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New Year: A new you?

Each New Year allows an opportunity to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future. What are yours? Is there some meaningful transformation you long for? January is my favorite month. I like...

 

Spice it Up!

October is here: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, colorful leaves, windy days and the last full month of presidential political ads. God help us. This, too, shall pass. I write today knowing that...

 

The Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh is my favorite artist. When I look at his individual deeply textured brush strokes, I feel intense emotions. He didn't live a long peaceful life. He was not successful during his...

 

Let's Get Rich!

The presidential conventions are over and the vicious campaigning season continues. Lord, help us. We can expect to hear about many issues, but especially about jobs and the economy. I like hearing...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    June 25, 2016

'Hate Has No Business Here'

Recently, I saw this poster, “Hate Has No Business Here” at an elementary school. It was refreshing to see these words while children from different cultures played on the playground. Boys and gir...

 

Faith in the Desert and Central California

When I first moved to Bakersfield, California, from the Midwest, it didn't take me long to notice many big churches. My new neighbor told me the city is nicknamed "The Bible Belt West" due to Dust...

 

Greetings from our local Detention Center

Recently I visited the Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield - the temporary forced residence of about 300 male and 100 female undocumented immigrants. While touring the facility and praying...

 

'Be with those who help your being'

“Be with those who help your being.” Rumi gave the world a lot of good one liners, but this is one of my favorites. Those who help my being are often people I admire. They tend to be loving,...

 

The Force reawakens; can you feel it?

Have you been to see the newest Star Wars sequel yet? I can’t wait. I was blown away when these movies made their debut. The action and images were entrancing, and there was something so simple yet...

 

Welcome Christmas!

Greetings! Do you feel the magic in the air? It's the holiday season. Awful things are happening around the world, but bright lights still shine and there is magic galore. I hope you sense that magic...

 

Ancient Hebrews encouragement to traumatized Parisians: 'Vive l'amour!'

“Hebrews”, a book in the New Testament, most likely written for early Christians considering abandoning their faith, offers words of hope to modern Parisians and the rest of us. Those ancient...

 

Connecting to one another

I have three new friends from Armenia, Haiti, and Uganda that I am invested in. They don’t know me, but through Kiva’s micro-lending program, I have fronted each of them $25 to assist their small...

 

Tiny loans making a world of difference

I have three new friends from Armenia, Haiti, and Uganda that I am invested in. They don’t know me, but through Kiva’s micro-lending program, I have fronted each of them $25 to assist their small...

 

Welcome Pope Francis!

I’m thrilled that I get to be with a group of interfaith leaders heading to Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit. God is good. I love Steven Colbert’s nickname for the Holy Father, “Pope...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    July 4, 2015

"Soap for Success," "Jeans for Teens," and "Bells a 'Ringing"

How many times a day do you wash your hands – with soap?  How do you feel when the bathroom sink you’re at has no soap?  When I was in Uganda, I saw only two people ask for money, but...

 

Is our domestic product gross?

Does it ever seem to you that God is now spelled GDP? Our nation’s Gross Domestic Product index has a way of diverting our attention from that which should be our primary focus. For religious folks...

 

Coffee-fueled ministry

OK, I’ll admit it…one of my guilty pleasures is an occasional grande skinny cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks. I love Starbucks and I wouldn’t feel as much guilt if their coffee was Fair...

 

Offering love to radical Islam

You might guess by my title that the unspeakably violent murder of Jordanian Pilot, Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, is invading my thoughts. As you know, Muath was caged and burned alive by people claiming...

 

Soft or Firm Religion? What it means to be a Progressive Christian

If you’ve ever tried tofu, there’s a huge difference between soft and firm. The soft stuff is nasty to me. What little flavor there is, I do not care for. Places that know how to prepare tofu...

 

Race: "A Pigment of Our Imaginations"

I love this quote about race by Ruben G. Rumbaut. Race is an invention we created that has caused many real injustices. Sadly, most of us have been taught and indoctrinated to believe that there are...

 

Blue Christmas/Winter Solstice Gathering!

Are you dreading the holidays this year? For some, the holidays are difficult times, especially if there have been recent losses of loved ones, divorces, separations, or loss of employment. Holiday...

 

Spiritual Insights from my Dog

If you Google “things I learned from my dog” many lists pop up containing snippets of wisdom people have gleaned from their loyal, fur-covered friends. My little dog, Oliver, a rescued miniature...

 

FIELD High School Students Share Insights About Immigration

One Book, One Kern Tehachapi Discussion: FIELD High School Students Share Insights about Immigration. Each year the Kern County Libraries select a book and encourage people to read it, then find a...

 

Making a Difference, One Starfish at a Time

You’ve probably heard some version of this inspirational starfish story: A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore....

 

The Empire Will Strike Back

Remember the fear you experienced watching Star Wars, when you first met Darth Vader – the heartless killing machine? Luke Skywalker was young and untrained, just naïve enough to not be daunted by...

 

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