Spirituality

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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Father Theophan: Stuck

A mug damaged from getting stuck to the kiln shelf during glazing. Photo by Fr. Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Stuck. After all that work! Really?!

Finally you’ve finished a mug that you really like. The form and weight are good, it’s even and finished and gone through the bisque firing without a crack or blemish. You’ve picked out the perfect glaze combination, maybe even formulated your own glazes, to make a usable and pleasing every-day use coffee mug.

The glaze firing goes off without a hitch, and it reaches temperature within the allotted time. You


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Fr. Glenn: ‘Tis The Season

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

This month is certainly one of anticipation, isn’t it? … even more so this year than most. Not only is Christmas just around the corner, but if you (can) keep track of the vaccine news, we see endless articles about priority, accounts/criticisms of various manufacturers and products, distribution infrastructure pressures, shortages, etc. One hopes the “season of peace” will not see every-man-for-himself brawls outside of vaccine providers.

Survival and defense of loved ones, of course, are among the strongest of instincts, and perceived dangers to that survival


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TOTH ‘Christmas Cookies To Go-Go’ On Sale Now

TOTH News:

Fill the home with Christmas treats while supporting a good cause this holiday season! Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s House of Hope house building mission team is sponsoring a new fundraiser called “Christmas Cookies to Go-Go!”

While large groups cannot gather to enjoy cookies at various events, individuals can still enjoy delicious, homemade cookies in their wn home or purchase cookies for a friend.

Additionally, participants will help Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church with an important mission-building a home for a family in Juarez. These are difficult times for


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Fr. Glenn: Living Faith With Conviction

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, a very happy (albeit tardy) Thanksgiving to all of you … obviously much-subdued this year with the pandemic squelching travel and family gatherings, and yet very thankful for all that we DO have. Not to be Pollyannaish, but it is quite true that a joyful heart and countenance relieve many a woe … recalling the prophet Habakkuk: “Though the fig tree blossom not, nor fruit be on vines/though the yield of the olive fail and the terraces produce no nourishment, / Though the flocks disappear from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls / yet will I rejoice in the Lord, and exult


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Fr. Glenn: The Ultimate Ocean

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Very often news stories, Facebook and Twitter posts, etc., are (apparently) selected for their controversial or inflammatory character—“click-bait”, as they say, designed to multiply the number of internet “hits”, thereby giving sites leverage in setting advertising rates—profit motive, of course, driving content. That’s likely the reason why “news” sites often embed on homepages teaser links to stories/pictures of scantily-clad celebrities, scandals or gossip-mongering. 

Increasingly common, too, is highlighting news of extreme events or injustices, and


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Local Chaplain Aiding Homeless

On the job in Los Alamos Monday is Chaplain Joe Dudziak delivering five Sleeping Bag Packages for the homeless to Self Help, Inc., in Los Alamos. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Chaplain Joe Dudziak, a member of the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps, International Fellowship of Chaplains (IFOC) and long-time advocate for the homeless, volunteers regularly helping the guests at Pete’s Place on Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

This winter, due to COVID-19, shelters have limited space for overnight sleeping. For example, last year Pete’s Place served dinner to more than 100


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Fr. Glenn: Giving Account

By Fr. Glenn Jones

I’ll always be grateful to a favorite aunt who, when I was about twelve, gifted to me my first James Herriot book—stories of, and by, a country veterinarian in England in the 1930s. While several of his stories are memorable, one especially so was of two distinctly different families: first that of a simple poor farmer who had a devoted and doting wife and daughter, and the second a wealthy, very successful and noted executive with shrewish wife and scornful daughter. Herriot, musing about which life he would prefer, had no doubt that he’d choose the humble circumstances and loving


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Georgia Strickfaden Creates United Church Of Los Alamos Anniversary Sunday Historical Exhibit

Pastor David Elton captured these photos and had this to say about Georgia Strickfaden. ‘As a well-deserved historic site in Los Alamos, we now have history boards for all to see and learn about The United Church of Los Alamos! Thank you to Georgia Strickfaden for all of her work in making us historically ‘official’ and creating these history boards,’ Elton said. ‘The story of this congregation, Sanctuary (formerly known as the Chapel) and campus will always be part of the roots and vitality of The United Church and our mission.’ Courtesy/UCLA

History board about the United Church of Los Alamos.


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Fuselier: Faith And Politics

By ROBERT FUSELIER
Los Alamos

I know many struggle to bring their faith into politics without becoming partisan. I am one of those people. I believe in the Gospel message spelled out so clearly in the Beatitudes but at the same time know that governments are incapable of fully living up to those values.

It saddens me to see those in politics – and those who support them – lower themselves by taking on tactics of division and scapegoating in order to promote their ideology as the only one that can possibly matter.

We are different, thank God, for different times and different events require different


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Father Theophan: Hold Today Lightly

Courtesy/Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Firing a kiln, at least my old kiln, can be nerve wracking. New kilns are often computer controlled, complex tools that can be programmed to raise, hold, and lower temperatures at will, in almost infinite

variety. My kiln has exactly one switch with four settings, one of which is “off”.

In a bisque firing, the first firing, mechanically and chemically combined water are driven off and clay that can be slaked down, becomes the more permanent ceramic. The bisque firing also burns off

any organic matter that


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Posts From The Road: St. Ignatius Mission In Montana

Mission Exterior: The St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius, Montana stands tall with the belfry being almost 100 feet high. The church is on the Flathead Indian Reservation with the Mission Mountain Range serving as a backdrop to the town and mission. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Interior View: Upon entering the church, visitors are immediately in awe of the building and the murals painted on the walls and ceiling. The murals were painted by Brother Joseph Carifnano, a self-taught artist, who was the mission cook. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer


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Fr. Glenn: A Universally-Accepted Virtue

Fr. Glenn Jones

Well, the election’s (finally!) over and—as with every presidential election for the last several cycles—the results are being contested and accusations of shenanigans are a’flyin … both ways. Yet, wherever power is to be had, we know all too well that temptation to corruption is an ever-present specter, no matter the person or position. For we who are a bit older, the Watergate scandal is perhaps the most memorable—the image of a president resigning because of it … boarding Marine One for that one final flight in disgrace.  Since then … hanging chads, collusion accusations,


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Calvary Chapel Of Los Alamos Introduces New Children’s Minister Christeen Wilson

New Calvary Chapel Of Los Alamos Children’s Minister Christeen Wilson. Courtesy/Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel News:

Calvary Chapel Of Los Alamos introduces its new Children’s Minister Christeen Wilson.

Wilson is a 2019 graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Part of her educational experience included working at Myrna’s Children’s Village on the NMSU campus.

“I grew up in South Carolina, so I am very much a country girl,” Wilson said. (The lilt in her voice confirms this.)

Having had good experiences with the children’s ministries that she grew


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First United Methodist Church Offers After Election Communion Service For Community Tuesday Night

COMMUNITY News:

Even though the divides in our country seem to be deeper and wider than ever, we are connected by more things than divide us.

That is especially true for Christians because we are all united as one body in Christ. To help us remember those connections, we invite the community to join us for Election Day Communion, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.

You may come to the sanctuary or worship with us online at Facebook.com/firstinyourheart. If you are joining online, we invite you to pick up communion elements from the church.


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United Church Holds Virtual Pre-Election Vespers Service

United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo

United Church News:

The United Church of Los Alamos prepared a special Pre-Election Vespers service held virtually Sunday evening to help weary souls remember “we are all part of one family”.

Find the service here: www.unitedchurchla.org.

The church invites the community to take time away from the 24 hours news cycle, “that we may remember who we are and why we are here”.


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Fr. Glenn: Taking The High Road

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Certainly we’ve come to one of the most emotional weeks for a great many Americans (and likely many others around the world due to the financial and political position of the U.S.) with our national elections. For some there will be rejoicing; for others, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Certainly we Christians pray that those elected be given wisdom and grace to govern in ways pleasing to God, for that would be the greatest good. But, whoever wins, virtually all of us will be at least joyful at the end of the constant barrage of electioneering … after a bit of gloating from the winning


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Father Theophan: Real Things

Courtesy/Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

The pandemic shutdown has had a silver lining for me. It has afforded me the time to rediscover my love for making ceramics and to organize and set up a studio in our garage. My parishioners and wife have been encouraging in my hobby.

To retain her sanity and to continue seeing me on a regular basis, my wife took the chance on having me teach her how to throw on the pottery wheel. Teaching one’s spouse or learning from one’s spouse can be a touchy proposition. But with a little grace, given and received, she has


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