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June 16, 2024

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Forward strides affirmed at L.A. Pride parade


By Bob Williams


[The Episcopal News – June 12, 2024] Next steps for the Bishop’s Commission on LGBTQ+ Ministry were in focus as 100 Southland Episcopalians marched in the 54th annual L.A. Pride parade June 9 in Hollywood.


“The prophets among us who have been struggling for justice for a half-century say that we’ve made a lot of progress with a lot of work left to do,” Bishop John Harvey Taylor noted in a reflection recapping his observations while riding in a red Mustang convertible as the diocesan contingent trekked the mile-long route lined by an estimated 100,000 parade-goers. Under the theme “Power in Pride,” the parade featured some 165 entries.


“The hope I lean on is that people are ready to do the work, and all we have to do is call them into it,” said Thomas Diaz, the commission’s incoming chair, who is staff director of connection and care at All Saints, Pasadena, and a diocesan deputy to General Convention June 22-28 in Louisville, Ky.


Diaz sees three priorities emerging for the commission – bringing resources to local congregations, providing leads for LGBTQIA+ people experiencing housing insecurity, and convening project working groups around interest areas – all while building on the commission’s achievements since it was established in 1991 by Bishop Fred Borsch.

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Anamchara Fellowship installs Patricia Sarah Terry as fourth abbess


By Pat McCaughan


[The Episcopal News – June 12, 2024] Sister Patricia Sarah Terry had no sooner been installed as the fourth abbess of the Anamchara Fellowship than she took her duties to heart and got right to work, installing the monastic order’s next chaplain.


Terry, who previously chaired the Los Angeles diocese’s Bishop’s Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care, was installed at a June 4 worship service during the group’s annual meeting, held in Detroit. The Anamchara Fellowship is a religious community within The Episcopal Church with a Celtic Christian spirit and with canonical recognition by the House of Bishops Committee on Religious Life.


Anamchara is a Gaelic word meaning “soul friend.” The 22-year-old Fellowship has about 70 members in the United States, Scotland and Brazil, and includes married, single, divorced, and partnered members, as well as clergy and laity.


Unlike many monastic orders, its members are “dispersed,” continuing to reside in their own homes rather than a centralized monastery. They pray together virtually, usually daily, and gather in person for an annual meeting, held June 3-9 this year at the St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center, Terry told The Episcopal News in a recent telephone interview from Maryland, where she currently resides.

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Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to assist Diocese of Wyoming during leadership transition


[Episcopal News Service – June 7, 2024] The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, The Episcopal Church’s previous presiding bishop, has agreed to serve the Diocese of Wyoming as an assisting bishop as it navigates a leadership transition after its former bishop was stripped of his holy orders in a disciplinary matter.


Paul-Gordon Chandler, who had served as bishop of Wyoming since February 2021, agreed in March 2024 to a sentence of deposition in the case against him under the church’s Title IV disciplinary canons, meaning he is no longer ordained in The Episcopal Church. The allegations were not detailed publicly, though a previous letter to the diocese from the chair of its standing committee cited “an alleged indiscretion with a member of our diocesan team.”


Jefferts Schori was bishop of the Diocese of Nevada in 2006 when she was elected as The Episcopal Church’s 25th presiding bishop, becoming the first woman to hold the office. Since concluding her presiding bishop term in 2015, she has served as an assisting bishop in other dioceses, including the Diocese of San Diego from 2017 to 2019 while it was in the middle of a leadership transition. Since then, she has been an assisting bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

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Renowned artist James Hubbell, pictured at left, created several artworks for Camp Stevens, which is near his Julian home. Among his contributions are the doors and windows of the Blum Lodge (center) and several fireplaces at other camp buildings, including the Lax-Sadler Lodge (right).

Volunteers needed for James Hubbell celebration at Camp Stevens


Camp Stevens will host a Celebration of Life for James Hubbell on Saturday, July 20, honoring the noted artist's many contributions to the camp.


Hubbell, a resident of Julian who died May 17 at age 92, created artworks in stained glass, ceramics, wood and metal, and created designs for buildings and other projects throughout the world. An obituary is here.


The celebration day will include lunch and a tour of Hubbell's works at the camp, including the stained-glass windows and doors of the Blum Lodge, mosaic designs on the fireplaces in several lodges, the patio at the Bergstrom Lodge and the camp's outdoor chapel. Lunch, socializing and tours will begin at 12 p.m.; the celebration will begin at 2 p.m. 


The camp is seeking volunteers to help run the celebration service, since summer camp sessions are being held in the preceding and following weeks. Volunteers are needed to greet arrivals and manage parking, set up and clean up for lunch, set up and clean up for the celebration, and provide tech support for the camp's tech lead. Setup will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the event will continue until midafternoon.


To volunteer, contact Kathy Wilder, camp director, at kathy@campstevens.org.

Diocesan offices to close for Juneteenth holiday; Update begins summer schedule


Diocesan offices at St. Paul's Commons and elsewhere will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in celebration of Juneteenth.


The Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson of the Diocese of Missouri has written collects for Juneteenth, and invites anyone interested to download and use them.


Most diocesan offices will reopen on June 20. Staff attending the 81st General Convention in Louisville, KY, may be traveling that day. The convention will be held June 22 - 28.


The Episcopal News will issue daily reports from General Convention, which will be delivered to all Update readers. The regular Update will be on hiatus for June 23 and 30, though advisories may be sent as needed. After General Convention, the Update will be published biweekly until mid-August.


Summer publication schedule:


  • June 23 - 28: General Convention daily reports from Louisville
  • July 7: Update (publication July 3)
  • July 21: Update (publication July 17)
  • August 4: Update (publication July 31)


The regular weekly schedule will resume with the Aug. 18 issue (publication Aug. 14).


News and calendar items for consideration may be emailed to editor@ladiocese.org. Deadline is Tuesday at noon.

The Bishop's Blog ( Additional entries are here)

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Los Angeles Pride Parade

June 9, 2024


If every person encloses a universe, behold the multiverse of today’s LA Pride parade route in Hollywood. A hundred thousand came to the 54th annual parade, organizers predicted. LGBTQIA+? PFLAG? Supportive? Curious? Wanting to be entertained? You’d have to ask everyone. I would have liked to. This afternoon I rode in splendor on the back of a red Mustang convertible while 100 of my Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles siblings marched.

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Ex cathedra

June 8, 2024


Peripatetic me — it took me almost five years to take my seat. An episcopal seat is called a cathedra. Ours in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, used by every bishop since Joseph Horsfall Johnson, is a century old. Its elaborate carvings, the artistry of a Los Angeles actor and woodworker, depict the acts of Christ and the apostles. There’s even an inlaid thousand-year-old piece of wood from London’s Winchester Cathedral.

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People

Four become deacons at June 8 service


Bishop John Harvey Taylor ordained Michael Michler (St. James, South Pasadena), Margaret Stivers (St. Richard’s, Lake Arrowhead), and Karen James (Epiphany, Agoura Hills) and received Hart Roussel (St. Andrew's, Fullerton) as deacons in a service on June 8 at St. John's Cathedral. All four are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood in January 2025.


Pictured above, from left: Cathedral Acting Dean Anne Sawyer; the Rev. John Watson of St. Athanasius' Church and Church of the Epiphany, Los Angeles, who preached at the ordination service; Michael Michler; Hart Roussel; Archdeacon Laura Siriani; Margaret Stivers; Thomas Quijada-Discavage, canon for formation and transition ministry; Taylor; Karen James; Norma Guerra, associate for formation and transition ministry; and Deacon Dominique Piper, who assisted at the altar.

Photo: Janet Kawamoto

This week

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Juneteenth service planned at St. John’s Cathedral


The H. Belfield Hannibal Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Program Group on Black Ministries of the Diocese of Los Angeles invite the diocesan community to "Celebrate Freedom," a service in honor of Juneteenth at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (Note: time has been changed.)


Bishop John Harvey Taylor will preside at the service, assisted by the Rev. Margaret McCauley, deacon. The Rev. Guy Leemhuis, vicar of St. Luke's of the Mountains Church, La Crescenta, will preach. The Adrian Dunn Singers will provide music.


Juneteenth (June 19), which the U.S. Congress declared a federal holiday in 2021, commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas were finally informed that the Emancipation Proclamation – signed two years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln – had ended slavery in the Confederate states. Sometimes called “Second Independence Day,” Juneteenth is a symbolic date of freedom for African Americans and a time of reflection, learning, self-assessment, and healing. The Diocese of Los Angeles passed a resolution at its 2021 convention adding Juneteenth to its liturgical calendar as a feast day.


Above: Celebrant Lester Mackenzie leads a Tanzanian praise song at the 2023 Juneteenth service.

Events & Announcements
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Kaleidoscope announces new leadership training programs


The Kaleidoscope Institute, which trains leaders to create gracious space for courageous conversations and consulting to heal and transform organizations, has announced several summer training programs. Full information and details can be found here.


TUESDAYS, JUNE 25 and JULY 2, 4 - 6 p.m.

Conversation Guide Training 

Via Zoom

Information/Registration

This training provides the opportunity to learn and practice the basic Kaleidoscope Institute tools to build more inclusive and participatory communities. We recommend this training for those who want to run better meetings, facilitate challenging conversations, or simply make sure everyone gets truly heard in a conversation. Participation in both sessions is required. (An additional training will be held on Aug. 24 and Sept. 7, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.)


TUESDAYS, JULY 9, 16, 23 and 30, 4 - 6 p.m. 

Facilitator Training Tuesdays  

Via Zoom

Information/Registration

This facilitator training will provide resources to coordinate and facilitate inclusive small group dialogue using the KI gracious leadership tools, skills and processes. Also, it will equip you with tools to learn how to invite people to come to an initial dialogue, designed to achieve mutual understanding through deep listening. This training event will provide KI resources for your work and ministries and for building and nurturing relationships in your congregation. It is necessary to attend all four sessions. (Another training is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 - Oct. 5, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.)

 

TUESDAYS, 9 a.m.

Kaleidoscope Bible Sharing for Preachers

Via Zoom

Information/Registration

Are you a preacher? Come spend an hour each week with KI founder and innovator the Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law to listen and reflect on a lectionary text for the upcoming Sunday, in preparation for preaching in a multi-contextual community. This weekly gathering of the preaching community will use a combination of the multi-contextual preaching model Law shared in his book, The Word at the Crossing and the Kaleidoscope Bible Sharing process.

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Franciscan spirituality immersion program offered at San Francisco retreat house


A 10-day residential immersion in Franciscan spirituality for women offered by the Sisters of the Community of St. Francis will take place July 12 - 22 at St. Francis House, 3743 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco.


Participants will share in the life of prayer, work, ministry, and community at St. Francis House, and join in study of Franciscan spirituality with a focus on nature mysticism and creation spirituality. 


The program is open to women over 18. Room and board are provided as part of this free program, but donations are always welcome. (Space is limited. St. Francis House is not wheelchair-accessible). Another immersion program is scheduled for Sept. 27 - October 6. 


For information, click here, or contact Sr. Pamela Clare, CSF, at pamelaclarecsf@aol.com.

Jubilee Consortium seeks young people to join food justice ministry


The Jubilee Consortium, a ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles based in Hollywood, invites young people ages 21 - 29 who are passionate about food justice to join its 2024 - 2025 JYLA Food Justice Corps.


Applicants who live in Los Angeles County, have at least a high school diploma or GED, and are interested in food justice issues, inspired to serve and be a change maker, and interested in living simply in community with fellow corps members are invited to apply.


The year-long program begins in August 2024 and will end in July 2025. Corps members work four days each week, with one day of learning and training each week covering topics such as composting, produce dehydration, food safety, urban agriculture, social enterprise and more. They will receive several certifications throughout the year, including that of Master Gardener through a University of California program. Several retreats will be held throughout the year.


Corps members will receive an $800 per month stipend, plus free housing (or housing stipend), utilities and transportation, basic healthcare, and the support of staff and mentors.


For information, email junmey@jubileeconsortium.org. (Right-click on image to download flyer.)

St. Mark’s School, Altadena, offers full scholarships for underserved children


St. Mark’s School, Altadena, in partnership with The Children’s Education Initiative (TCEI), a non-profit organization, is offering a rare opportunity to children in underserved communities: full scholarships to its highly rated elementary school. 


The scholarships, which are available for children entering kindergarten in the Fall, will cover 100% of tuition and other associated fees such as childcare and uniforms.


Saint Mark’s is an independent Episcopal school for students in preschool through grade 6, located at 1050 E Altadena Drive, Altadena 91001 (at the corner of Lake Avenue and Altadena Drive). Parents or guardians of prospective students are invited to call Maggie Young at 626.798.8858 to set up a school tour, and to visit the school website to apply. Families will be asked to fill out a tuition assistance application. Translation services and support available.

Early childhood educators invited to summer institute in San Juan Capistrano


[The Episcopal News – March 20, 2024] Registration is now open for the inaugural St. Margaret’s Summer Institute for early childhood education, to be held June 14 - 15 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and School in San Juan Capistrano.

 

The institute will bring together early childhood educators, administrators and policy makers over two days to explore and elevate the quality and excellence of early childhood education. Attendees will explore the essential role of play in early childhood education, diving into the latest research, methodologies and best practices.


Episcopal schools teachers and administrators are especially invited and encouraged to attend, according to the Rev. Ryan Newman, executive director of the diocesan Commission on Schools.

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Date set for 2024 Episcopal-Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium


Episcopalians are invited to join their Lutheran siblings at Episcopal-Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. 


The Dodgers will play the Cleveland Guardians. Tickets will be $35. Fireworks and a drone show are scheduled after the game. 


More information has been sent to clergy and lay leaders, who will work with congregation-level coordinators to collect ticket orders, according to the Rev. Canon Greg Larkin, Dodger night coordinator. 

From the wider church

‘A Case for Love’ to be screened during General Convention, available for rental in October


By David Paulsen


[Episcopal News Service – June 11, 2024] The feature-length documentary “A Case for Love,” inspired by and featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, notched impressive numbers for its single-day theatrical release on Jan. 23 in theaters across the United States. The 25,000 tickets sold placed it 10th out of all movies playing in the country on that one night, and it finished third in revenue per screen, on 821 screens.


“I live in such a place of gratefulness right now,” director Brian Ide told Episcopal News Service in describing the success of the film’s premiere. “It was a movie that was built to bring people together at a time when many of us are being pulled apart,” he said, so he was thrilled that so many people experienced it for the first time together in theaters.


Now, Ide’s team at the nonprofit Grace-Based Films has reached a new distribution agreement that should make “A Case for Love” available on digital rental services around Oct. 1, expanding its potential audience exponentially.

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Note: Director Brian Ide is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills.

Prayer Book, Liturgy & Music committees hear testimony on Indigenous boarding schools, creation commemoration


By Melodie Woerman


[Episcopal News Service – June 10, 2024] The legislative committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy & Music June 8 held their fifth and final online hearing ahead of the 81st General Convention, which will meet in Louisville, Kentucky, June 23-28.


Testimony primarily centered on two resolutions: C032, “A Prayer to Remember the Innocents”; and D041, “Support the Adoption of an Ecumenical Feast Day of Creation in our Liturgical Calendar.”


South Dakota’s Diocesan Convention in 2022 originally proposed C032, which addresses the need for recognition of and remorse for The Episcopal Church’s role in the boarding and residential schools of the 19th and 20th centuries that stripped Indigenous children of their native culture and language.

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House of Deputies presidential candidates participate in online forum


By David Paulsen


[Episcopal News Service – June 8, 2024] The three declared candidates for House of Deputies president, in a June 8 online forum, frequently spoke of their shared desire to help navigate The Episcopal Church through a range of future challenges, though each drew contrasts in what they would emphasize in confronting those challenges.


Incumbent House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris is running for re-election against the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, the house’s vice president, and Zena Link, a former member of Executive Council. The Deputies of Color and Virginia Theological Seminary hosted the 90-minute Zoom forum, moderated by the Very Rev. Ian Markham, the seminary’s dean.


The House of Deputies presidential election is expected to take place June 25 during the 81st General Convention, which convenes June 23-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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For more churchwide stories, visit Episcopal News Service here. General Convention-related stories may be found here.

General Convention 2024

Planning under way for 81st General Convention:

Episcopal Church provides information, resources


The 81st meeting of General Convention will convene June 23 - 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.


A major portion of its business will be the election of the 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church to succeed the Most Rev. Michael Curry, who will conclude his nine-year term in November of this year. On April 2 the nominating committee announced its slate: Bishop J. Scott Barker of Nebraska, Bishop Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez of Pennsylvania, Bishop Sean Rowe of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and Bishop Robert Wright of Atlanta. (Read more here.) A fifth candidate, Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe of Central New York, was added by petition.

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More about General Convention and Diocese of Los Angeles representation:


Los Angeles deputies, bishop, others prepare for ‘giant footprint’ at General Convention [The Episcopal News – May 22, 2024]


Five official Diocese of Los Angeles reps prepare to attend Triennial meeting alongside General Convention [The Episcopal News - May 29, 2024]


General Convention-related stories from Episcopal News Service (ENS) are here.

Calendar

THURSDAYS, 7 p.m.

Episcopal Students of UCLA

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

580 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles

Information: episcopalstudentsucla@gmail.com

We are a group of Christians, looking to further our relationship with God and strengthen our bonds in Christian community. Meeting in the library at St. Alban's Episcopal Church (right near campus), we are a welcoming community whose goal is to live out the truth of the gospel through spiritual growth, community experience, and service. 


FRIDAYS, 6 - 7 p.m.

Vigil for Peace

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church 

3233 Pacific View Drive, Corona Del Mar, 92625

Join us every Friday in the St. Michael’s sanctuary and on Zoom as we pray for peace in our community and around the world. Log-in information here (see "Weekly Worship"), or join on Facebook Live.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 7 p.m.

A Pentecost Taizé

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

1432 Engracia Avenue, Torrance 90501

The mutual ministry of St. Andrew's and Christ Church, Redondo Beach, invite all to this monthly candlelit service of music, meditation and prayer. Taizé services will be held in-person or online throughout the year. Online services available here.


SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Community Forum with Mayor Emma Sharif of Compton

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

312 South Oleander Avenue, Compton 90220

Refreshments will be provided.


SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 4 p.m.

Concert: Blossoms of Passion and Whimsy

All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

83 Eucalyptus Lane, Santa Barbara 93108

Paola Santucci, soprano, Valois Jansons, baritone, and John Ballerina, piano, will perform music by Mozart, Donizetti, Offenbach, Verdi, Totti, Cardiello, E. De Curtis, Buongiovanni, Cannio, Menotti, Bernstein, Guastavino and Leigh. No ticket is required. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The Welcome Table: A Christian Spiritual Gathering for the LGBTQ+ Community and Our Allies

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church

24901 Orchard Village Road, Santa Clarita 91355

Information: 661.259.7307 or here

The Welcome Table is an experience created by and for the LGBTQ+ community. Gather with us as we eat, pray, sing, discuss, share communion, celebrate diversity and explore our faith community as our true, authentic selves. Come as you are, this place is for you.


FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Kay Buck of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking

St. Paul’s Commons

840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026

Register for in-person or Zoom participation

The Immaculate Heart Community invites all to a lunch meeting with speaker Kay Buck, CEO of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST). Kay brings over three decades of experience leading initiatives across the world against human trafficking, including opening the first shelter for trafficked people in the country. CAST's mission is to end modern day slavery through education, advocacy and empowering survivors of human trafficking, offering services which support them on their journey of healing. An interview with Buck is here. Donations for lunch are welcome, but no one will be turned away. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Concert: Christ Church (Oxford) Cathedral Choir

514 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007

Tickets

The choir performs under the direction of Professor Stephen Darlington MBE, and will sing music by John Taverner, William Walton, and Howard Goodall. Note that the venue's parking lot has space for 30 vehicles, reserved for those with VIP tickets. Names will be checked by parking lot security. All other attendees are asked to either find street parking, or to park at the AAA lot #2 at 616 W. 27th Street, Los Angeles, just around the corner from the cathedral. Tickets: $45 ($20 for those under 18, seniors, the disabled and the unemployed) Premium tickets with reserved seating and parking are $75.


SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Concert: Christ Church (Oxford) Cathedral Choir

All Saints’ Church

504 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210

Tickets

The choir performs under the direction of Professor Stephen Darlington MBE, and will sing music by John Taverner, William Walton, and Howard Goodall.Tickets: $45 ($20 for those under 18, seniors, the disabled and the unemployed). Premium tickets will reserved seating are $75.


SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 5 p.m.

Jazz Vespers: Maria Puga Lareo

All Saints Church

132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101

Information: jazz@allsaints-pas.org

Maria Puga Lareo is a jazz and Brazilian music vocalist, songwriter and producer. She began her career in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was born and raised. She collaborated with the culturally rich and historical city’s finest musicians, singing in clubs, theaters and jazz festivals. Puga Lareo’s popularity quickly rose in the Argentine music scene, propelling her to perform on bigger stages and bringing her local status to being one of the city's most noted jazz singers. Validated parking will be available in Plaza las Fuentes. There is no charge. No reservations required. 

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 7 p.m.

Taizé Heartfulness Prayer Service

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

428 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach 92651

Join St. Mary’s on the first Thursday of each month for this service in the style of France’s Taizé monastery.

Events to be included in the online diocesan calendar and the Update may be emailed to editor@ladiocese.org.

Opportunities

VOLUNTEER

Immigration & Refugee ministry

IRIS (Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service)

3621 Brunswick Ave., Los Angeles 90039


Support is needed more than ever for newly arrived refugee and immigrant neighbors. Community members can volunteer with IRIS in many ways, from one-off or short-term opportunities, such as greeting newcomers at the airport, to donation coordination, transportation, translation, and more. For those interested in even deeper client connections, don't hesitate to ask about mentorship opportunities. Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Farsi (and other languages) is desirable, but not required, for some volunteer positions. A background check will be conducted for volunteers working directly with clients. Contact Ruben Tomasian at rtomasian@ladiocese.org. IRIS, a non-profit organization, is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries. Through refugee resettlement, immigration legal services, and organized community involvement, IRIS helps immigrants and refugees reach self-sufficiency. Check the website for more information. 

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Food Pantry

Our Saviour Center

4368 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte


With lower pandemic numbers and everyone back at school and work our Food Pantry is in need of volunteers. Lend a hand on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., rain or shine, to help us help the neediest families in our community. Volunteers should be age 16 and up. Street parking is available on Santa Anita, McGirk and Lambert avenues. Please wear a mask. All activities are outdoors; dress appropriately and wear close-toed shoes. For information or to sign up (not required), email info@our-center.org.

PILGRIMAGES, RETREATS & TRAVEL

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FULLY SUBSCRIBED: WAITING LIST ONLY

October 7 – 17, 2024

Italy Pilgrimage


Join the Rev. Steve De Muth and the Rev. Barrett Van Buren for an 11-day pilgrimage across Italy. We will visit Venice, Florence, Assisi, and Rome. The tour price includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, first class/select hotels, most meals, professional tour director, comprehensive sightseeing, all hotel service charges and local taxes, porterage and entrance fees. Cost is $4,549 per person from Los Angeles including $520 taxes/airline surcharges. For information, contact Steve De Muth, 100 N. Third Ave., Covina, CA 91723 or 626.967.3939 or padresteve@holytrinitycovina.com. A full itinerary is here.

EMPLOYMENT


Listings may be sent to news@ladiocese.org. There is no charge.

HERMOSA BEACH: Executive Assistant to the Clergy, St. Cross Church. 30 hours per week, benefits and pension. Responsibilities include working closely with the clergy, overseeing the communications coordinator, and managing the front office. For a more detailed job description please email the Rev. Rachel Nyback, rector, at rnyback@stcross.org.

HERMOSA BEACH: Communications Coordinator, St. Cross Church. 20 hours per week, benefits and pension. Responsibilities include upkeep of the website, social media, and print media, leading the strategic promotion of St. Cross events within the parish and wider communities. This also includes webcasting the 10 a.m. Sunday service. For a more detailed job description please email the Rev. Rachel Nyback, rector at rnyback@stcross.org.

LAGUNA HILLS: Church Administrator, St. George’s Episcopal Church. Part time (15-19 hours/week), to begin work in late May 2024. Areas of responsibility: communications, administration, membership, facilities management, and IT. We seek a dynamic self-starter who can implement technological, operational, and systemic changes to help the church better serve the community. This position reports to the vicar and offers opportunity for creativity and leadership. The right candidate will thrive as the primary point of contact at the church, ideally 4-5 days per week, 3-4 hours per day (we are open to flexible scheduling). Full job description here. To apply, email resume and cover letter to the Rev. Pat McCaughan, vicar, at revpatmccaughan@aol.com.

LONG BEACH: Music Director. St. Luke’s Church / Iglesia de San Lucas looks forward to welcoming a creative collaborator and team player, someone who is passionate about music as a vehicle for spiritual growth and who views their music performance as a spiritual practice. The music director will lead a diverse and dynamic music program that is central to our identity as a parish, enhances our worship experience, and supports us in our aspirations to become a Beloved Community. For more information, please see the job description, which also includes information on how to apply. 

LOS ANGELES: Communications Coordinator. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is seeking a communications coordinator skilled in social media, digital publications, and news reporting and editing. A description of the full-time diocesan staff position is here. Based at St. Paul’s Commons in Echo Park, the new coordinator will work with continuing staff members Canon for Common Life Bob Williams, who oversees the diocesan communications department, and the Rev. Canon Pat McCaughan, longtime senior writer for the Episcopal News and editor of the Angelus clergy community newsletter. Advising the work of the department is the diocesan Program Group on Communications and Public Affairs. Qualified applicants are asked to email a resumé and cover letter to Canon Anilin Collado, diocesan missioner for human resources, before June 30. 

LOS ANGELES: Development Coordinator. IRIS (Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles) seeks to hire a full-time development coordinator (our first) as we expand and reorganize as an independent non-profit after nearly 20 years as a successful, fiscally sponsored agency. This position requires a seasoned, confident, and humble professional who thrives in a thoroughly cross-cultural environment and measures her/his/their success by helping others to achieve their own. Full information, job description and application information are here.

LOS ANGELES: Episcopal Hospital Chaplain, PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital, 1225 Wilshire Boulevard. Full time, salaried. Reporting to one of our department supervisors or managers, this position provides spiritual support to patients, their loved ones, and staff in our hospitals. This chaplain serves people of all belief systems (religious and non-religious), and provides or arranges special rites and rituals as requested by patients and/or surrogates. Full job description and information here.

PASADENA: Director of Children, Youth & Families Ministry, All Saints Church, a progressive and dynamic Episcopal Church rooted in a tradition of intellectual engagement and enrichment, and fully committed to offering a deeply fulfilling worship experience. All Saints core values are Radical Inclusion, Courageous Justice, Joyful Spirituality and Ethical Stewardship. All Saints is seeking a leader who will make the love of God real and meaningful for all children, youth and families; to continue to grow an engaging, empowering, compassionate, and listening space for all young people to explore faith and how it relates to their inner lives and the lives of the world around them. This position oversees all department activities for children, youth and families, coordinates with an engaged group of volunteers, and represents children, youth and families on parish and community committees. Job description here.

STUDIO CITY: Organist. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is seeking a professionally trained church organist. The organist will be expected to play for two Sunday services and one choir rehearsal per week. Additionally, the organist will play for special services such as Holy Week and Christmas Eve. We value traditional worship drawn from the Book of Common Prayer. The preferred style of music is classical sacred music, ranging from Palestrina to Rutter. The pipe organ was built by Reuter in 1961. R. M. Ballantyne replaced the console and performed substantial refurbishment and modernization of the instrument in 2008. The organ has three manuals and 16 ranks of pipes with some unification. The organist will work directly under our Director of Music in a collaborative manner. Salary: $18,000. Weddings and funerals will provide additional compensation. A full job description is here. Send resume to Mark Gaddis via email at administrator@stmikessc.org or by mail at 3646 Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Studio City 91604.

TUSTIN: Sexton at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 25 hours/week. The sexton serves to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and readiness of Church facilities to enable the work and ministry of the congregation and to create a pleasant atmosphere for members, guests, and staff. This includes deep cleaning of the kitchen, restrooms, church, and general gathering space(s), as well as basic household chores and changing out supplies as needed. Full job description and application instructions here.

UPLAND: Music Director and Organist. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upland, California, seeks a part-time music director and organist who can bring musical gifts, creativity, faithfulness, and joy to our community. We hope to strengthen and expand our music program, which has a long history of quality voice and instrumental offerings from a core group of dedicated volunteer musicians who help lead the congregation in worship each Sunday. A full job description is here. Resumes, references, and links to musical performance recordings should be sent to our selection committee at music@stmarks-upland.org. Please include a short cover letter of introduction.

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