Spiritual Perspective: Baha'i teachings – spirituality is the greatest of God's gifts

After 40 years of imprisonment for his faith, in his visit to Paris in 1911, Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son and successor of the prophet founder of the Baha’i faith, spoke to an audience about the importance of spirituality:

Foothills Congregational welcomes new pastor


A yearlong pastoral search led to the arrival of the Rev. Dr. Christopher Breedlove, new senior pastor at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Breedlove, his wife, Amy, and their four children come to Foothills from the Community United Church of Christ in Fresno. He also served as chairman of Faith in Community, a community organizing network; as steering board member on California Interfaith Power and Light, a network of religious communities committed to addressing global warming; and as vice chairman of the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley.

Pastor's Perspective: Encouraging children to become changemakers

I am not one of those people who was born into the United Methodist Church. I wandered into the church as an adult, at a time when I was restless in my career as a lawyer and looking for something that would help me make sense of the world.

Spiritual Perspective: Baha'i community unites in efforts to educate and guide youth

School shootings have become an epidemic. As school systems, mental health professionals, advocacy groups and the federal and state governments engage in efforts to prevent such incidents, it is important to understand the abilities and needs of middle schoolers and high schoolers.

Spiritual Perspective: Baha'i writings emphasize importance of fair-minded discourse

Divisiveness has reached new heights. Whether the public debate is about climate change, gun violence, immigration or other vital issues, polarization has become inevitable.

Speakers reflect on faith and impact on lives at prayer breakfast


The 24th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, held March 16, featured two speakers – Justin Dillon and Promod Haque – who found strength in faith to address both global injustice and personal tragedy.

Dillon commits much of his time and resources to disrupting the $150 billion business of human trafficking. He told the early-morning crowd at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara of his efforts to ensure that companies steer clear of suppliers engaged in the slave trade. He offered as his objective: “Reduce the chaos in the lives of others – the chaos of slavery.”

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