Houses of worship adjust and return to in-house services

In late May, Gov. Gavin Newsom gave the go-ahead for houses of worship to reopen with restrictions following a 10-week prohibition on in-person services to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since then, houses of worship across eastern Ventura County have reopened on a restricted basis. At St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Camarillo, parishioners must sanitize their hands upon entering […]

To the Class of 2020

COMMENTARY /// Keeping the faith

“God, why did all this happen my senior year?” The cancellation of so many activities has left many of us wondering why. As a community who has seen you grow up, we love you. We grieve with you in all that has been lost during this time of graduation. It’s tough to have hope when we are walking through such […]

Rest and solace for the weary, anxious

COMMENTARY /// Faith during pandemic

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30. Weary. It’s a word I’m hearing frequently […]

God can handle it for you

COMMENTARY /// Faith during pandemic

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” When the Apostle Paul wrote these words, recorded in the Bible’s New Testament, he was in prison for spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. He had plenty to worry about, but he chose to pray. He encourages us to do the same. Our complicated lives have become even more complex. People […]

Finding joy in difficult times

COMMENTARY /// Keeping the faith

In November 2018, we experienced three traumas: the Borderline shootings and the Hill and Woolsey fires. We now face the widespread trauma caused by COVID-19. As a minister in our community, I continue to search for ways to bring healing through each trauma we experience. A passage in the Book of James speaks to walking through hard times with faith. […]

Serving others in hard times

COMMENTARY /// Faith and unity

These are unprecedented times. There is no playbook to follow. When we are feeling overwhelmed with worry, mistrust, uncertainty and fear, it is more important than ever to be able to trust one another. The cries of “we are all in this together” echo Bahá’u’lláh’s message that he brought to us over 200 years ago: “The earth is but one […]

Don’t forget to remember

MUSIC IN THE AIR—Preschool director Debbie Blumenthal, left, sings while Bobbie Black plays the guitar. The parents of one of the students was picking up a loaf of Challah bread and a Holocaust Remembrance Day candle during a drive-thru event April 17. Holocaust Remembrance Day was Tues., April 21.

Unity team provides spiritual leadership online in difficult times

They say two heads are better than one. At Unity of the Oaks, they’re putting that adage into practice. The Revs. Sherri James and Stacy Macris Ros took the helm March 1 as co-spiritual leaders at the church on Crescent Way in Thousand Oaks. James said the arrangement allows the women, who are both mothers, to serve the spiritual needs […]


Zoom fun open to all kids Chabad of the Conejo will host a CKids Virtual Zoom for children of all ages at 11 a.m. Sun., May 17. The interactive workshop will give children the opportunity to learn about the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. The event will include the story of Shavuot read aloud, as well as an interactive game about […]

Faith is made stronger when tested


Life in the time of COVID-19 has proved to be an era of resilience, creativity and empathy. Overnight, our norms have been turned upside down, with a microscopic organism dictating how we work, how we socialize, how we travel and how we worship. In our urgent drive to save lives, we have either stopped or changed significantly all the habits […]

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