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from Susan Russell, Senior Associate for Communication
 Women Clergy at All Saints

On July 29, 1974 eleven deacons – who came to be known as the “Philadelphia Eleven” -- and four bishops gathered in front of a standing-room-only-congregation at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia and made history with the ordination of the first women priests in the Episcopal Church.
Forty years later it might be hard to imagine -- in a parish like All Saints, Pasadena with a long history of women clergy on staff; in the Diocese of Los Angeles with two women bishops; in an Episcopal Church with a woman Presiding Bishop -- what a radical act that was. But it was.
Protesters at the ordination called the proceedings “unlawful and schismatical; constituting a grave injury to the peace of Christ’s Church.” One priest said, “You are trying to make stones into bread.” And the protests continued, including some congregations (four here in the Diocese of Los Angeles) trying to leave the Episcopal Church over the ordination of women. It was, some warned, the “end of the world as we know it.”
Yet, in spite of the warnings and protests, the church kept moving forward. In September 1975 four more women were ordained in Washington DC. And in September 1976, at the 65th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the ordination of women was “regularized” with a resolution that simply said that the canons for ordination “shall be equally applicable to men and women.”
It was the work of the National Coalition for Women’s Ordination to the Priesthood and Episcopacy -- organizing and mobilizing all around the country -- that helped make that landmark vote possible. That work was made possible, in part, by the vision and commitment to equality of the leadership of All Saints Church. The Vestry agreed that rector George Regas could work half-time on Coalition work for two years – another example of the DNA of justice making that is part of All Saints’ history. 
Throughout the month of July there will be celebrations and observances around the Episcopal Church marking the 40th Anniversary of those first ordinations in Philadelphia. Here at All Saints Church we will participate with a series of reflections from women clergy (many pictured here) who have served at, or were ordained from, All Saints, along with stories from some of the prophetic leaders –- lay and ordained -- who helped make history happen 40 years ago.  Watch for them in the weekly newsletter as well as on our website, blog and Facebook page.
On July 27 – the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the Philadelphia Eleven – we will observe the Feast of Mary of Magdalene as we celebrate the gifts women –- lay and ordained –- bring to the work and witness of the Gospel. Historian

Fredrica Harris Thompsett famously said, “the reason we study our past is to get a running start on our future.” My prayer is that this study of our past in the struggle for women’s ordination will equip us to continue to claim our history and empower us for the struggles in our generation as we continue in the work of turning the human race into the human family.

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The All Saints Master Plan for our expanded campus has achieved an important milestone, receiving final approval from the City’s Design Commission. Since we first envisioned the space the new buildings will provide, our need has continued to grow. We are committed to ensuring that our exceptional ministries and programs have the necessary facilities so they can continue to serve as beacons of God’s light and love for many years to come. Over the coming months, as we move forward with this historic project, our Rector and the Capital Campaign Steering Committee will be communicating with the parish all important details.  This is a thrilling time to be part of the All Saints community, and we eagerly look forward to sharing with you details about our progress later in the year. Until then, continue to celebrate the good work our church does every day!

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All Saints summer adventure camp runs July 14-18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Registration fees per child are $100 for the whole week or $25 per day, with scholarships and discounts for siblings.  Before and after care is provided at an extra cost. Register online or Sundays on the lawn. Camp is designed for children entering Kinder through 8th grade, with songs, stories, games and lots of space inspired activities! Two field trips are planned for junior high campers. Youth entering 9th -12th grade are invited to be counselors and can register separately online. They must attend counselor training on Sunday, July 13 from 1-4 p.m. and participate from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day of the program. For more information, please contact Laura Thornton at LThornton@allsaints-pas.org.

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Last year the Foster Care Project launched a family visitation program in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services (DCFS) using a newly decorated, toy filled room at DCFS. Here parents whose children have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care can visit their children in a family-friendly environment monitored by a trained volunteer family visitation coach.
Plans are underway to expand to two new sites, and volunteers –- including Spanish speaking bilingual volunteers –- are needed. There will be an orientation dinner in July, with training to follow. If you want to learn how you can help parents rebuild their frayed ties with their children so that they can eventually be reunited as a family, please contact inbox@fostercareporject.org.

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Sunday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. in the Chancel. Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist who has captivated audiences worldwide with her expressive vocal stylings and dynamic stage presence. Fluent in English, French and Italian, Carol blends languages and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including swing, Latin, R&B, pop and jazz. Susan Russell offers a meditation. Child care provided. If you would like to use the elevator for accessibility, please arrive five minutes early. Information = Melissa Hayes, 626.583.2725 or mhayes@allsaints-pas.org or www.carolwelsman.com.

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Sundays at 10:15 a.m.

July 6
A Temple Within: Devotional Poetry by George Herbert (1593-1633)
with Wendy Furman-Adams
Whether consciously or not, most Episcopalians know something about the work of George Herbert. A number of his hauntingly gorgeous poems are regularly sung at All Saints. But what many may not know is that Herbert was the most prolific, and perhaps the most brilliant, English religious poet of the 17th century. This session will provide a brief introduction to some of the best-loved of those poems, and demonstrate their relevance to 21st century devotional practice. SWEETLAND HALL 

Transformational Journeys – Manzanar
with Trip Leader Richard Beatty and the Manzanar Journeyers
Transformational Journeys (TJ), a ministry of All Saints Church, is a journey of faith, transforming travelers through challenging encounters with communities near and far. Come hear stories from the recent TJ to the Manzanar War Relocation Center for its 45th Annual Pilgrimage. Over 1,000 people, including former incarcerees, made the Pilgrimage, which commemorated the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. See how you can get involved in Transformational Journeys. GUILD ROOM

July 13
Attachment Stories and Coherent Narrative

with Sally Howard
We human beings love stories!  Across time and every cultural niche in creation, our human proclivity to tell stories is so central to our being that Biblical scholar John Beck suggests we should be designated homo narrans rather than homo sapiens. Not only do we tell stories but our stories tell us. In this class, we will look at our attachment stories and the ways in which secure attachment and coherent narratives go hand in hand. SWEETLAND HALL 

From Serving to Solving Homelessness
with Joe Colletti
Too many people have become complacent about serving homelessness and have abandoned the idea of solving it in their neighborhoods and cities. As history has shown, it takes enough people to reach critical mass in order to solve and end injustices. An increasing number of people now believe that homelessness can end in their communities. Find out how and join the ranks of this irresistible force. GUILD ROOM

July 20
The Power of a Balanced Mind

with Sensei Beate Stolte
How do we live a wise, compassionate and meaningful life in our challenging times? How can we move away from fear and aggression towards inner peace and genuine happiness? From the Buddhist perspective the secret lies in cultivating - through mindfulness and meditation – a clear and balanced mind of natural ease. A balanced mind is happy and peaceful by nature. SWEETLAND HALL 

From Serving to Solving Homelessness 
with Joe Colletti
Part Two of Joe’s series. See July 13 above. GUILD ROOM

July 27
Faith and Science Without Borders Presents--Quantum Theory: How the World Really Works (Part 1 - the Very Small)

with Matthew Graham
Our basic view of how the world works is determined by our everyday experience: a world of feet and miles, pints and gallons, pounds and tons. Modern physics, however, tells us this is wrong. At the smallest scales, the world is a seething cauldron of nothingness with virtual particles popping in and out of existence. At the largest scales, it is dominated by things we can never see. Yet these are the scales which tell us about the origins and fate of the universe, the nature of reality and our place in it. So it’s time to put aside a centuries-old mindset, step out and learn how things really are out there in the cosmos. SWEETLAND HALL 

Southern California and the American Religious Imagination
with Eileen Luhr
The American religious imagination has produced a variety of domestic “holy lands” since World War II. The built environment and cultural landscape of California reflect these efforts to re-conceptualize communities of belief. Using Orange County and Encinitas as examples, we will examine how conservative and progressive religious communities of the recent past adapted to a globalized world. GUILD ROOM

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Summer Choir Begins July 6

July 6 marks the beginning of this exciting adventure that continues through Aug. 31. All tuneful voices are welcome to sing any or all of the Sundays. Simply come to the Choir Room (downstairs in Regas House) promptly at 10:00 a.m. to prepare for the 11:15 a.m. service. Information = Debbie Daniels in the Music Office at 626.583.2750 or ddaniels@allsaints-pas.org.

Stupid F##king Bird at Boston Court

Join All Saints Theatre Ministry, Friday, July 11, 8:00 p.m. at the Theatre @ Boston Court to see Stupid F##king Bird, directed by Michael Michetti. Tickets are $24 and will be available for purchase on the lawn July 6. In this irreverent remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, an aspiring young director rails against the art created by his mother’s generation, a nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist, and everyone discovers just how disappointing life, art, and growing up can be. Information = Debbie Daniels, 626.583.2750 or ddaniels@allsaints-pas.org.

Women Around the World Create Healing and Respect for the Earth

On every continent, women are taking the lead to protect and restore the natural environment, and are empowering others to respect the earth. Their inspiring stories are featured in Arise, this month’s Conscientious Projector presentation on Thursday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
Acclaimed writer-producer-director Lori Joyce focuses on a diverse group of 13 women in five countries who have initiated solution-oriented environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages. Their efforts offer hopeful examples and new models, challenging our current way of thinking about the environment, and encouraging a shift in values to find a different, healthier way to view our relationship to the earth. The Idanha Films production weaves together their heartening tales with stunning images, poetry and music by well-known writers and musicians, including Alice Walker and Michael Franti. The film is narrated by Daryl Hannah.
A community discussion follows the film, which is being included in this year’s Old Pasadena Film Festival. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information contact Marty Coleman at 818.517.8878 or visit www.arisethemovie.com.

THE WAY: A Pilgrimage Through Film with Jim Curtan

Summer at Stillpoint presents “The Way: A Pilgrimage Through Film” with renown spiritual film guide Jim Curtan. Join us as we explore a powerful way to view the spiritual dimensions of film. Using The Way, a dramatic story starring Martin Sheen as the father who must lose himself to find himself, we will view the entire film as a spiritual retreat gently led by spiritual  director and talent manger Jim Curtain. As cinema pilgrims, we too, will pause along the way to deeply notice the spiritual insights breaking through. Jim has taught at the Omega Institute and the London Centre for Spirituality and around the world and has advised such prominent actors such  as John Malkovich, John Travolta, Geena Davis, William Dafoe and Andy Garcia.
Join us for a Retreat in Film. Spend a day on The Way. Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Historic Campus of All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid, Pasadena, California, 91101. Across from Pasadena City Hall. Early registration discount. For more information and to register, go to www.stillpointca.org.

Gary Hall Preaches on July 13

Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and former All Saints priest Gary Hall will be in the pulpit at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 13.


Baptisms for children are celebrated at Sunday services five times a year. Families should be members of All Saints. Instruction is required for parents and godparents. Information on infant and child baptisms = Laura Thornton, 626.583.2764 or lthornton@allsaints-pas.org.

A Look Back at Confirmation, May 17, 2014


Praying for Others

If you are interested in praying for others, please call the Prayer Line at 626.583.2707 or prayers@allsaints-pas.org.

Memorial Flowers
Memorial flowers are a beautiful way to remember a loved one, celebrate a special event, or to give thanks for someone who has touched your life. To donate flowers for the altars, please call 626.583.2721.

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Following its prophetic call, All Saints Church seeks to embody the inclusive love Of God in Christ through spirituality, community and peace & justice.

All Saints Church, Pasadena, is a large, multi-ethnic and nationally recognized parish in the urban center of Pasadena, known for its liturgy, preaching and social outreach.  It has a long history of interfaith relationships and an ongoing commitment to local, national and global issues of peace and justice.

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Death in the Community


There are currently no memorial services scheduled.
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