Local parishes celebrate indoor services after conflicting court rulings

Local churches are again breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its position Feb. 26 allowing indoor worship.

Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation

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David Ing, bottom left, joins other worship leaders from Mountain View and across the region in “The Bay Area Blessing” this month. He’s a worship leader at Mountain View’s Compass Church.

In the annals of holiday Zoom events, the 60-church “The Bay Area Blessing” carol may be this year’s grandest local effort.

More than a hundred singers joined their audio to collaborate on a video that shows the faces and languages of Christmas celebration across the region. From Mountain View, Compass Church and Current SV joined in – and the experience of synced recording and compilation spearheaded by Peninsula Bible Church is seeding inspiration.

Divisiveness of political discourse makes unity seem utopian

Baha’i writings offer the following reflection.

Reach beyond racism: Baha’i teachings emphasize unity and diversity

“Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance, it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness may be made manifest.”
– Baha’i Scripture

New St. Simon pastor’s approach: ‘You need to welcome people to the table’

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The Rev. Brendan McGuire and friend.

St. Simon Catholic Parish recently appointed Father Brendan McGuire, a native of Ireland, to serve as its fifth pastor over the course of the church’s 65-year history.

Spiritual Perspective: The welfare of the part means the welfare of the whole

"Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul.

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