• Neighbors light into church's plan for illuminated sign

    By Carol McKinley

    For the Courier

    A standing-room-only crowd braved single-digit temperatures Tuesday night to voice opposition to a proposed 135-square-foot illuminated sign at Flatirons Community Church off Interstate 70 near Genesee.

    The sign would feature the church logo — a white image of the Boulder Flatirons surrounded by orange.

  • Biking through history

    They bicycled for five days through a desert where their ancestors trekked for 40 years to reach the Promised Land.

  • An empowering mission

    Pastor Philip Reimers from Evergreen’s Church of the Cross is going to Africa for six weeks this summer with an ambitious goal: to help engineer a sustainable future for refugees of war.

    Three or four years ago, Reimers met Denver Pastor Mwenebitu Lupande, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who fled from the country’s rampant violence to set up his own church in the U.S. His church, Come to Jesus Ministries, is for refugees of all African nations, and sermons are delivered in Swahili.

  • Journey Church charged with zoning violations

    Jefferson County is suing Journey Community Church, claiming the church has misused its land and has held events without required permits

    The county is seeking a civil penalty between $500 and $1,000. The trial date is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 24.

    Rebecca Klymkowsky, assistant county attorney for Jeffco, said she couldn’t comment on the ongoing litigation, but that the lawsuit involved a zoning issue with the church’s property at 10101 Highway 73 in Conifer.

    A call to Journey Church was not returned at press time.

  • MapQuesting the Jewish New Year

    By Rabbi Jamie Arnold

    Forecasting our future is no easier than forecasting the weather. The Jewish symbol of the Book of Life is a reminder of that, as are the daily news reports. Uncertainty and confusion abound: hurricanes and fires; unemployment and unstable markets; not to mention the changes at home — deaths and births, nests emptying, and parents aging.

  • View of God changes during life

    By the Rev. Meredith Rupe

    Do you struggle with your faith? I do daily. It is a part of what is often referred to as one’s faith journey.

    If at age 34 we are where we were when we were 14, there is a disjunction between our faith and our life. We all grow and mature in our life, and our faith needs to change as we change, or it ends up being a dead faith or an irrelevant faith to help us with life’s journey. There is a difference between a child-like faith and a childish faith.

  • American dream broken by economic crisis

    “How could that moron over there really be God?”
    — Shams-u-din Muhammad Hafiz (1320-1389)

    I like him right away. Deepak is waiting for us, leaning against the back of his SUV, dressed in sweat pants and shirt with a long scarf knotted around his neck, legs crossed at the ankle like the Hindu god of love.
    “Namaste. Finally we meet,” he greets me with warmth as my husband introduces us.

  • Feasts, famine and faith

    By Mary Ann Dimand

    We are in a month of feast and celebration for many faiths —  and for many without a faith tradition. Good spirits, hospitality and habits of giving beyond family and friends mean that shelves are filled — sometimes temporarily overfilled — at local food banks.