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August 8, 2018

Who’s Talking Now? A Meditation on Kindness

Who’s Talking Now? by Ruth Kizner   As someone who struggles with a harsh inner critic that tries to get me to do hard things by putting me down, I’ve been searching for another motivational style that might work better. One that I’ve come to love is Kindness. I’d like to share a brief meditation on this quest […]

August 1, 2018

Net Zero @ Neighborhood – Detailed Net Zero Plan Released

Net Zero @ Neighborhood – Detailed Net Zero Plan Released

As a follow-up to the Net Zero Summary Report presented at the congregational meeting in May, the Net Zero @ Neighborhood Committee has now published their final detail plan for achieving the Church’s aspiration to become a net zero-emitter of greenhouse gases by 2030. The detailed plan includes: Introduction & Summary of the Net Zero […]

May 24, 2018

Music Search Committee Update May 2018

Music Search Committee Update May 2018

The Music Director Search Committee continues its work to recommend a candidate to replace Stephen Grimm, as Musical Director. To date, the Committee has reviewed visioning documents from two years ago, considered the results of last fall’s Town Hall meeting, hosted a café-style, roundtable (focus group) forum, tabulated results from the music survey and polled […]

May 3, 2018

Net Zero @ Neighborhood Draft Plan Report

Net Zero @ Neighborhood Draft Plan Report

As we were reminded at our recent Earth Day worship service, the Neighborhood congregation unanimously committed the church to becoming a net zero emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to development a plan this church-year for achieving that goal.  As the chair of the resulting Net Zero @ Neighborhood Committee I’d like to give […]

February 21, 2018

Why I Support Neighborhood

Why I Support Neighborhood

By Kim Hayden I have been a member of Neighborhood Church for over 17 years and was honored to serve the congregation as a staff member for the past 10 years. This year’s canvass theme “Richness through Giving” is particularly poignant for me.  In all the years I have been a member, the church could always count […]

January 30, 2018

Guest Blog Post from Emily Stork of ChapCare

Where can residents of the San Gabriel Valley access high-quality health care no matter their income?  At their local community health center – ChapCare! A group of Pasadena community residents, city officials, and health care agencies founded ChapCare in 1995 to establish primary healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents. ChapCare began providing medical services in 1998 and dental […]

January 12, 2018


 A significant step was achieved in Neighborhood’s commitment to become a Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas-Emitting (GHG) Congregation.  As of last month, the Church reached Net-Zero for its 2016 facility emissions by purchasing carbon offset credits.  It cost $2,200 and was paid by a generous donation made previously, with subsequent disbursement from Green Council’s Spalding Fund.  Further […]

January 11, 2018

Thoughts on Change from Janice Partyka, member of the Board of Trustees

Growing up in a New York City suburb, my view of Los Angeles was colored by music, TV and toys. There were the Beach Boys. There was the Brady Bunch. And there was Barbie (a toy that I wanted, but my feminist mother would not allow). LA in the 1960s was not nearly so white […]

January 10, 2018

Who Knew?

You’ve undoubtedly seen a blurb in the Neighborhood e-news and Sunday green sheet about the Social Justice Knitters meeting every other Wednesday. But do you know what we do? Nearly 10 years ago, one intrepid knitter started the group for “anyone who knits or would like to.”  We immediately knew we wanted a purpose, so […]

December 4, 2017

Thoughts on Change from Eugene Hutchins, member of the Board of Trustees

Thoughts on Change from Eugene Hutchins, member of the Board of Trustees

I love change! When I speak about change, I am always drawn back to one of my favorite past engagements when I was working for Chautauqua Opera for four seasons. The Opera company was a program of the Chautauqua Institution, an extraordinary nonprofit organization that has been around for more than 135 years in Western […]

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