Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles

September 25, 2022

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Requiem Eucharist in Hollywood remembers Queen Elizabeth II

[The Episcopal News – September 21, 2022] St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Hollywood hosted a requiem Eucharist on Sept. 19 for Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, who died Sept. 8 at the age of 96.

The Very Rev. Canon Ian Elliott Davies, a native of Wales, celebrated the requiem mass, which occurred on the same day as the queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London.

In his sermon, Bishop John Harvey Taylor – noting the congregation’s “shared grief and shared celebration of a magnificent life well-lived” – cited an article by the Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, former bishop of London, which appeared last week in The Spectator, a weekly magazine from the United Kingdom. Chartres wrote:

"All newly appointed bishops did personal homage and every year one of the bishops was invited to join the royal party during the monarch’s annual New Year visit to Sandringham [her estate in Norfolk]. Part of the program was to deliver a sermon in the parish church and visiting prelates were always advised to preach a plain parochial sermon but be prepared to be catechized afterwards by Prince Philip. The Queen did not discriminate between high church or low church, but it was clear that what she really liked was short church."

Read more here.

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Above: A banner on St. James' Episcopal Church in Newport Beach sparked interest from several Ukrainian expatriates in the area, resulting in a growing relationship between the congregation and the local Ukrainian community. Below right: Canon Cindy Voorhees met with Tetiana Tsyba, a member of Ukraine's Parliament, during her visit to the country this summer. Photos courtesy of Cindy Voorhees

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Cindy Voorhees brings back a message from Ukraine: ‘Don’t give up on us; we’re determined to win’

[The Episcopal News – September 21, 2022] The Rev. Canon Cindy Voorhees, who spent several weeks during the summer as a chaplain in Ukraine, has a message from the war-torn country’s people: “Please don’t give up on us, because we’re determined to win.”

And there’s more: Ukrainians “believe they will win the war against Russia to defend freedom and democracy, but they need more help and weapons,” said Voorhees, vicar of St. James Church in Newport Beach. “They want the world to understand that Russia is not just a Ukrainian problem. Russian ideology poses a global existential threat to the world.”

For Voorhees, the call to go to Ukraine and serve as a chaplain began with the simple hanging of a banner outside the church: “Pray for Ukraine.”

The banner, in the colors of the Ukrainian flag—blue, denoting the skies over Eastern Europe’s second largest country, and yellow, representing its massive global grain exports—drew the attention of expat Lidiia Zamaraieva, 37, a Costa Mesa resident, who is actively collecting and shipping essentials for the military, and local refugees.

“The banner resonated with me, and I thought, I have to stop by and say thank you for supporting Ukraine,” she told The Episcopal News recently. A few weeks later, she brought a cake as a thank you on a Sunday morning, Voorhees recalled, and St. James became a gathering spot for Zamaraieva and other local Ukrainians “who need community.”

Read more here.

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Credit Union changes customer service email address

The Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union has changed its customer service email address to

The credit union, founded after civil unrest in 1992, offers banking services as well as low-interest loans to people who probably would be turned down by other institutions. It is located at St. Paul's Commons, the ministry and administrative hub of the Diocese of Los Angeles at 840 Echo Park Avenue Los Angeles 90026.

To learn more about the credit union, visit its website, use the new email address or call 213.482.2040, ext 254

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."

Bishop John Harvey Taylor outlines St. Luke's ministries and encourages donations in a video here (or click on the image above).

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.

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, replacing, which has been 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

This article appears on the Episcopal News website here.

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Pre-convention meetings: corrected dates

Dates for last year's deanery meetings were accidentally published in last week's Update. The following information is correct. The News and the Convention office regret the error.

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

  • Deaneries 3, 4 and 5 – Sunday, October 16, 3 p.m.
  • Deaneries 6, 7 and 8 – Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m.
  • Deaneries 1, 2, 9 and 10 – Sunday, October 30, 3 p.m.

Spanish translation will be provided at all three meetings. These presentations will include only 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]


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The Reverend

William McCord 'Mac' Thigpen III

August 16, 1955 – September 20, 2022

By Bob Williams

[The Episcopal News – September 21, 2022] The Rev. William McCord “Mac” Thigpen III – whose ministry in Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002 included his appointment in 1991 as the bishop’s liaison to the LGBTQ+ community, a first-ever post within the diocese – died Sept. 20 at his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He was 67 and had been suffering the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Survivors include his husband, John Lavier; three adult children – Amy Mielke, Mary Wolf, and William M. Thigpen IV – three grandchildren, their families, and many friends.

A memorial service is pending at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Miguel de Allende where Thigpen assisted the rector, the Rev. Canon George F. Woodward III, a longtime colleague in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Another service will be held at a future date at St. Bartholomew’s, Atlanta, where Thigpen was rector from 2002 to 2016 and where his ashes will be interred in the parish’s memorial garden.

An accomplished painter, Thigpen produced sought-after landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, frequently posting photos of his work to his Facebook page. More about his painting is here.

“I paint because I love to paint,” he wrote on his website. “In this phase of my life, I am able to make art my full-time vocation. I am in a new place in my expression of my art – freer, expressive, alive, with a sense of longing.”

Read more here.

Events & Announcements
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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.

Read more here.

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. Register here.

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

Bloy House announces online autumn courses

[The Episcopal News – August 31, 2022] Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School Los Angeles, will offer three four-week classes for laypersons and clergy in October. All courses will be presented online via Zoom.   

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Deacons: Who, What, Why

An introduction to the sacred order of deacons

Saturdays, October 8, 15 and 22, 9 – 11 a.m., via Zoom.

Instructor: The Rev. Dennis Sheridan, Ph.D.

Cost: $50

Three two-hour sessions will offer a glimpse into the life and history of the diaconate. We’ll answer the questions: What does it mean to be a deacon today? How do I know that I am called? What are the steps for getting there? Participants will hear stories about deacons who act as the bridge between the church and the world and learn about the distinctive diaconal voice. Recommended for anyone who is curious about deacons and the diaconate in the Episcopal Church.  

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La Perdida y el Duelo (Faith and Grief)

El curso se llevará a cabo en español. / This course will be conducted in Spanish

Martes de octubre, de 19 a 20:30 h., a través de Zoom

Instructor: Víctor Luna, M.S.W., M.Div.

Costo del curso $50

El duelo y la perdida son temas universales, pero también son procesos complicados y complejos. En estas cuatro sesiones, veremos las etapas del duelo y la variedad de emociones que experimentamos cuando perdemos a alguien o algo de valor en nuestras vidas. En esta clase exploraremos lo siguiente: ¿Como llevar un duelo sanamente? ¿Que nos enseñan Las Escrituras del duelo? ¿Como nos sostiene la fe? Finalmente, reflexionaremos sobre las pérdidas que sufrimos durante la pandemia y la crisis de salud que enfrentamos en el momento, y como podemos acercarnos a lo Divino para guiarnos en estos tiempos. Las clases podrían grabadas. Si la clase es grabada, el enlace del video será enviado a todos los estudiantes.

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The Gospel and the Headlines

Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m., via Zoom

Instructor: The Rev. Rob Lee

Cost: $50

In this course we will seek to connect the dots between current events and the Christian understanding of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How do we speak about issues that matter with fervor and conviction while simultaneously working to not alienate those who think differently from us? How do we create space for us to see each other in public space as purveyors of the prophetic word? This course will equip and provide tools for the learner to find ways to see God amidst the fray of public life.  

A previously scheduled class titled "Let There Be Light! Best Practices for Living Beyond Crisis" has been cancelled.

For information and to register, click here.

Para información y para registrarse, haga clic aquí.

This article appears on the Episcopal News website here.

St. Luke's, Monrovia, invites basses, tenors to join its choir for Oct. 16 Evensong

St. Luke's Church, Monrovia, will hold its 18th annual Men's Evensong Invitational at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Evensong for St. Luke's Day will be sung by the men of the St. Luke's Choir and men from choirs of other congregations of the diocese who would like to volunteer to sing. Sight reading ability and advance preparation are necessary, as rehearsal time is limited: music is available in PDF format. The Rev. Neil Tadken, rector, will be cantor. More information for singers is here. To join the choir for this service, contact Kent B. Jones, director of music, at A free-will offering will be taken, and a reception will follow the service. St. Luke's is located at 122 South California Avenue, Monrovia 91016.

San Marino parish to host book discussion with author Mark Yaconelli

St. Edmund's Church, San Marino, invites the diocesan community to a discussion with storyteller, author, and activist Mark Yaconelli about his recent book, Between the Listening and the Telling, on Thursday, Oct. 6. The event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception; the program will start at 7 p.m.

"In an increasingly fast-paced and fractured world, sharing stories can be a radical and deeply human practice for uncovering the ties that bind us to one another," says the event announcement. Story invites us to step into the reality of another person’s existence and instead of judgment feel kinship. In the pages of Between the Listening and the Telling, [Yaconelli] leads readers into an enchanting meditation on the power of storytelling in our individual and collective lives. Through his work with The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has served communities across the United States and United Kingdom to bridge divisions, heal trauma, shed light on injustice, and recover hope. In this inspiring and interactive presentation Mark Yaconelli will show how stories can heal our families, our world, ourselves."

For more information, visit St. Edmund's website.  The church is located at 1175 San Gabriel Blvd., San Marino.

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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 or via Facebook here.

Read more 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:

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

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.


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
"In memorial: HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 -2022"

Presiding Bishop, British ambassador join tributes to Queen Elizabeth at National Cathedral memorial service

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – September 21, 2022] The Washington National Cathedral service began with the posting of American and British flags in the sanctuary. The bourdon bell tolled during the opening procession.

“We have assembled in this sacred place to give God thanks for the life of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to give God thanks for a life that was given to service of others, to cause greater than self,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in his sermon. “We give God thanks that one such as her did walk among us.”

The British ambassador to the United States was among the dignitaries who joined in the memorial service for the late queen hosted Sept. 21 by Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital. Over 3,000 viewers livestreamed all or part of the of the cathedral’s invitation-only “service of thanksgiving” for the life of Elizabeth, who died Sept. 8 at age 96 after 70 years on the British throne.

Read more here.

UPDATED: Hurricane Fiona inundates Puerto Rico, knocks out power 5 years after Maria’s devastation

Orlando Episcopalians stand poised to assist

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – September 19, 2022] Hurricane Fiona knocked out power across Puerto Rico on Sept. 18 while dropping as much as 30 inches of rain in some parts and causing “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding,” according to the National Weather Service. The storm is just the latest natural disaster to impact the U.S. territory, which was devastated five years ago by Hurricane Maria.

Fiona also hit the Dominican Republic hard as it continued west, and Episcopalians in the region are still assessing the damage while mobilizing to help neighbors in need when the storm subsides.

“Just five years after Hurricane Maria caused such devastation in Puerto Rico, the people there are now faced with Hurricane Fiona. I ask Episcopalians and other people of goodwill to pray for Bishop Rafael Morales and the clergy and laity of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico as they stand with their fellow Puerto Ricans,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said. “Please pray also for Bishop Moises Quesada and the clergy and laity of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and for all those impacted by this horrendous storm. And I thank God for Episcopal Relief & Development and their efficient response to this crisis.”

Read more here.

Episcopal church on Martha’s Vineyard takes in migrants flown in by surprise

By Egan Millard

[Episcopal News Service _ September 16, 2022] St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts – a summer resort town on Martha’s Vineyard – was thrust into the national spotlight after taking in 48 migrants who were unexpectedly dropped off on the island on Sept. 14.

For almost two days, the small parish provided shelter to the migrants – including some children – who are reported to be mostly from Venezuela. Most spoke little or no English and did not know where they were.

With no warning that the migrants were coming, church leaders and locals leapt into action and “banded together as an island community to really do something miraculous,” St. Andrew’s rector, the Rev. Chip Seadale, told Episcopal News Service.

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

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

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

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.


Men's Breakfast: Reflections on Gratitude

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

1221 Wass Street, Tustin 92780

Information: 714.544.3141 or here

Guest speaker is the Rev. Canon Brad Karelius, a priest of the Diocese of Los Angeles, retired rector of Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana, and an associate professor of philosophy and world religions and Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo. Guest musician will be Robert Reynolds, guitar, who has been performing in Southern California for more than 30 years, playing classical, jazz, pop and latin flamenco music.

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


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.


Choral Evensong In Memoriam and Thanksgiving for the Life of Queen Elizabeth II

All Saints’ Church

504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210

Information: 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.



St. John's Cathedral

514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007

Information here

A 30-minute service of candlelight, stillness, prayer, & song, followed by simple food and fellowship. Compline at the Cathedral is held on the first Sunday of each month, October through June. The service will be live-streamed as well.


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.


'Love Lessons" with John Brancy, baritone, and Robert Cassidy, piano

St. Mark's in-the-Valley Episcopal Church

2901 Nojoqui Avenue (at Alamo Pintado Avenue), Los Olivos 93441

Information here

Baritone John Brancy and pianist Robert Cassidy will perform their concert "Love Lessons," featuring: Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, Maurice Ravel’s song cycle Don Quichotte á Dulcinée, selections by Frank Bridge and Reynaldo Hahn, as well as musical theater favorites. Tickets: $20 (patron tickets: $35. Students: 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.


Israel and Palestine: An online town hall meeting

Register here

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), a Washington D.C.-based ecumenical advocacy and education organization, will convene the webinar to raise awareness about Israel/Palestine as the Diocese of Los Angeles prepares to welcome Anglican Archbishop Hosam Naoum of Jerusalem to Diocesan Convention Nov. 11 – 12. Read more here.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5 - 8 p.m.

'Building Spiritual Vitality': CFLC and PRISM

The Episcopal Residence

3435 East California Blvd., Pasadena 91107

Register here

The diocese's Center for Lay Chaplaincy and PRISM Restorative Justice ministries invite all to an evening of music and dinner to celebrate chaplaincy as a vital and innovative means of bringing compassion to seemingly hopeless contexts. Tickets: $30. Read more here.

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

Solemn Evensong: Queen Elizabeth II Memorial

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.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6 – 7:15 p.m.

Book Study: The Psychology of Christian Nationalism (Session 1)


Registration here

Information: The Rev. Canon Susan Russell,

This three-session study (Oct. 12, 19 and 26) will consider The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide by Pamela Cooper-White. "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?," writes the Rev. Canon Susan Russell, canon for Engagement Across Difference. "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 Cooper-White offers us tool to do precisely that in her book."


'Jazz Explorations 2 – Masters of Bebop'

with Les Rose and The Valley Jazz Collective

St. Mark's in-the-Valley Episcopal Church

2901 Nojoqui Avenue (at Alamo Pintado Avenue), Los Olivos 93441

Information here

The Valley Jazz Collective – Les Rose, saxophone, Woody DeMarco, piano, Brendan Statom, bass, Rex Harte, drums – will explore music of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Tadd Dameron, along with original compositions by Les Rose and Woody DeMarco. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the concert. Tickets: $15 (Cash and checks only. Students: free.)

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 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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 6 p.m.


St. James' Episcopal Church

1325 Monterey Road (at Fremont), South Pasadena

Information here or 626.799.9194

The Choir of St. James’, under the direction of Sarah Gonzalez, sings the Versicles and Responses by Bernard Rose (1916-1996); Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by C.V. Stanford (1852-1924), the setting of Psalm 121 by Sir Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941), and “O Ye that Love the Lord,” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). The service will also include organ voluntaries from Jason Klein-Mendoza, organist of St. James’.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7 – 8 p.m.

Taizé Prayer Service

Sacred Heart Chapel

480 S. Batavia Street, Orange 92868-3907

Information: 714.744.3172 or

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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

DOK Fall Assembly with Kay Lindahl

Via Zoom

Register here


The annual fall assembly of the Daughters of the King in the Diocese of Los Angeles 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, author of the award-winning book The Sacred Art of Listening, and a certified listening professional, will lead a workshop titled “Listening as Sacred Art and Spiritual Practice."

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 6 p.m.

Classical Sundays at Six: Andrew Brownell & Steven Vanhauwert, piano

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. More info at


Restorative Justice Retreat

Camp Stevens

1108 Banner Road (Hwy 78), Julian 92036

Information/Registration here

To mark its 70th anniversary, Camp Stevens invites alumni, former staff, friends and the diocesan community to a Restorative Justice Retreat. The weekend will celebrate the camp's history of impact and growth while looking to the future. Valarie Kaur – renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, best-selling author of See No Stranger, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice – will deliver a keynote address at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. More about Kaur is here.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 6 p.m.

Classical Sundays at Six: Clarinetist Michele Zukovsky & the Capitol Ensemble

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

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 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

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, or

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



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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 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

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 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 or the Rev. Thomas Quijada-Discavage at

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

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

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