall, garden tour or project, staff-led hikes, ice dye or tie-dye projects, swimming, campfire with s'mores, family-friendly trivia, culinary projects, visits with the camp's pigs and goats, family fun games, beer and wine tasting, or arts and crafts. More information about family camps, including cost, is here. For reservations, click here.

Summer camp registration continues: sessions are filling quickly

Summer camp registration is now open for children ages 8 to 15 for these sessions:

  • Adventure Session 1: June 26 – July 1
  • Adventure Session 2: July 3 – July 8
  • Adventure Session 3: July 10 – July 15
  • Adventure Session 4: July 17 – July 22

The camp recently posted on Instagram that spaces are filling up quickly.

Teens 16 and up are invited to apply for Counselor Training (June 12 - 21). The camp also offers Wilderness Trips for teens up to age 17, featuring such activities as rock climbing and sea kayaking.

For information about all summer camps, visit the website here. Cost is on a tiered system, with each family choosing which rate to pay, according to its means. Fees for Adventure Sessions range from $625 to $795. Some camperships are available.

Covid-19 mitigation measures will be observed at all camp sessions until the staff, guided by camp nurses, the American Camping Association and public health officials, deem them no longer necessary: see the website for details.
From the wider church
Join the presiding bishop, church leaders for discussion of Martin Luther King Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh

[The Episcopal Church – March 30, 2022] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will join other church leaders Wednesday, April 6 for an online discussion of the friendship between the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Registration (click here) is free, with an option to donate.

Hosted by Washington National Cathedral, “Brothers in the Beloved Community” will start at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on Zoom. Based on a book of the same name by Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California, the discussion will explore the relationship between the two men and their efforts to resist harmful forces still at work today.

In addition to Curry and Andrus, speakers include Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Paul Smith, a civil rights veteran, minister, educator, and author. Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith will moderate.

Several years before King’s death in 1968, Hanh wrote him an open letter as part of an effort to raise awareness and bring peace in Vietnam. As a result, the men met and – despite coming from different religions and cultures, as well as warring countries – developed a deep friendship as they worked together for peace.

In 1967 King nominated Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize, writing, “Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”

Registrants will be sent information with a Zoom link on April 6.
Episcopal Migration Ministries stands ready to assist as US plans to admit up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees

By Egan Millard

[Episcopal News Service – March 24, 2022] On March 24, President Joe Biden announced at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, that the United States will accept up to 100,000 refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. In response, Episcopal Migration Ministries, which helps resettle refugees in the U.S. as one of nine refugee agencies that work with the federal government, said it is ready to welcome them.

“Another brutal conflict has caused much suffering in Ukraine and an exodus of families seeking safety in neighboring countries,” Demetrio Alvero, operations director for Episcopal Migration Ministries, said in a March 24 statement. “With the announcement today that the United States government will assist in the resettlement of 100,000 Ukrainians, EMM will do its part, as it has for various persecuted refugees from across the world, to welcome them with the assistance of our partners, congregations and community groups.”

About 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine, and millions more are internally displaced, in what has become Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II. Most of the refugees are currently in Poland, Moldova, Romania and Germany. Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24

In addition to helping Ukrainians and Russians through a range of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the U.S. announced on March 24 that it will provide more than $1 billion toward humanitarian assistance to support people within Ukraine and assist those affected by the impact of Russia’s invasion and an additional $11 billion over the next five years to ensure food security.

EMM has welcomed and resettled more than 100,000 refugees since the 1980s, and since 2014 has helped resettle 420 Ukrainians under a family reunification program that initially began in 1990 to resettle Jews from the former Soviet Union, according to the statement.

Read more here.
Madeleine Albright, first female secretary of state and devoted Episcopalian, dies at 84

[Episcopal News Service – March 24, 2022] Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state who wrote about her complex faith journey to The Episcopal Church and served in leadership roles at various Episcopal institutions, died March 23 of cancer. She was 84.

Albright was the first female secretary of state, serving from 1997 to 2001. Previously, she served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997.

Albright regularly attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood and was serving on Washington National Cathedral’s cathedral chapter (a governing body similar to a vestry) at the time of her death. She has also chaired the board of the Beauvoir School and served on the board of directors of the College of Preachers, both institutions affiliated with the National Cathedral.

She also participated in various cathedral events dealing with religion and politics and gave the eulogy at Colin Powell’s funeral there in November 2021.

“We mourn the loss of Madeline Albright, committed Episcopalian and trailblazing ambassador,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a statement. “I am particularly thankful for her guiding belief that religious leaders have an essential role to play in foreign policy, and for her Anglican sensibility in navigating difference and diversity.”

Read more here.
Anglican Primates gather at Lambeth Palace

This week Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry of the Episcopal Church (third from right in photo) is joining archbishops, presiding bishops and moderators of Anglican Communion provinces for a Primates meeting at Lambeth Palace in London The gathering, the first in-person meeting since they last met in Jordan in January 2020, is hosted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (pictured at center front).
More reporting from Episcopal News Service is here.
In other media
San Gabriel Valley hopes to help people of Ukraine heal with unique art and power of prayer

By Jaysha Patel

[KABC – March 25, 2022] Vintage Treasures and Antiques in Arcadia has been around for eight years, and throughout the pandemic, community members helped support the shop to keep it open.

Now, owner Raquel McLaughlin feels like it's only right to show support to those in the community who are being affected by what's happening in Ukraine.

McLauglin painted furniture pieces in Ukrainian flag colors that are sitting outside her shop on Foothill Boulevard.

"So many of us right now feel completely helpless and we're just kind of torn between, 'What do we do for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters out there?'" she said.

Meanwhile, outside of Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, [Monrovia], painted chairs and a Ukrainian flag are displayed along California Avenue.

A church member painted the chairs.

"Given the events going on in the world, we thought it was important to lift the people of Ukraine up in prayer at this point, and also to keep that awareness in our hearts so we hold ourselves accountable for how we respond," said Neil Tadken, a priest at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Read more and see KABC's video report here.

Above: At St. Luke's Church, Monrovia, chairs painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag show support for the besieged nation. Photo: Neil Tadken
Six members of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Malibu ran in the L.A. Marathon Charity Challenge. Photo: Joyce Stickney
Malibu runners traverse city streets in L.A. Marathon

[The Malibu Times - March 28, 2022] Reverend Dr. Joyce Stickney gazed around Dodger Stadium as the sun rose in the early morning of March 20 and took the sight in.

“It’s the first time I had seen Dodger Stadium so empty,” said the pastor of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Malibu.

There was no baseball game happening on the famed venue’s field. Instead, Stickney and around 300 other Team World Vision participants met in the stadium for a few moments of prayer before they went to the starting line of the 37th annual Los Angeles Marathon, which was outside the stadium’s doors.

The members of Team World Vision, a Washington-based Christian humanitarian organization, were set to run and walk in the famed L.A. running spectacle to raise funds and awareness for clean water in Africa. The group prayed to be joyful in hope, faithful in prayer and persistent in the face of affliction.

Read more here.
Coming up
Community Composting Workshop at Rebecca's Garden
Christ Episcopal Church
1127 N. San Antonio Avenue, Ontario
Information: Mary Wise,

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Kindred Spirits: One Animal Family, Part II
St. John's Cathedral
514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007
In person and online: register here
An in-person interview and book signing with Anne Benvenuti, Ph.D., celebrates her new book, Kindred Spirits: One Animal Family. Benvenuti describes what she calls a global shift of consciousness in how humans relate to other animals. Following the program at the in-person event, Benvenuti will sign copies of Kindred Spirits: One Animal Family. To purchase the book in advance, click here. The Guibord Center, an interfaith organization founded by the late Rev. Gwynne Guibord, an Episcopal priest, works to increase understanding among Los Angeles' diverse faith communities. All of their programs are free; donations are gratefully accepted. Learn more here.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 5 - 7 p.m.
Bites and Beers for Ukraine
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
1648 W. Ninth Street, San Pedro
Tickets here
Sponsored by St. Peter's Church, San Pedro Brew Co., and the San Pedro Faith Consortium. Donations will to go the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund of Episcopal Relief & Development.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 6 p.m.
Classical Sundays at Six: The Capitol Ensemble
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
The Capitol Ensemble will perform a program of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Ticket required to attend.

An Evening for Ukraine
All Saints Episcopal Church
3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside 92506
Evening Prayer for peace in Ukraine and the whole world, with prayer, song and candlelight.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 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, APRIL 10, 6 p.m.
International Laureates Organ Series: Tom Mueller
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
Tom Mueller is an associate professor of church music, university organist, and music department chair at Concordia University in Irvine, California, where he directs academic programs in keyboard, composition, jazz, and church music. An award-winning church musician, he is associate organist at St. James’ Church, where he accompanies the acclaimed Choir of St. James’ under the direction of James Buonemani. He is an active recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator. Read more about this artist here. Ticket required to attend.

Tenebrae: A Service of Darkness
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
1432 Engracia Avenue, Torrance 90501
Please join the Mutual Ministry Choir of St. Andrew’s and Christ Church for their annual Tenebrae. This solemn service of readings and song follow Christ through his last days leading up to his crucifixion. Candles are extinguished throughout the service to accompany the passion narrative. You won’t want to miss this special Holy Week service with music by organ, oboe and choir.
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,

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.

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.
Additional events are listed on the diocesan calendar 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, APRIL 3, 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 dates at this location are: Sunday, May 29; and Sunday, July 24.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 1 - 7 p.m. 
St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)
330 E 16th Street, Upland 91784
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: stmarks

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

Listings may be sent to There is no charge.

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 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 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. Please email your resume to 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

PASADENA: Associate for Giving & Stewardship, All Saints Church. The purpose of this position is to provide excellent stewardship of All Saints’ donors and to ensure accurate and timely processing of all income. This position reports to the Director of Giving & Stewardship. Full time (hybrid in-person and online). Full job description here.

PASADENA: Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Care, Health & Healing and Giving Office, All Saints Church. Full time with benefits. Performs routine administrative functions for Pastoral Care, such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files; write reports of prayer requests and pastoral care needs; handle phone and email, provide information, coordinate meetings and more. A complete job description is here.

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

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.


OAKLAND: Director of Children and Youth Ministries, St. John’s Episcopal Church. The founding congregation of Confirm not Conform, St. John's prides itself on being welcoming, innovative and action focused. Its vision is to manifest God’s love through invitation, inclusion, faith and action and it is seeking ways to extend its relevance to the unchurched now and in the future. St. John's is seeking a Director of Children and Youth Ministries to lead its efforts in actively revolutionizing ministry for and with young people within the church and the larger community. St. John’s seeks a person who is passionate about social and environmental justice and equity, and who is excited to empower children, youth, and families to take action locally and beyond. The DCYM oversees the creation and delivery of a holistic formation program from birth through high school graduation and beyond, including intentional spiritual nourishment of the caring adults who walk alongside children and youth during these times. Full job description is here. Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Martha Whitesides,

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