Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco to host “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite”

Composer says work is "a radical appropriation of a European, patriarchal tradition, the formal Latin Mass, which we reinterpret through the lens of the marginalized LGBTQ experience"

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller, created to honor those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. "Requiem Mass" is presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration … [Read more...]

Vandals hit 129-year-old Episcopal church in West Pasadena

Church suffered major damage and the loss of at least one significant historical statue after a vandal or vandals broke in early Saturday morning, spray painted graffiti, destroyed property and set fire to the structure

A 129-year-old, strikingly beautiful West Pasadena church suffered major damage and the loss of at least one significant historical statue after a vandal or vandals broke in early Saturday morning, spray painted graffiti, destroyed property and set fire to the structure. Although the fire was quickly extinguished by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the Church of the … [Read more...]

Episcopal church continues to shrink in California

Conservative Anglican break-away group is growing

The following comes from a July 18 Virtue Online article by David W. Virtue: The property loss last week by the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin after eight years of battling, has drawn to a close. The winner, at least on the surface, is The Episcopal Church. They were handed a cool $50 million worth of properties including investments, endowment portfolios, as well as a … [Read more...]

Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

Msgr. Steven Lopes, who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, serves as an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. He will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012 to … [Read more...]

Climate change: the religious issue you didn’t know about

California Episcopalians move towards 'partnership' with political movement

The following comes from a March 30 Episcopal News Service article by Lynette Wilson:   [Episcopal News Service] When California Bishop Marc Andrus wants to engage people in a conversation about climate change he doesn’t throw statistics at them, rather he begins with a question like: When was the last time you had an experience of wonder in the natural world? “If … [Read more...]

Strange sex advisor for your kids

Not really, for SF Jesuit parish

The March 22 bulletin of St. Ignatius Church, the flagship Jesuit parish of San Francisco and the parish church of the University of San Francisco contained the following entry: “Adult Faith Formation. Because of the Synod of Bishops on the important topic of marriage and the family, most of the talks this coming year will be on the topic of marriage and family, but there … [Read more...]