Spiritual Life

Stanford students study religion through campus artifacts

The inscriptions inside Memorial Church, the death mask of Jane Stanford and the nod to the Egyptian ankh symbol formed by Palm Drive and the Stanford Oval all have one thing in common: Each was a topic of discussion for the students enrolled in a unique religious studies course at Stanford University.

Taught by Steven Weitzman and Kathryn Gin Lum, Is Stanford a Religion? applied analytical methods used by religious studies scholars to Stanford University. In this way, the course introduced undergraduates to the field of religious studies without focusing on any one specific religion.


The end of an era: Father Larry Percell leaves St. Nicholas

Rev. Percell

After the 12:15 p.m. Mass on the afternoon of June 22, a crowd gathered outside St. Nicholas Church and Parish Hall. It was an outpouring of the community honoring St. Nicholas’ pastor, the Rev. Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Percell, for his more than a decade of service.

Parishioners and friends thanked Percell for his commitment, competence and compassion for all who needed him during his days at St. Nicholas, whether parishioner or not. Tuesday was his final day as pastor of the north Los Altos faith community.


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.

Each session includes the context and instruction in a meditation practice for that week, ample time for practice and opportunities to share with and learn from group participants as they integrate the practice in their daily lives.


New Beginnings Community Church reaches out to Bay Area

Driving down Springer Road in Mountain View on a Sunday morning, you’ll notice the tall green banners and people on the street smiling and waving to passersby. They are out in force to welcome local residents to a new church – New Beginnings Community Church.

New Beginnings opened Palm Sunday in April and already hosts three gatherings on Sunday mornings, drawing approximately 1,200 worshippers. NBCC describes itself as “a group of people on a journey with Jesus. We are a safe place where people in different places on that journey can explore, ask questions and grow in their relationship with God.”


Preschool at St. Timothy's Episcopal welcomes new director

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Mountain View recently hired Janet Kolstad, M.A., as director of its preschool.

Kolstad, who also teaches early-childhood college courses and parenting classes, previously worked at Ventana School and Los Altos Parent Preschool.


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