Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
October 11, 2020
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to speak at Nov. 7 Bishop's Gala virtual fundraiser; everyone welcome to log in

Bishop John Harvey Taylor invites all in the diocese to log in to the Bishop’s Gala (previously known as the Bishop's Dinner), a virtual fundraising event set for Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and featuring the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church as keynoter.

All are welcome, and while there is no charge to view and share in the event, generous online contributions are requested to benefit diocesan programs including Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Los Angeles. The gala will be available for viewing via the diocesan YouTube channel and Facebook page.

"Bishop Curry will be the guest of the whole Diocese of Los Angeles, inviting his listeners along the way of love just four days after the historic 2020 elections," Taylor said, referencing Curry's initiative for prayer and service.

Donors of $200 or more will receive an autographed copy of Curry’s new book, Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.

Inquiries about the gala may be emailed to
Guides help voters through election process, reflect diocesan, interfaith priorities

A general election of more than usual interest has prompted the Ecumenical and Interfaith Program Group of the Diocese of Los Angeles to issue a voting guide that reflects the priorities of the Episcopal Church in the diocese as established in diocesan convention resolutions of recent years.

Because the program group also includes members of other faith groups, their voices are also taken into account in the guide. Ravi Verma, chair of the program group, and diocesan interfaith minister Tahil Sharma led the development of the guide, which is available as a PDF in English here and Spanish here.

The guide makes no comments or recommendations on candidates for office. It includes a rundown of state rules, practices, deadlines and protocols to assist residents with the sometimes-bewildering details of casting a vote, especially in a global pandemic that has made many voters nervous about going to the polls.

But there are a lot of other ways to get one's ballot in, and the program group wants to help everyone who is eligible to exercise the right to vote.

"Voting is an integral part of the democratic process and is one of the most important actions we can take as citizens of the United States," the program group says in the guide's introduction. "Constituents have the responsibility and power to make their voice heard in the halls of every elected office."

The guide also has links to some inspirational reflections from faith leaders, including several by Bishop John Harvey Taylor and more from the Muslim, Sikh and other traditions. It also has links resources for the six counties that are part of the diocese.

The Episcopal Public Policy Network of California has also issued a call for all who are eligible to make a plan to vote: by mail, early in person, or on Election Day. In addition, The Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations has created a comprehensive suite of resources for advocacy, the U.S. election, and 2020 Census engagement.

Read more here.
Episcopal News Update and Resource Roundup return to original roles

The Diocese of Los Angeles' weekly Resource Roundup has returned to its original mission of providing information specifically for clergy, lay leaders, church administrators, wardens and lay professionals, and will no longer be sent to Update subscribers. Those who belong to one of the aforementioned groups and would like to receive the Roundup may email to to be put on the list. (Include first and last name, your email address, and the name and city of your congregation.)

Subscribers will continue to receive the Episcopal News Update each week. Items to be considered for publication may be sent by email to The weekly deadline is Tuesday at noon.
Diocesan Convention
Stephanie Spellers to address Diocesan Convention

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, canon to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation, will preach at the Sunday, Nov. 15 virtual Eucharist that will conclude this year's online Diocesan Convention, "Servants of the Spirit."

The convention will be held online on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 - 15. All business meetings will be held on Nov. 14.

Spellers, who delivered the sermon at the 2012 Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Diocese of Los Angeles, is a noted leader in the Episcopal Church, focusing largely on peace and justice issues. On July 4 2020, Spellers, along with the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas and the Rev. Winnie Varghese, issued “Speaking of Freedom: A Letter to the Church on Breaking Free of White Supremacy," which called on the Episcopal Church to face up to its historic complicity with racism and white supremacy.

All business sessions will take place via the internet on Saturday, Nov. 14. Clergy and lay delegates will check in on their own laptops or other devices, and will be able to vote using a secure website. All in the diocese will be able to watch the proceedings via livestream; information on how to log in will appear in the Update as the date draws near.

Delegates who are concerned about how voting will proceed will have an opportunity to test the system at a practice session, currently scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 - 10:30 a.m., a week before the actual meeting, according to Samantha Wylie, convention coordinator. She says she also plans for some virtual Q&A sessions in the week before the convention at which she and Secretary of Convention Steve Nishibayashi can respond to any concerns.

Read more here.
Commission on Ministry: Discerning God's call and where it leads
by Pat McCaughan

[Episcopal News – October 7, 2020] Before Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor was a bishop, or a priest, or a transitional deacon, before he ever attended seminary at Bloy House, while he was still exploring a sense of God’s call to ordained life, Canon Jim White of the diocesan Commission on Ministry (COM) served as his shepherd.

“Now, we call them companions. Everybody who is in the process gets assigned what we used to call a shepherd, to be a liaison between them and the commission,” said White, who was elected to the COM in 1998 and serves as a co-chair.

The role also involves spiritual support, joining the person’s journey and “it is amazing to watch them grow into their ministries,” he added. “That is very powerful.”

The COM works in tandem with the bishops, diocesan staff and other committees to support potential leaders — both lay and ordained — at pivotal vocational moments. Currently, there are about 33 lay people, deacons and priests who were either elected by diocesan convention or appointed by a bishop to the COM.

Read more here.

Pictured above: Every new deacon and priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles, including these deacons ordained in June 2020, is helped along the way to Holy Orders by the Commission on Ministry. But while some explorations of ministry lead to ordination, others lead to equally valued lay leadership in the church. Photo: Thomas Quijada-Discavage
The story above is part of a series about the councils, boards and committees for which Diocesan Convention will elect members during the 2020 virtual convention on Nov. 14. Those interested in running for any of these offices will find nomination information and forms at the convention website here.

Previous articles in the series are on the Episcopal News website or at the links below:

Feature story
Bishop John Harvey Taylor leads vicar Linda Pederson, CLUE organizer Guillermo Torres and the four refugee residents of St. John's in a prayer. Below right: Activist and organizer Guillermo Torres of CLUE explains how congregations can use empty classrooms or other spaces to shelter refugees, who must have housing before they can leave what he called "horrific" conditions in detention centers. Photos: Janet Kawamoto
San Bernardino church turns unused space to housing and hope for asylum-seekers

By Pat McCaughan

[The Episcopal News - October 7, 2020] At St. John’s Episcopal Church in San Bernardino, “shelter in place” has taken on a whole new meaning as the church has become a home for immigrants released on humanitarian parole from detention centers amid coronavirus outbreaks.

More than 50 coronavirus cases have been reported at the Adelanto Detention Center, where George, 79, a Nigerian evangelist, was imprisoned for more than a year after overstaying his visa and applying for asylum for fear of religious persecution in his home country.

Now he spends his days at St. John’s, sweeping, groundskeeping, and cleaning, “to praise God.” He dreams of creating an outreach ministry to assist area homeless youth “and to make a difference in this community, this city and this nation, to show other people God is faithful and always there for them.”

He added: “I thank God he brought me here. I am making a new family here. I thank God for using people to be a blessing to me.”

Those people include the St. John’s congregation, led by the Rev. Canon Linda Pederson; Guillermo Torres, director of the immigration campaign for CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice); and Los Angeles Bishop Diocesan John Taylor, who brought them together.

“In the pandemic, some of us are preoccupied with the basic logistics of family, church and our business lives; but virtually invisible, not only in our lives but increasingly in the news, are tens of thousands of asylees in an unjust and not-well-overseen or policed detention system nationwide,” Taylor said during a Sept. 28 visit to St. John’s.

“Our partners in the Diocese of Los Angeles are continuing to look for ways to collaborate on behalf of the gospel of Jesus Christ, on behalf of those most at need among us.”

Torres is calling upon local congregations to join the “Shelter in Place Immigrant Freedom Project” he created and, like St. John’s, to convert classrooms and other unused space to protect and house former detainees from coronavirus outbreaks in detention facilities. “Since most churches are not having current physical gatherings right now, opening up just one space will be ideal to help provide housing for a brother or sister,” Torres said.

“You could save a life, set somebody free from horrible conditions in detention centers,” he said. “Through Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor, we got in touch with St. John’s. The diocese has been part of the Sanctuary Movement for a long time. This is not a homeless shelter; if they don’t have a housing sponsor, they can’t get out. If people in detention don’t have an address or a home to go to, they cannot get humanitarian parole.”

Read more here.
Accommodations at St. John's are simple, but comfortable, with donated furniture, bedding and other necessities — and refugee residents quickly make them their own.
Guadalupe and Maria talk about the fears that drove them to seek refuge in the United States from their native Mexico — and how safe they feel at St. John’s.
Episcopal relief agency is at work in the world through pandemic, flood, fire and poverty

Episcopal Relief & Development is known for its work around the world, alleviating suffering in times of crisis and working to build up marginalized areas of the world.

In 2020, the agency — a ministry of The Episcopal Church — while continuing its international efforts has also concentrated attention on areas of the United States scorched by fire and overwhelmed by hurricanes, as well as those fighting off a global pandemic that has hit lower-income communities particularly hard.

To assist its efforts, Episcopal Relief & Development requests that the bishop of each diocese in the wider church appoint a diocesan representative, known as a ministry partner, whose job is to “inspire, equip, and connect others to work together for lasting change in their dioceses.’

Linda Allport (pictured above left), a member of St. John Chrysostom Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, is the agency's current ministry partner in the Diocese of Los Angeles, inheritor of a tradition of active diocesan representatives that includes the legendary Rev. Canon Richard I.S. Parker, who was rector of St. Cross Church, Hermosa Beach, for 42 years, and a representative nearly as long for the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief, precursor to Episcopal Relief & Development.

Read more here.
UBE chapter honors retiring president Deacon Jamesetta Hammons

The H. Belfield Hannibal Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians bestowed the title of president emeritus on the Rev. Canon Jamesetta Glosson Hammons on Sept. 27. According to the citation, Hammons has served the chapter and the UBE with "with distinction and grace" in many capacities, the last of which was chapter president. She is now retired from holding office but remains active as adviser and historian. The resolution referred to Hammons, a deacon assisting at Holy Faith Church, Inglewood, as a griot or storyteller, a term that originally meant a musician-entertainer in Western African culture whose performances include family and tribal history.

The chapter has also established the Hammons Fund to assist Black seminarians who have been formally admitted to the ordination process in the Diocese of Los Angeles. To apply, send an email to Donations may be made here via PayPal or mailed to: UBE H. Belfield Hannibal Chapter. P.O. Box 6555, Altadena 91003.
John Kim of St. James', Los Angeles, receives commendation from South Korean president

The Rev. John Dongjin Kim of St. James in-the-City Church and School, Los Angeles, is among those selected to receive the World Korean Day Commendation on Oct. 6 from President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Kim was honored for his life-long ministry with the homeless, including those in St. James' Wilshire neighborhood. Moon’s message conferring the honor emphasizes how 7.5 million Korean expatriates living in 193 countries have contributed to the economic growth, democracy, and peace of the Republic of Korea.

Kim also brings the culture of his homeland to Los Angeles by leading the St. James' Korean drum corps, to which young people of all backgrounds are welcome. The group plays frequently at church, school and community events.
Requiescant in pace
The Reverend John Kpoto
December 1935 - September 29, 2020

The Rev. John Tufa Kpoto, a priest of the Diocese of Los Angeles, died Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara from complications of pneumonia.

He was born in Bolahun, Liberia, in December 1935, and was trained as a teacher and taught school for a time in Monrovia, Liberia. He joined the Order of the Holy Cross in the early 1970s, and made his life vows in the order on Sept. 8, 1976. Bishop Robert C. Rusack ordained him a deacon in 1978 and a priest in 1980.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Ruth, and his niece Phebe Koha.

The Order of the Holy Cross will host a socially distanced requiem eucharist at the outdoor altar at Mount Calvary Monastery on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. Anyone who knew and loved John Kpoto is most welcome to attend. His ashes will be formally placed in the columbarium at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY, at a time when his relatives can attend.

Read more here.
Canon James A. Sanders
November 28, 1927 - October 1, 2020

Canon James A. Sanders, eminent Old Testament and Hebrew Bible scholar, an editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a beloved professor at Episcopal Theological School at Claremont and Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, now Los Angeles), died Oct. 1 at his home in Claremont, his family at his side. He was 92.

Sanders founded the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center for Research and Preservation, an archive and research facility at the Claremont seminary. Previously he taught at Union Theological Seminary. He was the author of numerous books, most recently The Rebirth of a Born-Again Christian: A Memoir (2017).

Service arrangements are pending and will be posted with a full obituary when plans are completed. Survivors include his son Robin and daughter-in-law Dawn and two grandsons.
Events & Announcements
St. Luke's Brass Rubbing Center will begin socially distanced events beginning Oct. 20

The Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Long Beach will open its doors for its 34th season starting Oct. 20 and concluding Nov. 14. The center brings medieval history alive as it offers the art of brass rubbing to youth as an enhancement to on-line learning and to adults as a delightfully unusual outing. The event will this year be held outside; all Covid 19 safety measures of social distancing and masks will be observed.

Each presentation is 90 minutes of learning about medieval times, knights' armor, and ladies' fashion, and making art to take home. The price is $8 per person, which includes all materials. Reservations are required for all groups Tuesdays - Fridays; presentation times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. with no reservation for individuals. The center is closed on Sunday and Monday.

St. Luke’s is located at 525 E. 7th St. Long Beach, at the corner of 7th & Atlantic. For more information, click here or email for a flyer or reservations to
Camp Stevens online auction is in progress

Camp Stevens launched an online fundraising auction on Oct. 1, with new items for purchase announced each week until Oct. 31. New items will be posted on Thursdays on social media — Facebook and Instagram (@campstevens). The first set of auction items included an art photo of the camp chapel by Ari Robinson; a day trip with Kayak Adventures Worldwide; and a "Taste of Camp Stevens" basket of homemade and homegrown goodies (pictured at left). Future offerings will include original art and photography; handmade textiles and jewelry; private classes led by camp staff; day trips and overnight stays; homemade goodies; exclusive Camp Stevens gear; and even an opportunity to name a camp chicken.

Camp Stevens, located in Julian, California, has served the dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego since the 1950s with summer camp programs for families, weekend family camps, off-campus excursion programs and facilities for conferences and retreats. Although many of its programs were suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic, the camp continues to offer short retreats for family groups, and will reopen its other programs as soon as it is safe to do so. For more information, visit the camp website.
Workshop series will focus on 'Wisdom of the Dream'

The Center for Spirituality in Ontario, based at Christ Episcopal Church, invites all to "The Wisdom of the Dream," a six-workshop online series led by Peter Fritsch and Kathy Sperling, beginning Oct. 17, continuing on Oct. 31, Nov. 14 and 28, Dec. 12, and concluding on Jan. 9.

"Learning to understand and 'work' our dreams, with the help of expert guides, is a beautiful way to connect to the soul and experience human wholeness, which brings freedom, spaciousness, and meaning," says the course description. "... [W]hether or not you can remember your dream clearly or you have worked with dreams in the past, this will open up for you new possibilities to develop greater compassion for yourself and the world around you." The workshops will be based on the Jungian tradition of dream interpretation and will be open to all spiritual expressions.

Workshops titles and dates, as well as more information about the series, presenters and individual session, are here. All workshops will be held via Zoom beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m. Cost is $380 per person for the series. Enrollment is limited; some scholarships are available. To enroll, contact Ashanti Smalls at
Belva Brown Jordan will lead virtual retreat on 'Praying with Spirituals'

Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality will present "Lament, Protest & Praise: Praying with Spirituals," a one-day virtual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., led by Belva Brown Jordan, Disciples of Christ minister and seminary teacher and administrator.

"Participants will listen, sing, prayer and engage in theological reflection on a selection of traditional and contemporary spirituals," according to the course description. "At the end of the day retreat participants will walk about having rehearsed a piece of our common American history, experiencing through this genre what continues to expressions of “lament and protest and praise.”

A native of Texas, Belva Brown Jordan was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1986. She served the denomination in its general offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, then transitioned into theological education in schools ranging from Lancaster Theological Seminary to Harvard Divinity School to Phillips Theological Seminary to Claremont School of Theology. She is currently interim president of Disciples Seminary Foundation in Claremont.

For more information and a song list, playlist and discography of music to be used in the workshop, click here. Cost is $60 per person. To register, click here.
Video of webinar on 'Why Black Lives Matter to Asian-Pacific American Christians' is available online

The Gathering: A Space for Asian Pacific American Spirituality opened the program year Sept. 19 with an online panel conversation, “Your Liberation is Our Liberation: Why Black Lives Matter to Asian-Pacific American Christians.”

Bishop Diane M. Jardine Bruce, the Rev. Peter Huang, and the Rev. Yein Kim hosted the conversation, which featured Rachel Bundang, feminist ethicist and faculty member at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco and Santa Clara University; Suzanne Edwards-Acton, educator and founder of, and chairperson of the Program Group on Black Ministries in the Diocese of Los Angeles; Ezer Kang, associate professor of Psychology at Howard University; and Diane Ujiiye, co-founder of Black and API Solidarity and activist minister. Erika Bertling, intercultural educator, moderated the conversation. A video of the panel discussion is available for on-demand viewing here.
National ‘Faith & Blue Weekend’ seeks to engage congregations, police departments in local dialogue Oct. 9 - 12

[The Episcopal News - September 16, 2020] All Southland Episcopal congregations and neighboring houses of worship are encouraged to invite local law enforcement officers to join in conversations – via Zoom forums, virtual coffee hours, or in small, socially distanced groups outdoors – to mark national “Faith & Blue Weekend,” Oct. 9 - 12.

A protégé of the late Coretta Scott King, Pastor Markel Hutchins of Atlanta, is leading the Faith & Blue Weekend’s mission of engaging groups of racially and culturally diverse participants in balanced, respectful dialogue convened by neighborhood houses of worship to strengthen local relationships. Full details and registration information are online here.

Read more here.
Online series on racism, systems of oppression in church and society will continue in October

"Trauma & (Un)Truths," a series of webinars examining systems of oppression in church and society, presented by New Community, the Diocese of Los Angeles' multicultural ministry, and Bishop Suffragan Diane M. Jardine Bruce, will conclude Oct. 17. The first of the four webinars, held on Aug. 22, introduced three topics to be covered more extensively in following sessions; the second webinar, "Doctrine of Discovery," was held on Sept. 26, and the third, "Racial Identity," on Oct. 3. Videos of the first three sessions are available here.

All are invited to join the remaining webinar. There is no charge, but advance registration is required: click on the registration link below. More information about the series is here.

Saturday, October 17, 1 – 3 p.m.
Asian Pacific Americans, Racial Capitalism and the American Dream
Cosponsored by The Gathering – A Space for Asian Pacific American Spirituality (Diocese of Los Angeles) and Episcopal Asian Supper Table (Diocese of New York). Led by Jonathan Tran, of Baylor University and Liz Lin of Progressive Asian American Christians in San Francisco. Register here.

Spanish-language interpretation will be provided for the webinar, which will be conducted via Zoom. For additional information, contact Bishop Bruce at
'What will you have us do?' is theme of coming DOK Fall Assembly

The Daughters of the King of the Diocese of Los Angeles will hold its Fall Assembly 2020, titled "Into the Future ... By the Grace of God!" Online on Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The program, which will explore the question "Lord, what will you have us do?" from the DOK prayer, will include Morning Prayer, special guest speakers, election of new diocesan officers, and adoption of revised bylaws. To register, click here. For additional information, contact Kimberly Corner,

The Daughters of the King is an order of lay and ordained women in the Episcopal Church and other denominations who live according to a rule of life and a rule of service. To learn more about the churchwide order, click here. For more about the Diocese of Los Angeles DOK, click here.
DOK prays for the United States in "Nehemiah Project'

The churchwide Order of the Daughters of the King is currently engaged in "The Nehemiah Prayer Vigil: 52 Days of Prayer to Bring Peace and Healing to Our Nation," which began Sept. 1 and will continue through Oct. 22. The vigil was developed by Sharon Lundgren, a DOK member based in Georgia. After reading the Book of Nehemiah, she was inspired to create a practice in which DOK members, who have taken vows to regularly engage in intercessory prayer, might appeal to God "for help in healing the woundedness within our country," according to an announcement from the order. All are invited to participate; to find out how, click here.
'My Work to Do' offers online space for white people working to overcome racism

"My Work to Do," an online affinity group designed to help white men and women build stamina for discussing racism, systemic injustice, racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in their everyday lives, is planning new sessions and invites members of the Diocese of Los Angeles to participate. "We invite those feeling lost or overwhelmed into the conversation," says Canon Suzanne Edwards-Acton, project founder, "especially white people who might not have a local anti-racism program or accessible discussion happening in their lives." The initial program is a five-week session, with one 1.5-hour online meeting per week at which participants will discuss such topics as housing discrimination, implicit bias, whiteness as a function, and systems of white supremacy — and where to go from here. To learn more and to register for upcoming sessions, visit the website here. For more resources see “Countering Racism, Building Community” here.
In the congregations
Congregations continue autumn blood drives

Blood supplies are critically low, and congregations in the Diocese of Los Angeles have stepped up to help replenish them. Currently scheduled blood drives 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.

All donors and staff will be screened before entering the facilities.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Church of the Blessed Sacrament
(Bloodmobile) 1314 N. Angelina Drive, Placentia 92870
Sign up here. By appointment only.
Sponsor code: BLESSED

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach
Sign up here (search “stjamesnewport”) or here. By appointment only.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
555 E. Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741
Sign up here.
Sponsor code: GECG

From the wider Episcopal Church
General Convention Task Force seeks participants representing the diversity of the church for Safe Church Listening Groups

[The Episcopal Church - September 30, 2020] The Task Force to Develop Model Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies & Safe Church Training is looking for Episcopalians interested in participating in Listening Groups related to the development of new and updated Safe Church (formerly called Safeguarding) training materials and approaches.

The purpose of the listening sessions is to ensure the diversity of voices within our church is represented in the topics, training methods, and personal stories in each training area. To achieve this diversity of voices, the Task Force invites those interested in participating to complete a demographic survey. The data provided will be used to set up listening groups with the goal of reflecting a true representation of The Episcopal Church.

Read more here.
Q&A: Presiding bishop shares stories from his life and ministry in new book on Christian love

[Episcopal News Service — September 22, 2020] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s latest book, Love Is the Way, was released on Sept. 22, and like his 2018 book, The Power of Love, it emphasizes Christian teachings, particularly Jesus’ command to love one’s neighbor, as a powerful force for unity and healing in a troubled world.

Whereas the earlier book was a collection of notable sermons, including the one Curry preached at the royal wedding in May 2018, Love Is the Way takes a more autobiographical approach to the lessons of his faith. Curry illustrates core Christian beliefs and applies them to today’s social context by mining personal stories, from his early childhood in Buffalo, New York, to his work as a parish priest in Baltimore, Maryland, to his time as bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina.

Read more here.
Registration now open for New Community 2020 Virtual Conference

[The Episcopal Church - September 10, 2020] Registration is now open for the New Community 2020 Virtual Conference, hosted by The Episcopal Church Department of Ethnic Ministries, October 30-31. The theme is "Weaving Our Diversity and Forming Life-Giving Relationships for the New Reality."

This gathering of Asian, Black, Latino/Hispanic and Indigenous clergy and lay leaders provides a safe place to explore mission in ethnic ministries, share resources and best practices, hopes and dreams, needs and concerns, gifts and ministries, suffering and joy.

The conference will include plenary sessions and workshops addressing current issues as well as ethnic-specific meetings, inter-ethnic and cross-cultural conversations.

Read more here.
Coming up
SUNDAYS, 6 p.m.
LACMA Sundays LIVE! Chamber Music concerts
St. James in-the-City Church, Los Angeles
Live-streamed and on demand here
Webinar: Whose School Is It Anyway?
The Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES)
and National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
This webinar will offer best practices for leaders of congregations with schools. Leading a church with a school comes with a completely different set of blessings and challenges. This joint NAES/SAES webinar will offer church leaders some best practices for creating a healthy church/school relationship as well as how to support and nurture the head of school. To participate, register here.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 9 p.m. -12 p.m.
The Wisdom of the Dream
The Center for Spirituality in Ontario
The Rev. Peter Fritch and spiritual director Kathy Sperling will lead a six-workshop online series beginning on Oct. 17 and continuing on alternate Saturdays through Dec. 6. The workshops are based on the Jungian tradition of dream interpretation and will provide insight into the meanings of subconscious expression. More information is here.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lament, Protest & Praise: Praying with Spirituals
Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality
Information here. Register here.
A one-day virtual retreat led by Belva Brown Jordan, Disciples of Christ minister and seminary teacher. "Participants will listen, sing, prayer and engage in theological reflection on a selection of traditional and contemporary spirituals," according to the course description. "At the end of the day retreat participants will walk about having rehearsed a piece of our common American history, experiencing through this genre what continues to expressions of “lament and protest and praise.”
MONDAYS, NOVEMBER 2 - 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
By Your Side Vigil Companion Training
Episcopal Communities & Services
Information/Registration: contact Susan Brown, or 818.822.6044
This program trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence for those nearing the end of life. The training will take place in two 10-hour sessions over five weeks via ZOOM. It will have a special focus on the needs of staff at PIH Good Samaritan Hospital, but will be open to everyone. A fee of $70 ( which includes all materials) is due by the second class. Scholarships are available. CE (12 hours) for nurses is available for an additional $30 under California Board of Registered Nursing Provider Number CEP 16239. Deadline to enroll is Oct. 30.
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. (Please note the date change. The Passion Play was postponed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.)

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