The Diocese of Los Angeles is located in one of the most ethnically diverse geographic areas in the nation and takes seriously the call to seek and serve Christ in all persons. Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce, as part of her overall pastoral work, oversees the diocesan New Community: Multicultural Ministries.
The diocese sponsors several commissions that offer support and networking opportunities for Asian, Black, Latinx, and Native American Episcopalians.
Weekly worship opportunities in the diocese are offered in Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog , Taiwanese, and Vietnamese. Yearly special services of Holy Eucharist commemorate spiritual giants of the faith, such as Absalom Jones and Martin Luther King.
Asian Episcopalians and friends meet regularly in groups including The Gathering, Chinese Convocation, Filipino Convocation, Japanese Convocation, Korean Convocation, South East Asian Convocation, South Asian Convocation, and Episcopal Asiamerica ministries.
To learn more about each ministry area, please click on the photo links below:
Program Group on Black Ministries
Members of this diocesan commission work to strengthen and to expand the unique ministries of African Americans within the congregations and all other institutions and programs of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Members work closely with the national and local chapters of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), a longstanding church-wide organization.
The Rev. Margaret Hudley McCauley, Chair
Deacon St. John’s Cathedral, Los Angeles
The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce
Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles
213.482.2040, ext. 242
St. Gabriel’s Church | 133 East Graves Avenue Monterey Park, CA 91755
Sunday Services: 9 am Mandarin / 10 am English / 11 am Cantonese
St. Thomas’ Church | 15694 Tetley Street Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Sunday Services: 8 am English / 10:30 am Mandarin & English / 12 pm Taiwanese
The Rev. Fennie Hsin-Fen Chang , vicar
(Cantonese, Mandarin & English)
The Church of Our Saviour | 535 West Roses Rd. San Gabriel, CA 91775
Sunday Services: 8 am English / 10 am English / 11:45 am
The Rev. Bob Honeychurch, interim Rector
The Rev. Thomas Ni (Mandarin & English)
Parish of the Holy Trinity & St. Benedict | 412 N. Garfield Ave. Alhambra, CA 91807
Sunday Services: 11 am English
The Rev. Brent B. Quines
St. John’s Church/ Holy Child Church (Episcopal/Phillipine Independent Church)
1537 Neptune Avenue Wilmington, CA 90744
Sunday Services: 10 am English
The Rev. Greg G. Bayaca
Sunday Services: 7:30 am English / 9:45 am English / 11:45 am Spanish
The Rev. Anna Olson
Christ Church | 408 S. Broadway Ave. Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The Rev. Nicholas Griffith
The Rev. Joshua Lee
Cathedral Center / Congregation of St. Athanasius |
840 Echo Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 213 482 2040 X202
Sunday Services: 12:30 am Korean
The Rev. Frank Alton
The Rev. Yein Kim
St. James’ Church | 3903 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010
Sunday Services: 10:30 am Korean (Wednesday 7:45pm Eucharist Korean)
The Rev. Dr. Kate Cress, Rector
The Rev. John Kim
The Rev. Aidan Koh, chaplain St. James School
Program Group on Latinx Ministries
The Program Group on Hispanic Ministries provides opportunities for continued education and empowerment of Latinos to serve in Church leadership capacities.
Current initiatives include Instituto de Liderazgo (Leadership Institute) and the quarterly Encuentro Latino de Oraccion y Alabanza (Encounter in Prayer and Praise). A newsletter, Nuestras Voces (Our Voices), is published throughout the year.
The Program Group also seeks to welcome parishioners to attend Spanish-language liturgies provided by more than 25 local congregatons.
Hispanic ministry first began in the Diocese of Los Angeles with outreach to immigrants during the 1940s. At the time, Holy Family Church in North Hollywood became the first Hispanic congregation. Next, the Church of the Epiphany in East Los Angeles began Spanish-language services in the 1960s and became active in the Chicano civil rights movement. In 1983, under Bishop Robert Rusack, the first five-year plan for Hispanic Ministry development was implemented, leading to the addition of new congregations, programs and opportunities.
A directory of congregations offering services in Spanish is here.
Carlos Ruvalcaba, chair
Member, St. Mark’s, Van Nuys
The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce
Bishop Suffragan (overseeing diocesan multicultural ministries)
The Cathedral Center of St. Paul
840 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles 90026
Instituto de Liderazgo www.liderazgoepiscopal.com/
Native American Ministries
Los Angeles is home to more than 250,000 Native Americans according to the last U.S. Census. This makes Los Angeles the largest population of Native Americans in all the United States and shifts our understanding of Native Americans living on “Reservations.”
But how do we understand our relationship with Native people without knowing more about the rich foundational history and tradition of the Los Angeles area? These and other questions are engaged regularly through the diocesan Program Group on Native American Ministry Development and related ministries featured on these pages.
Among them are the people of the land whose ancestors have been here for hundreds of years. They include the Tongva, Chumash, Tataviam, and Acjachemem. Read more about them here.
NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S TALKING CIRCLE
First Women, First Tuesday, Gather at the Fire ~ Native American Women throughout the diocese come together on the 1st Tuesday of every month in a traditional Talking Circle under the arbor on the roof of the Retreat Center and around a fire.
Our mission engages and empowers women as leaders and active members of the community. Biannually the women encounter each other on retreat engaging with specific issues and needs as Native American women These retreats are held in partnership with AICC and Native Ministry. One retreat a year is held at the Diocesan Retreat Center and the other at the Oaks on the Soboba Indian Reservation:
The Rev. Canon Mary Crist
South Asian Ministries
A growing segment of the Southern California population has cultural roots in South Asia, the region including the nations of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives. Opportunities for new ministry are present within the six-county Diocese of Los Angeles, which is well served by the ministries of Bishop Samuel Azariah, retired moderator of the Church of Pakistan now serving at St. Peter’s, Rialto, and his spouse, the Rev. Khushnud Azariah, rector of St. George’s, Riverside.
An article on Bishop Azariah’s ministry is here: http://episcopalnews.ladiocese.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3193072
The Program Group on Global Partnership exists to deepen the mission of the Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and in the world, through accompaniment with overseas partners. The Pakistan Committee of PGGP carries out the mandate of the 78th General Convention which “expresses solidarity and partnership with the Church in Pakistan. It calls for adequate protection for all religious minorities, an end to persecution, and redress for human rights violations in Pakistan.
The Pakistan committee of PGGP:
… educates others about life in Pakistan, in particular for religious minorities. In addition to seminars two groups from the Diocese of Los Angeles have taken pilgrimages to Pakistan. See the articles in the Episcopal News: (http://episcopalnews.ladiocese.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3186605) by Jade Lakin and https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2018/07/13/young-pakistani by Pat McCaughan.and https://ministries.ladiocese.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3178975.
…supports the Church of Pakistan and advocates for justice through letter writing.
See the following article on Asia Bibi, a Christian who spent 10 years imprisoned and awaiting the death penalty on a false blasphemy charge again the Prophet Mohammed, until her recent acquittal. Her life continues to be endangered and she is unable to leave Pakistan. https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/07/asia/asia-bibi-pakistan-intl/index.html
See the article on the young boy, Iqbal Masih, a child slave who became an activist against child labor. Masih was killed age 12 by the “carpet mafia” in Pakistan. (You Tube: It Takes a Child). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UStGtNe6VJ0&t=19s
Committee Chair: The Rev. Khush