Building on a successful first outing last year, South Pasadena held its second annual Prayer Breakfast, “Neighbor to Neighbor,” on Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Keynote speaker Dr. Lucy Jones of Caltech, known to many Southern Californians as the state’s very own earthquake guru, is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. She is not only the premier earthquake expert in the U.S., but also passionate about planning for recovery beyond disaster events, which she addressed at the prayer breakfast, talking at length about the need for building social capital in the community.
Rev. Lincoln Skinner, senior pastor at Oneonta Congregational Church, said the focus of the breakfast was on building relationships neighbor to neighbor as Tuesday’s event concluded with a prayer led by South Pasadena clergy. The annual breakfast is rotated around to community churches and this year the 7 a.m. event was held at Holy Family Catholic Church. The prayer breakfast is funded entirely by private donations and ticket sales. The first-ever breakfast in 2016 focused on disaster preparedness and raised more than $6,000 that was donated to three local programs to help community members in time of need.