Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
June 12, 2022
Presiding bishop calls Episcopalians to ‘A Season of Prayer for Revival’

[The Episcopal Church – June 8, 2022] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians everywhere to mark the season after Pentecost with 30 days of prayer leading up to and encompassing the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

“A Season of Prayer for Revival” – from June 12 through July 11 – will feature daily prayers drawn from the Book of Common Prayer. Individuals can sign up online to receive the prayers and inspirational messages via email. The prayers will also be posted daily on social media accounts for The Episcopal Church and Forward Movement. (The prayer for June 12 is shown above.)

Downloadable bulletin inserts are available for congregational use. All materials are in Spanish and English.

“As we move toward and adapt to a shorter, smaller General Convention, I invite every Episcopalian—whether you’re in Baltimore or Alaska or Honduras, whether you’re a deputy, a bishop, or a new member sitting in the pews—I invite all of us to pause each day just for a moment to pray for the expansive, reviving power of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds,” Curry said. “We are people of common prayer; may we embrace this season as an opportunity for us all to become a church that truly lives, looks, and loves like Jesus.”

The 80th General Convention is scheduled for July 8-11.
Above: ICSoCal’s president, Swami Mahayogananda of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, with other faith leaders, moderates the discussion at the June 6 reception. Photo: John Taylor
St. Paul’s Commons welcomes international, local faith leaders participating in Summit of the Americas

By EN Staff

[The Episcopal News - June 8, 2022] Bishop John Harvey Taylor joined local faith leaders in welcoming members of the Interreligious Forum of the Americas to St. Paul’s Commons, Echo Park, on June 6 for an evening reception hosted by the Interreligious Council of Southern California (ICSoCal).

Forum participants from across the hemisphere held a two-day conference at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to engage faith-based perspectives on political, economic, immigration, climate-change, and public health challenges, among other issues central to the international Summit of the Americas, opened June 8 in Los Angeles by President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.

Addressing the Echo Park reception’s 95 attendees, Maria Celina Conte, director of the Summit of the Americas Secretariat, and Kevin O’Reilly, Summit coordinator, underscored opportunities for faith communities to partner with government agencies in addressing justice issues.

Read more here.
Food program led by diocesan congregations, organizations wins seed money prize

Interfaith Food Coalition, a joint effort of Episcopal Enterprises; Seeds of Hope; St. Stephen's, Hollywood; St. Barnabas', Eagle Rock; Food Forward; and Nefesh, was one of the winners at the recent Social Enterprise Academy hosted by UCLA.

The coalition developed a product line made from rescued fresh produce, both keeping the food out of the landfill and funding its food justice work. They created dehydrated soup mixes, dried fruit and vegetable snacks, and canned fruit jams and butters. The initiative received a $15,000 prize as seed capital.

"We are on our way to reduce the waste of produce in the area and to support food security on a bigger scale," Episcopal Enterprise posted on its Facebook page. "Stay tuned!"

An Episcopal News story about the competition is here.
Diocesan offices to close in observance of Juneteenth

In honor of Juneteenth, diocesan offices at St. Paul's Commons will be closed on Monday, June 20.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. The U.S. Congress established June 19 as a federal holiday in 2021, and the Diocese of Los Angeles endorsed its observation in a resolution adopted at its 2021 convention. More about the holiday and the diocese's June 18 Evensong commemoration is below or here.
Editor's note: Due to a server error beyond our control, several stories and photos linked in the June 5 issue of The Episcopal News Update were deleted from our website on June 2 and 3. The stories have been restored and are available on the Episcopal News website, or at the links below. Thank you for your patience.

The Gathering marks Pentecost with celebration of AAPI voices

The Gathering – a Space for Asian Pacific Spirituality came together at All Saints Church, Pasadena, on June 5 for a Pentecost celebration featuring Asian American/Pacific Islander music, art, voices and food. The event also marked the conclusion of "AAPI Alive," a 50-day devotional guide, beginning on Easter, that celebrated the Resurrection with offerings by AAPI writers, photographers, artists and musicians. The postings may be seen here.

The Gathering is a diocesan ministry for and by Episcopalians of Asian and Pacific Islander origin or descent, as well as their families and friends. The Gathering holds frequent meetings, including panel conversations on topics related to Asian spirituality and advocacy as well as social events, local pilgrimages and art and music events. It also has provided a series of Asian immersion experiences to help church leaders and members better understand diverse Asian cultures. More about The Gathering is here.
Photos: Keith Yamamoto
Deacons to be ordained June 11 at St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral, Los Angeles, will host a service of ordination for five new transitional deacons at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. Bishop John Harvey Taylor will ordain Timothy Paul Hartley, Ryan Michael Macias, C. Susanne Wright-Nava, Stacey Forte Dupré and Brian Joseph Tucker. The prayers and presence of the diocesan community are invited.

For the safety of all, the cathedral deans and staff request that those attending and participating be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19.

The service will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Events & Announcements
Riverside ministry center begins tenant application process for affordable apartment complex

St. Michael's Apartments, an affordable housing project under construction at St. Michael's Episcopal Ministry Center in Riverside, is seeking tenants to live in its 51 units, half of which are designated for those who are homeless, and half for low-income families.

The community will provide a community room, computer room, outdoor courtyard, community garden, laundry room, bike storage, and a playground for children.

St. Michael's, under the leadership of the Rev. Canon Mary Crist, hosts a variety of programs to help deal with homelessness, hunger and addiction, as well as a ministry to Native Americans. St. Michael's community works closely with the other Episcopal churches in Riverside, St. George's and All Saints.

For more about St. Michael's Apartments, click on the image or here to see a larger version of the flyer, visit the website or call 951.944.8004. Prospective tenants may join an interest list, which will be open until June 30, 2022. (Income restrictions and application requirements are listed on the flyer and website.)
Bloy House's 'Media & Ministry' course will return in Fall 2022

"Media & Ministry, an online course taught by Canon Bob Williams, canon for Common Life of the Diocese of Los Angeles, will be offered as part of Bloy House’s weekend program in the fall of 2022.

The 10-session course is designed as a tutorial for parish leaders on how to use all aspects of media in service to their congregational ministry. Williams and his diocesan colleagues cover both internal and external communications, with a special emphasis on social media.

Classes will be held via Zoom at 7 – 10 p.m. on Fridays, Aug. 19 and 26, Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2 and 9.

The course is for credit, but will be open to auditors at a new reduced fee of $250. For more information and to register, click here.
'Escuela para Ministerios en Español' continues theological classes at All Saints, Pasadena

All Saints Church, Pasadena invites Spanish-speaking Episcopalians to join Escuela para Ministerios en Español, presented in partnership with the Diocese of Oregon.

The program, an immersive theological experience taught entirely in Spanish, consists of four modules of formation that will be held throughout the liturgical year. Participants may join at any time during any module.

Classes will be held in person every other week at All Saints Church on Saturdays, 5 – 7 p.m. Subjects to be offered in the four modules are Theology and Spirituality; Theological Reflection; Sacraments and Liturgy; Sacred Scriptures: Hebrew Bible and New Testament; and Church History and Anglican-Episcopal Tradition. The third module’s next classes on Sacred Scriptures will be on June 18, July 9 and July 23.

All Saints Church is at 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101. For more information contact the Rev. Alfredo Feregrino at 626.583.2713 or [email protected].
Diocese will mark Juneteenth with Evensong service at St. John's Cathedral

[The Episcopal News – June 1, 2022] The Diocese of Los Angeles will celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States, with a festive Evensong at St. John's Cathedral at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. The service will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor will preside at the Evensong; the Rev. Guy Leemhuis of St. Luke's, La Crescenta, will preach. Members of the Episcopal Chorale under the direction of Canon Chas Cheatham will perform various spirituals and gospel music. The Rev. Lester Mackenzie, rector of St. Mary's, Laguna Beach, will lead African drumming and song. Stacey Forte Dupre, who will be ordained a deacon on June 11 at the cathedral, will serve as deacon of the word; Deacons Dominique Piper and Margaret McCauley will also participate. Canon Suzanne Edwards Acton and the Rev. John Limo will provide welcome.

All are welcome. Attendees are invited to wear festal white or African patterns if they wish.

St. John's Cathedral is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007. The cathedral staff request that all attending be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19.

Read more here.
Pride Month celebrations planned for June 26

Two celebrations on June 26 will mark Pride Month in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

St. John's Cathedral will hold a special 10 a.m. Sunday service in honor of Pride Month and 30 years of diocesan LGBTQ+ ministry. Music will be provided by the Trans Chorus of L.A. The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, canon to the ordinary, will preach. St. John's is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007. The cathedral staff request that all attending be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19.

That afternoon, the LGBTQ+ ministry of the diocese invites all to the post-Covid return of its annual Garden Party, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Episcopal Residence in Pasadena. For reservations, email [email protected]. Address and parking details will be sent by return email.

According to the event announcement: "We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these opportunities to gather in community as we celebrate 30 years of LGBTQ ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles and continue the work of proclaiming God’s inclusive love available to absolutely everyone!"
Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium to return Sept. 23

After a two-year Covid pandemic-imposed hiatus, Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium will be back on Friday, Sept. 23. Game time is 7:10 p.m. The home team will play the St. Louis Cardinals, and the game, win or lose, will be followed by fireworks.

In response to the Dodgers' recent shift to electronic ticketing, the Rev. Canon Greg Larkin will email instructions on how to order tickets this year to each congregation's coordinator, who will receive and distribute tickets for his or her congregation. Clergy in charge of congregations: email the congregation name and city and the Dodger coordinator's name and email address to Larkin at [email protected].
New partnership responds to growing need for spirituality in nature

[CSN – June 1, 2022] The Center for Spirituality in Nature (CSN) is partnering with TryTank – an experimental lab for innovation within the Episcopal Church led by the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija – to bring its Spirituality in Nature Groups (SING) program to the Episcopal Church network.

In partnership with TryTank, CSN will form a pilot cohort of 10 Episcopal SINGs, providing resources, training, curriculum, and facilitated cohort meetings. These new communities will explore their local ecosystems, learn how best to support and care for them, as well as engage in ancient traditions related to finding God in nature.
The Center for Spirituality in Nature provides opportunities for deepening spirituality through nature and for nurturing loving relationships with the Earth. It offers a variety of programs, classes, webinars, talks, gatherings and resources for both individuals and groups.

Read more here.
Restorative justice retreat, stories, podcast celebrate Camp Stevens' 70th anniversary

[The Episcopal News – May 11, 2022] To mark its 70th anniversary, Camp Stevens invites alumni, former staff, friends and the diocesan community to a Restorative Justice Retreat Oct. 28 – 30. The weekend will celebrate the camp's history of impact and growth while looking to the future.

Valarie Kaur – renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, best-selling author of See No Stranger, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice – will deliver a keynote address at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. More about Kaur is here.

Read more about the retreat as well as other anniversary events here.
Safe Church office provides new modules for abuse prevention curriculum

The Episcopal Church's Safe Church Office has produced three new educational modules – "Pastoral Relationships," "Inclusion," and "Power and Relationships" – as part of its Safe Church, Safe Communities training for the prevention of sexual and other abuse. Completion of the series is mandatory for Episcopal Church clergy and lay leaders, and must be renewed every three years.

The new training modules bring the total number to nine, all of which can be found on the Praesidium Academy website here.

Read more here.
End-of-life vigil companion training programs to begin in 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 a new course in 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."

A five-week online and hybrid training program will begin on June 21, 2 - 4 p.m., continuing on Tuesday afternoons until 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. 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 added $30 under California Board of Registered Nursing Provider Number CEP 16239.
Looking toward General Convention
The 80th meeting of The Episcopal Church's General Convention will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 8 – 11, 2022 (shortened and scaled down due to increased cases of Covid-19 – see story here). The stories below explore issues of church-wide interest to come before the meeting, as well as logistical matters.

At the convention, the Diocese of Los Angeles will be represented by its bishop and by four clergy and four lay deputies. Learn more about General Convention here.
CPG's report to General Convention: a conversation with CPG leadership and the CPF board

[Church Pension Group – June 8, 2022] Next month, General Convention will consider legislation related to the Church Pension Group (CPG) and will elect new members of The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees (CPF Board). In lieu of meeting each other face-to-face in Baltimore, we invite you to a virtual conversation with CPG's leadership, including members of the CPF board, on Thursday, June 16, 9 - 10 a.m. PT (12 - 1 p.m. ET).

Bishop Thomas Brown, chair of the CPF board; Canon Kathryn McCormick, vice chair and chair-elect of the CPF board; Mary Kate Wold, CEO and president of CPG; and other leaders will be sharing updates and information on CPG's finances, benefits, and governance.

If you've ever wondered how the work of the CPF board and CPG's management team impact the Church, this webinar is for you. You can submit questions in advance to [email protected], or ask them live during the webinar.

View CPG’s General Convention resource hub. Please note this event will be recorded. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, French, and Mandarin will be provided. Register here.
After whirlwind process, convention design group’s plans secure approval

By Jim Naughton

[House of Deputies News – June 7, 2022] Episcopal Church leaders today approved plans for a shortened, streamlined General Convention with significant COVID-19 mitigation protocols. The convention will take place July 8-11 in Baltimore, where deputies and bishops will follow a tight legislative schedule that has the House of Bishops and House of Deputies in legislative session morning, afternoon and evening for periods of two to three hours.

There were no surprises in the meetings of the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements or of the Executive Council, which both approved resolutions submitted by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies. The plans that were approved track closely with the details offered in three letters Curry and Jennings had previously sent to the church outlining the recommendations of the design group they assembled to make emergency arrangements for the convention after COVID-related concerns came to a head at an Executive Council meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in late April.

Read more here.
Shift to shorter, smaller General Convention could cost Episcopal Church estimated $1.1 million

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – June 7, 2022] Episcopal leaders publicly discussed for the first time on June 7 the anticipated cost of moving to a shorter, smaller 80th General Convention. The increased expense of scaling down the gathering in Baltimore, Maryland, will more than offset any savings, they said, leaving the church with a net additional cost of about $1.1 million.

The discussion of the financial impact of the 80th General Convention occurred during a meeting of Executive Council, one of the day’s two online meetings to finalize proposed changes put forth by the Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies president, formed the group in response to lingering concerns about COVID-19 transmission at the large, churchwide gathering.

During the first meeting, Bryan Krislock, the House of Deputies’ parliamentarian and co-chair of the design group, presented the group’s recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements. Key recommendations included reducing the convention from eight to four days, July 8-11, limiting attendees and expanding public health precautions, such as requiring daily negative coronavirus tests.

Read more here.
House of Deputies candidates for president, vice president participate in online forum

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – June 6, 2022] Four candidates for president and one candidate for vice president of the House of Deputies participated June 4 in an online forum, to discuss their interest in churchwide leadership and their visions for The Episcopal Church’s future.

The forum was moderated by the Rev. Albert Cutié, rector of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation, Florida. It can be viewed on YouTube. A second Zoom forum intended for deputies and alternates will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern June 13.

The House of Deputies is scheduled to elect a new president and vice president when the 80th General Convention convenes July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. The five declared candidates are the Rev. Devon Anderson, Diocese of Minnesota; Julia Ayala Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma; Ryan Kusumoto, Diocese of Hawai’i, and the Very Rev. Ward Simpson, Diocese of South Dakota. The only candidate to come forward publicly for vice president is the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Diocese of Olympia.

Read more here.
Theologians’ statement on open Communion reignites debate among Episcopalians ahead of General Convention

By Egan Millard and David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – June 3, 2022] The long-simmering debate over the topic of open Communion – allowing anyone to receive the Eucharist, regardless of whether they have been baptized – has reignited among Episcopalians in recent days, particularly on social media.

The practice, though restricted by the church’s canons, is common in many Episcopal churches. A newly proposed General Convention resolution seeking to repeal the canon in question, coupled with a statement from 22 seminary theologians expressing concern about its implications, has sparked arguments for and against such a change.

“I’m not surprised by the passion, because it cuts deeply into how we understand God and what the church is about,” Fond du Lac Bishop Matthew Gunter, who also serves as bishop provisional of Eau Claire, told Episcopal News Service. Gunter is the secretary of the General Convention bishops’ committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music. “There are people on both sides who feel pretty strongly about that. So trying to listen to one another is also something we need to do.”

The resolution proposed by the Diocese of Northern California, C028, received a hearing on May 3 and is currently before the bishops’ and deputies’ committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music, which will meet again on June 27 to hear testimony for or against it one final time before the 80th General Convention, July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Read more here.

GC80 plans fewer resolutions, limited debate (The Living Church, May 25, 2022)

More General Convention-related stories from ENS are here.
From the wider church
Exclusion of same-sex spouses at Lambeth Conference ‘unfortunate,’ Canadian archbishop says

By Matt Puddister

[Anglican Journal (Canada) – June 1, 2022] Bishops and archbishops from across the worldwide Anglican Communion are gearing up for the 15th Lambeth Conference, which, after repeated delays, is finally set to take place July 26 to Aug. 8.

Convened by the archbishop of Canterbury, the conference is an international gathering of bishops — held at Lambeth Palace, London, as well as Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent, also in Canterbury — to discuss Anglican Communion affairs.

The last Lambeth Conference was in 2008, and the gathering typically takes place roughly every 10 years. This year’s conference was originally set to take place in 2020 before being postponed first to 2021, then 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Differences over same-sex marriage continue to loom over Lambeth. Primates and bishops in three of the largest Anglican provinces in Africa — Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda — are expected to skip the conference in protest at the invitation of bishops in same-sex unions. And while Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has invited the spouses of bishops in heterosexual marriages to attend, the spouses of bishops in same-sex unions are excluded.

Read more here.

NOTE: Bishops in same-sex marriages in the Anglican Communion are Bishop Thomas Brown of Maine; Bishop Suffragan Kevin Robertson of Toronto, Canada; Bishop Deon Johnson of Missouri; Bishop Bonnie Perry of Michigan; Bishop Cherry Vann of the Diocese of Monmouth, Wales; and Bishop Mary Glasspool, bishop assistant in the Diocese of New York and former bishop suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Presiding bishop receives objection to Florida bishop coadjutor election; planned consecration delayed

By Egan Millard

[Episcopal News Service – June 3, 2022] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has received notice of written objections, on procedural grounds, to the May 14 election of the Rev. Charlie Holt (pictured) as bishop coadjutor in the Diocese of Florida, according to a June 3 statement from the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, the church’s bishop for pastoral development.

On May 25, the Diocese of Florida announced it had received a formal objection signed by 37 clergy and lay deputies to the diocese’s special election convention claiming that last-minute changes to the voting process violated diocesan canons and that technical problem disrupted the vote, rendering Holt’s election invalid.

The presiding bishop received the written notice on May 27, within the 10-day period in which the diocese was required to send the complaint it received from the delegates, said Ousley, who noted that this completes the second step in the five-step election objection process, which must be completed before the usual process of obtaining consent from bishops and standing committees across the church can begin.

Read more here.
Elizabeth II’s 70 years as head of the Church of England

By Catherine Pepinster

[Religion News Service - June 3, 2022] If you want to understand a nation, listen to its national anthem. “The Star-Spangled Banner” urges Americans to look out for the flag that waves over “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” “La Marseillaise,” the anthem of republican France, calls its citizens to arms. But the UK’s national anthem is a prayer, urging God to “save” — grant long life to — the queen.

It’s a clear sign that in Britain, the head of state, the country and faith are inextricably linked. This week “God Save the Queen” has been ringing out across Britain as the country has marked the 70th anniversary of the accession of Elizabeth II, the longest-serving English monarch.

When Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952, Britain was still being rebuilt after the end of World War II and its heavy bombing campaigns; Winston Churchill was prime minister and the country still had an empire. The young queen’s coronation suggested a new era — as the millions of television sets purchased to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony from London’s Westminster Abbey signaled.

But the coronation itself was steeped in tradition and confirmed the continuing intertwining of the monarchy and religion. The ceremony can be traced back more than 1,000 years and involves the anointing of the monarch who commits his or herself to a life of service to God and the people through sacred promises. One of those, to uphold the Protestant religion, is also a reminder of the religious divisions of the past.

Read more here.
More reporting from Episcopal News Service is here.
In the media
Pasadena church calls for stronger gun laws in the wake of Uvalde school shooting

[CBS Los Angeles – June 6, 2022] Nestled in the heart of Pasadena, a banner calling for stronger gun laws continues to fly outside All Saints Church near the many prayers written down for the Uvalde school shooting victims. Jasmine Viel reports. (The All Saints segment begins at about the 1:06 mark in the video.)
Coming up
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7 p.m.
Pentecost Taizé
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
1432 Engracia Avenue, Torrance 90501
An evening of candlelight, scripture, meditation and song, presented by the Mutual Ministries of St. Andrew's and Christ Church, Redondo Beach. Priest: The Rev. Julie Beals.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
PRIDE Prom Dance Party
All Saints Church (Quad Lawn)
132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Reservations: [email protected]
The LGBTQ+ Ministry at All Saints will host a queer prom open to LGBTQ+ community adults and teens & Allies. A quiet room will be available. For the past 30 years, LGBTQ communities have held queer proms, because many of us did not or do not have an opportunity to attend prom presenting as our true gender(s) or with a date or dates of the gender(s) we prefer. The event is free of charge.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 4 p.m.
“Trinity Presents…”
A Slice of Summer: Gallops, Airs, and Tunes for June
Trinity Episcopal Church
419 South 4th Street, Redlands
A recital featuring The Nottingham Players. Free will offering. Cupcake reception in the garden following the program.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 5 p.m.
Chamber Concert: Something Old and Something New, with Melissa Givens, soprano
All Saints Episcopal Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.0123 or here
Also featuring Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano. American soprano Melissa Givens moves and excites audiences and critics alike with a rich, powerful tone, crystalline clarity, and intelligent musical interpretations. Especially noted for her expressiveness and elegance on the stage, she’s been hailed as a singer whose music making is “consistently rewarding” and “a pleasure to hear.” Selections include: "Dream Variations" (2010) by Jeremiah Joseph; Threnody Song Cycle (1972) by Zenobia Powell Perry; and Songs of the Seasons by Margaret Bond. Suggested donation: $20, students/seniors $10. Admission free with Music Guild season pass. Sponsored by All Saints’ Music Guild.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 4 – 6 p.m.
Inspiring Stories: Raising Kids in Interfaith Families
The Guibord Center (online)
Register here
With interfaith marriage on the rise in the United States and other countries, The Guibord Center continues a four-part series exploring the experiences of interfaith families. This second session will focus on families that have chosen to raise their kids in two or more spiritual traditions. Storytellers will be: Michelle Meekly, an award-winning broadcast journalist, public relations executive, and passionate advocate for interfaith issues; Tanya Sadagopan, a UCC Christian minister in Wisconsin who has been married for 25 years to her Iyengar Hindu husband, Sriram Sadagopan; and Janet K. Allen and Farrokh Mistree, professors at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, and co-directors of the Systems Realization Laboratory@OU, a multicultural, multidisciplinary academic family focused on educating the following generation of engineering professors. More about the series and presenters is here.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 7 p.m.
Documentary Double Feature: 'Before Stonewall' and 'Paris Is Burning'
All Saints Episcopal Church (Forum)
132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Reservations here
Information: Thomas Diaz, [email protected]
Join All Saints' LGTBQ+ ministry in celebrating Pride Month with the screening of two award-winning documentaries on queer history. “Before Stonewall” explores the history of the queer community in the US from prior to the Stonewall Riots. “Paris Is Burning” chronicles ball culture of New York City in the 1980s. Movie snacks will be served.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 9 p.m.
Trans* Affinity Evening Social
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Directly following the Pride documentary screening on the All Saints Pasadena lawn, we invite all transgender and/or nonbinary members of our community to join us for a Trans* Affinity social at California Pizza Kitchen, just a 3-minute walk from the church. Pizza is on us!

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 4 p.m.
Juneteenth Evensong
St. John's Cathedral
514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007
Information here
Bishop John Harvey Taylor will preside at the Evensong; the Rev. Guy Leemhuis of St. Luke's, La Crescenta, will preach. Members of the Episcopal Chorale under the direction of Canon Chas Cheatham will perform various spirituals and gospel music. The Rev. Lester Mackenzie, rector of St. Mary's, Laguna Beach, will lead African drumming and song. Stacey Forte Dupre, who will be ordained a deacon on June 5 at the cathedral, will serve as deacon of the word; Deacons Dominique Piper and Margaret McCauley will also be participants. Canon Suzanne Edwards Acton and the Rev. John Limo will provide welcome. All are welcome. Attendees are invited to wear festal white or African patterns if they wish. The cathedral staff request that all attending be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19. The service will be livestreamed on the cathedral's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 4 – 10 p.m.
African American Heritage Club Juneteenth Celebration
Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 5
24262 Punta Alta, Laguna Woods 92637
Tickets/Information: Allan Williams, 845.399.0279 or [email protected]
Presented by the African American Heritage Club of Laguna Woods. 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: $30. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 10 a.m.
Pride Service Celebrating 30 Years of LGBTQ+ Ministry
St. John's Cathedral
514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007
Music will be provided by the Trans Chorus of L.A. The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, canon to the ordinary, will preach. The cathedral staff request that all attending be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2 - 5 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Garden Party
Episcopal Residence, Pasadena
Reservations: [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these opportunities to gather in community as we celebrate 30 years of LGBTQ ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles and continue the work of proclaiming God’s inclusive love available to absolutely everyone! Address and parking details will be sent to registrants via return email.
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, JUNE 12, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Church Hall
525 E.7th Street, Long Beach 90813
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church
Parish Hall
830 West Bonita Avenue, Claremont 91711
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor Code: STAMBROSE

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church
30382 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: STJOHN (note, no "s")
Questions? Contact Gary and Dena Graves, [email protected] or [email protected]
Additional date at this location is Sunday, Oct. 23.

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
Baxter Hall
555 East Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: GECG
Donate and get an exclusive Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag, while supplies last.

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 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

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.
September 15 – 28, 2022
England and Scotland: A Pilgrimage of Faith & Heritage
Led by the Rev. Grant Holmes, honorary assistant priest at St. George's Church, Paris, France; and former vicar of St. Mary's Church in St. Alban's, U.K. Stops include a tour of London, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral; St. Alban's Pilgrim Church Trail; Canterbury, including a boat tour; the Cotswolds; Ely Cathedral; Cambridge; York; Edinburgh and St. Andrew's in Scotland. Highlights will include Evensong services, a private tour of Parker Library at Corpus Christi College (not open to the public), and free time for exploration. Package includes 12 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, six lunches and two dinners; all guides, entrance fees, touring and transportation. Cost: $4,700 for double occupancy. Airfare, incidentals and additional meals not included. A $500 deposit is required; final payment is due June 17. A brochure is here. For information contact Bonnie Waite at 480.899.8006 or [email protected]

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.

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.

JULIAN: Camp staff and counselors, Camp Stevens. Working a summer job at Camp Stevens isn't your average position. Our summer team is a collection of adventure creating, critical-thinking, empathy giving, game playing, dishwashing, luggage moving, camper inspiring life-changers. Summer Staff and Counselors complete the summer with experience and training in public speaking, child supervision, time management, scheduling and planning, group and team building, leadership styles, communication, restorative justice, trauma-informed care, diversity, equity and inclusion, anti-racism, feedback, food sanitation and handling, facility maintenance, trail work, outdoor skills, astronomy, health and safety management, and collaboration. Positions are open for Summer 2022. Counselors must be at least 16; staff must be at least 18. Compensation varies. Apply for Counselor Training here. Apply for staff positions 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: Executive Director, IRIS (Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service). The Diocese of Los Angeles is seeking a person who has deep experience in program strategy, development, and expansion that s/he will leverage to strengthen our existing programs and launch new, sustainable programs to better serve the needs of our clients. You will be successful in this role if you can create a multi-year program strategy, evaluate new service opportunities, build and implement programming, inspire and lead the IRIS program team, and take steps to grow the IRIS site with high quality, cost-efficient, and sustainable programming. The Executive Director will manage programs and monitor progress and compliance with the Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, California Department of Social Services, Episcopal Migration Ministries and other funders to ensure standards and provision of timely and quality services to refugees and migrants are met. This position is a department head within the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and ensures strong communication and coordination with central office leaders including the Commissioner for Human Resources, Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Staff and the Bishop Diocesan. A full job description with application information is here. Application deadline: May 20, 2022.

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 April 30. 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].

PASADENA: Bookkeeper, All Saints Church. See the entire job description here.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA: Youth Minister, St. John’s Episcopal Church and School. St. John’s is a community that lives in gratitude for the love and generosity of God. The Youth Minister will have a living commitment to the Gospel of Christ and will value the ethos of the Episcopal Church. From this vantage, the person we seek will share with the youth the transforming love of Christ in real and meaningful ways. The Youth Minister will lead in the creation, development, and delivery of programs that support the spiritual formation and well-being of youths, grades 6 through college, in and from the parish. The minister will model for the youth spiritual growth, ethical insight, age-appropriate theological and interfaith awareness, and engagement in the community with the living Gospel. This minister will also assist greatly in the pastoral care of the youth and their families. This is a part-time position. Request a full job description via email, [email protected]. Submit resume and cover letter to Rev. Christopher Potter via email at [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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