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 Vi…

“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, e…

Father V. Warwick James, pastor of St. Simon Parish, is set to retire today after 14 years of service at the Los Altos Catholic church. “I am the most blessed pastor in the world,” James said. “It has given me great joy to serve this community.” Under his leadership, the pastoral plan was bu…

One of the advantages of living in the 21st century is our ability to have a perspective on the thousands of years of religious history. “Peerless is this Day, for it is as the eye to past ages and centuries, and as a light unto the darkness of the times,” Baha’i writings say.

Pentecost is Sunday (May 31). Laurie Kurgas, director of the InSpirit Healing Rooms of Los Altos and Saratoga, offers the following reflections. She can be reached at�InSpiritPrayer@yahoo.com. As we face battles in life, we may feel powerless, weak in our own ability. Perhaps regularly, or p…

Leaders of 11 Silicon Valley faith-based and nonprofit groups are scheduled to convene on Zoom 6 p.m. today (May 5) to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to do more for undocumented essential workers during the pandemic. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate, including members of the Cal…

Local places of worship are also being closed due to public health orders against mass gatherings. The Diocese of San Jose has announced all public, daily and Sunday Masses will be suspended until further notice beginning Saturday, March 14.� This follows the Diocese announcement that all sc…

It was a time of great turmoil in Ethiopia. Young men were frequently rounded up by the military and killed. And Ethiopian-born Minas Hiruy, who had spent the past 20 years pursuing higher education in the United States, had a decision to make – stay in the safety of the U.S. or return to hi…

The InSpirit Healing Room in Los Altos is scheduled to host an appearance by prophetic healer Gordon van Veelen 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. Van Veelen, the European Healing Rooms Ambassador for the International Association of Hea…

LAUMC launches grief support group Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a six-week Good Grief Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays through March 2 in the church’s Redwood Room, 655 Magdalena Ave. In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, the Good Grief Support Group aims to …

� Gordon van Veelen, European Healing Rooms Ambassador for the International Association of Healing Rooms, is scheduled to visit InSpirit Healing Rooms in Los Altos and Saratoga.

LAUMC launches grief support group Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a six-week Good Grief Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Sunday and continuing Sundays through March 2 in the church’s Redwood Room, 655 Magdalena Ave. In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, the G…

Congregation Beth Am, located at 26790 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills, is scheduled to host the following events. �?�Beit R’fuah support group, potluck and discussion, 6:15 today in the Beit Kehillah Room. Beit R’fuah offers a confidential, safe and caring community of people who unders…

In the weeks leading up to Hanukkah, young families dust off an heirloom menorah or proudly display a newly minted, often misshapen, preschool edition of the Hanukkiah. Aside from crafting a candleholder or finding a new book about the old story of the Maccabees, most local Jewish families t…

Local residents who enjoy Christmas food, music and worship will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos this holiday season. The church is celebrating the addition of a new member to the congregation – Daisy Moore, daughter of the Rev. David Moore…

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled an InSpirit Praise and Prayer Healing Room 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of every month in the sanctuary, 858 University Ave. Director Laurie Kurgas said the healing room offers prayer for anyone feeling discouraged or battling an il…

The Palo Alto Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 32nd annual Christmas creche exhibition is scheduled for display noon to 9 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 11 at 3865 Middlefield Road. This year’s event – with the theme “Star of Wonder, Star of Night, Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light” – wi…