Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
April 25, 2021
From the bishop
Statement on Derek Chauvin murder conviction

April 20, 2021

Most of all, may today’s verdict affirming that Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd enable Mr. Floyd’s family and friends to receive some measure of comfort and peace. I invite all in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles to keep them in our prayers as well as the people of Minneapolis and all who have been victims of racism and oppression.

After Mr. Floyd’s murder in May 2020, tens of millions all over the United States raised their voices in outrage because of this and other instances of unjust police violence against Black people and other people of color. Millions said as one: “Black Lives Matter.” The road to reform will be longer than we might wish, as Daunte Wright’s April 11 killing in Brooklyn Center made so heartbreakingly clear. Yet both in the media and in the courtroom, many representatives of law enforcement deplored former officer Chauvin’s actions. May their witness signal a turning point for our country as we devise models of law enforcement rooted in wholeness, healing, safety, and justice for all.

In our diocese, the Bishop’s Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Safety has taken as its mission to articulate a Christ-centered vision of community safety, assess the relationship between residents and law enforcement in our neighborhoods in all six counties, and advocate for reform locally, regionally, and nationally. Please keep the commission in your prayers tonight during our fifth monthly meeting, and our first with Sister Patricia Sarah Terry as chair, including by using the prayer Presiding Bishop Michael Curry commended to the church this afternoon:

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Yours in Christ’s love and Eastertide hope,

The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor
VII Bishop of Los Angeles

This message may be read in Spanish here.
Este mensaje se puede leer en español aquí.
Bishops are available for weekday, evening programs at congregations, Taylor tells Diocesan Council’s April meeting

By Pat McCaughan

Los Angeles Diocesan Bishop John Harvey Taylor wants congregations to know that “Bishop [Diane M. Jardine] Bruce and I are open for business during the week,” including official visitations, baptisms, confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations, meeting with vestries and bishop’s committees, even special events.

“Bishops get scheduled two years in advance on Sundays,” Taylor said at the April 15 regular meeting of Diocesan Council. “But, if you’ve got a Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday open, consider having Bishop Bruce, Canon McCarthy, or me come visit, particularly when the schedule has been thrown off by COVID.

“Last week, it was Redlands,” Taylor said, “where the Rev. Paul Price and his colleagues at Trinity had me out for a wonderful confirmation service where, even with quarantine restrictions, the wonderful Trinity music program was on display.”

Taylor also announced that he will travel soon to the Holy Land, to represent the Diocese of Los Angeles at the May 13 installation of the Rt. Rev. Hosam Naoum, as the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, a companion partner diocese.

As part of a group of bishops who are crafting a letter about the Holy City of Jerusalem, Taylor said, “I am looking forward to asking him [Naoum] on behalf of all of us what Episcopalians in the Diocese of Jerusalem need to hear from The Episcopal Church that will be most helpful to them.”

The Jerusalem diocese was also cited by Kim Ericson in a report to council from the Program Group on Global Partnership (PGGP).

Read more here.
New commission will guide diocese’s advocacy for ‘gospel-based’ policing, community care

By Pat McCaughan

Los Angeles Bishop John Harvey Taylor on Tuesday, April 20 announced Sister Patricia Sarah Terry as the chairperson of the Bishop’s Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care, a diocesan taskforce whose mission is “to articulate a gospel vision for policing and community care; to assess people’s personal, local experiences of policing and community safety and to advocate for public policy reform that contributes to holistic community care.”

“Attorney and policy expert, a reconciler and a contemplative, with a heart for justice and love – it’s as if Sister Patricia Sarah has been preparing for years to lead this commission,” Taylor said. (See related story below.)

“Everyone has a view about policing in America. Everyone wants our communities to be safe,” he said. “It was a blessing for all of us to be present at her first meeting as chair on the very day of the Derek Chauvin verdict, which many pray is a transformational moment. Whatever happens, our diocese has the leadership it needs, in Sister and all our commissioners, to advocate for a Christ-centered vision of community safety and justice in all the neighborhoods we serve.”

Terry told members during the virtual meeting that listening is key to the commission’s work, through which she hopes to engage the entire diocese and beyond. “We all come to this work with a sense of life experiences we’ve had, wondering how we can possibly make a difference. This kind of work is not something that we really own ourselves. It belongs to all members of all communities that make up this diocese and there are many stakeholders out there.”

Taylor conceived the commission after the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests and a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism. Floyd, 46, died after Chauvin – then a Minneapolis police officer – pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds as Floyd lay face down, hands cuffed behind his back. A jury on April 20, 2021 found Chauvin, 45, guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Read more here.
Creation care ministries cast wide net to include gardens, history, justice and more

By Pat McCaughan

Earth Sunday, April 18, at St. Paul’s Church in Tustin meant fun in the sun and bringing bits of the bible to life as Children and Family Ministry members planted dill, mustard, and coriander – spices that pop up in scripture.

The herb planting was to commemorate Earth Day, traditionally observed April 22. The effort was led by Kaley Casenhiser, 26, St. Paul’s Family and Children’s Minister, who with her parents, Russ and Becky Casenhiser, also co-founded the Creation Care Collective (CCC), a curriculum and pilot program designed to help congregations launch creation justice ministries.

The project has three goals, according to Kaley Casenhiser: “To map the theology and science of Creation Care; to model heart-led conversations about faith, justice and care of creation; and to mobilize actionable steps supported by ongoing tools and community resources.”

The five-session pilot program launched its one-hour monthly virtual sessions in January, with 50 churches from 10 denominations in northern and southern California, North Carolina, Connecticut and New York participating.

Course topics have ranged from introduction to faith, science and creation care to the theology of food, living simply and practical application.

For example, “We brought a church in to talk about how they started their composting ministry and funded it in their church context,” she said. The session included information about labels, what bins to use, how to garner support from the wider congregation, and how to sustain the ministry over time “by partnering with other organizations to pick up compost and donate it to farms and local organizations that actually need it.”

Read more here.
Sister Patricia Sarah Terry – attorney, police widow, monastic – will chair new Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care

By Pat McCaughan

Sister Patricia Sarah Terry, the new chair of the Bishop’s Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care, grew up in the Catholic church in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood but says she has always been an Episcopalian at heart.

“I claim to be a cradle Episcopalian, because I never fit with the Catholic church from the very beginning. Even the nuns had trouble with me because I asked too many questions,” she recalls laughingly.

By the time she was 10, “I had so much trouble with church doctrine as I learned about it, I became agnostic. I think I liked the word.”

Terry, 67, joined the Episcopal Church in 1982 “and I never looked back, although I still cherish many traditions, particularly liturgy and the worship and devotion of many people in the Catholic church … no hard feelings.”

Although she is a retired attorney, the widow of a former law enforcement officer, and has experienced excessive police force firsthand, the soft-spoken Terry said she hadn’t expected to be involved with the commission until approached by Los Angeles Bishop John Harvey Taylor.

“I was surprised, but I was also aware of my own commitment to this problem and not only as a member of the diocese, but as a human being. A human being with a grandson,” said Terry, who is African American. Police violence “can happen to anyone. We all have stories.”

Read more here.
Requiescat in pace
Julia Bogany
1948 - 2021

Julia Bogany, a Gabrieleno Tongva elder, Pitzer College professor, founding member of the First Women Gather at the First Talking Circle in Los Angeles and Riverside, and teacher and program presenter for Wintertalk, an Episcopal Church gathering for indigenous members, died March 28 at age 72 of complications from a stroke. Services were held on April 17. A Los Angeles Times obituary is here.
Servants of the Spirit: Gifts for Ministry
Ministry, financial workshops continue in May

The diocese's series of online ministry workshops, titled "Servants of the Spirit: Gifts for Ministry," will continue throughout 2021.

Two workshops will be held each month; one on a ministry topic (usually the first Wednesday of each month, in the evening) and one on a financial topic (second Saturday mornings.) No workshops will be held in July or August.

Upcoming workshops:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 7 - 8 p.m.
Your Church History & Archives: Best Practices for Congregations
Register here
Presenters: Bob Williams, Canon for Common Life, and Diocesan Historian-Archivist, and Kip Lewis, senior risk control consultant for GuideOne Insurance.
From recording oral histories to maintaining archival records, each congregation’s efforts to preserve its shared stories and documents are important to the local church and wider community alike. Zoom in and learn more about best practices for:
  1. protecting and digitizing your congregation’s archives,
  2. documenting and communicating your church’s history, and
  3. retaining records per legal standards and denomination-wide policy of the Episcopal Church Archives.
Drawing from 35 years’ experience in diocesan and parish research, Canon Williams plans to enliven this webinar with anecdotes from the history of the Diocese of Los Angeles, the first convention of which was held 125 years ago this spring.

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 9 a.m.
Cyber Risk Insurance
Register here
Hosted by Jack Rutledge, VP of Client Services for Church Insurance Agency. He’ll cover Cyber Liability and how it affects churches in handling their online presence, data, payments, and communication.

Additional information about the workshop series is here. All workshops are livestreamed and recorded, and will be made available for on-demand viewing here.
Events & Announcements
NYA Scholarship Awards Benefit coming May 8

Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA), an institution of the diocese that provides mentoring and academic support for at-risk young people in the Venice area, will hold its 38th annual Scholarship Awards Benefit, "Help & Hope: Together We Succeed," on Saturday, May 8, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

The virtual celebration will take place via Zoom and will be preceded beginning May 5 with digital giving and preview posts via NYA's website. Viewing the celebration is complimentary, and contributions may be made here to help NYA achieve 100% college placement for its graduating high school seniors.

On May 8, gathering music will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 5:45 p.m. and concluding remarks at 6:15 p.m.

The Zoom link will be posted soon on NYA's website.
Pentecost evening service will remember those lost to COVID-19

On Pentecost Sunday evening, May 23, the Diocese of Los Angeles will gather for "A Balm in Gilead," a virtual memorial celebrating the souls of unsung heroes throughout the diocese who were lost to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Inspired by Bishop Michael Curry's book Songs My Grandma Sang, the memorial will offer songs of hope, courage, and inspiration in times of pain and peril, and include prayers, meditations, and readings shared by various soloists and groups. Save the date: Saturday, May 23 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Susan Russell at
Camp Stevens opens registrations for Summer 2021 sessions

Camp Stevens, the diocesan facility in Julian, has been given the go-ahead by the state of California to open registration for Summer 2021 resident camps, contingent on the COVID-19 rating scale (which must remain below the purple tier). Sessions already are filling up quickly, according to a recent camp Facebook post.

Adventure Session 1 (6 days, Ages 8 – 15): July 11 – 16
Adventure Session 2 (6 days, Ages 8 – 15): July 18 – 23
Adventure Session 3 (6 days, Ages 8 – 15): July 25 – 30
Adventure Session 4 (6 days, Ages 8 – 15): August 1 – 6

The usual Mini Camp, International Odyssey, or Wilderness Adventure sessions will not be offered for Summer 2021. Each week of camp will have a reduced total capacity as well as reduced group sizes. Groups will keep separate from other groups, meals will be primarily outdoors, and there will be health checks and other safety measures in place.

Camp Stevens offers a tiered pricing structure, allowing families to choose the price which best meets their budget. Camp fees are confidential and each camper receives exactly the same experience regardless of price paid.

Register or learn more here.
Openings still available for 'By Your Side' training programs for end-of-life companions

Episcopal Communities and Services still has openings at its final Spring training session for By Your Side Vigil Companions, a program that trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence for those nearing the end of life.

"This year has brought all of us to an acute awareness of life’s fragility, and of the immense value of being companioned," says the course announcement. "The mission of By Your Side, which has always been to be supportive of people in palliative care and to be at the bedside at the end of their lives as needed, has had to adapt to the realities of COVID. We've needed to ask: 'How can we practice presence without proximity?' We have also grappled with the need many of us feel to talk about what we are living through, perhaps to grieve. Together we are exploring being together, in the hospitals, in our communities, over technology or the phone, in whatever ways we can."

The training programs will be conducted in 2-hour sessions over five weeks via ZOOM on Tuesday afternoons, May 25 - June 22, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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

For more information or to register, contact Susan Brown, By Your Side administrator, at or 818.822.6044. Enrollment is limited to 30 people.
This weekend
'El Gran Convivio' to present workshop on grief and recovery

Bishop Diane M. Jardine Bruce and "El Gran Convivio" from the Program Group on Hispanic Ministries cordially invite the diocesan community to a workshop called "Community of Life and Encounter - Grief and Recovery" on Saturday, April 24, 5 - 8 p.m. via Zoom. The workshop is conducted in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English.

Angelina Pacheco Barreiro, founder of the Mexican Association of Thanatology, will be keynote speaker. She has more than 30 years of experience in the area of grief, loss, and recovery.

El Gran Convivio is a program (inspired by “The Gathering” for Asian Pacific American Episcopalians) with the purpose of "reconciling differences and rediscovering harmony, and collaboration between the elements of creation, especially among us humans, through hybrid (virtual and in-person) sessions of cultural immersion, and topics of interest for both the members of the Latinx community and members of other cultures and ethnicities present in our diocese," according to the event announcement.

"Last year, like never before, we all have experienced great disruption, pain, and challenges. This 2021 is an opportunity for connecting us as individuals, as a Community of faith with others around the Diocese and the world to continue celebrating, praying, and suffering together, but most importantly, and above all, it is time for us to begin a healing process together."

The Zoom link is here. All are welcome.
'El Gran Convivio' presentará taller sobre duelo y recuperación

La Obispa Diane M. Jardine Bruce y "El Gran Convivio" del Grupo de Programa de Ministerio Hispano te invitan cordialmente a un taller llamado "Comunidad de Vida y Encuentro - Duelo y Recuperación". Angelina Pacheco Barreiro es nuestra oradora principal. Es la fundadora de la Asociación Mexicana de Tanatología, con más de 30 años de experiencia en el área de Duelo, Pérdida y Recuperación.

Tendrá lugar el Sábado 24 de Abril de 5 a 8 p.m., hora estándar del Pacífico por Zoom. El taller se realiza en Español con interpretación simultánea al inglés.

"El Gran Convivio" es un programa (inspirado en "The Gathering" para los Episcopales Estadounidenses del Pacífico Asiático) que tiene el propósito intencional de reconciliar algunas de nuestras diferencias y redescubrir la armonía y la colaboración entre los elementos de la creación, especialmente entre nosotros los humanos, a través de eventos híbridos. (virtuales y presenciales) de inmersión cultural, y temas de interés tanto para los miembros de la Comunidad Latinx como para miembros de otras culturas y etnias presentes en nuestra Diócesis.

El año pasado, como nunca antes, todos hemos experimentado grandes trastornos, dolor y desafíos. Este 2021 es una oportunidad para conectarnos como individuos, como comunidad de fe con otros alrededor de la Diócesis y el mundo para seguir celebrando, orando y sufriendo juntos, pero lo más importante, y sobre todo, es hora de que comencemos un proceso de sanación juntos.

El enlace Zoom está aquí. Todos son bienvenidos
Vigil for racial justice to be held April 25 in Irvine

St. George's Church, Laguna Hills, will sponsor a Lamentations & Racial Justice Vigil on Sunday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel (near the Irvine Spectrum), 90 Pacifica, Irvine 92618. The event will be held indoors; all CDC guidelines will be observed.

For more information, visit St. George's Church at or call 949.837.453. An event flyer is here.
All Saints, Pasadena, to host screening of Far East Deep South

Join All Saints Pasadena’s Racial Justice Ministry for a conversation with filmmakers of the award-winning documentary Far East Deep South, Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu on Sunday, April 25. Lam and Chiu will provide a link to the film at 2 p.m.; participants will watch the film on their own screens and then return at 3:30 p.m. for a conversation with Lam and Chiu.

In Far East Deep South, a Chinese-American family’s search for their roots leads them to the Mississippi Delta, where they stumble upon surprising family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of Chinese immigrants in the segregated South. Discussion will focus on that history and the continued discrimination against AAPI communities. For more information, email The Zoom link to join is here.
St. John's Cathedral to sponsor COVID vaccination center for LGTBQ+ community

St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles will host a COVID-19 vaccination center especially welcoming LGTBQ, trans and non-binary community members on Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Anyone age 16 or older is invited to get either the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine, with no conditions or barriers. The vaccination center is sponsored by Dedren Community Health Center.

(Originally the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was also to be offered, but the state of California has temporarily suspended its use after several people developed a rare type of blood clotting after receiving it.)

Bishop John Harvey Taylor has directed contributions from an offering taken at the April 11 diocesan online service to support the vaccination project. Donations may be made here.

For more information and transportation assistance, contact An event flyer in English is here; in Spanish here.

Un volante en español para el centro de vacunación del 24 de abril para la comunidad LGBTQ está aquí.
Prism virtual fundraiser will feature death penalty activist Sister Jean Prejean

Prism, the diocesan restorative justice ministry, will welcome anti-death penalty activist and writer Helen Prejean for "Life, Love," a virtual event to support its work on Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

Prism offers spiritual support to the incarcerated in Los Angeles County jails.

Sister Helen Prejean (pictured at left) is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. After witnessing executions, she wrote Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. The book ignited a national debate on capital punishment and inspired an Academy Award-winning movie. Today she works to educate the public, campaign against the death penalty, counsels individual death row prisoners, and works with murder victims’ family members. Her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, in 2019.

For reservations, click here.
GFS to welcome springtime with April 24 in-person event at St. Joseph's, Buena Park

Girls Friendly Society of Los Angeles invites girls to "Come on out! It's Spring!" a safe outdoor in-person event on Saturday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, 8300 Valley View Street, Buena Park 90620. Girls will join in an art and gardening project, dancing, games and discussion. GFS-LA's goal is "to encourage girls to move forward with hope and joy after this challenging year."

All participants must wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be provided; social distancing will be required. No food is allowed; participants should bring a snack/lunch to enjoy afterwards in their cars. Registrations are requested here by April 15.

And save the date for the 2021 GFS Awards and Anniversary Service on Saturday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., an outdoor event at St. John the Divine Church, Costa Mesa. The service will honor high school seniors "and celebrate a new era of GFS."

All GFS-LA events are open to all girls ages 5 and up, whether or not they are members. For more information about GFS, click here.
Online workshop for men will explore friendship in the ancient world and why it matters today

Men in the diocesan community are invited to "Friendship in Ancient Israel, Greece, Rome, and China," an online workshop on Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., offered by the Orange County-based Center for Spiritual Development.

Presenters Daniel Smith-Christopher, Ph.D., and Jordan Christopher, PhD candidate, will outline major cases of what each culture considered to be friendship, the conversation around it, and the ways in which this most human behavior defined and contributed to the development of each society in antiquity. The two presenters will illustrate various notions of friendship held in the minds of individuals from each society. They will draw parallels and contrasts to similar current behavior and — together with the participants — will reflect on how this can influence spirituality today.

The workshop is the second of five in a series titled "On the Road: A Spirituality Series for Men – Friendship Series" presented in 2021. It is hosted by Canon Stephen Bruce, who is a member of the Center for Spiritual Development's program development team. The center is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, a Roman Catholic order based in the City of Orange.

Future dates and topics include:

Friendship in the New Testament–The Gospels and Beyond
Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: David Robinson, S.J., Ph.D.
Via Zoom. Fee: $40

Sex, Love and Intimacy: A New Look at an Enticing Topic
Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Presenters: Jim Clarke, Ph.D., and Joe Lonergan, M.Div.
In-person at CSD, 434A South Batavia Street, Orange
Fee: $60

Ritual and Storytelling as a New Way of Healing and Transformation
Saturday, October 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Presenters: Jim Clarke, Ph.D., and Joe Lonergan, M.Div.
In-person at CSD, 434A South Batavia Street, Orange
Fee: $60

Fee for the April 24 workshop is $40 per person. An event flyer is here. For additional information and to register, click here, call 714.744.3172, or email Information about the full series is here.
In the congregations
Churches continue blood drives in April, May and beyond

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, APRIL 29, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
12692 Fifth Street, Yucaipa 92399
Register here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: ST ALBANS
Upcoming dates at this location are Mondays; May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27.

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Parish
330 E 16th Street, Upland 91784
Register here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: stmarks
Upcoming dates at this location are Friday, July 9, Tuesday, Nov. 2
By appointment only. Donors must be healthy and identification is required.

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Church of the Blessed Sacrament
1314 N. Angelina Drive, Placentia 92870
Register here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: BLESSED
Picture ID required. Please schedule an appointment so we can social distance donors. Only healthy donors will be allowed inside.

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
100 N. Third Avenue, Covina 91723
Information: 626.967.3939
Red Cross reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: HTEC
Holy Trinity will offer a blood drive each month. Upcoming dates are: June 10, July 8, August 5.

MONDAY, MAY 24, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
12692 Fifth Street, Yucaipa 92399
Register here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: ST ALBANS
Upcoming dates at this location are Mondays; June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
555 East Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741
Information: Jennifer Bachman, 909-257-9921
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: GECG

THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
100 N. Third Avenue, Covina 91723
Information: 626.967.3939
Red Cross reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: HTEC
Holy Trinity will offer a blood drive each month. Upcoming dates are: July 8, August 5.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101.
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: ASEC
Upcoming date at this location is Aug. 17.

Will your church host blood drives in 2021? Send the information to for inclusion in the calendar.
From the wider Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church releases racial audit of leadership, citing nine patterns of racism in church culture

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – April 19, 2021] The Episcopal Church publicly released a report on April 19 that assesses the racial makeup and perceptions of a broad sampling of the church’s leadership and summarizes how race influences internal church culture. The release of the 72-page report, nearly three years in the making, also sheds light on nine dominant patterns of racism that were identified during interviews with dozens of church leaders.

The audit confirmed that the church’s leadership, like its membership, is overwhelmingly white, and it found that white leaders and leaders of color tend to perceive discrimination differently. People of color said they have often felt marginalized – despite the church’s professed commitment to racial reconciliation. White Episcopalians, on the other hand, frequently weren’t aware of how race has shaped their lives and their church.

The Racial Justice Audit of Episcopal Leadership was conducted on behalf of the church by the Massachusetts-based Mission Institute. More than 1,300 people completed a written survey offered to five leadership groups: the House of Bishops, the House of Deputies, Executive Council, churchwide staff members and leaders from 28 dioceses. Additional narrative interviews were conducted with 64 participants who had expressed a willingness to share personal stories and observations with the institute’s researchers.

“This racial audit has attempted to magnify the voices of people of color in the church, while also maintaining a spotlight on the systems and structures created and maintained by the white dominant culture,” the Mission Institute said in unveiling its findings. By putting those findings into their historical context, the institute concluded that “even though we have come far in addressing racism within the church, we still have a long way to go.”

Read more here.
Executive Council approves grants up to $40,000 for every diocese, emphasizing revival amid pandemic

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service - April 16, 2021] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, meeting online April 16, approved a resolution allocating up to $40,000 in pandemic relief for each diocese that requests it – no formal application necessary, no strings attached.

The emergency relief will total more than $4 million if all 109 dioceses and mission areas request the money. The vote at Executive Council’s one-day meeting signaled the culmination of a yearlong deliberation among church leaders about how best to help dioceses and congregations weather the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when The Episcopal Church remains on solid financial ground.

Though no formal application is necessary, the council invited dioceses to engage in discernment about how the money they receive can best serve the mission of the church.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, in his opening remarks, emphasized there was more at stake for the church than providing direct financial assistance. “What began as a problem of financial relief emerged as a possibility of churchwide revival in the midst of a pandemic,” he said.

The money, to be drawn from the church’s financial reserves, will be available starting May 1, and dioceses can request the one-time grants through November 2022. Executive Council settled on up to $40,000 per diocese because it was “substantial enough to provide relief in various different forms to various different programs of the dioceses,” said the Rev. Mally Lloyd, Finance Committee chair. “The need for relief was not universal, and yet our charge was to provide relief to every diocese.”

Read more here.
Episcopal Church’s ‘A Year in the Life’ web series explores challenges of past year

[The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs - April 7, 2021] A Year in the Life is a new web series from The Episcopal Church that documents how Episcopal churches, schools, and ministries have navigated a very contentious and difficult year. New episodes of A Year in the Life will be released every two weeks beginning on April 20. The trailer is available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website here, on Facebook here, and on Instagram TV @theepiscopalchurch.

Filmed using COVID-safe protocols, A Year in the Life covers topics like food insecurity, education, worship through restrictions, clergy calls, and more. Each episode will include reflection materials to help viewers consider how the last year or so has affected them and their neighbors.

Read more here.
Continuing events
SUNDAYS, 6 p.m.
LACMA Sundays LIVE! Chamber Music concerts
St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles
Live-streamed and on demand here

MONDAYS, 5 -6:30 p.m. AND 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Becoming More Human: A Spiritual Exploration
Center for Spirituality in Ontario
Information here
A series of interactive online meetings using Matthew Fox’s book Original Blessing as the springboard for exploration and reflection. The series, which began Oct. 12, is for persons of any age or walk of life, who share an interest in processing their inner journeys. Participants may join at any point, though regular participation is presumed. Sessions are led by the Rev. Gianluigi Gugliermetto, director of the Center for Spirituality. Suggested donation is $7 per session.
Coming up
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Revolutionary Love with Valarie Kaur
The Guibord Center
Via Zoom: click here to register
Valarie Kaur is a Sikh American civil rights leader, lawyer, filmmaker, and prophetic voice “at the forefront of progressive change” (Center for American Progress). She founded the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for social good. Join us and get inspired as we hear her vision for transforming our country into a place where all people can truly be free.
SATURDAY, MAY 22, 3 p.m.
Memorial Service: The Rev. Canon Charles Sacquety
St. Wilfrid of York Church, 18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach 92646
Memorial donations may be made to St. Wilfrid's, where Sacquety was rector from 1978 to 1998. Sacquety died on Easter Day, April 4, in hospice care. An obituary is here.
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; A full itinerary is here.

ALTADENA: Church Office Administrator, St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Part-time (20-25 hours/week, Monday - Friday). Responsible for church communications, maintenance of office a records, assisting with financial operations, administrative support for the rector and other staff. A full job description is here. Salary is commensurate with experience. Contact: The Rev. Carrie Patterson Grindon, rector, at

BEVERLY HILLS: Administrative Coordinator, All Saints Episcopal Church. Seeking a detail-oriented person to handle a wide range of responsibilities, including financial, calendar, coordinating volunteers, offices support, phone and more. Compensation based on experience. Benefits include health (dental and vision) and pension. Full job description and application information here.

CORONA DEL MAR: Communication Specialist (part time) at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. The Communications Specialist supports parish ministries by ensuring that important, engaging, and relevant events in the life of Saint Michael and All Angels are communicated through multiple channels both internally and externally. Through both front-end development of our website, email campaigns, and live-streamed parish events, this role contributes to the church’s total effort to communicate our mission to love God, grow together, and connect with the community. Full job description and application instructions are here.

HOLLYWOOD-LOS ANGELES: Seeds of Hope Food Distribution Associate. Bilingual (English-Spanish). This position will be an essential part of the Seeds of Hope team getting healthy, nutritious food to more families in need in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Job duties include picking up, sorting, organizing and delivering produce; providing great customer service; documenting quantities and submitting data for reports. Work hours are full time, but variable. Valid Class C driver's license, experience with driving 16-ft or larger truck required. Full job description is here.

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.

SANTA ANA: Office Manager, Church of the Messiah. Part-time. The Office Manager will serve as the focal point for parish business operations, and is responsible for a broad range of administrative, specific operational and oversight functions. Bilingual proficiency (English/Spanish) required. More information is here.

TUSTIN: Director of Family Ministries, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Part-time (15-20 hours weekly) Seeking a high-energy leader to direct our church school, plan activities for families, and minister to parents. A more detailed job listing can be found here. St. Paul's hopes to hire someone to begin working alongside its departing director around May 16. Please send resume and cover letter to: the Rev. Kay Sylvester, rector, at

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