Steven Nishibayashi is a retired pediatrician from Glendale, California.
He has been attending the same church in downtown Los Angeles, St. Mary’s (Mariposa), for more than 65 years. His daughter is the fourth generation of his family to attend St. Mary’s.
My life has been filled with multiple blessings, too many to count. Among the greatest of these blessings are the many different people with whom I have been privileged to share my path – people who have inspired me and guided me through the seasons of my life.
The Episcopal Church was part of a transformational event for me when I was a young adult. As a freshman in college, I was selected to be a Youth Delegate to General Convention. This experience excited and empowered me. I felt engaged, encouraged, connected, and entrusted with contributing to the future of the Church. Nobody could have envisioned that sending this young college student to General Convention would have had this impact. I owe the people who believed in that young man great thanks. And I feel that it is my job to help others to also have this kind of experience. I was recently involved in helping to support a young woman who wanted to attend Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales, a gathering of Episcopal youth in Panama. I told her, “I hope this changes your life.”
Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has said that love is not a sentiment, it’s a commitment. Yes, we all need to feel love, but we need to show love, too. I give to The Episcopal Church Annual Appeal because to me it’s payback for all that the Church has done for me in my life, and because I know that it will take all of us working together to “till the soil to make God’s kingdom a reality in the present day.”