Community Invited To Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Hosted By Freedom Church Sunday Dec. 24 At Ashley Pond

Freedom Church Pastor Mike Brake speaking at a previous Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Scene of Ashley Pond at Christmastime. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Freedom Church News:

Freedom Church in Los Alamos is hosting a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 4:45-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 at Ashley Pond. It is outside, casual and open to everyone in the community.

“This Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is a wonderful way to gather as a community this holiday season,” Freedom Church Pastor Mike Brake said. “Join Freedom Church Los Alamos for a special time Read More

Fr. Glenn: Continuing Thanksgiving

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, the Thanksgiving holiday has come to its end and life returns to (relative) normality in the coming week. Yup … back to work, you people!! But we look forward to December and those pre-Christmas and Christmas seasons—hectic, but “that most wonderful time of the year.”

But, hopefully, though Thanksgiving Day has passed, our inner thanksgiving continues as we remember not only good times with family and friends of the past, but also those of the present and of the future. Yes, inevitably there are some (many) persons with those trials and difficulties that come with life, Read More

Priedhorsky: Generosity And Gratitude In This Holiday Season


Board President
Unitarian Church of Los Alamos

As the holiday season closes in, what are the Unitarians thinking about? Unitarians certainly do not all believe the same things. The vision statement of the Los Alamos church begins “We celebrate diversity of belief and seek unity in action.” Congregants are a mix of many beliefs, or none at all. But we have a great deal in common, as we come together to bring justice and compassion to our congregation, the community, and the world.

The church’s theme for November has been Generosity. This is indeed an apt theme for Read More

Fr. Glenn: So…It’s All About You?

By Fr. Glenn:

Selfies…selfies…selfies. Everywhere selfies. A momentary visit to any social media site will result in a bombardment of people’s pictures of themselves—often in ridiculous or compromising photos simply aimed at garnering a few (or a lot) of “likes”—a cultivation of egocentricity as never before.

It’s very dangerous, too, in many ways, and possibly not more so than in young people’s dependence on accumulating views/likes for a (false) feeling of self-worth, as if a gazillion anonymous views/likes really means anything worthwhile at all. Lots of articles refer to that dependence Read More

White Rock Presbyterian Church Labyrinth Open To Community

The newly built labyrinth at White Rock Presbyterian Church. Courtesy/WRPC

White Rock Presbyterian Church held an official ribbon-cutting and dedication last spring for their new labyrinth. Courtesy/WRPC

WRPC News:

The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool, found in almost every religious tradition and can be used as an embodied way of connecting with the divine, centering oneself and focusing one’s mind in in prayer. 

Last Spring, with the help of a small group of high school students from Menaul School in Albuquerque, the folks of White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) were able to construct Read More

All Shall Be Well: An Attitude Of Gratitude

Clergy from left, Deacon Cynthia Biddlecomb, retired; Pastor Nicolé Ferry, Associate Rector Lynn Finnegan and Pastor Deb Church. Courtesy photo

By Deacon Cynthia Biddlecomb

Is it just me or are other people annoyed that Thanksgiving gets short shrift this time of year? Because Halloween sells candy and Christmas is the busiest buying season of the year, our national day of thanks, stuck in between those two commercial seasons, gets little attention. Is it so difficult for us to show some gratitude, at least once a year? 

People of faith are encouraged to thank the divine for the blessings Read More

Update On Drive For Food, Clothing, Cash Donations For Asylum Seekers

On Behalf of Cooperating Houses of Worship

As announced to the community earlier, The Unitarian Church, United Church, White Rock Presbyterian Church, Pajarito Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Los Alamos Jewish Center are collaborating in a drive to raise food, clothing, toiletries, children’s art supplies and financial support for the work with asylum seekers of Colores United in Deming.

So far, community members have donated, among other things, about 60 boxes of clothing to the drive. The organizers of the drive are very grateful to the community Read More

Father Theophan To Bless New Bells At Saint Job Nov. 26

Four bells from a bellmaker in the Lusk region of Ukraine were recently shipped to Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos. Photo by Father Theophan

Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church at 1319 Trinity Drive. Photo by Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Bells in churches have a thousand-year-old tradition, both east and west, announcing times, events and calling the faithful to worship. They are rung for those outside the church to bring the people in and remind them what is going on inside the church.

Eastern and Slavic church bell ringing Read More

SFWAF To Host Lunch Talk/Discussion With Jack Shlacter On Oppenheimer And Strauss, A Difficult Relationship – From A Jewish Perspective Thursday Dec. 7

From The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum:

‘A Jewish Perspective on the Relationship Between Lewis Strauss and J. Robert Oppenheimer’

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum invites the community to attend a buffet lunch and talk, noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in board room #223 at Santa Fe Community College.

In June 1954 the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) revoked the security clearance of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific leader of the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bombs. Particularly in Los Alamos, the canonical view today of the clearance clash between Oppenheimer and 1954 Read More

Fr. Glenn: Caining Abel

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

It’s difficult to not behold in utter astonishment the news today concerning Israel and Jews, Gaza and Palestinians. Who would have thought even a year ago that supposed civilized persons would again be calling for destruction of Jews—the elimination of any people—once again, as if each man, woman and child of them were some monolithic evil in the world. (A quote seen recently: “Hitler knew how to deal with those people.” (!)) We even see U.S. Congresspersons and academicians implicitly (sometimes explicitly) refusing to condemn outright murder and even joining in with Read More

Albuquerque Community Nativity Celebrates Spirit Of Christmas Dec. 8-9

Scene from the upcoming Nativity event Dec. 8-9 at 1100 Montano Road NW in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Community Nativity Event News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Albuquerque New Mexico North Stake invites the community to attend a Nativity event Dec. 8-9. This tradition “promises to bring the true spirit of Christmas to life” at 1100 Montano Road NW.

The event will feature a display of Nativity scenes from various cultures and traditions, illuminating the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.

Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the beautifully Read More

Scenes From 2023 Veterans Day Ceremony At Ashley Pond

The crowd salutes the Color Guard this morning during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Ashley Pond, hosted by American Legion Post 90. The Color Guard included the American Legion Post 90, its auxiliary, Sons of American Legion Riders Post 90, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874, the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge B.P.O.E 2083, the Military Order of the World Wars, Girl Scouts of America, BSA of America and the Los Alamos High School’s NJROTC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

BSA of America and Girl Scouts of America led the Pledge of Allegiance this morning during the Veterans Day Ceremony Read More

‘Give Thanks’ Piano Recital By Patti Merrill At WRPC Nov. 12

In this season of thanksgiving, come ‘Give Thanks’ and enjoy a piano recital by professional musician and former White Rock Presbyterian Church accompanist Patti Merrill at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock; right next to Rover Park. Admission is free; donations will be received at the door. Courtesy photo Read More

All Shall Be Well: Pay Attention With The Eyes Of Your Heart

Clergy from left, Deacon Cynthia Biddlecomb, retired; Pastor Nicolé Ferry, Associate Rector Lynn Finnegan and Pastor Deb Church. Courtesy photo

By Pastor Nicolé Raddu Ferry
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Los Alamos

I must confess that for the first time since we began writing these articles-sharing our prayers, thoughts, hopes, reflections, and invitations as leaders of faith with this community of Los Alamos-the words “All Shall Be Well” caused me to pause. For you see, our world has great pain, injustice, division, and blindness to what we can do for “All [things to] Be Well.”

And so I wonder: Read More

Wedding Announcement: Justin & Lynette Herrera

Wedding Announcement: Justin and Lynette Herrera of Nambe were married Oct. 21, 2023, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. A reception followed at Fuller Lodge. Lynette’s parents are Ronnie and Annette Duran of El Rancho and Justin’s parents are Harold and Nadine Herrera of Questa. Lynette works at Allure Salon in Los Alamos and Justin works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The couple has two sons, Jayvin and GianCarlo Herrera and plan a honeymoon to the Republic of Maldives in 2024. Courtesy photo

Justin and Lynette Herrera of Nambe were married Oct. 21, 2023, at Immaculate Read More

Fr. Glenn: ‘I Want To Be In That Number…’

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

When you’re around Catholics this week, you may hear them speaking about All Saints Day, an annual November 1 day of remembrance (not worship) of all the faithful who are the “proven friends” of God and have inherited eternal life with Him.

Even the non-believer should be able to at least acknowledge the good of this day and the persons it honors, for the saints are men and women who have followed the great commandments to the best of their knowledge and ability—sought to practice and advance goodness, kindness and righteousness in their lives. After all, we honor sports stars, Read More

Shlachter: Response To ‘Peaceful Protest’

By Rabbi Jack Shlachter
Los Alamos Jewish Center

If those protesting along Trinity Drive (link) really do want a ceasefire in Gaza, they should advocate on behalf of the people living in Gaza to get rid of the Hamas terrorists who rule over them, and they should advocate for the return of all the hostages.

Hamas terrorists massacred over 1,400 people – including babies in their cribs, young people at a dance party, and Holocaust survivors – and kidnapped over 200 others.

Israel has every right to defend itself and ensure that such barbaric acts do not happen again. Were it not for the Hamas atrocities Read More


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