Saturday, July 15, 2017


Lunch at the Courtyard, Sunday, July 23, 11:45 AM, Episcopal Church of the Messiah (click for map).

Immediately following the 10:15 service the Messiah community and all interested persons will go out to the homeless shelter at the Courtyard to serve lunch. If you plan to come and/or bring food, please contact Lou Chapin at louisjchapin@gmail.com.


Entrees, salads, fresh fruits, dinner rolls, and desserts are usually needed for this large lunch service, as are volunteers to serve the food. It is best to coordinate food donations with the organizers to make sure we have enough of everything. Cash donations are also welcome and will be used wisely in shopping for food on the Saturday preceding. 

Wednesday Night Movie: A Whisper to a Roar, July 26, 7:00 PM



A Whisper to a Roar, Ben Moses (2012, 96 minutes), Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

Inspired by the research of Stanford scholar Larry Diamond, Ben Moses's film examines the modern democracy movements in Egypt, Malaysia, the Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. It includes extensive interviews with heads of state as well as activist leaders.

"This deft digest from the director Ben Moses is by turns shocking and inspiring as we witness both the brutal abuse of power and life-endangering dissent. [...] The footage plucked from archives--crowds, interview face-offs, heads of states grandstanding--can be electric" (Nicolas Rapold, New York Times).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

O.C. Pride Festival and Parade, June 24, 9:00 AM




Saturday, June 24 is the annual Orange County Pride Festival and Parade, and the Episcopal Church is showing up! The festival and parade take place in downtown Santa Ana. For location details, see the Pride website: www.prideoc.com.

The day will begin with Eucharist at 9:00 am in the Hands Together Parking Lot, with Bishop Diane Bruce presiding and Kay Sylvester preaching, in the parking lot of Hands Together, catty-corner from Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA). All are welcome; drag your friends along to hear the good news of God's inclusive, expansive, abundant love. There will be t-shirts for sale for parade marchers.

The Eucharist will be timed to give folks about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the parade step-off point. The Episcopal contingent will represent Orange County Episcopal congregations, wearing the black "I am love" t-shirts. Bishop Bruce will be in the parade, as well. More to follow about the parade details.

After the parade, the Pride Festival will open at noon. Last year, the Episcopal Church booth ran out of our rainbow cross necklaces in five minutes. This year, we have multiple congregations assembling necklaces, and we hope to run out a little more slowly! Signups for the booth staffing will be coming soon. The booth interactions can be truly life-giving, and we'll be sure you have literature and a script to help you get started. Both laity and clergy are welcome to help in staffing the booth.

Save the date! Plan to spend Saturday, June 24, representing the inclusive love of God in the LGBTQ community of Orange County. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wednesday Night Movie: Ixcanul, June 28, 7:00 PM


Ixcanul, Jayro Bustamante (2015, 100 minutes, Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

Using a non-professional cast and short largely in the indigenous Guatemalan language of the region, Ixcanul tells the story of a young woman working on a coffee plantation whose arranged marriage conflicts with her dreams and ambitions for life. Celebrated in numerous film festivals, the film deals with themes of sexual and economic oppression as well as the illicit trade in children.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Lunch at the Courtard: Messiah's Homeless Ministry, June 25, 11:45 AM



Lunch at the Courtyard, Sunday, June 25, 11:45 AM, Episcopal Church of the Messiah (click for map).

Immediately following the 10:15 service the Messiah community and all interested persons will go out to the homeless shelter at the Courtyard to serve lunch. If you plan to come and/or bring food, please contact Lou Chapin at louisjchapin@gmail.com.

Entrees, salads, fresh fruits, dinner rolls, and desserts are usually needed for this large lunch service, as are volunteers to serve the food. It is best to coordinate food donations with the organizers to make sure we have enough of everything. Cash donations are also welcome and will be used wisely in shopping for food on the Saturday preceding. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

ACTION ALERT: This weekend, Join our Protective Love for Muslims, LGBTQ People, and Immigrants: Solidarity with the Vulnerable.

Please join CLUE as we stand in deep solidarity with vulnerable communities during a critical weekend!
1. SATURDAY at 10AM: Be a face of love and #SacredResistance at an anti-Muslim protest in San Bernardino
Especially if you have experience in nonviolent counter-protest, we need you to join us in spreading a message of love this Saturday. Here are some ideas for nonviolent counter-protest from a different effort. Please also practice protest safety.  
2. SUNDAY starting at 7AM: Join The LA Pride #ResistMarch
CLUE Proudly marches with the LGBTQ community—us, our brothers, our sisters—at this year’s Pride event in LA. This is our first time, and we know that there is the urgency of now to protect all the progress created in Los Angeles and beyond. Please join us on the steps of Hollywood United Methodist Church (6817 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068) at about 7:45am to march under the CLUE banner, alongside ELCA (Lutheran), Episcopalian, and Methodist leaders.  Feel free to join them for a prayer service there beginning at 7am.
3. MONDAY at 6PM: Help the Small City of Cudahy Stand for Sanctuary in the Face of Hate!
Support residents of Cudahy during their city council meetings over the city's sanctuary policies for immigrants. The next city council meeting is at June 12th at 6:30 PM at Clara Park Turner Hall (4835 Clara Park Street, Cudahy, CA 90201) and the groups have asked for our support during and after the meeting. We are planning to bring people, media, Know Your Rights fliers, and legal observers - and we would like more allies to attend this event with us.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

We the People: Standing in Solidarity, Saturday, 9AM-1130AM, San Bernardino


Saturday at 9 AM - 11:30 AM


We invite you to this event to show that the Inland Empire includes Muslims as peaceful members of our community and supports their rights to live, practice, and pursue happiness without infringement or fear of harm. This is protected by the First Amendment.

This is a non-confrontational, peaceful event, so please bring only positive messages of love and community. This event will take place on the sidewalks of the Waterman/Hospitality intersection. More details to follow.

NOTE: At the same time as our event, a group of people with a history of expressing anti-Muslim views is planning to assemble close to the Inland Regional Center (IRC) at the intersection of S. Waterman Ave. and E. Orange Show Rd. Our event will be confined near Hospitality Ln. (approx. 0.5 miles from IRC) and we ask all participants to not approach this direction in order to prevent the possibility of a violent incident.