May 13, 2004
MICHELE MARR I expected to start my Thursday morning last week at the prayer breakfast organized by the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council for the National Day of Prayer. Then I was going to get my hair colored and cut, shop for Mother's Day and do a dozen-odd errands to get ready for a 20th anniversary celebration road trip my husband Michael and I are taking this week. Instead I was home in bed with the flu. Sick, I know, is sometimes the only way to get me to slow down, to pause, to stop; I'm sure God must know that, too. On Thursday it gave me unexpected time not only to pray but also to contemplate prayer, the thread of its presence in my life.
April 25, 2002
Michele Marr World peace through local prayer will be the central message atthe Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council's fifth annual Prayer Breakfast on May 2, the National Day of Prayer. As many as 300 residents of Huntington Beach and FountainValley, many active in one or more of the nearly 32 various faith communities or humanitarian organizations that support the council, are expected to attend the continental breakfast and program of inspirational messages and entertainment.
February 27, 2003
EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK For more than a year, Debbie Borden has faithfully gone to City Council meetings and submitted her name to speak during the public comment session. When called upon, she stands before the council, city staff, gathered residents and cameras, and says a prayer. Borden, the wife of Planning Commissioner Bill Borden, a one-time council candidate, has only missed two meetings, and for those, she had a friend fill in. But she doesn't believe the task of asking for God's guidance should be her responsibility.
December 4, 2003
Incoming Mayor Cathy Green kicked off her first meeting on Monday with an invocation, a move some have been waiting years for and others criticize as unconstitutional and divisive. City watchdog Mark Bixby contends the prayer is an act of exclusion rather than inclusion. "Invocation proponents are fond of citing the religious roots of our country's founders," Bixby said. "But they always neglect to mention that many of those founders fled their homelands because their governments had deemed certain religions to be acceptable and others to be unacceptable.
May 1, 2003
SOUL FOOD Toward the end of March, with our nation at war, the Rev. Ignacio Castuera, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Watts, stood in its pulpit and told his congregation, "The most important and first thing we can do as a religious people is to go to our knees and pray." Today is a day that calls us, as a nation, to prayer. Today is our annual National Day of Prayer. The tradition of setting aside a day for prayer is older than our nation.
May 11, 2011
Before the Huntington Beach City Council meets every other week, someone walks up to the podium to lead a prayer after the flag salute. Prayers in public meetings often end with a phrase like "in Jesus' name," which reflects the country's dominant faith. But on the day following the announcement of the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, a woman in a long, flowing, sky-blue dress and a blue scarf covering her hair walked to the podium. With her head down, she led the prayer.
May 9, 2002
A quick read through the pages of last week's Independent showcased an important, heartening fact about Huntington Beach: A lot of little, good things go on here. There is Christine Polomsky, a first-grade teacher at Huntington Seacliff Elementary School. She was honored by Project Tomorrow as one of five outstanding science teachers in the county for creating a science resource center for her students. There is the four-person math team from Mesa View Middle School, studying hard for their competition.
December 30, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The city will herald the new year Sunday with a religious ceremony known as The Procession of Light -- 2000. The goal is to bring together followers of different faiths who will rededicate themselves to making the community a better place to live, said Father Christian Mondor, co-chair of the interfaith council that is organizing the event. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the celebration that kicks off at the pier at 3 p.m. with the release of doves, "a symbol of prayers rising to heaven," he said.
December 26, 2002
Michele Marr Religious leaders from various faith communities in Huntington Beach will gather at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Pier Plaza for the fourth annual Procession of Light. The event, which has drawn thousands of Huntington Beach residents and visitors from across the country in previous years, is meant to promote understanding and respect for others regardless of their faith, ethnicity or culture. It is sponsored by the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council.
September 20, 2001
Last Friday at noon, in observance of the National Day of Remembrance and Prayer proclaimed by President Bush, I drove to a nearby church, St. Peter by-the-Sea Presbyterian on Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach. The walkway to the sanctuary was lined with American flags anchored in large clay pots of colorful annuals. The flags rustled lightly in the faint sea breeze. The sky was blue and lit with cottony clouds. I stood for a moment before entering the church.