November 10, 2019
Above: Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce, Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy present the 2019 Bishop’s Award to Joseph Costa, executive director of Hillsides, at the Nov. 2 Bishop’s Dinner. Below left : Dean Gary Hall delivers the keynote address, substituting at the last minute for Dean Kelly Brown Douglas, who was unable to attend due to a death in her family. Photos: Janet Kawamoto
Bishop's dinner celebrates civic engagement, raises funds for missions

“Let’s dispense with the old canard about religion and politics,” the Very Rev. Gary Hall, retired dean of Washington National Cathedral, told the third annual Bishop’s Dinner on Nov. 2. at St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles.

“The church has an absolute right — indeed a duty — to be an active participant in the public square. If you read the scriptures carefully, you’ll see that the Bible’s ethics are overwhelmingly concerned with social, not personal, morality. The prophets chastise Israel for its shared public faithlessness, and they call Israel to a collective righteousness. In our culture, we experience Christianity filtered through American individualism, and so we tend to think that God cares most about our private morality. But it just isn’t so.

Hall’s address, in which he challenged Episcopalians to engage in the public square as a matter of faith, had a strong thematic tie to the night’s Bishop Award honoree, Joseph Costa, executive director of Hillsides, a social service agency for children and families that started early in the 20th century as an Episcopal orphanage and continues today as an institution of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Costa has led the agency since 2011, overseeing a number of ambitious initiatives and strengthening Hillsides’ work.

Hillsides "has seen its mission and work expand dramatically since 2011, all under the leadership of our Bishop’s Award honoree tonight, Joseph M. Costa," said Bishop John Harvey Taylor as he welcomed some 200 people to the dinner, served in the nave of the cathedral.

Read more here.
Good Samaritan Hospital pastoral team asks congregations to share Thanksgiving offerings
Early in its history, the Diocese of Los Angeles designated offerings given at its congregations on Thanksgiving Day to support the work of Good Samaritan Hospital, founded in 1885 by Sister Mary Wood, an Episcopal nun. The Thanksgiving offering is a custom still observed by some congregations. With the support of Bishop John Harvey Taylor, the Rev. Michael Bell, current director of pastoral care, is asking all churches of the diocese to revive this custom specifically to support the hospital’s chaplaincy and clinical pastoral education (CPE) programs, which trains clergy in this ministry as it offers spiritual care to patients. Good Samaritan recently signed an affiliation agreement with PIH Health, a Whittier-based nonprofit healthcare network.

“As we anticipate new possibilities for our program with the hoped-for joining of Good Sam with PIH Health in the new year, we also know that providing robust, multi-faith chaplaincy and spiritual care to our hospital staff, patients, and families continues to be increasingly dependent on charitable gifts from individuals, organizations, and foundations,” Bell wrote in a letter to congregations. “The hospital’s operating budget strains under challenges in healthcare financing nationally and locally. And, we remain committed to serving a disproportionate share of patients in our neighborhood struggling to afford preventative healthcare and insurance.”

To contribute, congregations and individuals can mail checks payable to Good Samaritan Hospital (write "CPE Fund" or “Pastoral Care” in the memo line) to Good Samaritan Hospital, Pastoral Care Department, 1225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90017. At any time of year, contributions may be made here (select “Chaplaincy” or “Clinical Pastoral Education” from the drop-down menu). For more information, contact Bell at
Offices to close for Veterans Day, Diocesan Convention
Diocesan offices at St. Paul's Commons (formerly known as the Cathedral Center) will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Most offices will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Most offices will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 15 for Diocesan Convention (see convention information below).
Diocesan Convention
Friday - Saturday, November 15 - 16 • Riverside Convention Center
Licensed childcare providers will be onsite to care for children ages 0 - 8 during convention. Toys, activities, snacks, and meals will be provided. To register , click here .

Camp Convention for young people (ages 8 - 13)
Camp Convention is something completely new for Diocesan Convention 2019, offered in partnership with Camp Stevens. Students ages 8 - 13 are invited to participate in Camp Convention activities happening around the convention center while business is in session. Camp Stevens staff and youth volunteers will lead this program. (High school students who would like to volunteer may sign up here.) For more information about Camp Convention and to register, click here.
Convention worship to follow 'Way of Love'
A message from worship committee co-chairs the Rev. Canon Susan Russell and the Rev. Kay Sylvester
The theme of our 2019 Diocesan Convention is the “Lifelong Way of Love” -- focusing on Christian formation and education for all ages. As Episcopalians, prayer and worship are core components of how we come together whenever we gather and so plans are well underway for the liturgies that will shape our time together in Riverside this year. Led by a diverse team of liturgical leaders from around the diocese, “A Two-Day Liturgy Following the Way of Love” will begin with opening prayers as convention is called to order on Friday morning and end with a festival Eucharist on Saturday afternoon. Throughout the convention our prayers and worship services will follow Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s invitation to enter into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Rest – Go. For more information visit The Way of Love webpages or contact Canon Susan Russell at
Social Enterprise Academy prizes to be awarded at convention
For the past six month, six mission church cohorts have been participating in the first ever Social Enterprise Academy put on by Episcopal Enterprises. Bishop John Harvey Taylor has come to see social enterprise as a valuable tool for creating sustainability and funding ministry in our churches. The aim of the Academy is to help churches imagine and identify social enterprise possibilities and earned income strategies in their own context and prepare and equip churches with the knowledge and tools to implement their idea(s) and ensure its success. At the end of the Academy, each cohort will present their social enterprise idea to and be judged by a panel of social enterprise experts. The top three cohorts will then present their ideas from the convention stage where delegates will vote for their favorite, competing for more than $6,000 in prize money. --Reported by the Rev. Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton
Nominee information is on the website
Brief biographies, statements, photos and videos from candidates for diocesan office are on the convention website here. Nominations may be made from the floor of convention for open offices provided that a copy of the nominations form has been completed and handed to the Secretary of Convention at the time of nomination. A list of available offices is here, along with nomination forms and instructions.
Secretary of Convention corrects number of Corporation of the Diocese directors to be elected
Canon Steve Nishibayashi, secretary of convention, has announced that there has been a change in the number of directors to be elected to the Corporation of the Diocese during Diocesan Convention. "Upon a recent analysis of the composition of the Corporation and a review of Canon XXI, we have discovered that we need to elect one lay person (not two) for a three-year term, and one clergy person for a three-year term (an election not previously listed on the convention website)." Clergy persons interested in being nominated for this office, he added, should submit their nomination forms as soon as possible in order to be listed on the tally sheet in the convention booklet.
Clergy spouses/partners space at convention
Canon Kathy O'Connor and Canon Steve Bruce - spouses of Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Diane Jardine Bruce - have sent the following invitation to clergy spouses and partners:
"If you plan to attend part or all of Diocesan Convention next month (Nov. 15 and 16), please visit our Clergy Spouses and Partners room in the Riverside Convention Center, Ben H. Lewis Hall, Room MR9, main floor. Drop by to visit with old friends and new, grab a cup of coffee and a snack, or just relax in our own private space. Our room opens at 10 a.m. Friday for the day, and will be open on Saturday during regular convention hours. We look forward to seeing you there!"
Volunteer opportunities at convention
Volunteers are vital to the smooth operation of Diocesan Convention. Adults interested in volunteering should contact High-school age young people who would like to take part in the youth presence at convention will find information here.
ABC7 Eyewitness News
November 7, 2019
Pomona woman behind Laundry of Love nominated for ABC7's 'Pay it Forward' contest
Clean clothes. It's something so many of us take for granted. But it's something so many others consider a luxury. This is especially true in Southern California, home to the highest number of unsheltered people in the country. That's where Jullie McCurdy and Laundry of Love come in. "We were thinking, how can we, you know, give back," said McCurdy. The nationwide initiative was founded 15 years ago, after asking those experiencing homelessness how they could best be helped. "He said if I had clean clothes, people would treat me more like a human being. And from that, Laundry of Love was born," McCurdy said.

McCurdy is a member of St. Ambrose' Church, Claremont, which is a sponsor of Pomona Laundry Love, along with St. John's, La Verne; St. Paul's, Pomona; St. Mark's, Upland; and Deanery 6, along with United Christian Academy high school students and Claremont Presbyterian Church. Read more and see the video segment from ABC7 Eyewitness News here.
Events & Announcements
November means it's time for the UTO Ingathering
The month of November is traditionally devoted in The Episcopal Church to the United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering from parishes and mission congregations across the Episcopal Church. Every penny collected in thanksgiving is returned in the form of grants for outreach ministries. More about those grants and how congregations may apply will be provided in upcoming issues of the Update. Funds come from thank offerings placed in the UTO Blue Boxes and envelopes. All funds must be sent to UTO by mid-December to count toward our Diocesan total for 2019.

The diocesan ECW website has a new page dedicated to providing information, resources and everything need for a successful Ingathering, this year themed "Giving Thanks for All Our Blessings." The Ingathering is an opportunity for the congregation to come together and express gratitude for all of God’s blessings in a very meaningful way; by enabling ministries and outreach that will bless others. UTO coordinators in each congregation can find everything needed here. They can also subscribe to special emails and updates just for coordinators, to answer questions and provide additional resources as they are made available. For more information on how congregations can participate, email to
All Saints Church welcomes Pasadena friends to enjoy new playground
All Saints Church-Pasadena will welcome local children and families to join in celebrating the grand opening of its new playground on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11:30 a.m. A festive ribbon-cutting ceremony involving all the youth will be accompanied by live music, art activities and snacks. The new addition to the All Saints Church campus is open daily from dawn to dusk for all children in the local community. The playground features colorful equipment for youth ages 2-12, including a slide, three swings (one that’s wheelchair accessible), a tire swing, a swing for a toddler and family member to enjoy together, and easy access for children of all abilities. Another feature, the Skyrunner, engages older children as they whirl around hanging from a metal ring. The church is located at 132 N. Euclid Ave. Free parking is available in the church lot or on adjacent streets.
Vigil in support of Dreamers planned for eve of DACA arguments at Supreme Court
St. Luke’s Church, Long Beach will host a prayer vigil on Monday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. as the United States Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the initiative that grants renewable two-year residency and eligibility for work permits for people who were brought to the United States illegally as children and have grown up as Americans. There are some 800,000 of these "Dreamers," as they are known, whose future will be affected by the Supreme Court's decision. All are invited to take part in the vigil. St. Luke's is located at 525 E. 7th Street, Long Beach 90813.
The Gathering will offer an Advent dinner church for Asian American Episcopalians
The Gathering Dinner Church, an Advent evening of liturgy, fellowship and food celebrating Asian American communities and cultures, hosted by Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, 6 - 8 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. Paul's Commons (formerly the Cathedral Center). The event is sponsored by The Gathering - a Space for Asian American Spirituality, which holds events to engage topics relevant to Asian American communities and offers opportunities for Asian Americans to gather to share their spiritual journeys. All are invited to attend; for reservations (requested), contact the Rev. Peter Huang at, or the Rev. Yein Kim at A donation of $8 is requested to help cover food costs. St. Paul's Commons is located at 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026. Free street parking available.
Spirituality center in Ontario to offer retreats on dreams and spirituality
The new Center for Spirituality at Christ Church, Ontario, will present two retreats in coming months, both of them dealing with dreams and spirituality. Christ Church is located at 1127 N. San Antonio Avenue, Ontario, California 91762. More information about all programs is here.
The first retreat listed was rescheduled from its original dates.

Retreat: Dreams as a Path to Deep Healing of the Soul, with Peter Fritsch
Friday - Saturday, November 22 - 23 (rescheduled)
Early Christian literature bears witness to the spiritual importance of dreams, and in the 20th century the work of Carl Jung has reclaimed for dreams their rightful place in contemporary spirituality. In this workshop, participants will explore the symbolism of their own dreams as a path to healing. Participation in the whole program is expected; exceptions can be made if the participant is able to be present from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday.

Retreat: Dreaming our Way to Wholeness, with Kathy Sperling
Friday - Saturday, January 24 - 25, 2020
Are you longing for an ancient and powerful practice to explore spiritual growth and transformation? Dreams are one of the fastest ways to connect to the soul and experience human wholeness, which brings freedom, spaciousness and meaning to our often-distracted lives. Whether or not you have worked with dreams, this will open up new possibilities to develop greater compassion for self and the world around you. Participation in the whole program is assumed; exceptions can be made under certain circumstances: see the website for more information.

Cost for each of these retreats is $120, including Friday supper, Saturday morning coffee and lunch. Scholarships are available. To enroll, contact Ashanti Smalls at The Center at present does not have facilities to accommodate guests overnight.
From the wider Episcopal Church
Episcopal Relief & Development releases 2019 Gifts for Life catalog
During the holiday season, Episcopal Relief & Development encourages friends and supporters to give a gift that will transform a life with Gifts For Life, an alternative giving catalog that offers tangible and meaningful ways to create lasting change in communities around the world. The Gifts for Life program enables individuals and groups to empower transformation in communities worldwide through the purchase of gifts to support those communities. The catalog features a wide range of gift options from $15 to help parents nurture and nourish a child to $1,284 to provide a complete care package to empower a community. The catalog also includes a new offering to help give children with special needs the opportunity to participate meaningfully in the life of the community. Hearing aids, glasses and other assistive devices are life-changing to children with physical challenges. Additionally, disaster relief kits, drought-resistant seeds, vocational training and bicycles are just a few of the other gift options. This year, the Gifts For Life catalog is organized to align with the organization’s three key program priorities: helping communities promote the rights of Women; supporting and protecting Children so they reach appropriate health and developmental milestones; and working with families and communities to adapt to the effects of a rapidly changing climate. Read more here.
Scholar Jim Prothero offers to speak about C.S. Lewis at Southland congregations
Jim Prothero, senior warden at St. Clement's by-the-Sea Church, San Clemente, and director of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society, has announced that he is available to speak at congregations of the diocese about the late renowned scholar and his works, which include such classics as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and Till We Have Faces. Prothero is a Lewis scholar and co-writer of G aining a Face: The Romanticism of C.S. Lewis. He also welcomes people who enjoy Lewis' works to come to meetings of the society, which meets at St. Luke's Church, Monrovia and on the campus of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. For more information, visit; to contact Prothero about speaking to a church or group, email him at or call 494.230.6801 (leave a message).
Brass Rubbing Center is open at St. Luke's, Long Beach
What better way to salute that new branch of the royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, than to take oneself to the castle -- no farther than Long Beach -- and indulge in the fun of pairing pageantry with current events when the Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center opened Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 9 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Cost is $8 for materials. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday; groups may be booked at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Walk-up visitors are welcome from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, email to St. Luke's is located at 525 E. Seventh Street, Long Beach. Read more here.
Seeds of Hope's Tim Alderson is author of a play to open Nov. 15 in Los Angeles
Salvage, a play with music, written by Seeds of Hope Executive Director Tim Alderson, will open on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. and run on Fridays and Saturdays (8 p.m.) and Sundays (3 p.m.) through Dec. 15 at the Lounge Theater, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038. Directed by Damian D. Lewis, Salvage is about Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang it up. On his way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles across the bar where his musical hero, Floyd Whitaker, died. Entering, he finds Johnson, the inhospitable bartender, and a single, surly customer, known as Preacher, who’s strumming the blues on an old guitar. Dueling words and songs ensue, dislodging uncomfortable truths, until an unexpected arrival turns everything on its ear. Tickets are $35; for reservations call 323.960.7712. Seeds of Hope is the food justice ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Christmas wreaths are for sale at St. Thomas' Church, Hollywood
St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Hollywood is offering fresh Christmas wreaths for sale. The 22-inch custom-decorated mixed green wreaths are available for $55, by email order only. To support St. Thomas Choir and hospitality ministry by ordering a wreath, email to Include name of purchaser, phone number, email address and number of wreaths; buyers will be directed how to pay. Wreaths may be picked up at St. Thomas' Church on Sunday, Dec. 8 and the following week; for shipping add an additional $15 (include street address in order email). All wreath orders are due by Monday, Nov. 18.
IRIS offers mental health, trauma training session
IRIS (Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service, a ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles, will offer a Mental Health and Trauma training session on Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Pauls’ Commons (formerly the Cathedral Center). Focus is recognizing trauma and learning how to carefully navigate conversations and situations with trauma survivors, as well as how to take care of one's own mental health. The training will be facilitated by Lisa Gallegos, an LCSW and trauma expert. The training is free and available first come, first served. For reservations, contact Meghan Taylor, executive director of IRIS, at Space is limited. An information flyer is here. St. Paul's Commons is located at 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles.
Reminders from the wider church
'Way of Love' with Bishop Michael Curry podcast continues season 2
Season 2 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, continues with new episodes every Tuesday through November 5. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love. Read more here.
Video series 'Traveling the Way of Love' to premiere Episode 6: Go
Traveling the Way of Love, Episode 6: Go, the latest installment of the first season of the Way of Love video series from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, premiered October 29on The Episcopal Church website and on The Episcopal Church Facebook page. Hosted by Chris Sikkema, the Office of Communication’s manager for special projects, Traveling the Way of Love shares stories of the ways people across The Episcopal Church practice the Way of Love with each episode highlighting one of the seven Way of Love practices: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. This sixth episode focuses on Go. Read more here.
United Thank Offering 2020 Annual Grants application process is open
An informational webinar will be offered Jan. 14
The United Thank Offering (UTO) board of directors is pleased to announce the availability of their 2020 United Thank Offering Annual Grants. These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2020, the focus is "Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility." These awards have supported everything from staff positions, conferences, creation of educational resources, and contributing to building projects. The application process opened Sept. 6, 2019; application information and forms are available here. The deadline for submitting a grant application is March 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. (West Coast time). Read more here.
This week around the diocese
Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center
St. Luke’s Church
525 E. Seventh Street, Long Beach
St. Luke’s will open its annual Brass Rubbing Center, where visitors can create and take home traced images made by rubbing colored wax on paper laid over a metal relief. The event will continue until Nov. 9; hours are 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. by appointment on Tuesday through Saturday. Cost is $8 for materials. Afternoon tea events are also available and can be reserved through email. Walk-up visitors are welcome from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Aging Mastery, Session 3
St. Francis Church
2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates
Information: 310.375.4617
Developed by the National Council on Aging, this program encourages mastery-developing behaviors that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, and overall well-being. The series of 10 topics combined into five sessions will provide information and techniques on how to live a longer, healthier, safer and well-cared for life as well as how to make and maintain small but impactful changes in health behaviors, financial well-being, and enrichment in later life. This session’s topics are “Advance Planning” and “Healthy Relationships.”

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 6 - 8 p.m.
Healthy Relationship Workshop: How to Help Loved Ones
Sweetland Hall
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena
Information: Pasadena office of Rep. Judy Chu, 626.304.0110
Reservations here
Sponsored by the office U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (27th District). Topics will include: Signs of an unhealthy relationship; Getting help for your loved ones; and what to expect when someone makes that first phone call to the police or shelter.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free Legal Clinic
Jackie Robinson Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena 91103
Information: or 626.583.2734
All Saints Church in Pasadena will sponsor a free legal clinic at the Jackie Robinson Center that is open to all individuals and community members who need legal assistance but lack the resources to hire an attorney. Those who can’t attend and are in need of support may call Public Counsel at 213.385.2977.

Celebration of a New Ministry: Patricia Stansfield
St. John’s Church
526 Magnolia Avenue, Corona 92879
Information 951.737.1363
Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce will install the Rev. Patricia Stansfield at St. John’s Church in Corona. The prayers and presence of the diocesan community are invited.

Presentation: Incarcerated Childhood in Occupied East Jerusalem
Christ Lutheran Church
6500 E. Stearnes Street, Long Beach
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, chair of law faculty and professor in the Department of Social Work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem will speak at a public forum on her experiences of the change in her home city and in other Middle Eastern communities. This is a free program sponsored by the Jerusalem Committee of the Program Group on Global Partnerships and co-sponsored by the Middle East Peace Task force of the ELCA’s SW Synod and the LA/OC Chapter of Friends of Sabeel.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Aging Mastery, Session 4
St. Francis Church
2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates
Information: 310.375.4617
Developed by the National Council on Aging, this program encourages mastery-developing behaviors that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, and overall well-being. The series of 10 topics combined into five sessions will provide information and techniques on how to live a longer, healthier, safer and well-cared for life as well as how to make and maintain small but impactful changes in health behaviors, financial well-being, and enrichment in later life. This session’s topics are “Medication Management” and “Financial Fitness.”

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Repair Café
All Saints Church
132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena
Do you have something that is broken and needs to be fixed? Don’t throw it away, bring it to the Repair Cafe, a roving all-purpose repair shop for and by the community! Our volunteers repair electronics, small appliances, clothing, gear, jewelry, sharpen knives, and more entirely for free. Please come early to ensure there is enough time to fix your broken items.

Vroman’s Presents: Sherrod Brown and Desk 88
All Saints Church
132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena
Information: Vroman’s Bookstore, 626.449.5320 or here
Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio will be in conversation with Miriam Pawel, author of The Browns of California. Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a mahogany desk with a proud history. In Desk 88, he tells the story of eight of the Senators who were there before him. Despite their flaws and frequent setbacks, each made a decisive contribution to the creation of a more just America. They range from Hugo Black, who helped to lift millions of American workers out of poverty, to Robert F. Kennedy, whose eyes were opened by an undernourished Mississippi child and who then spent the rest of his life afflicting the comfortable. Tickets now available at Eventbrite: $36 (+ tax), which includes one entry plus one copy of Desk 88. Book signing to follow the program.

Interfaith Prayer and Action Service
St. Paul's Church
1221 Wass Street, Tustin 92780
Information: The Rev. Laura Siriani,
A public witness with the Sisters of St. Joseph (based in the City of Orange), this prayer service continues monthly with a gathering of interfaith partners who are concerned about the treatment of immigrant children at the U.S. border. The evening will include a time of learning, prayer, silent reflection, and action. This month, Tim Burns of the Orange County Justice Fund (OCJF) will speak about the work of his organization, which is dedicated to generating support for effective legal representation for some of the most vulnerable members of the Orange County community. The Orange County Justice Fund (OCJF) is a collaboration of attorneys, law professors, and grassroots leaders who have come together to ensure that no Orange County resident is forced to defend themselves from deportation without an attorney.
This week in liturgy & the arts
Remembrance Evensong and Veteran’s Day Service
Holy Trinity Church
100 N. 3rd Avenue, Covina 91723
Information: or 626.967.3939
The Parish Choir and guest singers will present choral works by Herbert Howells and Ola Gjeilo as well as beautiful musical settings of the liturgy throughout the service. A reception will follow, sponsored by St. Martha’s Guild and the Daughters of the British Empire.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 4:30 p.m.
Solemn Evensong
St. James Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information: 213.388.3015
Choir of St. James’, James Buonemani, director. Admission is free.

Organ Recital
St. James Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Information: 213.388.3015
Raúl Prieto Ramírez, organ.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 7 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Church
3290 Loma Vista Road, Ventura
Information here
St. Paul’s Church in Ventura welcomes all to calm the soul at the end of the day in a brief candle-lit choral prayer service. The church will remain open afterwards for those who wish to continue prayers, light a votive candle, or walk the labyrinth outside. Donations will support the Music Ministry at St. Paul’s.

Gathering Taizé Prayer and Song
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
7th & Atlantic, Long Beach 90813
Information: 562.436.4047 or here
All are welcome to join Taizé at St. Luke's for an early Thanksgiving gathering of quiet reflection. With soft music and prayers of gratitude we will celebrate God's abundant blessings in our lives.
Music of Bach and Handel
St. Bede’s Church
3590 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles 90066
Information: 310.391.5522 or here
The Laudamus Te Singers, directed by Dr. James Vail, and St. Bede’s Choir, directed by Frank Basile. Suggested donation is $15.

Musical Offering: Chamber Music Concert I
All Saints’ Church
504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
310.275.0123 ext.112 or here
This program commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Chamber Music at All Saints’ series, with pieces by Vaughan Williams, Chausson, Rebecca Clarke, Schubert, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, and Byron Adams. Performers will include soprano Camille King, harpist and pianist Paul Baker, and members of the chamber music ensemble Salastina. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students & seniors. Admission is free with the Music Guild donor season pass.

Jazz Vespers: Bill Cunliffe Trio
All Saints Church
132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena
Information here, or contact
Jazz pianist, Grammy Award-winning arranger and our composer-in-residence Bill Cunliffe is widely known for his swinging and lyrical pianism and his creativity and invention as a composer and arranger of jazz. He graduated from Duke University and the Eastman School of Music, where he won several Down Beat Awards. Cunliffe was the 1989 winner of the $10,000 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award, and has received stipends from the National Endowment for the Arts. He will be joined by Joe La Barbera on drums and Mike Gurrola on bass. Christina Honchell offers a meditation. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Pilgrimage to England and Scotland: Tracing the Roots of the Episcopal Church
November 11 - 21, 2019
An 11-day pilgrimage exploring historic events that helped shape the Episcopal Church. Stops will include a visit to St. Andrew's Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland; a luncheon at the Eagle and Child in Oxford, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien met with the "Inklings"; exploration of the Scottish and English countryside, shopping, pub visits, afternoon tea and more. Cost is $3,749, which covers roundtrip flight from L.A., four-star hotels, most meals, all ground transportation, guides and drivers, and entrances to everything listed in the itinerary. Led by the Rev. Steve DeMuth, rector of Holy Trinity Church, Covina. A full brochure is here.
Be Transformed by Tanzania
April 25 - May 7, 2020
Christian and Shannon Kassoff will lead a transformational journey to Tanzania in East Africa April 25 - May 7, 2020. This trip will have a school project component, however, the focus will be traveling with intention to meet new people, experience another culture, and to stretch, learn and grow into new ways of being and engaging the world. This will not be a "churchy" trip but we will meet the Holy Spirit everywhere as she expresses herself around East Africa. We will have time for reflection and meditation and optional opportunities for yoga. We will of course visit God's creation on safari in the Serengetti and Ngorongoro Crater. Cost is $3,700, which covers roundtrip flight from LAX. For information visit Questions? Contact Christian at and 714.726.3673.
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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BEVERLY HILLS: Financial Manager, All Saints Church. Part-time (30 hours/week). To coordinate and execute the congregation's financial business affairs. A full job description is here. Email cover letter and resume to Jody Giles, director of Giving and Engagement, at

LOS ANGELES: Senior Accountant. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is seeking an experienced senior accountant who is well versed in fund accounting, budgeting, financial statement preparation, and internal controls. The ideal candidate is a hard worker who can easily navigate new financial accounting software systems, who communicates well, works well in a variety of situations, and who has a servant heart. A full job description is here. Send resume and cover letter to

ONTARIO: Parish Assistant, Christ Church, to staff the office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For inquires, contact Gianluigi Gugliermetto, priest-in-charge, at

PASADENA: Parish Receptionist at All Saints Church. Full-time. A successful candidate will have an attraction to the mission of All Saints, and some familiarity with church and/or nonprofit work environments. She/he will be the first point of contact for parishioners and visitors, with a friendly and welcoming personality and a desire to help all people. A full job description is here.

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. Must be fully bilingual (English and Spanish). Full job description and application instructions are 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.

SIERRA MADRE: STEAM Teacher. The Gooden School, an independent Episcopal K-8 school, is looking for a full-time maternity leave STEAM and Social Studies faculty position for the spring of the 2019-2020 school year. Anticipated start and end dates are January 6 – April 3, 2020. Full job description with contact information here.

SIERRA MADRE: Health, Wellness and Physical Education Teacher. The Gooden School, an independent Episcopal K-8 school, is actively looking for a full-time teacher who would also function as athletic director, to start as soon as possible. Full job description with contact information here.

UPLAND: Kindergarten Aide, part time, at Saint Mark's Episcopal School, a PS-8 school that inspires each child to achieve their highest potential by promoting intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual growth, in a safe and nurturing community. A strong candidate will have a love of children and a desire to support the teacher/school in its mission of education and formation. Bilingual in English and Mandarin a plus. A full job description can be found here. Please submit inquiries to the Rev. Karri Backer at


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Director of Youth Ministries (full time), St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. This individual will oversee the programs of Christian formation for students in 6th-12th grades. A self-starter who connects with youth in engaging and innovative ways would be a welcome addition to the leadership of St. Luke’s. A full job description is here.