Spiritual Perspective: Living authentically as a Christian in Silicon Valley


About 30 of us sit wide-eyed in the bright conference room, like trick-or-treaters waiting for candy. We are new hires at a Bay Area technology company on day one of orientation, about to receive our laptops. I’m actually a rehire. And I’m particularly eager – and nervous – to satisfy months of curiosity. Would my old company have a place for a new me – and people like me?

St. William rummage sale Friday, Saturday

Parishioners at St. William Catholic Church in Los Altos have scheduled their annual rummage sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, 611 S. El Monte Road.

Items for sale range from electronics items to jewelry, clothing and toys.

Church hosts 36th Mediterranean Food and Cultural Festival Sept. 9 and 10

The Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Redeemer has scheduled its 36th annual Mediterranean Food and Cultural Festival noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 on the church grounds, 380 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos Hills.

The festival is a fundraiser that will feature Middle Eastern cuisine, including shawarma, kibbe and tabouli; international music and dance performances; games; arts and crafts; raffles; children’s activities; and family entertainment.

I'm Just Saying ... : Seasons and mysteries – knowing God in a personal way

I love it when the seasons change – outdoors. But I am not so fond of the seasons of my life changing.

I don’t think that the average young person recognizes that he or she is in the spring or summer of his or her life. That usually happens after the fact.

New Stanford program addresses complexities of Islam

A unique collaboration at Stanford is bringing a renewed focus to one of the world’s most followed but misunderstood religions.

Stanford’s Institute on Islam, a collaboration involving the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) and Stanford Global Studies, held a five-week program in the spring that provided Bay Area teachers innovative strategies to better educate students on Islam, the world’s second-largest religion with 1.8 billion followers.

Marriage advocate inspires local Mothers Together group

Courtesy of Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt
Julie Landreth, who teaches the marriage study “Wife Lab,” encourages members of Menlo Church’s Mothers Together group to figure out ways to make their husbands’ lives better.

Amid soaring divorce rates and highly stressed and unhappy marriages, there is a crusader – in the frame of a 5-foot-tall, curly-haired woman from the Midwest.

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