Our Bounden Duty

This Sunday our congregation will have its Annual Meeting. Why is that important? On one level it’s key to the functioning of our common life. We choose members of our Vestry -- those lay leaders who make decisions about the temporal concerns and priorities of our faith community in the year ahead. That in itself is a reason to show up. Even more so, what we do at the annual meeting is a concrete expression of how we understand the institutional church as Episcopalians. Our whole structure begins on the Parish level with our vestry and clergy, we then send representatives to the convention of our diocese where both lay and clergy members have a voice and vote in matters of our diocese. That

Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Join the Episcopal Peace Fellowship at St. John's Cathedral on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9 for a series of presentations on their mission and future in Los Angeles. Saturday, February 8, 9:30 a.m. -- RSVP on Eventbrite Sunday, February 9, 12:30 p.m. -- RSVP on Eventbrite The Executive Director of The Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Melanie Merkle Atha - will be leading a discussion on social justice issues such as gun violence prevention, improving Palestine Israel relationships, immigration, ending the death penalty and environmental protection. EPF celebrated its 80th anniversary last year and hopes to inspire a new generation to live out their baptismal covenant, to "proclaim

God's Dream of Peace

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low... and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed… all flesh shall see it together." These words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech, reflecting the words of the Prophet Isaiah, demonstrate how firmly rooted his vision of the Beloved Community is rooted in the Bible's vision of God's dream for the human family. Yet these visionary mountain top images were lived out in his life and ministry in specific and concrete practices. That's why we begin celebrating the King holiday weekend Saturday morning with a day of service right here in our own community, serving the fo

An invitation from Rev. Warner Traynham

Rev. Warner Traynham sends us all this invitation! To The Cathedral, St Paul’s Common in Echo Park (formerly the Cathedral Center) is hosting an exhibit of my paintings called, “Abstractions in Oil”, beginning on Saturday, January 25th and running to Friday, April 3rd. The exhibit will open with a wine and cheese event, The Artist’s Preview Reception on January 25th between 3 and 6 pm and a second Opening on Thursday February 13th between 6 and 8pm. The paintings are for sale. You should receive a notice in the Diocesan News Letter on or about the 15th of January. This is a personal invitation to either or both of the events cited above, and / or to the exhibit at anytime between January 25t

All in the family

Sunday the church celebrities the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan-- his commissioning for his ministry. You may recall that as Jesus comes up from the water a voice from the heavens affirms that he is well pleasing and beloved of God. This is the foundation out of which Jesus’ ministry comes-- his belonging to the father, his belovedness. The ancient church said that when Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan, all the waters of the world were made holy. In other words, the water in which Jesus is baptized is the water all of us are baptized in, and we too are called well-pleasing, beloved. We too are claimed and belong to the family of God, through the work of Jesus who claims us as Go

A Light to Guide You Home

An epiphany can be an illuminating discovery, like a door being unlocked and opened and the light turned on, as if things make sense all of a sudden. That's what we celebrate this Sunday on the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany is when we see what God has been up to all along, opening the door and inviting us all in, to remember we were always part of the family, long lost children finding our way home. Those wise seeking sages bearing gifts, following a light in the darkness, come to see the child Jesus, and on seeing him begin to see another way home, a new way of life, a different path, the path to our homeland, and along the way to make signposts pointing to the Kingdom where we are headed

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