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Animals Receive Their Blessing

Pastor B. J. Beu performs the annual blessing of the animals in recognition of their role in the Christmas story at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the courtyard of the Neighborhood Congregational Church. The church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr., hosts an Alternative Christmas Market...

Spiritual Matters

Monks Revisit Church on Healing Mission Neighborhood Congregational Church will host visiting Tibetan Buddhist Monks from India’s Drepung Gomang Monastery, Nov. 5-10, here to create an elaborate sand mandala and inspire peace. The church welcomes them with an opening ceremony at...

Prayer Wheel Embodies Church’s New Pledge

By Robin Pierson and Pam Wicks, Special to the Independent After viewing moving slides taken on a spiritual trip to India, the Neighborhood Congregational Church and several members of the audience, pledged support and $600 to help the monks and Tibetan refugees living in an...

Sharing a Gift of Insight

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In the midst of chaos and poverty of India, five Laguna Beach travelers recently received an abundance of individually tailored gifts: glimpses into the nature of the divine, insights about themselves and the realization that the West...

India Travelers Welcome Donations

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Five big-hearted and open-minded seekers will be traveling to India next month, visiting spiritual sites and delivering humanitarian aid. Local Laguna residents Pam Wicks of the Neighborhood Congregational Church, Julien...

Pouring Out Spirituality a Grain at a Time

Serendipity and perhaps good karma brings five Tibetan monks to Laguna Beach beginning next week to perform the sacred art of mandala sand painting in the sanctuary of the Neighborhood Congregational Church, one of only two stops by the monks in Southern California during a three...

Pouring Out Spirituality a Grain at a Time

Serendipity and perhaps good karma brings five Tibetan monks to Laguna Beach beginning next week to perform the sacred art of mandala sand painting in the sanctuary of the Neighborhood Congregational Church, one of only two stops by the monks in Southern California during a three...