Faith

Faith moves from pew to ballot box in November

Houses of worship sign up voters before fall election


Local houses of worship are urging members to take their faith to the ballot box Nov. 6. Churches, synagogues and mosques across Thousand Oaks are emphasizing the importance of civic participation ahead of the November election. Although Congress passed legislation in 1954 prohibiting houses of faith that are registered as nonprofit organizations from participating or intervening in any political campaign […]

Welcome to the mosque

You’re invited

Messy Church, a ministry for all ages, takes place once a month at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks. What to expect at Messy Church is an hour of hands-on activities with a Bible theme along with a short celebration with a story, songs and prayers. A family meal concludes the activity. The next event will at at 5 […]

Latter-day Saints president says: Call church by its proper name



You can call them wholesome. You can call them clean-cut. You can call them family-oriented. Just don’t call them Mormons. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this summer that members of the Salt Lake City-based religion should use the formal name of the church when referring to themselves and their faith. A […]

Chabad launches new semester of classes

The Conejo Jewish Academy is starting its fall semester with many learning opportunities for the community. All academy classes meet in the Center for Jewish Life, 30347 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Courses, study groups, lectures, workshops, special events, religious activities, guest speakers and films will be offered. The following is an abbreviated listing of fall courses. To have a complete […]

Holocaust survivor shares experiences with students

Erica Miller, author, motivational speaker and Holocaust survivor, will address two seventh-grade classes at 5:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 16 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Parents are welcome to attend. Miller’s presentation is designed for preteens who are studying the Holocaust. “We want the students to hear about Dr. Miller’s experiences as a child during the […]

Prayers for pets

“A Blessing of Our Pets” outdoor worship service open to the community will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 in the large upper parking lot at Ascention Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Those who can’t bring a pet to receive a blessing can provide a photo, bring a stuffed animal, or come anyway. […]

Choir to take a spiritual journey

Free concert on Sept. 29 at church


The gentle strum of a harp and the soft sound of a violin brought about a dozen voices to quiet attention as the sun shone through a stained-glass window at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sept. 15. The church choir members picked up their music binders, stood, and, under the direction of music director Larry Jarvis, began a rendition of Herbert […]

Cantor at Encino synagogue

NEW POST—Kenny Ellis of Agoura Hills is now the cantor at Kehilla Chen v’Chesed, a Jewish Universalist synagogue in Encino, along with Rabbi Eric Morgenstern. Ellis, who has been a cantor for over 25 years, was previously the cantor at Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills, Valley Outreach Synagogue and Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita. Ellis also produced the […]

Critters go to church for blessing

All creatures great and small are welcomed to Westminster Presbyterian Church for the Blessing of the Animals at 6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 2 in the church prayer garden on the south side of the building at 32111 Watergate Road, Westlake Village, The Westminster Kids Fellowship Club will sponsor the event. The Blessing of the Animals is a tradition started in […]


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