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Original post made on Feb 11, 2008

Runners took to the streets of Barron Park Saturday morning for the 12th annual Juana Run. Adults and children alike embarked on 8K and 1-mile certified races starting and ending at Juana Briones Elementary School in Palo Alto. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/Palo Alto Online.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 11, 2008, 10:16 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Churchgoer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2008 at 10:58 am

Why are events like these always on Sunday mornings? It would be fun to occasionally have them later in the day so that those with Church commitments could attend.


Posted by Race Volunteer, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm

The Juana Run was on Saturday.


Posted by Danny, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Good point Churchgoer, although I'll admit that the term "church commitment" seems like a bit of an oxymoron. Isn't going to church a matter of choice rather than requirement? If you are a pastor or Sunday School teacher, I can understand the quandry, but simply as someone who chooses to attend church on Sunday, I would argue that going isn't a "commitment" so much as a conscious decision. Still, you raise an excellent point. Weekday, afternoon events like this would be great for those who prefer to spend their Sunday mornings at church.


Posted by Churchgoer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I do apologise, I misread the date.

However, for many of us who attend Church it is a regular commitment. Apart from the decision involved on any one particular Sunday morning to go if there is nothing better to do, that doesn't say very much about commitment or anything else.

There are also many commitments at Church apart from the Pastor or Sunday School teachers (which mean quite a number of people to begin with. There are those who help with childcare, music, ushering, communion preparation and serving, coffee making, information desk and newcomers desks, collection taking and counting, moving chairs and table, clean up afterwards, etc.

A church is a mini community, with everyone playing a part. So although there is a time for sitting in the pews and enjoying the worship, there are many other functions that need to be filled to make the Church community function.


Posted by Danny, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I don't believe in about 95% of the Bible (save for the Golden Rule), feel that Jesus Christ was simply a good man who met a very tragic end (no more the son of God than any of us) and that organized religion is based more on guilt and fear than truth. Still, I think the church community does some very worthwhile things and most -- if not all -- of those I know who are religious are generally very kind and generous individuals (except for maybe a few Catholic priests). So I appreciate the value of church community, but for me it doesn't fall into the category of an important commitment (again, that's a personal choice). Kudos to you for spending Sundays passionately following something you believe.


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