March 15, 2020
Ministry Fair draws 200 to Campbell Hall

The Ministry Fair returned to the Diocese of Los Angeles after an eight-year hiatus on March 7 at Campbell Hall. About 200 people attended 35 workshops in four sessions.

In his sermon at the midday Eucharist, Taylor welcomed “all who have come to participate in this coming together in this time, now; because of the anxiety we’re all experiencing, coming together is itself an act of faith and trust."

"We are buzzing with possibilities amid anxieties. We have committed the act of faith and trust to be together." He went on to talk about servanthood, which will be the theme of this year’s Diocesan Convention.

"And the final step," he said, "once you’ve realized you’re safe in the Resurrection and you’re a servant of the whole world, the whole community, of the whole body of Christ; what you then do is your exercise our lifelong ministry of pouring ourselves out — our power, our privilege, our resource, our energy, our patience with annoying people — we pour it all out for the sake of Jesus’s values and preoccupations, which are justice and love and safety for those in our time, as in Jesus's, who are overlooked, oppressed, marginal. This isn't political. This is Jesus' work that you model today by being here."

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy led morning worship, and Bruce celebrated the Eucharist, assisted by the Rev. Joanne Leslie, retired archdeacon of the diocese, and the Rev. Jaime Edwards-Acton, rector of St. Stephen's Church, Hollywood.
All Saints’, Beverly Hills, rector diagnosed with COVID-19; as her health improves, parish, diocese plan next steps
All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills has notified congregants that its rector, the Rev. Janet Broderick, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is hospitalized undergoing treatment.

“I am sorry for you to hear this news,” Broderick (pictured at left) wrote in a letter to the parish. “I am so thankful for your prayers as I have been ill. Everyone has been so good to me and supported me with prayers…. I am through the worst of this and very, very much on the mend…. Jesus has been so close to me the whole time and scriptures have upheld me … I so look forward to being together again in worship, to praying with you and singing a hymn.” Text of full letter is here.

“We will continue to hold up our rector in prayer, for her rapid and complete recovery,” said Gary Roberts, senior warden of the vestry, or parish board of directors. “The parish is coordinating closely with public health officials and medical professionals for the well-being of our community.”

Read more here.
Joanna Satorius’ lasting legacy: Bringing life to congregations, people in transitional times

By Pat McCaughan

For the past 15 years, the Rev. Canon Joanna Satorius has gracefully and skillfully guided the transitions of laity, clergy and congregations throughout the Diocese of Los Angeles.

Now facing Nov. 1, 2020 retirement is a “bittersweet and interesting” transition of her own.

“I recognize all the markers of it and yet I’m human,” she told The Episcopal News recently. “While I’m knowledgeable about what this takes, I feel it as well. I’m going through it. From time to time, I visit the bittersweet stuff, but it’s all put off in the future because there’s too much to do. Just like every other human, I can’t think about that right now.”

Diocesan Bishop John Harvey Taylor congratulated Satorius on her upcoming retirement and praised her ministry throughout the diocese.

“As I did from afar for many years, I’ve been observing Joanna and her ministry with profound respect, and sometimes astonishment, now that we are office colleagues,” Taylor told The Episcopal News.

Read more here.
Altadena Episcopalian chairs task force seeking 'alternatives to incarceration'
Bob Ross, a member of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Altadena, chaired a landmark "alternatives to incarceration" task force that presented its recommendations to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on March 11. The Los Angeles Times praised their work in an editorial on March 8: "Teams of community service providers, academics, lawyers, health service workers and county experts began meeting last year to craft a plan to pull people out of the downward spiral of crisis and to fix the mistakes that have caused Los Angeles so much grief — failure of the state mental health system, racial inequity, over-reliance on police and prosecutors to deal with family, public health and education problems." The editorial is here.
The following events have been postponed due to concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as predictions of inclement weather. All have been rescheduled.
Called to the Wall 2020
Called to the Wall, the annual pilgrimage to the U.S. – Mexico border in support of immigrants’ rights sponsored by the dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been postponed. It has been tentatively rescheduled as part of a border summit to be held at Church of the Good Samaritan, San Diego, Nov. 19 - 21, according to Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce. More information will follow.
Annual Lenten women's retreat
"Pray, Play, Praise," the annual Women's Lenten Retreat sponsored by Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Fullerton, has been postponed. The retreat will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at Emmanuel Church.
GFS 'Not-So-Quiet' Day
Girls Friendly Society-Los Angeles has postponed its 'Not-So-Quiet' Day, planned for March 14, until Oct. 24, 2020. The event will take place on the new date at Trinity Church, 419 S. Fourth Street, Redlands 92373.
Events & Announcements
ECW Annual Meeting to be held in Alhambra
Keynoter Femi Knight will speak about what can be done to address misperceptions about women in the workplace and social settings, and how to effect change for the better at the 2020 annual meeting of the Diocese of Los Angeles' Episcopal Church Women. Join Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce for the day-long event, themed "Making a Difference," on Saturday, March 28 at Holy Trinity & St. Benedict’s Church in Alhambra. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person if paid by March 23; 435 thereafter and at the door. For information, visit the ECW-LA website or contact Martha Watson at To register, click here.
To have and have not
LAGUNA BEACH: Chair rack. St. Mary’s Church has, for free and available for pick up, a moveable metal folding chair rack. Holds approximately 72-82 folding chairs. Please contact the church office at 949.494.3542 to arrange time and day to pick up.
Diocesan Lenten program set to engage households in reducing carbon impact
All Southland Episcopalians are encouraged to join a churchwide initiative engaging households and congregations in reducing carbon impact, conserving energy, and saving money by taking sustainable actions outlined at The goal is to have as many households as possible within the Diocese of Los Angeles participate by logging in, creating a profile, and taking recommended actions that are in turn aggregated to reflect progress at both diocesan and churchwide levels. Read more here.
2020 Census: Episcopalians are invited to help shape the future
In the United States, 2020 is a year for federal as well as state and local elections and, as the beginning of a new decade, the year for its decennial count of people living in the country. The Episcopal Church encourages U.S. Episcopalians to participate in both. As an official partner of the United States 2020 Census, The Episcopal Church and Episcopalians can help make the count as accurate as possible. The census is a self-portrait of the United States. Read more here.
' Tsuru for Solidarity' exhibit on display at St. Paul’s Commons
More than 1,000 handmade origami cranes, or tsuru, representing Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans incarcerated during World War II, are currently on display in the Great Hall at St. Paul’s Commons through March. Created by Nikkei Progressives, an organization based in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, the crane display is part of the nationwide social justice movement Tsuru for Solidarity. Read more here.
Lent Madness 2020: The Saintly Smackdown returns
“What are you doing for Lent?” In the run-up to the church’s holy season of repentance and renewal, this question echoes in parish halls and dining rooms, pews and study halls. One exciting and life-giving answer to the proverbial question is “Lent Madness!” That’s because, for the eleventh straight year, people of faith the world over are filling out brackets and gearing up for the 2020 “saintly smackdown.” With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Read more here.
Guide to Civil Discourse' online course debuts
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, has released “Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse.” This five-part online curriculum covers the following topics: civil discourse in context, tenets for civil discourse, values-based conversations, the complexities of policy, and sacred space for debate. Read more here.
Camp Stevens opens registration for summer sessions
Camp Stevens has opened registration for its summer programs for children and teens. Offerings include:
  • Summer Camp (ages 8 -15). Choose from six-day Adventure Sessions, the seven-day International Odyssey, or a four-day Mini-Camp.
  • Wilderness Trips. Teens can kayak, camp, explore, climb, and hike through summer with the expertise and guidance of Camp Stevens staff. Four unique trips including a brand new version of On The Road, heading north to the Sierras, are planned.
In addition, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Harvest Weekend, and Thanksgiving family camps will offer lodging, food and activities for all ages. For more information about Camp Stevens offerings, see the brochure here or visit
Echo Park exhibit features paintings by veteran priest Warner Traynham
“Abstractions in Oil,” an exhibit of paintings by the Rev. Canon Warner Traynham, retired rector of St. John's, Los Angeles, will be on view at St. Paul’s Commons through March 31. Selected paintings are available for purchase from the artist. St. Paul’s Commons is located at 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles 90026, with two levels of free secured parking. For further information, email or call 213.482.2040, ext. 240. Read more here.
Reminders from the wider Episcopal Church
Presiding Bishop Curry encourages support for 1000 Days of Love
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, encourages congregations and supporters to support the One Thousand Days of Love campaign through observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 1. Globally, 155 million children under the age of six are not reaching their full potential due to inadequate nutrition and healthcare. One Thousand Days of Love is a three-year, $3-million grassroots church-wide fundraising campaign dedicated to expanding Episcopal Relief & Development’s programs for children up to age six. The campaign launched in September 2019 and will run for 1,000 days, until May 31, 2022. Diocesan contact for Episcopal Relief & Development and the Thousand Days of Love campaign is Linda Allport of St. John’s Rancho Santa Margarita, or 949.981.3404. Read more here.
High-school age Episcopalians invited to 2020 Episcopal Youth Event in Maryland
The Program Group on Youth & Young Adult Ministries invites high-school age Episcopalians to consider attending Episcopal Youth Event 2020, which will be held July 7 - 11 at the University of Maryland. Every three years young people from all over the world gather for a week of exploration, prayer and fun. This year's speakers, preachers, workshops and more will be keyed to the theme “Unite! ¡Unámonos!” and to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's "Way of Love" initiative. To learn more about the event, including costs, scholarships and fundraising and more, and to register, click here.
Nuevo Amanecer Conference on Latino/Hispanic Ministries, May 12-15
Nuevo Amanecer, a biennial event that unifies and celebrates the Latino ministries from across The Episcopal Church, will have the honor of hosting Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at their May 12-15, 2020 gathering at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Lay leaders, clergy, diocesan missioners, parish staff, church planters, and anyone else interested in expanding their knowledge by sharing best practices and exploring new methods of church growth, discipleship and evangelism, are invited to attend. Speakers include Damaris de Jesús and Bishop José McLaughlin. Read more here.
Women invited to Franciscan spirituality program in San Francisco
Companions in Franciscan Spirituality in San Francisco invites women over age 18 to its 10-day residential immersion programs in Franciscan Spirituality. The program, which is free of charge, includes studying Franciscan spirituality and living out of that spirituality by sharing in community life, worship and ministry in the church and wider community. Program dates in 2020 are April 3 - 13, July 3 - 13, and Oct. 2 - 12. For more information, contact Sr. Pamela Clare at
This week around the diocese
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
By Your Side Vigil Companions Training (Session 4 of 5)
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
5306 E. Arbor Road, Long Beach
Information: 626.403.5424 or
By Your Side Vigil Companions trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those nearing the end of life. Training is 10 hours over 5 weeks, on Thursday evenings. A fee of $70 is due on the first night of training; scholarships are available.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Atonement, Violence, and the Cross of Jesus
The Center for Spirituality in Ontario
Christ Episcopal Church
1127 N San Antonio Avenue, Ontario 91762
Information here
Should Christians substitute the image of the cross in their churches with that of the empty tomb in the garden? And why should we focus on the last three horrible days of his life, rather than on the whole of it: his teachings, his healings, his defiance to the power of the Empire? This class examines the historical construction of the doctrine of atonement (i.e. the notion that Jesus Christ saves humanity through his death on the cross) not simply to justify its demise, but rather to explore the possibility of reframing it in non-violent and non exclusionary ways.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
All Saints Free Legal Aid Clinic
Jackie Robinson Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena 91103
Information: Amanda Perez, 626.583.2732 or
A free legal aid clinic will assist with issues in: Housing; Public Benefits; Family Law; Expungements; Bankruptcy/Consumer Debt; and other issues. Open to all individuals and community members who need legal assistance but lack resources to hire an attorney. Please bring any and all papers related to your case. If you can't attend the clinic and are in need of support, call Public Counsel at 213.385.2977.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 9 am. – 4 p.m.
Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver: Mentors for Entering the School of Our Lives
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Registration here
Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality will present a retreat centered around the works of Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver, presented by Jonathan Montaldo. Cost is $68 to attend ($78 with lunch); limited scholarships are available.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
By Your Side Vigil Companions Training (Session 5 of 5)
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
5306 E. Arbor Road, Long Beach
Information: 626.403.5424 or
By Your Side Vigil Companions trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those nearing the end of life. Training is 10 hours over 5 weeks, on Thursday evenings. A fee of $70 is due on the first night of training; scholarships are available.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 5 p.m. – SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 3 p.m.
Encountering Problematic Archetypes in Dreams
The Center for Spirituality in Ontario
1127 N San Antonio Avenue, Ontario 91762
Information/registration: Ashanti Smalls at
Encountering and identifying the archetypes of shadow, puer, and senex, and learning how to work with them until they stop being obstacles and become friends in the process of individuation is the focus of this retreat. Our retreat leader, Peter Fritsch, has chosen them by observing their pervasiveness today. It is likely that, unbeknownst to us, all of us have had an encounter with such archetypes already. The retreat will also teach how to work with dreams on a long-term basis, beyond their initial interpretation. Suggested donation is $120; includes Friday supper, Saturday morning coffee and lunch. Please reserve with a $40 non-refundable deposit. Scholarships available. The center (at Christ Church, Ontario) does not have facilities to accommodate guests overnight.
This week in liturgy & the arts
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 7 p.m.
Celtic Contemplative Prayer: 'Love Your Neighbor'
St. Columba’s Church
1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
Information here
Are you looking for an alternative to the stress and busyness of life? Come and be a part of this Contemplative Prayer experience of spoken word and prayer, meditative song, and silence.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 8 p.m.
Solo Recital: Petronel Malan
St. Matthew’s Church
1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades
Information: here or 310.573.7422
Award-winning and Grammy-nominated pianist Petronel Malan will perform a solo recital. Tickets are $35 and will benefit St. Matthew’s Music Guild.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 4 p.m.
Women’s Evensong
St. Luke’s Church
122 South California Avenue, Monrovia 91016
Music will include the trio from J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and service music by Kent Bennett Jones, St. Luke’s minister of music. A reception will follow the service.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 5 p.m.
Jazz Vespers: Aaron Serfaty
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Aaron Serfaty began playing a drum set at the age of 15 and started to play professionally at 17. He has played with Arturo Sandoval, Sergio Mendes, Jon Anderson, Dori Caymmi, and Don Grusin among many others. This will be a bilingual Spanish/English service.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 7:30 p.m.
Choral Compline
Church of the Epiphany
5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park 91377
Information: 818.991.4797
With antecedents that date from the 4th century, this liturgy is designed to calm the spirit and to bring the day to a peaceful close. Compline was a favorite service of Tudor composers, who created ethereally beautiful music for it; all of the choral music for this service is from the Tudor era. The choral music, with its long, spacious, soaring lines, can transport you, comfort you, and enable you to experience awe and wonder. Please join us!
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 8 p.m.
L.A. Bach: A Bach’s Birthday Celebration
St Thomas the Apostle Church
7501 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
Information here
Please join fifteen of LA’s most distinguished Baroque musicians to celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s 335th birthday with some of his best-loved music. Admission is free; birthday cake to follow.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 5 p.m.
Music of Ludwig van Beethoven
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
310.275.0123 ext.112 or here
Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students & seniors; admission is free with the Music Guild donor season pass.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 5 p.m.
Lenten Evensong
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101
Information: Debbie Daniels, or 626.583.2750
Coventry Choir offers Kyrie from Mass in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, Collegium Regale, arr. by John Tavener, conducted by Ruth Ballenger. Susan Russell presides; Tim Hartley offers a meditation. Child care provided. Validated parking is available at Plaza las Fuentes.
Central Europe: Oberammergau Passion Play
September 2 - 14, 2020
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.

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ALTADENA: Director of Christian Formation (all ages). St. Mark’s Church. Half-time with benefits; salary commensurate with experience. Director of Christian Formation will work with the rector, staff, and the Formation Committee to develop and implement a coordinated program of formation for all members of Saint Mark’s Church. A full job description is here. Contact: the Rev. Carri Patterson Grindon at

BEVERLY HILLS: Chief of Staff, All Saints Church. The chief of staff manages all business and administrative affairs necessary to support All Saints’ ministries. Primary areas of responsibility include: finance, human resources, buildings and grounds, information technology, office administration, stewardship, communications and membership database. A full job description is here. Contact:

BEVERLY HILLS: Assistant to the Rector, All Saints Church. The assistant to the rector supports the Rector administratively so that she may lead the parish most effectively. Responsibilities include calendar, scheduling, travel management, correspondence, meeting management, keeping parish records, etc. A full job description Is here. Contact:

EL MONTE: Director of Development, Our Saviour Center. Plans, schedules, and implements moderate-sized, comprehensive fundraising projects and programs, including specific fundraising programs such as annual fund, grant writing, research, etc. May coordinate and oversee the work of support staff and/or volunteers. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Position is expected to raise gift dollar amounts as established at each fundraiser specialization. Full job description here. Contact: Janet Fall, executive director, at

MALIBU: Minister of Music. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church seeks a Minister of Music responsible for providing music in the Episcopal/Anglican and contemporary traditions. Keyboard performance, choir direction, administration, etc. Full job description here. Contact: Nathaniel Sherrill, Parish Administrator,

OJAI: Organist/Choir Director. St. Andrew’s Church is seeking an experienced person well-versed in both organ and choral conducting skills. This is a part-time, contracted position, and compensation is commensurate with experience. Individuals who have excellent musicianship, can work both independently and collaboratively, are creative, and demonstrate strong leadership skills are encouraged to apply. More information is here.

OXNARD: Party/Event Supervisor. All Saints/Todos los Santos Church is seeking an individual or individuals to help open, partially set up, supervise and clean up after events held at the church hall. Typically needed one to two Saturdays a month. If interested, please contact the Rev. Melissa Campbell-Langdell,

PASADENA: Building and Grounds Manager, All Saints Church. The manager has responsibility for supervision of a staff of eight full-time and part-time employees; for planning, organizing and directing campus maintenance, repairs and major events; and for managing annual budgets for the department. Fully bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred. Full job description and application instructions are 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.

SIERRA MADRE: Ministry Intern at Church of the Ascension. Seeking a driven and organized part-time ministry intern, 5(+) hours/week (Sunday mornings from 7:45-12:45). Job duties include assisting Minister to Young Persons with childcare and various youth service activities. As-needed assistance with various kitchen maintenance duties (including coffee hour duties and kitchen upkeep.) Submit resume and cover letter to:, ATTN: The Rev. Canon Michael A. Bamberger.

SOUTH PASADENA: Organist (1/4 time) St. James’ Episcopal Church seeks a principal organist (1/4 time) to provide organ music and accompany the choir for Sunday 10:15 a.m. services and Wednesday night rehearsals. Currently accepting resumes. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please email resume to