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All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena

Sponsored by The All Saints Church Economic Justice & Non-Violence Working Group and Sustainable World

Moderator: Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater, Executive Director of Friends in Deed

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: ACT, Affordable Housing Services, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Faith Community Coalition, Friends in Deed, Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (GPAHG), Housing Works, Pasadena Tenants Union, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP), Union Station Homeless Services and the Office for Urban Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary.

For more information contact: Ada Ramirez at 626.583.2734 or aramirez@allsaints-pas.org

The Working Group on Economic Justice began in 2011 when the Rector created a small group whose purpose was to advise him on issues concerning economic justice. The group was expanded and combined with the Nonviolence Task Force into a Working Group of limited duration in early 2013.

The Working Group was tasked with:

  1. Studying the issues of economic justice and nonviolence.
  2. Developing programs to inform and educate the parish regarding these issues.
  3. Developing policy positions on these issues for All Saints Church with the help of parish inputs.
  4. Finding ways that the Church, its ministries and members can act on these issues.

The Working Group on Economic Justice and Nonviolence at All Saints Church may be contacted by sending a message to All Saints staff member Juliana Serrano at jserrano@allsaints-pas.org, or to the co-chairs of the group: Jonathan Williams or Kim Douglas at EJNWG@allsaints-pas.org.

  • 2014 Economic Justice Vestry Resolution

A resolution on Economic Justice was presented by the Economic Justice and Nonviolence Working Group to the All Saints Vestry at their November 18, 2014 meeting, and approved unanimously. This important document formalized the Economic Justice Nonviolence Working Group's recommendations and now guides the staff and parishioners on economic justice issues. See the full text of the resolution at the link below:


Prepare to participate in further economic justice/nonviolence action!

The Economic Justice/Nonviolence Working Group is helping to steer our church toward a new vision of economic justice. We invite you to join our teams and help make a difference at All Saints and beyond.

Past Events:

  • June 2014

An interactive, inspiring training equipping us with the theological, political, and practical organizing tools to take action as a faith community on one of the most pressing economic justice issues facing us today – wage and income inequality.

  • Fall 2013

Small group sessions occured in November 2013, providing space to further reflect and prepare for action. Readings for these sessions were:

Session 1

What is your economic narrative? In this Session, the participants will engage in activities that aid them in discovering the personal narratives that color their perceptions of money, class, wealth, poverty, etc. In addition, the participants will examine how these narratives influence the language they use and the choices they make.

  1. David Korten, Religion, Science and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time
    “For people, generally, their story of the universe and the human role in the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value,” Thomas Berry wrote in The Dream of the Earth. “The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation.”
    The challenge before us is to create a new civilization based on a cosmology—a story of the origin, nature, and purpose of creation that reflects the fullness of our current human knowledge.

  2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
    “...Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter—but beautiful—struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.”—MLK

  3. Cliff DuRand, The American Dream is Dead; Long Live the New Dream
    “...Besides this dominant American Dream, there is an alternative one in the background. It has its roots in the 18th century Enlightenment and was expressed in the French Revolution with the slogan ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.’ That was the dream of a society in which all could live in community, a society of mutual support among equals, where each individual was free to develop his/her human capacities supported by the community. The basic values of that vision are deeply rooted in the American culture. It can be the basis of an alternative—sustainable—American Dream.”—DuRand

Session 2

How does our biblical tradition impact the economic narrative we explored last week in Session 1? In this session, participants will engage in activities and discussion that will explore what our biblical tradition says about wealth and poverty, what sin is with respect to economics and what is God’s economic narrative regarding our relationship to her creation and to each other.

  1. Elsa Tamez, Greed and Structural Sin
    “Paul’s letter to Romans presents structural sin as a morass in which there is no way out. The only solution is the intervention of a different justice, the justice of God. This for Paul means the call to a new creation; to die to sin and return to live for God, showing ourselves as instruments of justice (Rom 6). Along this same line, economist Wim Dierckxsens, confronting today’s crisis, confirms with hope that the collapse of the neoliberal system presents an opportunity to propose new forms of economic relationships and life styles.”—Tamez

    Related biblical reading Romans 1-3, 6.

  2. Ched Myers, Pay Attention to the Birds
    “Jesus invites us back into the divinely sustained web of life, in which economic behavior is meant to serve social and ecological relationships, beginning with the ‘least’ and most vulnerable. Community, communion, and restraint are at the center of this alternative economic story. As people of faith, let us not be embarrassed to invoke this biblical wisdom as we struggle to discover a sustainable future. It invites all of us ‘who have ears to hear’ to listen to the birds in order to relearn Sabbath Economics, a vision whose time has come again.”—Meyers

    Related biblical reading Luke 12:13-34.

Session 3

Where do we go from here? These readings encourage us to engage with the world from a new perspective. The hopeful message they provide is that, despite what we hear daily from news sources, each of us has been given a “gift,” in Macy’s words, of responsibility and opportunity to make lasting change.

  1. Annie Leonard, How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer
    “The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can’t just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power.”—Leonard

  2. Joanna Macy, Revolution! We are In the Midst of a Great Turning and it is an Auspicious Time
    “This revolution is happening and we don’t know if it will succeed or not. And that is a very useful thing to confront and recognize right on. There are no guarantees in life. And we don’t know if the systems that sustain life will unravel, thanks to our assaults upon them, before the life-sustaining society structures really are set in place. But that is always the case. When you put seeds in the ground, you don’t know if you are going to have a bumper crop. Or if you go into labour, you don’t know if you are going to have a healthy baby. So we have this enormous privilege in our time of being alive in a historical moment when what we do—how we relate, how we think, how we move ourselves about—has enormous effects. That is a great gift. A sense of meaning for our lives is right there and is something quite grand.”—Macy


Two events worked in conjunction with each other:

A Weekend of Reflection for Action | Sunday & Monday, October 27–28, 2013

This parish-wide reflection helped us begin to:
LEARN about the injustices in our economies
QUESTION the narratives we have been told that keep injustices in place
ENGAGE with the principles of nonviolence
SHARE our own stories, worries, pains, and hopes
DISCERN our way to prayerful witness and action

Sunday, October 27, 2013 (2 events):
Richard Parker discussed What’s Unjust About the World We Live In? A Primer on Economic Injustice in the Rector's Forum.

Towards a New Vision of Justice For All: A Dialogue on Faith, Politics, and Prophetic Activism with Richard Parker and Helene Slessarev-Jamir

Monday, October 28, 2013:
Discerning Our Way to Action: A Practical Discussion with Helene Slessarev-Jamir

Richard Parker is Lecturer in Public Policy at
the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Helene Slessarev-Jamir is Professor of Urban
Studies, Ethics, Politics, and Society at the
Claremont School of Theology.

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