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Thanksgiving Angels

It shouldn't have surprised us, but it did. Situated as our sanctuary is on one of Los Angeles' main boulevards, we receive our share of Sunday morning visitors. But last Thanksgiving Day morning, when everything else was closed for the…
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Invoking in Public

"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd."--Flannery O'Connor The call came from our County Supervisor's office inquiring if I would be willing to "do the invocation" for an upcoming Los Angeles County Board meeting in…
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A Church for Times Like This

The phone call interrupted the weekly text study I host for pastoral colleagues. The female caller identi- fied herself as Gretchen Johnson, the wife of Jack Johnson whose family used to be members of the congregation I serve in west…