September 14, 2012 |
A Florida principal's effort to teach children to honor the heroes of Sept. 11 turned into an impromptu lesson about red tape and liability -- and a public relations nightmare for retail giant Wal-Mart. A manager at Wal-Mart's Pembroke Pines, Fla., store barred a choir made up of 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds from singing "God Bless America" inside the store Tuesday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to their school principal. The manager said the children were a "liability" and then called police to remove them from the property, the principal said.
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April 30, 2012 |
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.
October 12, 2011 |
Fittingly, "The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring" is an epic undertaking. "It's such a huge score," said composer Howard Shore, who won an Oscar for his work on Peter Jackson's 2001 first installment in his ambitious "Lord of the Rings" trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien beloved fantasy novel. "It's nearly three hours. It is really difficult to do. It requires 225 people on stage to play the music, a symphony orchestra and chorus. " For the performance, which comes to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, Ludwig Wicki conducts the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, Phoenix Boys Choir and soloist soprano Kaitlyn Lusk.
October 3, 2011 |
"Courageous," the fourth entry from the filmmaking ministry of Albany, Ga's., Sherwood Baptist Church, proves a particularly clunky, tunnel-visioned vehicle whose overbearing, overlong script nearly smothers the movie's quibble-free message: Fathers must be responsible. And what of the importance of mothers here? It often feels like a case of "Oh, them. " Director Alex Kendrick and brother — and producer and co-writer — Stephen are both pastors at Sherwood Baptist. Despite the story's earnest emotional core, actions and reactions can prove overly simplistic; black-and-white when gray is so clearly called for. The many topics raised — gangs, drugs, immigration, absentee parents, poverty — are examined with didacticism and platitudes instead of by mining their inherent complexities.
July 25, 2011 |
Santiago Burgos has many fond memories of summer camp, but he most distinctly remembers the campfires. Every night over the crackle of the fire, all the campers would burst out in songs together. "In camp, everyone just sings out loud," Santiago said. "Not everyone can sing, but they can shout. It's such an open environment. " The 16-year-old junior at Dr. Olga Mohan High School in L.A., mellow-eyed with dark, longish hair that curls down to his collar, calls himself a shy individual who was once afraid to open up to people.
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March 17, 2011 |
The Crystal Cathedral church in Garden Grove is involved in another controversy, this time over a covenant that choir members were asked to sign stating that God intends sex to be between married heterosexuals. "Crystal Cathedral ministries believes that it is important to teach and model the biblical view," reads the paragraph in the Crystal Cathedral Worship Choir and Worship Team Covenant that has raised the ire of some choir members. "I understand that Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman.