By K.D. Dunleavy
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Eagle Rock, shuttered in 2018 as the congregation dwindled, has reopened and rededicated itself to serving the people of Eagle Rock.
The revitalization is being led by Rev. Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton, a 20-year resident of Eagle Rock, the rector of St. Stephen’s in Hollywood and the executive director of the Jubilee Consortium, a nonprofit alliance of Episcopal churches that has pioneered leadership and enrichment programs across Los Angeles.
The church – a presence in Eagle Rock for over 100 years – is once again offering Sunday services and community activities, including competitive youth jump roping, yoga and “Seeds of Hope,” a bi-monthly wellness program that combines healthy cooking demonstrations with giveaways of fresh produce.
The reopening of St. Barnabas – a.k.a. Saint Be – means that the church property, located at 2109 Chickasaw Avenue, will not be used as bridge housing for the homeless, an idea that Councilmember José Huizar had asked city officials to explore after it was floated by Eagle Rockers at a homelessness forum earlier this year. The city’s process, however, was lengthy and uncertain and, in the meantime, the opportunity presented itself to revive the congregation.
Rev. Edwards-Acton told the Boulevard Sentinel that as the church community rebuilds, the hope is to have more programs geared toward the unhoused.
For more information, visit saintbe.org.
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