Joel Raydon Workin (1961-1995) was born in Fargo, ND, and grew up on a farm in nearby Walcott. He received his Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA. In 1986 Joel interned at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Inglewood, CA. In the fall of 1987, Joel came out publicly as a gay candidate for the ordained ministry and was certified for call by the American Lutheran Church (a predecessor body to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Following this courageous and faithful act, Joel’s certification was revoked by the ELCA and his name was never placed on the roster of approved candidates waiting for call. Joel’s ministry continued in Los Angeles, however, at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and as Director of Chris Brownlie Hospice. On December 30, 1988, Joel married Paul Jenkins. Joel was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, North Hollywood. He and Paul were active in Lutherans Concerned/Los Angeles and Dignity/Los Angeles. Paul died of AIDS on June 6, 1993.
“In the Footsteps of Jesus”
by Ann Hadden Cornelius
Editor’s Note: Chapel President Bob Wohlsen and Miriam Casey just returned from a trip to Palestine. This reflection was written by Ann, a member of their delegation.
One of the great things about travel is the way in which one is always surprised. An old assumption challenged, a personal dependency illuminated, an unexpected encounter which engenders growth. Understanding that the Holy Land has been occupied for centuries, I looked forward to experiencing the conflux of the three Abrahamic religions and the layering of their holy sites and people. Grotto-like Greek Orthodox spaces filled with glided icons, filigree lanterns and the air heavy with incense. The incongruous sight of young Hassidic Jewish school boys – with their long uncut curling sideburns, mid-thigh length black jackets, socks tucked up into their breeches and wearing an unlimited variety of hats (some fur, some peaked, some velvet) which identifies ones sect – playing tag and hopping puddles. And the faithful response to the Muslim call to prayer (sounding 5 times each day & beginning at 4am) with its resulting flood of people climbing in taxis or vans and zooming to the closest mosque to perform salah – the practice of formal prostrate prayer with its the repetition of two or more units of a prescribed sequence of actions and words.
New to the Chapel community? Welcome!
Every couple of months at the Chapel we offer newcomers to this small, vibrant parish an opportunity to become members or associate members.
In just a couple of weeks, we will be receiving new members at the EASTER VIGIL (9 pm on Saturday, April 23rd) and on EASTER SUNDAY (11 am on Sunday, April 24th). Download a Newcomer Packet to find out more!
One of the benefits of membership at the Chapel is the chance to suggest and sponsor projects for funding by the Endowment Team. “Faith At Work” is the Chapel’s Endowment Fund. Quarterly throughout the year this fund offers new projects small grants of $500 to $2000. We hope that you will put forward your ideas and suggestions about projects you would like to see your new parish community support financially. Our endowment is relatively new and we are eager that newer members to our parish help us to identify the kinds of projects we will want to support. Download an Endowment Packet and help us give some money away to transform the world!