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AUGUST 18, 2013
‘A Call to Action’
By Pat McCaughan
Santa Monica parish hosts first diocesan public safety forum
PHOTOS / PAT McCAUGHAN
Safety forums begin in Santa Monica: Los Angeles City Attorney Mike
Feuer and Bishop Jon Bruno address a gathering of some 75 people from the Los Angeles area on how congregations can team up with their communities to deter gun violence. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, right, confers with forum attendees before his plenary presentation. Speakers included Canon Bruce Linsenmayer who outlined steps for crisis preparedness in congregations, and Virginia Classick who offered resources for influencing public policy.
Community Safety Forum series to continue
ishop Diocesan J. Jon Bruno invites all in the Diocese of Los Angeles to join him in four remaining county-based forums focused on community safety and outreach to reduce violence. Local civic leaders will be among panelists in each presentation. L.A. County Sherriff Lee Baca and City Attorney Mike Feuer participated in the Aug. 10 forum at St. Augustine’s Church, Santa Monica, and Congresswoman Lois Capps spoke at the Aug. 17 forum at St. Michael’s Church, Isla Vista. Bishop Bruno has requested that each congregation send a team of at least two representatives — clergy and lay — to one of the forums. For further information, call the diocesan Office of Community Relations at 213.482.2040, ext. 240.
Upcoming forums dates and locations are: Ventura County Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. - 12 noon St. Paul’s Church 3290 Loma Vista Road, Ventura Riverside County Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. All Saints’ Church 3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside Orange County Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. - 12 noon St. George's Church 23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills San Bernardino County Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. - 12 noon St. John's Church 1407 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino. ?
t takes a village to curb violence, according to Bishop Jon Bruno and others at the first in a series of diocesan regional public safety forums, held August 10 at St. Augustine bythe-Sea Church in Santa Monica. The bishop’s newest “Hands in Healing” initiative drew 75 people from congregations across the greater Los Angeles area and featured as guest speakers Sheriff Lee Baca and city attorney Mike Feuer. All agreed that education and community partnerships are key to deterring gun violence. Bruno launched the Hands in Healing Initiative (handsinhealing.ladiocese.org) in 2002, a humanitarian and educational effort to bring hope and healing to communities struggling with violence throughout the world. “Today the Santa Monica College shootings loom strongly in my heart,” Bruno told the gathering, about two miles from the June 11 shootings, where a former student shot and killed three people and injured others. He died of wounds after a gun battle with police. “We want to inspire each and everyone of you to go out and start a new ministry or participate in an existing one,” he said. A former police officer who was involved in gang diversion, he added: “If we do nothing, nothing’s going to get done. We need to act as catalysts for change.” Gun violence affects nearly everyone and entire communities on multiple levels; at least one-third of the forum’s attendees responded affirmatively when Feuer asked for a show of hands by those whose lives had been personally touched by gun violence. Both he and Baca, who has served as the Los Angeles County Sheriff for 14 years, said the faith community has a huge role to play in efforts to reduce violence. For more about the Aug. 10 forum, visit the Episcopal News online at www.episcopal news.com. For information about additional forums scheduled in August, September and October, see column at left. ?
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FROM THE BISHOPS
St. James’ Church 1325 Monterey Road, South Pasadena Information: 626.799.9194 or www.sjcsp.org THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 7:30 p.m.
Kindling the fire
By Diane Jardine Bruce
St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church 1227 Fourth Street, Santa Monica Information: 310.395.0977 SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
n reading the collect for today and the Gospel lesson I truthfully just scratched my head. How do we reconcile these words? Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life. —Book of Common Prayer, Collects “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” “You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” —Luke 12:49, 56 Jesus led a godly life, and he wants us to do the same. The image that came to me as I thought about the collect and the Gospel reading was that wonderful phrase I used a great deal of the time when I was working
The Christian Mystic as Prophet — A Day in the Vision of Teilhard de Chardin
All Saints Episcopal Church 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena Information/Registration: www.stillpointca.org SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Hands in Healing Community Safety Forum
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 3290 Loma Vista Road, Ventura Information: 213.482.2040, ext. 240 SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2 p.m.
Retirement: The Rev. Elizabeth Habecker
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 10354 Downey Avenue, Downey 90241 Information: 562.833.0863 SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 5 p.m.
Celebration of a New Ministry
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 3290 Loma Vista Road, Ventura 93003 Information: 805.643.5033 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 10 - 11 a.m.
at the bank — “We need to light a fire under him/her” in order to get a project done. For us in the Episcopal Church, it is to have a fire lit under us — a Holy Spirit fire perhaps? Yes — keep the Pentecost blaze going! What about interpreting the present time? This is rooted in prayer and faith, and understanding that the Holy Spirit is moving in and through and among us as She did that Pentecost Day. We are called as the disciples were to get out of that upper room and go and teach and preach and proclaim Christ crucified, died and risen. That’s not always easy for us — some of us like to be more private about our faith. But others can see in your actions the godly life of Jesus. So let the Pentecost fire burn, let it burn under you, in you, through you, so that others may know Christ and make him known. Be on fire for Christ! ?
TA K E N OT E
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 1014 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena Information: 626.798.6747 More listings and program information at www.ladiocese.org (select “Calendar”).
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Bone marrow drive, art show come to Redondo Beach
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hrist Church in Redondo Beach will hold a three-day Bone Marrow Drive, along with an Art Show and Sale, on Friday, Sept. 6 (6 - 9 p.m.), Saturday, Sept. 7 (12 noon - 5 p.m.), and Sunday, Sept. 8, 12 noon - 4 p.m. Artists will contribute 25% of their sales to help pay for the cost of doing bone marrow swabs; those tested do not have to pay. The drive is conducted by Be the Match. Potential donors must be in good health and between
the ages of 18 and 44. Results will be placed in a worldwide bone marrow matching system. The congregation has already held several such drives in honor of a young parishioner, Maya, whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant. Christ Church is located at 408 South Broadway, Redondo Beach 90277. For information, contact Barbara at 310.251.6830 or visit Be the Match online at bethematch.org.
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