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From Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor
For the families and friends of those killed a year ago on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, and for those injured in countless other ways in the massacre, Valentine’s Day hearts will always be pierced, shattered, and sore wounded. In print and on the airwaves, the debate about preventing more acts of mass violence, especially against children, sounds as circular as ever, the same tiresome either-or. Is it a mental health or a gun issue?
On Jan. 9, 2019, a beacon of light cut across the night sky, beckoning several thousand people from Montecito’s Manning Park to All Saints by- the-Sea Church as community residents gathered to remember those who died in the deadly mud and debris flow a year earlier.
The Very Rev. Frank Alton and other members of Episcopal Sacred Resistance, the diocesan sanctuary task force, are determining next steps after a December trip to El Barretal, a former entertainment venue turned refugee camp for 2,500 asylum-seekers in Tijuana, Mexico.
As Seeds of Hope enters its sixth year, the diocesan food justice ministry just keeps on growing. The ministry — and executive director Tim Alderson, a fifth-generation California farmer — feature prominently in “L.A. Foodways,” a documentary film that explores the Southland’s agricultural legacy, current food waste challenges and opportunities to bring fresh foods to urban areas.
For vocational deacon Kathryn Derose, bringing the world’s concerns to the church has meant linking parishes and parks to boost physical activity; pressing pastors to preach healthy eating and promote gardening and Zumba classes; and exploring food insecurity and stigmas affecting the HIV-infected.
Especially in the area of civil rights and racial justice, “law and morality are not the same thing,” Devon Carbado, a law professor at UCLA, told some 250 people at the diocesan Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, held Jan. 20 at All Saints Church, Pasadena. Furthermore, he said, “The civil rights trajectory, the pathway to social change, is not linear. It reflects what we might call a reform entrenchment; a movement forward, then a movement backward.”