The Rev. Roger Coleman, Pilgrim Chapel: For those of us who come to faith not through study of holy writ or acceptance of revered traditions but by reflection on everyday experiences, the story of Balaam and his donkey offers a confusing hodgepodge of incidents.
Armed with a bottle of water and a baseball cap, Father Richard Estrada made his way slowly to the border in the scorching heat. After a half-hour of hiking up a steep dirt trail, he reached the massive steel fence and bowed his head to pray for the immigrants who dreamed of passing it.
Parishioners at Sacramento’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church call it The Build, an ambitious $10 million project that will provide much-needed space to house its ministries and strengthen the feeling of community. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.