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.”

Spiritual Perspective: Baha'i writings highlight important role of women around the world

“You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women.” Those were the final words of Táhirih (the Pure One), an early Baha’i, a poetess and a heroine of Iranian history, who courageously advocated the emancipation of women in 1848 – a time when such efforts were only beginning to gather momentum in a few places around the world.

Spiritual Life Briefs: Prayer Breakfast features inspirational speakers

The 24th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast is scheduled 7-8:30 a.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

Founded by a group of Los Altos residents in 1995, the event features keynote remarks by global business leaders who share personal perspectives about the power of faith and prayer as vital elements in their lives and business.

Pastor's Perspective: Words are intended to connect, not divide

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

– Psalm 19:14

Spiritual Perspective: When unexpected health problems lead to saving grace

Life is not fair; it sometimes takes unexpected and tragic turns.

When Becky Pomerleau embarked on a ski vacation in 2014 to Breckenridge, Colo., with her husband, Jeremiah, and her parents, life was good. She liked her job as senior manager at PayPal in Silicon Valley, had a great marriage and wonderful husband, and at 34 years old was in good physical shape. She was a distance runner in college and continued to run regularly.

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