Tale of two denominations: growth, shrinkage

COMMENTARY /// Protestant churches

Two of America’s largest Protestant denominations are the United Methodist Church and the Assemblies of God. Both have long histories in Southern California and some shared beliefs, including ordaining women, that set them apart from other Protestants. But official statistics, which typically have a couple years of lag time, for the decade immediately before the pandemic show these denominations have […]

St. John’s Seminary gala honors alumni

For the first time in two years, St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, one of America’s historic seminaries, held its annual gala Sept. 18 on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The pandemic prevented the seminary from holding its traditional celebration in 2020. Instead, a virtual gala was created. Three seminary alumni […]

Century-old parish is a ‘kaleidoscope of faith’

St. Rose of Lima marks milestone anniversary

Nearly 50 countries are represented by more than 1,800 congregants who call St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church their home. This diverse representation is a “kaleidoscope of faith” that just keeps growing with each year the church serves the Simi Valley community, the Rev. Joseph Shea said. Shea, who has headed St. Rose since 2008, said this cultural diversity couldn’t […]

Mosque leader reflects on society since Sept. 11

Every Friday, those attending services at the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley pray for justice and goodness. Imam Muhammed Mehtar said they end each worship with the same prayer in Arabic that Muslims have repeated for 1,400 years. “Surely Allah enjoins justice, kindness and the doing of good to kith and kin, and forbids all that is shameful, evil and […]

Cancer survivor inspired to serve as missionary

Lay minister serves church for 13 years

When Carol Benson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she said a simple prayer: “God, I don’t know what’s happening, but I trust that you do.” The Dos Vientos mother of two also asked God to remove the cancer from her body. God answered that prayer, Benson said. After nine months, she was on the road to recovery. And […]

Yom Kippur services Sept. 15-16

The Yom Kippur services with Chabad of the Conejo are open to all Jews, affiliated or not, observant or nonobservant. Services will begin with the Kol Nidre at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 15 and continue at 9:30 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 16. The Yizkor memorial service will be at noon. Neilah is at 5:30 p.m. The Yom Kippur fast will end […]

Book study on homelessness

United Methodist Church Westlake Village will hold a fourpart study of homelessness featuring the book “Evicted” at 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 on Zoom. Church member and Many Mansions president Rick Schroeder will lead the study. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Matthew Desmond follows the lives of tenants and landlords—some of whom are low-income themselves—and […]

Days of preparation, repentance lead up to Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur

GUEST EDITORIAL /// High Holidays

Although the High Holidays— the two days of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year, Sept. 6 to 8) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement, Sept. 15 to 16)—occupy three days only, they lie within a web of liturgy and customs that extend from the beginning of the preceding Hebrew month of Elul through Yom Kippur. The focus of this […]

Or Echad/HomeShul finds new home for High Holidays at Cal Community Church

Or Echad/HomeShul and California Community Church have joined together in an interfaith connection Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld and Cantor Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld, a husband-and-wife team and founders of Or Echad and HomeShul, held High Holy Day services at the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center for about six years. However, due to the pandemic, the center closed. The rabbi and the cantor […]

Chabad to livestream special sermons

Rabbi Moshe Bryski, the executive director of Chabad of the Conejo, will broadcast pre-Rosh Hashanah and pre-Yom Kippur sermons so that viewers from near and far can listen. The Rosh Hashanah sermon will be aired live at 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 2. The Yom Kippur sermon will broadcast live at 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 13. Both sermons are open to […]

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