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Open Book: And God Said...

on March 31, 2017 - 9:56am

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

 
The Humanities class at our high school includes a unit about world religions, and it’s been fun to participate as one of the invited speakers who speak about their religious tradition.

Each year, the students are very polite and inquisitive about my lecture on Judaism, and I am totally exhausted by the end of the day. I have no idea how a teacher can do this, five days a week, month after month.

I try to start my lecture with two apologies: Judaism accommodates a spectrum of observance and philosophies so I can’t help but color the presentation by my own

Bill Safeguards Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 31, 2017 - 7:14am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Brian Mast (R-FL), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation today to increase penalties for making bomb threats, and provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security to safeguard faith-based community centers.

The bill, which already has the support of 28 other members, would provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security under the existing State

Hear The Gospel According To Mark At TOTH April 8

on March 30, 2017 - 8:55am

Los Alamos Church Members On Mexico Mission

on March 29, 2017 - 8:55am
More than 50 members of United Church of Los Alamos and Unitarian Universalist Church prepare to depart for Mexico Monday to build homes for the poor over their spring break vacation. Photo by Laura Erickson
 
COMMUNITY News:

On the first official day of spring break Monday, more than 50 members of the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church saddled up for a long drive and an even longer work week.

The Mexico Mission campers, comprised of half teens and half adults headed for Puerto Penasco Mexico to build homes for the poor.

Fish Fry Dinner At IHM 5-7 p.m. Friday

on March 29, 2017 - 7:10am

Local Athletes Shine At KofC State Free Throw Contest

on March 28, 2017 - 12:17pm

2017 Northern New Mexico State Champion competitors and coaches, from left, District Deputy Harry Montoya, Lukas Ulibarri (Los Alamos), Josh Sanchez (Espanola), Adam Montoya (Espanola), Benjamin Sanchez (Los Alamos), Joshua Woodson (Los Alamos) and Los Alamos K of C Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya. Courtesy photo

2017 State Champion competitors who placed first through 3rd. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

More than 70 boys and girls ages 9-14 from around the state participated in the annual Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest March 18 at Bernalillo High School.

Morning Of Buddhist Meditation April 7

on March 27, 2017 - 8:28am

Fr. Glenn: Conscience

on March 26, 2017 - 7:17am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

We have many sayings about conscience, such as “My conscience is clear”, or “I don’t want that on my conscience.” Conscience is an interesting concept, but what is it? Merriam-Webster defines conscience as “the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.” But that definition, of course, begs the question: “What are the right and the good?”

In very broad philosophical concept, the “right and

Pastor Granillo: Serving Honorably

on March 26, 2017 - 6:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church

“Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:14-15 (NIV)

As I was driving through the National Cemetery I found myself reading many of the grave markers that were there. I read their names and the dates that they lived, and I wondered what their lives were like. As I was doing this, I noticed something that I had never noticed before. These men and women were not separated by rank.

Community Invited To Fish Fry Dinner At IHM Tonight

on March 24, 2017 - 5:50am

Pysanky: Learn Thousand Year Old Art Form March 25

on March 19, 2017 - 8:21am

Fr. Glenn: Finding The Path

on March 19, 2017 - 8:00am

By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A few Sundays ago, we read in our Sunday Mass a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) During the Lenten season we deny ourselves various things…for self-denial and penance, yes, but mostly to remind us of the temporary nature of the material. We eat, then are hungry again…we drink, but then thirst again. Yet Jesus assures us: “I am the bread of life;

Los Alamos Jewish Center Hosts Annual Community Passover Seder April 11

on March 19, 2017 - 7:10am

Jewish Center News:

The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual Community Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is open to anyone interested in attending.

The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order”, ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz (any food that's made of grain and water that have been allowed to ferment and "rise").

The celebration of Passover commemorates the miraculous delivery of

Pastor Raul Granillo: Building Potential

on March 19, 2017 - 7:08am

Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)

My wife and I started a basic fort in the back yard for my oldest son Kyle. It’s nothing more than a PVC frame and a camouflage roof. To look at it, you wouldn’t think much, but when Kyle saw it, his imagination exploded. He saw potential for the greatest fort ever. That vision seems to have consumed him.

IHM’s Fish Fry Fridays Drawing Record Crowds

on March 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Record crowds are gathering in the parish hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, each week for the annual Fish Fry Fridays dinner offered during the Lenten season, according to organizers. This past Friday the crowd was a bit smaller as some diners took advantage of traditional corned beef and cabbage dinners on the menus of area restaurants for St. Patrick's Day. IHM's popular fish fry dinner continues 5-7 p.m. next Friday at the parish hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Congressman Bill Redmond of Los Alamos enjoys a fish dinner with his family

Community Invited To IHM’s Fish Fry Dinner Friday

on March 16, 2017 - 7:02am

Fifth Annual Women's Mini Conference Saturday

on March 15, 2017 - 7:16am
Joy Freymiller Rhodes

SPIRITUALITY News:

“Ripples of Kindness” is the theme of the fifth annual countywide “Women2Women” mini-conference.

The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will take place 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.

Roberta (Bertie) Sorenson

The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women in the community. The event is free. Tea and finger foods will be served.

The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013

Community Invited To Fish Fry Dinner At IHM Friday

on March 13, 2017 - 7:50am

Learn Thousand Year Old Pysanky Art Form March 25

on March 13, 2017 - 7:25am

Deacon O’Hara: Power Of Choice And Free Will

on March 12, 2017 - 8:26am
By Deacon Jim O’Hara
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Why did God have to put that tree in the garden?”

I think this is a great question; a question that is very appropriate to the readings heard on the First Sunday of Lent. The answer is, the tree is there because a choice had to be made. In Chapter four of his first letter, St. John tells us simply that God is love. Our Christian theology explains this statement by telling us that God is a community of three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Father gives all of Himself, in love, to the Son.

Pastor Granillo: Reasonable Disobedience

on March 12, 2017 - 7:07am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2 (NIV)

I struggle sometimes with remembering that not everything is black and white. The Christian Church has been guilty of this as well. Its message has sometimes been, “Here is the rule, there is no excuse for disobedience.”

Sometimes we treat people as if every decision in their life is simple, “Choose A, not B, and you will get C”. This, of course, is not always true. Life is complex.

An Open Book: Let There Be Light

on March 9, 2017 - 8:45am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

A theoretical physicist and good friend of mine revels in the observation that in the Scriptures God created Light first. As if the cosmic microwave background radiation were not sufficient evidence of the theory of the Big Bang, he can point to Genesis as further cosmic, or maybe Cosmic, confirmation. To me, however, there is a simpler reason why God would have placed Light in the epicenter of Creation.

Without contrast, without distinctions, there is no universe, and the most fundamental contrast is between light and darkness.

I felt that contrast

Heartfelt Wisdom: Buddhist Meditation March 24

on March 8, 2017 - 6:35pm

United Church Of Los Alamos Hosts 32nd Annual Trip

on March 7, 2017 - 5:32pm
Group photo. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Auctioneer Mike Lipiatt will step up to the microphone Sunday, 2-5 p.m., to volunteer his time and golden, melodious tones, to raise money to build homes for the poor during spring break.
 
The United Church of Los Alamos will host its 32nd annual trip, once again joined by the Unitarian Universalist congregation to make life better for the less fortunate.
 
The church has actually been on six additional summer trips in addition to the annual trips, crafted and organized by church members, Randy and Laura Erickson.
 
The dynamic

Los Alamos Shows Support For Threatened Jewish Communities Across U.S. At Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil

on March 6, 2017 - 9:06pm
Since Jan. 1, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind. This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.

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