May 12, 2022 | VOLUME 34, ISSUE 18


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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 15, 2022


Acts 11:1-18

Psalm 148

Revelation 21:1-6

John 13:31-35

Preacher: The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

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Saturday, May 14

NYA Scholarship Dinner

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Monday, May 16

Vestry Meeting

7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Saturday, May 21

Neighbors 4 Neighbors

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

St. Bede's Campus

Sunday, May 22

Grass Roots Neighbors

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church

Sunday, May 22

Festive Eastertide Evensong

6:00 PM

Sanctuary & Watch Online


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Tuesdays | 6:00 PM

Sanctuary & Watch Online

Evening Prayer

Wednesday | 7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Education Forum

Wednesday | 7:30 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

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Dear St. Bede's,

It has been a crazy week! A week I am ready to forget.

As most of you know, unfortunately, I contracted COVID-19 from Diocese Clergy Conference, along with at least 18 other participants. My first 36 hours after testing positive were a little rough, but I am doing much better. As long as I test negative, I plan to return Sunday to preach and celebrate. Unfortunately, on Monday, Lexie tested positive. Due to her age, Lexie is unvaccinated. It has been a rough week for the little girl. However, she is getting better, slowly but surely. Thankfully, Erin has continued to test negative and is symptom-free despite being around us.

Yesterday afternoon, our family was reminded of the perils of living in Southern California. A fast-moving brush fire exploded and destroyed at least 20 homes in a neighborhood about 1.5 miles from our house. Our afternoon and evening were filled with heavy smoke and the sounds of sirens and helicopters. Thankfully, no residents or first responders have been injured. For me, it resurrected the PTSD from my experience of the 1993 Laguna Beach Fire.

We want to thank everyone for their messages, notes through social media, and prayers. We have felt the profound love and support of the St. Bede's Family. We pray for a healthier and less chaotic end to May, not only in our household but also in the community and throughout the world. 



The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

Interim Pastor



Get ready to celebrate! NYA’s 39th Scholarship Benefit, “Opening Doors to a Bright Future,” is less than two weeks away!


It would be nice to have a large St. Bede's turnout since Father Jim will be honored with a new scholarship in his name. Also, St. Bede's is a Platinum Scholarship Donor/Sponsor for the event.

Plan on joining us in-person in the Sprague Center at St. Matthew’s, Pacific Palisades, on Saturday, May 14th from 5-6:45, or log on at 6:00 via Facebook and YouTube for a live streaming of the evening’s program. Learn how NYA has impacted the lives of its students and alumni by providing them with opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to them, and be inspired by their heartwarming stories of gratitude and empowerment.

Please consider contributing to the success of our students through sponsorships, donations and ticket reservations, or by purchasing teacher-wish-list items from our virtual Pop-Up -Store. Your participation will enable NYA to continue “Opening Doors to a Bright Future” for the children, youth and families we serve.

All are welcome to share in this gathering that will recognize some 25 NYA students who have applied for more than $90,000 in scholarships to be awarded in the coming academic year. Under the theme “Opening Doors to a Bright Future,” the benefit also will salute NYA’s Class of 2022. Its members have so far received multiple acceptances to some 35 universities.

Tickets, priced at $125 each, may be purchased through the NYA website.




We invite you to experience “Festive Eastertide Evensong” on Sunday, May 22, at 6:00 PM. The service will feature Music for the Ascension and the Feast of St. Bede. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in E-flat Major by A. Herbert Brewer. Responses by Frank Basile. Prayer of St. Bede by Richard Proulx. 

Evensong is a service that includes scripture, prayer, and music. It is often the beauty of the service itself, the spoken words, and the music that is sung that strikes attendees. The Anglican church has been singing Evensong since the sixteenth century. 

The word “Evensong” is a term first used in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. It refers to the service of Evening Prayer. The service is commonly referred to as Choral Evensong because the choir prepares many segments, and the congregation joins in saying and singing other parts.


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The Wednesday Education Class has resumed with a 12-part series, "The History and Archaeology of the Bible," offered by National Geographic's Great Courses series. The goal is to offer the class both in-person and online via Zoom starting at 7:30 PM.

Before each session, Evening Prayer is offered and starts at 7:00 PM.

The History and Archaeology of the Bible offers a multidimensional journey through the Bible from Genesis to the Crucifixion, seen through the lens of the latest historical and archaeological findings, and accompanied by vivid video footage of many of the sites where the stories of the Bible unfolded. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, a National Geographic contributor, eminent biblical historian, and award-winning filmmaker, offers the lectures. (The Great Courses Website)

To learn more about the video series, click here.


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May 22th | 1:30 PM & 5:00 PM


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Grass Roots Neighbors is a volunteer community organization. They meet the immediate needs of our neighbors experiencing food and housing insecurity. GRN mobilizes to fill the gaps in existing services by providing assistance with love and respect. The organization's vision is to be a community effectively involved in ending poverty. ​

Among their outreach programs, GNR cooks and delivers a hot meal every Sunday to various encampments on the Westside. Once a month, St. Bede's with Holy Nativity assists GNR with preparing and providing meals. There are now four different volunteer time slots:

  • 2 - 4 PM (mostly chopping of fruits and veggies)
  • 4 - 6 PM (mainly packaging food)
  • 6 - 8:30 PM (loading and distributing the food)
  • 7:30 - 10:30 PM (distributing food in Venice by bike)

GNR utilizes the kitchen facilities at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church.

GNR, Holy Nativity, and St. Bede's have created a Google Sign-Up Form to assist with monthly volunteer coordination. Please click the button below to access the volunteer sign-up form.






The Mission Committee would like to thank all who have donated to support Ukraine through Episcopal Relief and Development. We have posted a chart in the narthex to reflect our response to this crisis. You are invited to place a blue and yellow sticker on the chart to symbolize your donation. The chart represents our parish’s commitment to protecting democracy and human rights around the world. 

Episcopal Relief and Development offers an opportunity to give and has a direct link to Ukraine aid on the website.


If you would prefer to donate through the church, you can write a check to St. Bede’s with the words “Episcopal Relief and Development/Ukraine Crisis Response” in the memo field. (And thank you to Betsy Hiteshew for proposing this!)



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In music, film, art, prayer and words, Asian-American Episcopalians celebrate their faith, roots and history

By Pat McCaughan 

Since musical artist Larissa Lam directed the award-winning film, Far East Deep South, about her in-laws’ Mississippi roots, she has “made it my mission to help others discover more Asian American Pacific Islander history,” she told those attending the May 7 celebration of AAPI Heritage Month on the rooftop of St. Paul’s Commons.

Hosted by The Gathering – A Space for AAPI Spirituality, a ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles, the May 7 event featured music, art, food, spoken word poetry and prayer, as well as interviews with contributors to The Gathering’s “AAPI Alive!” Eastertide Devotional.

Lam, whose “I Feel Alive,” Eastertide Devotional vocal contribution debuted May 8, said she and her husband, Baldwin Chiu, were surprised when tracing his roots “that we ended up, not in China, but in the deep south of Mississippi.

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80th General Convention to proceed in person, but shorter and smaller, presiding officers say

The 80th General Convention will proceed in person this July in Baltimore, Maryland, but it likely will be shorter and smaller, with enhanced safety protocols to further minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections, according to an outline of potential changes presented May 11 by The Episcopal Church’s presiding officers.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, discussed their preliminary plan for a modified General Convention at a special meeting of Executive Council held online and livestreamed. They said that neither cancelation nor another postponement of General Convention is a viable option.

“There are essential matters for the governance and good order of the church which must be transacted. We are committed to holding the 80th General Convention in Baltimore this summer,” Curry said in his remarks. “I know how much this commitment to the city of Baltimore and to the Diocese of Maryland matters. But obviously, with the ongoing variation of the COVID pandemic, we are likewise committed to gathering in the safest and healthiest way possible.

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Q&A: Episcopal priest Wesley Hill shares what it’s like as a celibate gay Christian in a fully LGBTQ+-affirming church

To some, the Rev. Wesley Hill might embody contradiction: an openly gay man who is opposed to same-sex marriage and advocates celibacy for gay Christians, serving in a church that is fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ people. But Hill is part of an emerging network of LGBTQ+ Christians who share his beliefs – a loosely defined community nicknamed “Side B” that he helped foster.

Hill, 40, is an associate professor of New Testament studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and a priest serving at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010, his book “Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality,” articulated an uncommon, nuanced approach to Christian sexuality that diverged from the much louder voices on the right and left. In that and other writings, he has argued that the evangelical “ex-gay” movement – which views homosexuality as a disorder that can and should be cured with conversion therapy – is harmful and immoral. However, he also professes a traditional view on marriage and sex, believing it is reserved by God for procreation and that gay people are called to celibacy.

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Committees hear testimony on extending Beloved Community, healing intergenerational trauma and use of ‘people of color’

General Convention’s committees on Racial Justice and Reconciliation received testimony about resolutions to further and extend Beloved Community and the healing of intergenerational trauma resulting from the destructive effects of racism and white supremacy during a May 11 online hearing. The committees also engaged in discussion about appropriate inclusive language to refer to People of Color.

For the first time, two-dozen bishops’ and deputies’ committees are holding hearings together online in advance of the upcoming 80th General Convention. The triennial convention is the church’s governing body, where final resolutions are considered and voted on by both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. For a schedule of online hearings, click here.

Julia Ayala Harris, chair of The Episcopal Church’s Standing Committee on Mission and a candidate for the president of the House of Deputies, told committee members that the “time is right to make a reality” Resolution A125, which would establish a voluntary Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice among dioceses and congregations.

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National Cathedral tolls funeral bell to mark 1 million COVID-19 deaths in US

Washington National Cathedral held a special prayer service on May 9 to memorialize 1 million recorded deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, including a tolling of the cathedral’s funeral bell.

The service was livestreamed on the cathedral’s YouTube channel. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the cathedral has scheduled a bell tolling every time another 100,000 Americans have died after contracting the coronavirus. At the services, the funeral bell is tolled once for every 1,000. It will sound 1,000 times at the May 9 event, followed by “one additional toll as a reminder of the ongoing dangers presented by the virus,” the cathedral said in a news release.

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