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Make Traditional Couscous with Alice Thomas

Spend ten minutes with Alice in her home kitchen where she shares her traditional recipe for couscous.


Conversations with Kate+

Past Conversations

November 25, 2020 // Pie Baking with Quinn

Join Kate and her sister Quinn as they share one of their favorite family traditions and talk all about pie baking!

November 11, 2020 // Cathy Helm, Ken Robbins, Dr. Augustine Chung

Join Kate in talking with St. James' Senior Warden Cathy Helm, and St. James School board members, Ken Robbins and Augustine Chung (who is also a school parent!). As cooperation and collaboration becomes more relevant than ever in this time, they will discuss the important work of school-church synergy.

November 4, 2020 // Ashley Samuels

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” Maya Angelou’s words inspire the radiant Ashley Samuels, St. James School teacher and Co-Director of the Community Service Learning program.

October 28, 2020 // Bishop Frank Brookhart

Join Kate in a conversation getting to know the Rt. Rev. Frank Brookhart, noted author and recently retired Ninth Bishop of Montana. As Frank is an increasingly familiar face at St. James, tune in to learn more about this wise and experienced leader.

October 14, 2020 // Janet McKinnon

Did you know, as a justice of the peace, Janet marries 10-15 couples daily, even during COVID? We'll celebrate the power of love even in a pandemic! Join Kate in this conversation with long-time St. James parishioner, Janet McKinnon.

October 7, 2020 // Co-Deans of St. John's Cathedral: Revs. Mark Kowalewski & Dan Ade

Join Kate in a conversation with St. John's Cathedral Co-Deans Dan Ade+ and Mark Kowalewski+. You’ll get to know these amazing leaders and your Cathedral!

Sept. 30, 2020 // St. James' Associate Organist Dr. Tom Mueller

Join Kate in conversation with St. James' own Associate Organist Dr. Tom Mueller. We'll discover his fascinating and unique musical journey, from bluegrass to Bach, Maine to California! Organist, composer, Concordia professor, ...the list goes on and we are beyond blessed!

Sept. 23, 2020 // Hollywood Executive & St. James School Board Member Hubert Smith
Join Kate in conversation with lawyer and television executive, Hubert Smith. As a Hollywood suit for almost 30 years, Hubert has worked with networks such as AMC Networks, Sundance ITV, IFC, and BBCA, having begun his career at 20th Century Fox. Having his first communion at St. James in 1973, his family moved to Wilshire Park becoming one of the few first black families to join the St. James congregation. Now Hubert serves on the board at St. James School, where his son, Nicolas graduated and daughter, Madison attends.

Sept. 16, 2020 // Megan Malone-Franklin, Jae Park, & Andrea Zomorodian

Join Kate in a conversation with three members of the Choir of Saint James: Megan Malone-Franklin, Jae Park, and Andrea Zomorodian -- three spectacular artists and great souls -- talk about singing with the choir, life during the pandemic, and future dreams.

Sept. 9, 2020 // Therapist, Allie Kaufmann
Join Kate in a conversation with her daughter Allie who is a therapist focused on disordered eating.

Sept. 2, 2020 // The Rev. Canon Aidan Koh
Join Kate in a conversation with beloved St. James priest and St. James School chaplain, Aidan Koh. Learn more about his life as an organizer, unifier, and his compassionate heart for the world.

Aug. 26, 2020 // Doug Cress
On this week’s Conversations with Kate+, we’ll meet Kate’s brother Doug Cress, an environmentalist at the Ocean Conservancy, and hear about his varied career as a sportswriter covering the Lakers, a Hollywood make-up artist, and his current work saving the world’s oceans.

Aug. 19, 2020 // Designer, Cliff Chally
Cliff Chally began his career in costume design working for the great Bob Mackie, and spent his career in that world of glamour and creativity, including Emmy-nominated work on shows like Designing Women. He is also known throughout the world as one of the great designers of vestments, religious robes that somehow capture the story of God‘s presence in a particular community and space. Join the chat and explore with me tonight the journey of this tremendously talented man, From Designing Women to Designing Us.

Aug. 7, 2020 // An Interview with Kate Cress

This week we're turning the tables, and having Mother Kate as a guest on her own Conversations with Kate+ stream. Justin Baker will be interviewing Rev. Kate in this special hour, getting to know our beloved Rector on a more intimate level.

July 31, 2020 // guest, Jose Zambrana
Environmentalist, organist, deep thinker, strong leader, and thoughtful follower of Jesus’ way of love Jose Zambrana joins Conversations with Kate to share with us his own spiritual journey and vision for St. James.

July 24, 2020 // guest, Arnold Blanshard
Members from across Africa, especially Nigeria and Sierra Leone, personify the St. James community and spirit. Tonight, long-time church lay leader and African Christian Fellowship president Arnold Blanshard shares his dreams for St James’ as our future unfolds.

July 17, 2020 // guest, Justin Baker
Join Kate in getting to know Renaissance man, Justin Baker: musician, social media guru, documentary filmmaker, and kind and generous teacher as St. James learns to gather and worship online.

July 10, 2020 // guest, Royal Rodgers
Meet Documentary Filmmaker Royal Rodgers for the PBS program, "Paul Williams: Hollywood's Architect"

July 3, 2020 // guest, Margaret Ecker
Join Kate in a conversation with Lead Volunteer for Great Food and Housing programs at St. James.

June 26, 2020 // guest, St. James Head of School, Peter Reinke

June 19, 2020 - "How to Explore Gratitude in Practice" // guest, Omar Brownson, CEO & Founder gthx

June 12, 2020 // guest, Dr. Charles Foster
Join Kate in a conversation with St. James friend and psychologist, Dr. Charles Foster  in a talk about Learning to Be Together

June 5, 2020 - Deep Listening
Join Kate in a conversation with three insightful women of St. James reflecting on this current time: Geraldine Hurley, Andrea Kwamya, and Adaora Nwandu. 

May 29, 2020 // guest, The Rev. Jon Feuss
In a conversation with Kate+, get to know the newest addition to our ministry family, our beloved curate, the Rev. Jonathan Feuss.

May 22, 2020 // guest, Kathalina Hwang
Join Kate in getting to know Kathalina Hwang, much-admired parishioner (and current vestry member) devoted to building bridges for all at St. James to gain a deeper understanding of Korean culture and identity. 

May 15, 2020 // guest, Canon James Buonemani, Organist and Director of Music at St. James
Get to know Organist and Director of Music Jim Buonemani in a live conversation with Rev. Kate about music, life, and the sacred sounds of St. James in-the-City.

May 8, 2020 - "Living in Harmony" // guest, Mary Nichols
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. So how are we doing? Tonight, Rev. Kate will ask Mary Nichols, California's #CleanAir Warrior.

May 1, 2020 // guest, Dr. Charles Foster
Almost everyone has experienced feeling abandoned in some way - a hope dashed, a possibility lost. And some experience deep abandonment.  In the midst of the pandemic, it’s natural for us to ask: where is God in this? And this current crisis can trigger for many feelings of abandonment by God.

Join me for a conversation with psychologist Dr. Charles Foster that is honest about the struggle of feeling abandoned, and also filled with the hope Jesus offers us to, “have life and have it abundantly.”
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March 27, 2020 // Being Church in a Time of Crisis
Join Kate+ in this Facebook Live event talking through this time during the COVID-19 crisis.


Finding Gratitude with Omar Brownson