From The Desk of Rev. Ada Wong-Nagata

The following are two events in the diocese that I strongly encourage you to attend.

First event:

Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith

Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith

All are invited to Martin
Luther King commemorative service on Jan. 16

The diocese's annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration will be held at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Guest preacher will be the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, bishop of the Diocese of Missouri. He will share his story of the Michael Brown tragedy in Ferguson, which is located in his diocese. The Program Group on Black Ministry invites all to a reception following the service. George Wayne Smith became 10th bishop of the Diocese of Missouri in 2002. He served on former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's council of advice, is a member of the House of Bishops Theology Committee, and was cognate chair of the Standing Committee for Liturgy and Music at the 2015 General Convention. 

 Second event:

Are you interested in learning about how you and your church can work with refugees? Join Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS) at 10 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 23 at theProCathedral of St. John to learn about how to form a Refugee Welcome Team.  Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Lynn Mackenzie at 323.667.0489, ext. 128, or St. John's Cathedral is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007.

 This is to follow up on our Forum in December: Hope in a despairing world, about our refugee crisis and how we can help as a local community. For those who are interested to go, we can carpool. Please let me know.