Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
November 21, 2021
Diocesan Convention
Above: Canon Melissa McCarthy, Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce preside at Diocesan Convention Nov. 13. Below right: Martha Duron reads from Genesis, translating the text into Lakota, during the opening prayers. Photos: Janet Kawamoto
‘Truth and Love’ abound as convention passes historic balanced budget, pays tribute to late Bishop Bruno, bids farewell to Bishop Bruce

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News – November 16, 2021] Several hundred clergy and lay delegates gathered at the Riverside Convention Center Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, while hundreds of others participated online from churches and homes in the first hybrid annual meeting of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

The “Truth and Love”-themed 126th such gathering was bittersweet, as delegates approved a historic $4.25 million balanced mission share fund budget and several justice-related resolutions but also bid a fond farewell to Bishop Suffragan Diane M. Jardine Bruce. She begins serving Dec. 1 as bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri.

The proceedings opened with an acknowledgment that the convention center is located “on unceded land of the Cahuilla, Gabrieleno, Serrano, Luise’o, Chemehuevi, and Mohave tribes. Had treaties made with the U.S. Senate been honored, according to a statement read by Bruce, “tribes would possess more than 7.5 million acres of land in the state, but today California tribes own about 7% of their unratified treaty territory.”

“We are honored to add our blessings today to the land that was and is held sacred by the Indigenous peoples who called it home,” Bruce concluded.

Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor’s address to convention highlighted “Amazing Episcopalians,” from Bruce to U.S. Rep. Katie Porter of Orange County to the late Bishop J. Jon Bruno, along with a host of churches and ministries across the diocese that throughout the pandemic have continued to offer food, housing, showers, clothing, and other essentials to those in need.

The Episcopal Church is a voice for justice in the world, he said. "Notwithstanding its own unaccounted-for sins, our church proclaims the orthodoxy of the risen Christ twinned with an insistence on the plural face of God, representing all God's children across all divisions of difference, privilege and prejudice. This is our truth and love."

Read more here.
Bishop Bruce remembers 'bloopers and blessings' as convention bids her a warm farewell

[The Episcopal News – November 16, 2021] As she prepares to take on a new role Dec. 1 as bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri, Diane M. Jardine Bruce bid a heartfelt and funny farewell at convention to the diocese she has served since May 2010 as bishop suffragan. At times she paused to overcome tears, but also regaled convention with a final “joke of the day.”

Her colleagues in leadership, Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy, praised her pastoral skill, financial acumen, sense of humor, and kindness.

In lighthearted but warm remarks, Taylor described Bruce as “a pastor who always comforts, with a spirit that always enlivens, a prophet who calls us to account, an innovator in imagining new ways to do mission and ministry, a team builder whose legacy will live among us as she heads East.”

This is not “adios but au revoir. We will see this amazing Episcopalian again,” he added.

Bruce will maintain her home in Irvine during her time in West Missouri. In her new ministry, she will oversee the Diocese of West Missouri – comprised of 9,000 Episcopalians in 47 congregations – for a period of two to three years until the diocese elects a bishop diocesan. Her tenure follows the Sept. 14 resignation of West Missouri’s Bishop Diocesan Martin Scott Field.

Bruce regaled convention attendees with “blooper” memories of unexpected wardrobe malfunctions, beginning with a miter shoved over her eyes at her May 15, 2010, consecration and an unintended extensive collection of cinctures “borrowed” from churches around the diocese. She recalled such gastronomic delights as spam musubi at St. Mary’s, Mariposa (Los Angeles); homemade baklava at St. John’s Costa Mesa; pupusas at Trinity, Melrose; and fried chicken night at a restaurant near St. Paul’s Commons.

Read more here.
The end may be near, but radical change can save the earth, says climate activist Mary Nichols in Margaret Parker Lecture

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News – November 16, 2021] Unless radical changes are made in current energy use, “the guy with the sign that says, ‘The End is Near’ is right – probably before the end of this century,” environmental attorney and climate activist Mary D. Nichols told delegates attending the Nov. 13 annual meeting of the Diocese of Los Angeles in Riverside.

But there is a great deal of hope if people of faith collaborate on solutions, added Nichols, a parishioner at St. James in-the-City Church in Los Angeles, delivering the biennial Margaret Parker lecture at Diocesan Convention. She had just returned from the Oct. 31 – Nov. 12 United Nations Climate Change COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy introduced Nichols as the “Queen of Green” who has been named “the single most influential environmental regulator in history.” McCarthy attended COP26 virtually, as part of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s delegation.

“If you’ve watched our skies become less smoggy, you have Mary Nichols to thank for that,” said McCarthy, who is slated to lead a new diocesan task force on climate change.

Nichols, a Yale University Law School graduate, is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy. She is the former chair of the California Air Resources Board, on which she occupied the attorney seat before concluding her final term Dec. 31, 2020. She was appointed to the board by Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. (1975 – 82 and 2010 – 18) and reappointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007 – 2010) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (2019 – 2020). She also served as California’s secretary for natural resources (1999 – 2003), appointed by Gov. Gray Davis.

Read more here.
Convention 2021 election results

[The Episcopal News – November 13, 2021] Elections were held at Diocesan Convention 2021, with delegates and clergy voting both in person and via the internet at the Diocese of Los Angeles’ first-ever hybrid convention, meeting on Nov. 13 in Riverside.

Read more here.

Pictured at left: Patty Jo McKay, judge of elections
Convention photo gallery

A gallery of photos from Diocesan Convention is posted here. Many of the photos – including lighthearted selfies – were taken by members of the convention youth corps, who in addition to their other duties served as convention photographers under the direction of youth ministries director Gabe Vasquez-Reyes. Other photos were taken by Episcopal News and other diocesan staff members, including Bishops John Harvey Taylor and Diane Jardine Bruce.
Feature stories
‘Code red’: Melissa McCarthy and Episcopal Church delegation focus on ‘loss and damage’ at UN climate conference

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News – November 16, 2021] Los Angeles Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy spent a week meeting virtually with national leaders like John Kerry, former U.S. senator and current special presidential envoy for climate, and with global activists, as part of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s delegation to the United Nations Climate Change conference, also known as COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Hearing remarks from leaders of nations is amazing. We especially appreciated Prime Minister Mia Mottley from Barbados,” said McCarthy, who rose each morning at 2 a.m. (9 a.m. Glasgow time) to prepare for the sessions, and who is slated to lead a newly created diocesan task force on climate change.

Mottley “stands up and says, ‘Folks, it’s code red. You in the northern climate can be in denial, but for the rest of us, it’s code red.”

The contrast was striking when celebrated British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough addressed the gathering with a hopeful message. Mottley’s response was: “You think there’s hope, but let me tell you what’s really happening,” McCarthy recalled.

“There is this tension between hope and reality, and as Greta Thunberg said, ‘blah, blah, blah,’” she said. “There’s a lot of talk of people saying, ‘yeah we need to do this. We have science, we have technology, we have everything we need to keep the planet from warming past 1.5 degrees Celsius, but we lack the will to make it happen. Largely, I believe, it is incumbent on bigger and wealthier nations like the United States to make it happen.”

Read more here.
HFS helps form adoptive families – and stays with them all the way

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News – November 16, 2021] Genesis Monica had spent much of her young life in the foster care system and was hoping to be adopted, when she met Melissa and Alene Campbell-Langdell, both Episcopal priests, who were hoping to become parents. Now, with the help of Holy Family Services Adoption Agency – now known as HFS – they are all family.

“We all bonded strongly,” recalled Genesis Monica, 17, during a recent telephone interview with The Episcopal News. “Holy Family – they were amazing, I appreciate them for all they’ve done, getting us to a place where we are stable. And they are big members of this whole family.”

“Genesis said, ‘I want to be adopted,’” Melissa Campbell-Langdell said. “That wasn’t an option with her foster care placement, and she felt like she had a connection with us. Holy Family helped us all along the way, they were an advocate for us, they’ve helped us negotiate the process and they’ve stayed in touch even after we adopted Genesis.”

HFS is an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and since 1949 has placed over 7,000 infants and children for adoption. The oldest adoption agency in Southern California, HFS serves primarily Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties, according to Julie Brown, executive director.

Foster homes are needed more than ever, especially for newborn children through 5 years of age, and for teenagers. Brown said the pandemic forced into retirement a significant number of foster parents, who tended to be in their 50s and 60s, a population vulnerable to COVID-19.

At the same time, the need has surged. “At any given time, Centinela Hospital has between 10 and 15 newborns that are on a hospital hold through the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS, and they don’t have a placement for them, so they sit and wait for discharge.”

Read more here.
Frank Alton to moderate panel discussion on Christian nationalism

The Rev. Frank Alton, provost of St. Athanasius' Church, Los Angeles, and two of the Diocese of Los Angeles' interfaith ministers will take part in a hybrid in-person and online interfaith panel on "The Distorted Moral Narrative of Christian Nationalism" sponsored by California Poor People's Campaign.

The in-person event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, and online via Facebook and YouTube.

Alton will moderate the discussion. Scheduled panelists include the Rev. William Barber II and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the national Poor People's Campaign (appearing remotely) as well as Tahil Sharma (Hindu-Sikh) and Tasneem Noor (Muslim), both of whom are interfaith ministers of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Other panelists are Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, senior minister of FAME; Indigenous leader Shannon Rivers; Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom Synagogue in Santa Monica and West L.A.; and the Rev. Rae Huang, an organizer with CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) and an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

"Christian nationalism retains its power in part because we cannot define it," according to an event announcement. "This moderated panel event seeks to understand Christian nationalism from a multifaith context so that we can better fight against it."

To register, click here. Masks are required for in-person attendees, who also must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.
Bishop Taylor will offer invocation at re-dedication of LA AIDS memorial

Bishop John Harvey Taylor will offer an invocation at the re-dedication of The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) in Los Angeles, the only publicly funded AIDS monument in the United States, at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

At the event, TWLM will unveil the expanded and renovated memorial landscape and exhibit new artwork and panels that carry more than a thousand additional names of people lost to AIDS. The event, which will include live musical performances, presentations by distinguished guests, a special candlelight presentation, and a reception, commemorates 40 years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

In addition to the memorial, TWLM is "a community health and wellness organization dedicated to serving Latino, LGBTQ and other underserved populations through advocacy, education and building the next generation of leadership," according to its website.

The Dec. 1 event is supported by a wide range of political and community leaders, as well as Latino and Latina and other artists, activists and performers. Event co-chairs are Supervisor Hilda Solis, Councilmember Gil Cedillo, and Richard Zaldivar, TWLM founder and executive director. Honorary co-chairs include film and television director Kenny Ortega, actor-singers MJ Rodriguez and Annie Gonzalez, actress-director Apollonia Kotero and actor-activist George Takei. The Rev. Tom Carey, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in East Los Angeles, is a member of the planning team.

The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument is located at Lincoln Park, 3600 North Mission Road, Los Angeles 90031. The event will be held in a heated tent. All guests must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the event. All must wear face coverings. Register for the event here. More information is here.
Diocesan staff to observe upcoming holidays

Members of the diocesan staff – whether working from St. Paul's Commons or from remote locations – will take days off for several upcoming holidays and observances.

Diocesan offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • Thanksgiving holidays: Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26.
  • Christmas holidays: Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27.
  • New Year's holidays: Friday, December 31 and Monday, January 3, 2022.

The Episcopal News Update will be on hiatus for Thanksgiving week (Nov. 22 - 26), and from Dec. 10 to January 3. For advance listings for January events, email event details to [email protected].
Bishop Taylor to ordain five to priesthood Jan. 8

Bishop John Harvey Taylor will ordain five deacons to the priesthood at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 in rites at St. John's Cathedral.

The prayers and presence of the diocesan community is invited as the bishop ordains the Rev. Julie Anne Lovelock Beals, the Rev. Jose Luis García-Juárez, the Rev. Katherine Y. Feng, the Rev. Guy Anthony Leemhuis and the Rev. Joshua Nathanael Francoeur Paget as priests.

The cathedral is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007.
St. Edmund's, San Marino, invites all to installation of new rector

Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor will install the Rev. Jenifer M. Chatfield (pictured at left) as rector of St. Edmund's, San Marino, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. The prayers and presence of the diocesan community are invited (clergy: white stoles). The service will be in person and also livestreamed. (Registration for either is requested: visit An outdoor reception will follow. Masks are required indoors. St. Edmunds is located at 1175 San Gabriel Blvd., San Marino.
Events & Announcements
Border ministries committee seeks new members

Are you concerned about immigration and migrants south of the border? The border ministries committee of the diocese's Program Group on Global Partnership is seeking interested members of the diocesan family to join in its work. Meetings are held via Zoom. For information, contact the Rev. Pat O’Reilly, [email protected].
Pamela Conrad, scientist and priest, will lead Stillpoint seminar exploring cosmic view of the spiritual life

Research scientist and Episcopal priest Pamela "Pan" Conrad will lead "The Path of Catastrophe, Resilience, and Evolution: A Cosmic View of the Spiritual Life," a daylong online seminar presented by Stillpoint on Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Conrad, who serves St. Alban's Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland, moonlights as a Mars rover mission scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, DC. She is a co-investigator for two scientific instrument suites on the Mars Perseverance rover mission, obtaining and analyzing data, and working in team planning with colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and other scientific institutions around the country. (Read more here.)

"From the earliest moments of creation to the present moment, cataclysmic events have created change that has affected the evolutionary trajectory of the universe," she writes in the seminar invitation. "The redemptive hand of God is visible everywhere if we are trained to look for it, and the chemical and rock record of our home is as sacred a history as our faith history. Let us spend a day with heart and mind, exploring how the two holy histories are as intertwined as our DNA."

Stillpoint, a center for spiritual development and an institution of the Diocese of Los Angeles, welcomes everyone, offering "pay what you can" registration options. To register, click here.
Advent program series in Laguna Hills will focus on social justice

St. George's Church, Laguna Hills, will present an Advent Faith and Action series in collaboration with Clergy Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), beginning Nov. 28.

The interactive and engaging series will invite participants to "listen, learn and lean in to social justice." Join St. George's and CLUE for a soup lunch at 11:15 a.m. for each session, with the program to start at 11:30 a.m. Dates and topics are:

The Working Poor in Our Neighborhood: The Plight of Hospitality Workers

Moral Compassion: There Is a Way, Do We Have the Will? Mental & Behavioral Health Care

Embracing Our Immigrant and Asylum-Seeking Siblings: Belonging Can Begin With Us

Fostering Understanding with Those Who Experience Homelessness: How Can Communities of Faith Respond With Love and Action?

St. George's Episcopal Church is located at 23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills. A flyer is here. For information or for reservations, contact Joyce Swaving at [email protected].
Jubilee Year urban intern program to celebrate 30th anniversary with online event Dec. 11

This year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Episcopal Urban Intern Program (now known as Jubilee Year Los Angeles), established in 1991 by Bishop Frederick H. Borsch.

To mark the milestone, Jubilee Year will host a virtual event and fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 11, 3 - 4 p.m. to celebrate the program's longstanding impact on L.A.-area communities. Two important figures in EUIP/JYLA history will be honored: the Rev. Canon Gary Commins, co-founder of the program, and the Rev. Canon Joanne Leslie, co-founder of Jubilee Consortium (now celebrating its 20th anniversary) and chair of the JYLA board.

Since 1991, more than 250 young adults have come to Los Angeles to serve as EUIP/JYLA interns, living in community, working for a wide range of area nonprofit service organizations, and learning to be change makers in the world.

More information on the Dec. 11 event will be published as plans are finalized. To learn more about EUIP/JYLA, click here.
Estudio Bíblico del Ministerio Latino

(Latino Ministry Bible Study)
Un grupo de clérigos ha preparado una serie de sesiones en las que utilizando el esquema de "El Camino del Amor" caminaremos juntos creciendo en nuestra fe por medio de estudios bíblicos, juegos, alabanzas, y muchas cosas más.

Martes a las 7 p.m. por Zoom; ID de la reunión 823 2959 7637. Conéctate también por teléfono: 669.900.9128 | 823.2959.7637
Salvage by Tim Alderson returns to LA theater scene

Salvage, a play with music written by Tim Alderson, has opened at the Hudson Theater MainStage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038, and will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday (matinee) until Dec 19.

Alderson is executive director of Seeds of Hope, the food justice ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles, a position he has held since the agency was founded by the late Bishop J. Jon Bruno in 2013.

The play is directed by Damian D. Lewis, with musical direction by Colin Linden.

In Salvage, Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang it up. On his way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles across the bar where his musical hero, Floyd Whitaker, died. Entering, he finds Johnson, the inhospitable bartender, and a single, surly customer, known as Preacher, who’s strumming the blues on an old guitar. Dueling words and songs ensue, dislodging uncomfortable truths, until an unexpected arrival turns everything on its ear.

According to Alderson, he wrote the 95-minute play in 2011. It first opened in 2019 in Los Angeles to enthusiastic audiences and reviews. The current cast includes David Atkinson, Sam O'Byrne, Leonard Earl Howze and Natalie Llerena.

Tickets are $35; for reservations click here. All audience members must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, along with a government-issued ID. Face masks must be worn at all times.
Bloy House to offer class on ministry and ecological crisis; open to lay, clergy auditors

The Rev. Sylvia Sweeney will present "Ministry in an Age of Ecological Crisis," a semester-long academic class open to lay and clergy auditors, during the spring semester at Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School, Los Angeles).

The class will be held in person at the seminary's Glendale campus from 1 to 4 p.m. on alternate Saturdays beginning Jan. 15, 2022. (The spring semester academic schedule is here.)

This ecological theology class will explore both abstract theological questions related to humanity's relationship with creation and practical strategies for how Christians can translate their theology into action, serving as sources of comfort, hope, and healing for the world and all its vulnerable creatures (including humans).

Audit fee for the course is $250. Scholarship are available for financial need. Bloy House is located at 1300 E. Colorado Street, Glendale 91205. For more information, or to register, email [email protected].

Read more here.
Guibord Center event to explore influence of Mary, mother of Jesus

The Guibord Center will present "There’s Something About Mary: Why Major Religions Revere the Mother of Jesus" on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1 - 2:30 p.m., via Zoom. What is it about Mary, mother of Jesus, that inspires reverence from such a wide range of belief traditions? Join The Guibord Center via Zoom to learn why people of both Eastern and Western faiths find strength, encouragement and hope in Mary.

To register, click here.

The Guibord Center, founded by the late Rev. Gwynne Guibord, a priest of the Diocese of Los Angeles, works to increase understanding among Los Angeles' diverse faith communities. All events at The Guibord Center are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.
In the secular press
New $165 million state fund to battle anti-Asian hate could come this year
Community groups will get the bulk of money to battle tide of bigotry and violence.

By Theresa Walker

[The Orange County Register – November 15, 2021] Community groups fighting against the rise of hate crimes and related actions directed at Asians could start seeing some of a new $165.5 million state fund by the end of this year, state and local leaders said Monday, Nov. 15, during a news conference in Garden Grove.

[The meeting was held in the courtyard of St. Anselm's Episcopal Church in Garden Grove, pictured above.]

Most of the California API Equity Fund, roughly $110 million, is expected to be awarded over the next three years to organizations with deep ties in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that they serve. Such groups were the first to respond to the rise in hate crimes and hate incidents faulting Asian Americans for the coronavirus pandemic.

Those groups also have a track record of providing outreach and services that the legislators who support the fund want to see expanded, said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, who chairs the Assembly’s budget committee.

Read more 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 through the Red Cross are required. All donors and staff will be screened before entering the facilities.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
12692 Fifth Street, Yucaipa 92399
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: ST ALBANS
Upcoming date at this location is Monday, Dec. 27.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1 - 7 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
1127 N. San Antonio Avenue, Ontario 91762
Information: 909.983.1859
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: CCPOntario

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.
From the wider Episcopal Church
Episcopal delegates to COP26 climate conference share lessons of hope and struggle with the church

By Egan Millard

[Episcopal News Service – November 12, 2021] Delegates representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and The Episcopal Church at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference presented a summary of their work to the church on Nov. 12, saying they felt empowered by their presence even though the ultimate outcome of the conference remained uncertain. Delegates said they were frustrated to witness political leaders’ ongoing obstructionism, but proud of the voices and religious conviction that they brought to the table.

The video is here.

“You are making the creation glad,” California Bishop Marc Andrus told the delegates during the presentation. “The groaning of the creation is being turned into the good news and the rejoicing of the creation by your work. There’s so much more to do.”

COP26, known officially as the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, took place in Glasgow, Scotland, and online from Oct. 31 through Nov. 12. Andrus led the Episcopal delegation alongside Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations. They were joined by 24 clergy and lay delegates from across the church, as well as staff members the Rev. Melanie Mullen, director of reconciliation, justice, and creation care; Phoebe Chatfield, program associate for creation care and justice; Rebecca Cotton, a fellow in the church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations; and Nick Gordon, intern for the United Thank Offering.

Part of the delegates’ mission was to learn about the state of the climate crisis and efforts to address it, and to bring what they learned back to the wider church.

“The church is here to do this work not just for the 24 folks who were selected as delegates, but as a whole – as a body of Christ,” Mullen said.

Read more here.
Gifts for Life catalog offers chances to transform communities this holiday season

[Episcopal Relief & Development – November 3, 2021] Episcopal Relief & Development invites supporters and congregations to transform a life this holiday season by giving a gift from the organization’s newly redesigned Gifts for Life alternative gift catalog.

Gifts for Life offers meaningful gifts that transform lives in communities worldwide. The 2021 catalog features selections such as the One Thousand Days of Love package, which supports the organization’s campaign to expand its work with communities and families to help children up to age six so they can thrive and achieve their full potential. The package includes:

  • care for five moms and their newborns,
  • nurture and nourishment for 12 children,
  • mosquito nets and training for 10 families,
  • clean water for a family,
  • four savings and loan group memberships.

“As a child, I looked forward to the arrival of the Christmas catalogs filled with toys and treasures,” said Chad Brinkman, director, Campaign, Episcopal Relief & Development. “The Gifts for Life catalog and the One Thousand Days of Love options provide an opportunity to express love to friends and loved ones that will far outlast any toy.”

Read more here.
More reporting from Episcopal News Service is here.
From previous issues of the Update
Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce to begin ministry Dec. 1 as bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri
[The Episcopal News – November 6, 2021] The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles since 2010, will begin a new ministry Dec. 1 as bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri by action of its convention, meeting today in Kansas City, Mo. Read more here.

Presiding bishop officiates Colin Powell’s funeral at National Cathedral
[Episcopal News Service – November 5, 2021] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry officiated at the funeral of Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and general, at Washington National Cathedral on Nov. 5, in a ceremony attended by three presidents and a host of dignitaries. Powell, a lifelong Episcopalian, died on Oct. 18 of complications from COVID-19 at age 84. Read more here. The full service is available on YouTube here.

‘Liturgy for Planetary Crisis’ Episcopal COP26 worship service highlights Native land stewardship
[Episcopal News Service November 8, 2021] Episcopalians gathered virtually on Nov. 6 for a “Liturgy for Planetary Crisis” worship service as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s delegation continues its work at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Read more here.

Friend finishes final book of Rachel Held Evans, late writer who followed faith journey to Episcopal Church
[Religion News Service - November 8, 2021] One of Rachel Held Evans’ greatest fears was to die before finishing an important book, her husband Daniel Jonce Evans told Religion News Service this summer when her first children’s book, “What Is God Like?,” was published. Read more here.

Ontario parish dedicates 'Rebecca's Garden' as community resource for rest, contemplation
[The Episcopal News – November 10, 2021] About 75 people celebrated the grand opening of Rebecca’s Garden Nov. 6 at Christ Episcopal Church in Ontario, a contemplative space for community and healing created entirely by parishioners, according to the Rev. Gianluigi Gugliermetto, rector. Read more here.

Melissa McCarthy represents church at UN climate conference
[The Episcopal News - November 3, 2021] An Episcopal Church delegation representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is virtually attending the 26th Conference of Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (known as “COP26”). The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Los Angeles, is among the delegates. Read more here.

At annual meeting, credit union looks forward to new services, better access
[The Episcopal News - November 3, 2021] The Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union is coming to a mobile phone near you in 2022, as part of a 5-year strategic plan to expand services, board chair Dan Valdez announced at an Oct. 28 virtual annual meeting. “This means being able to take a picture of your check and have it deposit directly into your account,” along with offering other features like mobile phone apps Zelle, Apple Pay and Android Pay, he said. Read more here.

Canon Marilyn ‘Cov’ Davis
[The Episcopal News – November 3, 2021] A memorial service for Canon Marilyn “Cov” Davis is set for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 614 N. Bush St., Santa Ana, CA 92701, her longtime parish. Davis died May 27, 2021 in Tustin and had marked her 90th birthday. Read more here.
Coming up
SUNDAYS, 6 p.m.
Classical Sundays at Six: Chamber Music concerts
St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles
Livestreamed and on demand here
Chamber Music Concert II
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: here or 310.275.0123, ext.112
Renowned British countertenor Tim Mead joins Tesserae for our season opener, a concert celebrating the rich and wonderfully varied musical world of the Baroque countertenor. Mr. Mead is widely recognized as one of the finest countertenors singing today. The performance will feature operatic works by Handel, intimate chamber music by Purcell, and Vivaldi's iconic cantata Cessate, omai cessate. Tickets: $30 ($25 seniors and SCEMS, $10 students). Admission free with Music Guild donor season pass.

Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Information: Melissa Hayes, 626.583.2725 or [email protected]
On and around this day across the world, people gather in solidarity to mourn the victims of anti-trans violence, and to ensure that their lives, and deaths, are not forgotten. It lets us call attention to the continued violence and discrimination persons of trans experience face every day. A musical meditation will be offered by Cassidy Anderson.

Thanksgiving Eve Service
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101.
Information: Debbie Daniels, 626.583.2750 or [email protected]
Prepare for your holiday weekend with family and friends with a centering Eucharist on Thanksgiving Eve. Susan Russell will preach. Members of Canterbury and Coventry Choirs offer music of Friedell, directed by Grace Chung. All are welcome to attend this beautiful, reflective service.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Advent Gathering: Celebrating Asian Pacific American communities and cultures
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
580 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles 90024
Reservations: [email protected]
Information: [email protected]
The Gathering - a Space for Asian Pacific Spirituality - invites all to "Advent Gathering" to celebrate Asian Pacific American communities and cultures through Eucharist, fellowship, and food. Featuring worship music with Hannah Park and food prepared by Joyce Swaving. All are invited to attend and free parking is available.

Handel’s Messiah
St. James Episcopal Church
3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach 92663
Information: [email protected]
The choir of St. James and the Laguna Beach Chorale combine with soloists and orchestra to perform selections from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah." At the end, the audience will be invited to sing along on the “Hallelujah” chorus. Suggested donation is $25. A light reception will follow. Child care will be provided. Parking is available in the church lot across 32nd Street, and in metered parking around the church.

ALTADENA: Bookkeeper, St. Mark's Church. Part-time. Duties include processing cash receipts, processing account payable and receivable, general ledger posting and reconciliation, account statement reconciliation, payroll processing and other related tasks. Qualifications: Five years of of experience as a bookkeeper; knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; strong knowledge of QuickBooks, proficient in Microsoft Office, detail-oriented and analytical, strong communications skills. A full job description is here. Interested candidates should send resume to the Rev. Carri Patterson Grindon, rector, at [email protected].

COVINA: Administrator, Holy Trinity Church. Part-time. Duties include preparing for church liturgies and processing cash receipts, processing account payable and receivable, general ledger posting and reconciliation, account statement reconciliation, payroll processing and other related tasks. Qualifications: Five years of of experience as a bookkeeper; knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; strong knowledge of QuickBooks, proficient in Microsoft Office, detail-oriented and analytical, strong communications skills. Interested candidates should send resume to the Rev. Steven De Muth, rector, at [email protected].

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. Position available: Fall 2021. Send resume to the Rev. Susan Scranton via email at [email protected] or by postal mail at 555 E. Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741.

LAGUNA BEACH: Office Administrator. St. Mary's Church is seeking a collaborative person with strong verbal and written communication skills who enjoys working both alone and with colleagues. The applicant must be able to work independently, exhibiting good judgment, integrity, and common sense. A full job description with application contact information is here.

OAK PARK: Parish Administrator. Church of the Epiphany is looking for a friendly, highly organized and detail-oriented parish administrator with excellent written and verbal communication skills, to keep its church office running smoothly and efficiently. A job description is here.

PACIFIC PALISADES: Director of Advancement. St. Matthew’s Parish School seeks a dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial professional with a successful record of fundraising, including planning and executing a development program and a capital campaign as its next director of advancement. Reporting to the head of school and as a member of the senior leadership team, the director of advancement is responsible for overseeing and executing St. Matthew’s development activities including major giving, annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, and special events as well as a future capital campaign. The successful candidate should have strategic planning skills and be capable of working with the head of school, board members and other administrators to develop and implement clear annual fund and development goals, systems and priorities. A passion for working in early childhood education and with families is highly valued. Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred. Salary range: $150,000 - $175,000, based on experience. Full job description here. To apply, send resume and letter of interest through this website.

PACIFIC PALISADES: Building Maintenance Technician at The Parish of St. Matthew, supporting the daily operations of St. Matthew's Church and School and its 27-acre campus. Various workweek schedules are available. For information and to apply, contact [email protected]

PACIFIC PALISADES: Grounds maintenance technician at The Parish of St. Matthew, supporting the daily operations of St. Matthew's Church and School and its 27-acre campus. Various workweek schedules are available. For information and to apply, contact [email protected].

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.

VAN NUYS: Bookkeeper (part time), St. Mark’s Church. The bookkeeper will handle bank account reconciliation, chart of accounts review and report generation, as well as year end fiscal reporting.Contact the Rev. Robin Kassabian at 818.946.8099 or [email protected]

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