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 By Nancy Bacon    Community    August 5, 2017 

Where's your heart's treasure?

Have you ever found something you could not say no to, besides, drugs, alcohol or other addictions, but rather something positive that was like a miraculous treasure? Sometimes we discover real...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    July 8, 2017

Roman Holiday: mixed cultural and religous messages

Greetings! I was lucky and blessed to spend my summer vacation mostly in Italy, a place I had dreamed of experiencing. It was the trip of a lifetime and I got to share it with my spouse, our 17 year o...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    May 27, 2017

Sun, sand, surf: we 'otter' play more

This past week I attended a meeting at the beach in Santa Barbara. While meetings can be dull, this one allowed me to see the beautiful ocean up close and the cutest adolescent sea lion I have ever...

 

No partiality?

In the bible, Peter states that God "shows no partiality" to one group of people over another (Acts 10:34). God is not partial to Jews over Gentiles or Americans over Somalians. I wonder how God feels...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    April 1, 2017

Easter's joys ahead

Are you noticing signs of spring? I hope new things are budding that you are excited to see bloom both outdoors in nature and within your personal life. Each spring we are greeted by new delights if...

 

Yoga and Soul

During Lent Tehachapi Community Church is offering "Yoga and Soul" on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., with yoga instructor Nikki Miller. Nikki is a local instructor who has spent time teaching in India. She...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    March 4, 2017

Yoga and soul work during Lent

Dear Friends, Greetings! If you are reading this after the first of March, you have survived Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and Lent has begun. Congratulations! I think of Lent as a journey - an episode of...

 

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...

 

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