We were started in 1895 as a church for Japanese-speaking Episcopalians; we are now primarily English-speaking people of Japanese, Chinese and Caucasian heritage.
http://seikokai.org We were started as a church for Japanese-speaking Episcopalians; we are now primarily English-speaking people of Japanese, Chinese and Caucasian heritage. Priest in Charge: The Rev. Debbie Low-Skinner.
Operating as usual
Thanks to Rector, The Rev. Dr. Deb White, for this funny information briefing before attending in-church services. You too can be a frequent worship attender, with all the added benefits in heaven.
Charles Yu has just won the National Book Award for fiction for his book "Interior Chinatown."
nytimes.com “Interior Chinatown” explores Asian-American stereotypes, something that captivated the novelist and TV writer as he thought about stars, supporting characters and who gets to play the lead.
Should the 2021 Tokyo Olympics take place or not? Japan has a lower COVID-19 incidence rate than US, and has spent millions to construct Olympic facilities/venues. Then there's a chance that a vaccine might be available by next summer. But should there be an Olympics?
nytimes.com Infection rates are rising in the United States and parts of Europe are back in lockdown. Yet the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, said the Games would take measures to go on.
Japanese American History: NOT for Sale
Coming in 2021!
The Postal Service recognizes the contributions of the 33,000 Japanese American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. The stamp, printed in the intaglio method, is based on a photograph. “Go for Broke” was the motto of the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team and came to represent all Japanese American units formed during World War II. The stamp was designed by art director Antonio Alcalá.
artscanvas.org Last month, Apple TV+ became the new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. That sparked an outcry from viewers who were accustomed to annually tuning in on network TV.
Some gorgeous shots here.
sfgate.com Snow is beautiful. So is technicolor fall foliage. Last week, they occurred...
For all those struggling to keep going, emotionally, financially, physically: I bring words of support. I know how tired many of us are feeling, and how anxious even more of us feel. This pandemic has gone on for so long we may have imagined the old life we once lived will never return. But that will not be the case. Already the mind of medical science has turned us toward hope with vaccines to help us all reclaim our lives. That recovery process may feel slow, too slow, but its steady movement should remind us that the Spirit is at work each day turning grief into healing. So while you wait, while you stay in shelter, receive this blessing: may you feel the love of every person who reads these words, knowing that they share your need, understand your hardship, and care for you deeply as a sister or brother in faith. The candlelight of their hearts will burn for you, and burn brightly, through each day of the winter ahead.
The Celtic Christian Tradition
“One of the most fundamental problems in the spiritual order is that we sense within ourselves the hunger for God, but we attempt to satisfy it with some created good that is less than God. Thomas Aquinas said that the four typical substitutes for God are wealth, pleasure, power, and honor. Sensing the void within, we attempt to fill it up with some combination of these four things, but only by emptying out the self in love can we make the space for God to fill us. The classical tradition referred to this errant desire as "concupiscence," but I believe that we could neatly express the same idea with the more contemporary term "addiction." When we try to satisfy the hunger for God with something less than God, we will naturally be frustrated, and then in our frustration, we will convince ourselves that we need more of that finite good, so we will struggle to achieve it, only to find ourselves again, necessarily, dissatisfied. At this point, a sort of spiritual panic sets in, and we can find ourselves turning obsessively around this creaturely good that can never in principle make us happy.”
― Robert Barron
From fellow South Indian American Padma Lakshmi of Kamala Harris: "The Trump era ...empowered people to show their racism nakedly, in slights and jeers and acts of violence. For many people of color and immigrants, the message was clear: You do not belong here, and you are not wanted.
"It will be a difficult and long path to undo that damage. But for me and other girls and women of color, Ms. Harris embodies an opposite message: You do belong here, her life says, and you obviously can achieve absolutely anything."
nytimes.com Imagine how wide the ripples of impact can be when a woman of color is vice president.
Unity is diversity in love.
Love creates unity, connects all things, holds all things.
Love is the creative energy of God.
God is love.
~Bob Holmes #comeintothequiet
The Celtic Christian Tradition
Today begins the 40 days to Christmas as in the old Advent or Celtic Advent.
Midori Francis, born Midori Iwama, is the star of the popular Netflix series "Dash & Lily," which also stars Troy Iwata, James Saito as Lily's grandfather and Jennifer Ikeda as Lily's mother.
people.com "We are ready to fight against all odds to keep The Strand alive, but we cannot do it without book lovers like you," the iconic bookstore said in October
I used to spend many an hour at Tower in their Mountain View and Campbell stores.
deadline.com One of the most iconic retailers in entertainment has returned in a new incarnation. Tower Records, which closed its stores 14 years ago and declared bankruptcy, today announced it has come back as…
As post-POTUS, he has been a veritable saint and sage and mensch. God bless President Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
Don't forget, our monthly online cooking class with chef Kenji Yokoo of Kenji's Kitchen is this Sunday, November 15 at 11:00 a.m.! Be sure to register to learn how to make this month's dish, tonkatsu - deep-fried pork cutlet!
Follow along in your home kitchen on Zoom as Kenji shows how to make crispy deliciousness! Webinar to be held Sunday, November 15, 11:00 a.m. PST. $7 Center members, $10 general public. Register online: http://bit.ly/kenjitonkatsu
#kenjiskitchen #japanesecooking #tonkatsu #theCenter #itadakimasu
"Said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in a statement: "This has been a dream of hers for as long as I've known her. As Assistant General Manager with the Yankees, she was indispensable to me when I first began my tenure as the GM. Kim was a tireless and dedicated executive back then, and in the ensuing years, she has ceaselessly added to her skill set to maximize her talent. She will provide the Marlins with vast experience and institutional knowledge along with a calm demeanor and an amazing ability to connect with others -- all of which will serve her well in her new leadership role as head of baseball operations. I offer my congratulations to her and to the Marlins organization.""
espn.com The Marlins are hiring Kim Ng as their new general manager, making her MLB's first female GM, the team announced Friday.
We are building our brand-new Silver Bells website and it will go live at 9AM on 11/1. Go to www.kimochisilverbells.org (you must include the www). Please tell your friends and family that if they make a purchase with any vendor, to give the vendor the code "SILVER BELLS".
Thanks to Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal for sharing this.
bbc.co.uk Live from Ely Cathedral on Armistice Day.
Episcopal Church Memes
You don't have to be an Episcopalian to be welcome in an Episcopal church.
"That’s how progress happens. It doesn’t happen in quantum. It happens inch by inch, pushback, inch by inch, pushback, inch by inch, pushback, inch by inch, pushback, and before you know it, you’ve moved farther down the road than you ever thought you would. I believe it is possible for us to be instruments of healing in this culture. And I refuse to give up. As long as there’s a God and God doesn’t quit, I’m not quitting."
religionnews.com (RNS) — Curry spoke to Religion News Service about what divides the United States, what people of faith can do to help bridge those divisions and why he believes healing is possible.
Sad to know that the BSA filed for bankruptcy earlier this year to escape possible sexual misconduct lawsuits. We have until 11/16 to file a proof of claim to protect my church from future lawsuits. Same goes for our Troop co-sponsors Pine United Methodist Church and Christ United Presbyterian Church filing their own proofs of claim.
Back in the day, over 100 years ago, regular Caucasian Boy Scouts troops wouldn't allow Asians. So our churches banded together to charter an all-Asian troop, which is still going strong, as well as Cub Scout Unit 12.
Cheers to all the St. Martin parishes out there, including my fave St. Martin's, New Bedford MA, and St. Martin's in Canterbury, England.
November 11 is the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier and an early Christian bishop. He is especially remembered for having cut his officer's cloak in half so he could share it with a poor man, who in the cold of winter had no coat of his own. Martin is the patron saint of all who serve in the military, and it is no mere coincidence that his feast day was selected as the official date for the Armistice of 1918, which ended the hostilities of World War I. Consequently, his feast is also the day fixed for the observance of Veterans Day.
"The Rev. Kim Jackson, a priest (who leads the Church of Common Ground) in the Diocese of Atlanta, who is now the first out LGBTQ person ever elected to the Georgia state Senate."
episcopalnewsservice.org [Episcopal News Service] In last week’s general election, LGBTQ candidates made history with milestone victories around the United States. Among them was the Rev. Kim Jackson, a priest in the Dioce…
sfchronicle.com City officials said the reversal is necessary to avoid a dramatic second surge of coronavirus cases.
Thanks to a friend for sharing this. Thanks to my brothers Gary and Steve and my uncles George and Bill for having served in the armed forces. (PS--My mother worked as a medical records clerk typist for the Veterans Administration for over 20 years at Ft. Miley in SF's Lands End.)
cnn.com President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' newly appointed Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board is led by established public health officials and staffed by a mix of doctors and current and former government officials, some with high-profile media visibility.
RIP Alex Trebek. You fought a good, long fight against cancer. You brought inspiration, class, impeccable pronunciation of untold number of foreign words, and a wealth of knowledge to generations of Jeopardy fans. God bless you and God's peace and sincere condolences to your family.
nytimes.com A good host, he once said, could set his ego aside and let contestants be all they could be. But he let them know when he thought they missed easy answers.
The Celtic Christian Tradition
Science and God
nytimes.com Donald Harris and Shyamala Gopalan grew up under British colonial rule on different sides of the planet. They were each drawn to Berkeley, and became part of an intellectual circle that shaped the rest of their lives.
Episcopal Church Memes
John Wesley was an Anglican priest who is best remembered as an inspiring preacher and as the founder of the English Methodist Societies. Even though we are now four days past election day, much of the advice he offers here is still relevant.
It is midday on Saturday, November 7. The major news networks have announced that former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are now the President-elect and Vice President-elect.
There are tremendous celebrations erupting all over the country; there is also great consternation, confusion, and anger, also widespread.
I am not writing to join a partisan moment. I write as the Bishop of the Diocese of California to affirm that the democracy in which the Episcopal Church lives in its majority (one country among the seventeen that make up our province of the Anglican Communion) has worked and worked well.
Democracy is fragile. There have not been, relatively speaking, many democracies across time, and they individually have not long endured. Thus, this democracy is all the more precious with each time it successfully works.
Americans voted in great numbers, and they voted in historic numbers by mail, largely, I have to believe, to protect themselves during Covid-19, and to protect others. How beautiful it is to me that 160 million citizens voted in a way that respected the science around this deadly pandemic, but were insistent that they would vote.
This manifestation of a successful democratic exercise also sees the election of the first woman to be our Vice President, and she is a woman of color, born to immigrant parents. This is a moment of which we should all be proud and grateful.
And finally, you know me and it wouldn’t be a message from this bishop if I didn’t say how crucial it is that this exercise of democracy in action will restore the United States to the essential work of turning back the planetary threat of climate change. We will rejoin the vast majority of the countries of the world who are parties to the Paris Accord, and, I pray we will lead in the area of climate change action again.
In the days ahead we commit ourselves in the Diocese of California to work night and day for reconciliation and the repair of the Beloved Community. Much work is needed; we are deeply divided country. The challenge of the work of reconciliation however is small in light of the power of the Holy Spirit, who is always with us.
Let us pray together:
God of justice and God of peace, we join in prayer today to thank you for the life you give us, as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, calling us to be Christians in this great country. We are called to be bearers of your ever-fresh message of prophecy - to care for the weak and vulnerable, to defend them against all powers. You call us to pray for our leaders, and we so pray. We pray for Donald, our President, and for Joe our President-elect. We pray for this time of transition in our democracy; may peace, forbearance and overflowing love prevail. All this we ask and pray in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
+Marc Handley Andrus
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