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 By Deborah Squires    Opinion 

Claiming the middle ground: On abortion, we're non-binary | Worship

“The abortion debate in America is often framed as a legal binary, with ‘pro-life’ people on one side and ‘pro-choice’ people on the other. But as the country approaches... — Updated 5/18/2022

 
 By Pam Miles    Opinion

Love one another | Worship

It is interesting to read throughout scriptures how important and often the word “love” is used. We read that faith, hope and love are central to all living, but that love is... — Updated 5/11/2022

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

How many of us ponder on what happens after we die? | Worship

I just lost my younger brother to cancer, and a few neighbors ask me what Muslims believe happens after death. I thought to share an overview of our faith’s fascinating... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

When the cup is empty | Worship

In our ordinary life, we’re like dreamers believing that the dream we’re having is real. We think we’re awake, but we’re not. We think that this busy mind of thoughts and... — Updated 4/27/2022

 

Jehovah's Witnesses returning to in-person meetings

All congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses across the world are being encouraged to begin holding in-person meetings this month. Jared McClain, of Bellevue, Washington, has been attending meetings for 35 years. The last 11 of... — Updated 4/21/2022

 
 By Don Saul    Opinion

Now what? | Worship

Whew! Easter is over. I would venture to guess that kids call Easter their fourth favorite holiday (after Christmas, birthday, and Halloween). All that chocolate and other candies,... — Updated 4/20/2022

 
 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

What the Passover story teaches all of us | Worship

Passover is perhaps the one Jewish holiday that non-Jews are most familiar with. The story of Moses, the ten plagues and the parting of the Sea of Reeds allowing the enslaved Jews... — Updated 4/13/2022

 
 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

The necessary birth pangs of the prayed – for just Order | Worship

Hello friends. From thousands of miles away, the horrors in the Ukraine bludgeon us, too. While trying to go to sleep at night I recall that the traditional horribly-acting... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

Salvation is in the ordinary | Worship

Editor’s Note: Father Bill Mobley was a Worship columnist for The Beacon in the early- and mid-1990s until his death in 1996. A few times this year, we will be revisiting his columns. This column ran in 1993. Jesus most often... — Updated 3/30/2022

 
 By Jamie Kaku    Opinion

Choices we make during times of difficulty | Worship

These past few weeks have been tumultuous to say the least. Our current lifestyle, while improving in some respects, has also been associated with significant setbacks economically... — Updated 3/24/2022

 
 By Igor Karabut    Opinion

Standing united | Worship

By now, I’m sure that we are all aware about the horrific events unfolding in Ukraine. We have read the stories, seen the pictures, and viewed the videos. We have seen fathers... — Updated 3/16/2022

 
 By Matthew Young    Opinion

Video of teen arrests sparks much-needed conversations | Worship

Perhaps you saw the brief viral video. It shows what happened at a suburban mall in Bridgewater Commons, New Jersey, on a Saturday last month: Two teens got into a fight. Police... — Updated 3/9/2022

 
 By David Parks    Opinion

Ash Wednesday memories | Worship

"You keep those damn ashes away from me, Pastor!" Elsie was angry. Angry at me. Angry at the cancer eating away at her body. Angry at herself and likely angry at God. I had come to... — Updated 3/2/2022

 
 By Pam Miles    Opinion

Holden Evening Prayer | Worship

As we turn the page of the calendar this year, we also turn the page of the liturgical season to Lent. In March, in the Christian tradition, we begin the journey of Lent. This seaso... — Updated 2/23/2022

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Compassionate connection | Worship

How do we connect with each other? Some individuals become resolute that they rather live quietly and distant without any interpersonal conflict. Still, others live in bitterness... — Updated 2/16/2022

 
 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

An ancient value useful in modern times | Worship

This column is inspired by and uses excerpts from an article written by Temple Beth Or’s Rabbi Rachel Kort in the synagogue’s newsletter “The Oracle.” To read that article g... — Updated 2/9/2022

 
 By Don Saul    Opinion

A reminder of hope | Worship

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that Job is the second-hardest Book in the Bible to understand. I think most people would agree that Revelation is the hardest.  The Book of... — Updated 2/2/2022

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Kindness: A universal language

Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” I believe this to be true. The COVID-19 pandemic has managed to bring out some... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Matthew Young    Opinion

COVID offers opportunity to love and live sacrificially | Worship

Are you tired of the COVID battle? Are you tired of wearing masks? I am. But even as COVID is – perhaps – in its waning days (we pray!), I am as convinced as ever as a pastor th... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

Only Scripture itself brings the proper gravitas | Worship

Hello friends! The Word of God transcends being mere information; all who’ve been Touched will testify as to why it is called “The Creative Word.” Prayerfully examined and... — Updated 1/12/2022

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

From the shadows of despair and into our embodied wholeness | Worship

A candlelight is flickering on the mantle of my prayer alter. I am looking at a radiant full moon's light glinting off the water. It is dark outside, and sometimes it is dark on the... — Updated 1/5/2022

 

Out of Place Grace | Worship

We had a break in. Well, a break-out. The person hid inside the church all night then left very early in the morning, setting off the alarm. It seemed nothing had been taken, then... — Updated 12/28/2021

 
 By Igor Karabut    Opinion

Joy, Peace, Hope | Worship

My wife and I recently went Christmas shopping. We are usually fine with the pile of Amazon boxes that come every day, but this time we were looking for a particular gift. As we wal... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Jamie Kaku    Opinion

The Christmas Spirit | Worship

The transition from Thanksgiving to the Holiday season has always fascinated me. Not only does it get noticeably colder, wetter, and darker here in the Pacific Northwest, everyone a... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Pam Miles    Opinion

Advent – A season of waiting | Worship

For those who celebrate Christmas, it’s sometimes hard to wait for Christmas morning. We can’t just blame the children for their impatience, we as adults do the same. Maybe... — Updated 12/8/2021

 

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