Volume 62 Number 5 MAY 2012

The Episcopal Church of Saint Michael
Pacific View Drive at Marguerite Corona del Mar California 92625 949.644.0463

& All Angels

...From the Desk of the Rector

CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH! Sunday, May 27 after 10am Worship Flamin’ Birthday Bash, featuring Build Your Own Burger Bar. Games and entertainment for kids of all ages! $15.00 per person presale $20.00 tickets at door Kids 12 and under eat free Tickets available after worship beginning April 29 NETS FOR LIFE: THANK YOU, Saint Michael & All Angels parishioners! Your generosity has enabled us to meet and exceed our goal of 250 mosquito nets! Additional pledges may still come in, but we are currently at just over $4,200, or 351 nets. Many lives will be saved by your contributions. If you would still like to contribute ($12 for each net), please see Lynne Ruedy, or put your check in the offering plate made out to Saint Michael’s and with NETS in the memo line. Thank you for caring! AIDS WALK OC IS BACK AGAIN at the Disneyland Resort, Sunday, May 6th, at 6am. Please support the Saint Michael & All Angels’ Team with either a donation or by joining the walk. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and all funds raised go to Orange County agencies that provide services to those in our community affected or infected by HIV/AIDS or to groups that provide HIV/AIDS prevention education. More information is available at or by contacting Justin Palmer.



he world needs power . . . We know this. Our government is supporting solar-power projects, Exxon Mobil is exploring algae oil, and wind farms are popping up all over the place. Everyone is talking about alternative energy. The cleanest and greenest ideas include: (1) Launching solar panels into space to soak up the sun’s energy twenty-four hours a-day with microwave transmitters on the satellites beaming energy back to earth to be converted into electricity. (2) Methane bricks at the bottom of the sea release very little carbon dioxide compared to other fossil fuels like coal and oil. (3) Scientists are getting closer to technology to power nuclear fusion reactors in efficient and economical ways that eat up the nasty radioactive waste that comes out of nuclear-fission plants and produces power as well. Clean and green! The church needs power, too. We feel: (1) powerless in the face of chronic hunger and homelessness; (2) powerless to speak to the diverse socio-economicpolitical attitudes in our communities; (3) powerless to stand up in the middle of a secular culture and offer hope grounded in the promise of the gospel. God knows that the church needs power, which is why the cleanest and greenest form of alternative energy came to a powerless church on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21). The first followers of Jesus weren’t energized by wind or sunlight or methane or nuclear fusion; their power came from the Holy Spirit of God, a force that enabled them to speak diversely, offering gospel hope. Their power came from God, and it was a force that could change the world, and did! It’s clean and it’s green. And it’s available to us today. We need this power of Pentecost today if we’re going to be part of a church that brings life, joy and fulfillment to the world around us. In Orange County, hungry families need to be fed, the newly homeless need beds, the hospitalized and homebound and prisoners need to be visited, children need help with homework. Clean, green Holy Spirit power focusing our efforts on loving self, others and God isn’t rocket science; it’s a rather simple way. You are attracted to this way, I know. And there is danger in our efforts to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick and visit the isolated -- the danger we will burn out on doing good and suffer “compassion fatigue.” The answer and antidote is to tap into a source of power that comes from beyond ourselves. The power of Pentecost is an energy source that can keep us burning

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MAY 2012 MAY



Anniversaries in May
Birthdays 2nd - Peter Coppen Nancy Lyons 7th - Matthew Shaw 9th - Russ Hardt Don Haynes 10th - Teri Corbet 12th - Judy Brady 14th - Richard Wallis 17th - Melinda Rader 18th - Mary Caldarone 19th - Karren Schaeffer 24th - Keith Nelson 25th - Sherry Crail 28th - Jamie Mead 29th - Cal McLaughlin Baptisms 1st - Alexandra Magenheimer 14th - Norm Bianchi 16th - Marlene Pope 23rd - Richard Zevnik Weddings 10th - Russ & Robin Hardt 22nd - Mark Annerl & Anne Conover

Ruedy in thanksgiving and by Catherine & Patrick Magruder in thanksgiving for Elizabeth’s baptism. These funds extend our Parish’s mission of outreach, providing for such needs as can be helped by financial assistance.

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DO WE HAVE YOUR MOST RECENT EMAIL ADDRESS? Please contact Susan Beechner at with changes or additions.

FORWARD MOVEMENT PUBLICATIONS: Please check the display rack on the wall in Michael's Room. Pick up a pamphlet or two to share with family and friends. A donation box is provided. “FAMILY PRAYER” is a helpful guide for daily devotional time. It includes suggested prayers for grace at meals, for the family, for a special day, for an intercession, and several others. And, be sure to check out THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, which provides a variety of prayers for all occasions - Pages 136-146 and 810-841.

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PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS OF 2012 GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE OR GRAD SCHOOL: Please send information honoring your graduate in For the Love of Mike to Senior Ministry c/o Please include the graduate’s high school, college, graduate school, field of study, honors.

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LOAVES AND FISHES: This April we are collecting money for scholarships for the high school graduates of Loaves and Fishes, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. Checks should be made payable to Saint Michael & All Angels, with Loaves and Fishes on the memo line. (Tax ID #952123746)

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LEST WE FORGET: There have been 4436 American military casualties in Iraq and 1473 in Afghanistan. "Lord hear our prayers for those who are dead and for those who mourn." St. Mike’s NEW Facebook Page

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FINANCIAL UPDATE THROUGH March 30: Our year to date Income is $127,275. Our YTD Expense is $142,601. The parish Net Ordinary Income is $5,573, which is $25,341 ahead of plan. Our YTD Pledge Income is $99,687, which is $5,850 short of our plan through the end of March. Our total operating cash balance is $124,604, of which $95,620 is designated gifts, leaving a net balance of $28,984. The Endowment Trust has a balance of $151,032. Thanks to everyone for your support of Saint Michael and its ministries. God has been bountiful to us; let us return to God his bounty.



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Continued from page 1 with love for God and for others around us, while radiating warmth and light to a cold and dark world. This power isn’t found primarily in programs, policies or institutions, but in the loving actions of faithful Christian community. As Mother Teresa said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love. It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into doing it.” You don’t have to be a creative greenius to understand that the power of Pentecost is the power of love -- the fusion of God’s love for us and our love for God and one another, an alternative energy that truly changes the world. Tap into it as we celebrate Pentecost on May 27 and beyond!

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Jesus said to his disciples, "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But, now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, `Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."

Yours, in Christ -

READINGS FOR PENTECOST A COLLECT O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen -- Book of Common Prayer CANTICLE 13 Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; * you are worthy of praise; glory to you. Glory to you for the radiance of you holy Name; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; * on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you, beholding the depths; * in the high vault of heaven, glory to you. Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

A HYMN Come down, O love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine, And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing. O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear, And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing. O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn To dust and ashes in its heat consuming; And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight, And clothe me round, the while my path illuming. Let holy charity mine outward vesture be, And lowliness become mine inner clothing; True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part, And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing. And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long, Shall far outpass the power of human telling; For none can guess its grace, till he become the place Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling. -- Bianco of Siena (15th Century)



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(THE REV’D) BETSY STARBUCK resigned her ministry as Director of Christian Education here on Tuesday in Holy Week; our Vestry accepted her resignation at its regular monthly meeting the next evening, April 4, 2012. Our Search Committee (Anne Conover, Cal McLaughlin, Jim Palda, Melinda Rader, Louise Stover, Michael Strong, Peter Haynes) is once again searching for a new Director of Christian Education.


Our mission is to seek and share Jesus Christ as spiritual food for life’s journey.

3233 Pacific View Drive Corona del Mar, CA 92625 949.644.0463 949.644.9247 FAX The Very Rev’d Canon

Peter D. Haynes, Rector
[] Stephen M Black, Minister of Music [] The Ven. Canon Terry Lynberg Assisting Priest The Rev’d Canon Ray Flemming Assisting Priest The Rev’d Jefferson Hulet Assisting Priest The Rev’d Fennie Chang, Ph.D., Canterbury Irvine Susan Beechner, Parish Secretary [] Donnie Lewis, Bookkeeper []

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STEPHEN BLACK, OUR MINISTER OF MUSIC, NEEDS A CAR! If you know of one for sale, please call Stephen at 949.644.0463, ext. 14, or 917.239.0919. Thank you.

Michele Leasa Olive Bryant La Juan Sally Sam Pat Peggy Susie Jack Mary Betty Linda Paddy Bill Roberta GUIDANCE Scott John, Jack Victor Sam Keith Cecilia REPOSE Jan Morris Ann Clawson Randall Edward Presley THANKSGIVING

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OUR PHONE TREE MINISTRY HAS BEEN REVITALIZED! Every parishioner will be contacted by phone once a month or so and given a chance to talk about needs and suggestions, to learn about opportunities for service, or to just visit. Please contact Ruth Poole, 949.644.9263, if you would like to be a part of this ministry.

Sunday Holy Eucharist 8am Choral Eucharist 10am Adult Education 9am Sunday School 10am Nursery Care provided from 9:30am Tuesday Matins 7am Peace Mass 7:30am Thursday Eucharist with Healing - Noon

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THE MEN’S GROUP, READERS AND SEEKERS, meets on Thursdays at 7:30am in the Davis Library to discuss classical and contemporary thought in theology, science and philosophy. All men are invited.

- for David & Connie Davidson’s 25th wedding anniversary; - for Richard & Susan Zevnik’s wedding anniversary; - for Mary Ellen Bowman’s birthday

We are a Christian Community of the Anglican Communion who come to hear God’s word and receive and share the Lord Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to have Christ live in us in order that in Christ we may live faithful and productive Christian lives. Our commitment to the Gospel is evangelical; our liturgical tradition, catholic; our theology orthodox but open to thought, reflection, and spiritual endeavor. We care about the world and strive to serve Christ in it.

"Safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other." -- C.S. Lewis The Case for Christianity

Call Esther McNamee for prayer requests at 949.640.1749

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LABYRINTH: If you are interested in helping with Saint Michael’s Labyrinth Project, please contact Lynn Headley, 714.963.5932, or Peggy Montgomery, 949.644.2239.

MAY 2012
EACH WEEK IN THE COMING WEEKS Wed., May 2nd Fri., May 4th Sun., May 6th


Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Nursery care from 9:30 a.m. on Sundays-at-Nine, 9:00 a.m., DL Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.


Volleyball, 3:30-5:00 p.m., AAC House of Speed 5:00-6:30 p.m., AAC St. Mike’s basketball, 7:00-9:00 p.m., AAC


Matins at 7:00 a.m., Peace Mass at 7:30 a.m. Whiz Kids 9:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m., AAC Volleyball, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., AAC


AA meeting, 7:00-8:00 a.m., SW Rusty’s music class, 9:00 a.m.-Noon, NW Whiz Kids, 1:45-4:00 p.m., AAC Volleyball, 5:00-9:00 p.m., AAC


Mon., May 7th Tues., May 8th Wed., May 9th Sun., May 13th Tues., May 15th Wed., May 16th Sun., May 20th Mon., May 21st Tues., May 22nd Sat., May 26th Sun., May 27th Mon., May 28th Wed., May 30th

Vestry Meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., CR Staff Meeting, 9:00 a.m., DL Easter 5 AIDS Walk Orange County, 6:00 a.m., The Disneyland Resort Friends of Music “First Sundays at Four” presents Stephen Black and Friends, 4:00 p.m. R. Welch’s PEO meeting, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., MR Hutchins Consort Board, 4:00 p.m., CR Senior Ministry meeting, 4:00 p.m., CR Adult Christian Education Committee, 11:30 a.m., CR St. Mike’s History Group, 4-5:30 p.m., CR Deadline for May For the Love of Mike, 5:00 p.m. Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR R. Welch’s PEO meeting, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., MR Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR Ann Clawson CoL/BoD, 12 noon Pentecost - Wear Red! Parish Office closed for Memorial Day Jan Morris CoL/BoD, 2:00 p.m. IN THE COMING MONTHS

Men’s Readers & Seekers, 7:30-9:00 a.m., DL Holy Eucharist with Healing at Noon Whiz Kids 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC Volleyball, 5:00-9:00 p.m., AAC Parish Choir rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW Whiz Kids 9:15-10:15 a.m. AAC Basketball, 3:30-5:00 p.m., AAC Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC AA meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., SW

Sun., June 3rd Tues., June 5th Wed., June 6th Sun., June 17th

Jazz Vespers, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary Primary Election Polling Place at Saint Michael’s, AAC Vestry Meeting, CR Baroque Music Festival Opening Concert/Reception, 4:00 p.m.

Events Michael Angels Calendar of Events At Saint Michael & All Angels
Meeting Rooms: AAC - All Angels’ Court MR - Michael’s Room CR - Conference Room DL - Davis Library NW - North Wing BR - Blue Room, AAC SW - South Wing PC - Parish Center RR - Red Room, AAC


Handbell Choir, 10:00-11:00 a.m., NW

Don Haynes Eagle Project at Saint Michael’s
Thank you so much to all who generously donated to fund my Scout Eagle Project to build two redwood benches, an arbor and redo the landscaping for the South Wing patio. The project was completed on March 16th, 17th and 24th. There were over 50 donors, 25 volunteers, and The adults cut the wood. Scout leaders 175 hours worked. Frank Curiel, Dale Bixler, & Ian Harrison.

It starts with the redwood!

The benches are put together.

Time to sand the benches.

Final step - waterproofing!

Lots of digging for the landscaping!

Building the arbor! Don with scout leader Adam Wright.

Making sure the pot is in the right spot!

Don, Sean & Ian Harrison under the arbor!

The finished project!

Lighting of the Paschal Candle

Stations of the Cross

Palm Sunday Procession

Dessert Buffet

Olive and Victor Rumbellow

The Baptism of Elizabeth Magruder

John and Margot Strong, Lynn Headley

The Blevins-Boor Family

Esther and Pat McNamee

Easter Time at Saint Michael’s

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Sundays at Nine -- A New Series
LIVING THE QUESTIONS Begins May 6, 2012 Adult Education will begin our Living the Questions series with Part 1, "Invitation to Journey" on May 6 at 9am in the Davis Library.

1. An Invitation to Journey 2. Taking the Bible Seriously 3. Thinking Theologically 4. Stories of Creation 5. Lives of Jesus 6. A Passion for Christ: Paul 7. Out Into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians

5/6 5/13 5/20 5/27 6/3 6/7 6/17

nited Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.


This series seeks not to provide easy answers, but to be a resource for people who are in the midst of a life-long conversation about the mysteries of faith and life. Living the Questions provides a place and time to begin to journey with others and explore what Christianity means in our lives today.

2011 UTO GRANTS (List continued monthly as space permits.)
--$15,000.00 to the Diocese of Connecticut for the Community Mentoring Initiative for at-risk students at the Alcorn After-School Program of Educational Resources for Children (ERfC) in Enfield (for mentor-related costs) --$12,000.00 to the Diocese of Delaware for The Way Home: expansion of Academic and Vocational Preparatory Program for Delaware Ex-Offenders (partial support for two salaries) --$12,800.00 to the Diocese of East Tennessee toward purchase of a minibus for the Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC)'s programs at permanent supportive housing for the homeless in Knoxville --$2,500.00 to the Diocese of Eastern Oregon toward cost of installation of a commercial grade kitchen, Warming Shelter & Kitchen, at St. Mark's, Hood River --$50,000.00 to the Diocese of Easton for partial support of support services to expand Camp Agape to Agape Family Services, a year-round program for children of incarcerated parents in the Diocese of Easton

The LA Diocese’s The Episcopal News Spring 2012 Issue Is Online The Spring 2012 issue of The Episcopal News is available to read online or to print at The files (especially the print version) are large and may take a few moments to download. In this issue: Nets for Life: Who knew stopping malaria could be so much fun? What’s Next? Welcome to the ‘Great Emergence,’ says Ministry Fair keynoter Phyllis Tickle Presiding Bishop on Middle East peacemaking: Engage, don't divest Via Crucis: 'No walls can separate us from God's grace' New Community Conference: 'The new face of the church' is increasingly diverse Presiding bishop leads centennial celebration at St. James', L.A. N2K offers worship without words in 'Soul Breaks'


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Norm Ewers

DAME JULIAN OF NORWICH (ca. 1342-ca. 1416) English Anchoress, Christian Mystic ittle is known about Julian’s personal life. There is even some doubt about her birth name. She was probably born around 1342 and died in 1416 or shortly thereafter. She may have come from a privileged Norwich, Norfolk family. The Bubonic Plague (Black Death) epidemics were rampant in England during her lifetime. This was a very unpleasant age to live in England. Not only did the Black Death rage, social conditions were very bad; the poor were oppressed; there was a shortage of labor, taxes were high and harvests were bad. These conditions led to the Peasants Revolt of 1381. The wider Church was also in a sorry state: the religious orders were at loggerheads, the papacy had left Rome and was in exile at Avignon, France, and within half-mile of St. Julian‘s Church, Norwich, where Julian later became an Anchoress, the followers of John Wycliff, The Lollards, were being burned alive in “The Lollards Pit.” In 1373 Julian was near death from a serious illness. While ill she had a series of intense visions of Jesus Christ that brought her “great peace and joy.” Suddenly, on the seventh day of her illness, all pain left her and she fully recovered. Soon thereafter Julian committed her life to being an anchoress (earliest form of monastic life in which a person, for religious reasons, withdraws from secular life in order to lead an intensely prayerful and ascetic life). Living in a small sealed dwelling attached to the Church of St. Julian, Norwich, she wrote her major work, “Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love,” which was based on these visions. It is believed to be the first book written in the English language by a woman. It was a tender and beautiful exposition of God’s eternal and allembracing love. Many found strength in the words the Lord gave her: “I can make all things well; I will make all things well; I shall make all things well…” This became one of the bestknown phrases of the literature of her time.


From her cell, Dame Julian became well known throughout England as a spiritual authority and mystic. She was frequently visited by clergy and lay persons alike. The first printed version of her Revelations was made public in 1670. It wasn’t until the 20th Century, however, that the body of her work became well known and she became the topic of many lectures and writings. Dame Julian of Norwich is now recognized as one of England’s most important mystics. She is revered by Anglicans, Lutherans and Roman Catholics. Her Anglican Feast Day is May 8.

By Pat McCaughan [The Episcopal News - Diocese of Los Angeles] The heavens opened, the skies poured torrential rain but it didn’t dampen spirits as more than 600 people packed St. James Episcopal Church for a March 25 live-streamed Solemn Festival Eucharist celebrating the congregation’s century of ministry in downtown Los Angeles. The Rev. Dr. Paul Kowalewski, St. James’ rector, said he had joked with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori , who was preacher and celebrant, that “we all know it never rains in Southern California, so she assured me it was holy water, indeed. “So we are blessed with God’s holy water for the next hundred years,” he said amid laughter. “Today’s celebration is about a century long conversation between God and God’s people in this place,” the presiding bishop told the congregation during her sermon. The congregation’s rich diversity was evident in the multi-language liturgy and music. Scripture lessons were read in Korean, English and Igbo, a Nigerian language. The church’s 35-member youth choir and 37-voice choir performed under the direction of James Buonemani, organist and music director. “This congregation has been much favored in its history, growing and thriving over its first several decades,” the presiding bishop said

in her sermon. “And then some other angels came into this community and began to stir things up with surprising words and deeds. Friendship with St. Mary’s Mariposa invited a conversation that endured through the evils of wartime internment and disrespect for human dignity. “Nat King Cole seems to have been a particularly beloved angel in this place, inviting this favored community to look around and see what it might become,” she said. “That invitation has continued, with schools for children, meals for the hungry, and a table open to all God’s favored and beloved people, from many families, languages, tribes, and nations. You have responded to the surprising challenges your visitors have brought by growing in your ability and responsiveness, to serve all sorts and conditions of people, here and across the world.” Cole was a parishioner of St. James’, the site of his funeral in 1965. In other history, former rector, the Rev. Canon Samuel D’Amico, received a standing ovation and thunderous applause when Kowalewski told the gathering that D’Amico had built the school during his 16-year tenure as rector (1963-1979). Kowalewski presented Bishop of Jerusalem Suheil Dawani with funds to offer two scholarships to students through Educate for Hope, a program started by Mary Bruno in Zababdeh. He also presented the presiding bishop with a $1,000 donation in her honor to the diocese’s Nets for Life campaign, a program through Episcopal Relief & Development that helps prevent malaria with pesticide-treated nets. The reception included a jazz trio and a huge anniversary cake. The gathering also sang “Happy Birthday” to the presiding bishop a day early, and Kowalewski presented to her a birthday greeting proclamation from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Kowalewski said the church’s focus for the next century is evident in its nickname, “St. James in-the-City.” “The main focus is how can we interact more carefully with this community, which is an extremely diverse neighborhood, from Hancock Park to people who are homeless and all kinds of different cultures,” he said. “We have a huge Latino population next to us. We’re branching out to figure out how we can be in ministry to the city. That’s a real emphasis for the next couple of years here, to be more in relationship.”


MAY MAY 2012


By The Rev’d Pat McCaughan [The Episcopal News] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori urged Episcopalians to "invest in legitimate development in Palestine's West Bank and in Gaza" rather than focusing on divestment or boycotts of Israel, during a March 25 "Middle East Peacemakers" luncheon in Los Angeles. “The Episcopal Church does not endorse divestment or boycott," the presiding bishop told more than 200 people gathered at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. "It's not going to be helpful to endorse divestment or boycotts of Israel. It will only end in punishing Palestinians economically." She also called for "a two-state solution with a dignified home for Palestinians and for Israelis" and for "deeper engagement, people of different traditions eating together, listening to each other's stories," she said, adding that the interreligious, multi-ethnic gathering hosted by Bishop J. Jon Bruno was an example of what is possible. Bruno concurred. "Bishop Katharine and I have the same opinion about peace in Jerusalem and we checked it out with Bishop Suheil Dawani and he agrees with us," he said. Bishop Suheil Dawani of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem addresses the March 25 Middle East Peacemakers luncheon, which raised more than $60,000 for ministries in his diocese. Dawani also addressed the gathering, which raised in excess of $50,000 for ministries and pilgrimages in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Dawani echoed Jefferts Schori's call for deeper engagement through visits and relationship building with "the living stones," the people of the land. Because of concerns about "the Christian community (where) we are losing so many young families and young people who leave and look for a better future outside our land, education and formation for young people is a major priority,” he said. Dawani noted especially "Educate for Hope," a Hands in Healing initiative founded several years ago by Mary Bruno, spouse of Jon Bruno, which helps educate children in Zababdeh, one of the few remaining predominantly Christian towns, located between Nablus and Geniene in Palestine. Educate for Hope now sponsors about 56 students each school year, at a cost of about $700 per child.

Similarly, the Department for Peace, Reconciliation, and Interfaith Dialogue, created when Dawani was enthroned as the 14th Anglican bishop in Jerusalem in 2007, oversees Kids4Peace, a program that brings Christian, Jewish and Muslim children from the Holy Land to summer camps with their U.S. counterparts in for peace-building and formation, Dawani said. Dawani also praised the contributions of American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which offers support for many ministries and projects. “Jerusalem is known as the city of God, the home of the three Abrahamic faiths. It is a beautiful city, a special place. It must remain open for all. Jerusalem is for unity and not for division. Jerusalem is for everybody," he said amid applause. Encouraging visits to the Holy Land he said, "It is very important for our people when you come and visit," adding that such visits offer hope and that the diocese values its partnership with other dioceses throughout the church. The diocese encompasses 6,000 Anglicans in 27 parishes throughout Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Syria and Lebanon, and more than 30 schools and healthcare institutions, educating about 6,400 students in schools, employing about 1,500 people and maintaining about 200 hospital beds. Prayers were offered at the start of the luncheon by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center and by Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. Bruno presented both Dawani and Jefferts Schori with a glass globe inscribed with symbols of the three Abrahamic faiths, including the Jewish Star of David, the Islamic crescent moon and the Hands in Healing cross-a cross made of hands of all colors reaching out to hold each other, the iconic representation of his ministry as bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles. The globes were unveiled during the "One Light, One Faith, One Peace" interfaith service Bruno organized to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hundreds of Christians, Muslims and Jews, in addition to civic leaders, attended the event on the steps of the Los Angeles City Hall on Sept. 10, 2011. "It has a candle inside it and I pray when you get discouraged you light the candle and pray for the peace of Jerusalem," Bruno told Dawani. Olive tree centerpieces were the gifts of the American Friends of the Episcopal

Diocese of Jerusalem and offered to anyone who wanted them, provided they were to be planted in a church or school yard as a symbol of peace, Bruno told the gathering. Jefferts Schori described a previous visit to the Holy Land at Dawani's invitation several years ago, just before Easter and Passover, when she encountered both suffering and pain but also hope of new life through interfaith collaboration in the West Bank and Gaza. "We met the faithful of several traditions who in spite of and likely because of their daily experience were engaged in hope-filled living, bridge-building, seeking understanding, finding ways to work together," she said. "We saw hope and healing for all at the Al Ahli Arab Hospital," an institution of the Jerusalem diocese. "Wherever we went we met communities of Christians and Muslims working together. We met leaders of all three Abrahamic faith traditions working together for peace. We met others including representatives of this [Los Angeles] diocese who come to the land of the Holy One to learn and listen, to pray and to build relationships. “Pilgrimage forms peacemakers, people who stand in solidarity with those who suffer," she said. She added that the Diocese of Jerusalem "is a deeply faithful leader of peace-building, often one person and one encounter at a time." She urged Episcopalians to support the ministries of the diocese. "They continue to seek partners of solidarity and witness like the people gathered in this room. They continue to seek support for their work of educating and forming new leaders of different faiths to be peacemakers. They develop health care and healing ministries to serve people of all faiths. They are advancing interreligious dialogue, building solidarity and bridges of understanding. They're developing social and economic infrastructure in Palestinian territories. They are helping to build a society of peace with justice for all, the city of Salaam and Shalom." But, she added, there is no quick fix to the Middle East conflict. Ultimately, peace will take "continued engagement," the presiding bishop said. "It takes living out of the deep place of hope. Out of the deep and soul searing sort of hope, the kind that is borne of rejecting fear. We can urge Israel to freeze the settlement activity. We can urge the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel's right to exist. We can condemn violence everywhere." "I would urge you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, to pray and work together for a society of peace with justice for that vision that is shared by all Abrahamic faiths. Salaam, shalom, peace."


MAY MAY 2012




The Oxford Dictionary of Music defines harmony as “The simultaneous sound (i.e., combination) of notes, giving what is known as vertical music contrasted with horizontal music.” That is a technical definition that gives you no idea of what harmony sounds like. Think of the concluding chord of one of your favorite compositions. Listen to that blended sound resonating in your ear and then reread the dictionary definition of harmony. If that definition were all we had, I doubt that “harmony” would have become such a useful metaphor for so many different areas of experience and knowledge: living in harmony with nature, a harmonious marriage or friendship, reaching a harmonious accord, a harmony of flavors, the harmonies of love, an artist’s harmonious palette of colors, the harmony of the spheres.

The early church’s eventual acceptance of music in worship was largely influenced by the thought of Pythagoras as conveyed through the philosopher Plato. Plato believed that the universe is not only rational, it is musical - musical harmony lies at the very heart of the cosmos. The resultant principle that making music helps put human beings in harmony with the spheres, with the nature of the created order, returns again and again in the history of ideas about music and its effect on us. For example, Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-215) taught that divine harmony is the creator of Christian unity; consequently, music from human lips was said to express and create unity and concord among Christians. Martin Luther, some 1400 years later, makes a similar affirmation, “Anyone who loves music is of good stuff, and whosoever is harmonically composed delights in harmony, which makes me much distrust the symmetry of those heads which declaim against all church music.”

We may be tempted to dismiss the insights of our ancestors in light of our radically different understanding of the cosmos. An expanding universe that is 93.5 billion light years wide seems to demolish the harmony of the spheres. However, I would suggest that the image has endured for so many centuries not because of its cosmological accuracy but because of how it resonates in the human heart. The harmony of the spheres is less a description of the universe and more a revelation about our need to find a way to a state of harmonious existence with ourselves, with one another, with creation, and with the very source of our being. Cosmologies will come and go, but the hunger for harmony will persist. Words alone can never express it. We need harmonies in our ear. Our ancestors were right; there is something wondrously salutary to the soul in the sound of musical harmony.” - From a column in the June 2011 issue of The American Organist Magazine by Thomas H. Troeger

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