• Treasure in the City by Dawn Finch

    “ The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from da…

  • FPCH, Past and Future by Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick

    My husband and I began attending FPCH in 2014, shortly after we moved to LA from Scotland. In May of last year I became an elder. In this post, I’d like to reflect on why we became members, some thing…

  • Injustice by Brianna Grothe

      I’m not sure about you, but this past month was a rough one. It was filled with moments of grief, curiosity, joy and also a fair amount of anger. Anger at the amount of injustice in this world….

  • Walking the Border by Amanda Yew

    Last November, I got to participate in an art project by artist Joel Tauber called Border Ball. Every day for 40 days he walked from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry at the US-Mexico border to the nearest…

  • THE PRELUDE AND POSTLUDE: Meaningful Addition or Meaningless Tradition? by Dr. Kimo Smith

    Have you ever wondered what meaningful function, if any, the prelude and postlude have in a worship service? Having played fifty-plus years of preludes to the accompaniment of pre-service chatter, and…

  • “What is God’s Invitation to You?” by Linda Roberts

    As I peered up nervously at the extremely steep half mile of climbing that lay before me, I said to my daughter, “I don’t know if I want to go on.” Our family had gone to Zion National Park for Thanks…

  • All Things New by Rev. Dr. Mark Roberts

    Well, we made it to the new year! If you’re like me, you’ll write 2019 a few times before 2020 feels normal. And then, before you know it, it will be 2021.   In the last week we’ve heard lots abo…

  • What are you waiting for? by Maddie Smith

    “What are you waiting for?” We usually ask this question rhetorically, when we want to encourage someone to stop hesitating, take a risk, and just get on with the thing already. This Advent, however,…

  • The Incarnation as Declaration by Courtney Rominger

    Last Sunday, like most Sundays, I sat at the front of the Sanctuary next to wiggly children during the children’s message. As Maddie Smith explained the importance of waiting and preparing and joy and…

  • Advent: Waiting for Immanuel by Brooke Coxon

    We live in a time where technology is at its peak and we no longer have to wait. I can find the fastest way into work by putting Google Maps up on my phone. With a swipe I can make purchases on Amazon…

  • Tea, Anyone? by Diane Leggewie

    I was reading an article yesterday about the number of people who hate their jobs, and my immediate response was a mix of sadness and joy. Sadness for all those who don’t find gratification and satisf…

  • California Transplant by Hannah Carter

    When I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2015 to begin a graduate program at California State University, Northridge, I had just completed a summer of driving tour buses in rural Alaska. To say I…



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