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June 14, 2012
Re "Crystal Cathedral gets a new name," June 10 When the Rev. Robert Schuller named his famous sanctuary Crystal Cathedral, he did not realize that the name, even though an alliteration (the building was neither made of crystal nor was it a cathedral), was prophetic. Changing the name to Christ Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange brings this magnificent building full circle: The name of Jesus Christ takes center stage and with the installation of the cathedra, or bishop's throne, it becomes a cathedral in the real sense of the word.
June 10, 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz
When Father Christopher H. Smith was a child, he'd peek through the eucalyptus trees in his grandparents' yard on Sunday mornings at the drive-in theater next door to watch a man give a sermon on the top of a tar-papered snack bar, the same place where he'd grab his popcorn on movie evenings. The man atop the snack bar was the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, preaching from humble beginnings at the Orange Drive-In Theater. "We thought that was very cool," Smith said. Now, decades later, Smith has found himself linked to Schuller once again.
April 30, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Lately, attending the Crystal Cathedral has been like going to a reunion. Longtime members have returned, along with a 60-person robed choir. Traditional hymns fill the church. And on Sunday, a recognizable face unexpectedly took the pulpit for the first time in years: the Rev. Bobby Schuller, the charismatic grandson of founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, participated in a brief interview and read Scripture. "I'm excited to be back," he told congregants, who learned that the 30-year-old pastor will be appearing at the Crystal Cathedral on an occasional basis, while still maintaining a separate ministry in Orange.
April 23, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people came to the square in front of a Moscow cathedral Sunday in a show of support for the Russian Orthodox Church, which is facing criticism for its close ties to the Kremlin and the wealth of its leaders. Under golden cupolas and a warm spring sun, church leaders dressed in red-and-gold robes carried crosses and icons around the mighty white walls of Christ the Savior Cathedral in a procession led by Patriarch Kirill. "What are we doing, my dears, here today, having gathered in such a multitude?"
April 19, 2012 | By Rick Schultz
Stile Antico, an early-music vocal ensemble from England, made its Los Angeles debut on Wednesday for the Da Camera Society's Chamber Music in Historic Sites series at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral downtown. Offering a generous program of Renaissance masterpieces, along with a stunning 21stcentury work by John McCabe, the group dramatically bridged the stile antico, or "old style," fashionable in Palestrina's day, with McCabe's modern style. Though the phrase "old style" sounds disparaging to modern ears, the ensemble proved that though fashion goes out of style, an engaging style never goes out of fashion.
April 1, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Once the signature of Robert H. Schuller's worldwide television ministry, the "Hour of Power" will be chopped to 30-minute episodes in some markets when it returns to the air Sunday. The 42-year-old television ministry, filmed at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, announced the format change Thursday as it detailed plans to return to the airwaves. The show has been in reruns since Schuller abruptly cut ties to the ministry last month. "We've been considering this move for years," John Charles, president and chief executive of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, said in a statement.
March 24, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Reporting from Sacramento   Trailing by eight points at halftime, in foul trouble and getting wiped out in the rebounding department, Mission Hills Alemany faced lots of obstacles against San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Division III state championship basketball game Saturday night at Power Balance Pavilion. At the same time, there was a deep belief that when the game was going to be decided in the second half, the Warriors' two season-long standouts, Marqueze Coleman and Max Guercy, would find a way to come through.
March 19, 2012
Signs of life Re " Ancient symbols speak to prisoner ," Column One, March 14 Having read a number of letters over time from Timothy Fenstermacher in the Biblical Archaeology Review, it was a genuine pleasure to "meet" him through the article in The Times. I wish him well - he is an inspiration to those who want to turn their lives around but don't know where to start. As a teacher, it reinforces the message I try to give my students: Education is the key, not necessarily to riches but to success.
March 18, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Preaching the gospel in a movie theater is nothing new in the Schuller family. Robert H. Schuller opened what would become the Crystal Cathedral ministry in a drive-in. On Sunday, some 57 years later, his daughter opened her new church in an Orange multiplex. "Today is a birth day," Sheila Schuller Coleman told about 200 congregants who filled about half of Theater 15 at the AMC at the Outlets of Orange shopping center. "We're birthing something new, and it brings up so many memories....
March 16, 2012 | By Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times
The daughter of Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller announced Thursday that she would conduct services for her own breakaway church in an Orange County movie theater, complete with popcorn and candy. Sheila Schuller Coleman, who inherited the Crystal Cathedral pulpit from her father, told congregants during Sunday's services that she was leaving the ministry her father founded and invited them to follow her to a new church. That church, it turns out, will be Theater 15 at the AMC multiplex at the Outlets at Orange.
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