St Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church

★★★★☆
  • 7501 Hollywood Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  • 323-876-2102

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I was a member of St. Thomas for about three years. I was in the choir. I am a man who sings alto - always have for the last 44+ years and always will. Unfortunately, the St. Thomas philosophy of inclusiveness does NOT extend to the alto section of its choir. When Fr. Davies came on board, he decided - for whatever reason - he did not want men singing alto in his choir! He insisted that I had to sing tenor or bass to remain in his choir. His position violates Title I, Canon 17, Section 5: "No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship, and governance of this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disabilities or age, except as otherwise specified by Canons." So I left the Church and went where my talents were welcome. But in hindsight, what I should have done was institute a formal complaint against Fr. Davies under Title IV for violation of the canon with the objective of getting the bishop to issue a pastoral directive to make him conform. Singing alto is a recognized, traditional liturgical ministry, just like being a Eucharistic Minister, Thurifer, or Lector, that should be open to men and woman alike. I wish Fr. Davies was as open to male altos as the Episcopal Church is to women in ordained ministry.

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I was a member of St. Thomas for about three years. I was in the choir. I am a man who sings alto - always have for the last 44+ years and always will. Unfortunately, the St. Thomas philosophy of inclusiveness does NOT extend to the alto section of its choir. When Fr. Davies came on board, he decided - for whatever reason - he did not want men singing alto in his choir! He insisted that I had to sing tenor or bass to remain in his choir. His position violates Title I, Canon 17, Section 5: "No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship, and governance of this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disabilities or age, except as otherwise specified by Canons." So I left the Church and went where my talents were welcome. But in hindsight, what I should have done was institute a formal complaint against Fr. Davies under Title IV for violation of the canon with the objective of getting the bishop to issue a pastoral directive to make him conform. Singing alto is a recognized, traditional liturgical ministry, just like being a Eucharistic Minister, Thurifer, or Lector, that should be open to men and woman alike. I wish Fr. Davies was as open to male altos as the Episcopal Church is to women in ordained ministry.

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From the first day I sat foot nine years ago as a visitor from out of town, to the day I moved here two years ago, each visit was warm and welcoming. Now that I am a member, that has not changed. The liturgy is as rich and meaningful as you can get. With their Welsh priest who gives the homilies that has an accent that makes you feel as if you are in a Gothic church in England to their choir who often times takes a major classical choral piece and break it up for the liturgy. No praise bands here. This is true Anglo-Catholic liturgy and enough incense to set off smoke detectors in most parishes. Lent and Advent are especially moving and Holy Week with nightly services and the most traditional of the Triddum Masses leading up to Easter Sunday.

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From the first day I sat foot nine years ago as a visitor from out of town, to the day I moved here two years ago, each visit was warm and welcoming. Now that I am a member, that has not changed. The liturgy is as rich and meaningful as you can get. With their Welsh priest who gives the homilies that has an accent that makes you feel as if you are in a Gothic church in England to their choir who often times takes a major classical choral piece and break it up for the liturgy. No praise bands here. This is true Anglo-Catholic liturgy and enough incense to set off smoke detectors in most parishes. Lent and Advent are especially moving and Holy Week with nightly services and the most traditional of the Triddum Masses leading up to Easter Sunday.

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St. Thomas is an Episcopal Church and as such, we are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are Anglo-Catholic by tradition, meaning we have a great respect for both the rich liturgical heritage of the church, and for living the message of social justice proclaimed by Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values:

* We welcome all people.
* We educate, inspire and empower everyone to be Christ in service to the world.
* We celebrate authentic liturgies in the great tradition of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

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St. Thomas is an Episcopal Church and as such, we are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are Anglo-Catholic by tradition, meaning we have a great respect for both the rich liturgical heritage of the church, and for living the message of social justice proclaimed by Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values:

* We welcome all people.
* We educate, inspire and empower everyone to be Christ in service to the world.
* We celebrate authentic liturgies in the great tradition of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

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