• Spiritual Practices in Quarantine

    Looking for ways to tend to your spiritual health while self-isolating? Here are some ideas!   Get Creative The Well-Fed Spirit 64 Creative Journal Prompts How to Make Blackout Poetry ArtPrompts 365 Creative Writing Prompts   Labyrinths North American Labyrinth Map Virtual Labyrinths – Labyrinths New Zealand The Labyrinth Society

  • Julie’s Jar: Words Create Worlds

    The story of Betty Vasquez captured my imagination and continues to inspire me. I told her story in my sermon on Jan. 5th. Betty was forced to move when gangs literally moved into her house. She relocated to another part of her country: Honduras. 22% of Hondurans live outside their

  • Julie’s Jar: Light

    Light is a major theme during the Christmas season. The opening of the gospel of John is a hymn or poem about the word and the light that is coming into the world. When first this blessing was read to me, it felt as though divine presence showed up and

  • Julie’s Jar: Gratitude

    “I want to be an associate member of your church; they are so welcoming!” These words were spoken by one of the speakers at the memorial service for Rev. Dr. Ernest Newborn. They were spoken with great sincerity and appreciation. December 8th was a full day for our community of

  • Advent: Making Space for Christ

    How do you get ready for Christmas? Perhaps you decorate a tree and put up decorations around your home. There may be special gatherings with friends, a concert you like to attend, or a place to visit that is decorated with lovely lights. It may also be that you get

  • Julie’s Jar: We Can Do Something

    What happens when people don’t make enough money to live where they work? It’s a question hundreds of thousands of people in our own state of California face every day. It’s a growing reality for our neighbors in Pomona and certainly for people who live in adjacent communities. People are

  • Julie’s Jar: Resources on Our Webpage

    *Content Warning: Article includes discussion of sexual assault* The front door of the church for most first time visitors is our webpage. Sometimes people go to our virtual front door because they are interested in finding a church home. Sometimes people arrive looking for help. This page is also a resource for you

  • Julie’s Jar: Loyal Disloyalty

    Do you remember King George? The King George who couldn’t understand why those colonists weren’t happy? According to the musical Hamilton, he took it very personally that there were people under his rule who didn’t like the way he was running things. Their criticism was a sign of their disloyalty, which

  • Julie’s Jar: The Invitation

    “Why don’t the pastors give ‘the invitation’ after the sermon anymore?” The Elders have discussed this and it was a topic of conversation at the General Board meeting a number of years ago. Among congregations that identify as Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) many still offer “the invitation” to confess

  • Julie’s Jar: “Custodians of an Inner World”

    “Each one of us is the custodian of an inner world that we carry around with us.” John O’Donahue Sabbatical was a season of deepening my capacity to be the custodian of my own inner world, taking more responsibility for the landscape of my soul. How is it with your