Who We Are
About Holy Nativity
Holy Nativity Episcopal Church was established during World War II as a place for the burgeoning neighborhood to gather on Sundays for family worship. Now some 60 years later, Holy Nativity has evolved into a strong and caring community of people who come together not only to worship on Sundays but to celebrate and share their traditional, progressive, and unique spiritual paths and journeys.
With its roots in the past, service in the present, and eye to the future, Holy Nativity is truly a church for the 21st century.
Westchester, California, is a diverse community of about 40,000 people, situated on the west side of Los Angeles between Playa del Rey and El Segundo. It is home to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Loyola Marymount University, and the Otis College of Art and Design.
Originally an agricultural area, Westchester grew by leaps and bounds as the aerospace industry boomed during and immediately after World War II. As LAX has expanded over the years, the Westchester area has become the hub for air travel in Los Angeles.
About the Diocese of Los Angeles
Holy Nativity is a part of the Diocese of Los Angeles, which unites some 70,000 Episcopalians in 147 neighborhood congregations in six Southern California counties. Los Angeles is historically one of the five most populous and culturally diverse of the 110 Episcopal dioceses in the United Sates. The Los Angeles Diocese was formed in 1895.
The Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno, along with Suffragan Bishops Diane Jardine Bruce and Mary Glasspool, lead the Diocese to live out God’s mission as a Christian community. The Diocesan offices are located at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213.482.2040 (ladiocese.org).
About the Episcopal Church
Holy Nativity is a parish in the Diocese of Los Angeles, which is part of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, ecusa.org, which in turn is affiliated with the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church in the United States came into existence in 1789 after the American Revolution as an independent branch of the Church of England. It was and is a church rooted in the Holy Catholic Church and profoundly influenced by the religious Reformation of the 16th century.
Today the Episcopal Church has between 2 and 3 million members in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori is Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church with the Washington National Cathedral functioning as the Presiding Bishop’s seat.
The mission of the Episcopal Church is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” In terms of beliefs, the Episcopal Church subscribes to the historic Creeds (Nicene and Apostles’), considers the Bible to be divinely inspired, and holds the Eucharist to be the central act of Christian worship. Episcopal and Anglican theology depends on scripture, tradition, and reason in perpetual dialog with one another.
The Episcopal Church grants great latitude in the interpretation of doctrine. In that the church is a liturgical church which sees worship at the center of its identity, it tends to stress the use of the Book of Common Prayer in public worship over the confession of particular beliefs. The Book of Common Prayer, first published in the 16th century and last revised in the United States in 1979, stands today as a major source of unity for Anglicans around the world.
About the Anglican Community
The Most Reverend Justin Welby serves as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Communion is comprised of 38 provinces in communion with the See of Canterbury, a total of about 70 million members throughout the world.
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