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From the Back Pew: It's a season of healing

October 21, 2010|By Michael J. Arvizu

A lot can happen in one year.

For the people of St. Luke's, 365 days has meant a lot of grieving. It has given the church new focus. And, most importantly, it has allowed for a lot of healing to take place. One year ago on Sunday, St. Luke's held its first service in a small chapel at Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church, just across Valejo Drive from Glendale Adventist Medical Center, after losing its facilities in a lengthy lawsuit brought by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. That Sunday's service was not unlike any other service I've been to at St. Luke's: While there was music, prayer, fellowship and the usual assortment of families with their kids in tow, everyone knew that an important milestone was taking place.

Today, they are still in that chapel. But one could say that St. Luke's — or by its newly incorporated name, Crescenta Valley Anglican Church — is spiritually wiser because of what members have gone through. This past weekend I had an opportunity to sit down with the Rev. Rob Holman, rector of St. Luke's Anglican Church.

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Here is some of what we talked about:

Michael J. Arvizu: What has St. Luke's been up to this past year?

Rev. Rob Holman: This last year has been a year of recovery. It was last Sunday that we said, OK, that season is done. When you've experienced a significant hurt, you can't pretend it's not there. You have to have that season of waiting, and then you move on. So we had that season of waiting where we essentially kept our ministries, and now we're moving on. The grieving, the time of hurt, the sorrow, the time of choosing to bless those who have hurt us and pray for them is done, and now it's time to move forward and not look back.

A lot of it has been taking care of our people. We moved our offices. We've had transition after transition after transition. In the midst of that, we had a locally ordained bishop. We have a new diocese that's now in formation. We've had all of these positive transitions on the diocesan and provincial level and just adjusting to our circumstances.

And then we had all the fires and the mudslides.

Arvizu: Do you think it's a coincidence that your one-year anniversary happens to fall on the feast day of St. Luke?

Holman: St. Luke's has always been a place of healing. This anniversary, and the focus on healing, is the focus of our future. I really think … it will be woven in to the fabric of our church, and it will be a church where people can find healing.

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