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The miracle that occurs when justice and mercy collide

Many people think of God as a judge. We fear the “Judgment Day,” when we all will be accountable for everything we have done wrong. And death is the gateway to that dreaded uncertainty.

We have a dilemma – we want justice, but we don’t want judgment. When unjust things happen, a sense of “it shouldn’t be that way” rises up in us. We want justice for those who wrong us. But for ourselves – we want mercy.

Jewish Community Center celebrates togetherness after bomb threat

Over an hour into his set at Palo Alto’s Oshman Jewish Community Center, David Broza paid a compliment to the international crew that joined him on stage. The Israeli guitarist was flanked by a Syrian percussionist and Ali Paris, a Palestinian qanun player.

“We are at the eye of the hurricane here,” Broza said while spinning his right hand slowly in the air. “The world spins, but it spins around us.”

Vested in purple: The Christian season of Lent begins

Today is Ash Wednesday, which opens the Christian season of Lent, a time marked by the purple robe placed around Jesus when he was shamed and tortured by his guards.

Longtime Foothills Congregational Church pastor retires


Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos bid farewell last month to the Rev. Matt Broadbent, who retired after 17 years of service.

Broadbent and his wife, Barbara, are retiring to a condominium in Aptos. Barbara has served as spiritual director for the Northern California Nevada Conference United Church of Christ.

Feminist icon's 'meaning' comes in professional talent turned to public good


Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke about “the meaningful life” at Stanford February 6.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the Bay Area last week to speak in a spiritual venue about a contemplative theme – the meaningful life.

Yet the crowd of largely young people who packed Stanford’s Memorial Church sought out a spicier side of the 83-year-old icon.

Future challenge: Seeing our lives from God's point of view

The beginning of a new year is often when we look back at what the previous year brought us, and we look forward to what we want to be different. We ponder lessons learned from the past year and try to glean wisdom for the future – careful not to spend too much time in regret.

In a world that offers no unconditional do-overs, it is amazing that Jesus-followers are offered a fresh start every single moment of every single day: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).


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