Thu September 11, 2014


Wed September 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Pastor Megan Rohrer: A shepherd finds the perfect flock

Pastor Megan Rohrer at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Michael Pisais

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church sits on a quiet residential corner in the outer Sunset district of San Francisco. Upstairs in a meeting room, a small group is gathered around rectangular folding tables to sing Grace before they eat. The sound of a sweetly harmonized “Amen” floats up to the rafters of the high-ceilinged room.

Church members gather every week for a potluck dinner with their pastor-- to share food, fellowship, and spiritual conversation. The group has an easy familiarity with each other; most of the congregants are older folks who have lived in the neighborhood a long time, and have been going to this church for decades. As they eat dinner, Pastor Megan Rohrer plays a contemporary pop song as a launch pad for discussion.

Some heads nod to the beat, but it’s clear that this kind of music isn’t the normal fare for this group. The room is filled with graying heads. Then, there’s the 34-years-young pastor, who stands out for another reason, too.

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Thu August 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: Religion the American way, dynamic and innovative

David Campbell is co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us and a political science professor at Notre Dame University


These days, a lot of people prefer the word “spirituality” over “religion”. Many people associate religion with dogma handed down by inflexible institutions that don’t keep up with the times. 

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Thu August 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

Searching for God onstage

Playwright Dezi Gallagos
The Marsh- SF


Dezi Gallegos is a playwright who is searching for God. He's only 18 years old, but says he's already lived through numerous tough life experiences that led to him asking the question: is there a loving God? And if so, why are these bad things  plagues, he calls them  happening to me and my family? 

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Tue July 29, 2014

Local Muslims look to the sky - and their smartphones - to know when to fast

East Bay Muslims pray atop a UC Berkeley hill.
Hana Baba

This past Sunday, members of the Bay Area Muslim community gathered on local hilltops, from Mt Tamalpais in Marin, to Cal State East Bay, to the hills of UC Berkeley. What were they doing? Looking up to the sky for the new crescent moon that signifies the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown. Islamic tradition says to end the fast once the new moon is seen, but some Muslims have recently been using a different method to calculate the end of Ramadan. Not everyone agrees.

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