Local Church Marks Palm Sunday with Protest March

Published : Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 4:36 PM

All Saints Church will take its Palm Sunday service into the streets of Pasadena this morning – connecting the ancient story of Jesus’ Palm Sunday march into Jerusalem with the current stories of those marching to challenge state-sponsored oppression, according to All Saints’ Reverend Susan Russell.

“It is time to challenge the church for its complicity with the state in the evisceration of the Gospel values of love, justice and compassion,” said All Saints Rector the Reverend Mike Kinman. “There is no better day to do that than Palm Sunday and there is no better way to do it than the way Jesus did – with a march through the streets to the center of civic power.”

Led by mariachis at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, parish members plan to march out of the church located at 132 North Euclid Avenue and progress down Euclid, up Thurgood Marshall and through Pasadena City Hall.

The scene in 2016 when All Saints parishioners suspended Sunday services and marched “to focus on ending the culture of violence that disproportionately targets black lives in our nation."

The procession will include both the traditional palms and signs of solidarity with issues critical to living out the Gospel in the world today: standing with refugees, support for transgender rights, ending gun violence, solidarity with black lives matter and LGBTQ equality, according to Rev. Russell.

“Palm Sunday is our struggle and our struggle is not easy,” said Kinman. “We have our bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause of life, love and liberation. And this Palm Sunday we will be acting out our struggle with this powerful witness as 21st-century followers of Jesus.”

All Saints clergy have led marches before. On July 10, 2016 they suspended “business as usual” to focus on violence that targets black people when church leaders, parishioners and members of the public joined in a silent prayer march on downtown streets.

All Saints Church is at 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena.

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