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Response to negativity fosters understanding toward local Muslim community

Arif Muhammad was worried when news of President Trump’s travel ban broke. Like many Muslims, he wondered what the executive order would mean for his friends and family members who were traveling back and...

Teens have eye opening experience packing food for needy

It was a Saturday morning at 8 a.m., and by teen standards, pretty early. Theresa Traylor, a 14 year old homeschooler in 8th grade, was tired and not very excited the first time she...

Worship music beyond church walls

Dave Anderson doesn’t typically listen to Christian worship music; but when he heard NorthPark Mission’s new album, he knew it was something special. Anderson was impressed by the album. He likened the sound to Coldplay,...

Congregation fasts for clarity and connection

Mauricio Ruiz is no stranger to hoping for a miracle. Ruiz has experienced miracles throughout his life, events he said are typically preceded by a time he’s spent fasting and praying. Now, as pastor...

Church offers special needs mass to families

For more than a decade, Christine Ruiz and her family would attend mass at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church (St. Kateri) as a split family. The mother of three always hoped she could attend a...

Martha Garcia: Best kept secret: Hollywood musicians roundup

It may seem odd to walk into church on Sunday morning and sing to music performed by musicians who play with multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artists, but that is just the norm at Valencia...

Christian group hosts ‘heated’ discussion on controversial topics

Candice Ray didn’t know what to expect when she joined the Tough Topics group at Christ Lutheran Church in Valencia. The 8 week session was focused on mass incarceration, a topic she admittedly knew...

Spiritual recovery program 2.0 launches tonight

Names of participants have been changed to maintain their privacy. Lacey Napier* was facing a failed marriage with her husband Steve. Steve was addicted to drugs, he had been in an out of rehab and...

Martha Garcia: Synagogue helps during Hanukkah

The families’ stories are heart breaking; the mother is disabled, the father suffered a massive stroke and they are struggling to provide for their triplet teenagers. Because of the hardships they face, many families...

Churches kick off Christmas season with unique, spectacular messages

Flying superheroes, dazzling special effects and a live orchestra kick off the Christmas season at Higher Vision Church this weekend. Higher Vision will host their annual Christmas production this weekend each night through Sunday. The...