It's #GivingTuesday, a time to reflect on how we are grateful for all we have, and to also consider giving back to our community as we anticipate the Christmas season upon us. ❤️ Throughout the year, the St. James community supports our neighbors with 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱, a hot meal every Friday for around 100 of our unhoused friends, and access to a food pantry giving around 900 bags of food a month. ❤️ Every Saturday morning, we partner with @theshowerofhope providing a hot shower, socks, shoes, and a warm cup of coffee to anyone who needs it. ❤️ St. James in-the-City is a welcomed home for all, a center of spiritual learning with 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, a space of refuge for the lost, and place of beauty in culture, the arts, 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰, and exploring the mystery of life. ❤️ Might you consider contributing to the St. James cause? Click the link in our profile 👆🏼all this week to give in any amount ✅ or tag a friend in the comments to nudge it forward. Blessings. 🙏🏼
This Thanksgiving weekend, our Great Food soup kitchen volunteers, led by Margaret Ecker, helped make the holiday a bit warmer and drier for our unhoused guests. A full meal was prepared, served -- and to help with the LA rain -- ponchos were given out to make things a bit less wet. #gratitude #feedinghungryhearts #allarewelcome #everancientevernew #thanksgiving #thankful #episcopal #kindess #homelessness #la #greatfood
#SaturdayStories Last Monday evening’s event, called “Let’s Talk About Homelessness,” was amazing! There were church members, @_sjsla school parents and members of the wider community there. Our hearts were touched, and all of us learned much more about how to reach out to those experiencing homelessness and also how we can help address the profound need for more housing. The next morning, speaker Angela Sanchez, children’s book author and someone with lived experiences of homelessness herself as a child, spent some time in St. James’ classrooms with the students. Great insights, great attendance, and great collaboration of co-hosts St. James’ Church and School enlivened the Stories from the Frontline event spotlighting the new “Understanding Homelessness in Our Community” curriculum developed by school faculty and advocate-author Angela Sanchez, herself a UCLA graduate who grew up experiencing homelessness. Emcee Ashley Samuels, 6th-grade teacher and assistant director of Community Service Learning; Peter Reinke, head of school; and the Rev. Dr. Kate Cress, rector. Dr. Marilyn Wells, co-creator of Stories from the Frontline, moderated a panel, and other speakers included poet Michael Nelder; advocate Marlon Derek Pryor; United Way’s Tommy Newman; Amy Perkins, Mayor Garcetti’s director of interim housing strategies; and Rob Krueger, 5th-grade teacher at St. James’ School. This new curriculum focuses on helping students develop a realistic and contextual understanding of neighbors experiencing homelessness. Stories from the Frontline is an initiative of the John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation. For more information, visit @storiesfrontline2018.
A full day of music, family, friends, and spiritual learning in-the-City! ❤️ Our @_sjsla School Children’s Choir led the music of the morning as the Korean Community Choir filled the parish hall with music during the Korean service. 🧡 The morning began with a continuing educational series, “Episcopal 101,” led by parishioner, Bishop Frank Brookhart, where many got answers to lingering questions. 🧡 This afternoon, @greatmusicla welcomed The Choir of Saint James for Solemn Evensong followed by organ recitalist, Raúl Prieto-Ramírez. #SundayatStJames #GreatMusic
From Rev. Kate's All Saints Day talk: a massively challenging way to live is to treat others with love and compassion, no matter how they treat us in return. #TuesdayThoughts Listen to the full audio in our profile link. 🎧 #kindness #gratitude #belonging #allarewelcome #episcopal #podcast #sermon #talk #allsaints #everancientevernew
I am a human being, marked by weakness and limitations, like 𝘢𝘭𝘭 human beings. I am a beloved child of God, worthy of dignity and honor. Cards with these phrases were handed out this week, to remind us of the balance of humility, St. Augustine's idea of the path to God. Create your own to carry in your left and right pockets as a reminder... you are human, and you are loved. #WednesdayWisdom
Every Saturday morning from 9 until noon, St. James hosts @theshowerofhope, welcoming our unhoused friends and neighbors for a nice, warm shower. How about that for inalienable right? Along with our partners at @ktownforall, guests will be provided with sandwiches, something to drink, and donated clothing. Volunteers are always welcome. 🚿❤️ #feedinghungryhearts #Belonging #wayoflove #hope #AllAreWelcome
One of our favorite celebrations of the year is African Fellowship Sunday. St. James has a strong foundation of families from all over the large continent of Africa and the Carribean and regularly wear the traditional and very colorful fabrics to services, highlighting the immense and diverse people that you'll find in our family. This weekend was full of dance, African food, music, culture and quality time spent with old friends and new celebrating our unique and shared cultures together. #TravelTuesday #EverAncientEverNew
Deep down, all of us crave peace and joy and compassion for one another. Despite the forces that want to tear us apart, there resides in all of us a longing to love. #wednesdaywisdom Subscribe to our podcast, Stories from St. James in-the-City on iTunes.