Addressing Hunger on Campus in Christ’s Name

As we approach the season of Thanks-giving for God’s abundant grace and nourishment in our lives, it may be shocking to learn that across colleges and university campuses, many students are dealing with the reality of hunger as they pursue … Read More

How 150 Pastors Made 50,000 Meals

Planning the biennial Cal-Pac Clergy Convocation happens well in advance. Each time the Orders Executive Committee plans such an event we ask ourselves what kind of service component we want to include. The Rev. Greg Norton had experienced the organization … Read More

From Camp Cedar Glen to UCLA, A Changed Life #progress

By Susan Naslund, Companion Writer

The banner on the Cal-Pac Camps website proclaims, “Camping changes lives.”

Hearing about Danica Tsuchida makes it real.

Danica, now a senior at UCLA, has been an advocate for camp since her summers at Camp … Read More

What have you decided? #resolutions

By James J. Kang

On December 31, 2014, an interesting story was posted on vox entitled, “Google knows what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be,” (Danielle Kurtzleben).

The story had graphs and charts, via University of Oxford’s Max … Read More

Churches Can Break the Chokehold

In light of the recent announcements of the grand jury decisions in the matters involving Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Companion Magazine sat down with Rev. Gary Williams, Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church and Hamilton United Methodist Church in … Read More

Compassion on Campus: Immigrant Students at UCLA

One of the blessings and challenges we encounter in campus ministry is the opportunity to engage students in real world events and their impact on family, study and faith.

Immigration reform is one such area that we have been actively … Read More

Oklahoma Work Team Returns with Thanks (Mission Area 6)

The Oklahoma Work Team and Mission Area 6 are grateful for a special week in which 20 team members were able to share in joint ministry to the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

One of the greater results of this trip, … Read More

19 Summers of Transformed Lives

For 19 summers now, I have journeyed with a group of youth to faraway lands on a mission to work repairing homes, building relationships and transforming lives (mine included).

Several people have asked me why I would give up a … Read More

The Seeds of the Current Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

By Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir, Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Studies at Claremont School of Theology

The seeds of the current humanitarian crisis unfolding along the southern border of the United States lie in its deep historical entanglement in Central … Read More

Prayer for the Children

The following prayer was delivered by Rev. David Farley, Cal-Pac Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries, The United Methodist Church at a gathering of advocates for unaccompanied migrant children at Port Hueneme, Ventura, CA on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

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