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More than 1000 Norwegian Muslims form a 'Ring of Peace' around an Oslo synagogue after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen and Paris.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Religion

What Say You? Yousef Bittar: An American Muslim

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:16 am

“Chanting ‘No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,’ Norway’s Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend,” the New York Times published on Feb. 21.

Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez.

News, Los Angeles, Religion

Thousands To Join Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez For OneLife LA

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:40 am

Thousands of people are expected to join Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez today for an inaugural event aimed at celebrating "the beauty of every human life from conception to natural death."

Dr. Maher Hathout died age 79 on Friday.

News, Obituary, Religion

Dr. Maher Hathout, Muslim Public Affairs Council Founder, Dies Age 79

Posted Jan. 4, 2015, 6:00 am

Dr. Maher Hathout, who helped found the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and was viewed by many local Muslims as a leader of the American Muslim community, died Friday, according to the MPAC.

Obituary, Santa Monica, Religion, Bel Air

Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman Dies Age 93

Posted Dec. 25, 2014, 12:57 pm

A Westside rabbi who was a vocal critic of Israel, and who built bridges with Muslims, has died. Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman was 93.

Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 21, for Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis.

News, Los Angeles, Religion

Funeral Services Today For Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

Funeral services will be held today for Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, who was considered one of the most influential synagogue leaders in the country.

News, Holiday, Religion, Bel Air

Local Rabbi Participates In White House Hanukkah Reception

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, a vice president of the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, his wife Elana, and their daughter Shira participated in an afternoon Hanukkah reception at the White House today.

Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica, Religion

Church In Ocean Park To Host Longest Night Service This Saturday, Dec. 20

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:43 am

Church in Ocean Park will host "Longest Night Service" this Saturday, Dec. 20 from 5 pm to 6 pm, followed by a "Hug Walk" along Main Street from 6 pm to 7 pm.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Hanukkah Begins At Sundown

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:15 am

Hanukkah, Judaism's eight-day commemoration of the temple rededication that followed the Maccabees' victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C., begins at sundown tonight, amid a call to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Seven Days, Holiday, Religion

Fiesta Chanukah Celebration To Be Held In Boyle Heights

Posted Dec. 14, 2014, 9:19 am

The third annual Fiesta Chanukah Celebration will be held from 2-4 p.m. today at the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights and will include a Hanukkah sweater fashion show, a holiday boutique, games, live screen printing and food.

One of the 13 Nativity Scenes that will be displayed at Mount Olive Lutheran Church for the second year in a row starting Sunday.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Lifesize Nativity Scenes Return To Santa Monica Church Sunday

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:10 am

Santa Monica’s controversial nativity installations will be unveiled for their annual Christmas display in the Ocean Park neighborhood this Sunday, Dec. 14. The lifesized Nativity Scenes grabbed national attention two years ago after efforts were successfully made to ban them from public land.

News, Los Angeles, Religion

Los Angeles City Hall Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Set For Today

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 8:30 am

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles' first elected Jewish mayor, will participate in today's 29th annual City Hall menorah-lighting ceremony.

News, Los Angeles, Religion

Archbishop To Honor 117 Vietnamese Martyrs Today At Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:00 am

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will honor 117 Vietnamese martyrs today at a special Mass and celebration at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels marking the 35th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles establishing a Vietnamese community.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Religion, Beverly Hills

Synagogue To Hold Forum On European Anti-Semitism

Posted Oct. 4, 2014, 6:59 am

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills will conduct a Contemporary Issues Forum today on "Anti-Semitism in Europe: Challenge or Crisis,'' in connection with Yom Kippur, the holiest and most somber day on the Jewish calendar.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

Jews To Begin Observing Yom Kippur At Sundown Today

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 8:52 am

Yom Kippur, the holiest and most somber day on the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown today, with the observant fasting and seeking forgiveness for their sins.

Pastor David Cobia hopes to revive religion with his new church.

News, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Religion

Resonate Church Preparing To Open At Bergamot Station

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:09 am

With a focus on calling, cause and creativity, the nondenominational Resonate Church is preparing to open its doors at Bergamot Station and hopes to attract young local residents not currently attending religious services.

In Santa Monica, CLUE-LA has been an advocate for three ongoing citywide campaigns categorized into the hospitality industry, car wash industry, and ironworker industry.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Religion

CLUE-LA Mobilizes Local Faith Community For Justice In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 9:08 am

The issues of income levels and employee rights have been relevant for decades in the United States – and an ongoing hot topic of conversation in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

Reverend Eric C. Shafer To Join Santa Monica's Mt Olive Lutheran Church

Posted Jun. 23, 2014, 9:42 am

Reverend Eric C. Shafer will be installed as Senior Pastor of Santa Monica's Mt Olive Lutheran Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Sunday, July 13.

UU Santa Monica is located at 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

UU Santa Monica To Celebrate New Facilities This Sunday

Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 9:12 am

The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (UU Santa Monica) invites the community to a celebration of its new facilities this Sunday.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

Santa Monica To Remember One-Year Anniversary Of SMC Shootings On June 7

Posted May. 28, 2014, 9:10 am

Community members and civic leaders of all faiths are invited to join the Catholic community in Santa Monica for “Healing Our City,” a day of healing and peace at St. Monica Catholic Church on Saturday, June 7, the date that marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting that occurred in Santa Monica in 2013.

Jeanie Madsen Gallery is located at 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.

News, Life And Arts, Santa Monica, Religion

New Santa Monica Church Partners With Gallery For Artistic Exhibition Tonight

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:13 am

Resonate, a new church community anchored in Santa Monica, will celebrate Easter week with a free, open-to-the-public arts event this Thursday at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery at 1431 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

The 60th anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will conclude Thursday, Jan. 2. This year’s display is at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, located at 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes To Conclude Thursday, Jan. 2

Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 8:57 am

The 60th anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will be available for viewing at Mount Olive Lutheran Church at 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard through sunset Thursday, Jan. 2.

The 60th anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will start Sunday, Dec. 15.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes To Host Opening Ceremony Sunday At Palisades Park

Posted Dec. 14, 2013, 8:22 am

As Christmas draws closer, the 60th anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will open this Sunday, Dec. 15.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

Church In Ocean Park Celebrates 40th Anniversary Today - Bastille Day

Posted Jul. 14, 2013, 9:05 am

The Church in Ocean Park will celebrate its 40th birthday today at 4 pm, with the church’s board deeming today’s significance as Bastille Day would be the perfect opportunity as members of the church community have never stopped fighting for social justice.

News, Santa Monica, Religion

Santa Monica National Day of Prayer Ceremony To Be Held Thursday, May 2

Posted Apr. 17, 2013, 11:01 am

Organizers of the Santa Monica National Day of Prayer have announced it will host is 23rd annual observance on Thursday, May 2 at 7 am at the east patio next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, will be called Pope Francis.

News, Religion

Argentinean Cardinal Elected Pope In Vatican City

Posted Mar. 13, 2013, 1:22 pm

Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected pope in Vatican City. He becomes the first pontiff from Latin America.

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