Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy stench of jet fuel. Plus that, imagine you are blind.

This was the reality for Michael Hingson Sept. 11, 2001, the day the World Trade Center collapsed. He survived with the help of his guide dog, teamwork and help from God.


Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.


Spiritual but not religious: An experience of the divine

You may be among the growing number of people who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. What does that mean for you? If you don’t relate to a religion to help you define the meaning and purpose of life, in what ways do you sense the spirit? Naming the ineffable is almost impossible, and yet many people have a feeling, a knowingness that is an opening toward the transcendent.

Religions offer a community, a framework and some rules to follow, which are familiar and comforting to many. If no religion makes sense to you and yet you do sense the sacred mystery and wonder in life, you have to create your own roadmap for practicing what matters to you.


Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in Stanford’s Department of Religious Studies.


Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in Los Altos – is scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its sanctuary 3-5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at 461 Orange Ave.

The contents of a metal-box time capsule, sealed upon the sanctuary’s consecration Aug. 23, 1914, will be on display at the event. The celebration will include food, music and displays about the church’s current programs and the community groups that use its facilities.


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