Spiritual Life

Holy Week offers opportunity to meditate on the Cross

During Lent, church folks think about the Cross. What a thing to consider: an instrument of torture and death.


LAUMC welcomes new pastor

Los Altos United Methodist Church named the Rev. Mariellen Sawada Yoshino its new senior pastor, effective July 1. Yoshino succeeds the Rev. Mark Bollwinkel, who is leaving after a long stint at the church.

Yoshino has served as district superintendent of the California-Nevada Annual Conference for the past seven years, providing leadership to the 84 United Methodist Churches in the Central Valley District.


Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast highlights matters of faith

Pat Gelsinger and Reggie Littlejohn come from different backgrounds and occupations, but both, guided by their Christian faith, have become leaders committed to helping others. The two shared their experiences at the 20th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast March 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara.

Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare Inc., is an executive whose resume includes a stint at Intel Corp. under the tutelage of founder Andy Grove. Gelsinger rose from Pennsylvania farm boy to talented electrical engineer and high-tech innovator. He admitted that panelists at his initial job interview at Intel referred to him as “smart, aggressive and arrogant” and concluded, “He’ll fit right in.”


Spiritual Brief

LAH synagogue hires assistant rabbi

Congregation Beth Am has hired a new assistant rabbi, Heath Watenmaker, effective July 1.

Since his ordination in 2011 from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, Heath has served as reform outreach initiative rabbi at Rutgers Hillel in New Jersey. In addition to his rabbinical degree, Heath earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in social work from USC, and a master’s in Jewish communal service from Hebrew Union College.


Stanford's Luskin preaches gospel of forgiveness

Asked how he became the poster child for what he refers to as “forgiveness therapy,” author Fred Luskin, Ph.D., answered that it all goes back to his desire to have a better understanding of practical spirituality.

Luskin, author of “Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness” (HarperOne, 2001), is director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project.


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