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I am writing to you from my hometown of Jesup, Georgia, where tomorrow I will preach at the funeral of my cousin, Shannon Johnson: one of the victims of the tragic shooting in San Bernardino. I will be back at All Saints on Sunday and hope you will join me in the Rector’s Forum at 10:15 a.m. — where I will address convergence of terrorism hitting my family and hometown, the terrifying surge of Islamophobia in our nation and our ongoing commitment to confront the critical issues of gun violence and the climate crisis.

I am convinced there are crucial and interconnected threads between these issues and want to reflect with you on how they call us all to both prayer and action. Please join me in the Forum on Sunday for this important Rector’s Forum.

I will preach at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. on The Recipe for Joy. And at 1:00 p.m. we will have a great celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Tenth Anniversary of our Spanish language service — with guest preacher Anthony Guillen, Episcopal Church Missioner for Hispanic/Latino Ministries.

Sunday evening, I encourage you to return at 5:00 p.m. for the beautiful Advent Evening Service, led by our brilliant youth musicians with a meditation by Jeremy Langill — and then stay for the 6:30 p.m. Community Gun Violence Vigil, hosted by the All Saints Gun Violence Task Force on the quad lawn.

If you cannot be with us in person please join us for the Rector’s Forum at 10:15 and for the 11:15 service via our growing online community of live-streamers here.

Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith this Advent, know how grateful I am for you and for our work together here at All Saints Church. God bless!

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