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Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles

September 18, 2022

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Services in memory of Queen Elizabeth II set in Diocese of Los Angeles 


By Bob Williams


[The Episcopal News – September 14, 2022] Services of remembrance in the Diocese of Los Angeles will honor Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II, whose unequaled 70-year reign included her role as “defender of the faith” expressed across the global Anglican Communion.


Bishop John Harvey Taylor will preach during Requiem Mass at Hollywood’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church – an Episcopal parish worshiping in the Anglo-Catholic tradition – at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, the same day of the monarch’s state funeral in Westminster Abbey preceding burial in Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.


Celebrant for the rites at St. Thomas’, 7501 Hollywood Blvd., is the parish’s rector, the Very Rev. Canon Ian Elliott Davies, also dean of the diocese’s Westside geographic deanery of congregations. Born in Wales, Davies assisted at London’s All Saints, Margaret Street – located next to Westminster Abbey – before his 2001 call to the Hollywood parish.


Davies has invited members of the congregation and the diocesan community to leave messages in the Church of England’s online book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth.


Cameron McKay, master of the music at St. Thomas’, will direct selections for the Sept. 19 service, which will be livestreamed via the parish’s Facebook page and YouTube channel as linked on the parish website.


Also on Sept. 19, a service of prayer and remembrance is set for 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 100 N. Third Ave., Covina, with livestream information posted here.  


Evensong services Oct. 2, Oct. 9


Two parish choirs long experienced in the English choral tradition will sing Evensong on two consecutive Sundays in October in memory of the queen. 


  • All Saints’, Beverly Hills, has set Evensong for 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, with the Rev. Andrea McMillin, priest-in-charge, presiding, and music directed by Canon Craig Phillips. Livestream information will be posted at www.allsaintsbh.org. All Saints’ is located at 504 N. Camden Drive.


  • St. James’, Los Angeles, has scheduled Evensong for 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. The Rev. Kate Cress, rector, will preside with music directed by Canon James Buonemani. Livestream information will be posted at www.stjla.org. A 6 p.m. organ recital will follow the service. St. James’ is located at 3903 Wilshire Blvd.


Read more here.

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At Diocesan Council: Queen Elizabeth remembered, budget solutions proposed


By Pat McCaughan


[The Episcopal News – September 14, 2022] Bishop John Harvey Taylor opened the Sept. 8 online meeting of Diocesan Council with a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died earlier that day at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96, a day on which The Episcopal Church commemorates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


In many ways, the two women were alike, Taylor said. “Elizabeth was 10 or 11 ... when she went from being third in line to the throne ... to being first in line,” after her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936 and Elizabeth’s father became King George VI.


Like Mary, she willingly accepted her vocation and possessed a sense of duty that accommodated changing times and prompted her, two days before her death, to “accept a prime minister’s resignation and welcome his successor, working right up to the end, working in the spirit of Mary,” Taylor said.


“A life of faith is always a matter of discerning what the spirit of God is calling us to do and saying to the spirit of God, let it be with me according to your word. It is a privilege to be with a group of diocesan leaders who lead in that spirit.”

Finances: assessments, consolidated ministries, shared resources


Discussion of financial challenges dominated much of the meeting. Taylor announced plans to initiate a diocesan-wide conversation about annually assessing parishes at a canonical minimum of 12% of their net operating income to help achieve a balanced budget, he told the council.


“Most dioceses do [mandatory assessments], and some assess at 15% or even, I understand, 18%” he said.


“We know, because we’ve been walking with you, that the last two and a half years have been hard for all our communities,” Taylor added. “Even now, many of our larger churches are making courageous efforts to increase their mission share fund percentage to meet the canonical minimum even in this recovery year of 2022.


“If revenues are down at your parish, then 12% of net operating income will be a smaller number,” Taylor said. “The [Joint Budget] Committee is just asking parishes to step up to the plate and do what our canons and the spirit of our Episcopal polity require. It’s also a matter of fairness that many parishes pay their equitable share, while others with equal, or in some cases greater, resources do not. Churches that are truly struggling will have access to an appeals process.”


Taylor made the announcement after diocesan treasurer Canon Andy Tomat reported that, while pledge commitments had increased in 2022 to an average 9.9% of parish net operating income, up from 9.2% in 2021, past-due congregational payments for that same period amounted to about $800,000.


Read more here.

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Churches for Middle East Peace will host Oct. 8 online town hall to set stage for Diocesan Convention learning


[The Episcopal News – September 14, 2022] Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) – a Washington D.C.-based ecumenical advocacy and education organization – will convene a live online town hall webinar at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, to raise awareness about Israel/Palestine as Diocesan Convention prepares to welcome Anglican Archbishop Hosam Naoum of Jerusalem Nov. 11 – 12.


All are welcome to attend the 90-minute town hall planned “to introduce leaders in the Diocese of Los Angeles to key issues that deter peace and justice in Jerusalem and Israel/Palestine,” planners say.


There is no charge for the webinar, and attendees are asked to register here.


Panelists are “speakers from Israel, Palestine and the United States who hold expertise related to geo-politics in Israel/Palestine, land annexation, the Palestinian Christian community, and U.S. advocacy related to the Middle East,” planners note.


Invited panelists include Yusef Daher, executive secretary, Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre; Ranan Issa, gender justice program manager at the ELCJHL Women's Desk of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land; and Mustafa Abu Sway, Imam Al-Ghazali at Al-Aqsa Mosque and dean of the College of Islamic Studies at Al-Quds University. CMEP organizers are awaiting confirmation from a distinguished rabbi from Jerusalem to join the panel, which will be moderated by Kyle Cristofalo, CMEP’s director of advocacy and government relations. All will be welcomed by Los Angeles Bishop John Harvey Taylor. 


Further information about the town hall may be requested from CMEP or the diocesan communications office at media@ladiocese.org.


This article appears on the Episcopal News website here.

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L.A. sheriff candidates Luna, Villanueva respond to questionnaire from diocesan Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care


[The Episcopal News – September 14, 2022] The two candidates in the Nov. 8 run-off election for Los Angeles County sheriff have responded to a questionnaire provided by the Bishop’s Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care in its ongoing work of sharing information on issues of policing and its impact on the public’s well-being and safety.


Responses (accessible by clicking on linked names) are here:


The questions – developed by commission members to reflect priorities on which the commission’s work is focused – are:

  1. What solutions would you support for the issues at the Men’s Central Jail?
  2. Please define the boundaries you believe an officer must consider before using force against an individual and the instance(s) requiring lethal force? How will you ensure your deputies will be properly equipped to meet these standards?
  3. Do you think a Civilian Oversight Committee is in the best interest of the LASD? If not, why not? If yes, why and define a good, positive working relationship between your department and the COC?
  4. What would be your top priorities regarding the unhoused?
  5. How should the Sheriff’s Department respond to a call involving a mental health crisis?
  6. What are your concerns, if any, about the Sheriff Department’s appropriations from the county budget?
  7. Please define your understanding of the term “community policing”. Who are the primary stakeholders you believe should be involved in order to achieve a successful community policing model?
  8. What is your position on officer stops for minor traffic violations, e.g., broken tail lights, expired tags?
  9. Do you believe faith-based organizations have a role in your organization? If so, how would you partner with such organizations to increase community involvement, communication, and safety in our neighborhoods?


Candidates were informed that their responses were sought for informational purposes only and in no way to solicit an endorsement.


Responses received from other candidates in the June primary election are archived in an Episcopal News story here


This article appears on the Episcopal News website here.

Diocesan Convention: November 11 – 12, 2022

Convention website gets new look, new URL


The Secretary of Convention's office, working with the diocesan communications office, launched a new Diocesan Convention website this week. The new address is www.diocesela.org/convention, replacing www.diocesanconvention.com, which will be discontinued.


Diocesan Convention will take place on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 – 12, at the Riverside Convention Center with the theme “Back to the Holy City: The Hope of Christ in Our Time.”


The new website has all convention information, including offices and candidates for election; forms and annual report information; resolutions and amendments to be voted on at convention; journals of previous meetings; convention meals and lodging information; and the virtual exhibit hall, as well as instructions for those planning to have exhibits at the in-person convention.


Questions about the website or the convention may be directed to Samantha Wylie, convention coordinator, at swylie@ladiocese.org.


This article appears on the Episcopal News website here.

Diocesan Convention website

Pre-convention meetings


A Zoom format will be used for three pre-convention meetings for clergy, delegates and interested Episcopalians:


  • Deaneries 3, 4 & 5: Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.
  • Deaneries 6, 7 & 8: Sunday, October 24, 4 p.m.
  • Deaneries 1, 2, 9 & 10: Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m.


Spanish translation will be provided at all three meetings. These presentations will only include the diocesan portion of the traditional deanery assemblies. Deans and presidents will plan deanery annual meetings.

More about Diocesan Convention


Diocesan Convention – 'Back to the Holy City: The Hope of Christ in Our Time' – will welcome Archbishop Naoum of Jerusalem [The Episcopal News, September 7, 2022]

People

Staff cellist at San Gabriel parish awarded prestigious fellowship


[Church of Our Saviour – September 8, 2022] Dustin Seo, COS’s staff cellist and head of the LAÓS Chamber Music Ministry, has been named a 2022 Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow! Following in the footsteps of our very own Fr. Thomas Ni, Dustin’s Ministry Fellowship includes a $15,000 personal use grant that will be resourced to the LAÓS ministry.


“I am filled with gratitude that I’ve not only found a community which supports my spiritual growth here at COS but also my artistic growth within the Episcopal Diocese. That the ECF Fellowship allows me to celebrate God’s beauty through my love of music, and to be able to share that gift with my COS family and friends, is an incredible honor and opportunity.” Dustin is one of three awardees.


 ECF Ministry Fellows are chosen for their dedication to change in positive ways for individuals, groups, or communities that impact the ability to see and use God’s gifts. Since 1964, the ECF has awarded more than 200 fellowships to clergy and lay leaders whose ministries lead faith communities into the future in spiritually grounded, transformative, and innovative ways. LAÓS, a new ministry of COS which Dustin leads, focuses on bringing chamber music to varied audiences and uniting our partner ministries.


Read more here.

Events & Announcements
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Oct. 8 event at episcopal residence to celebrate CFLC and PRISM chaplaincy programs


[The Episcopal News – September 14, 2022] The Center for Lay Chaplaincy (CFLC) and PRISM Restorative Justice invite the diocesan community to "Building Spiritual Vitality," an evening of music and dinner to celebrate chaplaincy as a vital and innovative means of bringing compassion to seemingly hopeless contexts.


The event, to be held Saturday, Oct. 8, 5 – 8 p.m. at the episcopal residence in Pasadena, will be an opportunity for CFLC and PRISM to share a vision for providing compassionate spiritual care in places where it is most needed and least accessible.


Tickets are $30 each (suggested donation). Register here.


Read more here.

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Kay Lindahl to speak on listening as sacred art, spiritual practice at DOK Fall Assembly


Kay Lindahl, founder of the Listening Center, will be the featured speaker at the Daughters of the King Fall Assembly, to be held via Zoom on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The program will "explore the sacred nature of listening and engage in some spiritual practices that support becoming a listening presence," according to the event announcement.


Lindahl (pictured) will lead a workshop titled “Listening as Sacred Art and Spiritual Practice."


"According to St. John of the Cross, listening is God’s first language," says the DOK release. "But just how fluent are we in the language of listening? In this fast-paced culture, speaking has become our first lan­guage. We spend hours preparing to speak but little time preparing to listen.


"[Lindahl] will help us understand this as way of being in which stillness and attentiveness provide the space for people to speak authentically and know they are being heard. It is from this place that we can listen across diverse backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems.


"Once we experience listening as a sacred art and a spiritual practice we find that it transforms all of our relationships, nurtures our inner voices, and inspires our spiritual growth."


Kay Lindahl is author of the award-winning book The Sacred Art of Listening, and a certified listening professional. She is a skilled presenter and workshop leader who teaches that listening is a creative force that transforms relationships.


To register for the Fall Assembly click here. For more information email daughtersladiocese@gmail.com.

Study group will explore The Psychology of Christian Nationalism


By Susan Russell


How do we overcome polarization in American society? How do we advocate for justice when one side won't listen to the other and cycles of outrage escalate? These questions have been pressing for years, but the emergence of a vocal, virulent strain of white Christian nationalism has made it even more urgent that we find a way forward -- and Pamela Cooper-White offers us tool to do precisely that in her book The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide.


In three brief, incisive chapters Dr. Cooper-White uncovers the troubling extent of Christian nationalism, explores its deep psychological roots, and discusses ways in which advocates for justice can safely and effectively attempt to talk across the deep divides in our society. Join us for a three-part study group exploring this important book and considering how we can be agents of change in this critical time of both challenge and opportunity. Save the dates: Wednesday evenings, October 12, 19 and 26; 6– 7:15 p.m. A registration link will be available soon.


The Rev. Canon Susan Russell is Canon for Engagement Across Difference for the Diocese of Los Angeles. Questions about the study group may be directed to her at srussell@ladiocese.org.

St. Luke's Church seeks support for shower program through 'Long Beach Gives' fundraiser Sept. 22


St. Luke's Church, Long Beach, is seeking support for its shower program for the homeless through the annual "Long Beach Gives" one-day fundraising event, to be held this year on Sept. 22.


"Last year we raised over $20,000 through LB Gives," said a notice from the church, "because members of the congregation and supporters of the shower program posted the event on social media and emailed friends and family asking them to support St. Luke’s Homeless Ministries. Please spread the word through sharing this link to LB Gives."


St. Luke's is an inclusive, multicultural community pursuing spiritual and social transformation. For almost 125 years, St. Luke's has served downtown Long Beach enhancing the vitality of the community, and responding to the needs of its neighbors. Every Saturday, St. Luke's Shower Power and Manna Meals programs offer showers, clothes, and food to its unhoused neighbors. In pandemic and normal times, its volunteer team provides generous hospitality and vital health and hygiene to more than 100 weekly guests.

Tickets still available for Dodger game Sept. 23


The Rev. Canon Greg Larkin has announced that some additional tickets for Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 23 have become available. "So if people need a couple more, or meant to get tickets and forgot, they can contact me at canonbaseball@yahoo.com," he told The Episcopal News.


The Dodgers will play the St. Louis Cardinals, and the game, win or lose, will be followed by fireworks.


Bishop John Harvey Taylor will throw the ceremonial first pitch. He writes about his preparations here.

November border visit will offer glimpse of migrant experience


[The Episcopal News – August 31, 2022] The Southern Border Committee of the Program Group on Global Partnership, in cooperation with the nonprofit faith-based organization Border Compassion, invites members of the diocesan community to join them for a visit to the Posada del Migrant Shelter in Mexicali, Mexico, Nov. 4 – 5.


Spanish language skills are not necessary for visitors, according to the Rev. Patricia O'Reilly, committee chair, who notes that the two-day trip is a good opportunity for those who might want to visit a shelter, but would prefer to do so with a group. Mexicali, considered one of the safest border crossing cities, is directly across the U.S. border from Calexico, California, and is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California.


The group will travel to Calexico on Nov. 4, stay in the Howard Johnson hotel, and on Nov. 5 cross into Mexicali to visit the shelter, where they will spend the day interacting with migrants, playing with children, and learning more about the migrant experience before returning home. Migrants at the shelter — which can accommodate as many as 300 people — fled their homes to escape violence, poverty and climate disasters


Read more here. Please note corrected dates for the visit.

SAVE THE DATE

Restorative justice retreat, stories, will celebrate Camp Stevens' 70th anniversary


[The Episcopal News] 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.


A video invitation from Kathy Wilder, executive director of Camp Stevens, is here.


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 here. A web page with retreat schedule information is here.

Episcopal Schools celebration will welcome Ryan Newman, new executive director, and celebrate Serena Beeks, retiring director


Bishop John Taylor and the Commission on Schools invite the diocesan community to the Bishop's Annual Episcopal School Eucharist and Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Commons, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles.


Each year, Episcopal school leaders - school heads, directors, rectors and vicars, chaplains, division heads, business managers and more – come together to celebrate the beginning of a new school year and Episcopal Schools Week. Leaders from affiliated schools and those outside the Diocese of Los Angeles are also welcome.


This year's gathering will welcome the Rev. Ryan Newman, newly appointed executive director of the diocese's Commission on Schools, and celebrate Canon Serena Beeks, retiring executive director.


The Eucharist will begin in St. Athanasius Church at 11:30 a.m., followed by a hosted luncheon in the Johnathan Daniels conference room. Vegetarian meal options will be available.


To register, click here.

From the wider church

Texas diocesan reunion takes shape, with warm welcome for Episcopalians in Fort Worth area


By David Paulsen


[Episcopal News Service – September 14, 2022] North Texas is no longer a diocese of The Episcopal Church, but Episcopalians in North Texas are as active as ever – now as the Fort Worth-based North Region of the Diocese of Texas.


The two dioceses combined in July when their reunification was approved by bishops and deputies at the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The process is called “reunion” because both dioceses shared roots in the historic Diocese of Texas.


Texas CountiesIn the past two months, clergy, lay leaders and diocesan staff members have been sorting out details related to diocesan records, bank accounts, church properties, clergy residence statuses, insurance and pensions. “The list is seemingly endless,” Katie Sherrod, who coordinates the North Region’s communications, told Episcopal News Service.


One of the most significant developments in the reunification has been the establishment of a new regional headquarters. The location of North Texas’ diocesan headquarters had been in flux since last year when the diocese lost its property lawsuit against a breakaway group. Now, the Diocese of Texas has signed a five-year lease on office space in downtown Fort Worth, and it will open the North Region’s offices there in the coming weeks.


Read more here.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and presiding bishop offer messages of support for St. John the Divine residency program


By Egan Millard


[Episcopal News Service – September 13, 2022] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church, in sending messages of support for the Community at the Crossing, a new program planned for young adults from different Christian denominations to live, work, study and pray together at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.


In a rare display of ecumenical unity, the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox leaders endorsed the program – through pre-recorded video messages and a letter – during a service at the cathedral on Sept. 8 marking the inauguration of the program, though the first residents won’t arrive for another year.


In his message, Curry said religious communities “have often been lighthouses to help human civilization find its way to a way of life grounded more deeply in the ways of compassion and the ways of justice, ways of kindness, in the way of God’s love. … The Community at the Crossing, like religious communities before it, will be a lighthouse showing us the way to find life abundant.”


Read more here.

Diocese of Florida sets Nov. 19 for new bishop election, requires in-person attendance to vote


By David Paulsen


[Episcopal News Service – September 13, 2022] The Diocese of Florida Standing Committee has set Nov. 19 as the date for a new special convention for electing a bishop coadjutor, after the diocese tossed the results of a previous election that had been marred by procedural issues, according to a Sept. 13 announcement.


The Jacksonville-based diocese will hold the in-person election at Camp Weed in Live Oak. The new candidate slate lists three of the five priests who were on the ballot in May for the diocese’s first attempt at an election. The candidates are the Rev. Charlie Holt, the Rev. Miguel Rosada and the Rev. Beth Tjoflat. The diocese also will consider additional nominations through a petition process until Oct. 3.


Holt, who previously served as an associate rector at the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas, initially was declared the winner of the May 14 election. Afterward, a complaint was filed objecting to that result, and last month, the churchwide Court of Review essentially sided with the objectors. It concluded that “a clergy quorum was not reached” in accordance with the diocese’s official election process, and “the action of the diocese in changing its manner of voting two days prior to the election was fundamentally unfair to the delegates of the convention and the candidates.”


Read more here.

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to give opening address at Hobart College bicentennial event


[The Episcopal Church – September 6, 2022] Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Hobart College, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop — and Hobart graduate — Michael B. Curry will deliver virtual opening remarks at a Sept. 25 panel discussion titled “The Quest for Inclusion: From Bishop John Henry Hobart to Today.”


All are welcome to join via livestream or in person at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church and Pro-Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. The Sunday event is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET (12 – 4:30 p.m. PT).


Panelists will consider what it means and looks like to be an inclusive church, honoring each person as a beloved child of God. The discussion will be informed by the theology and actions of New York’s third Episcopal bishop, John Henry Hobart, who, before his death in 1830 at age 54, invited congregants from all classes, regions, and races; ordained the state’s first Black priest; and founded a college in Geneva.


Read more here.

Coming up

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7 – 8 p.m.

Taizé Prayer Service

Sacred Heart Chapel

480 S. Batavia Street, Orange 92868-3907

Information: 714.744.3172 or thecsd@csjorange.org

Offered in prayerful collaboration between Stillpoint (a diocesan institution) and Center for Spiritual Development (Sisters of St. Joseph, Orange). Slow down and unplug at this hour-long service designed in the style that began in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. This service includes prayer, simple beautiful music, a time for silence and sacred readings. Chants are sung many times over as a prayer of the heart. All faith traditions are welcome. Third Sunday of each month. Covid requirements: proof of vaccination (including booster) and masks.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 4 - 6 p.m.

Inspiring Stories: Discussing Politics In Religious Spaces

The Guibord Center (online event)

Register here

Do we discuss politics in our religious/spiritual spaces and if so, why and how? What are the legal constraints? What kinds of boundaries, if any, should congregations set around political topics? How do we make such talks positive and hopeful instead of righteous and polarizing? Storytellers will include the Rev. Mark England (Christian), the Rev. Wendy Silvers (Christian) and Mohamed Dewji (Muslim).


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 7:10 p.m.

Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium

1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles 90012

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. Tickets are still available: contact the Rev. Canon Greg Larkin at canonbaseball@yahoo.com


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 4 - 6 p.m.

Choral Evensong in Honor of

First Responders and Medical Professionals

Holy Trinity Church

100 N. Third Avenue, Covina 91723

Information: 626.967.3939 or holytrinitycovina@yahoo.com

Historic Holy Trinity invites all to this annual service, co-sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Covina. A reception in the parish hall will follow.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 3 - 6 p.m.

Harvest of Hope Festival – 'Come Together for Peace'

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church

28211 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Tickets here

Information: office@staidanschurch.org

St. Aidan’s Malibu produces its 17th annual Harvest of Hope wine festival. This

year’s theme is “Come Together for Peace” and all funds raised support organizations working for peace and social justice locally and globally. Suggested donation: $50 per person or $100 per family. Enjoy live music, amazing food, local wines and craft beers, and an exciting silent auction.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 5 p.m.

Choral Evensong In Memoriam and Thanksgiving

for the Life of Queen Elizabeth II

All Saints’ Church

504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210

310.275.0123, ext.112, or here

Offered in memoriam and thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All Saints’ Choir performs "Set me as a seal" by William Walton; Preces & Responses by Richard Ayleward; Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D by George Dyson; 'Evening Hymn' by H. Balfour Gardiner; "I was glad" by Charles H. H. Parry. A reception will follow the service.

FRIDAY, October 7, 6 p.m.

Movie Nights in the Sacred Garden

Church of Our Saviour (Cleaver Hall)

535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel 91775

Bring a chair or blanket and your favorite treat to watch a family-friendly movie in our the Sacred Garden (located behind the small staff parking lot). Admission is FREE.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stillpoint: Native Expressions of Indigenous Spirituality

Church of Our Saviour

535 West Roses Road, San Gabriel 91775

In person and livestream

Information/registration here

Led by the Rev. Leonard Casey Church, indigenous missiologist and pastor, a members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. This Stillpoint one-day retreat will include participation in: incense burning, medicine wheel and dream catcher making, a pipe ceremony, making of prayer ties, a talking circle, and other indigenous expressions used in spiritual practice.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 4:15 p.m.

Solemn Evensong

St. James in-the-City Episcopal Church

3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010

Information: 213.388.3015 or here

Choir of St. James’, James Buonemani, director. There is no charge. Livestream and on demand here.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 8 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra Concert: Barber's Violin Concerto

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades

Information/Tickets here

Featuring Movses Pogossian in the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber. Pogossian, professor of violin at UCLA, made his American debut performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops in 1990. He regularly performs with orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Tickets: $35. Season passes are available: the season will include seven concerts.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.

Mutual Ministry Retreat:

St. Andrew's Torrance, and Christ Church, Redondo Beach

Mary and Joseph Retreat Center

5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

As we enter the fall, life at church, work, and school tends to become busy once again. We recommend that you follow Jesus’ advice and come away… and rest a while! Led by an experienced facilitator, we will gather for worship, and learn various ancient and contemporary methods of praying and meditating, including walking the Labyrinth. This is a day to enjoy nature, renew our bodies, minds, and spirits, and deepen our relationships with one another. The cost, including coffee, tea, snacks and a catered lunch, is $50 per person. Please consider adding a donation to enable a low-income parishioner to attend. RSVP to Mariana at christchurchrb@aol.com or 310.540.1722. A flyer is here.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 4 p.m.

Men's Evensong Invitational

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

122 South California Avenue, Monrovia 91016

Sung by the men of St. Luke's Choir and invited guests. Directed by Kent B. Jones.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 5 p.m.

Chamber Music Concert I: German Romantic Trios

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210

Information here or 310.275.0123, ext. 112

This program features monumental trios by two of the nineteenth century’s greatest composers; Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn. Violinist Andrew Sords makes his first live appearance at All Saints’, and is joined by the superb cellist John Walz, and pianist Tim Durkovic in the first concert of the new season. Tickets: $20 ($10 students & seniors). Admission free with Music Guild donor season pass.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022, 6 p.m.

International Laureates Organ Series: Raúl Prieto Ramírez

St. James in-the-City Episcopal Church

3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010

Information: 213.388.3015 or here

Free. Live-stream and on demand at GreatMusicLA.org.)

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:

American Red Cross Donor App information

How to prepare for a great donor experience

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Blood Donation/Drive Fact Sheet


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 requested. All donors and staff will be screened before entering the facilities.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 9 a.m. – 3 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

Appointments preferred; walk-ins welcome


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 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, capgary@cox.net or drdenagraves@yahoo.com


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

Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT


Listings may be sent to news@ladiocese.org. There is no charge.


ALTADENA: Interim Preschool Director. Saint Mark’s School seeks an inspiring and innovative Interim Preschool Director for the 22/23 school year who will ensure the continued excellence and distinction of our program for children ages 2 year, 9 months through 5 years old. The Interim Preschool Director will take a leadership role in all areas that support the school’s core mission, including managing the day-to-day operations of the preschool, providing mentorship to the preschool faculty and staff, and ensuring the preschool program provides the highest quality learning experience and environment for the growth and development of children. Full job description here. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Kelly Mancuso, assistant head of school, at kellym@saint-marks.org. Date posted: Aug. 20, 2022. Date available: immediately.


BUENA PARK: Administrative Assistant, St. Joseph's Episcopal Church. 15 hours/week. Small parish seeks experienced and cheerful person to handle customary reception and business office tasks. Send resume and letter of interest to stjosephs8300@gmail.com


FILLMORE/VENTURA: Community Engagement and Development Coordinator, The Abundant Table, a non-profit, organic certified farm and BIPOC- and women-led worker collective in Ventura County, California that seeks to transform our food system towards justice, liberation, and increased health for all people, while caring for the land and all who tend the land. Community Engagement and Development Coordinator will be responsible to oversee and coordinate the TAT community engagement and development processes, including management; fundraising; community engagement, coordination and development. 30 hours/week; salary and benefits $32,864.Full job description here.


GLENDORA: Organist. Grace Episcopal Church is seeking a professionally trained church organist to be a part of our strong and vital music ministry. The organist will be expected to play for one Sunday service and one choir rehearsal per week, feast days, and for festive concerts. We offer a traditional Rite II service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The preferred style of music is classical sacred music, ranging from Palestrina to Rutter. The pipe organ is by Manuel Rosales, built in 1977, with a new console in 1980, and substantial reconditioning work in 2016. The organ has two manuals and 26 ranks. The organist will work directly under our choirmaster/director of music in a collaborative manner. Salary: $18,000. Weddings and funerals will provide additional compensation. A full job description is here. Send resume to the Rev. Susan Scranton via email at grace@graceglendora.org or by postal mail at 555 E. Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741.


LOS ANGELES: Administrative Assistant, St. Philip's Episcopal Church. Part time (no more than 15 hours/week). On site as much as possible. Wage: $18/hour. Requires English and Spanish. Full job description here. Contact: Marc Nesbit, senior warden, at bx94860@yahoo.com or the Rev. Thomas Quijada-Discavage at tdiscavage@ladiocese.org.


LOS ANGELES: Coordinator for Refugee Housing, Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service (IRIS). Identify and secure safe, affordable, appropriately furnished housing that meets the Cooperative Agreement for refugee clients. Conduct home visits for safety evaluation and housing orientation with newly arrived refugee clients. This position manages home furnishing donations and coordinates donation drives and deliveries. This position reports to the Resettlement Supervisor. Position will be based out of the IRIS office located at 3621 Brunswick Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039. The job also entails traveling to and from client appointments, airport pick-up, home visits and other community events, trainings and meetings. Full job description / application instructions 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: 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: 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 HR@stmatthews.com.


SOUTH PASADENA: Soprano and Tenor Choir Section Leaders, St. James’ Episcopal Church. To begin September 2022. Section leaders are compensated $32/hr (usually $80 per service) with extra fees for weddings/funerals as required through the year. Music is a vital and celebrated part of the worship at St. James’, a warm, welcoming parish in the heart of South Pasadena. Joined by the volunteer choir of approximately 22 able singers, section leaders are at the foundation of the music program, often featured in solos, motets, and anthems. More about Music at St. James’ is here. A full job description and application instructions are here.


THOUSAND OAKS: Assistant Principal, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. Duties include helping with admissions, development, parent relations, student supervision, and program development. Candidate must have a college degree, a teaching credential, and a minimum of five years working in a school. Administrative experience is desirable. If interested, please send resume to nwhitson@stpatricksdayschool.org.

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