The Day of the Dead... and the Living

We write this on Halloween -- a day celebrated with greater glitz and hype in recent years. Like other popular celebrations, American culture has appropriated Halloween and stripped it of its deeply human and spiritual dimensions. Ancient Celtic and Latin American cultures rooted their celebrations in the reality of death and new life. The earth experiences its autumnal dying -- leaves falling from trees, summer's green turning to vibrant colors, then to brown and finally barren branches. At least that's what many places experience this time of year. Throughout the Northern Hemisphere, we see the dying of the light and shorter, cooler days. Our ancient ancestors also saw the connection betwe

How do you manage your life?

We hear more and more these days from spiritual writers about developing a personal "Rule of Life" -- a thoughtful Christian approach to managing our time and balancing life and work. A Rule of Life is essentially the pledge you make to God and yourself about how you will spend your time and energy. There is already ancient wisdom on this topic from Benedictine monasticism. St Benedict of Nursia (480 - 547 CE) is called the "Patriarch of Western Monasticism" because of the fundamental impact his monastic movement had on western culture throughout the Middle Ages. His model for a Rule of Life hinges on three things kept in balance -- prayer, work and study, lived out in community with others.

November Events at St. John's

November 2019 at St. John's Adult Christian Education at 9:15am. Our theme this year is “Thinking Christian(ly).” How do we understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus in a culture where the word Christian has become synonymous with conservatism and exclusivity? How do we present Jesus' way of love as an alternative vision in a dark time? The first series, “(Re)Thinking the Bible,” will explore our assumptions about this sacred text. We do Bible study all the time, but we haven't focused much of our attention on where it comes from, how to interpret it or how we use it in our lives. Let's explore these questions together. Food Pantry Driver: Want to get more involved at St. John's? We

Please find your seat

What's a cathedral? That's a question people, even some Episcopalians, might ask about the name of our Church. St. John's was started at the end of the 19th century as a parish church, but it wasn't until 2008 that we were designated as a cathedral for our geographic region, the Diocese of Los Angeles. Cathedra, in Greek and Latin means a seat or chair, in this case the specific chair in which a bishop sits as the sign of her or his authority. Since 2008 we have had a small cathedra that belonged to old St. Paul's Cathedral, but the actual formal cathedra of the Bishop has been at Cathedral Center in Echo Park… until now. Bishop Taylor, in conversation with our Vestry, has made clear the des

Thinking Christian(ly)

This Sunday we return to our weekly Adult Christian Formation Forums at St. John's. Our overarching theme is Thinking Christian(ly). We will look at how contemporary images of Christianity in our culture have been co-opted by the religious right, and more importantly, how we can renew and re-imagine what it means to be a Christian in 21st Century America and how our minds can be shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thoughtful Christians who are neither fundamentalist nor socially conservative have a powerful story to tell. We are part of an ancient way of spiritual wisdom and have a vision of a living Lord who invites everyone into abundant life. We will start out looking at how we use the

October Events at St. John's

October Events at St. John's Dental Health Month: In September and October please consider donating dental health items for the food pantry! We need toothpaste, tooth brushes, and floss. Body soap—bar or liquid forms—would also be earnestly appreciated. These items can be place in the donations basket Sunday morning to be blessed at the collection. Ushers Wanted: The Cathedral Ushers Guild is seeking new members. Ushers welcome worshippers, take the collection, present the gifts, and guide the congregation to communion. It is an easy way to meet fellow parishioners and contribute to our liturgical life. Training will be provided. If you are interested, please see Walter Killmer on Sunday mor

From Thine Own

During our Christian education forums, we often ask if anyone has any burning questions about any topic of faith. One Sunday, a woman asked about the words we use each week as we take up the offering at the 8:00 mass: "All things come of thee O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee." What does that mean? she asked. That's an excellent question, not just because it raises a bigger question of the meaning and impact of liturgical language on our 21st century ears, but specifically about the rich theology of stewardship packed into that short prayer of offering. Everything we have: our time, our talents, our financial resources, our very life and breath are all gifts that come from our Crea

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