It was 8:30 a.m. on Black Friday, and many residents of Kauai were still waiting in lines for the tempting sales being held at the island's few large retailers: Macys, Walmart and Kmart. However, more than 100 visitors were lined up with me to visit one of the local spiritual treasures – an anomaly among the usual visitor destinations of rugged coastlines, sunny beaches and resort hotels.
Anyone familiar with teenagers knows they seem to follow a different clock than adults, preferring to sleep later in the morning and stay up later at night. In fact, some school systems have recognized this by delaying the start of the school day past the normal 8 a.m. Thus, I was surprised to find a classroom full of Gilroy teens voluntarily meeting at 5:55 a.m. on a Monday morning to study religion – and they do this on a daily basis throughout the school year.
In response to recent acts of violence and intolerance, a combination of religious organizations will join together for a “Walk for Tolerance” through downtown Morgan Hill Tuesday night, and the public is invited.
1. Wishing the troubling report to vanish just won’t make it so
President Barack Obama stirred a heated national debate when he became the first American president to publicly endorse gay marriage May 9, invoking mixed reactions from religious leaders in Gilroy and across the country.