Monthly Archives: February 2013

Giving Simply: Being the Change You Want to See

My wife, Jennifer, and I both grew up in the Christian Church, but after reaching adulthood, kind of let religion slip away. In our forties, with two young children, we began to long for a church where we could explore … Continue reading

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At Home with the Homeless

On Wednesday night, I visited the Cold Weather Shelter at Pasadena Covenant Church, operated by Friends in Deed in January and February.  Every night, about 75 adults are fed and given a cot to sleep on in a medium-sized gym … Continue reading

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Emancipation and Freedom

Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan’s The Feminist Mystique was published, and 100 years ago Alice Paul and the National Women’s Party led a demonstration at Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. Abraham Lincoln published the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago.  Fifty years from … Continue reading

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Giving Simply * Simply Giving

It’s that time of year again when we consider how much Neighborhood Church means to us and how we can support it.  It is pledge time – the time each year where we recommit ourselves financially to the church for … Continue reading

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On Being An “Apostle of Non-purity”

Salman Rushdie wrote, “Throughout human history, the apostles of purity… have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.”  And he’s profoundly correct, for time and again the siren call for some mythical purity by political and/or religious demagogues has inflicted … Continue reading

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Jericho Road Project of Pasadena

The only church-related work I continued during my sabbatical was for the Jericho Road Project of Pasadena as a founding board member.  For while it was Neighborhood Church that played a critical role in launching this wonderful organization, it has … Continue reading

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In Gratitude

It is deeply satisfying to observe individuals and groups work so well together as we did last Sunday when a medical emergency occurred during the second service. Our staff and board members have been trained in our emergency procedures and … Continue reading

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