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"It looks like it belongs in the English countryside, but historic Holy Trinity Church in Covina is right where it shoul...
12/13/2021
Historic Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina sustains its members and enriches the community

"It looks like it belongs in the English countryside, but historic Holy Trinity Church in Covina is right where it should be, thriving in modern-day Southern California.

In 1910, the present church building was built based on designs Fr. Alfred Fletcher sketched of country churches on a visit to England. The priest sent his sketches to Arthur Benton, architect of the Mission Inn in Riverside and San Gabriel Valley Mission Playhouse. The result is a Carpenter Gothic church, said Fr. Steve De Muth, pastor and rector. Its remarkable exterior is matched by dark wood inside, with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows."

An Advent lessons and carols service on Dec. 19 is an uplifting introduction to the congregation and rector at the historic Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina.

*Being the World We Want*An Advent and Christmas Message from Bishop John Harvey TaylorMay all the joys and blessings of...
12/13/2021

*Being the World We Want*
An Advent and Christmas Message from Bishop John Harvey Taylor

May all the joys and blessings of this sacred season be with you and those you love.

Charles Dickens wrote this of Scrooge: “He carried his own low temperature always about with him. He iced his office in the dog days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.” Everyone in ministry is a temperature setter, too, or so a mentor priest once told a group of us. She said we would change others’ outlook not so much by preaching and teaching but by adjusting our temperamental thermostats – setting them on kind, empathetic, cheerful, curious, and just. Setting them on love.

The Christ child is the anti-Scrooge, cooling fevered, anxious brows, warming cold days. Not knowing when Jesus was born, early Christians gave the world his annual celebration when it most needed his fire – a few days after the winter solstice, when nights were longest and coldest. Christmas has been a warming pinpoint of hope in the darkness ever since.

During Advent, we’re on a precipice, teetering between darkness and light, alpha and omega (delta and omicron this year), the imperfectability of earthly life and God’s realm of justice, peace, and love. We all know people – maybe we are people – who complain when someone says “Merry Christmas” too early. And yet it’s better not to grasp too quickly for the precious gift in the manger. We spend liturgical time preparing to come before him in awe – the child who transforms the world just by being and then goads us to be transformative in his name, spirit, and example.

Loving the world as he does, the child asks much of those pledged to imitate his love. The one who feeds the world with his body gives us heart to help the food and housing insecure. Jesus lends prophetic authority to the anguish we feel at news of armies massed on Ukraine’s borders or of families fleeing violence and injustice who are shivering south of our borders. Discerning the connection between Jesus’s authority and his vulnerability and self-sacrifice, we may even receive grace to lay down our privilege, or at least put it to work for God’s glory and the sake of God’s people.

This Christmas, we can again offer warmth and fellowship to one another by gathering safely and celebrating the Nativity in person. Giving thanks for our reunited communities of faith in the Diocese of Los Angeles, let us redouble our work of reconciliation in our families, churches, and communities, and in a nation so addicted to fear and certitude that just watching the news can make us feel Scrooge’s chill in our bones. This Christmas, let us covet Christ’s and one another’s warmth. Let us be the way we want others to be. Let us be the world we want.

Yours in Christ’s love,

+John

Photo: Passing the peace on the Third Sunday of Advent at Holy Nativity, Westchester (John Taylor)

*Being the World We Want*
An Advent and Christmas Message from Bishop John Harvey Taylor

May all the joys and blessings of this sacred season be with you and those you love.

Charles Dickens wrote this of Scrooge: “He carried his own low temperature always about with him. He iced his office in the dog days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.” Everyone in ministry is a temperature setter, too, or so a mentor priest once told a group of us. She said we would change others’ outlook not so much by preaching and teaching but by adjusting our temperamental thermostats – setting them on kind, empathetic, cheerful, curious, and just. Setting them on love.

The Christ child is the anti-Scrooge, cooling fevered, anxious brows, warming cold days. Not knowing when Jesus was born, early Christians gave the world his annual celebration when it most needed his fire – a few days after the winter solstice, when nights were longest and coldest. Christmas has been a warming pinpoint of hope in the darkness ever since.

During Advent, we’re on a precipice, teetering between darkness and light, alpha and omega (delta and omicron this year), the imperfectability of earthly life and God’s realm of justice, peace, and love. We all know people – maybe we are people – who complain when someone says “Merry Christmas” too early. And yet it’s better not to grasp too quickly for the precious gift in the manger. We spend liturgical time preparing to come before him in awe – the child who transforms the world just by being and then goads us to be transformative in his name, spirit, and example.

Loving the world as he does, the child asks much of those pledged to imitate his love. The one who feeds the world with his body gives us heart to help the food and housing insecure. Jesus lends prophetic authority to the anguish we feel at news of armies massed on Ukraine’s borders or of families fleeing violence and injustice who are shivering south of our borders. Discerning the connection between Jesus’s authority and his vulnerability and self-sacrifice, we may even receive grace to lay down our privilege, or at least put it to work for God’s glory and the sake of God’s people.

This Christmas, we can again offer warmth and fellowship to one another by gathering safely and celebrating the Nativity in person. Giving thanks for our reunited communities of faith in the Diocese of Los Angeles, let us redouble our work of reconciliation in our families, churches, and communities, and in a nation so addicted to fear and certitude that just watching the news can make us feel Scrooge’s chill in our bones. This Christmas, let us covet Christ’s and one another’s warmth. Let us be the way we want others to be. Let us be the world we want.

Yours in Christ’s love,

+John

Photo: Passing the peace on the Third Sunday of Advent at Holy Nativity, Westchester (John Taylor)

Remembering 40 years of AIDS ministry, Southland Episcopalians share in rededication of L.A. monument / Gothic Records r...
12/09/2021
The Episcopal News Update | December 12, 2021

Remembering 40 years of AIDS ministry, Southland Episcopalians share in rededication of L.A. monument / Gothic Records releases new album to mark 25th year of historic pipe organ at St. James in-the-City Church, L.A. / Diocesan staff to observe upcoming holidays; Update on hiatus / Bishop Taylor to ordain five to priesthood Jan. 8 / and more in the Episcopal News Update for December 12, 2021.

News from the Diocese of Los Angeles View as Webpage The Episcopal News Update A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles December 12, 2021 diocesela.org/episcopal-news Remembering 40 year

Episcopalians in ministry in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. Kudos to St. Bede's.
12/07/2021

Episcopalians in ministry in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. Kudos to St. Bede's.

Kids learn from ‘nature’s laboratory’ at Discovery Gardens preschool in Fullerton / One in the Spirit ministry to host A...
12/02/2021
The Episcopal News Update | December 5, 2021

Kids learn from ‘nature’s laboratory’ at Discovery Gardens preschool in Fullerton / One in the Spirit ministry to host Advent virtual conversation on 'engaging across difference' / Bloy House seeks new dean and president / Class will follow 'itinerary of self-discovery' in the Gospel of John / Escuela para Ministerios en español to begin in Pasadena / and more in the Episcopal News Update for December 5, 2021.

News from the Diocese of Los Angeles View as Webpage The Episcopal News Update A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles December 5, 2021 diocesela.org/episcopal-news Above: Children use

The end may be near, but radical change can save the earth, says climate activist Mary Nichols in Margaret Parker Lectur...
11/18/2021
The end may be near, but radical change can save the earth, says climate activist Mary Nichols in Margaret Parker Lecture

The end may be near, but radical change can save the earth, says climate activist Mary Nichols in Margaret Parker Lecture

[The Episcopal News] Unless radical changes are made in current energy use, “the guy with the sign that says, ‘The End is Near’ is right – probably before the end of this century,” environmental attorney and climate activist Mary D. Nichols told delegates attending the Nov. 13 annual meeti...

Bishop Bruce remembers 'bloopers and blessings' as convention bids her a warm farewell
11/18/2021
Bishop Bruce remembers 'bloopers and blessings' as convention bids her a warm farewell

Bishop Bruce remembers 'bloopers and blessings' as convention bids her a warm farewell

[The Episcopal News] As she prepares to take on a new role Dec. 1 as bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri, Diane M. Jardine Bruce bid a heartfelt and funny farewell at convention to the diocese she has served since May 2010 as bishop suffragan. At times she paused to overcome tears, bu

‘Truth and Love’ abound as convention passes historic balanced budget, pays tribute to late Bishop Bruno, bids farewell ...
11/18/2021
‘Truth and Love’ abound as convention passes historic balanced budget, pays tribute to late Bishop Bruno, bids farewell to Bishop Bruce

‘Truth and Love’ abound as convention passes historic balanced budget, pays tribute to late Bishop Bruno, bids farewell to Bishop Bruce

Several hundred clergy and lay delegates gathered at the Riverside Convention Center Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, while hundreds of others participated online from churches and homes in the first hybrid annual meeting of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

Full coverage of Diocesan Convention / Farewell to Bishop Bruce / Margaret Parker Lecture / Election results / Conventio...
11/18/2021
The Episcopal News Update | November 21, 2021

Full coverage of Diocesan Convention / Farewell to Bishop Bruce / Margaret Parker Lecture / Election results / Convention photos and videos / ‘Code red’: Melissa McCarthy and Episcopal Church delegation focus on ‘loss and damage’ at UN climate conference / HFS helps form adoptive families – and stays with them all the way / and more in the Episcopal News Update for Nov. 21, 2021.

News from the Diocese of Los Angeles View as Webpage The Episcopal News Update A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles November 21, 2021 diocesela.org/episcopal-news Diocesan Convention

11/16/2021

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Episcopal Church leader urges action on climate change
11/11/2021
Episcopal Church leader urges action on climate change

Episcopal Church leader urges action on climate change

ABC News' Linsey Davis speaks with Rev. Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the U.S., about the church’s efforts to fight climate ...

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce to begin ministry Dec. 1 as bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri / Ontario pari...
11/11/2021
The Episcopal News Update | November 14, 2021

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce to begin ministry Dec. 1 as bishop provisional of the Diocese of West Missouri / Ontario parish dedicates 'Rebecca's Garden' as community resource for rest, contemplation / Bishop Taylor will offer invocation at re-dedication of LA AIDS memorial / Convention will convene Nov. 13 in Riverside / and more in the Episcopal News Update for November 14, 2021.

News from the Diocese of Los Angeles View as Webpage The Episcopal News Update A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles November 14, 2021 diocesela.org/episcopal-news Bishop Diane Jardin

Melissa McCarthy represents church at UN climate conference / Credit union looks forward to new services, better access ...
11/04/2021
The Episcopal News Update | November 7, 2021

Melissa McCarthy represents church at UN climate conference / Credit union looks forward to new services, better access / Emergency grants fund transitions to annual appeal / Convention is coming: all the details are here / and more in the Episcopal News Update for November 7, 2021.

News from the Diocese of Los Angeles View as Webpage The Episcopal News Update A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles November 7, 2021 diocesela.org/episcopal-news Melissa McCarthy rep

Diocesan Council approves balanced 2022 MSF budget to present to Nov. 13 convention | The Gathering remembers 1871 massa...
10/28/2021
The Episcopal News Update | October 31, 2021

Diocesan Council approves balanced 2022 MSF budget to present to Nov. 13 convention | The Gathering remembers 1871 massacre of Chinese in L.A. | Convention to consider four resolutions at Nov. 13 meeting | and more in the Episcopal News Update for October 31, 2021.

News from the Diocese of Los Angeles View as Webpage The Episcopal News Update A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles October 31, 2021 diocesela.org/episcopal-news Diocesan Council app

My Work To Do session to begin on Thursday via Zoom / Jubilee Year urban intern program to celebrate 30th anniversary wi...
10/21/2021
The Episcopal News Update | October 24, 2021

My Work To Do session to begin on Thursday via Zoom / Jubilee Year urban intern program to celebrate 30th anniversary with online event Dec. 11 / St. Mary’s, Laguna Beach, to host Indigenous Peoples celebration / 'Salvage' by Tim Alderson returns to LA theater scene / and more in the Episcopal News Update for October 24, 2021.

News from the Diocese of Los Angeles View as Webpage The Episcopal News Update A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles October 24, 2021 diocesela.org/episcopal-news My Work To Do sessio

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the passing of Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state https://bit...
10/18/2021

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the passing of Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state https://bit.ly/Curry-Powell

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the passing of Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state https://bit.ly/Curry-Powell

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"It looks like it belongs in the English countryside, but historic Holy Trinity Church in Covina is right where it should be, thriving in modern-day Southern California. In 1910, the present church building was built based on designs Fr. Alfred Fletcher sketched of country churches on a visit to England. The priest sent his sketches to Arthur Benton, architect of the Mission Inn in Riverside and San Gabriel Valley Mission Playhouse. The result is a Carpenter Gothic church, said Fr. Steve De Muth, pastor and rector. Its remarkable exterior is matched by dark wood inside, with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows."
*Being the World We Want* An Advent and Christmas Message from Bishop John Harvey Taylor May all the joys and blessings of this sacred season be with you and those you love. Charles Dickens wrote this of Scrooge: “He carried his own low temperature always about with him. He iced his office in the dog days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.” Everyone in ministry is a temperature setter, too, or so a mentor priest once told a group of us. She said we would change others’ outlook not so much by preaching and teaching but by adjusting our temperamental thermostats – setting them on kind, empathetic, cheerful, curious, and just. Setting them on love. The Christ child is the anti-Scrooge, cooling fevered, anxious brows, warming cold days. Not knowing when Jesus was born, early Christians gave the world his annual celebration when it most needed his fire – a few days after the winter solstice, when nights were longest and coldest. Christmas has been a warming pinpoint of hope in the darkness ever since. During Advent, we’re on a precipice, teetering between darkness and light, alpha and omega (delta and omicron this year), the imperfectability of earthly life and God’s realm of justice, peace, and love. We all know people – maybe we are people – who complain when someone says “Merry Christmas” too early. And yet it’s better not to grasp too quickly for the precious gift in the manger. We spend liturgical time preparing to come before him in awe – the child who transforms the world just by being and then goads us to be transformative in his name, spirit, and example. Loving the world as he does, the child asks much of those pledged to imitate his love. The one who feeds the world with his body gives us heart to help the food and housing insecure. Jesus lends prophetic authority to the anguish we feel at news of armies massed on Ukraine’s borders or of families fleeing violence and injustice who are shivering south of our borders. Discerning the connection between Jesus’s authority and his vulnerability and self-sacrifice, we may even receive grace to lay down our privilege, or at least put it to work for God’s glory and the sake of God’s people. This Christmas, we can again offer warmth and fellowship to one another by gathering safely and celebrating the Nativity in person. Giving thanks for our reunited communities of faith in the Diocese of Los Angeles, let us redouble our work of reconciliation in our families, churches, and communities, and in a nation so addicted to fear and certitude that just watching the news can make us feel Scrooge’s chill in our bones. This Christmas, let us covet Christ’s and one another’s warmth. Let us be the way we want others to be. Let us be the world we want. Yours in Christ’s love, +John Photo: Passing the peace on the Third Sunday of Advent at Holy Nativity, Westchester (John Taylor)
Remembering 40 years of AIDS ministry, Southland Episcopalians share in rededication of L.A. monument / Gothic Records releases new album to mark 25th year of historic pipe organ at St. James in-the-City Church, L.A. / Diocesan staff to observe upcoming holidays; Update on hiatus / Bishop Taylor to ordain five to priesthood Jan. 8 / and more in the Episcopal News Update for December 12, 2021.
Remembering 40 years of AIDS ministry, Southland Episcopalians share in rededication of L.A. monument. See Episcopal News story at https://bit.ly/AIDS-Ministry-40th
Episcopalians in ministry in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. Kudos to St. Bede's.
Kids learn from ‘nature’s laboratory’ at Discovery Gardens preschool in Fullerton / One in the Spirit ministry to host Advent virtual conversation on 'engaging across difference' / Bloy House seeks new dean and president / Class will follow 'itinerary of self-discovery' in the Gospel of John / Escuela para Ministerios en español to begin in Pasadena / and more in the Episcopal News Update for December 5, 2021.
Advent Wreath
A gallery of photos from Diocesan Convention, held Nov. 13 at the Riverside Convention Center. https://diocesela.org/news/convention-2021-photo-gallery/