Faith

Lutherans to screen ‘The Shack’

Popcorn, refreshments will be served

New Hope Lutheran Church will host a screening of the movie “The Shack” at 6:30 p.m. Sun., July 29 at the church, 29295 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Admission is free. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public. For more information, call (818) 889-8700.

Where are the millennials?

Houses of worship seek to attract, retain young adults


Ask any religious leader about youth involvement in their house of worship and they’ll probably say the same thing: The younger members aren’t there like they used to be. Many 20- and 30-somethings grew up in families that were active in organized religion, but the millennials stopped regularly attending services when they went to college, a trend the Rev. Gary […]

Church says the jokes are on us

Congregation to host clean comedy show Sat., Aug. 4


Ten years ago Dan McGowan jumped into the Denver comedy scene, where he worked in clubs and at corporate events. He wanted to be funny. He didn’t want to be raunchy. “I worked clean,” McGowan said of his wholesome jokes and comedic sets. “It was a great exercise for me to write material that didn’t rely on filth to be […]

Rabbi returns to lead congregation

After a three-year absence, Rabbi Barry Diamond returned this week to lead Temple Adat Elohim, a Reform Jewish congregation in Thousand Oaks. “With a wealth of experience as both a rabbi and a teacher, Diamond possesses a contagious passion for inspiring each congregant’s connection with the Jewish community,” said a press release announcing his return. Diamond seesk to strengthen TAE’s […]

Biblical recipe for healthy eating

The Rev. John Bradshaw of the weekly national religious broadcast “It is Written,” along with Thousand Oaks nutritionist John Westerdahl, will present their recent telecast “Healing Foods of the Bible” at 12:45 p.m. Sat., July 14 at the Thousand Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church, 480 W. Gainsborough Road. The two-hour program will close with a discussion and a Q&A session on […]

Picnickers of all faiths gather to nosh, share and learn



Shadi Ghafari spent last Saturday afternoon making snow cones. Serving the icy treats in paper cups near the turtle pond at Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks, his hands were sticky with a mix of cherry-, watermelon- and green-apple-flavored syrups. The 14-year-old, who will be entering Newbury Park High School in the fall, was one of dozens of volunteers […]

Jewish jazz for the Fourth

In honor of America’s birthday, Temple Ner Simcha will host a “Jewish Jazzy July Shabbat Under the Stars” service at 7 p.m. Fri., July 6 at Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. The clergy and musical team of the synagogue will be joined by guest jazz musicians as they create musical interpretations of some of the Sabbath […]

Church brings hope to those behind bars



If you ask the Rev. Ken LaMont, there is no place God can’t go—even behind bars. For more than 15 years, a small group of members from Newbury Park First Christian Church where LaMont serves has made monthly treks to the pre-trial detention facility at the Ventura County Government Center as well as the Todd Road jail in Santa Paula. […]


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