Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
January 30, 2022
Coming in February: 'Engagement Across Difference: A Spiritual Practice of Love in Action'

By Susan Russell

“Conversation with others across difference is not just a nice thing to do. It is a spiritual practice of love in action.”

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles invites you to put these words of Presiding Michael Curry into action as we seek to work together to be agents of change in our increasingly polarized and divided world.

On two Thursdays, Feb. 17 & 24, 6 - 8 p.m. members of the One in the Spirit ministry will host virtual conversations (via Zoom) structured around “From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference” – the initiative inviting Episcopalians and our neighbors to engage in one-to-one listening and sharing across the many differences that challenge us. Participants will have a chance to see how this framework can enable them to communicate with others with whom they disagree on contentious issues and transform their relationships in the process.

Join us as we continue to work together to be the change we want to see – living out God’s love in the world one conversation at a time!

For more information or to register, contact Wendy Lords at

— The Rev. Canon Susan Russell is canon for Engagement Across Difference for the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Training will help bystanders intervene in cases of hate speech, aggression

In response to increasing incidents of anti-Asian aggression locally and nationwide, The Gathering: A Space for Asian Pacific American Spirituality and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-L.A. will provide practical training for those who want to know how to respond immediately and safely if they witness such harassment in "Love My Neighbor, Stand Against Hate: Bystander Intervention Training & Workshop," to be held via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 12, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

In the first hour, AAAJ-LA's trainers will teach the "5 Ds" of how to intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising safety, based on the proven methodology of Hollaback!, a global anti-harassment nonprofit organization. In the second hour, participants will learn to put what they have just learned into action, especially as it relates to faith communities. The Gathering team will facilitate reflective exercises and a Q&A time.

Note: The first hour of the workshop will not be recorded or made available after the live event due to AAAJ-LA's licensing agreements.

There is no charge for the program. To register, click here. For more information, email
Los Angeles faith leaders plan virtual prayer vigil for 'healing and solidarity'

Faith leaders from Los Angeles and Texas will gather online for a Virtual Interfaith Unity Prayer to build healing and solidarity among their communities. The event, to take place on Friday, January 28 at 10 a.m., is hosted by L.A. Civil Rights and the Multi-Faith Leaders Roundtable in response to recent events, including an attack on a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, in January.

"[W]e are gathering leaders from many faith backgrounds to share in prayer and stand united in love and mutual support," according to the event announcement. "We will not be divided by hate. We welcome all to join us for this Virtual Unity Prayer."

Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Canon for Common Life Bob Williams are members of the Multi-Faith Leaders Roundtable, which is convened by L.A. Civil Rights (the Los Angeles City Department of Civil and Human Rights and Equity). 

To register for the online vigil, click here.
UBE invites 'offerings of creative expression' in honor of Absalom Jones, 1st Black Episcopal priest

To celebrate the Feast of Absalom Jones (Feb. 13), the H. Belfield Hannibal Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians invites the diocesan community to contribute offerings of creative expression to the glory of God in commemoration of Jones' life and legacy. To submit artwork, poetry, essays, photography, drawings, and other forms of creative expression, click here.

Absalom Jones (1746 – 1818) was the first African American to be ordained in The Episcopal Church. Born into slavery, Jones eventually obtained his freedom and helped to found St. Thomas's Church of Philadelphia, the first Black Episcopal congregation in the United States. He was ordained a deacon in 1795 and a priest in 1802. According to a short biography of Jones by Arthur K. Sudler, archivist of St. Thomas' Church: "Jones was an earnest preacher. He denounced slavery, and warned the oppressors to 'clean their hands of slaves.' ... But it was his constant visiting and mild manner that made him beloved by his congregation and by the community. St. Thomas Church grew to over 500 members during its first year. The congregants formed a day school and were active in moral uplift, self-empowerment, and anti-slavery activities."

For information, email
Episcopalian Lori Kizzia featured in video announcing new housing for veterans

Affirmed Housing Group recently released this video about the grand opening of Emerson, a new community near Hollywood offering 38 studio apartments for formerly homeless veterans. Lori Kizzia, clinical manager for Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles and member of All Saints Church, Pasadena, is among those explaining the services that will be offered to residents. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also is featured in the video, which runs about seven and a half minutes.
Events & Announcements
Campbell Hall invites all to online program on global warming, climate justice with marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Campbell Hall, an Episcopal school in North Hollywood, invites the diocesan community to its Parent Education talk, “Conservation and Climate Justice: Creating Local and Systemic Change," on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Led by climate expert Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (pictured), the program will focus on climate justice and the feminist climate renaissance. Join us for an exploration of how the climate crisis disproportionately affects communities of color and the leadership needed to generate effective and sustainable solutions. Participants will discuss the Blue New Deal rooted in the central role the world's oceans have to abate anthropogenic climate change and how The All We Can Save Project supports a framework for the systemic change necessary to transform the future.

The presentation will be moderated by educators Karl Frank of Campbell Hall and Phu Tranchi of Oakwood School.

To register and learn more about Campbell Hall's Parent Education Speaker Series click here.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and co-creator (and former co-host) of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast "How to Save a Planet" on climate solutions. She co-edited the bestselling climate anthology All We Can Save and co-founded The All We Can Save Project. Recently she co-wrote the "Blue New Deal," a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy. Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developed policy at the EPA and NOAA, and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University. Johnson earned a B.A. from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. She is on the 2021 Time 100 Next List, was named one of Elle’s 27 Women Leading on Climate, and Outside magazine called her “the climate leader we need.” Photo: From a portrait by Marcus Brown
EDIFY at St. Edmund's, San Marino, teams with Trevor Project for webinar on LGTBQ youth in crisis

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people. On Monday, Feb. 7, 6 – 7 p.m., EDIFY (the Edmund's Institute for Faith and Youth) will host a webinar to discuss the services that The Trevor Project has to offer and how youth can access them, as well as challenges facing the mental health of LGBTQ youth today. Participants also will help identify ways to create safer and more supportive environments for LGBTQ youth in faith communities.

Registration for this free webinar is available here.

EDIFY is an initiative of St. Edmund’s Church in San Marino, created as a resource to inspire, inform and support the faith formation of youth and those who work with youth.
Cathedral Choral Academy offers quality music education for children who love to sing

Do you know a child who loves to sing?

The Cathedral Choral Academy at St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles provides quality music education to girls and boys ages 7 - 14, regardless of prior musical experience. All children receive a full scholarship. This program meets at St. John's every Thursday, 5 - 7 p.m. (dinner included). The 2021-22 program will include multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Registration continues throughout the school year. For information, email Stephen Salts, director, at St. John's Cathedral is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007.

Conoce a un niño que le gusta cantar?

La Academia de Coro Catedral provee educacion de calidad musical a ninas y niños de edades 7 – 14, sin importar experiencia muscial previa. Todos los niños reciben beca completa. Este programa se junta todos los Jueves entre 5 - 7 p.m. (cena incluida) y incluye oportunidades multiples de funciones a lo largo del año. La inscripción continúa durante todo el año escolar. Para mas informacion comuníquese por correo electronico La Catedral de San Juan está ubicada en 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Ángeles 90007.
Diocese's Chinese congregations invite all to Lunar New Year celebration Feb. 12

The Chinese congregations of the Diocese of Los Angeles invite the entire diocesan community to a virtual celebration for the Lunar New Year ("Year of the Tiger") on Saturday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m. The online celebration, hosted by St. Thomas' Church, Hacienda Heights, will take place on Zoom here. A flyer is here.
Bloy House announces February 'Education for Your Faith Journey' classes

Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School Los Angeles) has announced new February offerings in the "Education for Your Faith Journey" program, which is designed to meet the education needs of those not currently served by seminaries or other church programs. Each class meets online weekly for four weeks. Class sessions are about 60 to 90 minutes long. The class fee is $50; financial aid is available.

New courses are:

TUESDAYS, FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22; 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Aging and Ageism
Taught by Susan Brown, administrator of the By Your Side program of Episcopal Communities and Services. What are the assumptions we make about aging? Are those assumptions cross-cultural, or do they differ within the very diverse Diocese of Los Angeles? What are the facts of aging from the perspectives of employment, health and medicine, spirituality, charitable giving? What does ageism look like and to what degree might we have “introjected” biases about both younger and older people? What is the connection to “ableism”? What would a cross-generational, diversely-abled Jesus Movement” look like, and how might we get there? This four-week, one hour course will explore the questions above and probably many others, as participants survey attitudes about age and the particular picture of their own communities.

THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 3, 10, 17, 24, 1, 8, 15, 22; 7 – 8:30 p.m.*
Exploring Chaplaincy
Led by the Rev. Jana Milhon-Martin, director of the Center for Lay Chaplaincy. The ministry of chaplaincy is unique. Chaplains do not seek to impart faith, but rather they operate within the ecology of belief they encounter in those seeking care. Which means the ministry of chaplaincy is focused on deep listening and supportive presence. Most often chaplains employ these gifts in places like hospitals, schools, the military, and jails. The Center for Lay Chaplaincy seeks to expand the ministry of chaplaincy and bring the gifts of deep listening and supportive presence to the ordinary footpath of everyday life. The class will explore the ministry of chaplaincy in a variety of contexts and vocations. Presenters and class titles are:
  • Feb. 3: Sharon Crandall – The Gifts and Challenges of Chaplaincy with the Incarcerated
  • Feb. 10: The Rev. Ronald David, M.D. – Clinical Pastoral Education as a Pathway to Liberation
  • Feb. 17: Cati Bennett – The Path to Professional Chaplaincy: the Challenges of Residency
  • Feb. 24: Jessica Zheng – Chaplaincy Everywhere: Bringing the Gifts of Chaplaincy to the Footpath of Everyday Life

For more information and to register, click here.

*The Feb. 10 session will meet at 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Instituto ofrece clases de liderazgo en la iglesia

Institute offers classes in church leadership
Instituto de Liderazgo (Leadership Institute) of the Diocese of Los Angeles announces that it will offer Spanish-language classes in church leadership beginning in March 2022.

Instituto de Liderazgo es un programa respaldado por Bloy House Seminary, la escuela de teología en Los Angeles, una de las ciudades con mayor diversidad étnica y religiosa en los Estados Unidos.

La misión del Instituto de Liderazgo es vital.

Los participantes adquieren los conceptos básicos sobre liderazgo en la Iglesia Episcopal, enfatizando el llamado a todos los bautizados a ejercer su liderazgo mediante un modelo de liderazgo que se adapta a las necesidades actuales, así como las herramientas para aplicar enfoques nuevos e innovadores que se necesitan en el mundo de hoy y en el futuro.

La formación y la educación fomentan una experiencia más amplia de ser un líder y fomentan nuestra participación en la renovación del trabajo de la iglesia a través de un modelo transformador y restaurador de evangelización en el mundo.

El programa incluye formación teológica, litúrgica, cuidado de las almas, ética en el liderazgo, entre otras areas necesarias para el florecimiento humano en nuestras comunidades Latinas preparando nuevas generaciones de líderes y ministros compasivos, reflexivos, y adaptativos en un mundo en constante cambio.

Otra parte importante del programa es la formación espiritual personal.

Este programa se ofrece en Español a personas que buscan formación para ministerios laicos; sin embargo, también es un recurso útil para aquellos que desean discernir más profundamente un llamado al ministerio ordenado.

 El programa es administrado por el Grupo de Programa de Ministerio Hispano y dirigido por el Rev. Carlos Ruvalcaba. Los instructores tienen basta experiencia en sus respectivas areas de enseñanza así como sirviendo comunidades Latinas en los Estados Unidos.

Las clases dan inicio el Sábado 12 de Marzo, 2022 a las 8:00 am.

Los participantes tienen la opción de asistir a las clases en persona, o de manera virtual.

Las inscripciones se abren el 1 de Febrero, 2022.

Escríbenos para recibir mayores informes:
Brad Karelius to lead two-part introduction to 'Desert Mystics'

The Rev. Canon Brad Karelius will present "Encountering Your True Self with the Desert Mystics," a two-part introduction to desert spirituality through the lives and teachings of the desert fathers and mothers, sponsored by the Orange County-based Center for Spiritual Development.

"From across the centuries, the desert fathers and mothers of the 4th and 5th centuries continue to speak to us about solitude and silence, death, grace, and true freedom," Karelius writes in the course description. "Their stories and sayings create an environment which invites our spirit to grow into God’s deepest desires for us." There will be time for personal meditation on their wisdom and group reflection at each session.

The two sessions are:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Part 1: The Desert Fathers
Meeting via Zoom
This session will focus on two pioneers of the contemplative tradition: Abba Moses the Black and Abba Anthony the Great.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Part 2: The Desert Mothers
Meeting via Zoom and in person (as allowed by health codes)

Karelius has been a priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles for 50 years. For 45 years he was associate professor of philosophy at Saddleback Community College. He is author of The Spirit in the Desert (2009), Encounters with the World’s Religions (2015) and Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest (2019). His new book, Desert Spirituality for Men, will be available in Lent.

The first workshop is offered via Zoom only. A link will be sent to registrants a few days before the event. To register, click here. For more information call 714.744.3172 or email
Finding peace for the task of peacemaking is topic of EPF online program

Episcopal Peace Fellowship will offer another in its series of online programs for peace builders with "Finding Our Own Peace So We Can Become Peacemakers" on Sunday, Feb. 6, 1 – 2 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST)

The program will be led by the Rev. Dan Hines, an international freelance speaker, therapist, workshop facilitator and leadership consultant in various contexts and communities. His workshops and programs have taken him to China, Central America, throughout Canada and the U.S., and on sailboats and hiking trails. Hines, an Anglican priest, is co-founder of the intentional community RareBirds Housing Co-operative, has run for public office, and has managed a zoo.

In a course description, Hines writes: "Our “hidden wholeness” is our safe haven amid the violence of the storm around us. We seek refuge from the storm to pause, to look inward, and to catch a glimpse of the soul and to listen deeply to that small voice inside of you that speaks the truth about you, your work, and the world. In this introduction to the Circle of Trust® workshop, we will renew our courage and capacity to weather the storm in an inclusive, safe, and disciplined space of ‘solitude in community.’ We will explore the theme of wholeness using the practices of storytelling, evocative readings and poetry, inner reflection, guided meditations, and facilitated discussions."

There is no charge for the program. For more information and to register, click here.
By Your Side training for end-of-life companions scheduled

By Your Side Vigil Companions, a project of Episcopal Communities and Services, trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those nearing the end of life. A new set of training sessions is scheduled early in 2022.

"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," says By Your Side director Susan Brown. "The pandemic has 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.

"We have also grappled with the need many of us feel to talk about what we are living through, perhaps to grieve. Together, we’ve explored being together – in hospitals, in our communities, over technology or the phone, in whatever ways we could. Amazingly, despite new challenges, we’ve built multi-generational kinship among people from Korea to Victorville."

Brown invites interested people to enroll in the Zoom (or hybrid) training sessions in early 2022. Each of the five sessions is two hours: Thursdays, Jan. 27 – February 24, 4 - 6 p.m., or Mondays, March 7 – April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. There is no obligation to volunteer at the completion of the training.

To enroll or for more information, contact Brown at or 818.822.6044. Enrollment is limited to 30 people. A fee of $70 (which includes all materials) is due by the second class. Scholarships are available. CE (12 hours) for nurses is available for an additional $30 under California Board of Registered Nursing Provider Number CEP 16239.
From the wider church
Executive Council meeting opens with focus on voting rights, budget, treatment of transgender Episcopalians

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – January 25, 2022] Executive Council opened its latest meeting Jan. 25 by highlighting a broad swath of issues confronting the church, including voting rights advocacy, the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, final planning for the upcoming 80th General Convention and efforts to respond to the church’s historic complicity with the United States’ system of Indigenous boarding schools.

The central issue, though, on this first full day of the Jan. 25-27 meeting was the experiences of transgender and nonbinary Episcopalians. During a 90-minute listening session, seven clergy and lay leaders discussed how transgender individuals often feel alternately supported by and marginalized by The Episcopal Church, which, they said, has not yet lived up to its promise of being a church for all.

“We have come a very long way, and we still have significant work to do,” said the Rev. Cameron Partridge, a transgender man who serves as rector at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California.

Executive Council is the church’s governing body between the triennial meetings of General Convention. After gathering online during most of the pandemic, members had been scheduled to meet this week in Cleveland, Ohio, but they chose to shift to virtual sessions because of the latest nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases.

Read more here.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's opening remarks to Executive Council are here.

President Gay Jennings' opening remarks are here.
Presiding bishop invites applicants for 2022 UN Commission on the Status of Women virtual delegation

[The Episcopal Church - January 5, 2022] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites applications for Episcopal delegates—including youth—to represent The Episcopal Church virtually at the 66th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW66), March 14–25.

Applications in English or Spanish are due by Friday, Jan. 28. Delegates will be expected to participate in preparatory conference calls and to participate virtually for an average of eight hours per day during the two-week UNCSW meeting.

“The Episcopal Church has decades-long experience in engaging with the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women through many committed Episcopalians who return year after year to advance gender justice and women’s and girls’ empowerment,” said Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church representative to the UN. “We look forward to a rich intergenerational exchange between the wisdom of our leaders and elders, the innovation brought by newcomers, and the fresh opportunities for equity and inclusion made uniquely possible by our virtual presence during this pandemic.”

Read more here.
More reporting from Episcopal News Service is here.
Coming up
FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 12 p.m.
Music at Noon: 'Pipes of Joy'
All Saints Episcopal Church
3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside 92506
In person, or livestreamed here (Facebook)
Featuring Abraham Fabella, organist. Program includes Three Choral Preludes and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by J.S. Bach; "Choral Prelude of 'Te Luis'" by Healey Wilan; and "The Dancing Pipes" by Jonathan Dove.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
GFS Los Angeles Annual Meeting
Online via Zoom: Meeting ID: 886 4226 3516: Passcode: 447392
For Girls Friendly Society board members, leaders and parents. "It has been two years of uncertainty and adjusting to circumstances," writes GFS-LA President Margaret Nolde. "Parents and branch leaders are invited to give input. Please put this meeting on your calendar to review the past year, make plans for events, and take care of business such as passing the budget, designating the donation in honor of Bishop Stevens and electing new members to the Sustaining Membership level. More information will be sent out the week of January 24."
Choral Evensong for Epiphany
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.01, ext.112 or here
The All Saints’ Choir will sing: "When to the temple Mary went" by Johann Eccard; Preces & Responses (St. David’s, Roswell) by Craig Phillips; Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Mt. St. Alban) by David Hogan; "Dazzling as the sun" by Gwyneth Walker. A reception will follow the service.

Classical Sundays at Six: Crossroads School Chamber Orchestra
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
The Crossroads School Chamber Orchestra and ensembles, under the direction of Alesander Treger, perform music to be announced. Ticket required to attend.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 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. Freewill offering. Ticket required to attend.

International Laureates Organ Series: Christopher Houlihan
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
The organist Christopher Houlihan has established an international reputation as an “intelligently virtuoso musician” (Gramophone), hailed for his “glowing, miraculously life-affirming performances” (Los Angeles Times). Read more about this artist here. There is no charge, but a ticket is required to attend.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 4 - 6 p.m.
Inspiring Stories:
How Survivors of Racism Have Healed Their Wounds
The Guibord Center
Register here
Information: Lisa Patriquin,
Presented by The Guibord Center and IslamiCity. Survivors of racism in the United States have been telling their stories for centuries. However, they have often not been widely heard or acknowledged outside of their communities. Yet hearing these truths is essential in order to enable healing and change to take place. In this event, people who have been wounded by racism will share about how their spirituality has helped them find healing. Join us as we hear from compelling storytellers whose personal reflections open a space for deeper exploration and transformative engagement. Storytellers for this event will be announced soon. There is no charge, but both sponsoring organizations gratefully accept donations.
Concert: Golden Bridge Consort
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.01, ext.112 or
An evening of spectacular choral music. The Golden Bridge ensemble, led by Suzi Digby, OBE, features the finest professional singers in California. Their seventh annual concert focuses around a commission from Ola Gjeilo, whose choral music is celebrated worldwide. Suzi Digby has also commissioned Moira Smiley, Saunder Choi, and Ian Krouse for this concert, which features Golden Bridge Patron Morten Lauridsen with a movement of his "Madrigali." Each of these contemporary choral works will be paired with an English Renaissance gem, bringing music of California's acclaimed composers together with England's divine heritage of choral music. A reception will follow the service.

Classical Sundays at Six: Bassoonist Judith Farmer and Friends
St. James' in-the-City Episcopal Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information here
Tickets here
Featuring Ambroise Aubrun, violin; Virginie d'Avezac, viola; Armen Ksajikian, cello; and Judith Farmer, bassoon. Performing Duo No. 2 in B-flat major for Violin and Viola, K. 424 by W.A. Mozart; Common Ground for Bassoon and Violoncello by Gernot Wolfgang; and Quartet in C major for Bassoon and String Trio, Opus 73, No. 1 by François Devienne. A ticket is required to attend..
Concert: "After Silence" with VOCES8
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
1031 Bienvenda Avenue, Pacific Palisades
Tickets and information here or 310.573.7422
Called “the Rolls-Royce of British vocal ensembles” (Artdesk), VOCES8 will perform a varied program spanning 400 years as part of the St. Matthew’s Music Guild’s thirty-eighth season of concerts. The program will feature selections from Monteverdi’s Madrigals, Book VI, Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” and masterpieces by Gibbons, Victoria, Rachmaninoff and others. Masks are required for all audience members. All audience members must show proof of having been fully vaccinated before February 11, 2022. Proof of vaccine booster is not required at this time.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 10 a.m.
Messiah Black History Program - 20th Anniversary
Episcopal Church of the Messiah
614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana 92701
Information here
Livestreamed here
On demand here
Keynote speaker: Assembly Member Chris Holden. Recognizing the need for education and a better understanding of African American history and culture, the Messiah Black History Program was developed by Allen Doby, a late parishioner. The first Black History Program was held on Feb. 24, 2002. The program is held annually during Black History Month (February). The objective is to raise awareness of the contributions of people of African descent to society, revealing their past and present, in an effort to inspire a better world. The program offers perspectives on civil rights, social justice trends and the need to embrace the diversity and inclusion of all people. Each year, a distinguished keynote speaker is invited to share her or his journey, as a person of African descent in America. After the service, the speaker joins parishioners for a soul food luncheon and informal discussions. The first keynote speaker, in 2002, was Jewel Plummer Cobb, cancer researcher, professor and the first Black woman to hold the position of president at California State University, Fullerton.
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 through the Red Cross are required. All donors and staff will be screened before entering the facilities.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 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, April 3; Sunday, May 29; and Sunday, July 24.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 8:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church, Cardinal Gym
30382 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: St. John (note no "s")
Additional dates at this location are Sundays, June 26 and Oct. 23.

Will your church host blood drives in 2022? 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.

GLENDORA: Organist. Grace Episcopal Church is seeking a professionally trained church organist to be a part of our strong and vital music ministry. The organist will be expected to play for one Sunday service and one choir rehearsal per week, feast days, and for festive concerts. We offer a traditional Rite II service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The preferred style of music is classical sacred music, ranging from Palestrina to Rutter. The pipe organ is by Manuel Rosales, built in 1977, with a new console in 1980, and substantial reconditioning work in 2016. The organ has two manuals and 26 ranks. The organist will work directly under our choirmaster/director of music in a collaborative manner. Salary: Starting at $12,000 per year, negotiable with demonstrated ability and experience. Weddings and funerals will provide additional compensation. Send resumé to the Rev. Susan Scranton via email at or by postal mail at 555 E. Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741.

LONG BEACH: Music Director and Organist. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church seeks a music director and organist to lead worship, work with the choir, and set a vision for the parish music program. Worship music includes traditional Episcopal/Anglican church music and sacred music from a variety of cultural and contemporary traditions, including Latino music at the Misa en Español, and monthly Taizé worship. 18 hours per week; salary $33,000-$38,000 commensurate with experience. Full job description is 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 1. 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.

PASADENA: Administrative Assistant for Music & Children, Youth and Family Program, All Saints Church. Full-time with benefits. Administrative assistant performs routine administrative functions for the children, youth, and family program such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files. Also performs routine administrative functions for the directors of music (adult, children and youth), and associate organist-choirmaster. Full job description is 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.

SANTA CLARITA: Director of Children's Education and Formation, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and Preschool. The role of the director will be to develop and execute strategies, curriculum and related programs that create an environment for children to grow and thrive in their pursuit of early childhood education, socialization, and spiritual foundations. This position reports to the Rector and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the preschool including staff management, Summer VBS and management of the parish Sunday School program. A full job description is 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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