Traveling Through Thousand Oaks
The Rev. Rob McCarty of Christ Lutheran Church in Staunton recently traveled to West Hollywood, California with his wife Elizabeth and son Jamison during the Thanksgiving holiday. During their stay, they traveled through the Thousand Oaks area, recently impacted by a deadly mass shooting, as well as the Southern California wildfires. Below Pastor McCarty shares about his family’s experience and what they witnessed.
The McCarty family spent Thanksgiving with Elizabeth’s brother who lives in West Hollywood, California. And because Jamison’s dream school is on the beach, we drove north on CA Highway 101 to check out University of California at Santa Barbara. CA 101 goes right through Thousand Oaks, home to California Lutheran University and one set of the wildfires that burned earlier in the month of November. Nothing was burning Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We saw no smoke nor anything smoldering, but we saw scarred remnants of trees and brownish black burnt ground.
World AIDS Day
- halt the spread of HIV through effective prevention, treatment and care;
- eliminate the stigma and discrimination experienced by those who are HIV-positive; and
- reduce the conditions of poverty that contribute to the spread of HIV.
Tidewater Conference: Living Truth: A Transgender Virginian’s Story
Grace Lutheran Church in Chesapeake and St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Portsmouth both recently hosted a Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau in partnership with Equality Virginia. Below The Rev. Leslie Scanlon shares about the importance of events like this and the opportunities they can provide.