Spirituality

Fr. Glenn: Killing With Kindness

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Almost daily—or even more often—we can get stuck in perplexing situations.  What to do…what to do?  Which is the better path?  Even when we are consciously trying to discern what is right and good, there can be so many different factors to be weighed, throwing us into mental debate and moral quandary.  Even when the rules are rigidly fixed, the ol’ black and white can get gray in a hurry.

Obviously, what a person may ask us to do—or even beg us to do—is not necessarily the best thing … for anyone. For instance, you parents of young kids at home (and sometimes older kids NOT at home!) may


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World Religion Day: High Atlas Foundation Grows Trees In Nurseries Built On Moroccan Jewish Community Land

Aberrahim is the caretaker at the Akrich nursery, the first of the High Atlas Foundation’s fruit tree nurseries built on land lent in-kind by the Moroccan Jewish Community. Courtesy/HAF

High Atlas Foundation News:

Today is World Religion Day, and the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is celebrating its interfaith fruit tree nurseries, which are built on land lent in-kind by the Moroccan Jewish community and are enhancing livelihoods for Muslim farming families around Morocco.

These nurseries champion the notion that Morocco’s multicultural past and present, and the preservation of it, should


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Fr. Glenn: Motivations

By Father Glenn Jones

Well, another year has begun … this one beginning a little bit … ummm … “differently” than most. What’s that old curse … “May you live in interesting times?” As we get older, we start to appreciate the “uninteresting” and predictable times a heck of a lot more. Well … different each to his own—we all have our motivations.

Speaking of motivations, I was watching a series on the TV the other night in which a powerful politician was requesting assistance of a very socially-minded minister in accomplishing a certain goal. Because that task would have necessarily taken the minister


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Fr. Glenn: The Dawn Shall Break

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

It’s kind of pleasant going to the grocery store first thing on New Year’s day.  Rather than having to hoof it from the hinterlands … well, lookie there—a space right up front. Hardly a creature a’stirring … except a few grumpy, bleary-eyed stockers, and some not-quite-yet-cheery checkers. Hmmm … I wonder if kept up late by fireworks, too. Hmmmm … maybe not that. 

Ahh … the new year! … full of promise and expectation! And … heading back out to my trusty mechanical steed, I see at a distance … an angry twenty-something lad in the parking lot with a baseball bat, apparently


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Gaia’s Pantry Open For Business At Unitarian Church

Felix Fellenz dropping off donations recently at Gaia’s Pantry on Sage. Photo by Emily Schultz-Fellenz

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The idea behind the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos’ Gaia’s Pantry is simple; take what food items are needed and leave food that can be donated.

The pantry, named after the Greek goddess of nature, opened for business this week in the church parking lot, 1738 North Sage St., but the idea percolated in the minds of the congregation for some time.

Unitarian Church member Kokheong McNaughton said she was introduced to curbside


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Saint Job Of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church In Los Alamos Donates $3,250 In Cookie Sales To Española YMCA

Father Theophan of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church in Los Alamos presents a $3,250 check Wednesday to Director Ben Sandoval of the YMCA in Española. The money was raised through the church’s annual holiday cookie box sale and will be used Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church in Los Alamos presents a $3,250 check Wednesday to Director Ben Sandoval of the YMCA in Española. . Members of the church bake cookies and treats to fill 125 boxes and each year and decide on a different local charity in which to donate the proceeds. Courtesy photo


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Fr. Glenn: ‘…a little child shall lead them…’

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, here we are … the last week of 2020, a year that few will lament having come to its close. In the celebrations of the new year on 12/31/19, who would have ever guessed that it would have taken such a nasty turn? Come on, 2021 … don’t fail us!

As this pandemic pandemonium year closes, we all likely have mused over and re-examined our family ties and closeness as we were subjected to the ever-climbing COVID toll as many lost friends and family over these ten months. This common experience has brought to the fore greater realization of our fragile biology contained with its inherent,


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More Scenes Of Troop 122 Farolitos Illuminating Community

Troop 122 places farolitos at First United Methodist Church, its Chartered Organization and where they meet throughout the year. Their decades-old tradition on Christmas Eve is to place farolitos around Ashley Pond but due to restrictions because of the global pandemic, this year they placed the farolitos at First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos as well as Ponderosa Montessori School in White Rock. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

Troop 122 places farolitos Christmas Eve at First United Methodist Church. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

Troop 122 places farolitos Christmas Eve at First United Methodist


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United Church Of Los Alamos Welcomes Community To Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Online 5 PM Thursday

The United Church of Los Alamos in the early days. Courtesy/UCLA

The United Church of Los Alamos today at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy/UCLA

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
United Church of Los Alamos

This holiday season is like no other in our lifetime with so many sick and dying.

There is hope on the horizon with a new vaccine, but perhaps this is a time when you need friends, family or a church family, to get you through what may seem or feel impossible.

Senior Pastor David Elton of the United Church of Los Alamos invites you on Christmas Eve, to join with others to listen, to learn and to hope, as you journey through


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Fr. Glenn: Of Foot And Flight

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

It’s that time of year again. Yes, yes … tinsel, Santa Clause and the joyous squeals of children unwrapping their treasures on Christmas morn, but also that of a particularly delightful natural beauty here in New Mexico: the migration of thousands—perhaps millions—of various waterfowl down the Rio Grande. 

A most memorable unplanned side trip of years gone by was a January unplanned detour from the mundanity of south I-25 to visit the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. Often touted for its winter migratory fowl population, expectations were nonetheless rather low; after


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Bethlehem Church Hosts ‘A Light Shining In The Darkness: A Reflective Service Of Hope And Healing’ Via Zoom Monday

Enter into a time of quiet at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, contact the church office at office@bethluth.com to receive the zoom link. Courtesy photo

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church News:

Each year Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road has offered a space for folks to enter into a time of quiet.

We create a space to honor that in this energetic, fast-paced, over-stimulating time of year, it is helpful for us to remember that not everyone is cheery for the Christmas holidays.

Many losses may be before us as our lives present the death of a loved one,


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From Grumpy Skeptic To Recovering Patient: Local Pastor’s Heartfelt And Honest Journey With COVID-19

By Pastor David Taylor
First Baptist Church – Los Alamos

Like most of the world in January and February I watched as we were introduced to COVID-19 from the corners of the globe. In the months to come I watched as it infiltrated its way into our lives and activities.

I must admit that initially I watched with a bit of skepticism, however that did change. I thought, I am a 41-year-old healthy pastor in a small mountain community in Northern, New Mexico. I thought the likelihood of me ever encountering this virus or it affecting my life in this small town, off the beaten path, was a slight and even negligible


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Fr. Glenn: Resting Awhile

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

My goodness … already we’re on the third week of Advent … and marking the fact that Advent is more than half over, the third Sunday of Advent is also known as “Gaudete Sunday” or “Rejoicing Sunday”, ever since the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great in the 500s. In some Christian churches we light a rose-colored Advent candle beginning the third Sunday of Advent, as rose is the ancient traditional color of rejoicing … recalling the dawn and the coming of Christ.

In the Catholic Mass on this Sunday, we read that beautiful excerpt from the prophet Isaiah: 

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon


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Freedom Church Los Alamos Hosts Virtual ‘12 Days Of Christmas In Los Alamos’ For Community

Freedom Church Los Alamos News:

The party gets started December 13th and runs through Christmas day.  Freedom Church Los Alamos is hosting a virtual “12 Days of Christmas in Los Alamos” and the entire community is invited.

“It’ll be different this year, but celebrating the birth of Jesus in 2020 doesn’t have to be dull. That is for sure!” said Pastor Mike Brake, lead pastor at Freedom Church in Los Alamos.

A Time for Fun

The events will be hosted entirely on Facebook, Direct Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/377761059997072. Each day throughout the event, Freedom Church will unlock one


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First United Methodist Church Hosts Blue Christmas Service

From First United Methodist Church:

Some may wonder what is this and why we would hold this service? 

For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards.

They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, have suffered through an emotional trauma, or there has been a significant loss in others areas of their life. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations. The truth is that for some people, Christmas


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Hanukkah ‘Festival Of Lights’ Begins At Sundown

Hanukkah begins at sundown with a nightly menorah lighting through Dec. 18. Courtesy/bkreader.com

Staff Report

Hanukkah 2020 begins today at sundown and ends at sundown Friday, Dec. 18.

The eight-day Jewish celebration, also known as Chanukah, commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December.

Often


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