The Sunday Sermon: Just Love

You know, we’re still talking about it! A certain African American cleric preaches at a certain family wedding in the UK, albeit one watched by billions, and proceeds to turn the world quite literally upside down. Indeed, just last week, the Archbishop of York started his Presidential address to the General Synod of the Church … READ MORE…

The Swan: Vigil Against Conversion Therapy

Our own Rev. Jeff Martinhauk spoke at the Vigil Against Conversion Therapy at St Paul’s on Thursday night: I want to briefly remind you of an old fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. If you remember, this tale starts with a mother duck waiting for her brood to hatch. Each duckling hatches, and the mother … READ MORE…

Orlando Strong

I’ve had Eucharist in a bar before. But this was different, and I was nervous. This week, we decided that the next step in healing would be for us to offer ourselves to the community and take church to the streets. We did that by having a communion service in the gay bar in Hillcrest, … READ MORE…

Meditation: Prayers for Pulse

For me it became real when a former parishioner texted me. He told me that he knew one of the victims. Brenda McCool lived in Barstow for a time. She was in the club with her son, dancing. She was there with him to celebrate him, to support him, to make sure he knew that … READ MORE…

You Are Rising

There’s a scene in an episode of the old TV show “West Wing” where Charlie, the president’s personal assistant, is told, “If they’re shooting at you, you must be doing something right.” The man who says this, a computer repairman, is talking about the fact that Charlie, who is African-American, was targeted by a White … READ MORE…

Happy Pride!

On Saturday, St Paul’s marched in the Pride Parade, accompanied by several other parishes and Bishop Mathes.  A great witness! More photos (and higher resolution versions of these) can be found on Flickr

Update on same sex marriages

Writing to the Diocesan Clergy in their monthly newsletter, Bishop Mathes has tweaked the policy regarding same sex marriages in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.  There are now no differences in how same sex and opposite sex couples are treated. It has now been one year since the Supreme Court opened the way for … READ MORE…

NALT: Not All Like That

The gay rights activist Dan Savage has coined a new term:  NALT, which stands for “Not All Like That”.  It comes from his experience in having Christians approach him to say, “We’re not all like that,” when he reports on anti-gay rhetoric or actions that conservatives justify on the grounds of their faith. As described … READ MORE…

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