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Every year on the Sunday closest to the Fourth of July we begin our worship with these words from the Declaration of Independence:

Minister: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

People: For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

We sing songs that celebrate our aspirational national values of liberty and justice for all, we pray prayers asking for wisdom and courage to make those values a reality — not just a dream — in our country and we share the bread and wine made holy as strength for that journey.

This year we are honored and delighted to welcome our friend and ally in that journey Salam Al-Marayati for a very special Rector’s Forum: “Human Dignity: Bridging Muslim and LGBT Communities.” Salam comes to us in the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando for a truly historic conversation on building coalitions of love, justice and compassion in the face of hatred, discrimination and violence. Do not miss this opportunity to both informed and inspired by one of the great thought leaders of our generation. 10:15 a.m. in the Forum.

We also welcome back to the pulpit our friend and former All Saints staffer Gary Hall. Recently retired as Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, Gary is back in Southern California and will be part of our preaching rotation in the coming months. This Sunday he will preach “A Better Country” at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. and Zelda Kennedy will preach at the 1:00 p.m. Bilingual Spanish/English service.

If you cannot be with us in person, join us via live stream at 10:15 a.m. (for the Forum) and 11:15 a.m. (for the service).

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