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Posts by Heather Blackstone

STEDY, March 20, 2019

I caught my head in my hands as my sister pounded a puzzle piece with her fist trying to make it fit where it obviously didn’t. We were kids and I had let her try a puzzle I had been given for my birthday; Miss Piggy sitting on a sliver of moon while Kermit gazed at her from below. I would build…

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, March 24, 2019

It’s that time of year again to vote for SENS as the Best Preschool in the San Gabriel Valley! Last August, we voted and won Best Preschool in the Pasadena Weekly Best of 2018 edition. The voting in the spring is for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. We have held this honor for the past several years. Would you please take a…

STEDY, March 13

In a pastoral letter to the Diocese of Los Angeles issued on Jan. 24, Bishop John Harvey Taylor spoke to a resolution from the July 2018 General Convention that suspends the statute of limitations on reporting acts of sexual misconduct by bishops, deacons, and priests against adult victims. Full text of the letter follows: My siblings in faith in the Diocese of…

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT, March 17, 2019

In a pastoral letter to the Diocese of Los Angeles issued on Jan. 24, Bishop John Harvey Taylor spoke to a resolution from the July 2018 General Convention that suspends the statute of limitations on reporting acts of sexual misconduct by bishops, deacons, and priests against adult victims. “This means that if you were the victim of sexual misconduct by a clergyperson,…

STEDY, March 6, 2019

By 1:30 pm I wanted to kill all of my students. By 4:30 I wanted to kill the world. It was Ash Wednesday, 2002 and I had decided to give up caffeine for Lent. I remember snarling at people as I slogged my way into the Alhambra Target, desperately searching for a drink that would silence my headache without violating my discipline.…

FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT, March 10, 2019

Several people requested Father Bill share the conclusion from his sermon this past Sunday. Below is an excerpt from that sermon. While Jesus is transfigured, the disciples hear a mighty voice, like the voice that was heard at Jesus baptism. At the baptism, the voice said to Jesus, “You are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” Now the voice…

STEDY, February 27, 2019

After years of doing yoga several hours a week I have never been able to do any arm balance poses. I’ve never even been close. During these postures the teacher always has to pause the entire class as they very calmly try to position my entire and quite ample bottom half over a tiny, slanted shelf of my elbow. My arms shake,…

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, February 24, 2019

The Parish Profile Committee is continuing its work in preparing this important description of all aspects of our parish. The committee has met with Father Bill and members of the Transition Committee to review the current draft. After a productive discussion during that meeting, the Profile Committee is revising the document with a goal of having it reviewed by the Vestry at…

STEDY, February 20, 2019

If you were outside at all last night you might have noticed the moon being especially full, bright and beautiful. This was not your imagination, last night we had another “supermoon” which is the term given to a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth on its monthly orbit. In ancient times, most people tracked…

STEDY, February 13, 2019

It is ironic, many have commented, that his last name is Love and yet he is refusing to perform marriages. Its been a bit of news in the Episcopal Church that a bishop is refusing to perform same sex marriages despite General Convention mandate of marriage equality in the church’s U. S. diocese. Like many Christians, he feels that same sex marriage…