Spirituality

Community Invited To Participate In Food Drive Saturday

COMMUNITY News:

The Pajarito ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is hosting a food drive to benefit Jemez Pueblo.

The community is invited to participate in this drive-thru food drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 20, in the parking lot of the church building at 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos

Jemez Pueblo has particularly requested the following items: paper bowls, paper plates, disposable cups, disposable utensils, napkins, paper towels, Kleenex and baby wipes.

These items are very useful to individuals who are isolating due to COVID infections or COVID exposure. 

They


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Fr. Glenn: ‘Recalculating…’

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, a happy Valentine’s Day (or week, depending on when you read this) to you all…our annual societal tribute to romance … to affection … to luuuvvvv. For you husbands that forgot, well … I hope the couch is comfy. (“Ouch…move over, dog!”) Even after all these years, I remember still our 1st grade exercise of making Valentines for all our classmates … even the “yucky” girls. Yet, it wasn’t long before those girls weren’t quite so yucky anymore, and then hardly any time when a young lad thinks of little else … the mere presence of his beloved bringing incomparable joy … and her absence


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The Many Myths Behind Inspiration For Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine, who according to some sources is actually two distinct historical characters. Fototeca Gilardi/Getty

By LIVIA GERSHON
History.com

On February 14, when we share chocolates, special dinners, or doily cards with our loved ones, we do it in the name of Saint Valentine. But who was this saint of romance?

Search the internet, and you can find plenty of stories about him—or them. One Saint Valentine was supposedly a Roman priest who performed secret weddings against the wishes of the authorities in the third century. Imprisoned in the home of a noble, he healed his captor’s blind daughter,


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Father Theophan: Tools

Pottery tools. Photo by Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

I’ve come to realize something over the years of puttering around in my workshops, both here and in the previous places I’ve lived and worked: I like tools. If there is a hobby that requires a bunch of tools, equipment, and/or skills, there is a better chance that I will like pursuing it. That may be why I’d rather rock-climb than run. All the harnesses, ropes, and carabiners are fun and interesting! Running shoes? Bah! Everyone has shoes!

Pottery is one of those things in which, the deeper you


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United Church Youth Group Receive Record Donations At 2021 Souper Bowl Of Caring Food And Fundraising Event

UCLA Youth Group collects cash and food Sunday during the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. All funds raised and food items collected go to LA Cares Food Bank. Photo By Megan Crawford/UCLA Youth Group

UCLA News:

Members of the United Church of Los Alamos (UCLA) Youth Group accepted food and cash donations Sunday during the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. All donations stay completely local.

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of this nation-wide, youth-driven, effort to end hunger and contribute to a local charity.

The United Church of Los Alamos has been participating in Souper Bowl of Caring for at least


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Fr. Glenn: Losing The Drudge

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Oh, the dreaded—the detested—alarm … the daily tocsin calling us forth from sound slumber unto another day’s labor. Yet, arise we must … though the warm tentacles of bedding wrap themselves ever more tightly until we force ourselves from their oh-so-seductive embrace so that we might face the day. Each day becomes much like its predecessor … as is its successor. As Job exclaims frustratingly: “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings…who waits for his wages…” (Job 7:1-4) Hmmm … such a cheery thought.

Yet, that attitude


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First United Methodist Church Provides Bagels To Frontline Healthcare Workers At Los Alamos Medical Center

Mayra Lerna with bagels at Ruby K’s Friday morning prior to delivery to frontline healthcare workers at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ruby K’s employees help Camille Wescott of First United Methodist Church take the bagels to a waiting vehicle Friday morning for transport to LAMC. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The bagels arrive Friday morning at Los Alamos Medical Center for distribution to every healthcare worker to thank them for their service. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos News:

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Our Lady Of The Woods Offering Wicca 101 Classes

OLW News:

Are you reaching out for community in this isolated time?

Our Lady of the Woods is offering a four week series, Wicca 101, to seekers interested in the Wiccan path encompassing northern New Mexico from Taos to Albuquerque. 

The class is free to the public and scheduled 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in March via Zoom.

Our Lady of the Woods is a coven and congregation of the Wiccan religion, which is one of the nature-oriented spiritual traditions of ancient Europe. It is based in the Los Alamos/Santa Fe area and incorporated as a church in the State of New Mexico.

OLW has been meeting in the Los Alamos


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Fr. Glenn: Authority

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, a new president with his staff now firmly ensconced, and now we look to four governed years no doubt very differently from the preceding four years due to vast differences between outgoing and incoming. As we witness daily in the media, the situation elicits cheers from the victorious and laments from the defeated. Yet, so it is with every change of administration in national, state or more local elections—speculations about “the devil we know and the devil we don’t” disparities.

This happens in religious groups as well, whether it be with pope or pastor … whisperings


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Father Theophan: Winter Pottery

Frozen pot from winter temperatures. Photo by Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

The winter has put a damper on my throwing. The garage is detached from the house, unheated, and often inhabited by my car. There is, thankfully, a wood stove, but it takes a while to warm the place up. Fingers tend to stop doing what they’re told when throwing cold clay with cold water. To alleviate this, I have to fill a bucket with hot water from the house to throw with. The clay is still cold, but the hot water makes it workable at least.

Freezing is the only real danger with


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Special Parade Honors Retiree Corine Christman For Her Many Years Of Service To United Church Thrift Shop

Corine Appreciation Day: United Church Thrift Shop board members held a drive-by appreciation parade this morning for their beloved chair Corine Christman, left, on her retirement. Her friend Nina Thayer holds thank you balloons and bouquets for her this morning in front of the Thrift Shop between Canyon Road and Rose Street. The parade of cars drove by Christman and the drivers honked and waved and thanked Christman for her many, many years of service, including eight years as chair or co-chair. Photo By John McHale/ladailypost.com’

Corine Christman, center, is honored by colleagues


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Wreaths Across America Honors ‘The Four Chaplains’ Feb. 3

Wreaths Across America News:

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Wreaths Across America will honor the American heroes known as “The Four Chaplains” with a special Facebook live event at noon EST, Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Jan. 23, 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester left New York harbor bound for Greenland carrying more than  900 officers, servicemen and civilian workers.

The ship was a coastal passenger steamship requisitioned and operated by the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for wartime use as a troop ship.

The ship was transiting the Labrador Sea when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat (U-233) Feb. 3, 1943.


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Scenes From Great Blessing Of Water 2021 At Ashley Pond

Alter boy Timothy Tyulim and Fr. Theophan leaving Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church on Trinity Drive at noon today to celebrate the annual Great Blessing of Water 2021 at Ashley Pond. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Alter boy Timothy Tyulim and Fr. Theophan lead the procession across Trinity Drive to celebrate the Great Blessing of Water 2021 today at Ashley Pond. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from today’s Great Blessing of Water 2021 at Ashley Pond. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from today’s Great Blessing of Water 2021 at Ashley Pond. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Fr. Glenn: ‘He Is Out Of His Mind!’

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

It’s hard to deny that we’re entering a new era—the change of presidency, coming out of pandemic, plus a number of other issues you could no doubt add on your own. Assuming good intention, each of us thinks that his own idea about solving problems is the best; that’s the very reason we maintain a position. And so, when someone opposes our own eminent idea, our knee-jerk reaction is often that “He is out of his mind!”, or, more succinctly, “What an idiot!”

That must have been the feeling of some of Jesus’ hearers when they said that of Him: “He is out of His mind!” (Mark 3:20-21)—our Catholic


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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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