Valley faith is strong

first_imgChurch, synagogue, temple, gurdwara, center, iglesia, fellowship, society, assembly and congregation are the diverse home names for the estimated 800 religious groups who open their doors to spiritual enlightenment, guidance and worship in the San Fernando Valley. “There is a huge number and range of all different faith traditions here,” said Cambria Smith, president of the Valley Interfaith Council in Chatsworth. “The strength of religious interest has even been seen recently in our neighborhood councils. The introduction of a religious committee with the Winnetka Neighborhood Council is a real reflection of that interest.” VIC has about 200 member faith-based congregations. One of its goals is to bridge the information gap between faiths. Interfaith panel discussions on core religious values and traditions are popular VIC programs held at various houses of worship throughout the year. “There is no doubt that faith is alive in the Valley. It’s powerful to work with people of other faiths,” said the Rev. Wayne Christiansen from Faith Lutheran Church in Canoga Park. “There are hundreds of very beautiful and caring faith communities that do little miracles here every day.” There is an incredible faith network in the San Fernando Valley, said Christiansen, where you not only can come together to worship and stand humbly before God but also find emotional support for the joys and sorrows of life. “There are faith communities out there, working under the radar, looking out for seniors and the poor,” Christiansen said. “I doubt if there is a church, synagogue or mosque that doesn’t get asked by families in need of help. Faith is strong here.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgToday is D-day for the two applicants competing for the radio license for the North Donegal franchise area.Highland and DLFM go head-to-head today.Both sides, Highland Radio and the new applicant DLFM, will make their pitches to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in Letterkenny’s Radisson Hotel at 10.30am.The presentations are completely open to any members of the public who wish to attend. The showdown will see former Highland Radio boss Charlie Collins, now part of the DLFM consortium, come face-to-face with his former employers.The oral presentation will be conducted by the Contract Awards Committee, a statutory committee of the BAI which has responsibility for the assessment of any applications received in a licensing process.The purpose of the oral presentations is to provide each applicant with the opportunity to make a presentation to the Contract Awards Committee.The presentations, which will both last fifteen minutes, will be based on the application already submitted by both Highland and DLFM. After their presentations, both sides will have to answer any questions or clarify any matters if asked by the Contracts Awards Committee.Following completion of the oral presentation process, the Contract Awards Committee will then assess and score both applications received.Once assessment and scoring is completed, a recommendation will be made for the award of the license to the Authority of the BAI.It is expected that an announcement will be made on the awarding of the license in the coming weeks. HIGHLAND RADIO AND DLFM BATTLE IT OUT FOR RADIO LICENSE TODAY was last modified: March 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BAICharlie CollinsDLFMdonegalHighland Radioradio licenseShaun Dohertylast_img read more