Suspended over the altar table in the Tower of Light is a Lucite cross. When the cross was delivered to the church during the initial construction, the maker apologized for an internal flaw at the intersection of the arms. Those present when the box was opened found that the center was cracked noticeably. They prepared to send it back to the manufacturer, when Ethel Barnhart, founder of The Santa Anita Church, spoke in her gentle and knowing way, “It is that way for a reason. It will stay.” When the vendor offered to remake the cross, Ethel replied, “That won’t be necessary, It’s perfect just the way it is.” Many have since speculated that perhaps she saw the fractures as a symbol of humanity’s fragile nature, or of Spirit’s unwavering and absolute love for all living things. We can only imagine her reasoning, and employ our own wisdom while gazing upon the cross.
This Month's Sermon Theme
- February 2023 Theme – Your Aladdin’s Lamp
February 11 – Mad at God? Rev. Gina Milligan recounts a story from Your Aladdin’s Lamp in which Dr. Ernest Holmes imparts universal wisdom on a young man who is living his life mad at God. February 18 – Lessons from a Buddhist Rev. Gina Milligan articulates another story from Your Aladdin’s Lamp. Bill Hornaday’s lesson from a Buddhist which ultimately led him to study with Ernest Holmes. Rev. Gina then takes a spin on the story, tying it to our own church and the growth that is happening from within.