June 18, 2010
TODAY 'Amazing Grace' Country singer Collin Raye joins the Orange County Mormon Choral Organization for its "Amazing Grace" concert, which is at 7:30 p.m. at the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. For more information, call (714) 556-2787 or visit http://www.ocpac.org. Urban Daddy Father's Day Original Penguin at Fashion Island hosts an Urban Daddy Father's Day event from noon to 6 p.m. Buy one item and get the second at 50% off. For more information, call (949)
January 12, 2010
OC 1/11: The candle flames warmed hands and hearts as we gathered in the evening cooled chapel court yard on the Costa Mesa, California campus of Vanguard University, January 11, 2010, to reflect on where we are in our journey to Stop Human Trafficking in Orange County and the waters yet to be navigated to stop it locally and globally. Carol A. Taylor, President of Vanguard University, lead the opening of the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day OC 1/11 Candle Light Vigil sharing Vanguard’s commitment to raise awareness and stop trafficking.
May 1, 2009
Recently I met a couple whose daughter is involved in a “hate crime” at her school that forced her parents to file a lawsuit to protect her. Their daughter has been subjected to online threats of extreme sexual abuse and brutal physical harm. She is also in a musical at school that has inspired additional displays of hatred. When her parents asked for help, they were met with the kind of apathy that has given rise to school violence across our nation. Additionally, a columnist for the Daily Pilot dismissed these threats stating, “Kids will be kids,” and while the administration is, “trying to protect Mary … unfortunately, they can’t be everywhere at once.
May 16, 2007
One-third of 6-year-old Noelle Hermes' body is wrapped in gauze and special dressings, as it has been all her life. Every other day, Noelle must endure the painful, two-hour process of changing these bandages, which cover large sores and blisters. She has epidermolysis bullosa, a rare, genetic disorder affecting the skin's ability to stay on the body, meaning the slightest rubbing or pressure can cause the skin to tear or blister. But Noelle's kinetic spirit in no way reflects her fragile physical condition.
February 20, 2007
As Americans this week partly commemorated the birthday and political career of Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery, British film director Michael Apted brings British antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce to the screen in "Amazing Grace," making its Orange County premiere tonight at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach. The film's nationwide release on Friday marks 200 years since the passage of the bill that outlawed the slave trade in the British Empire, the result of a persistent parliamentary campaign led by Wilberforce.
November 17, 2006
With a point and a click, one simple e-mail was delivered that forever changed the futures of Grace Jepngetich and the Vanguard University women's cross country team. The e-mail was from David Rotich, a Kenyan runner, who, at the time, was competing for Spring Harbor University in Michigan. In the message, Rotich communicated with Bryan Wilkins, the 19-year coach of the Vanguard men's and women's cross country teams, and detailed times Jepngetich had run in Kenya. "He told me that he knew a couple really good Kenyan women runners," said Wilkins recalling the e-mail, "And, basically wanted to know if we'd be interested in taking a look at them."
December 2, 2005
What started as a way to stay active turned into an excess, then a charitable endeavor providing warm blankets. Patsy Mohr of Newport Beach started making quilts recently as a way of keeping her 94-year-old mother busy. Before long, they had produced more quilts than Patsy could store, so they decided to give them to people in need. When Mohr's mother Clara Frazier moved to Southern California two years ago, Mohr noticed that she wasn't as active as she used to be. To help, Mohr came up with the idea of sewing quilts using friends' left-over fabrics.
January 1, 2005
We live in a world of blind people. People are blinded by their ambitions, their fears, their racism, their hurts, their hatred, their arrogance, and their needs. I am convinced that their blindness is the result of a spiritual battle. Satan realizes that as long as people can see only themselves or the lies he has woven for them, they will not see their need for God. Therefore, my prayer is for the blindness of the world to be healed. Selfish ambition would turn to compassion, fear would turn to confidence, racism would turn to unity, hurt would turn to wholeness, hatred would turn to love, arrogance would turn to a belief in community, needs would be met by the community.