December 16, 2018
New scholarship fund for women of color named
for ‘Our Sister’s Keeper’ photographer Marie Plakos
Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce (at right above) and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy (at left) announced Dec. 9 that a new diocesan scholarship for women of color attending seminary to prepare for ordination will be named “The Marie Plakos ‘Our Sister’s Keeper’ Scholarship” in honor of the photographer (center), whose photos of women and girls in developing nations are now on display at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul. Plakos told about 50 attendees at the exhibit launch reception that her study of women’s lives around the world shocked her,. “I found that I couldn’t turn away,” she said. “I felt that I had to do something, and that’s how this project came about. My heart goes out to those who suffer. There’s a special connection I feel when I photograph them in their everyday settings. They are our sisters. I see their strength and their resilience. After a while the conditions of their lives brought me to this project, ‘My Sister’s Keeper.’” The exhibit will remain on display at the Cathedral Center until March 3. For more about the Plakos Scholarship fund, contact the Rev. Yein Kim,
‘In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth, and the earth was without form and void’
National Cathedral program considers spiritual dimension of exploration and Apollo 8’s unifying mission

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] In the heyday of America’s space program, the Apollo 8 mission that went aloft 50 years ago this month was a first in all of human exploration, not just that of space.

Humans left Earth’s orbit for the first time and headed to the moon nearly a quarter-million miles away. Just shy of three days later, on Christmas Eve 1968, William A. Anders, Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. put their spacecraft into lunar orbit and became the first people to see the far side of the moon. Later that day, they became the first to see the Earth rise over the lunar horizon.

The astronauts did not keep secret their discoveries. They conveyed them from space to the people on Earth who were following their mission and changed the way humans viewed their place in the universe.

As they came around the moon, the astronauts had a new vision of Earth, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told a large crowd gathered at Washington National Cathedral on the evening of Dec. 11. “I wonder if, at some level, God whispered in their ears and said, ‘Behold. Behold the world of which you are a part. Look at it. Look at its symmetry, look at its beauty. Look at its wonder. Look at it. Behold your world,’” Curry said.

Read more here.
Episcopal delegation steps up church’s advocacy for climate action at COP24 in Poland

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal delegation in Poland is past the halfway mark of its advocacy on behalf of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the United Nations climate conference known as COP24, including meetings with representatives from member nations to share details of the church’s positions as set by General Convention.

COP24, known officially as the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is following a range of “work streams” related to climate change: loss and damage, mitigation, adaptation, finance and ambition.

[The Rev. Lester Mackenzie, rector of St. Mary's Church, Laguna Beach, is a member of the presiding bishop's delegation to the conference. He attended the first week of the gathering in Katowice.]

Read more here.
Update, Weekly to take holiday break
The Episcopal News Update and its companion bulletin insert, the Episcopal News Weekly, will both be on hiatus for the weeks of Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. Publication will resume in the first week of January.
Diocesan Convention reports
Above: Bishop John Harvey Taylor buys a trinket from a member of Girls Friendly Society in the exhibit hall at Diocesan Convention.. The girls were raising funds for upcoming activities.
An online gallery of photos from the Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 meeting of Diocesan Convention has been posted here. Click on the center of each photo to view a larger version. Read more here.

One of the final actions taken by this year's meeting of Diocesan Convention was to pass unanimously a resolution affirming the work of the diocese's Sanctuary Task Force -- aka Sacred Resistance - and inviting the diocesan community to join in its action and advocacy for justice for refugees and immigrants. Read more here.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor called upon Southland Episcopalians to “come home” to renewed unity, commitment, connection and caring, during a Nov. 30 address to delegates on the opening day of the 123rd annual meeting of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Read more here .

Bishop John Harvey Taylor named four new honorary canons of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul on Nov. 30 during the newly reinstated convention dinner during the annual meeting at the Ontario Convention Center. Read more here.

The 123rd annual meeting of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles concluded Dec. 1 after prophetic worship, spirited addresses and a lively panel discussion about housing justice. Read more here.

A series of videos of key portions of the 2018 meeting of Diocesan Convention, produced by Chris Tumilty of the Communications Office, have been posted to the diocese’s Facebook page. Read more here.
Diocese of Guinea names Pat O'Reilly an honorary canon
The Rt. Rev. Jacques Boston named the Rev. Patricia O’Reilly, chair of the Diocese of Los Angeles' Program Group on Global Partnership, an honorary canon of the Anglican Diocese of Guinea and Guinea Bissau in West Africa on Nov 28. O’Reilly and the program group have developed a strong relationship with the Guinea diocese. "My receiving this honor is their way of thanking the Diocese of Los Angeles for our friendship and assistance over the past couple of years," said O'Reilly, explaining that among other projects the program group helped raise funds for the Diocese of Guinea to buy a car. "Most significant," O'Reilly said, "is that a member of one of our diocesan congregations has donated $100,000 to help them build a high school onto their existing cathedral school. They have been so gracious and friendly. I hold them in very high esteem for all they do with such meager resources, and for their strong sense of commitment and community." She will be formally invested as a canon during her next visit to Guinea. O'Reilly is pictured above at a wedding in Guinea, where it is customary for guests to dress in clothing that matches that of the bridal couple.
Requiescat in pace
Corinne Marie Leatherman Daum
December 24, 1934 - December 9, 2018
Corinne Daum, widow of the Rev. J. William Daum, rector emeritus of the Church of the Transfiguration, Arcadia, died Dec. 9 of pneumonia. She was 83. Survivors include her sons, Bryn Daum (Meleen) and Garrett Daum (Lisette); her four grandchildren, Kalyn, Serena, Aubrey and Raylund; her sister Ginger Leatherman Goldman and her brother Jeff Leatherman. Her eldest son, Kevin, died in 2005. Daum was a longtime elementary school teacher; she also taught special education classes. No services are planned at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family care of Bryn Daum, 25399 Gold Hills Drive, Castro Valley, CA 94552.
Events & Announcements
2019 United Thank Offering Grant applications are now being accepted
Applications are now accepted for the 2018 United Thank Offering grants. The focus for the 2019 grants is "Go: Crossing boundaries" - created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like Jesus. Known worldwide as UTO, United Thank Offering awards grants for projects that address a new focus area each year, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. UTO was founded to support innovative mission and ministry in the Episcopal Church and to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. 100% of thank offerings given to UTO are granted the following year. Read more here.
Stillpoint to offer 'Embodied Writing' workshop in January
Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spiriutality will present "Embodied Writing through Contemplative Inquiry on Saturday, January 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Napier Center at Pilgrim Place, Claremont, led by Judith Favor (pictured). The retreat description quotes David Whyte: “Embodied writing supports the fruitful discipline of finding and asking ever keener and more beautiful questions. Writing in contemplative community helps us become larger, more generous and more courageous, equal to the fierce invitations extended to us as we grow and mature.” Who and what helps you identify the questions you don’t want to answer? In the clamor of social noise, where do you find silence to reflect inwardly? During times of political-economic disruption, what softens you enough to notice delicate new forms of awareness emerging? This annual Epiphany retreat offers guidance in the fruitful discipline of embodied writing, where Stillpoint’s seasoned community supports your intrinsic need for stillness among friends." For information and to register, click here. Pilgrim Place is located at 625 Mayflower Road, Claremont 91711.
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Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce and Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry-Los Angeles (EAM-LA) invite the diocesan community to a New Year celebration on Sunday, Jan. 6, 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Redondo Beach.

The Diocese of Los Angeles will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr., Day celebration at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at All Saints Church, Pasadena, featuring a keynote address by Devon Carbado, associate vice chancellor at UCLA and a professor at the university's school of law
This week around the diocese
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Advent Poetry Retreat
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
122 S California Avenue, Monrovia 91016
In this half-day advent retreat led by Alexandra Donovan, participants will explore poetry and writing as a way to comprehend and process our own experiences. Writers of all levels, novice to poet laureate, are invited to join. Donovan is a poet, teacher, and volunteer chaplain.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Retreat – Exploring Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church
830 W. Bonita Avenue, Claremont 91711
Reservations: 909.626.7170 or
    Please join us for a 3-hour retreat as the Rev. Andrea Baker leads us in an exploration of Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: Spirituality for the 2 Halves of Life.”

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Advent Workshop
Trinity Episcopal Church
1500 State Street, Santa Barbara
Information: 805 965.7419 or
The clergy of Trinity Church will host the first of a three-part Advent series that will be held throughout the month of December. The workshop will include chant and meditation practices.

Carols and Cookies
Church of the Messiah
614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana 92701
Information: 714.543.9389
Join members of the youth and adult choirs for a participatory musical offering over freshly baked cookies and hot chocolate. Come in your fanciest Christmas sweater. Fun for all ages.

Las Posadas
Church of the Messiah
614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana 92701
Information: 714.543.9389
The Posadas re-enact Mary and Joseph's difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter; in Spanish the word means lodging. Participants will sing, pray and walk to three homes around the neighborhood and return to church, concluding with homemade tamales.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 4 - 7 p.m.
Christmas Eve in Mission Park
Main Street and Figueroa Street, Ventura 93001
Information: Pastor Chuck Collier, 805.816.3297
Hot meals will be served to the homeless at 4 p.m., featuring chicken with all the sides, plus tamales and dessert. A Candlelight Service will be held in the park at about 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Harbor of Hope homeless ministry, led by Pastor Chuck Collier. Trinity Episcopal Church, Fillmore, and the Rev. Larry Brown, its rector, also support this program.
New Year Celebration
Christ Church
408 S. Broadway, Redondo Beach 90277
Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce and Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Los Angeles (EAM-LA) invite the diocesan community to a New Year celebration at Christ Church in Redondo Beach. More details to follow.
This week in liturgy, art & music
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 6:30 a.m. (PST)
Bethlehem Simulcast Service
Join the congregations of Washington National Cathedral and the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, for this annual live simulcast worship service (9:30 am in Washington, 4:30 pm in Bethlehem). Prayers, readings and hymns in both Arabic and English alternate between Washington, D.C. and Bethlehem, bringing those of different lands, languages and ethnic backgrounds together in celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols
St. John's Cathedral
514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007
Information: 213.747.6285

Annual La Posada Candlelight Procession
Holy Trinity Church
100 N. Third Avenue, Covina 91723
Information: 626.967.3939 or
A joyous recreation of Mary and Joseph's search for lodging. Join the candlelight procession through Historic Covina with traditional carols, live donkeys, piñata for the kids, and hot pozole for sale. An enjoyable event for the entire family.

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
Holy Trinity Church
100 N. Third Avenue, Covina 91723
Information: 626.967.3939 or
    A seasonal favorite for all ages, followed by a spaghetti supper in the parish hall.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 4:30 p.m.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Church of Our Saviour
535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel
Information: 626.282.5147 or here
    Our Saviour Choir and guests, directed by Canon Philip Smith, minister of music and organist. Thomas Mueller, guest organist; Rik Noyce; flute; Catherine Del Russo, oboe. Featuring the Our Saviour Handbell Ensemble, directed by Alice Rucker.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Living Nativity
St. James’ Church
1325 Monterey Road, South Pasadena 91030
Information: 626.799.9194 or here
The youth of St. James’ will present a living Nativity scene in the churchyard with lots of cookies, warm drinks, and a petting zoo! Followed by Advent Lessons & Carols at 6 p.m. If your youth would like to participate, please contact the Rev. Gethin Wied at

A Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Information: 310.275.0123, ext.112 or here
Beloved Christmas carols for congregation and choir.

Christmas Concert
Grace Episcopal Church
555 E. Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741
Information: 626.335.3171
    Festive Christmas music performed by the Grace Parish Choir and Bell Choirs. There is no charge.

Advent Evening Service
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Information: Debbie Daniels, 626.583.2750 or
Trouvères, Youth Chamber Choir, Vox Cambiata and Canterbury Choir offer music of Hella Johnson, Arnesen, Lauridsen, Howells, and Ivory.

Contemplative Christmas Service
Church of the Messiah
614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana 92701
Information: 714.543.9389
This service reflects on the paradox of the Advent and Christmas seasons. This is a time when we feel we are supposed to celebrate hope, love, joy and peace, but it can also be a time of sadness and grief. Light food will be served after the service in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Advent Lessons & Carols
St. James’ Church
1325 Monterey Road, South Pasadena 91030
Information: 626.799.9194 or here
Experience this season of anticipation and reflection with a service of scripture readings and seasonal music. For this candlelit service, the choir will sing holy texts set to music by such composers as Victoria, Palestrina, Rutter and Vaughan Williams.

Blue Christmas: A Service of Comfort & Light
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
1014 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena
Information: 626.798.6747
    Christmas is not a joyous season for everyone. If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, your health, a relationship, your job, or a deeply held dream, if you are far from those you love, or if you have painful memories of Christmas in years past, the holidays can be agonizing and isolating. 2018 has been a challenging year in our nation and world as well, and you may be feeling weary or discouraged. Our worship will be quiet and reflective, accepting the hurts we bear, and offering the hope of comfort and healing in our lives and in our world.

Advent Taizé Worship Service
St. Francis Episcopal Church
2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates
Information: 310.375.4617
    A meditative service of healing and wholeness that includes candlelight, periods of silence, chants and intercessory prayer with a prayer team leader, followed by a reception with light refreshments in the Board Room. Jeannie Cobb, director of Music, Youth & Arts, will lead the congregation in chanting, accompanied by USC graduate Robert Backes (a protégé of Christopher Parkening) on classical guitar and Clayton Cobb on mandolin. Taizé is a calming and beautiful form of sung contemplative prayer developed in an ecumenical monastery in France. Taizé services are offered monthly throughout the year on the fourth Tuesday. Donations are welcome.

Family Christmas Pageant: "Why the Chimes Rang"
Church of Our Saviour
535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel
Information: 626.282.5147 or here
    This charming musical tells the story of a church that had the most amazing chimes in its great ivory tower. According to a legend, on Christmas Eve all the townspeople would bring gifts for the Christ Child. When a very special gift had been given, it was said that the chimes would ring out the sweetest sound anyone had ever heard. Unfortunately, the bells have been silent for many years until a young girl named Sara and her little brother journey to the church hoping to hear the chimes ring. Directed by Taylor Vazquez-Reyes; accompanied by Brian Dyer. A reception will follow the performance.

Greek Isles & Italy Cruise with Dubrovnik
June 7 - 21, 2019
Imagine sailing on the same waters of historic seas that the ancient mariners navigated. This trip begins and ends with stays in two classic Italian cities Venice and Rome. Travelers will have the chance to experience the canals of Venice and the classical beauty of Rome. However, rather than a bus, they will cruise to ten classic ports laden with history, culture and religion Kotor, Dubrovnik, Argostoli, Santorini, Mykonos, Chania, Malta, Sicily and the Italian mainland ports of Naples, and Livorno (Pisa and Florence). The cost from Los Angeles starts at $4,599 (inclusive of $600 in port fees and taxes). For more information contact the Rev. Canon Jim Newman, 310.391.5522, 888.-802.722 (toll-free), or A brochure may be downloaded here.
Pilgrimage to the South of France: A Journey of Healing   
May 16-31, 2019
Please join us for a contemplative, thirteen-day journey through one of the most beautiful regions of the world: the South of France and the heart of Provence. The itinerary includes stays in Racamadour, the medieval city that has served as a Christian pilgrimage place for more than a thousand years; Lourdes, the ancient Christian healing place, and Avignon, in the heart of Provence with special emphasis on the healing journey of Vincent Van Gogh and Cezanne; there will also be side visits to Arles, Ax-En Provence and St. Remy, plus some of the most beautiful gardens in France.                                                                                                                                      
Our theme is inner healing, and the journey will allow time for rest, free time to explore and spiritual reflection. The pilgrimage will be led by Christopher McCauley, spiritual director and teacher and host of international pilgrimages and Frank Ramirez, veteran co-host of pilgrimages throughout the world. For more information, including a detailed itinerary, fees, and registration, please go to Early registration by December 10 is strongly recommended; call 626.798.8944 or email

COSTA MESA: Administrative Assistant, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Up to 20 hours/week. Temporary position; no benefits. Responsible for a wide variety of communication, administrative, and programmatic tasks for the parish, and is the key contact (with the clergy) for parishioners, groups using the facility, and visitors. A full job description, with contact information, is here.

COSTA MESA: Music Director, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Seeking a part-time organist/pianist and choir director to serve at 10 a.m. Sunday worship service and additional special services; work with the rector to plan and advance the music program; rehearse and lead volunteer choir. A full job description and application instructions are here.

HERMOSA BEACH: Director of Music/Organist, St. Cross Episcopal Church. St. Cross seeks a Director of Music/Organist to lead worship, work with the choirs, and set a vision for the church’s music program. 20 hours a week with benefits. Choirs include one adult choir, one children’s choir, and a bell choir. Music is mostly traditional but allows for other forms of sacred music. Information is here. Deadline is December 21; please send cover letter and resume to the Rev. Rachel Nyback at

LOS ANGELES: Event Coordinator. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is currently seeking an experienced event coordinator to manage small and large events for the fund development department. The Event Coordinator oversees all aspects of event planning and management from idea conception all the way to execution to meet specific goals. A complete job description and application instructions are here.

LOS ANGELES (PALMS): Organist or organist/choir director at St. Mary's Church . Sunday services, with an hour's choir rehearsal beforehand, plus evening services for major feast days. Small, but fairly good pipe organ. The congregation can provide either modest lodgings and a small stipend, or no lodgings and a somewhat more generous stipend. Contact: Debora Shuger at

PASADENA: Assistant Youth Minister, All Saints Church. The AYM will share the transforming love of Jesus with the youth in a real and relevant way. The AYM will participate in the creation, development and operation of programs that support the spiritual formation and overall well being of all youth (grades 6 through 12) in the parish. They will foster their personal spiritual growth, ethical insight, age-appropriate theological and interfaith awareness and community engagement of the youth. They will engage in pastoral care of the youth and their families. This is a full-time position; for more, click here. Submit resume and cover letter to Christina Honchell by email at

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA: Organist/Choirmaster, St. John Chrysostom Church . Part time (15 hours per week). To provide organ and other keyboard accompaniment, lead the choir and plan the music program. Classical and contemporary music proficiency required. For a full job description and application instructions, click here

SAN GABRIEL: Parish Secretary, Church of Our Saviour . Full time with benefits. Requirements: Microsoft Office Suite proficiency; minimum three years office management experience; experience with user-level database management; detail-oriented, organized and able to multi-task. Full job description and application instructions here .

SANTA BARBARA: Director of Music Ministries, All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church . Seeking a director of music ministries (32 hours a week) to lead the All Saints congregation at the weekend services of Holy Eucharist, the Wednesday Eventide service, as well as feast days during the year. Ideal candidate will be a skilled musician on both organ and piano, an excellent choral conductor versatile in both contemporary and traditional sacred music, and be familiar and comfortable with the breadth of Episcopal style and tradition of worship. For full job description click here.

SANTA BARBARA: Youth Minister, All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church . Seeking a part-time youth minister to nurture Christian education and faith formation in youth and their families. The youth minister is responsible for coordinating programming for youth while enthusiastically seeking to involve all age groups in the on-going life of the congregation. For full job description click here.

SOUTH PASADENA: Professional tenor section leader, St. James' Church . Choir seeks a professional tenor section leader. Applicants should have excellent sight-reading skills, feel comfortable singing Renaissance and traditional Anglican music with one voice on a part, and be a responsible, professional employee. Section leaders perform solo repertoire throughout the church year as well. Having a degree in music is encouraged, but not required. Section leaders sing every Sunday morning (excluding summer Sundays), one Wednesday rehearsal a month and services for Advent, Christmas, and Holy Week. Email to for more information. 

THOUSAND OAKS: Tenor or Baritone section leader for The Parish of Saint Patrick . Choir seeks a professional baritone or tenor to lead the male section. Applicants should have excellent sight reading and musicianship skills, feel comfortable singing solo, and provide singing leadership at all scheduled Wednesday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning church services. For more information, please contact Susie Ruth at

UPLAND: Preschool Substitute Teacher, St. Mark's Episcopal Preschool. Part- time position; six units or more of child development classes. Must be reliable, loving, nurturing, and committed. Contact: Jackie Wilds, 909.920.5565, ext. 208. Address: 330 E. 16th St. Upland, Ca. 91784.

VENTURA: The Farm Store at The Abundant Table . The farm store is looking for dedicated employees who love agriculture, farmers, food, the earth, and extraordinary community! Are you interested in helping shape the local food system? If so, the farm has shifts available on weekends and weekdays and would love to hear from you. Please send your resume and a brief statement about your interest in The Abundant Table to

VENTURA: Institutional Sales Partnerships & CSA Manager for The Abundant Table . This is a three-year grant-funded position through the USDA Farmer’s Market Promotion Program. This position will build upon our current CSA and Farm to School sales with a key focus of developing new distribution markets among local institutions and under-resourced communities (predominantly Latino/a and Mixteco), developing new CSA models, as well as incorporating produce from other local growers into our unique distribution markets. The successful candidate should have the ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, anticipate issues and develop solutions. Fluency in Spanish is a must . For more information, click here.