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“Holy Days of Light: Roots of Hanukkah and Christmas”

Temple Beth Shir Shalom 1827 California Ave, Santa Monica

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels and the Very Rev. Canon Mark Kowalewski In Judaism, hope is embodied in the miracle of light celebrated in the festival of Hanukkah, and in Christianity, hope comes through the birth of Christ, the Light of the world. Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels (Temple Beth Shir Shalom, Santa Monica) and the Very Rev. Canon Mark Kowalewski […]


Faith at the Table: The Intersection of Faith, Gender and Sexual Identity

UCC Simi 370 Royal Street, Simi Valley

It seems like everything about gender and sexual identity is in flux these days, which has opened more complex, nuanced conversation among faithful people.   For example: If our understanding of human nature shifts, how does our understanding of the nature of God/Supreme Being also shift? Where do I follow tradition and where do I break […]


“The Life of Yogananda”

St. John’s Cathedral 514 W Adams Blvd., Los Angeles

He was called “the 20th century’s first superstar guru” (Los Angeles Times), and today, nearly a century after he arrived in the United States, he’s still the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who have come to the West. Now, finally, Paramahansa Yogananda has the authoritative biography he deserves. Yogananda, […]