Advent 2019

It is December, and the assignment is to "Look up -- for signs of fruitfulness and new life." But it is December! Fires have burned the hillsides; plants are dormant; animals are seeking shelter from the rain and cold. And yet -- . And yet, I am...

About ten years ago I read an article about a pastor in the Brazil who filled Copacabana Beach with small crosses. Each of the thousands of crosses represented a victim of gun violence, primarily from the shantytown communities of Rio de Janeiro called “favelas”. This...

Each week you will find here a new practice encouraging us to “look up” from the ordinary chaos and mundane routines that keep up from seeing God’s goodness and promise breaking in all around us. . LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES: This week, should we find ourselves feeling fatigued...

Diana: John, we’ve been on many trails together. Which one is the oddest one? . John: You told me that you couldn’t marry anyone who was not a Methodist minister. . Diana: Yeah. That was strong, right? . John: Yes. Overly strong, I thought. But I dutifully went off to seminary,...

Each week you will find here a new practice encouraging us to “look up” from the ordinary chaos and mundane routines that keep up from seeing God’s goodness and promise breaking in all around us. . LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES: In the busyness of this season, we might...

Last Sunday, we held Westwood’s annual Thanksgiving Lunch. Once again, it was a great day of food and community, of friends and conversation, of laughter and thankfulness! As I was driving home, it struck me that Thanksgiving is this week and, for many of us, is the kick-off of...

Each week you will find here a new practice encouraging us to “look up” from the ordinary chaos and mundane routines that keep up from seeing God’s goodness and promise breaking in all around us. . MESSENGERS FROM GOD: This week, if we lose sight of God's...

A REFLECTION BY JAN GONDER: January 1961 was full of hope for many of us seniors at Fresno High School. We watched John Kennedy’s inauguration, we talked about joining the Peace Corps (a few from my class did), and discussed Martin Luther King’s brave stance...

A REFLECTION BY JOE AUMENTADO: This past Sunday at the Loft, we engaged in conversation with Maria Francesca French about this Greek word, logos (= “word”), found in the prologue to John’s Gospel. The conversation centered on exploring the confluence of traditions and the genealogy...

Each week you will find here a new practice encouraging us to “look up” from the ordinary chaos and mundane routines that keep up from seeing God’s goodness and promise breaking in all around us. . SEEING GOD'S GLORIOUS SPLENDOR: This week, should we find ourselves worried...