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You can read about the 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly here and find out more about our Bishop-elect, The Rev. Brenda Bos, here.
Juneteenth Synod-Wide Service
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
Reflection and Worship of Juneteenth
June 19, 2021

Rev. Kenneth Davis, Preacher of the Day 
Now What?!"

Music by Another Level Ministries

Rev. Johnel Barron, Rev. Jonathan Hemphill,   
Rev. Rod Hines, Rev. John Miller
Rev. James Phillips, SWCA Synod African Descent Coordinator
Video premiering Saturday June 19 at 8:00 a.m.
Notice of SWCA Synod Council Meeting
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
A meeting of the SWCA Synod Council will take place Saturday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom. Interested parties may attend the meeting using the link below. An agenda is linked here.

Southwest California Synod is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Synod Council Meeting
Time: Jun 19, 2021 12:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Faithful Steps:
A Step-by Step Guide for Congregations
Starting to Engage in Racial Justice
Tuesday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. 
A presentation from the Minneapolis Synod of resources compiled to help congregations get started on doing racial justice work.

Click here to register and receive the zoom link, and visit the Facebook event here.
CLU's "Fifty and Better" Summer Series
Starts June 29
Join FAB between sessions for some stimulating, independent, 2-hour lectures in June & July!

Registration is NOW OPEN! Click here to register.

Lectures (except where otherwise noted) are $8 each and lectures are open to everyone - share with your family and friends!
"The Dude Abides": The Big Lebowski and the Legacy of the 1960s
On Tuesday, June 29 at 10am (PT), Dr. David Parsons will connect the dots between the cult classic The Big Lebowski and the legacy of the 1960s. Dr. Parsons received his doctorate in History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), and is a professor and writer focusing on the political, social, and cultural history of 20th century America.
The Bald Eagle: Finding Artistic Inspiration in an Execrable Tyrant of
Bad Moral Character (FREE)
On Wednesday, June 30 at 10am (PT), Paul Grindrod of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology will take a look at the Bald Eagle through art and literature from the early American Colonial period to today. Paul has a Master's of Science in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, and has been teaching about nature and science since 1994.
The Arts at Risk: Art Theft, Art Forgery, and Art Terrorism
On Wednesday, July 7 at 10am (PT), Christine Maasdam will look at examples of art crime in its various forms and talk about the famous steals, the lesser known incidents, and the still unsolved art crimes. Christine holds a Master's in Humanities; her art studies include The Courtauld Institute or Art in London, The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in D.C., and Post Graduate studies in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow.
Landmarks, History and Stories of Wilshire Boulevard
On Thursday, July 8 at 10am (PT), Sharon Boorstin will cover the architecture, history, and fascinating stories of the street once known as "The Fifty Avenue" of Los Angeles. Sharon is a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times, specializing in lifestyle and travel, and won Visit California's Eureka Aware for Best Newspaper Travel Article in 2019.

A Love Story in Design: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and
Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh
On Monday, July 12 at 10am (PT), Eleanor Schrader will explore the innovative architecture, luminous interiors, and sumptuous decorate arts of the Mackintosh duo that forged a new style for a new age. Eleanor is an award-winning educator, lecturer, and author. She is a Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College and has been named a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Extension.
Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars +
What is Ahead for Mars Sample Return Campaign (FREE)
On Thursday, July 15 at 10am (PT), Luis Velasco will give us an update on what happened since February's landing on Mars, what has been learned already, and the upcoming Mars Sample Return campaign. Luis is the Mars 2020 mission Cruise, Entry, Descent and Landing (CEDL) Systems Mechanical Design Lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and performed advance mobility simulations for the Mars 2020 Rover.
Anglo-Saxonism and "America First" in United States History
On Tuesday, July 20 at 10am (PT), Dr. Chris Kimball will explore some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the "America First" movement and will talk about what animated them and possible lessons for our own time. Dr. Kimball served as California Lutheran University's seventh president (2008-2020) after two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. A historian by training, Dr. Kimball completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal before earning master's and doctoral degrees from The University of Chicago.

2021 - 2022 ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellowships
Start date for the 12-month position is September 2021

Placements available with state public policy offices in:
Arizona, Minnesota, and Texas; with a communications focus in Washington, D.C.

Every 'share' is a helpful step towards locating candidates for this opportunity. Your help is appreciated!

More details on the ELCA Job Board.
Summer Camp is Back!
We are thrilled to be able to open up camp safely this summer! We want to see you at camp this summer so you can DISCOVER and experience the joy of camp again!

For more information regarding Summer Camp 2021 please visit

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