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The Feast of St. James

James, the brother of John, is often known as James the Greater, to distinguish him from the other Apostle of the same name, commemorated in the calendar with Philip, and also from James “the brother of our Lord.” He was the son of a prosperous Galilean fisherman, Zebedee, and with his brother John left his…

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Summer Camp

In the business of life, it is easy to forget to re-charge and renew. Jesus often left the crowds and went off on his own. Summer affords us, hopefully the opportunity (or maybe the excuse we need) to take a break. There is a gem hidden in the old gold-mining town of Julian, CA… Camp…

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Calendar Update

Calendar Update Two upcoming dates to remember: July 22—St. James Sunday: Our Patronal Feast Day, and August 5, Mthr. Kate Cress celebrates her first St. James’ Eucharists at 8 and 10:30. Because these two dates come close together, your Vestry, approving a suggestion of clergy and staff, has decided that we should on July 22…

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Introducing Peter Reinke, Head of St. James’ School 

Your vestry is delighted to join the School community in welcoming a new Head—Mr. Peter Reinke, who succeeds Debbi David. Selected with enthusiasm by the School Board after a national search, Mr. Reinke comes to St. James’ with two kinds of credentials—as an educator and as a devoted Episcopalian. He is an experienced teacher and…

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Happy Father’s Day

A Prayer for Fathers Day Loving God, Heavenly Father, we thank you for fathers. We thank you for biological fathers, adopted fathers, and fathers in spirit. We thank you for fathers who love and nurture children who are not their own, who teach us to be upright and courageous in adversity and make us strong…

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From Deborah David

Dearest Friends and St. James’ Family … I couldn’t leave without sending you an official thank you note … and a loving good-bye. It has been a privilege and one of the greatest pleasures of my life to be your Head of School. The school was founded 50 years ago by the profoundly courageous visionary,…

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Meet the Very Rev. Andrew McGowan

We are delighted to welcome the Very Rev. Andrew McGowan as our guest preacher this Sunday! Dean McGowan was appointed Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2014. An Anglican priest and historian, his scholarly work focuses on the life of early Christian communities, and on aspects of contemporary Anglicanism. His most recent…

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Meet the Rev. Canon Ron David, M.D.

We are pleased to welcome the Rev. Canon Ronald David, M.D. to preach this Sunday. Ron has served as both priest and physician over his career, and retired this year as chaplain, spiritual director, and supervisor of clinical pastoral education at Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. Over the last decade he has trained dozens…

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Welcome Rev. Kate Cress

Dear St. James’ Family, By a unanimous vote of the St. James’ Vestry, we are thrilled to announce The Rev. Kate Cress as the next Rector of St. James’ in-the-City. Rev. Kate Cress currently serves as the Rector of Church of Our Savior in Somerset, Massachusetts since her ordination in 2009. Prior to her calling…

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Motherly Love

“As a mother comforts her child, so I [God] will comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13).   “Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you; you are gentle with us as a mother with her children”. (St. Anselm of Canterbury)   “And though our earthly mother may suffer her child to perish, our heavenly Mother…

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