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July 30, 2010
On Saturday, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to marry Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, at a ceremony in Rhinebeck, N.Y., according to press reports. The couple's wedding will represent an interfaith union between Chelsea Clinton, who was raised a Methodist, and Mezvinsky, who was raised a Jew. As a religious and/or spiritual leader or commentator in the community, what advice would you give to young people on how to make marriage work with spouses or prospective spouses who practice other religions, or even those who are non-believers?
FEATURES
June 12, 2007
The Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council invites clergy and members of religious congregations to its monthly round table discussion on Wednesday at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. The subject of the meeting is Dealing with Dissent, and attendees will discuss how to deal with religious dissent as individuals, congregations and faith traditions. The event begins with a reception at 11:45 a.m., followed by a luncheon and the program. The church is at 183 E. Bay St., Costa Mesa.
LOCAL
By Jim DeBoom | October 6, 2009
The 21st annual United Interfaith Hunger Walk will be Oct. 18 along the beautiful Upper Newport Bay, according to Co-Chairman Bob Johnston. The 7K and 4K walks begin at 1:30 p.m. with registration starting at 1 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels, at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Jamboree Road in Newport Beach. The goal is to raise $35,000 with 25% of the proceeds benefiting Share Our Selves, Jewish Family Services, O.C. Interfaith Shelter and the Catholic Worker. The balance of the proceeds will go to worldwide charity organizations that fight hunger.
LOCAL
By Jim de Boom | November 4, 2007
A week ago, in an effort spearheaded by MarinersResources.Org that included Mariners Church, Rock Harbor, St. Andrews, Yorba Linda Friends, Hope Force International and Transparent Productions, people began working toward a goal of 2,000 gift bags for families of firefighters. Jim Gaffney of Mariners Church encourages people to donate and volunteer. Gifts of any amount to purchase gift cards for the firefighters can be made at mrm@marinerschurch.org through PayPal (note: Firefighters)
NEWS
November 16, 2002
SPECIAL EVENTS ALTERNATIVE MARKET St. Mark Presbyterian Church will host its annual Alternative Christmas Market from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24. The market supports Third-World craft producers and projects such as Habitat for Humanity. The church is at 2100 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 644-1341. TRIPLE TREAT Reservations are now being taken for the interfaith Christmas-Hanukkah- Ramadan-Eid Celebration being held from 4:45 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2150 Bonita Canyon Road, Newport Beach.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | May 2, 2007
As Imam Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini leads congregants in a prayer for the state government during Thursday's Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council National Day of Prayer breakfast, he will also be thinking of his cousin, who was killed last week in a car bombing in Iraq. Bringing together community members of a variety of faiths for collective prayer, council organizers said there is much to pray for this year, both on a local and international scale. "I am going to pray for more wisdom for our political leaders in their numerous challenges, especially the biggest challenge in Iraq," al-Qazwini said.
NEWS
September 11, 2004
Is your church or place of worship planning a special event? If so, send the typed information at least two weeks before the event to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, attention: Mike Swanson, religion editor; fax to (949) 646-4170; or send e-mail to dailypilot@latimes.com. SPECIAL EVENTS ECKANKAR WORSHIP SERVICE ECKANKAR Worship Service, "Happiness is a state-of-consciousness," will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday at Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa.
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NEWS
February 20, 2014
The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council on Wednesday elected a Costa Mesa pastor to head the organization this year. The Rev. Julie Elkins of First United Methodist Church is the new president. Serving with Elkins are Vice President for Programs Greg Kelley of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Newport Beach; Treasurer Karen Stoyanoff of the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa; the Rev. Sarah Halverson of Fairview Community Church in Costa Mesa and Felicity Figueroa of Irvine United Congregational Church as vice presidents for membership; and the Rev. Bradley Stienstra of Newport Harbor Lutheran Church and Lane Calvert of the Baha'is of Costa Mesa as the vice presidents for special events.
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By the Rev. Sarah Halverson | January 24, 2014
I was a religion major at Chapman University, took several postgraduate world religions courses at Claremont Graduate University and taught classes at Orange Coast College. I am on the board of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council and am very active in interfaith work. However, in all of my studies and work, I haven't had the honor of ever meeting a Taoist monk. It's odd, because I love Lao Tzu and am quite drawn to the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching. I fully embrace the concept of chi, the energy and force that permeates all of the universe.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | December 6, 2013
Q: Your recent answer about displaying religious holiday decorations was a little confusing. You said it's all right to display a Christmas tree, but not a manger? Easter bunnies, but not a cross? If you're in favor of every faith having equal billing and everyone being able to share their beliefs, they why not the most precious religious symbols of those holidays? I work in a large university setting, and our campus proudly displays a menorah and a manger scene. Christmas trees are nice, but they aren't true reminders of what the holiday stands for. I'm not offended by other cultures and religions, and I think we owe it to one another to be tolerant and understand others' points of view.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | October 16, 2013
Experts in Judaism, Christianity and Islam recently discussed the similarities and differences among their religions during an interfaith panel at UC Irvine. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Assn. hosted Love for God and for Creation on Oct. 10 to bring together different faiths in an effort to educate the community and further social and spiritual peace, said Minaal Malik, a senior at UCI and member of the association. UCI has seen its share of religious controversy, none of which was present at the event, which was attended by about 50 people.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | October 8, 2013
The public is invited to the Oct. 16 Youth Services Fair sponsored by the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council, according to Rev. Julie Elkins, the council president. A number of youth services agencies will share what they offer to youths, from substance-abuse programs to leadership skills development. The luncheon will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dover Drive and 16th Street, Newport Beach. The day begins with registration at 11:45 a.m., followed by a buffet luncheon and the fair from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. RSVP by Monday to nmiinterfaith@aol.com . The meeting includes the buffet lunch, which is $12 with reservation and $15 without.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim de Boom | October 4, 2011
The 23rd annual Interfaith Hunger Walk steps off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 from Our Lady Queen of Angels School, at Jamboree Road and East Bluff Drive in Newport Beach. Hundreds of walkers from different faiths, age groups and walks of life will walk along the beautiful Upper Newport Bay, according to Bob Johnston, the lead organizer. There will be live music, games, food, drinks and prizes awarded at the end of the 4K/7K walk. A quarter of the proceeds from the walk will benefit local organizations, including Share Our Selves Jewish Family Services, O.C. Interfaith Shelter, Catholic Worker and Stand Up For Kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Nadia Hassan was the only woman at her table who covered her hair with a scarf Monday during an interfaith luncheon at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic church. When it was her turn to speak on behalf of the women at her table, her explanation for why she covers her hair in public resonated with the Catholic women across the room. "This is my way of emulating the Virgin Mary," Hassan said. Those words struck a chord with Amber Nickerson, who had never attended the women's interfaith luncheon in the past and was asking the Muslim women at her table about the concept of God for Muslims and how they view Jesus.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | May 10, 2011
As part of its Open Faiths-Open Doors Week, the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council honored seven individuals, a congregation and two groups with "Bridge Builder Awards" for their leadership in promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding, according to a news release from the council. Among the honorees at the dinner were Eman Bermani of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County for promoting a better and peaceful understating of Islam amongst the interfaith community; Jean Forbath, founder of Share Our Selves; Sande Hart, founder of Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope, an organization that brings women of all faiths together; Nancy Jenks, executive director of UCI Interfaith, which has been a safe harbor for students, staff and faculty to peacefully congregate and practice their faith; Dennis Short, leader of the Interfaith Hunger Walk, which has raised more than $427,689 in the past 20 years to feed the hungry; Beth Syverson, of the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, who founded the Interfaith Children's Choir; and Tom Thorkelson, with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is the co-founder of the Orange County Interfaith Network.
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