From Bob Williams, Canon for Common Life
Media Gifts and Skills
Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11
We never imagined last Epiphany-tide that more than 95 percent of the diocese’s 133 congregations would, within the coming year, find themselves worshiping online, with many reaching new heights in digital education, evangelism, and fundraising, all to make God’s unfailing love known amid the deadly grip of a global pandemic.
At various levels, we’re discovering how to do and be church in new ways, helping one another by sharing best practices including those emphasized by Diocesan Convention’s outstanding new online learning series, “Servants of the Spirit: Gifts for Ministry.”
These classes resume Wednesday, Jan. 13, with a 7 p.m. one-hour webinar on “Digital Media Strategy for Congregations,” followed Saturday, Jan. 16, by a 9 a.m. “Workshop for Wardens.”
A full schedule of upcoming sessions, all free of charge and archived for subsequent viewing, is here. While not required, advance registration is appreciated. You won’t want to miss these great opportunities. (Please also note that the media webinar has been moved ahead to Jan. 13 from the Jan. 6 date previously publicized.)
Presented by Diocesan Council’s Program Group on Communications and Public Affairs, the media strategy webinar will be led by: Marisol Barrios Perez, principal partner of Mission Driven PR and Program Group chair; Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith, digital media engagement specialist and senior warden of St. Paul’s Church in Ventura; and Payton Hoegh, communications director of the Jubilee Consortium and Seeds of Hope. Three 15-minute modules will focus on comprehensive planning, maximizing messaging across platforms, and website & social media pro tips.
The Program Group also plans the following initiatives in this new year.
- Because many congregations are contemplating how best to plan for retaining digital programming once it is deemed safe to resume in-person worship inside church buildings per state and diocesan guidelines, the Program Group will, in the months ahead, share examples of how parishes and missions – of all sizes, from small to large – plan to achieve this new balance with its benefits of attracting and allowing participation locally, regionally, and globally.
- The Program Group also is resuming its practice of convening 10 deanery-based consultative groups open to all clergy and laity involved in communications ministry. Watch for organizing messages from Program Group members in the weeks ahead. Because each of the diocese’s 10 geographic deaneries dovetails a regional media market, attention will be given to shared outreach to bring the Episcopal Church’s good news to local readers and viewers via local news and social media outlets.
- Diocesan Council members will join the Program Group in continuing to strengthen the Episcopal News email list by adding address lists of parishioners in local congregations. This effort is in keeping with Council’s request that all congregations provide email lists for the sole purpose of sending the weekly Episcopal News Update and occasional messages from the Bishops’ Office. The list is never shared for any other use, per policy dating back to prior decades in which 100% of diocesan congregations provided parishioners’ postal addresses for mailing The News before its publications became completely digital. Your cooperation in strengthening the email list is greatly appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to send any questions or requests for assistance to our diocesan communications staff team via email to email@example.com.
In keeping with this week’s Feast of the Epiphany, it is fitting to give thanks for “modern Magi” everywhere who are bringing congregations great aid by opening their treasure chests to share gold-standard technology, to inspire worship with the digital equivalent of frankincense, and to engage the symbolism of myrrh as a balm for the death and loss in these dreadful pandemic days.
May God’s peace and healing strength continue to bless and sustain you and your congregation in this new year and always.
Notice for congregations that sponsor or have sponsored Boy Scout Troops
You may have heard about the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case filed in February of 2020. If you haven’t, click here for more information.
The primary purpose of the bankruptcy is to deal with the substantial number of claims of sexual misconduct in the Boy Scouts of America over its many years of activity.
If your congregation is or was a chartered organization for the Boy Scouts (in other words, if you sponsored or hosted a troop), you will need to file a general proof of claim, even if you are unaware of any issues with your congregation’s particular troop(s).
An email from the Bishops’ Office (in English and Spanish) detailing related requirements and procedures is here.
Safe Return to in-person worship FAQ page
A new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page concerning safe return to in-person worship has been posted here. If you have questions about how to cope with pandemic-era planning in your congregation or institution, please check there for answers.
The next issue of Angelus will be electronically transmitted and published in February. News items should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by January 21.
Angelus is a joint project of the Office of Clergy Formation and Transition Ministry and the Office of Community Relations of the Diocese of Los Angeles
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The Rev. Canon Pat McCaughan, editor
COVID-19: Messages and resources
Messages from diocesan leaders and many other resources are available on the COVID-19 Resources page of the diocesan website. Visit often; the page is updated frequently. Please send suggestions for additional listings to email@example.com.
In addition, please send your stories about ministry in this unprecedented time and your creative ideas to the same email address for inclusion in the Resource Roundup or the Episcopal News Update. Thank you!
TENS log-in for 2020
The Diocese of Los Angeles is a member of TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship), which means that all our clergy and congregations may access its resources. Visit the TENS website and use this login information (please note these are case-sensitive):
ELIZABETH ANN PIRAINO, GRETA RONNIGEN, STEVEN PHILLIP SWARTTZELL, COURTNEY ANN URQUHART TAN and WALTER JOSEPH THORNE will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Harvey Taylor at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, in a service that will be livestreamed on the diocesan Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
Due to the pandemic, only those directly involved in the rite of ordination (all of whom have been contacted individually) will be permitted to attend the service at Church of Our Saviour. The diocesan community is invited to witness the service on Facebook or YouTube, either live or later on demand.
ANDREA THORNTON ARSENE will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at St. John’s Church in Lafayette, Indiana, by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows on behalf of Bishop John Harvey Taylor. Arsene is curate at that parish. Baskerville-Burrows will also ordain REBEKAH SIMS to the diaconate during the service, which will be livestreamed at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST) on the “IndyDio Virtual Abbey” Facebook page.
FRANK ALTON has been elected to a 4-year term as board member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, beginning March 1, 2021. AED is the source for information about deacon formation and supervision. Learn more about AED at www.episcopaldeacons.org
MARK BRADSHAW has accepted a new position as an active-duty chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He has served the past ten years as rector of St. Barnabas, Pasadena, and will conclude his ministry there in early 2021.
Jane Benson Freeman, mother of NORM FREEMAN, passed away Dec. 28.
NORMA GUERRA began serving Dec. 1 as the Associate for Formation and Transition Ministry. In that capacity, she will serve as a liaison to the Bishop’s Commission on Ministry in helping to guide processes through which candidates pursue ordination.
GARY HALL’s term as Bloy House interim dean will be extended for an additional year, through June of 2022.
SHERYL KUJAWA HOLBROOK has been elected the sixth editor of Anglican and Episcopal History, a ministry of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. She has been the journal’s book review editor, while serving as vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty of Claremont School of Theology.
The Rev. Canon Dr. George Regas
October 1, 1930 – January 3, 2021
The Rev. Canon Dr. George Regas, legendary rector emeritus of All Saints Church, died January 3, 2021 at his Pasadena home, with his spouse Mary and her son Lowry at his side. He was 90.
He is also survived by his daughter, Susan Regas; his sons, Tim and Tyler; by Mary’s other son, Burke Smith, and their families. A daughter, Michelle Regas Worrel, died in 2002.
He was born in Knoxville, Tennesse to Greek immigrant parents, and attended Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ordained a priest in 1957, he led churches in Pulaski, Tennessee, and Nyack, New York, before being called as All Saints rector in 1967.
He retired in 1995 from All Saints, and founded the Regas Institute to continue his many well-known social justice ministries. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, he also founded Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, a Los Angeles-based coalition.
A Jan. 3 online gathering was held to pray and share memories. Current plans are to offer a celebration of life in his memory once pandemic restrictions are lifted.
A full obituary is here.
Clergy are encouraged to request that their name be placed on an “interest list” if they would like to be considered for:
a) positions, regardless of the progress of the congregation in determining their process, or their readiness to receive names;
b) placement by the bishop in mission congregations or where an appointment is otherwise applicable.
Contact the Rev. Tom Quijada-Discavage at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at: 213.482.2040.
Receiving names/Developing profile
Arcadia, Church of the Transfiguration Parish
Huntington Beach, St. Wilfrid’s Parish
Inglewood, Holy Faith Parish
Lancaster, St. Paul’s Parish
Los Angeles, St. Mary’s Parish (Mariposa)
Palos Verdes Estates, St. Francis Parish
No Longer Receiving Names/ Now Interviewing candidates
Congregations that will at some point be searching for clergy leadership, but are now working with supply clergy, a long-term interim or priest in charge:
Corona del Mar, St. Michael’s Parish
Downey, St. Mark’s Parish
Los Angeles (Melrose), Trinity Parish
Pasadena, St. Barnabas
MISSION & OTHER POSITION APPOINTMENTS
Mission congregation positions, some of them part time, for which the Formation and Transition Ministry office is presently receiving names for the bishop’s consideration.
Garden Grove, St. Anselm
Lake Arrowhead, St. Richard of Chichester Mission
Moreno Valley, Grace Mission
Needles, St. John’s Mission
Yucca Valley, St. Joseph of Arimathea Mission
HOLLYWOOD-LOS ANGELES: Seeds of Hope Food Distribution Associate. Bilingual (English-Spanish). This position will be an essential part of the Seeds of Hope team getting healthy, nutritious food to more families in need in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Job duties include picking up, sorting, organizing and delivering produce; providing great customer service; documenting quantities and submitting data for reports. Work hours are full time, but variable. Valid Class C driver’s license, experience with driving 16-ft or larger truck required. Full job description is here.
CLAREMONT: Spirituality center executive director. The Center for Spirituality & Practice (CS&P), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources for those seeking wisdom and spiritual practices for their daily lives, seeks a committed spiritual practitioner and high-capacity nonprofit leader to be its first executive director. A respected name in the spiritual enrichment landscape, the Center runs the multifaith/interspiritual website SpiritualityandPractice.com which offers a vast array of resources for the spiritually hungry. The new executive director will collaborate with founders Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat to advance their legacy and develop the organization into its next phase. A detailed position profile can be found here.
NEVADA: The Episcopal Diocese of Nevada has posted its profile and is accepting nominations for the position of Xlth Bishop Diocesan. The profile is available here. Deadline for applications is January 29, 2021.
TEXAS, Temple City: Rector, Christ Episcopal Church. Parish Profile on The Diocese of Texas website here.
MÉXICO CITY, MÉXICO: Rector, Christ Church Anglican/Episcopal. Christ Church, an Anglican/Episcopal parish in Mexico City, is seeking a rector for its open, welcoming, bilingual community. A link to our parish profile can be found on our website. We hope the information prompts you to consider becoming our rector at this exciting if challenging time. We also would consider hiring someone on an interim basis. Candidates must be ordained as a priest in a member province or extra-provincial church of the Anglican Communion as of the date of application. Candidates must demonstrate native-level English language fluency. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish. Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, and links to videos of two recent sermons to email@example.com Your cover letter should include a paragraph describing what attracts you to life in Mexico and service to our community. Please do not send photos, academic transcripts, or copies of credentials.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Director of Youth Ministries (full time), St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. This individual will oversee the programs of Christian formation for students in 6th-12th grades. A self-starter who connects with youth in engaging and innovative ways would be a welcome addition to the leadership of St. Luke’s. A full job description is here.