Spirituality

Fr. Glenn: Be Content!

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Harry Potter fans will likely remember—not too fondly—Dudley, Harry’s spoiled cousin whose taunting Harry was forced to endure. And yet …  Dudley’s obnoxious entitled attitude is not so uncommon these days.

For instance, it’s not infrequent that people come to priests and ministers with the same plaint directed at Jesus: “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” (Luke 12:13) Sorry, dude (my phrase; not Jesus’); if that other person isn’t doing right, his conscience is not going to be suddenly shocked into doing so. Anyway … how do I know that you’re


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Final 2021 Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Talk: ‘The History Of Vaccines And The Christian Response To Vaccination’ By Glenn Magelssen July 28

LAFSF News:

The final lecture in the 2021 Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) summer series is “The History of Vaccines and the Christian Response to Vaccination” by Glenn Magelssen.

Magelssen’s Zoom talk is 6:30 p.m., MDT, Wednesday, July 28.

Abstract: Vaccines have been important to human history for at least 200 years. For some of you reading this abstract you may remember getting a smallpox and/or a polio vaccine. I have included a picture of a person with smallpox as a reference to how lethal this disease was. In this talk I’ll describe the different types of vaccines. The histories


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New Mexico State Sen. Joseph Cervantes On Being Denied Holy Communion By Catholic Bishop In Las Cruces

Sen. Joseph Cervantes

From the Office of Sen. Joseph Cervantes:

SANTA FE – Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) today issued the following statement after being denied Holy Communion by the Catholic Bishop in Las Cruces:

“For the last 50 years I have actively participated in my parish church and the Las Cruces Catholic Diocese, including at times as its attorney, and for 20 of those years while also serving in elected political service.

Since voting to eliminate an unconstitutional and never used New Mexico law, which would imprison women for abortion, some new clergy have decided I am unwelcome


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Fr. Glenn: Just Justice

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Do we not just luuuvvvv David vs. Goliath stories—cheering for the outmatched underdog. This occurs a lot in sports, of course … getting a thrill when the “little guys” prevail over a widely-favored powerhouse, like the American “miracle” hockey team over the Soviets in the 1980 winter Olympics. That shared joy wasn’t just patriotism, but with “our team” victorious it was a feeling of sharing in that great win … even if we were thousands of miles away. After all, we don’t say, “Our team won,” … rather, “WE won!” Everyone loves a mouse that roars. Are not movies of the apparently


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BELC Presents ‘Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse’ Tonight

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church presents a Spider man movie tonight. Courtesy/BELC

BELC News:

Free movies on alternate Friday nights are being offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, (BELC), at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos (by Mountain Elementary School).

“Spider man: Into the Spider-verse” (rated PG) will be shown tonight. All are welcome!

This is an animated film based on the popular Marvel Comics story. It won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award after its release in 2018.

The movies will be shown outside in the church courtyard starting at 8:20 p.m., as darkness descends.


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Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Talk By Gary Stradling: ‘Adam And Eve’s Origin And Impact’ … Wednesday, July 21

LAFSF News:

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) presents a talk by Gary Stradling, “Adam and Eve’s origin and impact: How they fit into evolutionary history, why they are essential to religion, and how they enabled the explosive success of mankind”.

Stradling’s Zoom talk is 6:30 p.m., MDT, Wednesday, July 21.

Abstract: This presentation will show the Adam and Eve account to be scientifically plausible, essential to Christian theology, and understandable from both a scientific and a religious perspective. The scriptural accounts of the creation of mankind, and specifically, Adam


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Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos Food Forest Offers Fresh Fruits And Vegetables To Community

Unitarian Church member KokHeong McNaughton tends to the Food Forest recently at the Unitarian Church. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

The Unitarian Church Food Forest features fruits and vegetables including tomato plants and an apricot and apple tree. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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

The Unitarian Church opened its community food pantry, Gaia’s Pantry, in December and since then it has expanded to more than just non-perishable food stuffs and canned goods.

There is a cooler for dairy products and other


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Morrie Pongratz: “Christology Without The ‘Fall’” Wednesday

LAFSF News:

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) presents a talk by Morrie Pongratz “Christology without the ‘fall’ Do we need Adam and Eve? Impact on Jesus’ mission(s)”

Dr. Pongratz’s Zoom talk will be at 6:30 p.m., MDT, Wednesday, July 14.

Abstract: Science poses a number of challenges to the Genesis account of Adam and Eve. If there was no “fall”, then, contrary to Saint Anselm, Jesus’s mission was not to atone for Adam’s sin. Do we need Adam and Eve to understand Jesus? Did Jesus have to die? Why? What was/were Jesus’ mission(s)? Sacrifice, shepherd or pathfinder? Does good science reveal


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Fr. Glenn: Not Playing To The Crowd

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

In the games of a democratic republic such as ours, we daily see politicians of every stripe vying for votes. “What can I say … what policy can I implement, or at least promote … that will gain me the most votes?” And, as we’ve seen probably since the beginning of democracies since ancient Greece, aspiring politicians promise the world, but often can—or will— provide only crumbs.

I often chuckle when I read the story of the trees in Judges 9. The trees clamor for the choicest trees/plants to be leaders, but those decline because they do not want to give up their joy and pleasant life.


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Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Talk By Morrie Pongratz: “Christology Without The ‘Fall’” Wednesday, July 14

Dr. Morrie Pongratz

LAFSF News:

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAPSF) presents a talk by Morrie Pongratz “Christology without the ‘fall’ Do we need Adam and Eve? Impact on Jesus’ mission(s)”

Dr. Pongratz’s Zoom talk will be at 6:30 p.m., MDT, Wednesday, July 14.

Abstract: Science poses a number of challenges to the Genesis account of Adam and Eve. If there was no “fall”, then, contrary to Saint Anselm, Jesus’ mission was not to atone for Adam’s sin. Do we need Adam and Eve to understand Jesus? Did Jesus have to die? Why? What was Jesus’ mission? Sacrifice, shepherd or pathfinder? Does good science


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Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Talk By Chick Keller: ‘Scientific Constraints On The Existence Of Adam And Eve’ Wednesday, July 7

Dr. Charles “Chick” Keller

LAFSF News:

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) presents a talk by Charles “Chick” Keller, “Scientific Constraints on the Existence of Adam and Eve”. 

Dr. Keller’s Zoom talk will be 6:30 p.m. MDT, Wednesday, July 7.

Abstract. The story of Adam and Eve in Genesis has been the topic for numberless commentaries and even wise humor. But were those two really the first humans and are we somehow tainted by their fall from grace? 

Most scripture scholars hold that this story (as well as much of the early parts of Genesis) were not meant to be factual, but rather to send a deep


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Fr. Glenn: Working Toward The Better

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

A blessed Independence Day weekend/week to all of you! We are SOOO blessed to live in a nation such as ours, despite the various criticisms that we hear—from both externally and internally. I cannot help but to think of the poor people that live in dictatorial and oppressive regimes, and pray that they one day also live in the type of freedom that we enjoy daily. If things in our nation were nearly as bad as often portrayed, one would think that people would flee at the very idea of the U.S., and that there’d be a mass exodus brewing. But … no; quite the opposite. Even those who, at least


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Bethlehem Church Free Friday Night Movies Begin Tonight!

The first Friday night movie at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is ‘Soul’ tonight. Courtesy/BELC

BELC News:

Free movies on alternate Friday nights are being offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos (near Mountain Elementary School).

The first movie is tonight, July 2. The movie is called “Soul” (rated PG) and is an animated film from the Pixar Studio, depicting a jazz musician’s search for his true passion here on earth.

The movies will be shown outside in the church courtyard starting at 8:20 p.m., as darkness descends. Seating will be outside


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Fr. Glenn: E Pluribus Unum

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Oh look … July 4th next weekend! We typically say that we are celebrating the “birth” of this nation on that day because it is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, but really it was more of “conception”—“carrying to full term” certainly was not assured at that point. There was still a long way to go—fireworks being reminiscent of the musketry, cannonades and “rockets’ red glare” that would follow for several years. Perhaps the actual “labor pains” of the nation began when the British finally surrendered in 1781 and the new nation had to hammer


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Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum: The Ethics Of Science Informing Theology Wednesday June 30

LAFSF News:

The next Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 30. Further details are available at www.lafsf.org.

The Ethics of Science Informing Theology

The two human endeavors:

  • The scientific development of information and understanding of the natural world leading to technology;  and
  • The development of scripture-based theologies leading to religious practices have in common that they include assumptions, processes and applications.

Some would keep these endeavors and results completely separate to avoid conflicts; they cite


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LAFSF: Lecture On Ethics For Faith And Science June 23

LAFSF News:

The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) summer series continues Wednesday, June 23, with a lecture by Robert Dryja: Ethics For Faith And Science. A summary is available at http://www.lafsf.org/ by clicking on the talk title.

The purpose of this lecture is review how faith and science can reinforce one another by including ethics. Science issues can be more broadly understood with the ethics available in faith. Faith issues can be understood more deeply by including knowledge available from science.

Both science and faith start with imagination, analogies and models to


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Fr. Glenn: O Blessed Fathers

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, a happy, joyful and blessed Father’s Day to all you dads out there. The privilege you have with Mom in being entrusted with those little gifts of God is beyond all others. “Entrusted” is the right word, because in your hands is the early formation of what those little ones will become in the core of their being—the part that really matters—with your example and practice (or lack) of honesty, integrity, charity, kindness, etc. Is it not so much more fulfilling to see one’s child grow into a virtuous man or woman regardless of occupation rather than being a self-centered arrogant


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On The Job In White Rock: Sacred Heart Ladies Auxiliary Of Los Alamos Preparing For June 26 Charity Rummage Sale

On the job in White Rock Saturday is Donna Van Rooy of the Sacred Heart Ladies Auxiliary of Los Alamos at the site of the upcoming (cash only) charity rummage sale at 306 Potrillo Dr., Pajarito Acres, in White Rock. The sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no early birds please), Saturday June 26. All proceeds raised will be distributed to needy families in the area. Items include furniture, end tables, coffee table, desk, large wall clock, beautiful wood door, bench, wine racks, antique wine decanter set, kitchen items, small kitchen appliances, electronics, women’s and men’s quality clothes, wallets and


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Monday At The Pit Is Back For LANL Interns!

LANL interns and friends are welcome to enjoy a picnic and volleyball Mondays at UCLA. Courtesy/UCLA

United Church News:

Offering a free picnic and sand volleyball court, the United Church is excited to again welcome LANL interns and friends for opportunity to socialize and play some rousing volleyball on Monday evenings.

Students are welcome for the picnic starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by self-organizing volleyball action. It’s perfectly okay to just sit and talk, too.

The United Church has had the joy of offering this gathering for about 15 years.

The church’s developed sand volleyball


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