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Ancient Wisdom for a Fractured Society

Reality LA recently hosted award-winning author, James K.A. Smith, for a discussion on how ancient wisdom can still help Christians navigate the world today. The insights he shared largely came from Saint Augustine, a 5th century theologian and political advocate for legal mercy, refuge for fugitives and slaves, and revolutionary hope. As we enter this politically-charged election year in an increasingly divided society, Augustine’s life and writing offer a...

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Pastors Luncheon Write-Up

At the end of January, hundreds of pastors gathered together at the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Pastors Luncheon, with the focus of Uniting to End the Foster Crisis. There are far-reaching consequences of the current shortage of foster parents and lack of support for biological parents facing separation from their children, and the church has the potential to bring an end to this crisis. Numerous sponsors and speakers came together...

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The Death of Kobe Bryant: Fallen Icons and Heart of Popular Culture

By Justin Bailey On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant, his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash. The deaths sent shockwaves through the NBA, Los Angeles, and the world at large. NBA teams started games by taking 24 and 8 second violations, in tribute to the numbers he wore. Talk show hosts wept openly. Sports analysts spoke of lost friendship, reconciliation, and death. Tributes...

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Reimagining Work: Healthcare in LA

This past weekend, the Center for Faith and Work LA held an event for LA healthcare workers as part of their ongoing event series, Reimagining Work. The event explored what it looks like to view all work in healthcare as a calling from God, and how workers can reimagine what it means to work in the industry in light of their faith and calling. Speakers included keynote, Dr. David...

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Kobe Bryant – It Is Well

As the news of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter tragically crashing unfolded today, I could not help but recall the words to the famous hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” and the circumstances in which they were penned. In 1871, Horatio G. Spafford lost his 2-year-old son and then encountered financial ruin when his properties were lost in the Great Chicago Fire. Two years later, he sent his wife Anna and...

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A Night with Bob Doll

Tuesday evening, January 14th, Together LA hosted a beautiful dinner under the stars with Chief Equity Strategist at Nuveen and philanthropist, Bob Doll. The event was held at the home of Together LA founder, Brannin and Tanya Pitre. We had nearly 40 people in attendance. It was a diverse crowd including marketplace leaders in the areas of finance, investing, start-ups and business ownership.  We also hosted non profit leaders...

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Food Truck Expressions of Church

Food Trucks are the metaphor we use to describe Ecclesia’s Missional Collaborations—groups that incarnate the life of Jesus and the Kingdom of God in a particular place or among a pocket of people. They discern what is good news for those to whom they are sent and manifest that good news as an expression of the life of Jesus. Each collaboration forms a committed core team, develops a set of...

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Los Angeles County To Launch An Online Platform To Help Local Children In Crisis

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Pastors and leaders from across Los Angeles County are gathering in unity for a luncheon to address the foster crisis on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. The event will include special guest keynote, Andy Byrd, Co-founder of The Send, powerful testimonies, worship from Lindy & The Circuit Riders and a time of prayer for the city. “This is a great opportunity to mobilize Christians to...

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Jon Ritner – Part 2, Forge Hollywood

TLA: Tell us about Forge Hollywood. What do you find is the biggest hurdle to shifting someone’s paradigm to begin living as a missionary? JR: Forge Hollywood is a local Hub of Forge America/Forge International. Forge partners with the local church to mobilize the everyday people of God to participate in the everyday mission of God. We inspire the church to take steps towards mobilizing the people of God to...

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Helping The Homeless

During this season when our thoughts turn to the Greatest Gift given, we are moved to express that gift in tangible ways with the lost, last and least among us.  We cannot ignore that the number of unhoused people has increased. Across the county, there are around 59,000 sleeping “in the rough”, of those 36,000 alone can be found in the City of Los Angeles.  While this situation is...

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