Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
October 3, 2021
Jefferts Schori, Little and Brookhart take new roles as visiting bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles

By Janet Kawamoto

[The Episcopal News – September 29, 2021] The departure of Bishop Suffragan Diane M. Jardine Bruce to become bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri – pending its convention vote in early November – left Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor with a dilemma: how to make sure that each congregation in the Diocese of Los Angeles is able to welcome an episcopal visitation at least once every three years, in accordance with church canons – and ideally more often.

On Sept. 30, Taylor announced the solution: Three distinguished retired bishops of the church will visit congregations of the diocese in the coming year – the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and former bishop of the Diocese of Nevada; the Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little, seventh bishop of the Diocese of Northern Indiana; and the Rt. Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, ninth bishop of the Diocese of Montana. Among them, they are expected to fill most of the newly vacant assignments.

The Rt. Rev. Chet Talton, sixth bishop suffragan of Los Angeles, who celebrated his 80th birthday last week, looks forward to returning to the episcopal rota soon, Taylor said.

"Bishops Jefferts Schori, Little and Brookhart will bring to our congregations a wide range of experience that will make for rich conversations and new points of view," said Taylor when announcing the arrangements. "I'm grateful to all of them for stepping up to help fill the considerable void that Bishop Bruce will leave when she takes up her new ministry in West Missouri."

The three bishops will visit congregations on Taylor’s behalf to celebrate, preach and offer confirmation, reception and renewal of baptismal vows. There are no plans at this time to call for the election of a bishop suffragan, or to add assisting bishops to the diocesan staff, Taylor said.

Read more here.
Above: Dennis Gibbs and Greta Ronningen, founding members of the Community of Divine Love and chaplains to incarcerated persons through Prism, the diocese's restorative justice ministry, visit Bishop John Harvey Taylor's office at St. Paul's Commons. (Photo: John Taylor) Below: Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, gave a keynote speech at the CDL event on Sept. 25. (Photo: Screenshot)
‘Bittersweet’ move will take Community of Divine Love north to Central Coast

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News – September 29, 2021] The Community of Divine Love is making a “bittersweet” move from San Gabriel to San Luis Obispo, in the Diocese of El Camino Real, but hopes to maintain a Southland presence, Sister Greta Ronningen announced during a Sept. 25 special online gathering.

“There were very exciting doors that kept opening wide for us,” such as evolving partnerships with restorative justice ministries as well as the prospect of creating a new CDL campus, with six or more 400-square-foot hermitage-style “tiny houses” for guests and community members, she said. A capital campaign to acquire land and create the new campus has raised about $635,000 toward a $1million goal.

“We will have a place for silent retreats, and for you to come and pray with us, as we evolve,” Ronningen told those attending the event. “It just seemed like God is saying ‘yes, yes, yes’ to the move.”

The gathering, which featured Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, as guest speaker, was attended by about 60 well-wishers from across the country. Testimonials from CDL’s community and incarcerated friends were also included in the program.

The Community of Divine Love grew out of Prism, the diocesan restorative justice ministry, after Brother Dennis Gibbs assumed its leadership in 2004. Ronningen began visiting the jails in 2008 and joined the diocesan staff two years later. CDL will remain at 617 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel, until the end of the year, she said. The monastery will rent space as it continues to raise funds and seek a site for the new campus.

Read more here.
Bloy House to offer academic class on ministry and ecological crisis, to be 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.)

In a class prospectus, Sweeney (pictured above) writes: "As our planet enters an age when the consequences of human action (and inaction) have led to a moment of unprecedented ecological crisis, how can people of faith minister to human beings impacted by this crisis and minister to the earth itself? What does our faith tell us about God’s vision for humanity’s relationship to God’s created world? Where can we look for God in this story of potential impending doom, and what does our faith ask of us in such a moment? How might the language of creation, sin, judgement, redemption, salvation, and healing guide us in working for our world’s best possible future?"

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).

Those attending this class will have an opportunity to reflect together about these questions using course texts as discussion starters. Students will also participate in individual and group projects, designing theological curriculum, liturgical rites, and hands-on community projects that can afterward be used by a parish or school.

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].
Diocesan Convention
Environmental advocate Mary Nichols will deliver Diocesan Convention’s Margaret Parker lecture Nov. 13

Delegates invited to engage advance study resources

By Bob Williams

[The Episcopal News – September 15, 2021] Mary Nichols, whose leadership as chair of the California Air Resources Board has played a key role in guiding statewide environmental advances for five decades, will deliver Diocesan Convention’s biennial Margaret Parker Lecture set for Nov. 13 in Riverside.

Convention delegates – together with all who will view the lecture via livestream – are encouraged to prepare for the talk by reading the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken, and to consult additional resources posted here.

Read more here.
Diocesan Convention to be held in person Nov. 13 in Riverside, conclude with Eucharist on Nov. 14

[The Episcopal News – September 8, 2021] The 2021 meeting of Diocesan Convention will take place in person on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Riverside Convention Center, and conclude with a diocese-wide Eucharist on Sunday, Nov. 14 held in person and online at St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles.

Read more here.
Pictured with new deacons John Gilbert Draper, Kathleen Marie Moore and Daniel Tamm are (front row, second from right) Archdeacon Laura Siriani; (back row from left) the Rev. Norma Guerra, associate in the diocese's formation and transition office; Bishop John Harvey Taylor; and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy.
Photo: Colleen Dodson Baker
Bishop Taylor ordains three to diaconate in joyful service at St. John's Cathedral

Bishop John Harvey Taylor ordained John Gilbert Draper, Kathleen Marie Moore and Daniel Tamm to the vocational diaconate in a joyful, well-attended but safely distanced service at St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles on Sept. 26.

In his sermon, which focused on the servant ministry of deacons, Taylor said: “I want to thank the warm and hospitable friends at St. John’s Cathedral. This is our first ordination in our cathedral since January 2020, a lifetime ago politically and epidemiologically. I thank particularly Deans [Dan] Ade and [Mark] Kowalewski, but all who’ve labored to make sure this service is all that it can be. ... They take seriously their responsibility to make this place a house of prayer for all people, and as we come to this stage of the pandemic, they’ve also made it a safe place for all God’s people.”

Underscoring the perseverance of the ordinands, especially during the pandemic, the bishop thanked them for exercising their many gifts, “pledging them to the body of Christ. ... “How can we know such servants as these in the manner of Christ and not be filled with hope, indeed, jubilation, about the future of this church in this time which needs Christ more than the world has ever needed Christ?”

The service, including Taylor's sermon, may be viewed on the cathedral's Facebook page.
—Reported by Bob Williams
Above left: Bishop Taylor, with Canon McCarthy, examines the candidates. Above right: Banners representing the ordinands' sponsoring congregations and the Diocese of Los Angeles were part of the procession.
Events & Announcements
GFS invites girls to a Rally Day featuring roller skating and pizza

Girls Friendly Society – Los Angeles invites girls ages five and up to a Rally Day on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1:30 - 4 p.m., featuring roller skating and pizza.

Girls, parents and GFS leaders are invited to join the event at Holiday Skate Center, 175 N. Wayfield Street, Orange 92867. GFS will buy the tickets in advance; there is no cost for girls. As with all GFS-LA events, all girls are welcome. They do not need to be GFS members.

To participate, sign up here by Oct. 13 so organizers will know how many tickets and skate rentals to buy. (Participants may bring their own rink-compatible skates.) All participants must wear masks at all times.
St. Luke's, Monrovia, invites tenors and basses to join Men's Evensong Oct. 17

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Monrovia, is planning its 17th annual Men’s Evensong Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.,and is seeking tenors and basses from as many choirs as possible across the Diocese of Los Angeles to take part. Sight-reading ability is helpful; rehearsals are Oct. 3 and 10 at 12:30 p.m. Singers (and the congregation) will be masked and distanced. More information is here.
Lerita Coleman Brown to lead retreat on Howard Thurman and sacred activism for Stillpoint

Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality will present "Howard Thurman and the Contemplative Foundations of Sacred Activism," an online retreat led by Lerita Coleman Brown, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

As a mystic, theologian, and author of several books, Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was able to make a connection between contemplation and the scrutiny of one’s inner life with social justice work.

Described as the spiritual architect of the civil rights movement, Thurman advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other activists. He chose to engage in sacred activism—work that would serve all people and to use the contemplative experience as a path to peace, purpose and empowerment. He wrote about this desire in Jesus and the Disinherited, a book that Dr. King carried with him whenever he marched.

During this day of learning and reflection, participants will journey through Thurman's life and work from young contemplative to prominent religious leader.

Lerita Coleman Brown is Ayşe I. Carden Distinguished Professor emerita of Psychology at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia. In addition to her work as a psychologist and educator, Brown is a spiritual companion/director, writer, retreat leader and speaker. Her upcoming book, What Makes You Come Alive — A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman will be published by Broadleaf Press in Spring 2023.

To register and for more information, click here.
DOK Fall Retreat will feature Jane Tomaine, author of St. Benedict's Toolbox

The Daughters of the King in the Diocese of Los Angeles will hear from Jane Tomaine, author of St. Benedict's Toolbox, at their online Fall Retreat Day on Saturday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m - 2 p.m.

About this retreat, titled "Fashioning My Life For His Sake," Tomaine writes, "How do we fashion our life for Christ? Do we really, really want to take this step? And, if our answer is yes, how do we go about making the most of our time here on this earth to live 'for his sake' in the midst of all our responsibilities, stresses and challenges that confront, distract and unsettle us?"

On the agenda are three major presentations:

  • Choose the Wardrobe (9:40 a.m.)
  • Make a Fashion Statement (10:45 a.m.)
  • Dress Right for Life (12:45 p.m.)

The program, to be conducted via Zoom, will also include a welcome from the diocese's bishops; morning prayer and installation of officers; and a business meeting, as well as closing prayer. The agenda and more information is found here. Fee for the conference is $10. (Attendees may also contribute more, or request a scholarship.) To register, click here.
Compline services to resume at St. John's Cathedral on Oct. 3

St. John's Cathedral will resume its services of Compline on the first Sunday of each month, beginning on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

Compline is among the most ancient services of the Christian tradition. It was originally designed in the sixth century to prepare monks to transition from work to sleep at the end of the day. St. John's service will feature candlelight, prayer, stillness and song. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow the service.

The cathedral is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007. For information, visit the website here. Compline is offered from fall through spring.
Episcopal Enterprises launches new initiative to connect experts with congregations, expand ministries, build revenue

Episcopal Enterprises is launching Episcopal Enterprise Service Corps (EESC), a new initiative to complement and build upon the work it has done with churches through its Social Enterprise Academies.

Churches and volunteers in the diocese are invited to participate in this new effort in two ways:

First, EESC will recruit volunteers who have experience and expertise in a variety of fields, such as finance, business, management, real estate, community organizing, law and more. After orientation and training, these volunteers will be asked to coach and mentor churches that are developing or expanding social enterprise initiatives, providing needed products or services that will allow the congregations to be more sustainable and effective at serving and growing their mission within the community.

Second, EESC will identify churches that would welcome this kind of support to launch, improve or scale up earned income ventures on their campuses.

The official launch of EESC will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the episcopal residence in Pasadena. Participants will share some time together, hear updates on programs and projects among the different churches, and imagine ways social enterprises might help churches thrive. To register for the event, click here or on the flyer above. More information is here.

Episcopal Enterprises, created in 2017 to help churches in the diocese expand their community impact and develop new sustainable sources of income, is managed by the Rev. Canon Jamie Edwards-Acton and Betsy Densmore, with the support of Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor. (An Episcopal News story on Episcopal Enterprises is here.)

Episcopal Enterprises wants to hear from individuals and churches in the diocese about their successful initiatives, big dreams for ministry and what might be preventing those dreams from being realized. Knowing about these projects and dreams, needs and challenges will help Episcopal Enterprises develop its programs to help congregations thrive.

Learn more about Episcopal Enterprises here. To take part as a volunteer or a congregation, or to share stories, contact Tania Vásquez, social enterprise coordinator, at [email protected] or 562.359.7534.
Bloy House offers four-week courses in October

Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School at Los Angeles) is offering several new online four-week noncredit classes for church members.

The fee for each course is $50, and both will be held via Zoom.

Courses beginning in October and their presenters are:

TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7 p.m.
Medieval Women Mystics
The Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith

THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, and 28, 7 p.m.
Aging and Ageism
Susan Brown, Episcopal Communities and Services

Read more about the courses and presenters here. To register for either of the above classes, click here.
Kaleidoscope Institute slates online training for facilitators

In an increasingly polarized and violent world, there is a need for persons trained to facilitate reasonable and constructive dialogue about important issues; leaders who can provide a gracious time and place for truth-seeking dialogue leading to non-violent mutual understanding.

The Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) has announced a new course of facilitator accreditation training that will provide such resources:

  • to coordinate and facilitate inclusive small group dialogue using the KI gracious leadership tools, skills, and processes.
  • to prepare leaders to practice and use KI resources for their work and ministries while being mentored by a KI associate.
  • to learn how to invite people to come to an initial dialogue, designed to achieve mutual understanding through deep listening
  • to better understand the relationship of KI resources and the Developmental Model for Intercultural Sensitivity to explain reactions to cultural differences.

Sessions will meet from 1 – 4 p.m. on October 18, 20, 22, 26 and 28. Participants must attend all five sessions and take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) before the sessions begin (included in the training fee). Future individual coaching will also be available for additional fees after the training is complete.

KI uses a sliding scale called GracEconomics, requesting that participants pay as close to the upper number as their financial resources allow. The GracEconomic registration fee for this training is $75 - $300. To register, click here. For additional information email [email protected]
HFS to hold free orientation meetings for prospective foster families

Foster homes are needed more than ever, especially for newborns to 5-year-olds. HFS, a foster care and adoption agency and diocesan institution, is seeking seeking individuals and families in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties willing to provide temporary care for a child or children experiencing abuse or neglect. Currently more than 33,000 children are under DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) supervision in Los Angeles County alone.

HFS will offer free online orientations at which interested families can learn about foster care and how to become a Resource Family. HFS provides foster parents with training, support, and guidance throughout the entire process. All foster parents are provided with a tax-free stipend to care for the children along with coverage for all medical, dental, and therapeutic needs.

Foster care orientation sessions will be held (online) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 6
  • Wednesday, October 20

Both sessions are at 6 - 8 p.m. To register, email [email protected].
New training sessions for end-of-life companions will begin in October, November

By Your Side Vigil Companions, a program of Episcopal Communities and Services, has announced two Fall sessions in which volunteers may train to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those nearing the end of life.

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. "The pandemic has brought all of us to an acute awareness of life’s fragility, and of the immense value of being companioned," says By Your Side director Susan Brown. "In adapting to the reality of COVID, By Your Side redefined 'present' to include presence without proximity, realizing that what is most important is connection."

Brown continued: "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."

The training programs will take place in two-hour sessions over five weeks via Zoom:
  • Monday evenings, Oct. 11 - Nov. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday afternoons, Nov. 16 – Dec. 14, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

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

To enroll or for more information, contact Susan Brown at [email protected] or by phone at 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 credit (12 hours) for nurses is available for an additional $30 under California Board of Registered Nursing provider number CEP 16239.
In the congregations
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.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 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
Additional dates at this location: Thursday, Nov. 11; Saturday, Dec. 11.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saint John's Episcopal Church
4745 Wheeler Avenue, La Verne 91750
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: STJOHNS

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church
830 W. Bonita Avenue, Claremont 91711
Information: 909.626.7170
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: stambrose

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 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 dates at this location are Mondays; Nov. 22 and Dec. 27.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. 
St. Mark's Episcopal Parish
Parish Hall
330 E. 16th Street, Upland 91784
Register here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: stmarks

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. James' Episcopal Church
(The Great Hall)
3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach 92663
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or St. James' Church website here
Sponsor code: stjamesnewport

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 8:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. John Chrysostom Church and School
Multipurpose Room
30382 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor Code: St. John

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
Movement grows to honor Bishop Barbara Harris with a feast day on her date of death

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – September 29, 2021] Dioceses and Episcopal leaders are joining a growing movement to add Bishop Barbara Harris to The Episcopal Church’s calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. They are lining up diocesan resolutions that will ask the 80th General Convention to advance her elevation to the status of a church saint at its meeting in July 2022, just two years after her death.

Harris was consecrated in 1989 as bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts, becoming the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion. She retired in 2002 but remained an active and prominent figure in The Episcopal Church and a role model for younger generations of Episcopal leaders until her death March 13, 2020, at age 89. Harris also is remembered for her support of social justice causes and her part in the first wave of women to be ordained as Episcopal priests.

“Bishop Barbara Harris’s life and ministry called out to us to strive for justice and truth as manifested in Scripture in our church and world,” Bishop Gayle Harris, the Diocese of Massachusetts’ current suffragan, said in an email statement to Episcopal News Service. “Her voice was an uncompromised clarion call for full inclusion and equality in our corporate life as the Body of Christ from the beginning of her ministry as a lay leader and throughout her episcopacy.”

Read more here.
Deputies of Color organize for change in Episcopal Church, society ahead of General Convention

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – September 24, 2021] A group of Episcopal clergy and lay leaders who self-organize as the Deputies of Color will kick off their preparations for the 80th General Convention on Sept. 25 with an online conference focused on “Truth Telling,” during which Episcopalians share their various experiences with racism in the church and in society.

The Deputies of Color is a standing umbrella group that combines the church’s four primary ethnic caucuses: Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latinx. Together, those caucuses total over 170 members – a large majority of the church’s estimated 230 total deputies of color – and many of them will be first-time deputies when they arrive in Baltimore, Maryland, in July 2022 for General Convention.

One of the primary goals of bringing the ethnic caucuses together as the Deputies of Color is “changing The Episcopal Church,” said Byron Rushing, vice president of the House of Deputies and a longtime lay leader from the Diocese of Massachusetts. Rushing will be one of the presenters during the Sept. 25 webinar, which will not be open to the general public.

“The Episcopal Church would never talk about racism if there were not people of color in their face,” Rushing said in an interview with Episcopal News Service. The Black caucus has organized for change in the church since the 1960s, he said, and coordinating with the other caucuses can amplify all voices. “We try to talk to each other so we can understand, so we can generally support each other in their specific resolutions.”

Read more here. Above: The deputies of color group meets in 2018. Photo: Lynn Collins
EPF workshop to explore "Sacred Ground' of non-white and white histories in the US

Episcopal Peace Fellowship's series of free, one-hour online presentations continues with Sacred Ground: Finding Our place in the History of Racism, presented by Katrina Browne, producer of the film Traces of the Trade, on Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 - 2 p.m.

Browne (pictured) produced and directed the Emmy-nominated film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, a documentary about her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island, the hidden history of the North’s complicity in slavery, and her family’s reckoning with questions of privilege and repair. Traces premiered at Sundance (2008), aired on PBS, and contributed to the Episcopal Church's decision to atone for its role in slavery. Browne now works for The Episcopal Church as a consultant on the Becoming Beloved Community racial justice and healing initiatives. She was the lead developer of Sacred Ground an online curriculum of films that focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific histories as they interact with European-American histories. It has been taken up by over 1,700 circles in congregations across the country and is expanding in new ways.

Workshop participants will discuss clips from the films; experienced facilitators will offer guidance for how to form small groups to walk through key chapters in America's history of race and racism while weaving in threads of family stories, economic class, and political and regional identity.

To register for the workshop, click here.
More reporting from Episcopal News Service is 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
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (PT)
Lift Every Voice and Sing: A New National Hymn
Online: Register here
The Office of Government Relations and the Office of Black Ministries invite you to join us for a live virtual event to celebrate the history and legacy of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and urge the passage of H.R. 301 to make this uplifting, unifying anthem our new national hymn. Over the course of the hour, you’ll hear from faith and government leaders including: Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, Congressman James E. Clyburn; the Rev. Canon C.K. Robertson; Byron Rushing, vice president, House of Deputies; Dr. Carl MaultsBy, UBE representative; and more. The event will also feature a special musical performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by The St Thomas Gospel Choir, Philadelphia, PA, Waltier Blocker, music director.

Blessing of the Animals
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
6201 E. Willow Street, Long Beach 90815
Information: 562.420.1311 or email [email protected]
The brief service will include several prayers attributed to St. Francis followed by individual blessings of all animals present. The service will be held outdoors in the courtyard. Even though outdoors, we do ask that all human guests wear masks. For the comfort and safety of all concerned, human and non-human guests alike, we do ask that a few ground rules be honored. Please restrain all animals on leashes or in carriers. Please clean up any messes your pet makes. If you are not able to, or are uncomfortable bringing your pet, or if your pet is uncomfortable coming out, you can bring a picture of your pet or one of your pet’s favorite toys, which we will bless instead.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 11 a.m.
International Sunday
St. Francis' Episcopal Church
12700 Paddison Avenue, Norwalk 90650
Information: Martin Greenidge, 562.254.5598; Marcelle Greenidge, 562.351.5870; or Abigail Smith, 562.650.2807
Celebrating the reopening of St. Francis' Church. Luncheon and entertainment will begin immediately after the 9 a.m. church service. The event will include a silent auction, music food, prizes and more.

Concert: American Orchestra Europa Foundation
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
7501 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90046
Information: 323.876.2102, ext. 2, or here
Scott Ellaway shines a light on the composer Joseph Haydn through a live performance of Missa Sancti Nicolai. Professional singers will be accompanied by organist David Strouse, the American Orchestra Europa Foundation and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The event is open to the public and free of charge (thanks to the generosity of the American Orchestra Europa Foundation), but donations to St. Thomas' Music Fund are encouraged. This is an in-person event only and will not be broadcast online.

Choral Evensong
All Saints Episcopal Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.0123, ext. 112, or here
All Saints’ Choir will perform David Walker's "Christ, mighty savior"; Gerre Hancock's Preces & Responses; Herbert Howells' Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (St. Paul’s) and Hymn to St. Cecelia. A reception will follow the service.

St. John's Cathedral
514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007
Information here
Compline is among the most ancient services of the Christian tradition. It was originally designed in the sixth century to prepare monks to transition from work to sleep at the end of the day. Candlelight, prayer, stillness and song. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow the service. Monthly on the first Sunday.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 7 - 8 p.m.
Webinar: Bring Religion Home, with Timothy J.S. Seamans
St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, San Marino
Zoom webinar: register here
Presented by St Edmund's Church and The Edmund's Institute for Faith and Youth (EDIFY). Religious conversations and prayer at home for many families with young children can be intimidating. The Rev. Timothy J.S. Seamans – author, Episcopal priest and school chaplain – will demystify and offer parents and those who work with children a way forward. Seamans is co-author of Common Prayer for Children and Families.
Chamber Orchestra Concert featuring cellist Antonio Lysy
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades 90272
Information: or 310.573.7422
Conducted by Dwayne S. Milburn. Program: Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 and "Egmont Overture"; Dvorak: "Silent Woods"; Ginastera: "Pampeana No. 2." Tickets: $35. Antonio Lysy has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Everyone attending our live concerts will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the concert and will be required to wear a mask while indoors.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Community Open House – Our Saviour Center
4368 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte 91731
Information: 626.579-2190 or here
Reservations: Rose at 626.579.2190m ext. 112 or [email protected]
Learn about our organization, our programs, how we successfully provided increased services throughout the pandemic and meet our staff. Join us for a raffle, light refreshments, tours and conversation. Masks are required.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 4 p.m.
17th Annual Men's Evensong Invitational
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
122 South California Avenue (at Foothill Blvd.), Monrovia
Information here
Music selections include: "Phos Hilaron" and Preces and Responses by Kent Bennett Jones, director of music and Mendelssohn’s Beati Mortui. Officiant will be the Rev. Judith Heffron. In keeping with the requirements of the Diocese of Los Angeles, both congregation and choir will be masked. A freewill offering will be taken, and a wine and cheese reception in and outside Guild Hall will follow the service. Lyn Walsh’s legendary chutney, jam, and marmalade will be available for sale: proceeds benefit the music program.
Central Europe: Oberammergau Passion Play
September 2022
Join Bishop Guy Erwin of the ELCA and Canon Jim Newman of the Episcopal Church for a 13-day journey across central Europe to Oberammergau, Germany. The day-long Oberammergau Passion Play is produced every decade and is a four-century “thank you” to God for saving the people of this picturesque Bavarian Alpine village. Experience this spiritual event and look at the culture and religion of Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz and Czestochowa), Hungary (Budapest), Czech Republic (Bratislava), Austria (Vienna & the Salzkammergut) and Germany (Oberammergau & Munich). Cost is $4,899 from Los Angeles including $450 taxes/airline surcharges.) Information: Jim Newman, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066; 310.391.5522 or 888.802.6722; [email protected]. A full itinerary is here.

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].

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. Application deadline: September 1, 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.

LA CRESCENTA: Coordinador(a) de Oficina Parroquial. San Lucas de las Montañas. San Lucas está buscando un(a) Coordinador(a) de Oficina como parte del equipo de esta Misión para apoyar a Dios en lograr su visión para el mundo. Somos un congregación diversa que aspira a estar cada día más unida en Cristo, y con un alto grado de participación de voluntarios comprometidos. Si estás interesado(a) en utilizar tus talentos para una gran causa, aprender, y hacer una diferencia, te invitamos a aplicar. Puedes conseguir aquí la descripción de trabajo e información de cómo aplicar.

LA CRESCENTA: Church Office Coordinator, St. Luke’s of the Mountains. St. Luke’s is looking for a Church Office Coordinator as part of the team of this mission to support God in achieving God’s vision for the world. We are a diverse congregation that aspires to be more united in Christ every day, and with a high degree of participation of committed volunteers. If you are interested in using your talents for a great cause, learning, and making a difference, we invite you to apply. You can get the job description and information on how to apply 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.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA: Early Childhood Division – Assistant Teacher (3 positions, St. John's School. One regular, two Infant/Toddler program). Full time with benefits (medical/dental, pension, employer matching 403b contribution). $17.00 per hour Starts August 23. Primary responsibilities: support the classroom teacher in providing a loving classroom environment that supports children’s emotional, physical, and cognitive development; communicate effectively and maintain a positive rapport with students, parents, and colleagues; help implement the curriculum created by the classroom teacher and collaborate accordingly. Early childhood education coursework required (minimum of 12 units). Full job descriptions and application instructions here (select "Faculty").

SANTA BARBARA: Minister of Choral and Congregational Music. Trinity Episcopal Church seeks not only a talented congregational music leader and a confident and inspiring choral director, but also a committed liturgical partner to work with our rector, curate, and minister of keyboard music to fully integrate all aspects of music with the other parts of the liturgy, to bring to life the Word and love of God. Full job description 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.

CASPER, WYOMING: Executive Director, Foundation for the Episcopal Church in Wyoming. Responsible for guiding and implementing all foundation activities toward achieving the purposes and mission of the Foundation, which is supporting the ministry of the Episcopal Church in Wyoming. The executive director provides direction, maintains effective and efficient management, and develops and implements a vision to come alongside the local churches of the Episcopal Church in Wyoming to enable them to grow in depth and breadth through the Foundation’s support. Start date: January 1, 2022. A position profile is here. Interested candidates should send a CV/resume with a cover letter to Jessica Reynolds, canon for Finance and Administration for The Episcopal Church in Wyoming, at [email protected]. Application deadline: Sept. 28, 12 midnight.

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