Newspaper Features Loma Linda
Loma Linda, a 21,000-population town in the suburbs of San Bernardino, is the subject of a profile in the January 7 Los Angeles Times. Why? From its beginnings a hundred years ago, it has been dominated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church which operates a university medical center. It is an interesting story about how religion can define a suburban community, not something all that common on the West Coast, where the absence of religion is more likely to define communities. One glaring error: the reporter says that Adventist faith is built on a Calvinistic foundation, when the reality is that its foundation is Wesleyan. But since theology is a major blind spot for journalists, you have to forgive them that faux pas.
INNOVATIONewsletter, January 6, 2006 Center for Creative Ministry