Religion & Worship

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Sept. 1-8 |Aug 31, 2017

The 10,000 Buddha Relics Collection: Display of a variety of relics including a finger bone and teeth of Buddha and gem-like relics, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 2-4. Meditations, 7-8 tonight; 9-10 a.

‘I cried’: Seamen say good-bye to Seafarers chapel that served as a home away from home |Aug 24, 2017

The Rev. Paul Hwang first walked up the steps of the International Seafarers Center of Long Beach/Los Angeles as a young pastor more than 30 years ago. Now gray-haired, Hwang gave his last sermon Sunday at the small trailer that housed the center’s chapel for generations.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Aug. 27-Sept. 1 |Aug 24, 2017

Shabbat in the Park: Various San Fernando Valley synagogues and temple get together for preservice activities and a service: arts and crafts, drum circle, social action projects and Torah talks, 4:30; service, 6; concert with Capa’im Band, 7 p.

LA faith leaders call on Americans to ‘show the love’ in face of hate, bigotry |Aug 18, 2017

They drove in from an LGBTQ-friendly temple in Mid-City and a Latina-led Episcopalian church in Koreatown, from a ministry in Jefferson Park and a classroom in Claremont. The dozen or so rabbis, imams, pastors and religious scholars came from all corners of Los Angeles on Friday to meet at an African-American mosque in Hyde Park known as Islah LA, for a sole purpose: to stand together against white supremacy and the ugliness of hate that surfaced on the streets of Charlottesville, Va.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, Aug. 18-25 |Aug 17, 2017

Campfire Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. today. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670, ext. 200.

4 Southern California faith leaders reflect on Charlottesville violence and the ‘toxin of white supremacy’ |Aug 14, 2017

The Southern California News Group surveyed faith leaders around the region on how they thought it was best to heal and move forward as a nation following the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally and the eruption of violence in Charlottesville, Va.

‘Meet a Muslim’ events hope to dispel misconceptions |Aug 13, 2017

FREMONT, Calif. >> When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: “Questions and answers about being Muslim.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Aug. 11-18 |Aug 10, 2017

Drum Circle Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbis Jon Hanish and Becky Hoffman and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Dinner, with reservations, 5:45 p.m. dshayer@koltikvah.org.

Leap of faith: Will healthcare ministries cover your costs? |Aug 5, 2017

Martin Estacio was shelling out $800 per month for a health plan that didn’t fit his two-state lifestyle. The retired San Bernardino firefighter lives between Oklahoma and California. But his health insurance policy, purchased in Oklahoma, didn’t cover non-emergency care outside the state.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, Aug. 4-11 |Aug 3, 2017

Tu B’av - Shabbat of Love at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670.

Religion events in the San Ferando Valley area, July 28-Aug. 4 |Jul 27, 2017

Tisha B’Av Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. today. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670.

LAUSD denies allegations that engineer was fired for reporting building problems, religious discrimination |Jul 24, 2017

The LAUSD on Tuesday denied allegations by one of its former structural engineers, who claims he was fired for complaining about being harassed because of his Muslim faith and for coming forward about structural safety problems with district buildings.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, July 21-28 |Jul 20, 2017

Shabbat at the Beach with Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 5:30 p.m. July 21. Call for details on location at Zuma Beach. 818-348-0670.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley for July 7-July 14, 2017 |Jul 6, 2017

Independence Day Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: 6:30 p.m. July 7. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670. www.koltikvah.org The Rule of Grace: The Rev.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley for June 30-July 14, 2017 |Jun 30, 2017

Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: 6:30 p.m. June 30. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670. www.koltikvah.org Klezmer Shabbat at Temple Aliyah: 7:30 p.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, June 16-23 |Jun 15, 2017

Simi Valley Mandir: Swami Anantacharya Ji visits the congregation at the Hindu temple, 6-8 p.m. June 16 and 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 17. 1925 Royal Ave. 818-357-5529; 805-285-7664. Beatles Music Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.

San Bernardino anti-Islamic law rally and counter-protests trigger violence |Jun 10, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino rally against Islamic law being implemented in the United States drew hundreds of protesters and counterprotesters Saturday near the site of the

Pastor Greg Laurie digs into the final days of Steve McQueen |Jun 10, 2017

When it comes to salvation, not much separates a pastor from a pop icon. That’s what Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Ministries, found as he delved into the life of the Hollywood star dubbed “King of Cool.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, June 9-16 |Jun 8, 2017

Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbis Jon Hanish and Becky Hoffman and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service that includes a board of trustees installation, 6:30 p.m. June 9. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills.

Trump to evangelicals: We’re ‘under siege,’ will be stronger |Jun 8, 2017

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump sought comfort in the figurative embrace of his evangelical supporters Thursday as the FBI director he recently fired told Congress about their conversations.

First Congregational Church of LA to celebrate 150-year history |Jun 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A celebration will be held Sunday to honor the historic significance and cultural influence of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, the city’s oldest Protestant church.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, June 2-9 |Jun 1, 2017

Musical Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbis Jon Hanish and Becky Hoffman and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. June 2. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670.

Burglars stole cash, electronics from Woodland Hills church, but can’t take its ‘joyful noise’ |May 31, 2017

On Wednesday morning, Clark McIlvain attached a long metal plate to the double doors leading into Woodland Hills Community Church’s chapel. It’ll make it harder for someone to break in, but “it only slows them down,” he said.

Why you will hear Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem during the Muslim holy month |May 30, 2017

The holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 26 and ends on June 24, is observed by 1.5 billion Muslims. Observing Ramadan involves two key things — community-wide fasting during the daylight hours and the breaking of that fast, just after sunset, with a huge meal known as iftar.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, May 26-June 2 |May 25, 2017

St. John Eudes Parish Summer Carnival: A multi-cultural festival with food, games, live music, rides and a silent auction, 4-10 p.m. May 26; noon-10 p.m. May 27-28. 9901 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. Fred Perez, 818-341-3680.

Tacos for iftar? Ramadan, and a new era, start Friday |May 25, 2017

For Ramadan, Rida Hamida is bringing taco trucks to every mosque in her community. The holy month, which starts Friday and is observed by 1.5 billion Muslims, involves two key things -- community-wide fasting during the daylight hours and the breaking of that fast, just after sunset, with a huge meal known as iftar.

Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and Pope Francis focus on peace |May 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY >> Handshakes, gifts, friendly small talk and big hopes for peace. Setting aside past differences and rude comments aside, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put a determinedly positive face on their first meeting Wednesday at the Vatican.

Can Pope Francis soften Trump’s immigrant stance? |May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East over the past few days and his meeting with the pope today are opportunities for healing amid his contentious positions on immigration and Muslims, according to some Southern California-area religious leaders.

Area Muslims have varied reactions to Trump’s Saudi Arabia speech |May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia that tackled extremism Sunday evoked pleasant surprise from some Southern California Muslims, but skepticism and disbelief from others. Amir Hussain, a theological studies professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, said he had come to “expect the worst” in light of Trump’s proposed travel ban affecting six predominantly Muslim countries, the real estate mogul’s anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric and his oft-cited remark made last year of “I think Islam hates us.

Can churches help supply the foster homes LA County needs? |May 20, 2017

At Holman United Methodist Church in South Los Angeles, the Rev. Kelvin Sauls and the church’s congregants have for years positioned themselves to help young people in foster care. The help has come in many forms, including serving Thanksgiving dinners and furnishing an apartment for transition-age foster youth, said Pastor Sauls.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, May 19-26 |May 18, 2017

Family Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbis Jon Hanish and Becky Hoffman and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. May 19. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670.

Pope Francis makes 2 Fatima children saints during Portugal visit |May 13, 2017

FATIMA, Portugal >> Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, May 12-19 |May 11, 2017

Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. May 12. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670. www.koltikvah.

Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts |May 11, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY >> The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, May 5-12 |May 4, 2017

St. Francis de Sales School Festival: Carnival games, food, live music, rides, live and silent auctions and fireworks, 6-11 p.m. May 5; noon-11 p.m. May 6; noon-7:30 p.m. May 7. Free admission. Check website for musical acts.

LA leaders mark National Day of Prayer by praying for nation’s future |May 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The nation’s current direction weighed heavily on the hearts of city and community leaders Thursday during a National Day of Prayer event at Los Angeles City Hall. City Council members Mike Bonin, Mitch O’Farrell and city Controller Ron Galperin joined faith leaders outside City Hall, as well as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community.

Trump’s executive order to promote religious liberty draws praise, criticism from diverse faiths |May 4, 2017

Religious conservatives are viewing President Donald Trump’s executive order “promoting free speech and religious liberty” as the first significant step toward reversing a web of regulations they have considered unfair for decades.

Tony Alamo, disgraced preacher, child sex abuser, dies in prison |May 3, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. >> Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher whose apocalyptic ministry grew into a multimillion-dollar network of businesses and property before he was convicted in Arkansas of sexually abusing young girls he considered his wives, has died in prison.

Security tight as Pope Francis celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo |Apr 29, 2017

CAIRO >> Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt’s tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, April 28-May 5 |Apr 27, 2017

Gospel Fest: 3-6 p.m. April 29. Free admission. Lake View Terrace American Baptist Church, 11901 Foothill Blvd. www.lvtabc.org Live This Way: The Rev. Joey McDonald explains the message, based on 1 Peter 1:17-23, at the 8:15 and 10:30 a.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, April 21-28 |Apr 20, 2017

Yom HaShoah service at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the Shabbat service that includes prayers marking the memorial, 6:30 p.m. April 21. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills.

Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear church-state case |Apr 16, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground.

Easter sunrise at Forest Lawn draws hundreds to Hollywood Hills |Apr 16, 2017

In the darkness, worshippers flocked to Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Sunday morning. They left in the light. Hundreds celebrated the resurrection of Christ at the annual Easter sunrise service at the memorial park.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, April 14-21 |Apr 13, 2017

First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Disciples of Christ): Good Friday events on April 14 include: a prayer vigil, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (in the chapel); labyrinth walk, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (in the social hall); service, 7 p.

An Easter and Passover of firsts for congregations across Southern California |Apr 8, 2017

It’s going to be an Easter and Passover of firsts for congregations across Southern California. For the first time, a Roman Catholic Church in Riverside will invite psychiatrists onto its campus to get help for a congregation that is predominantly Latino and struggling with depression and anxiety over immigration crackdowns.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, April 7-14 |Apr 6, 2017

Family Shabbat at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbis Jon Hanish and Becky Hoffman and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 6:30 p.m. April 7. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670. www.

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, March 31-April 7 |Mar 30, 2017

Sephardic Shabbat at Valley Beth Shalom: Artists’ reception with artist-in-residence Asher Levy and Joyce Dallal, Soraya Sarah Nazarian, Avi Roth, Lidia Shaddow, 5:30-6:30, followed by the service, 6:30 p.

Lawsuit: Gravestones lost, damaged due to disrepair at San Fernando Mission Cemetery |Mar 28, 2017

MISSION HILLS >> A month ago, William and Jodi Howard drove from their homes in south Orange County to San Fernando Mission Cemetery to visit the graves of their relatives. Only they couldn’t find many of their loved ones because the stones at the 200-year-old Mission Hills graveyard were either choked with weeds, broken or gone, according to civil lawsuit.

LA communities of faith bring message of love in wake of attacks against Muslims, Jews |Mar 26, 2017

Politicians, law enforcement and clergy from a variety of faiths gathered at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills on Sunday in a show of “unity, love and mutual respect” following a series of suspected hate crimes, vandalism and arson targeting people and sacred sites around the nation.

Religion events in the Los Angeles area, March 24-31 |Mar 23, 2017

Jazz Shabbat service at Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua and jazz musicians, 6:30 p.m. today. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670. www.