Faith

Course on developing a healthy spiritual life

The Thousand Oaks Seventhday Adventist Church will offer a free, eight-week Spiritual Wellness series to the community from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays from June 14 through Aug. 2 at the church, 480 W. Gainsborough Road. Pastor Jim Ayars, a local pastor known for his weekly religious radio broadcast, Windows on the World on KDAR-98.3 FM, will lead the sessions. […]

Confirmation youth receive blessing

Prayer in the outdoors

Summer Shabbat services to meet in park

Temple Ner Simcha renews its annual tradition of Shabbat Under the Stars. The temple will hold Shabbat services outdoors at 7 p.m. throughout the summer, beginning Fri., June 14 and continuing every Friday night throughout the summer except for July 5. The family services, which are filled with music, are being held at a new location this year: Deerhill Community […]

Baptists host family fun

The annual Community Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., June 15 at Simi Second Missionary Baptist Church grounds, 1063 Pacific Ave., Simi Valley. The event will have live music, game booths, game truck and a kid’s area with bouncer. Free food, popcorn, sodas and water will be available. Guests can also find out about opportunities […]

Program of music, storytelling honors Holocaust survivor on Sunday

Co-authors John Jackson and Rebecca Jackson, from Santa Cruz, will celebrate the late David Arben and the release of their authorized biography about him in a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Sun., June 9 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The program of music and storytelling is free and open to the public […]

Jewish educator wins Lainer Award

Valley Outreach Synagogue announced that Hebrew and Judaic educator Julie Blair is a recipient of the 2019 Lainer Award for teaching excellence in Jewish education. As a veteran religious school teacher for over 20 years, Blair is recognized by the Los Angeles Builders of Jewish Education for her ability to motivate students, innovative lessons and teaching methods and her commitment […]

Church changes baptismal rules for children of LGBTQ parents



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reversed a set of rules that caused controversy among LGBTQ members and their families. Four years ago, the Salt Lake City-based faith announced that children of LGBTQ parents could not be baptized—an action seen by the church as necessary for salvation—until they turned 18 years old. The former policy also classified […]

Inspirational workshop with Mark Nepo

`Poet, teacher and storyteller Mark Nepo will make a two-day appearance June 21 and 22 at the Global Truth Center, 880 Hampshire Road, Ste. W, Westlake Village. Nepo will read from his new book, “More Together Than Alone,” and share a conversation with local spiritual leader James Mellon on Friday, then present a workshop based on his bestselling book “Seven […]

Talk on Christian healing

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Thousand Oaks, will sponsor a free talk titled “Practicing Christian Healing Today” at 2 p.m. Sun., June 9 at the Oak Park Community Center, 1000 Kanan Road. Mary Alice Rose, a practitioner of Christian Science healing and an international speaker, will discuss how individuals can apply the Bible’s teachings of love to the daily demands […]

Rabbi to leave Temple Etz Chaim after 19 years of leadership



On a recent Tuesday afternoon in his Janss Road office, Rabbi Richard Spiegel posed a rhetorical question: “Who is rich?” “The one who is satisfied with what he has,” he answered. By that measure, Spiegel, 68, is a very rich man. This July, the Maryland native will step down from his position as head rabbi after 19 years at Thousand […]


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