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In Theory: Is Father Junipero Serra worthy of sainthood?

In Theory: Is Father Junipero Serra worthy of sainthood?

Pope Francis announced this month he plans to canonize and elevate to sainthood Father Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan priest who famously founded nine of the California missions.

Methodists to hear about humility

At 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Pastor Elaine Cho continues her sermons at La Cañada United Methodist Church about the book of Daniel. This week’s sermon “From Humiliation to Humility” is based on Daniel 4:28-37.

LC Presbyterian to stage concert

A program of string quartet music — including a composer’s impressions of a drive across the Mojave Desert — will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, when La Cañada Presbyterian Church presents the Lynx Quartet in concert.

In Theory: In wake of Paris attacks, is an unfair burden placed on the Muslim community?

In the wake of the attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and the deadly hostage crisis at a Paris kosher market last week, the Muslim community has once again been thrust into the public eye. This, of course, comes less than a month after the hostage crisis at a Sydney café...

Pastor Cho offers sermon, adult study

Pastor Elaine Cho continues her sermons about the book of Daniel with “Unharmed in the Fiery Furnace Life” (Daniel 3:19-27) at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 at La Cañada United Methodist Church, 104 Berkshire Place. At 9 a.m., Dr. Joel Green’s Adult Bible Study continues with a...

Church to host New Babies class

La Cañada Presbyterian’s Parent Education Program is adding a New Babies class led by Nanette Brown and will host its Winter Open House Jan. 27 through 29 for parents of children 0 to 18 months. Visit lacanadapc.org for schedules or call (818)...

In Theory: What do recent numbers say about religion in America?

According to a survey published by the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project, more than a quarter of American adults (28%) have left the faith they were raised in for another religion or no religion at all. Within Christian Protestantism, if including changes from one denomination...

In Theory: Can a court restrict speaking about religion to kids?

As part of a custody dispute, a woman in Utah is fighting a court order that prohibits her from talking to her children about her fundamentalist Mormon beliefs, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Pastor to address a healthy topic

Pastor to address a healthy topic

Pastor Elaine Cho of La Cañada United Methodist Church invites everyone to start the new year with healthy spiritual living. Her sermon at 10:30 this Sunday is titled “Healthy Tips from Daniel to the People of God” (Daniel 1:8-14). Child care and early elementary Sunday school are...

LCCC plans its first service of 2015

On Jan. 4, the first Sunday of the new year, there will be a 10 a.m. service of public Christian worship at La Cañada Congregational Church. The Rev. Skip Lindeman will lead the service and preach on the topic, “Witnesses to the Light.”

In Theory: What can we learn from #illridewithyou?

In Theory: What can we learn from #illridewithyou?

Last week, self-proclaimed Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis took 17 people hostage in a café in Sydney, Australia. After a 16-hour standoff, during which Monis reportedly demanded to speak with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and have an Islamic State flag brought to the café, police stormed...

LCCC to preach on 'Anna the Prophet'

The Rev. Skip Lindeman will lead the service and preach on the topic, “Anna the Prophet” during the 10 a.m. service of public Christian worship Sunday at La Cañada Congregational Church.

Methodists to speak on 'Christmas and Miracles'

At its 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday, Dec. 28, La Cañada United Methodist Church continues celebrating Jesus’ birth as Fuller Theological Seminary student Denise Lenore preaches on “Christmas and Miracles” (Luke 1:35-37). Child care and elementary Sunday school are...

ICF branch leader says farewell

ICF branch leader says farewell

La Cañadan Al Restivo, longtime member and leader of the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 374 at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church, said his farewell to members of the branch at the organization’s annual Christmas party this month, having served as president for the past...

Presbyterian parent education board meets

Presbyterian parent education board meets

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board and staff met Dec. 8 at the La Cañada home of Michael and Lynley Gross for a Christmas Party and meeting. The evening was filled with good food, fellowship, reflection, planning, and prayer in anticipation of the year ahead.

In Theory: Should public displays of faith be taken out of sports?

All across sports, athletes are known to express their religious faith, from pointing to the heavens after a score to thanking their respective higher power in post-game interviews.

Filipino bishop to visit St. Bede's

Bishop Oscar A. Solis, Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop and the first Filipino bishop in the U.S., will come to St. Bede Catholic Church to be the main celebrant in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sunday at 5:30 PM. The occasion is St. Bede’s 11th SIMBANG GABI (literally translated as...

Choirs to help ring in Christmas

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at La Cañada United Methodist Church, the men’s, children’s and bell choirs will sing and play instruments as they perform “Light of the World.” Parts of the song are in German and French with percussion accompaniment.

Youth to present Christmas pageant

The youth who attend La Cañada Congregational Church will perform their annual Christmas pageant at the regular 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 21.

In Theory: Is Michigan's Religious Freedom Restoration Act necessary?

Lawmakers in Michigan are considering passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that would legally protect people from practicing “sincerely held religious beliefs,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

Methodists resume series of Christmas sermons

Pastor Elaine Cho continues her series of sermons about major players in the Christmas story during the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday at La Cañada United Methodist Church.

Congregationalists to present sermon, music

This Sunday, Dec. 14, the third Sunday of Advent, there will be a service of public Christian worship at La Cañada Congregational Church at 10 a.m. The Rev. Skip Lindeman will lead the service and preach on the topic, “Good Morning SONSHINE.”

In Theory: Should sex-ed in schools tell the whole story?

The documentary “deepsouth” chronicles four people in the American South and how they are trying to find a solution to the region’s HIV epidemic. In the film, there is a scene where a health teacher in Mississippi uses candies in cups...

Mary's story is the topic of sermon

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, Pastor Elaine Cho preaches at La Cañada United Methodist Church on “The Story of Mary” (Luke 1:26-38). This is a first of a five-part series of sermons about major players in the Christmas’ stories.

Sing along with Handel's Messiah

The 17th annual Sing Along Messiah will take place at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. Admission is free.

Chancel Choir to sing Christmas music

The Chancel Choir of the La Cañada Congregational Church will present its annual Christmas concert “Joys of Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 7, beginning at 4 p.m. The concert will be held in the main sanctuary of the church, located at 1200 Foothill Blvd.

In Theory: How should faiths deal with uncomfortable truths?

A Washington Post blog post points out that in this digital age, when people can come across all manner of stories on the Internet, leaders of well-established religions are being forced to acknowledge certain historical truths and as a result are making concerted efforts to become more...

Methodists mark Youth Sunday

At 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, La Cañada United Methodist Church will celebrate Youth Sunday. Members of LCUMC’s Youth Group will lead the service with a sermon by Nick Mayer, a videotaped dance by Christine Ecker, Intercessory prayer by Annabelle Mayer and a violin duet by Selina Cho and...

Group partakes in holiday activities

Group partakes in holiday activities

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education program collected more than 200 Operation Christmas Child boxes filled with gifts and personal letters to be shared with boys and girls in countries around the globe.

St. Bede hosts speaker on disorder

St. Bede hosts speaker on disorder

Thalassemia disease, a genetic blood disorder that if left untreated can take the lives children under 5, was the topic of a recent gathering of the St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church Branch 374 of the Italian Catholic Federation.

In Theory: Should the Washington National Cathedral be open to different faiths?

On a Friday afternoon earlier this month, a section of the Washington National Cathedral was reserved for the first-ever gathering of Muslims in the sanctuary, there for their weekly recitation of prayers. According to the Washington Post, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral who had...

Luncheon to follow church service

At 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Sunday, Pastor Elaine Cho will preach on “The Power of Gratitude” during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at La Cañada United Methodist Church, 104 Berkshire Place.

Rev. Lindeman to speak on thankfulness

The 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday, Nov. 23 at La Cañada Congregational Church will evoke the Congregationalists who arrived in America in 1620.

Thanksgiving service at Montrose church

The Church of Christ, Scientist at 2406 Honolulu Ave., Montrose will hold a one-hour service at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. There will be music, prayer, congregational singing and a Bible lesson.

In Theory: Should nonprofits endorse candidates?

According to a story on Politico.com, in the recent election some pastors across the nation endorsed candidates from the pulpit, ignoring IRS rules barring nonprofits from participating in...

Congregational church to host sermon, music

“Telling the Truth” is the sermon topic that will be addressed by the Rev. Skip Lindeman when La Cañada Congregational Church holds its 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Nov. 16.

Methodists to have speech about blessing

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Pastor Elaine Cho will preach on “A Way to Receive Blessing” (1 Peter 3:8-12) at La Cañada United Methodist Church. Cheryl Ecker, a member of the church and an opera singer, will perform special music.

Presbyterian board, staff hold retreat

Anne Bierling, director of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education program, led its annual board and staff retreat recently at Linda Fults’ Newport Beach home.

In Theory: Letting the waves wash over them

A Nov. 2 article that appeared on worldreligionnews.com focused on the spiritual experiences shared by people who are religious and people who like to surf, including feelings of “wholeness,...

Congregationalists to get 'ready'

Worshipers at La Cañada Congregational Church this Sunday, Nov. 9 will hear the morning message, “Be Ready!” when the Rev. Skip Lindeman leads the 10 a.m. service.

Church presents a Tom Stoppard play

“The Real Inspector Hound,” a Tom Stoppard play that spoofs the whodunits of Agatha Christie, will be presented for five performances beginning this Friday, Nov. 7, by the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Drama Ministry.

Growing Families seminar slated

The Growing Families class at La Cañada Presbyterian Church will feature a presentation by Paul A. Royer, a licensed clinical social worker, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 in Fellowship Hall.

LCUMC preacher to discuss Psalm

LCUMC preacher to discuss Psalm

Pastor Elaine Cho will preach on “The Benefits of the Beloved” (Psalm 103:1-5) during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at La Cañada United Methodist Church.

In Theory: Should we abolish capital punishment?

Speaking in late October to delegates from the International Assn. of Penal Law, Pope Francis called for the abolition not only of capital punishment, but also of life in prison, which he called a “hidden death penalty” and maximum security prisons, which he likened to torture chambers.

In Theory: On mandated tolerance at religious schools

After allegations last spring that several schools in Birmingham, England had been infiltrated by a group of people “with a restricted and narrow interpretation of...

Methodist Children's Center turns 25

Le Richardson concludes La Cañada United Methodist Church’s series on stewardship with “Defined by Generosity” (Prov. 11:24-25; 22:9) during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Richardson will address what defines our lives.

In Theory: Spotting the morality of a parking app

In Theory: Spotting the morality of a parking app

The MonkeyParking smartphone app, which, in the words of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial, “allows drivers in parked cars to let others know when they are leaving parking spots — and to turn the...

In Theory takes on a parking app

The MonkeyParking smartphone app, which, in the words of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial, “allows drivers in parked cars to let others know when they are leaving parking spots — and to turn the...

Congregationalists invite visitors

The Rev. Skip Lindeman will speak on the topic “No Easy Answers” at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday, at La Cañada Congregational Church.

Sermon to address contentment

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, La Cañada United Methodist Church continues its series of sermons based on “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity,” by Adam Hamilton. This week, Chad Loucks, the church’s director of Youth Ministry, preaches on “...

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