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July 10, 2014

Neighborhood Church Helped Make it Happen

Neighborhood Church Helped Make it Happen

Back in early May, church member Joe Pardee set up a lobbying visit to speak to US Congresswoman Judy Chu, about the egregious conditions at  Adelanto Detention Center near San Bernardino.  Along with myself, another church member Guy Tower, and our friend Carlos Hidalgo, a former detainee at Adelanto, we laid out our case to […]

July 2, 2014

Why be in a Chalice Circle?

Why be in a Chalice Circle?

Whether you’re new to Neighborhood Church or not, deepening your connection to this community and to your faith is always a good idea.  Chalice Circles is our small group ministry offering where, for nine months, a facilitated group of 8 – 10 people commits to meeting once a month to discuss topics relevant to practicing […]

June 18, 2014

Of Oppression and Oppressor

Of Oppression and Oppressor

Chester Nez died recently at the age of 93. He was the last surviving member of the 29 original Navajo code talkers from World War 2. The Navajo language, which was exclusively a spoken language, was used as the basis for code to relay messages in the Pacific theater of World War 2. Mr Nez […]

June 11, 2014



Please read this short and compelling piece by Bill McKibben, published last month – click HERE. It has convinced me that I need to be in New York September 20th for the demonstration and march that will demand action on climate change.  I’m blogging about it now, in case others might want to plan to […]

June 1, 2014

Still I Rise

Still I Rise

Charles Blow is perhaps my favorite newspaper columnist at present and he begins his latest column with these words: “The news of Maya Angelou’s death arrived with the abruptness of a great twister — violent, without warning, tearing things up and flipping things over. I ached the way the soul aches in the world when […]

May 29, 2014

“The Students Were Amazed”

Consider this photo something of a “before shot” at our Big Saturday event a few weekends ago.  Come fall, I will submit a blog with the summer’s full growth behind us. It is a HUGE school garden we helped to install at Wilson Middle School in Pasadena on May 17th, as well as other beautification […]

May 25, 2014

Rest Assured

This past Wednesday, I spent the morning to early afternoon with the rest of our staff on our yearly outing.  Around this time each year, Alyssa and I take the staff out as a way of thanking them for the wonderful work they do during the year.  We have gone to a baseball game, taken […]

May 9, 2014

“Flopping Around in the Waters of Stupidity”

One of my favorite writers, who probably introduced me to the world of nature writing, has died.  Farley Mowat died at the age of 92 this past week.  He was a Canadian and best known for his book Never Cry Wolf.  You might have seen the movie, starring Charles Martin Smith as Mr. Mowat.  He […]

May 2, 2014

Up to Space, Down to Earth

I almost named this Sunday’s service, “The Scientist in You,” because we are featuring some of Neighborhood Church’s most interesting members – a few of the scientists who work at nearby NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  But while we are featuring three JPL employees this Sunday in the pulpit, not all of them are scientists.   […]

April 30, 2014

Neither Malice nor Stupidity

The comments made by the LA Clippers owner were truly awful and now the NBA has barred him from life from any connection with the team he owns.  It is gratifying that the NBA was willing to impose as tough a sanction as it had the power to do.  And while it is hard to […]

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