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Talitha Cumi (Inspired by The Gospel of Mark 5:21-43)

She walked out of the desert with a ring of grime around her ankles where her crocs ended and her long, lean legs began. She stepped with power between sage and rabbitbrush as if she owned the land beneath her feet. Beams of light shot from her finger tips and eyes and haloed her body […]

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Los Cansados

Vengan a mi todos ustedes que estan cansados. Llevando pesadas cargas y yo les daré descanso. San Mateo 11:28 Me Encanta este versiculo Biblíco porque este fue el que me toco en el dia de mi cursillo y lo siento como que en verda yo me sentia tan cansada tan pesada que en esos, 3 […]

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Apr 2
Apr 2

It’s Okay to Be a Runaway – Joanna

As the plane sped 500 miles from LA, so did my mind.  I thought back to Jaime’s prayer and send off blessing. Father Jaime joking that I’m going to save the world gave me a little chuckle, but I also felt a pang of guilt. My motives for leaving on international medical mission are completely […]

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When We Worship Together by Evelia Chijate

“Juntos creamos espiritu, Juntos creamos espiritu, Juntos creamos espiritu. Bailando lloranso, bailando, llorando, duradero, duradero, duradero. Duradero, duradero, duradero. We’re building spirit together. We’re building spirit together with dancing and crying with dancing and crying. Never turning, never turning, never turning back. Never turning, never turning, never turning back. We blind our hearts to each […]

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You Must Stomp Grapes to Get Wine… But I Wish You didn’t.

Last Friday, my friend Stephanie and I went to the Getty Villa. It was a wonderful day to be outside and wander through the beautiful gardens. We took a garden tour and learned about the uses and history of plants in Ancient Rome. We learned so much from our tour guide, but the best thing […]

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What Does God’s Presence Feel Like to YOU?

In quiet moments I ponder myself and my ambition. And often times, ponder religion. For most of my life I have believed that my religious views were somewhat unique. As a child, religion was never forced upon me like it was for some of the people I knew. Things like praying and going to church […]

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Reflection by Brenda

Today I just want to acknowledge the power that music has. A couple of weeks ago I went to my first trance concert. Something I was surprised about because I feel I’m so punk rock lol.. and had said a million times I would never attend a “fist pumping” event ever!! Well never say never!!! […]

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Time or The Elusive Art of EXPERIENCING Life – Emily

Here’s Rob Bell’s take on the subject of time (Click Here). Dave and I have it on DVD, and there was a period of our lives when we watched it a lot. Multiple times a week. It just hit us so hard. We were both trapped in a cycle of busyness; partly it was our […]

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Heeding Paul’s Words – Holly Cardone

I’m stubborn in my sick need to hold onto shame, feelings of unworthiness, and separation. Some of this stuff was plain old self-preservation coming from a nutty family tree, and I ain’t talking about walnuts. But I’m 50, tired and I don’t need the old ways of self-preservation to keep me safe and secure. The […]

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Balance & Wholeness – A Reflection by Jazmin Zuniga Høegh

“Even if you are not cured, healing brings you into a sense of balance and wholeness. It allows you to live fully no matter the circumstances.” A friend I met through Saint Stephen’s gave me this quote a little over a year ago. Elaine brought love and light to my life at a time when […]

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Reflection by Joanna

I find most contentment in my job when I get the rare opportunities to forget insurance companies, the billing, and all the policies I question and actually get back to being a healthcare provider. Some days, it’s actually in a patient’s death that I witness healing. Working now in adult internal medicine and focusing in […]

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Reflection by Brenda

So today I want to share with you all this song. It’s By Social Distortion and its called Reach for the Sky. It may not be your cup of tea,but trust me the lyrics and the message will hit right on the money. Yesterday while in our awesome Thursday night meeting with my Work in […]

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Reflection by Dolores

Even After All this time The Sun never says To the Earth, “You owe me.” Look What happens With love like that. It lights the Whole Sky. -by Hafez

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God is in the Sea, the Trees, the Air

I feel like it’s necessary to escape the buzz of our everyday lives and connect with God through exploration and wanderlust. To get out of the city and truly experience God’s creation. In this new year, Payton and I plan to go camping more often to de-stress and immerse ourselves in nature. Hopefully we’ll find God […]

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Reflection by Christine

We were talking about race on Sunday. This happened on Monday. I went into a restaurant. I was as disoriented as I always am when I’m in the middle of a scene. But I had to eat, so I went to take care of business. Sit. Order. Write while I waited. Eat. Pay. Go. I saw […]

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A reflection from Gerardo

When someone judges your path, let them borrow your shoes.  

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Reflection by Jazmin Hoegh

“If you a scared motherf***** go to church.” –Ice Cube Too many people turn to religion solely when they’re afraid. [As if that’s the only time God deserves our attention.]  They’re at church every Sunday, bargaining with God—spewing out empty promises until their faces turn blue.  Yet, when life is “peachy keen,” they forget. They don’t […]

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A poem written by Holly Cardone

I’ve never been able to wear the world like a loose cloak, I’m sensitive. The heaviness turns to tears. Tears flow and I wrap the cloak tighter around me, Wanting respite. Wanting to shop. Injustice ways heavy on my heart, Boys playing with toy guns, No warning, Just killed. My Creator asks me to love […]

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Reflection by Gerardo Estrada

Value people that really give you reasons to smile.

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Actually Thinking by Trevor Madore

Everyday on the corner of San Fernando and Los Feliz, I wait for the second bus of my commute. The building pictured here is right across the street from where I stand for about 5 minutes every weekday morning among various strangers waiting for our respective buses. Though this building looks like an almost-finished apartment […]

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A reflection by Brenda

Today’s reflection will be on the meetings we have on Thursdays at the Actons home.A Work In Progress. First I want to say how glad I am to be a part of this. Since I’ve attended, every week since, I look forward to my Thursdays. It is such a spiritual uplift for me. I miss […]

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A reflection by Don Risotto

Compared to many others in the St. Stephen’s community, we live close. Close enough that we could take the train, ride bikes, even walk if we had to. But we don’t. Like most everyone else in Los Angeles, we drive when we need to get somewhere. This is not how I’d intended to live my life. I […]

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A reflection by Trevor Madore

This past weekend, my roommate and I both had Monday and Tuesday off for Veterans Day.  On Monday, we took a road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Oxnard and back again.  Along the way, we took a few pit stops on the coast.  It was a super cloudy day and we were surrounded by grayness […]

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A Reflection by Joanna

This post is coming in late because…well, there’s no great excuse for it except that I fell off the wagon again. Took on too much again. Decided to work more than 50 hours this week in my job that I already find emotionally and physically draining. Decided to run around on the hours I had […]

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Reflection by Jazmin Hoegh

                    ‘With all it’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.’ Simplicity, nature, and my loved ones keep me very happy. What makes you happy? Comment with a picture, so we can share in your happiness. […]

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Seriously, What more do you want from me, God? – Payton Høegh

My faith has always been on trial. I grew up in the pseudo-south, bred to the baptist church, immersed in congregations of closed eyes, hands raised, fog-machine worship services and Wednesday night youth groups where girls would wink at me then tell me they were “dating Jesus” all before making out with my best friend. […]

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Social Media Post Assignments

Social Media Post Assignment Dates 1. Calvin  P. 2. Tim P. 3. Holly C. 4. Marisela 5. Joanna J. 6. Jazmin H. 7. Nydia 8. Payton 9. Connor T. 10. Bill P. 11. Don R. 12. Trevor 13. Oneida F. 14. William C. 15. Gerardo E. 16. Suzanne 17. Roberto S. 18. Christine 19. Evelia […]

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The Least I Can Do by Holly Cardone

What do you do? Ummm, I’m in the ordination process to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. Wow. That’s awesome. Amazing. Good for you. They look at you like you are either so close to God you can smell the odor of her breath Or you are completely out of your mind. What you don’t […]

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A reflection from Gerardo

Greetings.phrase (translated to English): The objects were made to be used. People were made to be loved. The world is evil because they are use people and they love objects more  

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Frommer’s Guide by Connor Thompson

Roll your melancholy luggage down the street of facsimiles: A real copy/paste job whose broken stars hobble all arrivals. When your wheel has snapped and your shoes are untied The accommodations man will offer you his chariot: There’s 1000s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones in the tank, And enough horsepower to propel you […]

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Creation Story by Holly

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was […]

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Hearing God Through Hearts by Susan

People who know me well, know that I have a “thing” for finding “heart shapes in nature.” What that really means is ANYWHERE. In a crack in the sidewalk, in the shape of a puddle, in a fruit bowl, in the clouds, or the shape of a leaf or a rock or a chip of […]

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Oct 0
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Shrug it Off – C.P.

The man on the Metro 720 leaned in on the seat next to me and remarked “If you really knew who you are, you would’t want to be anybody else.” It was a quote his professor shared with him and it punctuated the conversation we were having. Beginning with reading crime fiction based in Los […]

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“Drop, Cover and Hold On” by Jaime Edwards-Acton

Last Thursday at 10:16 a.m., the staff at St. Stephen’s and the students of the preschool participated in the Great California Shakeout. We all got to practice our “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drills so that we are as prepared as we can be if an earthquake does hit. It was great seeing the entire […]

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For the Little Bitch in Us – Christine DeMaio-Rice

So, we had lice in the house.The reason I say “had” lice instead of “have” lice is only by the efforts of my husband and I to comb the children out daily, get treated by a specialist, and keep on top of the little bastards.But even though the insect crisis is behind us, we still […]

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Music Makes the World a Better Place – Gerardo Estrada

A reflective image from Gerardo EstradaWhat are some songs that feed your spirit?                       ~Gerardo Barrera has recently begun attending services at St. Stephen’s.  He is a DJ hailing from Guatemala who spins under the moniker Bon Yerardo.  Gerardo loves music, especially EDM, House, and […]

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Engaging the Humanity of Every Person – Trevor Madore

Whenever I see this video, there is no doubt I will get goosebumps and have a tear come to my eye.  While it’s visual representations of “god” and everything that supposedly separates us from god are fairly traditional, I believe it has a lot to say about love, connection, and working for community. I don’t […]

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Reflexion de Oneida Flores

Reflexion de Oneida FloresNo podemos entender, tantas cosas, pero si podemos ver, las maravillas que nuestro padre celestial, hace, y Las Bendiciones que nos manda. hace 26 dias nacio mi nieto, Leo, y cada vez que lo miro es como mirar a Dios en EL. A Reflection by Oneida FloresWe cannot understand many of the things, […]

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The Golden Hour – A Poem – Connor Thompson

The Golden Hour In the bracing quiet of vacated church groundsA brother can really blow his horn.I invoke you: pierce the semi-soft perfumed air With the tumult & the crash of bygone sounds. Who could be privy, in the midst of the city, To my early evening incantations? We play, emboldened by yawning palms, To […]

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A Reflection – Joanna Josue

“God, give me the strength to live another day; let me not turn coward before difficulties or prove recreate to its duties; let me not lose faith in other people: keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness; Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them. Help me […]

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Oct 0
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Walking in LA – Bill Pitkin

Even though I’ve lived in LA for more than two decades, I really don’t like driving. I feel so isolated. That’s why, when I can, I take public transit. It forces me to interact more with people and my surroundings. And, I love walking through the city. It’s one of my more “prayerful” activities. Earlier […]

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Oct 0
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Church is the People… And That Makes Me Happy – Jazmin Hoegh

“Church isn’t the building, it’s the community, the people.” Father Jaime   I have been a part of the St. Stephen’s community for five years. I’ve seen new groups of fresh-faced EUIs come and go, but this year seems different. My husband and I aren’t the only other 20-somethings attending church. There’s a wave of bright-eyed “old […]

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After You Die – Holly Cardone

Imagine if that’s all you got. That’s all God gave you. “After you die, my friend, we will meet. Love, God.” Really?! I’m an alcoholic, and that means that I have a genetic predisposition to immediate gratification. If I had walked into my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous torn up, ripped apart, spiritually and emotionally […]

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Holy Week 2011

Maundy Thursday Service April 21, 2011 at 7pm Good Friday Project April 22, 2011 at 8pm Artistic reflections on death or crucifixion woven together the 14 Stations of the Cross.

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Josie Cáceres

Choreographer Josie Cáceres Continues Arts & Reconciliation Series with a Bilingual Creative Exploration of Memory and Loss Saturday, January 22, 2011 6 pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Hollywood Free and Open to the Public Josie Cáceres is a choreographer and performer in contemporary dance. She lives in Quito, Ecuador, where she is part of Corporación […]

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Holiday Concert & Fundraiser (Saturday, Dec.18th @ 6 pm)

Tickets: $10 Adults & $5 Children (under 12) **Tickets sold in advance or at the door** -Food -Raffles -Door Prizes 6125 Carlos Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 On Saturday, December 18th at 6:00 PM, St. Stephen’s will host musical performances by youth from the Children’s Theatre Experience – Ambassadors Program, as well as a Jazz and […]

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August 8 2010 Online Update

St. Stephen’s Online Update August 8, 2010 PARISH WORK DAY THIS SUNDAY Tomorrow, August 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will be our second work day of the summer. We will be harvesting and working in the garden, painting, cleaning, moving things and sprucing up the church. As before, we will also have food […]

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U2charist @ St. Stephen’s Hollywood, Sat. April 24th

Saturday, April 24 7 pm Free and open to the public U2charist to Rock St. Stephen’s Hollywood Please join us for a vibrant worship and communion service, in the Episcopal tradition, as we host our first U2charist at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 24, 2010. All music in this special service will consist of songs […]

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Susan Zeidler

Author of Teen Music Novel to Speak at St. Stephen’s Hollywood Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 3 pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Hollywood, CA Free and Open to the Public Award-winning Reuters journalist Susan Zeidler will read, sign and discuss her debut novel, “The Practice Room” at St. Stephen’s Hollywood on Saturday, February 27 at […]

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Parish Meeting, Joint Service on January 31 2010

On Sunday, January 31st, we will have our annual parish-wide meeting, preceded by a bilingual service beginning at 12:00 p.m. Please plan on attending this important occasion when we will elect new vestry members and delegates to convention, pass the church budget and celebrate our growth.

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Christmas Eve

Join us in celebrating a bilingual Christmas Eve service on December 24th, starting at 5:30pm. Children welcome.

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Worship Together

This informally dressed, richly diverse community of faith is a people and place where the arts, social justice, and creative spirituality converge around ancient yet progressive, Episcopal liturgy. Online Newcomers Guide

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Life Together

We do not confine our faith to the walls of a church building or the time of Sunday liturgy; we are always exploring ancient and new ways to worship together, celebrate and negotiate difference together, work together, eat together, and play together. Join us on Facebook

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Children & Youth

St. Stephen’s pulsates with the excitement, curiosity, and personality of our children. The youth in our community challenge us to seek out a relevant expression of our faith. Together they enrich our expression of community. Activities for Children and Youth

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December 19 & 20 2009 | La Posada (The Inn)

LA POSADA (THE INN) By Jose Cruz Gonzalez Saturday, December 19th, Matinee show at 4:00 p.m., Evening show at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20th, Evening show at 7:00 p.m. $10 adults; $5 for ages 17 and under During the holiday season, Write Act Repertory Company is teaming up with St. Stephen’s to bring you, La […]

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December 13 2009
Dream Records Christmas Concert

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 3:30 P.M. A Christmas concert and holiday bazaar featuring artists from the just-released Dream Records/Universal CD, “Dream Christmas” will celebrate the season at St. Stephen’s on Sunday afternoon, December 13th at 4:00 PM. The event will include holiday food items and merchandise for sale. Children will be invited to decorate the parish […]

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Christine DeMaio-Rice

Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7 pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Hollywood, CA Free and Open to the Public Emerging novelist, Christine DeMaio-Rice will read from her book, Blue Valley, at 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 21 at St. Stephen’s. DeMaio-Rice’s literary work is a historical fantasy that focuses on the relationship between agriculture and […]

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Mitchell Kamin

Bet Tzedek President/CEO, Mitchell Kamin, to Discuss Judaism and Justice at St. Stephen’s Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 7 pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Hollywood, CA Free and Open to the Public Attorney Mitchell Kamin, President/CEO of the legal rights organization Bet Tzedek, will lead a discussion on justice issues and Judaism as a featured […]

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Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals Honoring the ministry of St. Francis of Assisi. All pets and guardians are welcome. Saturday, October 24, 2009 4 pm Musical guest, bisbee. www.myspace.com/iambisbee

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St. Stephen’s Welcomes EUIP

The Episcopal Urban Intern Program (EUIP) will be hosting interns at a new location this Fall, at St. Stephen’s. The church has been hard at work preparing the living quarters for the interns, and is looking forward to their contribution to St. Stephen’s and the greater Los Angeles community. Introducing EUIP Each fall, EUIP gathers […]

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Reyna Grande

Saturday, May 9, 2009 (7 pm) Novelist Reyna Grande will read passages from her fiction and memoir-in-progress. Grande won an American Book Award and El Premio Aztlan Literary Award for her critically acclaimed novel, Across A Hundred Mountains. She will discuss the challenges she has encountered as a Latina, an immigrant and a successful writer. […]

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Holy Week Schedule

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK April 5, 2009 Palm Sunday – 10:30 a.m. April 9, 2009 Maundy Thursday – 7:00 p.m. Bilingual foot washing service. April 10, 2009 The Good Friday Project – 8:00 p.m. April 11, 2009 Great Easter Vigil – 7:00 p.m. (Bilingual) April 12, 2009 Easter Sunday – 10:30 a.m. Followed […]

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Good Friday Project 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010 at 8pm This will be the eleventh year in a row that we have put on “The Good Friday Project.” This year it will be on Friday, April 2nd at 8:00 p.m. Artists will give a 2-5 minute reflection on death or crucifixion. In the past, folks have danced, read poetry, […]

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Viet Nguyen

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7 pm, Free and Open to the Public Author and USC professor Viet Nguyen will inaugurate the ‘Arts and Reconciliation’ speaker series at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hollywood. Nguyen will read excerpts from his award-winning short stories and lead a conversation on race relations with an emphasis on Asian-American […]

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