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Hope Anyway

So I’m working on my Advent 3 sermon with lessons that take us from “… and again I say rejoice!” in Philippians to “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” in Luke. I know it’s officially “Joy Sunday” but I was feeling like maybe “Whiplash Sunday” might be

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Advent: From Many, One

As we prepare to welcome Christ into our midst, let us prepare to welcome and connect with each other.   Advent – the liturgical season of preparation – offers us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. It also offers us the opportunity to prepare ourselves for family gatherings

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How Thin The Walls

A word for us on this All Saints Day from Bishop Steven Charleston: How thin the walls between earth and heaven. How close the space between us. A blink. A look away. In an instant the gap is closed, the two realities flowing together like rivers passing in the moonlight. If you are still enough

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The Time Has Come

As an antidote to the polarization, division and rampant demonization of “the other” dominating our public discourse, here are some words of wisdom on a way forward from Bishop Steven Charleston. Let me be transparent: I am intentionally reaching out to people from all walks of life, from all traditions, from all nations to gather

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A Prayer in the Time of COVID19

We shared this prayer at our daily staff Morning Prayer today, and offer it here with special intentions for all healthcare workers and first responders working to bring health and healing in this time of global pandemic. Loving God, your compassions never fail and your mercies are new every morning. Heal us from suffocating fear,

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Sacred Ground

One in the Spirit — our diocesan ministry committed to engagement across differences — is finishing up its inaugural 10 session series of “Sacred Ground” dialogue circles centered on conversations about race and racism. One of the texts for the series is “Jesus and the Disinherited” — the 1949 book by African-American minister, theologian, and

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On Power, Domination and Circles

Words of wisdom on a Friday morning in August from Fr. Richard Rohr. “Circles are much more threatening than pyramids are, at least to empires, the wealthy, or any patriarchal system. What if we actually surrendered to the inner Trinitarian flow and let it be our primary teacher? Our notion of society, politics, and authority—which

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Where I go, I commit to love

As we prepare to say goodbye to July and welcome August, we find both comfort and challenge in the reminder of what it is to be “one in the Spirit” through these words of inspiration and encouragement from Bishop Steven Charleston. They are words that call us to the common cause of hope even as

Voices of Pride 2021

For decades, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has been in the forefront of the movement for full inclusion for LGBTQ+ people in our church and for equal protection in our nation. This year since we cannot march in Pride Parades we’re offering a virtual witness – Voices of Pride – with the message that whoever you are and wherever you

Who Are You?

The work of One in the Spirit — bringing people together to engage across differences as we continue to live out our baptismal promise to respect the dignity of every human being — is grounded in our tradition and our scripture. It is also borne out in our experience that getting to know “who” the

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