Religion

In Theory: Reflections on 'What's it all for?'

The British Humanist Assn. recently began a poster campaign in the London Underground offering a daily “Thought for the Commute,” not only to garner attention for the association, but also to get commuters to ponder the meaning of life.

Retired reverend to give sermon

A retired minister and member of La Cañada Congregational Church, the Rev. Stephen Fletcher, will give the sermon this Sunday at the 10 a.m. worship service at the historic church.

Pastor Cho to preach on living life

Pastor Elaine Cho preaches on “Better the Obedience than the Sacrifice” (Matthew 21:23-32) during the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday at La Cañada United Methodist Church, 104 Berkshire Place. Cho’s sermon encourages listeners to live life to the absolute fullest.

St. Bede invites pet owners to event

A Blessing of the Animals event will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, in the courtyard at St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd. The event is hosted by the priests and friars of St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church and St. Francis High.

In Theory: To spank or not to spank?

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested earlier this month for alleged child abuse after he used a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. In a statement issued Sept. 15, Peterson, who was later suspended indefinitely, said, in part, “My goal is always to teach my son...

LCCC service to feature sermon, music

“All In” is the topic that will be addressed by Pastor Skip Lindeman during the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday at La Cañada Congregational Church.

Methodist church celebrates 50 years

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Pastor Elaine Cho will speak on “Learning to Celebrate God in Us” (Leviticus 25:35-55) at La Cañada United Methodist Church. Child care and Sunday school through early elementary school is available during the service. Tweens and Teens Sunday school begins...

Icenogle to become LCPC's interim pastor

La Cañada Presbyterian Church welcomes back the Rev. Dr. Gareth Icenogle, who will serve as interim pastor beginning Oct. 26. Icenogle served at the church as an adult education intern and an assistant music director while a Fuller Theological Seminary student in 1979-81.

Presbyterians to host grief support sessions

The Rev. Dr. Peter Hintzoglou will lead a series of six grief support sessions in the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Library beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

In Theory: How would a united body of religions work?

Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres during a meeting with Pope Francis this month proposed a new global peace initiative: A “United Nations of Religions,” the Washington Post and other news sources reported.

Congregational service to feature music

The Rev. Skip Lindeman will address the topic “Forgiving and Forgetting” during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at La Cañada Congregational Church.

ICF branch members participate in Mass

Members of the Italian Catholic Federation Branch 374 joined St. Bede pastor Rev. Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti in a special Mass celebrated on the patio of the home of former state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and his wife Ellen. Thirty-eight members of ICF and several friends of the Portantino...

St. Bede to remember Korean Martyrs

Thousands of Korean Martyrs will be remembered at a special Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church, 215 Foothill Blvd. The Mass will be followed by music and dances performed by students of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a talk of the history of...

Members celebrate 50 years of worship at La Cañada United Methodist Church

Members celebrate 50 years of worship at La Cañada United Methodist Church

In 1964, La Cañada United Methodist Church began with little more than a fold-up pulpit and a supply trailer that made weekly appearances at Paradise Canyon Elementary School, recalls founding pastor John Knox.

In Theory: Should the U.S. use its military might against ISIS?

In an open letter issued in late August, 53 religious leaders, mostly Protestant and Catholic, called on the U.S. to stop using airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria and instead seek more peaceful means to resolving the human rights atrocities there.  But Republican party...

United Methodist Church turns 50

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, Pastor Elaine Cho sets the stage for La Cañada United Methodist Church’s 50th anniversary celebration the following Sunday with a sermon titled “The Meaning of the Jubilee: Return & Obedience” (Leviticus 25:8-55). She will address the year...

St. Bede to host grief support group

“Good Grief,” a six-week program for those who have lost a loved one through death, begins Wednesday, Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Bede the Venerable Church Parish Center, 215 Foothill Blvd. The series includes information on the grieving process and an...

Congregationalist start new worship

Launch Sunday will be celebrated Sept. 7 at La Cañada Congregational Church, marking the week when the new worship and Christian education year gets underway. The 10 a.m. worship service in the main sanctuary will be led by the Rev. Skip Lindeman. The Chancel Choir returns from its summer...

In Theory: Are worship centers good polling places?

Houses of worship have been used as polling places across America since the earliest days of our nation. One Florida church, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, however, after this month will no longer open its doors to voters on election days after protesters objected to specific stances it has...

Service to feature musical performances

The 10 a.m. service of public worship this Sunday at La Cañada Congregational Church will be led by the Rev. Skip Lindeman, who will preach on the topic, “Love Without a Mask.” A coffee hour follows the service.

Methodists to finish sermon series

Pastor Elaine Cho of La Cañada United Methodist Church has returned from serving as one of the speakers at the KOSTA religious convention near Nagoya, Japan. The theme of this year’s gathering was, “God’s Power in Your Weakness.”

In Theory: On the question of martyrdom

Pope Francis this month visited Seoul, South Korea, where he beatified 124 Korean martyrs, Catholics who were killed in the 18th and 19th centuries for standing up for their religion when the Joseon Dynasty was bent on bringing a halt to Western influence on the Korean Peninsula. “They...

Congregational Church to present sermon

Visitors are welcome at La Cañada Congregational Church, 1200 Foothill Blvd., where the sermon at the 10 a.m. service this Sunday, is titled “Confirmation or Conformation?” The Rev. Skip Lindeman will lead the service and deliver the message.

Methodists attend Dodger Stadium event

About 20 members of La Cañada United Methodist Church cheered on the Los Angeles Dodgers in their home game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, Aug. 15, which the Brewers won, 6-3. The local group joined roughly 1,000 other members of their faith for the 32nd annual United Methodist...

In Theory: Should a sex offender be allowed back into the fold?

Dale Hoffert Jr. is a former youth pastor in Oklahoma City who in 2007 was convicted of forcible sodomy, spent time in prison, was released on a suspended sentence earlier this year and is now a registered sex offender. Hoffert was recently invited by his church to attend a Children’s Crusade,...

Tares and wheat parable is retold

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, La Cañada United Methodist Church continues its series of sermons about “The Kingdom of Heaven is Like...” Chad Loucks, the church’s director of Youth Ministry and a Fuller School of Theology student, speaks on the parable of the tares and...

Guest organist joins church services

The Rev. Skip Lindeman, pastor of La Cañada Congregational Church, will lead the church’s 10 a.m. worship service on Aug. 17, addressing the topic “The God who Seeks and Saves.”

In Theory: Should the U.N. recognize Yom Kippur?

Although over the years the relationship between Israel and the United Nations has been somewhat rocky due to the Palestinian issue, 32 nations, including the United States, in late July sent a letter to a U.N. committee asking that the body recognize Judaism’s holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an...

Congregationalists invite worshipers

A service of public worship will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at La Cañada Congregational Church, 1200 Foothill Blvd. The Rev. Skip Lindeman will lead the service and preach on the topic “Venturing Forth with God”. Guest Organist Robert Gaylord will provide special music for...

Guest speaker to give Methodist sermon

Denise Lenore, La Cañada United Methodist Church’s intern from Fuller Theological Seminary will preach Aug. 10 at the 10:30 a.m. service. Her topic is “The Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:1-23). While Pastor Elaine Cho is away teaching at KOSTA in Nagoya, Japan, guest...

In Theory: Would removing chapter numbers harm the Bible's message?

A graphic artist/book designer from Santa Cruz has successfully raised $1.4 million, far exceeding the $37,000 he was seeking on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to create a Bible without chapters. Adam Lewis Greene says his “Bibliotheca” project would create four volumes that would...

Pioneer Day celebrated at LDS church

On Saturday 300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated Pioneer Day with community members at the La Cañada church campus. Pioneer Day is July 24 and is the anniversary of the day when the first Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in Utah.

United Methodist Church starting sermon series

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, La Cañada United Methodist Church begins a series of five sermons about the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13:1-53). Dr. Joel Green, dean of the Fuller School of Theology, launches the series with "What Kind of King? What Kind of Kingdom?"

Congregational Church hosting service

The topic "Venturing forth with God" will be addressed by the Rev. Skip Lindeman at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday at La Cañada Congregational Church.

In Theory: Do children of faith have more difficulty differentiating between fact and fiction?

A study published this month in the journal Cognitive Science and reported by the Huffington Post shows that young children exposed to religion find it more difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction than do their peers being reared in secular households. The study's authors write that 5-...

United Methodist to host sermon, music

Pastor Elaine Cho concludes her series of sermons about love this Sunday at La Cañada United Methodist Church. At the 10:30 a.m. worship service she will speak on “The Excellent Way of Living” from 1 Corinthians 13.

In Theory: What would you say to veterans who are dealing with guilt?

Q: What might you say to someone who served in the armed forces — perhaps even decades ago — and who carries guilt over having killed others in a time of war?

Italian Catholic Federation awards two college scholarships

Italian Catholic Federation awards two college scholarships

Two local high school graduates were awarded $400 college scholarships this year by the Italian Catholic Federation branch 374 at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church.

Familiar faces to lead Presbyterian services

Familiar faces to lead Presbyterian services

Pastors with previous ties to La Cañada Presbyterian Church have been invited to preach the remaining weeks of this summer, following the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Gary Dennis, who served as the church's pastor for the past 24 years.

In Theory: Should religious schools get accreditation?

An essay by an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania, published July 7 by the Chronicle of Higher Education, posits that religious colleges should not be given accreditation because their programs do not allow for "unfettered skepticism and inquiry" that are the hallmarks of American...

Congregationalists host 10 a.m. service

On July 13 there will be a 10 a.m. service of public worship at La Cañada Congregational Church, with the Rev. Skip Lindeman delivering the morning message, "Seeking the Lost."

In Theory: What's your take on the Hobby Lobby decision?

In Theory: What's your take on the Hobby Lobby decision?

In a controversial decision June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the religious rights of the closely held for-profit Hobby Lobby crafts chain, whose owners objected to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptives mandate. (The court did not apply those rights to publicly held corporations.)

Italian Catholic Federation celebrates 90th anniversary

Italian Catholic Federation celebrates 90th anniversary

The local branch of the Italian Catholic Federation recently helped celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the parent organization by attending an affair at Casa Italiana that drew 185 members of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

LCUMC starts its summer activities

LCUMC starts its summer activities

La Cañada United Methodist Church launched its summer activities for the younger members during a pool party held on a recent Sunday in the backyard of a local home.

In Theory: Religion and hiring discrimination

A recent study on religious affiliation and hiring discrimination in the American South, published in the journal Social Currents and reported by the Washington Post, showed that while Southern employers are likely to prefer applicants who make no overt statements of religious identity, applications...

In Theory: Shunning the idea of an atheist-in-law

A section of a recent Pew Center Research poll on political polarization and family life asked Americans how they would react if a member of their immediate family told them they were going to marry one of the following: an atheist, a gun owner, someone who had not attended college, someone of a...

Youths invited to pool party after church

Pastor Elaine Cho is scheduled to address the topic “Jealous and Zealous” during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at La Cañada United Methodist Church this Sunday.

In Theory: Is the United States making a right turn?

The U.S. Navy, which earlier began allowing "humanist" as a designated religious preference despite the fact that many humanists are atheists, recently rejected its first application from a humanist chaplain.

In Theory: Advice for future dads

Christian Evangelist Billy Graham is widely quoted as having said, "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."

Topic of love addressed at Methodist church

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Pastor Elaine Cho continues her series of sermons about love at La Cañada United Methodist Church, 104 Berkshire Place.

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