A friend of mine, also the pastor of a local church, was ringing a bell for the Salvation Army, staffing a kettle outside a grocery store in his community.
The Three wise men ride Segways. Mother Mary flashes a peace sign — while also holding a Starbucks cup. Joseph takes a selfie.
More than 200 members and families of St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes came together Dec. 7 in recognition of the congregation's 60-year anniversary. The church plans to expand its role in the community with renovated facilities.
The word advent, derived from the Latin adventus, means coming and calls to mind the Greek word parousia.
Thanksgiving became an annual federal holiday in the United States of America in 1863, during the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it so.
With summer upon us, and with a little distance from the daily routine of school activities, I want to explore the key to successful learning.
There is much more to Independence Day celebrations on the hill than fireworks, barbecues and red, white and blue clothing.
When she was just 16 years old, Gayle Theodora Drake so enjoyed helping outfit other people in the latest fashions, she would lose track of time doing it.
Worshippers at Wayfarers Chapel celebrated Easter at dawn on Sunday with a traditional sunrise service. The scenic chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, designed by Lloyd Wright, is known for its glass walls and ceilings, with stunning views of the ocean.
Over the last 34 years, most of the 350,000 audience members who have witnessed the powerful Pageant of Our Lord at Easter time, have little idea of the labor involved.
Whenever I am in an airport and have a little extra time prior to boarding my flight, I have a habit of browsing through the book section of the nearest shop that sells books.
Each week, in most of the roughly 400,000 congregations across our land, someone speaks to the people from up near the front and offers what we call a sermon.
This past month Christians celebrated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is not just a Catholic event. It is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between January 18th and 25th. January 18th was the Feast of the Confessions of St. Peter, and January 25th the …
As associate pastor at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, sometimes I am a preacher of sermons and often I am a listener to sermons.
My how time is flying by...which reminds me of a folk song that I loved because of its simple message to be in the moment and not move too fast.
If you are reading this article on Thursday morning, November 8, know that I have just arrived at LAX after a 15-hour flight from Tel Aviv, Israel. I led 36 people on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
On the first Sunday of this month, one of the worshippers greeted me and our lead pastor at the conclusion of the service by saying, “Can you believe it’s already August?!” Then he added, “Next week it will be Christmas!”
As defined in the dictionary, a paradigm shift is “an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.”
If you come to a Catholic Mass, the first Scripture you will hear is from the Hebrew Scriptures. However, there is an exception.
Some years ago sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term “third place” to describe those locations in the community more or less open to all. In his thinking “first place” is the home, where we share in the most intimate experiences of our lives. “Second place” for many is where we go to wor…
While playing a game of bridge 52 years ago, four St. Francis Episcopal Church women had an epiphany that has been a grand slam for the church ever since.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, which opened to much discussion this past year. The museum’s mission it to illuminate the central role of the Bible in our cultural and historical narrative, with the hope of assuring its con…
The fourth panel discussion in the 2017-2018 Dawn Unity Group’s Interfaith Discovery Series will be “Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac” at 7:30 p.m. on May 8 at St. John Fisher Catholic Church at 5448 Crest Rd.
I have a small Fuji apple tree in my back yard that became confused, thrown off seasonally from the weather these past few months. The tree didn’t know whether to finish ripening the apples that were stragglers from last season or to start fresh with new growth and new buds.
Have you ever seen any young men dressed in white shirts and ties, or any young women dressed in dresses or skirts walking or even biking around the South Bay?
Easter takes place on April Fools’ Day this year, the first time this has occurred since 1945. The week leading up to Easter is known as Holy Week. It is my parish’s busiest week of the year.
I think most of us already understand this, but God’s time and our time are not the same thing. But when Easter falls on April Fool’s Day, you can’t help but wonder how that happened.
On a recent morning, in what passes for winter here in Southern California, I arrived at White Point Preserve for an early morning walk just before sunrise. Fog was obscuring both landscape and sky, and as I took the first few steps onto the trail I heard something calling in the distance.
In the year since the election, many members of my synagogue have come to speak with me. Aside from the more predictable reactions from both right and left, I see that perhaps more than ever, politics threatens friendships and strains family connections.
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES >> A panel of clerics from around the region — while acknowledging that many people of faith face intensifying scrutiny, bias and even violence — attained consensus on at least one point at Tuesday’s first Dawn Unity Group panel of the season. Their common denomin…
My daughter is getting married this month. I have been the pastor conducting the wedding ceremony lots of times. This is the first time for me to be the mother of the bride.