Rev: ontological despair and Louis MacNeice

That's How The Light Gets In

A sitcom that dares to explore moral issues, use words like ‘ontological’ and have its lead character recite lines from a Louis MacNeice poem?  This has been the excellent six-part series, Rev. which recently finished on BBC2.   The Rev Adam Smallbone is played by Tom Hollander, who devised the series with writer James Wood.  He is a Church of England vicar, newly arrived from a sleepy rural parish to the inner-city world of St Saviour’s in east London.

Every day throws up a moral conflict, explored sensitively and without cheap laughs in the excellent script. Everyone is welcome at St Saviour’s and Adam can’t turn anyone away, even if they are clearly lying, mad or just plain annoying. From parents, including the local MP, who hope that by attending church just once they’ll get their children into the local school judged best, to Colin, a lonely, lost soul who…

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You’ll never believe what’s drawing Millennials to church…

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Young people fill the pews at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., pastored by Mark Dever. Young people fill the pews at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., pastored by Mark Dever.

COMMENTARY | Meredith Flynn

Mark_Dever_blogA 16-page church bulletin leaves little to the imagination. At Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., worship attenders know exactly what they’re getting into from the time they walk into the split-level, high-ceilinged sanctuary, less than a mile from the U.S. Capitol.

The order of service, printed neatly on the inside cover page, lists every hymn, prayer, and Scripture reading. Every song is there in entirety – not just lyrics, but actual music.

Even the Nicene Creed gets its own page, with three paragraphs of explanation about where it came from and why we recite it. (“I said this in church for 28 years,” said one visitor, “and nobody ever explained it to me.”)

Your first impression is that this church is good at welcoming new people. They…

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Introducing 20s30s CrossBrew!

20s/30s CrossBrew: Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Paths
First Gathering this Thursday, September 5, 7:00pm
Allison English of All Saints’ is teaming up with her husband, Robert, of First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica so the two churches’ 20s/30s groups can get together. We will meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. There will be socializing and discussion over beer (hence CrossBrew) and our overarching topic for the fall is: Learning to approach and interpret scripture, and explore how scripture has authority in our lives. For location and further information, email us



September 5 we’ll be talking about Anglican/Episcopalian and Methodist approaches to issues of faith.
Are you in your 20s or 30s? We hope you’ll join us.

September 19 we’ll be sharing meaning from our various faith backgrounds – what meaning do we draw from our traditions?
Are you in your 20s or 30s? We hope you’ll join us.

October 3 Mysticism: what are mystical approaches to scripture Exploring writings of various mystics

October 17 Lectio Divina: the practice of traditional mystical engagement with scripture

November 7 Artistic approaches to interpreting scripture Exploring scriptural interpretations through various artistic media

November 21 Shared photo experiment (during the month have a theme for each week and have some scripture verses attached to each theme, invite everyone to find, interpreting the scripture through their images. At the meeting bring everyone together add the pictures and make a photo collage)

December 5 Comparative scripture study on birth narratives

December 19 Film clips which capture Advent themes; peace, hope, love, joy

We Welcome the New Priest!

Rev Allison joined the staff at All Saints starting in July.  And we rolled out the red carpet to give her a big All Saints Welcome!

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Just kidding.  These photos were taken a few years back at the Bishop’s Ball an event for all the teens in the diocese.

Allison has been a priest at St Wilfred’s in Huntington Beach, but has been no stranger to All Saints.  Meet her on the patio after church on a Sunday or at the 20s30s Summer BBQ.


Brunch Announcements!

The infamous 20s30s brunch returns THIS SUNDAY!

Sunday Oct 14th, 12-2

Join us for a fun time and fantastic food in the upper parish hall following the 11:15 service.

We’ll be having some fabulous lasagna and hearing from our guest speaker the director of the Neighborhood Youth Association in Venice, an awe-inspiring afterschool program.

Cost is $10

If you’re a traditional service attender you can join us before brunch for pumpkin spice chai and snacks (and help set up!)

Hamburger Happy Hour and Traditional/Alternative Service Mixer

Wednesday Oct 17th 6-9

We’re breaking out from the church brunch cycle and hitting up one of the best new burger places in town: Rascal.

They have a burger happy hour.  Their signature burger is only $5 from 5-7 so drop in and grab a burger (or chicken or fish sandwich) and a drink and get to know some people who go to “that other service.”

Gay and Lesbian BBQ at the rectory

Sunday Oct 21 4-7 PM

Joe Becci will be cooking up some of his famous BBQ ribs.

From Rachel: I hope you all will consider coming to the bbq on the 21st. Yes, it’s technically a Gay and Lesbian Ministry event, but you don’t have to be gay to go! We will be talking about doing some volunteer work at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and we’d love to have you all involved in that. I think we will end up doing work with the homeless youth there – and many of those kids are homeless because their parents kicked them out for being gay (reading between the lines here: for religious reasons). I think it’s important for church groups like ours to let them know they are okay and loved by God. It’s equally important that straight people tell them that – so we’d love your involvement

.Michael Chiarello's Babyback Ribs with Espresso Barbecue Sauce

All Saints Weekend 20s30s Dinner

Saturday Nov 3 6pm

Are you hearing all the buzz about All Saints weekend but don’t know what it is all about or where you’re supposed to go?

Well come with us!  To Brian and Karen Ide’s house.  That’s where all the cool kids will be.  And by cool kids, I mean you!

Book Groups

The 12 Steps to Compassion Book Group is wrapping up the final few chapters by the end of the year.

But the group is still open to anyone who would like to join!

It meets the last Tuesday of every month.

Contact Angela Williams Gephardt for more info

Because of the success of the Compassion book group, we’re starting another book group so people in different parts of town and/or different schedules can join a group.  Let us know what books you’re interested in!

Service Opportunities

We’ll be visiting the Neighborhood Youth Association in the next few weeks.  Sign up to join the tour of their program and find out how to get more involved.

Monday Meal at All Saints is a great way to get involved with the church and the local community.

Gay and Lesbian Center -the Gay and Lesbian ministry invites us to join them in serving at the Gay and Lesbian center.  If you’d like to find out more about this opportunity join us for a bbq at the rectory on Oct 21.  Or talk to Rachel Brookhart.

Pastry Walk

We’re joining the Pastry Walk at the end of the month.  A walking tour of local bakeries.

Find out more.

I hope you can join us and make more and better friends.



Fancy Donuts & Ice Cream

Fonuts is one of those boutique bakeries on West 3rd Street you always want to go into and check out but never have a reason.  Well now, we’re your reason.  Also, Ice Cream is your reason.  We’re going to the fonuts ice cream debut.  Fonuts is unveiling their new summer ice cream line up.

Join us for this and then maybe we’ll walk over to the nearby grove to see Moonrise Kingdom

Fōnuts, the purveyors of unfried, gluten-free and vegan donuts is introducing a new player to their summer menu: fōnut ice cream sandwiches. Owners four-star pastry chef Waylynn Lucas and her partner, voice actor Nancy Truman, have come up with some modern and nostalgic flavor combinations for their new sandwiches, featuring seasonal ingredients and all house-made ice creams.

Some of the sandwich flavors include the Chocolate fōnut with eucalyptus ice cream, strawberry buttermilk fōnut with fresh mint ice cream, vegan coconut passion fruit fōnut with vegan coconut sorbet, and the blueberry Earl Grey fōnut with lemon lavender sorbet. The shop plans to offer an ever-changing selection of seasonal ice cream flavors to sandwich between your favorite fōnuts.

The ice cream sandwiches will launch at the Fōnuts and Grilled Cheese Truck ice cream party hosted by Chef Lucas and Truman happening June 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fōnuts.

8104 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles


20s30s Charrette

We are planning a 20s30s Charrette!

What is a charrette?  A Charrette is a type of meeting often used in town planning.  All parties are invited to the table to bring their visions and demands.

When planning a town, this would include architects, housing developers, traffic engineers, environmental impact reviewers, citizen action groups, utilities reps, and city officials, etc.

For this group it involves you!  As well as other past, present and future leaders within the group and church.

Talk to Josh Paget for more info or post a reply below!

Thank you