Bishop Beverly Shamana Honored at Annual Fundraiser

August 20, 2020

“It is so easy to talk about the accomplishments of Bishop Beverly Shamana,” wrote Bishop Grant Hagiya, resident bishop of the Los Angeles area of the United Methodist Church. “The hard part is to do it in one minute or so.”

Bishop Shamana will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award on August 25, 2020 as part of an annual virtual fundraising event by Friends in Deed (FID) entitled, “Jazz on the Green.” The award will highlight Bishop Shamana’s work as former FID board member as well as her leadership within the United Methodist Church.

“Bishop Shamana is truly a Renaissance person in the classical understanding: Scholar, Writer-Author, Artist, Musician, Leader, Administrator, the descriptors go on and on,” stated Hagiya. “What I remember so vividly is her nonjudgmental grace. She both accepted and affirmed me, and this is how she treats everyone whom she meets.”

​Bishop Shamana served as resident bishop of the San Francisco area in 2000 -2004. Click here to read her biography. Click here to read the full Tribute To Bishop Beverly Shamana by Bishop Grant Hagiya. 

The fundraising event is continuing the group’s 126 year legacy supporting the homeless and disadvantaged in the Pasadena community. Highlights from this last year included supporting the Food Pantry, feeding 350 people per week and adding 400 new families since the pandemic; the Street Outreach Program, communicating with homeless clients to provide basic necessities and more support and permanent housing; Homeless Prevention, keeping people from being evicted; and The Women’s Room, supporting 30 women with basic needs such as showers, laundry facilities, a meal and rest.

For more information on this event, contact Friends in Deed at