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Religion Briefs, Oct. 5, 2019

October 3, 2019

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains We will dig deep into the theme of “belonging” this October. If you are looking for meaningful community with an open spirit, but you’ve sworn off “religion,” this...


Chaplain Norris: My birthday prayer

October 3, 2019

I celebrated my birthday this week with six decades of candles atop a cake. Fortunately, we safely executed what is known in California as a “controlled burn.” Lately, I find myself checking the birth dates...



How American Christian media promoted charity abroad

September 5, 2019

Many religions urge their adherents to be charitable toward those in need. Jesus directed his followers to sell their possessions and give alms to the poor. The Hebrew Bible instructed the Jews to provide generously...


Religion Briefs, Sept. 6, 2019

September 5, 2019

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living We are a radically inclusive, spiritually progressive, supportive community that celebrates all the diversity of creation. We are committed to supporting one another in awakening to our spiritual magnificence. We...




Norris Burkes: The high calling of hospice work

September 5, 2019

Last year, I came out of early retirement — perhaps better characterized as “premature retirement” — to accept part-time work as a hospice chaplain. In my new role, I often hear three common reactions when...


Children donate 42 birthday bags to food pantry

August 1, 2019

Rolling River Day Camp recently concluded with a fun family program and a big surprise: Children donated 42 birthday bags to Interfaith Food Ministry, Nevada County’s faith-based food pantry. IFM development coordinator Lindy Beatie attended...


Religion Briefs, Aug. 2, 2019

August 1, 2019

Twin Cities Church Join us as we continue our series “Hope Rising: Living Between Now and Not Yet.” The message this week is “Flourishing Hope.” We meet Sunday mornings at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Our...


Becky Goodwin: Clergy: saints or sinners?

August 1, 2019

It happens all the time. Someone will cuss in my presence, and immediately apologize, often with a patronizing tone and a chuckle. “Oh, sorry, Reverend! Haha!” As if my tender clerical ears have never heard...


New pastor at Nevada City United Methodist Church

July 30, 2019

This month, Nevada City United Methodist Church is welcoming their new pastor, Reverend David Niu. After serving the congregation for the past four years, Pastor Kristin Sachen retired in June. Niu is an experienced pastor...


Religion Briefs, July 5, 2019

July 4, 2019

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living Join us as we continue our 2019 Theme, “Spirituality in Action.” The Rev. Rafe A. Ellis will be our guide through our July theme, “Advocate for Freedom of Thought,” exploring...


Pastoral change at Sierra Pine UMC

July 4, 2019

It is a time of transition and change at Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Grass Valley near Lake of the Pines. Our much loved pastor, Joan Pell, has accepted a three-year commission with the...


Is there life after death?

July 4, 2019

Do we persist in conscious awareness after death? Many people believe we do, many want to believe but have doubts, and some say death marks the end of personal existence. Setting religious belief aside, is...



Chabad of Grass Valley hosts kids’ summer camp

June 12, 2019

Camp Gan Izzy of the Foothills is not your typical summer camp. Camp Gan Izzy is a five-day Jewish summer camp for children ages three to 13 that imprints memories and friendships for a lifetime....


That good old baylor line in the doctrinal sand

June 6, 2019

Like all historic private universities, Baylor University — chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas — has its share of beloved traditions. One of them is that public prayers during graduation ceremonies are given...


Chabad of Grass Valley commemorates Shavuot

June 6, 2019

When thinking Jewish holidays, Passover, Chanukah and Yom Kippur come to mind. Nevertheless, Shavuot is considered one of Judaism’s major holidays and was in fact a “pilgrimage” when all of Israel would travel to Jerusalem...