Diwali Indian Festival of Lights takes on added importance

This year, it was a Diwali like no other. The Indian Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and others around the world is about new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. But as Newbury Park resident Sita Kanugo said, “This Diwali is different.” “This Diwali is about survival. It is about being grateful […]

Program on anti-Semitism at Jewish academy

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a town hall discussion via Zoom with Alan M. Dershowitz on the subject of anti-Semitism. “Standing Strong: A Lamb Amongst 70 Wolves, The Battle Against Anti-Semitism in America, Israel and Abroad” will take place at 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 21. In his talk, Dershowitz will discuss the battle against anti Semitism not only in […]

Christian Scientist to give talk on well-being and healing through prayer

Speaker sees God as ‘love itself, divine love that loved me fully’

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Thousand Oaks will host a free web-based talk titled “A New View of God and its Effect on Well-Being” by Phillip Hockley, Christian Science healing practitioner and international speaker, at 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 18 on Zoom. Things can seem bleak when there is so much human suffering. But sometimes these circumstances spur individuals to […]

Charity boutique

Quilters Bee of Thousand Oaks will hold a Charity Boutique Sale with crafts for all seasons from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 17 at Living Oaks Church, student center 1077 Business Center Circle, Newbury Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Joni and Friends wheelchair ministry that provides medical devices for the underserved. All safety precautions will […]

Where wheelchairs meet the road: Ministry aids the disabled

For Tracey Motoda, the messages never stop. In her work for the international disability ministry Joni and Friends, Motoda spends her days responding to emails, social media requests, texts and letters from families who want to help a loved one with a disability. Sometimes their loved one is newly disabled and they don’t know how to navigate the transition, while […]

‘It weighs on our hearts’

Chaplains face challenges ministering to the sick in pandemic

The Rev. Kate Lewis will never forget the stoic face of a man pressed against the dark glass walls of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. He cupped his hands against the glass, his burly shoulders hunched, as he tried to see past his own reflection to his wife, who had contracted COVID-19 and lay unconscious in an ICU hospital bed […]

Messianic synagogue hosts High Holiday services

Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue will host what it calls “a unique and inspiring combination” of outdoor and virtual-only services for the Jewish High Holidays, with special musical guests and children’s activities. All services are free and membership is not required. Attendees may consider a donation in lieu of tickets. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced at in-person […]

Chabad welcomes High Holidays with online, in-person events

With the High Holidays approaching and COVID-19 creating difficulties for many in joining a traditional synagogue service, Chabad of Agoura Hills will provide a variety of holiday services designed to meet the needs of the Jewish community. Chabad services are open to all Jews regardless of affiliation. To provide services while keeping everyone safe and respecting individual circumstances and preferences, […]

Agents of healing to bridge the divide

Spending time in prayer, Bible study is important in fighting hate, racism

Small acts of kindness and love, the Rev. Reggie Mercado of Fountain Foursquare Church said, can make the greatest difference in fighting hate, racism and injustice. “There’s this call from God for us to just love people,” said Mercado, the senior leader of the Moorpark church. “When we talk about the racism that happens before us, Jesus gave the solution […]

Parents are always teaching their children

COMMENTARY /// Faith in life

Late last month I listened to a concerned parent as they bemoaned the challenges of navigating virtual school. This new reality has left parents and students alike feeling like fish out of water, wondering if they will survive. While none of us think this way of doing school is ideal, I believe that we have been given an incredible opportunity […]

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