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Former pastor's experiment with atheism examined as sincere or a stunt

A former pastor's attempt to "try on atheism" for a year has generated a lot of scorn, and some backhanded praise, among believers and nonbelievers.

January 18, 2014 | By Matthew Brown Deseret News | Faith / Religion


Santa Clarita Valley teen sparks national program

By most standards, Kayla Tinucci, 17, was an average high school student. She attends Canyon High and is involved in several extra curricular clubs, including the National Honors Society and the Key Club. Planning for the future and college were her top priorities, that is until a few years ago.

January 18, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local teen sparks national program

By most standards, Kayla Tinucci, 17, was an average high school student. She attends Canyon High and is involved in several extra curricular clubs, including the National Honors Society and the Key Club. Planning for the future and college were her top priorities, that is until a few years ago.

January 17, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Letter from deceased 12-year-old inspires parents, others

The letter a 12-year-old girl intended only for herself gained national recognition when her parents found it in her belongings and shared its inspiring message online.

January 14, 2014 | By Alison Moore Deseret News | Faith / Religion


Volunteer outreach to community

Tucked between a liquor store and a pawn shop is a small unassuming store front with a big purpose. The Church of Hope has called this little store front area in Canyon Country home for more than 22 years.

January 11, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


A past of addiction turns to outreach

Nick Goeigemiller had been homeless for nearly a year. He was an alcoholic, drinking more than a fifth of vodka every night, and was experimenting with other drugs when he finally turned to Mike McCutcheon for help.

January 04, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


New name, same values

This Christmas season one long-standing local holiday tradition was missing from the usual celebrations around town. Bethlehem SCV, formerly Bethlehem Lutheran Church, made the final decision to no longer host the living nativity event "Follow the Star."

December 28, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Spanish church sees growth

It was 8 a.m. on a Thanksgiving morning, not exactly the best time to knock on a stranger's door. But a group of 70 volunteers from Vida Real Church, the Spanish language ministry of Real Life Church, wanted to share God's love by helping people in the community.

December 21, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Christmas cheers around the world

"Do you mind if I call you mother?" read the letter to Sandy Dierckman. The writer's mother had passed away. After receiving Sandy's package for his daughter last year through Operation Christmas Child, he looked to her as a surrogate.

December 14, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Churches offer unique Christmas events

Over the next few weeks churches in the valley will celebrate Christmas in different ways. For some that may include the angelic sounds of choirs, a retelling of the Christmas story. But for one church, a unique Christmas event will feature centurions, a recreation of Bethlehem marketplace and a fun trip back to ancient times.

December 14, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Churches spread Christmas joy

Choirs will sing, orchestras will play and actors will perform for audiences across the valley. Tis' the season when churches in Santa Clarita offer a myriad of Christmas performances.

December 07, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For the Signal | Faith / Religion


Sweet treats offer fellowship

Sweet scents of warms apple, cherry and pumpkin pie filled the gym at Newhall Church of the Nazarene Tuesday night. Rows upon rows of decadent pies awaited attendees at the annual church Pie Night.

November 30, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For the Signal | Faith / Religion


Thanksgivukkah offers family time

Next Thursday, a once in a life time event will take place. For the second time since 1888, Jewish Americans will celebrate a convergence between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

November 23, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For the Signal | Faith / Religion


Thanksgivukkah offers family time

Next Thursday, a once in a life time event will take place. For the second time since 1888, Jewish Americans will celebrate a convergence between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

November 22, 2013 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local man honored with service award

Malcolm Blue has a deep love for helping others. A love he has shown over more than 45 years serving others in need. In honor of his lifetime of service, he was recognized with the 2013 Roosevelt Award for Service.

November 16, 2013 | By Martha Garcia Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


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Sharing real Easter message with military servicemen

For men and women serving in the military, the small gift of a care package can mean the world.

April 19, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Churches offer unique Easter celebrations

Worshiping in the wee morning hours as the sun rises, listening to gentle melodies played by French horns, celebrating with praise music, deep reflection, champagne or watching little ones hunt for eggs – however you prefer to spend your time on Easter, churches across Santa Clarita offer something for everyone.

April 19, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Jewish synagogues celebrate Passover

Wendy Hersh admits, one of the best things about having a Women's Seder is being able to observe and truly enjoy the Passover holiday.

April 12, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Live productions celebrate Easter holiday

Rodger Halston has played the lead role of Jesus in the Grace Baptist Easter Passion production for eight years; but this is the first year he also wrote the script and will direct the entire play.

April 12, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Jewish synagogues celebrate Passover

Wendy Hersh admits, one of the best things about having a Women's Seder is being able to observe and truly enjoy the Passover holiday.

April 11, 2014 | by Martha Garcia | Faith / Religion


Live productions celebrate Easter holiday

Rodger Halston has played the lead role of Jesus in the Grace Baptist Easter Passion production for eight years; but this is the first year he also wrote the script and will direct the entire play.

April 11, 2014 | by Martha Garcia | Faith / Religion


Minister finds inspiration for her own book

Theresa Kirk had no intention of writing a book when, one day over lunch, her sister told her she believed God was calling her to do exactly that. Kirk didn't think of herself as a writer and couldn't possibly fathom what she would write about.

April 05, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Ancient tradition offers message of hope

In the next few weeks brightly colored Easter eggs will adorn baskets and play a role in Easter egg hunts across the valley. St. Stephen's Episcopal church is offering a different Easter egg tradition, the Pysanky Easter egg.

March 29, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Viral Justin Bieber photo highlights the role of faith

When Debbie Gardner posted a photo on Facebook of her son Jason juxtaposed alongside pop star Justin Bieber, she didn't expect it to go viral. Debbie was merely fed up with the media attention Bieber received after his recent arrests.

March 21, 2014 | by Martha Garcia | Faith / Religion


Cerebral palsy hero climbs El Capitan

Hanging more than 2,000 feet in the air, Stephen Wampler was exhausted, physically and emotionally. He considered giving up his goal of climbing to the top of El Capitan, the largest granite monolith in the world located in the famed Yosemite Valley.

March 08, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Muslim turned Jew, shares his story

Born in Kuwait and raised a Muslim, Mark Halawa was taught that Jews are bad. Everything he learned about Jews warned him to keep his distance. This information was challenged when Halawa learned because his grandmother was born Jewish, he also was Jewish.

March 01, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Finding brotherly love on the track

Every Thursday night a group of men get together for a unique social gathering. Instead of meeting at a bar, the men meet at a running track for exercise and spiritual bonding.

February 22, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Prayer, churchgoers rare in entertainment

If you are a person of faith in the 21st century, you don't have to see many movies or watch much television before it becomes apparent that Hollywood has become not just blind to religion but also quite aggressively anti-religion.

February 21, 2014 | By Chris Hicks Deseret News | Faith / Religion


Religious memes can hurt and help religion all at once

What happens when you mix religious jokes with Internet memes?

February 15, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith / Religion


Local synagogue takes leap of faith

One local synagogue is turning a time-honored tradition on its head, and calling to open synagogue memberships to everyone.

February 15, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


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