Religion

CV Church planning Easter services

Crescenta Valley Church, 4001 La Crescenta Ave., plans four services on Easter Sunday, at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon, all of which will carry the theme "When Love Speaks."

Presbyterian Church to present fundraiser

"Hollywood Glamour: Movie Music with A Mission" is the theme of an upcoming fundraiser sponsored by La Crescenta Presbyterian Church. Singing, dancing and comedy by performers of all ages will be showcased.

United Methodist Church celebrating Holy Week in LCF

United Methodist Church celebrating Holy Week in LCF

La Cañada United Methodist Church celebrates Holy Week with a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 18, an Easter sunrise service Sunday at 5:45 a.m. in the church's outdoor amphitheater, and the regular 10:30 a.m. worship service led by Pastor Elaine Cho that will include music by the...

La Cañada Congregational hosting Easter service

At 10 a.m. Sunday, April 20, there will be a service of public worship celebrating Easter Sunday at La Cañada Congregational Church, 1200 Foothill Blvd.

St. Bede honors volunteer students

St. Bede honors volunteer students

Nick Sercel and Andrew Nettles, students at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic School, were recently recognized as distinguished service award winners by local branch 374 of the Italian Catholic Federation.

St. Bede offers Italian language classes

A second series of conversational Italian classes will begin at St. Bede Parish from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, beginning April 26.

Busy schedule planned for local Presbyterian church

La Cañada Presbyterian Church has chosen "Let's Journey Together to Jerusalem" as its theme for Holy Week and has a slate of offerings beginning with Palm Sunday this weekend. All events are open to the community.

In Theory: Is morality tied to belief in God?

A recent poll conducted Pew Research Center revealed that many people worldwide, particularly those who live in poorer countries, are of the opinion that one must believe in God to be a moral person.

Youth members help plant school gardens

Youth members help plant school gardens

Youth members of La Cañada United Methodist Church helped out in the vegetable gardens at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Altadena last Sunday, pulling weeds and planting tomatoes and basil. The garden is part of the “From Seeds to Table” program the school participates in...

Congregational church plans service

At 10 a.m. Sunday, April 6, the service of public worship at La Canada Congregational Church will be led by the Rev. Skip Lindeman, who will preach on the topic “Breath and Bones.”

In Theory: Should churches take a position on fracking?

In Theory: Should churches take a position on fracking?

Having recently made legal claims to historical gas and mineral rights under vast tracts of British land, the Church of England has taken a position against those who oppose hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the process of breaking up rock formations underground in order to extract natural...

St. George's to host burial discussion

La Cañada resident Sky Sprowles will introduce the discussion “Everything you wanted to know about burial and cremation but were afraid to ask,” at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, immediately following the 10 a.m. worship service at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 808 Foothill Blvd....

Series resumes at United Methodist Church

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Pastor Elaine Cho of La Cañada United Methodist Church continues her series of sermons based on Jesus’ last words. Dr. Joel Green leads Adult Sunday school prior to the worship service, at 9 a.m. and an intercessory prayer session is held at 10 a.m.

St. Bede to host grieving program

The Parish Center at St. Bede will host Good Grief, a six-week program for those who have lost a loved one through death. The session begins Wednesday, April 30 and runs through June 4. Hours are 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Congregationalists invite the public

The Rev. Skip Lindeman leads the La Cañada Congregational Church in a service of public worship Sunday at 10 a.m. will preach on the topic, "Who's the Real Sinner Here?" Visitors are welcome and invited to stay for the coffee hour immediately following the service. Organist Joe Klice will...

ICF at St. Bede hold fundraiser

Members of the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 374, at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church in La Cañada Flintridge on the weekend of March 22-23 held a successful St. Joseph Table fundraiser in the Parish Center.

In Theory: On the legacy of Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps, the founder the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. who was known for his fire-and-brimstone anti-gay public protests — as many as 53,000 of them since 1991, according to church officials — died March 19 at the age of 84.

In Theory: When one's compass starts to turn

Earlier this month, the publication Scientific American reported that a series of studies at both Harvard University and the University of Utah showed that people are more likely to make ethical decisions in the morning than they are as the day wears on.

Sermon focuses on whining

“Stop Whining” is the morning message that will be given by the Rev. Skip Lindeman on Sunday at La Cañada Congregational Church’s 10 a.m. worship service.

Methodist Church plans Lent service

For the third Sunday of Lent, La Cañada United Methodist Church continues its series of sermons on the last words of Jesus. At 10:30 a.m., Denise Lenore preaches on “Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother.” Lenore is a student at Fuller Theological Seminary.

In Theory: Electing to bypass natural selection

A Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), contends that public school children in his state who question Darwinian theory are ridiculed. He introduced a bill into the state's General Assembly that would allow parents to opt their children out of evolution teaching.

Lenten sermons series resumes

The second in a series of Lenten season sermons will be given at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at La Cañada United Methodist Church when Pastor Elaine Cho addresses “Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:32, 39-43).

Chancel Choir to perform during service

The Rev. Skip Lindeman will deliver the morning message, “Change is Hard,” when La Cañada Congregational Church holds its worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

In Theory: Is 'radicalization' child abuse?

The mayor of London wrote in a March 2 column in the Daily Telegraph that Muslim children who are at risk of radicalization by their parents are victims of child abuse and should be removed from their homes.

In Theory: On discrimination based on religious beliefs

Although Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has since vetoed it, lawmakers in that state recently approved a measure to allow business owners to refuse service to gays and other groups if it is perceived to violate the practice and observance of the business owner's religion.

In Theory: Belgium, suffering children and euthanasia

The small European country of Belgium is in the news after its parliament voted to remove age restrictions from the country's euthanasia laws. If King Philippe signs the bill into law, it means children will be eligible for euthanasia.

Italian movie to be screened

The Italian Catholic Federation-Branch 374 plans to show a subtitled Italian film, “Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Bede Church.

Belgium extends euthanasia law

The small European country of Belgium is in the news after its parliament voted to remove age restrictions from the country's euthanasia laws. If King Phillipe signs the bill into law, it means children will be eligible for euthanasia.

Valentine's concert is popular event

Valentine's concert is popular event

La Cañada United Methodist Church was teeming with activity Saturday when it held its “Valentine’s Concert & Afternoon Tea” featuring Dr. Svetlana Oganesian and five other musicians performing works by Mozart, Kreisler, Gershwin and Joplin. Proceeds from the event...

In Theory: On religion and the risk of divorce

Sociologists at the University of Texas and the University of Iowa write in the American Journal of Sociology that "Conservative religious beliefs and the social institutions they create .... increase divorce risk in the contemporary United States."

In Theory: A campaign to include and not exclude

"We should be known not by what we oppose, but rather by what we propose," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on the launch of his project called the Imago Dei.

In Theory: Who is God rooting for this Super Bowl?

According to a study by the Public Religion Research Institute, "football fans are more likely than other sports fans to report praying to God (33% vs. 21%). They also are more apt to believe their team has been cursed (31% vs. 18%), and to perform rituals before or during games (25% vs. 18%)."

St. Bede's Italian Catholic Federation branch installs members

St. Bede's Italian Catholic Federation branch installs members

Members of the Board of Directors of the Italian Catholic Federation branch at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church were installed at the annual ICF Los Angeles Archdiocese District Council Installation Luncheon on Jan. 19.

United Methodists to host concert

Pastor Elaine Cho of La Cañada United Methodist Church will address how to overcome fear during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. Afterward an all-church luncheon will be held.

In Theory: Does going to church keep people honest?

A study has found that those who attend church regularly are less likely to commit minor crimes.

In Theory: Why are people downloading 'Mein Kampf'?

E-books have taken off in a huge way among the iPad- and Kindle-obsessed, but one electronic tome that's topping the charts — both free and paid-for — is Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," the book of political writings by the Nazi leader published before he became dictator of Nazi Germany.

In Theory: Thoughts on nursing babies in the church

American mothers are choosing to breast-feed their babies in increasing numbers, with about 77% of infants being breast-fed at some point. Public breast-feeding is becoming more socially acceptable — but does that include church?

In Theory: When religion comes into conflict with work

British department store Marks & Spencer has apologized after a Muslim sales assistant refused to sell a customer a bottle of alcohol.

Prayer service set for Saturday

The La Cañada United Methodist Church will welcome the new year with a prayer service on Saturday.

In Theory: Hopes abound for the New Year

Turning on the radio this morning I was listening to a sweet-sounding string ensemble play a selection of Christmas music. The group's virtuosity was quite amazing. Without changing any energy and verve they moved effortlessly between sacred carols, Handel's Messiah, and seasonal sentimental songs...

In Theory: Do the central figures of Christmas have a race?

Earlier this month a controversy arose after a tongue-in-cheek column written by Aisha Harris, a woman of color, was published online...

In Theory: Taking a stab at PG-13 violence

Researchers have discovered that the amount of gun violence in some PG-13 movies is now greater than in R-rated films.

Free concert at Presbyterian church

Free concert at Presbyterian church

La Cañada Presbyterian Church will hold a free Christmas concert on Sunday.

In Theory: What is America's empathy quotient?

A New York Times columnist is wondering: Where is the love?

Norwegian group to hold festivities

Norwegian group to hold festivities

Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg Lodge will hold a Christmas program with a Santa Lucia procession next week.

St. Luke's to host holiday craft event

St. Luke's in La Crescenta is hosting an annual holiday craft event this weekend.

In Theory: Should schools be a party to religious charities?

Two schools have decided to pull out of a charity toy drive after being challenged by the American Humanist Assn. over separation of church and state issues.

Church hosts author and blogger

Church hosts author and blogger

Last week, St Bede's hosted author and blogger Lisa Hendey.

Church recognizes young volunteers

Church recognizes young volunteers

St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church has announced a new program for students who have served the community.

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