Worlds collide at Azusa Now: Catholics, Pentecostals, Evangelicals together

“Their hunger was spiritual, evident from the excitement onstage, to the testimonials of miraculous faith-healings, to the bathroom and concession-line politeness from a stadium full of 70,000 Christians who refused to leave in the rain.”


American Catholics and the Culture of Encounter

The truth is this “culture of encounter” can sometimes be quite complex, unnerving, and easier-said than-done, with twists and turns that we cannot always predict.

Christian Hollywood: Mobilizing via a tsunami of God’s Spirit

“Keep surfing the Wave… the Tsunami is the Spirit at work!” bid Anthony Palmer from his ministry’s home in Wiltshire, England, last week via e-mail before he left for Rome to meet again with Pope Francis.
Oh yeah! “You’re not kidding!” I responded.

East Europe’s orphans: Missionary seeks L.A. Catholics’ aid

An Evangelical-Christian missionary in orphan ministries, Green and his wife Monique — parents of two adopted Ukrainian children – were moved by the plight of the orphans they met in Eastern Europe. Yet, he admits, “We realized that we could not adopt them all, and had to find a way to further our involvement in this world issue.”

Spittin’ for Jesus: Reasons for Ritual

The other night as my family was sitting down to dinner, my three-year old son shoveled into his mouth with a large spoon a favorite food — mac-n-cheese/hot-dog/broccoli goulash — and then immediately spit his mouthful right back out on his plate, exclaiming loudly, “We-we-we got to praaay!!!!” His dad laughed, “Spittin’ for Jesus, I…

Ecumenism Happens

At the beginning of the midday Holy Mass at the Catholic Monastery, St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, California, the celebrant welcomed a large youth group in attendance. When he said the name of the well-known charismatic, Protestant-Christian church from Orange County, California, I had to make a conscious effort to not let my jaw drop….

Mission to California- the history of the Mission Play

by Jennifer Wing Atencio As Catholics, the work of reconciliation is what we embrace,” notes Claretian Father Bruce Wellems, pastor of San Gabriel Mission. “It is good to forgive and to acknowledge, yet the majority of our energy has to go to reconciliation. That is what is important.” “The Mission Play, 2013” — a production…

Pursuing Peace Relentlessly: The Matthew 18 principle

“Nothing about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is convenient.”
The words of our Lord Jesus, as recorded in the four gospels, challenge us in more ways than I can count. And, continue to challenge us throughout our faith journey as His disciples. I would like to talk about just one – how to reconcile the Jesus way.

Dennis Church: Called to Christ’s Church

Matthew Kelly reminds us to never underestimate the importance of stories. “Stories have a remarkable ability to cut through the clutter and confusion and bring clarity to our hearts and minds. Stories remind us of our hopes, values, and dreams. They sneak beyond the barriers of our prejudices to soften our hearts to receive the truth.”…

About Jennifer Wing Atencio

Jennifer Wing Atencio is a native Southern Californian. Jennifer grew up as a baptized Lutheran, finding evangelical Christianity at age ten after her parents’ divorce by attending Vacation Bible School.  She prayed her family members into active lives in Christ. As an adult, her graduate studies led her to a scholarly journey of discovery about…